Dr. Alberi received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, where she studied the optical and electronic properties of highly mismatched semiconductor alloys. She came to NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in the Silicon Materials and Devices group to investigate the design and performance of thin crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells fabricated on inexpensive substrates.
In 2010, Kirstin joined the Solid State Spectroscopy group to conduct basic research on the optical and electronic properties of semiconductor alloys for photovoltaic and solid-state lighting applications. Specific research interests include the development of phosphide-based alloys for high-efficiency lighting, the physics of dilute nitride and bismide III-V alloys, and high-spatial resolution studies on minority carrier transport in thin-film photovoltaic materials.
- Alberi, K.; Martin, I. T.; Shub, M.; Teplin, C. W.; Romero, M. J.; Reedy, R. C.; Iwaniczko, E.; Duda, A.; Stradins, P.; Branz, H. M.; Young, D. L. (2010). "Material Quality Requirements for Efficient Epitaxial Film Silicon Solar Cells." Applied Physics Letters. (96:7); p. 073502.
- Stone, P.R.; Alberi, K.; Tardif, S.K.Z.; Beeman, J.W.; Yu, K.M.; Walukiewicz, W.; Dubon, O.D. (2008). "Metal-Insulator Transition by Isovalent Anion Substitution in Ga1-xMnxAs: Implications to Ferromagnetism." Phys. Rev. Lett. (101:8); p. 087203.