3D-Photovoltaics group aims at exploiting the extended degrees of freedom offered in semiconductor nanostructures to fabricate new unconventional solar cell designs at low cost.

Not only are we interested in high conversion efficiencies but also in widening the range of functionalities, such as the integration of PV with small consumer electronics or large building components. For this, the group looks forward to extending the boundaries of 3D additive nano-manufacturing for the bottom-up fabrication of functional semiconductor nanostructures. The flexibility and low-cost of the fabrication method will open new range of possibilities for the generation of novel devices, in particular in the domain of photonics and energy conversion.

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Latest news

  • Light-Catalyst Interactions to Sense and Steer Chemical Reactions

    AMOLF and Utrecht University have been awarded a 1.9 million euro research project by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) Key Technologies 2020-2023 programme to develop radically new catalytic reactors using …

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  • Record efficiencies in thin film photovoltaic cells

    Silicon solar cells have proven to be the champion photovoltaic technology, as they use earth abundant raw materials (i.e. Si) and perform with high efficiency. However, they are based on …

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  • Met microscoop schrijven op de nanoschaal

    Onderzoekers van de 3D-Photovoltaics-groep van AMOLF is het gelukt om op nanoschaal elektrochemisch te printen met behulp van een atoomkrachtmicroscoop. Met deze techniek kunnen structuren voor een nieuwe generatie zonnecellen …

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  • Microscope prints patterns at the nanoscale

    Researchers from AMOLF's 3D-Photovoltaics group have successfully used an atomic force microscope to electrochemically print at the nanoscale. This technique can print structures for a new generation of solar cells …

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  • Less can be more: semiconductor nanowires for flexible photovoltaics

    Capturing and manipulating light at nanoscale is a key factor to build high efficiency solar cells. Researchers in the 3D Photovoltaics group have recently presented a promising new design. Their …

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  • Esther Alarcon versterkt zonne-energieonderzoek

    Esther Alarcon is op 1 februari gestart als tenure-track groepsleider in de FOM-AMOLF focusgroep Light Management in New Photovoltaic Materials (LMPV). Alarcon was als postdoc verbonden aan EPFL in Lausanne.

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  • Tenure track group leader Esther Alarcon reinforces photovoltaics research

    As of Februari 1st, Esther Alarcon starts as a tenure track group leader in the FOM focus group Light Management in New Photovoltaic Materials (LMPV). Alarcon is the third group …

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Latest Publications

  • N. Tavakoli, R. Spalding, A. Lambertz, P. Koppejan, G. Gkantzounis, C. Wan, R. Röhrich, E. Kontoleta, A.F. Koenderink, R. Sapienza, M. Florescu and E. Alarcón-Lladó, Over 65% Sunlight Absorption in a 1 μm Si Slab with Hyperuniform Texture, ACS Photonics 9, (4), 1206-1217 (2022)

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  • T. Veeken, B. Daiber, H. Agrawal, M. Aarts, E. Alarcón-Lladó, E.C. Garnett, B. Ehrler, J. van de Groep and A. Polman, Directional quantum dot emission by soft-stamping on silicon Mie resonators, Nanoscale Adv. 4, (4), 1088-1097 (2022)

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  • M. Aarts, A. Reiser, R. Spolenak and E. Alarcón-Lladó, Confined pulsed diffuse layer charging for nanoscale electrodeposition with an STM, Nanoscale Adv. 4, (4), 1182-1190 (2022)

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  • G. Grimaldi, L. S. D. Antony, L. Helmbrecht, A. van der Weijden, S.W. van Dongen, I. Schuringa, J. Borchert, E. Alarcón-Lladó, W.L. Noorduin and B. Ehrler, Microstructuring of 2D perovskites via ion-exchange fabrication, Appl. Phys. Lett. 119, (22), 223102: 1-8 (2021)

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  • N. Tavakoli, Solar Canvas: Nanoscale light management for ultra-thin, semi-transparent, and colourful solar cells, University of Amsterdam, 2021-10-14

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  • M. Planeta, J. Bierbaum, L. S. D. Antony and T. Hoefler: MigrOS: Transparent Live-Migration Support for Containerised RDMA Applications In: USENIX Annual Technical Conference, ATC 2021, USENIX Association, 2021. - pp. 47-63

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  • M. Aarts, S. van Vliet, R. Bliem and E. Alarcón-Lladó, Investigation of copper nanoscale electro-crystallization under directed and non-directed electrodeposition from dilute electrolytes, CrystEngComm 23, (20), 3648-3653 (2021)

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  • M. Aarts, Interphase: On Nanofabrication and Electrical Double Layer Dynamics with Electrochemical Scanning Probes, University of Amsterdam, 2021-01-26

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  • E.C. Garnett, B. Ehrler, A. Polman and E. Alarcón-Lladó, Photonics for Photovoltaics – advances and opportunities, ACS Photonics 8, (1), 61-70 (2021)

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  • B. Ehrler, E. Alarcón-Lladó, S.W. Tabernig, T. Veeken, E.C. Garnett and A. Polman, Photovoltaics Reaching for the Shockley–Queisser Limit, ACS Energy Lett. 5, (9), 3029-3033 (2020)

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