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Adele Tamboli

Staff Scientist | 303-384-7223

Adele Tamboli has a joint appointment at NREL and Colorado School of Mines. Her research focuses on photovoltaic materials and devices, including silicon-based tandem solar cells and novel epitaxial and thin-film absorber materials. As part of the High Efficiency Crystalline PV research group, Dr. Tamboli is involved in a variety of projects to advance PV efficiency while maintaining or improving upon the existing cost structure and proven reliability of silicon PV. Her projects include III-V/Si tandem solar cells via direct growth, mechanical stacks built using transparent, conductive adhesives, and three-terminal tandem solar cell designs. In addition, Tamboli leads a program investigating the impact of cation disorder on II-IV-V2 materials such as ZnGeP2 and ZnSnN2, which may be used to tune material properties at a fixed composition. In addition to collaborations with NREL scientists, Dr. Tamboli also supervises several graduate students, postdocs, and interns, and has won several mentoring awards. She also runs NREL's Hands-On Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE), a summer workshop for graduate students. Before joining NREL, Dr. Tamboli worked on Si and Si/III-V microwire array materials for photovoltaics and solar fuels, as well as III-nitride microcavity lasers and light-emitting diodes.


Research Assistant Professor, Physics, Colorado School of Mines, 2011-present

Postdoctoral Scholar, Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2009-2011

Ph.D., Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009

B.S., Physics, Harvey Mudd College, 2004

Featured Publications

"Transparent Conductive Adhesives for Tandem Solar Cells Using Polymer–Particle Composites," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018

"Maximizing tandem solar cell power extraction using a three-terminal design," Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2018

"Growth of amorphous and epitaxial ZnSiP2–Si alloys on Si," Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2018

"Raising the one-sun conversion efficiency of III–V/Si solar cells to 32.8% for two junctions and 35.9% for three junctions," Nature Energy, 2017

"Monte Carlo simulations of disorder in ZnSnN2 and the effects on the electronic structure," Physical Review Materials, 2017

"Effects of Hydrogen on Acceptor Activation in Ternary Nitride Semiconductors," Advanced Electronic Materials, 2017


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