Mark Knight

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Mark Knight has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Photonic Materials group at AMOLF since 2014. He is currently working on developing nanostructured, large-area transparent conductors for solar applications. Before moving to Amsterdam, Mark earned his PhD in the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University, working with Prof. Naomi J. Halas. His doctoral work focused on new plasmonic materials in the ultraviolet, and optoelectronics based on the hot electrons generated by plasmon decay.  


  • 2014   PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston TX
    Thesis title: “Optoelectronic and Ultraviolet Plasmonics” Advisor: Naomi J. Halas
  • 2008   M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston TX
  • 2006   B.A. Physics, Carleton College, Northfield MN (Magna Cum Laude)

Publications and presentations: 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index: 19); 1850+  total citations.

Research interests: nanophotonics; solar energy; metasurfaces; transparent conductors, ultraviolet plasmonics.



  • Guanchao Yin, Mark W. Knight, Marie-Claire van Lare, Maria Magdalena Sola Garcia, Albert Polman and Martina Schmid, Optoelectronic Enhancement of Ultrathin CuIn1–xGaxSe2 Solar Cells by Nanophotonic Contacts, Adv. Opt. Mater. 5, 5: 1600637: 1-11 (2017)

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  • Nasim Mohammadi Estakhri, Verena Neder, Mark W. Knight, Albert Polman and Andrea Alu, Visible Light, Wide-Angle Graded Metasurface for Back Reflection, ACS Photonics 4, 2: 228-235 (2017)

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  • Mark W. Knight, Jorik van de Groep, Paula C.P. Bronsveld, Wim C. Sinke and Albert Polman, Soft imprinted Ag nanowire hybrid electrodes on silicon heterojunction solar cells, Nano Energy 30, 398–406 (2016)

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  • Albert Polman, Mark Knight, Erik C. Garnett, Bruno Ehrler and Wim C. Sinke, Photovoltaic materials : Present efficiencies and future challenges, Science 352, 6283: 307 + aad4424: 1-10 (2016)

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  • Mark W. Knight, Toon Coenen, Yang Yang, Benjamin J.M. Brenny, Maria Losurdo, April S. Brown, Henry O. Everitt and Albert Polman, Gallium Plasmonics : Deep Subwavelength Spectroscopic Imaging of Single and Interacting Gallium Nanoparticles, ACS Nano 9, 2: 2049 – 2060 (2015)

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