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'“What we don’t understand is far greater than what we know” fuels my ambition to contribute to fundamental solar cell research and open up new opportunities to industrial developments.'

Research profile

Jimmy Melskens is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Applied Physics in the group Plasma & Material Processing (PMP) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is currently primarily working on the development of transparent passivating contact materials fabricated by atomic layer deposition with a particular focus on metal oxides. While this work is conducted in the context of crystalline silicon solar cells, Jimmy is also experienced in the field of thin-film silicon solar cells due to his PhD project during which he studied the nanostructure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon and the defects in this material.

Academic background

Jimmy obtained his BSc (2004), MSc (2007), and PhD (2015) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology. Parts of his doctoral thesis were carried out in collaboration with Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in Germany and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. During his PhD he received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in 2014. After moving to TU/e as a postdoc he has been involved in four national TKI Urban Energy crystalline silicon photovoltaics research projects as the main TU/e representative and has acted as a project leader in two of those projects. In 2017 he received an NWO Veni grant for carrying out extended fundamental work on crystalline silicon surface passivation by novel thin film materials.

External positions

Delft Spectral Technologies B.V.

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 133 Citations
  • 15 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 2 Poster
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)
1 Citation (Scopus)

On the effect of atomic layer deposited Al2O3 on the environmental degradation of hybrid perovskite probed by positron annihilation spectroscopy

Koushik, D., Naziris, F., Melskens, J., Nusteling, A., Zardetto, V., Schut, H., Kessels, W. M. M., Eijt, S. W. H. & Creatore, M., 2019, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 7, 18, p. 5275-5284

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Positron annihilation spectroscopy
Doppler effect
2 Citations (Scopus)

Performance and thermal stability of an a-Si:H/TiOx/Yb stack as an electron-selective contact in silicon heterojunction solar cells

Cho, J., Melskens, J., Payo, M. R., Debucquoy, M., Radhakrishnan, H. S., Gordon, I., Szlufcik, J., Kessels, W. M. M. & Poortmans, J., 25 Feb 2019, In : ACS Applied Energy Materials. 2, 2, p. 1393-1404 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Silicon-based thin films for solar cells: from plasma-surface interactions to passivating contacts

Palmans, J., 16 Apr 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 190 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Silicon surface passivation by transparent conductive zinc oxide

van de Loo, B. W. H., Macco, B., Melskens, J., Beyer, W. & Kessels, E., 14 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 125, 10, 9 p., 105305

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

zinc oxides
solar cells
10 Citations (Scopus)

Atomic-layer deposited Nb2O5 as transparent passivating electron contact for c-Si solar cells

Macco, B., Black, L. E., Melskens, J., van de Loo, B. W. H., Berghuis, W. J. H., Verheijen, M. A. & Kessels, W. M. M., 1 Sep 2018, In : Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 184, p. 98-104 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Silicon solar cells
Crystalline materials