Researcher

Dr Michelle Vaqueiro Contreras

Biography

Michelle completed a PhD (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2018 at the University of Manchester, focusing on the identification of light element impurities responsible for high minority carrier recombination in monocrystalline silicon. Her findings on the recombination mechanisms relating C-O-H interactions in silicon have proven to be of high impact to the solar cell industry as hydrogen introduction in silicon is mostly...view more

Michelle completed a PhD (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2018 at the University of Manchester, focusing on the identification of light element impurities responsible for high minority carrier recombination in monocrystalline silicon. Her findings on the recombination mechanisms relating C-O-H interactions in silicon have proven to be of high impact to the solar cell industry as hydrogen introduction in silicon is mostly recognized due to its advantageous effects on the cell efficiencies. She has extensive experience in a variety of electrical characterisation of defects in silicon, surface characterisation, micro-frabrication and dielectric deposition techniques. She is interested in novel passivation materials and processes, defects in silicon and cell architectures.

 

She is currently a researcher in a project focused on theoretical studies of hydrogen migration and hydrogen related defects in silicon, and in the atomic hydrogen manipulation for effective trapping in silicon crystal defects for improved passivation.  All these with the aim of increasing the efficiency limits of cells made from cheap commercial materials.

 

View less

Location

Room 309, Tyree Building

Publications

by Dr Michelle Vaqueiro Contreras