Armin Aberle

Prof Armin ABERLE is the CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a tenured full professor in the university’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focus is on reducing the cost of solar electricity generated with silicon solar cells, both wafer based and thin-film based. He was born and educated in Germany and holds BSc/MSc, PhD and Dr habil degrees in physics from German universities. He has performed leading-edge research across the entire portfolio of crystalline silicon solar cells, from highest-performance (up to 25%) silicon wafer solar cells via cost-effective multi-crystalline silicon wafer solar cells (up to 17%) to polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on glass (up to 9%). His R&D work has covered the full spectrum from fundamental materials research to the industrial evaluation of novel PV technologies at the pilot line level, including the development of novel solar cells, their fabrication in the laboratory, their characterisation, and their computer modeling. He has worked in three countries (Germany, Australia, Singapore), both at universities and in industry. He has published extensively (> 300 papers) and his work has a high impact on the field (> 3000 citations, Hirsch index > 30). In the 1990s he established the Silicon Photovoltaics Department at the Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH) in Germany. From 1998 to 2008 he was a tenured professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney where he headed the Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cell Group and was a Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence. He was also part of the UNSW team that established and taught the world’s first undergraduate engineering degree in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy. In 2008 he joined NUS to establish SERIS, with particular responsibility for the creation of a Silicon PV Department at SERIS. He has been supervising more than 50 PhD students in his career. He is an editor of the IEEE journal Transactions on Electron Devices and Editorial Board member of several other international scientific-technical journals, including Progress in Photovoltaics.

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