Robert W. Birkmire

Robert W. Birkmire

Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Email: rwb@udel.edu
Phone : (302) 831-6220
451 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716

Biosketch

Change what is currently there to Research Interest: Current research efforts are growth and characterization of thin film semiconductors and devices for photovoltaic applications as well as the development of a-Si/c-Si heterojunction all back contact solar cells. The research emphasizes the inter-relationship between the growth process, film structural and electro-optical properties and device performance. He is also actively involved in developing effective mechanisms to transfer laboratory results to commercial processes with particular emphasis on implementing model-based process control schemes using advanced sensor technologies.

Awards

  • World Renewable Energy Network Pioneer Award, presented at the World Renewable Energy Congress VII, July 2002, Cologne, Germany
  • Department of the Army Special Achievement Commendation:  May 1977
  • Growth and characterization of thin film semiconductors and devices for photovoltaic applications