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"My aim is to advance the field of atomic scale processing for energy and information technologies such as photovoltaics and nanoelectronics"

Research profile

Erwin Kessels is a full professor at the Department of Applied Physics of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is also the scientific director of the NanoLab@TU/e facilities which provides full-service and open-access clean room infrastructure for R&D in nanotechnology. Erwin’s research interests cover the field of synthesis of ultrathin films and nanostructures using methods such as (plasma-enhanced) chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) for a wide variety of applications, mostly within the areas of nanoelectronics and photovoltaics.

Within the field of ALD, he has contributed most prominently by his work on plasma-assisted ALD, his research related to ALD for photovoltaics, and ALD for nanopatterning (including area-selective ALD). Currently, Erwin is focusing his research mostly on atomic scale processing, a field which is believed to grow in importance quickly in the next decade, for a wide variety of application domains.

Academic background

Erwin received his MSc (1996) and PhD (with honors) (2000) in Applied Physics from TU/e. His doctoral thesis work was partly carried out at the University of California Santa Barbara and as a postdoc he was affiliated to the Colorado State University and Philipps University in Marburg (Germany). In 2004/2005 he spent a six-months sabbatical at the University of California Berkeley. In 2007 the American Vacuum Society awarded him the Peter Mark Memorial Award. Erwin received an NWO Vici grant in 2010 to set up a large research program on ‘nanomanufacturing’ in order to bridge the gap between nanoscience/nanotechnology and industrial application.

He was chair of the International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition in 2008 (Bruges, Belgium) and he frequently (co-)organizes ALD-related workshops. Erwin is active within the American Vacuum Society and has been President of the Netherlands Vacuum Society. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. He has published over 250 papers, has given 80+ invited presentations, and holds 3 patents. He is also the founder of the blog AtomicLimits.com and of the ALD Academy.

 

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Research Output 1996 2019

Enhancement of the photocurrent and efficiency of CdTe solar cells suppressing the front contact reflection using a highly-resistive ZnO buffer layer

Kartopu, G., Williams, B. L., Zardetto, V., Gürlek, A. K., Clayton, A. J., Jones, S., Kessels, W. M. M., Creatore, M. & Irvine, S. J. C., 14 Nov 2019, In : Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 191, p. 78-82

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Buffer layers
Photocurrents
Solar cells
Conversion efficiency
Reflectometers
1 Citations

Anti-stiction coating for mechanically tunable photonic crystal devices

Petruzzella, M., Zobenica, Cotrufo, M., Zardetto, V., Mameli, A., Pagliano, F., Koelling, S., Van Otten, F. W. M., Roozeboom, F., Kessels, W. M. M., van der Heijden, R. W. & Fiore, A., 19 Feb 2018, In : Optics Express. 26, 4, p. 3882-3891 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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stiction
photonics
coatings
atomic layer epitaxy
frequency modulation
4 Citations

Area-selective atomic layer deposition of metal oxides on noble metals through catalytic oxygen activation

Singh, J. J., Thissen, N. F. W., Kim, W-H., Johnson, H., Kessels, W. M. M., Bol, A. A., Bent, S. F. & Mackus, A. J. M., 2018, In : Chemistry of Materials. 30, 3, p. 663–670 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Atomic layer deposition
Precious metals
Oxides
Metals
Chemical activation
1 Citations

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
File
Silicon solar cells
Silicon
Passivation
Crystalline materials
Electrons

Atomic-layer deposited passivation schemes for c-Si solar cells

van de Loo, B. W. H., Macco, B., Melskens, J., Verheijen, M. A. & Kessels, W. M. M. E., 25 May 2018, 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Atomic layer deposition
Passivation
Solar cells
Oxides
Film thickness

Prizes

NWO Vici Award : Nanotechnology: the path from lab to production

Erwin Kessels (Recipient), 2009

Recognition: NWOViciScientific

nanotechnology
industrial production
manufacturing
electronics
product

Research Center for Integrated Nano-Photonics

H.J.S. Dorren (Recipient), Erwin Kessels (Recipient), Paul Koenraad (Recipient), Ton Koonen (Recipient) & Bert Koopmans (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: NWOGravitationScientific

Netherlands
selection procedure
Ministry of Education
funding
organization

Activities 2004 2018

  • 14 Contributed talk
  • 8 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity

Atomic Layer Etching of ZnO on 2D and 3D substrates, using acetylacetone and O2 plasma

Mameli, A. (Member), Verheijen, M. (Member), Karasulu, B. (Member), Mackus, A. (Member), Kessels, E. (Member), Roozeboom, F. (Invited speaker)
24 Jul 201828 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

New Process Concepts Towards Area-Selective Atomic Layer Deposition and Atomic Layer Etching of Zinc Oxide

Mameli, A. (Member), Verheijen, M. (Member), Karasulu, B. (Member), Mackus, A. (Member), Kessels, E. (Member), Roozeboom, F. (Speaker)
30 Sep 20184 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films (Journal)

Kessels, E. (Editorial board member)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Kessels, E. (Invited speaker)
1 Jul 2010

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

LG Electronics, Seoul, Korea

Kessels, E. (Invited speaker)
1 Apr 2010

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

Press / Media

Prof.dr.ir. Erwin Kessels "Je moet je eigen pad uitstippelen"

Erwin Kessels

1/01/13

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Nieuw lab voor TU/e en Solliance

Erwin Kessels

1/01/13

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

TEM bekijkt atomen in zonnecel

Erwin Kessels

1/01/13

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Eindhovens zonnecelonderzoek moet industrieel landen

Erwin Kessels

1/01/13

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Een zonnige toekomst voor ALD - Interview

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1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Impacts

Advanced ALD technologies

Adriana Creatore (Researcher), W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels (Researcher), Adrie J.M. Mackus (Researcher)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

CO2 neutral fuels

Richard Engeln (Researcher), W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels (Researcher)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Fundamentals of ultrathin film growth

W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels (Researcher), Ageeth Bol (Researcher)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Future nanoelectronics and nanopatterning

Ageeth Bol (Researcher), W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels (Researcher), Adrie J.M. Mackus (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Nanolayers for solar cells

Adriana Creatore (Researcher), W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

Analysis of blister formation in spatial ALD Al2O3 for silicon surface passivation in photovoltaics

Author: Hennen, L., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: Kessels, W. (Supervisor 1) & Granneman, E. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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Anti-reflection coating characterization using scattered polarized light

Author: Ketelaars, H., 31 Aug 2014

Supervisor: Kessels, W. (Supervisor 1) & van Gerwen, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Atomic layer deposition and electron beam induced deposition as nanomanufacturing tools for the fabrication of carbon nanotube contacts

Author: Dielissen, S., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Mackus, A. (Supervisor 1), Fernández Landaluce, T. (External coach) & Kessels, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Atomic layer deposition of In2O3: growth, morphology and hydrogen doping

Author: Vanhemel, D., 31 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Wu, Y. (Supervisor 1), Roozeboom, F. (Supervisor 2) & Kessels, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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