Thin Film Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications
The process of converting sunlight energy directly into electrical energy using the optoelectronic properties of a suitable semiconductor material is an elegant energy conversion process. A thin film solar (TFSC) is a second generation solar cell that is made by depositing one or more thin layers of semiconductor material using a diverse variety of deposition techniques on various types of substrates (flexible, rigid, metal, etc.) and with diverse morphologies. TFSC technology has developed within the last decade from merely concepts to a full-fledged industry. This presentation will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the various deposition techniques utilized in the synthesis of semiconductor materials, fundamentals of solar cells, their structure and components, issues, and challenges, and lastly how renewable energy technology is globally transforming our planet into one green healthy planet.
Maqsood Ali Mughal
Maqsood Ali Mughal is currently an Assistant Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology at Fitchburg State University. Previously, he worked as a faculty in College of Engineering at Arkansas State University. He holds a bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering and M.S. degrees in Engineering Management and Environmental Sciences. In 2015, he received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences at Arkansas State University and his doctoral research focused upon novel semiconductor materials (like CdTe, In2S3, and CuInS2) for photovoltaic applications.
He is a professional member of IEEE, NSPE, IAENG, etc. and reviews papers for Solar Energy, The European Physical Journal Applied Physics (EDP Sciences), and IEEE Industrial Application Society.
Host: Professor Reinhold Ludwig