The Science and Technology of Photovoltaics

Fall 2012 course for senior and graduate students. Both Science and Engineering students can take the course.

About Abasifreke Ebong

Abasifreke Ebong received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1995. His PhD dissertation dealt with low-cost and double-sided buried contact silicon solar cells. In 1995, after finishing his PhD, Dr. Ebong served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Samsung Electronics, South Korea, where he worked on training and implementation of the buried contact technology transferred from the University of New South Wales. In September 1997, he joined the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education, Georgia Tech., Atlanta, as a Research Faculty, where he worked on the development, design, modeling, fabrication, and characterization of low-cost, high-efficiency belt line multicrystalline, Cz, and Fz silicon solar cells. In 2001 he joined GE Global Research as Electrical Engineer, working on Solid State Lighting (LED-light emitting diodes) based on III-V semiconductors. While at GE, he developed current spreading model for light emitting diodes, which enhanced the evaluations of several conceptual designs without actually fabricating them. In 2004 he returned to the University Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech as the Assistant Director of the center, responsible for sponsored research in crystalline and amorphous silicon solar cells. Dr. Ebong joined the Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a Professor in February 2011. Having worked in close collaboration with several companies including; equipment, front silver screen-printed pastes, dielectric and silicon wafers to develop belt machine for contact co-firing, inline diffusion, and high quality front silver pastes, Dr Ebong brings more than 20 years’ experience to his current position. He has published over 100 papers in the field of Photovoltaics. His current research interest include: high throughput, low-cost and high efficiency silicon solar cells based on comprehension of screen-printed contacts formation to homogeneous emitters with high sheet resistances; Development of low-cost manufacturable high efficiency solar cells with alternative to screen-printed contacts; Electrochemistry and Device Physics.
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