Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez

Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez

Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez

Head of Solar Energy Materials & Systems Group, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research

Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez (Phys. Deg. 1984, PhD 1987) is Full Professor in the Department of Engineering (Section Electronics) of the University of Barcelona. In 2005-2009 he was Vice-dean for Research and Doctorate Affairs if the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona, where he was responsible of the foundation of a new interdepartamental Laboratory of Micro and Nano Technologies (now integrated in the Scientific and Technological Centre of the University). Since February 2009 he is ascribed to the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) as Senior Scientist and Head of the Solar Energy Materials & Systems Group, being in charge at IREC of the coordination of activities related to the development of new cost efficient and sustainable photovoltaic technologies. He has been actively involved in the launching of several European projects under the coordination of his research group at IREC, including the projects SCALENANO (ref. NMP4-LA-2011-284486), INDUCIS (ref. 285897) and KESTCELLS (ref. 316488) from the FP7 programme and, more recently, the STARCELL project from Horizon 2020 (ref. H2020-NMBP-03-2016-720907, ). Since 2013 he is involved in the coordination of the activities of the EU PV Cluster. His research activities and interests are centred in Optical and structural assessment of processes in semiconductor technologies and the development of new technologies for high efficiency low cost thin film solar cells based on compound semiconductors, being co-author of more than 330 scientific publications in these fields, with an h-factor of 37. He is co-author of 4 parent applications, one of them under exploitation by the company Smalle New Technologies SL (spin-off of the University of Barcelona). He is member of the Scientific Committee of the company Smalle New Technologies SL.

Main fields of interest:

Cost efficient sustainable Photovoltaic technologies: thin film technologies and innovative device concepts.  Process monitoring in semiconductor technologies.

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Abstract Title: The EU PV Cluster

Abstract: The EU PV Cluster is a clustering pioneering initiative that was planned and launched in 2010 by the Industrial Technologies programme of the European Commission to put together EU-funded projects in photovoltaics (PV) from several programmes, to join forces, create synergies and avoid duplication of work in an area where Europe is very strong scientifically and technically. It runs with success since 2010 to highlight the key enabling role of nanotechnology for PV, and to help in a bottom-up approach the nanotechnology and PV communities in Europe to consolidate joint collaborations for strategic industrial partnerships, essential to contribute to the global energy policy goals. This very successful and strategic European Cluster involves to date about 45 PV projects supported by different programmes from the European Commission (Energy, NMBP, MSCA, CLIMATE, ERC), that altogether represent a budget effort of more than 192 M€. Since its foundation, the Cluster has held three large General Assemblies and Workshops (in Aix-Les-Bains, France, October 2010, in Barcelona, Spain, November 2013 & May 2016). The events have provided a suitable forum for interaction and discussion between the main stakeholders involved in research and innovation for PV in Europe. The workshops have highlighted the key results of research and innovation (R&I) projects supported by various programmes of FP7 and Horizon 2020 in PV and identified common R&I priorities for bridging the gap between advanced materials and nanotechnology-based innovation and the successful commercialisation of innovative products and industrial technologies. The Cluster is also actively involved in the promotion and organisation of various thematic Workshops and International Schools, such as NEXTGEN (Nanotechnology and Next Generation High Efficiency Photovoltaics International School & Workshop). The 2017 edition will be held in Palma (Mallorca, Spain) in September (