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Nanomanufacturing: ALD4PV


logoAtomic layer deposition (ALD) is a vapor-phase deposition technique that can be used to tailor interface properties by depositing high-quality thin films with precise growth control, very good uniformity over large areas, and excellent step coverage on non-planar surfaces at relatively low temperatures. These unique features make ALD very attractive for many solar cell designs that require (ultra)thin layers. PV applications of ALD include absorber films, buffer layers, interface layers, transparent contacts, photoanodes, encapsulation layers and surface passivation films. From the manufacturing point of view, ALD is on the verge of being introduced in the PV industry and it is expected that it will be part of the standard solar cell manufacturing equipment in the near future.

The relevance and potential of ALD for crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells, copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) and other emerging solar cell concepts will be addressed during the workshop. Furthermore, advances made in the upscaling of the ALD technology for the PV industry will be discussed.

The workshop is organized in the framework of the ALD4PV project funded by the EU through a Marie Curie IEF program. In this project, which has recently ended, the potential of ALD for various solar cell technologies has been investigated and highlighted. The project included research on silicon heterojunction solar cells (link), dye sensitized solar cells (link), and transparent conductive oxides.


Confirmed speakers and program

ALD for crystalline silicon solar cells and heterojunctions

ALD for CIGS solar cells

ALD for DSC solar cells and beyond

Upscaling of ALD

An overview of the program can be found here. A compact printable version of the program can be found here.

Partners and Sponsors

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Organizing Committee

Practical information


The workshop is free of charge but registration is required. Please note that the registration is in first come first served basis. Registration includes coffee/tea, lunch (standard or vegetarian) and drinks afterwards.

The deadline for registration is March 1. Click here to register.


Grand Café "Zwarte Doos" at TU/e


The Zwarte Doos building can be found within walking distance of the Central Station, right at the beginning of the TU/e campus, just before the Vertigo building with the TU/e logo on the roof. For more info: Web page Zwarte Doos

Internet access

Wi-Fi will be available at the venue, but prior registration for access is necessary. The instructions to register for internet access will be sent to the participants with the email confirming the registration.


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