Senior Engineer for High Efficiency Materials and Devices
Alan Kibbler received his bachelor's degree in physics from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, in 1979. He received his master's degree in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado in 1981. He had the opportunity to be employed at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), the precursor to NREL, that same year and worked with Jerry Olson on the purification of silicon through electrochemical means. In 1984, he had the opportunity to work with A. Eugene Blakeslee, known for the Mathews-Blakeslee model of misfit dislocations in semiconductor crystals. Kibbler was responsible for the design and construction of a series of state-of-the-art MOCVD growth systems within a research group that was led by Jerry Olson, Sarah Kurtz, and recently, Daniel Friedman. These growth systems have produced world-record efficiency devices over the course of three decades of research, culminating in two IR100 awards, and an FLTCC (Technology Transfer) Award. Alan is considered an in-house expert in MOCVD design and a resource for this technology's safe operation, and is often consulted concerning these subjects both inside NREL and within the larger MOCVD growth community.
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