Department of Physics and Astronomy

Recent Ph.D.'s in Materials Science/Condensed Matter Physics

Name Ph.D. Received Dissertation Title Adviser Employment
Hubartt, Brad 2014 December

Nucleation and Growth, Defect Structure, and Dynamical Behavior of Nanostructured Materials

J.G. Amar The Boeing Company, Charleston, SC
Aryal, Puruswottam 2014 August

Optical and Photovoltaic Properties of Copper Indium-Gallium
Diselenide Materials and Solar Cells

R. W. Collins  
Roehl, Jason 2014 May A Theoretical Study of Bulk and Surface Diffusion Processes for Semiconductor Materials Using First Principles Calculations S. Khare  
Khanal, Rajendra Raj 2014 May Carbon Single Wall Nanotubes: Low Barrier, Cu- Free Back Contact to CdTe Based Solar Cells  M. Heben  
Mahabaduge, Hasitha 2013 December Influence of a Front Buffer Layer on the Performance of Flexible CdS/CdTe Solar Cells  A. D. Compaan Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dahal, Lila Raj 2013 May Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Studies of Thin Film a-Si:H Solar Cell Fabrication by Multichamber Deposition in the n-i-p Substrate Configuration R. W. Collins Staff Scientist, Pilkington North America
Nawarange, Amruta 2011 Optical emission spectroscopy during sputter deposition of CdTe solar cells and CuTe-based back contacts A. D. Compaan Research Scientist, NCPRE, IIT,  Bombay, India
Paudel, Naba Raj 2011 Stability Issues in Sputtered CdS/CdTe Solar Cells A. D. Compaan Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy (PVIC), U. Toledo
Little, Scott 2011 Enhancement of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells and Materials via the Incorporation of Silver S. Marsillac Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arkansas
 Kryukov,Yevgen 2011 Island Nucleation and Growth in Epitaxial, Amorphous, and Nanoparticle Thin-Films J.G. Amar Lecturer, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, U. Toledo
 Simon,Mark 2011 Second Phase Filamentation and Bulk Conduction in Amorphous Thin Films V. Karpov Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, U. Toledo
 Ranjan, Vikash 2011 Enhancement of the Deposition Processes of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and CdS Thin Films via In-situ and Ex-situ Measurements for Solar Cell Application S. Marsillac Pilkington, Toledo, OH
 Nardone, Marco 2011 Theories of Charge Transport and Nucleation in Disordered Systems V. Karpov Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Bowling Green State University
 Chen, Jie 2010 Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Studies of II-VI Semiconductor Materials and Solar Cells R. W. Collins Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Wright Center for PVIC, U. Toledo
 Li, Jian 2010 Real Time Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Studies of Thin Film Materials and Structures for Photovoltaic Applications R. W. Collins Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO 
Khatri, Himal 2009 New Deposition Process of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Thin Films for Solar Cell Applications S. X. Marsillac PV Research Scientist, Ferro Corp., Vista, California
Vasko, Anthony 2009 August Issues in the Development of All-Sputtered AZO/CdS/CdTe Flexible Solar Cells A. D. Compaan Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Wright Center for PVIC, U. Toledo
Nandipati, Giridhar 2009 August Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of submonolayer and multilayer epitaxial growth over extended time- and length-scales J. G. Amar Postdoctoral Research Associate, U. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Plotnikov, Victor 2009 August Fabrication of ultra-thin CdS/CdTe solar cells by magnetron sputtering A. D. Compaan PV Research Scientist, Lucintech
Liyanage, Chinthaka 2008 December Specific property analysis of thin-film, semiconductors for effective optical logical operations B. Ullrich (BGSU) Assistant Professor of Physics, Lynchburg College (VA)
Attygalle, Dinesh 2008 December Electrochemical deposition of transparent conducting oxides for photovoltaic applications X. Deng Postdoctoral Research Associate, U. Toledo
Borovikov, Valery 2008 August Multi-scale Simulations of Thin-Film Metal Epitaxial Growth J. G. Amar Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Cao, Xinmin 2008 August Development and Optimization of High-Efficiency Thin-Film Silicon Based Solar Cells Using VHF PECVD Techniques X. Deng Senior Engineer, Xunlight Corp., Toledo, OH
Shi, Feng 2008 August Nucleation and growth in materials and on surfaces : kinetic Monte Carlo simulations and rate equation theory J. G. Amar Assistant Professor and Director of Solar Energy Program, Department of Computer and Engineering Technology, Northern New Mexico College
Attygalle, Lilani 2008 May Theoretical Modeling of Polycrystalline Thin-Film Photovoltaics V. Karpov Instructor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Bowling Green State U. (OH)
Mitra, Mukut 2008 May Electro-structural coupling in chalcogenide thin film devices: photovoltaics and phase change memory V. Karpov Post-doctoral Researcher, Materials Science and Engineering, U. of Pennsylvania
Podraza, Nikolas 2008 May Real time spectroscopic ellipsometry of the growth and phase evolution of thin film Si1-xGex:H R. W. Collins Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Penn State
Yang, Xiesen 2007 December Study of transparent conductive oxides and back reflectors and nano-crystalline silicon based thin film, solar cells X. Deng Research Scientist, Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA
Parikh, Viral 2007 December Studies of two-terminal and four-terminal polycrystalline thin film tandem solar cells based on II-VI materials A. D. Compaan Staff Scientist, First Solar, Perrysburg, OH
Liu, XiangXin 2005 December Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) and Photoluminescence Studies of CdTe Material A. D. Compaan Research Assistant Prof., P&A Dept., of Pysics and Astronomy, U. of Toledo.
Drayton, Jennifer 2005 December Studies of rf sputtered ZnTe:N and CdS for photovoltaic applications A. D. Compaan Last at:  Primestar Solar, Longmont CO
Du, Wenhui 2005 December Study of p-Type and Intrinsic Materials for Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells X. Deng Research Scientist, Xunlight Corp., Toledo, OH
Chen, Yu-Sheng 2004 May Transferability of Electronic Structure of Four Energetic Materials by using Single Crystal and High Resolution X-ray Diffraction Experiments A. Pinkerton (UT, Chem.) Research Associate, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Lab.
Povolny, Henry 2003 May Amorphous and Microcrystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Devices Deposited by Hot Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition X. Deng Lam Research, Fremont CA
Yu, Jianguo 2003 August Multiscale Simulations of Thin-Film Growth J. G. Amar Staff Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory
Shvydka, Diana 2002 May Physical Characterization of CdTe/CdS Photovoltaics: Defects, Fields, and Micrononuniformities A. D. Compaan Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Toledo (Health Sciences Campus) 
Matulionis, Ilvydas 2002 May Superstrate and Substrate Type CdTe Solar Cells and Monolithic Integration of Photovoltaic Modules A. D. Compaan MVSystems / Colorado School of Mines
Grecu, Dan 1999 August Photoluminescence Study of Cu-doped CdTe and Related Stability Issues for CdS/CdTe Solar-Cell Devices A. D. Compaan Vice President, Wachovia
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