Alexandre Mantovani Nardes


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Dr. Alex Nardes received a double doctoral degree in applied physics and electrical engineering, respectively, from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and the University of São Paulo, Brazil in 2007. He earned his master's degree in electrical engineering in 2002 from the University of São Paulo. As part of his doctoral studies, Nardes helped improve the understanding of electrical conductivity and charge transport in PEDOT:PSS, one of the most used conducting polymers in the field of organic electronics. In 2008, he came to Colorado for a one-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Denver and NREL, a part-time position in each institution. He performed consulting work with Professor Sean Shaheen for industrial partners. He joined NREL full time in 2009 as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Dr. Nikos Kopidakis, working on fundamental aspects of photophysics dynamics and charge transport of organic materials for photovoltaic applications. In 2013 he became a research scientist supporting several projects in the Chemical and Nanoscale Sciences Center. Nardes' research Interests include charge transport and photophysics at the macroscale and nanoscale of new materials for photovoltaic applications, such as organic, perovskite, quantum dots, and hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductors. Nardes is currently studying the interaction of IR-sensitized materials with excited states in organic semiconductors and the integration of plasmon-active nanostructured electrodes into thin-film photovoltaics. He is also involved in the development of perovskite semiconductors for PV applications, as well as new device designs for boosting their efficiencies.

Selected Publications 

  1. Zhao, Yixin; Nardes, A.M.; Zhu, K. (2014). "Mesoporous Perovskite Solar Cells: Material Composition, Charge-Carrier Dynamics, and Device Characteristics." Faraday Discussions (DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00128A);
  2. Zhao, Yixin; Nardes, A.M.; Zhu, K. (2014). "Effective hole extraction using MoOx-Al contact in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells." Applied Physics Letters (104); p. 213906.
  3. Zhao, Yixin; Nardes, A.M.; Zhu, K. (2014). "Solid-State Mesostructured Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cells: Charge Transport, Recombination, and Diffusion Length." The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (5:3); pp. 449-494.
  4. Nardes, A.M.; Ferguson, A.J.; Whitaker, J.B.; Larson, B.W.; Larsen, R.E.; Maturová, K.; Graf, P.A.; Boltalina, O.V.; ; Strauss, S.H.; Kopidakis, N. (2012). "Beyond PCBM: Understanding the Photovoltaic Performance of Blends of Indene-C60 Multiadducts with Poly(3-hexylthiophene)." Advanced Functional Materials (22); Accessed May 06, 2013:
  5. Nardes, A.M.; Ayzner, A.L.; Hammond, S.R.; Ferguson, A.J.; Schwartz, B.J.; Kopidakis, N. (2012). "Photoinduced Charge Carrier Generation and Decay in Sequentially Deposited Polymer/Fullerene Layers: Bulk Heterojunction vs Planar Interface." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (116:(13)); Accessed May 06, 2013:
  6. Nardes, A.M.; Janssen, R.A.J.; Kemerink, M. (2008). "A Morphological Model for the Solvent-Enhanced Conductivity of PEDOT:PSS Thin Films." Advanced Functional Materials (18); pp. 1-7.
  7. Nardes, A.M.; Kemerink, M.; de Kok, M.M.; Vinken, E.; Maturová, K.; Janssen, R.A.J. (2008). "Conductivity, Work Function, and Environmental Stability of PEDOT:PSS Thin Films Treated with Sorbitol." Organic Electronics (92:5); pp. 727-734.
  8. Nardes, A.M.; Kemerink, M.; Janssen, R.A.J.; Bastiaansen, J.A M.; Kiggen, N.M.M.; Langeveld, B.M.W.; van Breemen, A.J.M.; de Kok, M. (2007). "Microscopic Understanding of the Anisotropic Conductivity of PEDOT:PSS Thin Films." Advanced Materials (19:9); pp. 1196-1200.
  9. Nardes, A.M.; Kemerink, M.; Janssen, R.A.J. (2007). "Anisotropic hopping conduction in spin-coated PEDOT:PSS thin films." Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (76); pp. 085208-1-085208-7.

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