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Andriy Zakutayev

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Andriy Zakutayev is a scientist working in the field of renewable energy technologies. The applied direction of his work includes development of new materials and devices for solar cells, Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, and other renewable energy technologies using materials-by-design methods. The basic direction involves research on non-equilibrium synthesis of metastable materials, discovery of previously unreported materials, as well as fundamental surface and interface science. Zakutayev uses high-throughput combinatorial approaches to thin-film synthesis, characterization, and data analysis in his work.

Zakutayev is an author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals. He has received an EMRS Young Scientist Award and other professional recognition. Zakutayev has been a principal investigator on a $1.5 million project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and a thrust leader in a $16 million Energy Frontier Research Center funded by DOE. He supervises graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and exchange visitors, and actively collaborates with theorists and data scientists.

Zakutayev received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2010 from Oregon State University (Prof. Janet Tate) working on wide-bandgap p-type semiconductors. His postdoctoral advisor at NREL was David Ginley. 

Research Interests

Novel semiconducting materials

High-throughput combinatorial methods

Physical vapor deposition of thin films

Defects/disorder and doping in semiconductors

Materials by Design and Materials Genome

Non-equilibrium and metastable materials

Thermoelectric materials and devices

Surface and interface science

Photovoltaic absorbers and solar cells

Transparent conductors and wide-bandgap semiconductors

Oxide, nitride, sulfide, phosphide, and Cu-based materials

Photoelectrochemical production of fuels


Ph.D. Physics, Oregon State University

B.S. Electronics, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine

Featured Publications

"Trade-Offs in Thin Film Solar Cells with Layered Chalcostibite Photovoltaic Absorbers", Advanced Energy Materials, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201601935 (2017)

"Design of nitride semiconductors for solar energy conversion", J. Mater. Chem. A 4, 6742 (2016)

"A review of defects and disorder in multinary tetrahedrally bonded semiconductors," Semicond. Sci. Technol. 31 123004 (2016)

"Design of Semiconducting Tetrahedral Mn1−xZnxO Alloys and Their Application to Solar Water Splitting," Phys. Rev. X 5, 021016 (2015)

"Defect Tolerant Semiconductors for Solar Energy Conversion," J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 1117 (2014)

"Theoretical Prediction and Experimental Realization of New Stable Inorganic Materials Using Inverse Design Approach," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 10048 (2013)

"Surface Origin of High Conductivities in Undoped In2O3 Thin Films," Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 016802 (2012)

"Zn–Ni–Co–O Wide-bandgap P-type Conductive Oxides with High Work Functions," MRS Communications 1, 23 (2011)

"Electronic Properties of BaCuChF (Ch = S,Se,Te) Surfaces and BaCuSeF/ZnPc Interfaces," J. Appl. Phys. 107, 103713 (2010)

"Origin of P-type Conduction in Single Crystal CuAlO2," Phys. Rev. B, 80, 165206 (2009)

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