Jacob Boyer joined in NREL in late 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher. His research focuses on developing high-throughput, low-cost growth processes for III-V materials and devices as a well as rapid characterization techniques for such materials and devices, with the goal of realizing low-cost, high-efficiency III-V photovoltaics. He is interested in epitaxial growth dynamics, metamorphic materials development, photovoltaic device design, substrate reuse, integration on inexpensive substrates, and reducing the cost of III-V materials and devices.  

Jacob received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate, both in materials science and engineering, from The Ohio State University in 2015 and 2020, respectively. His doctoral work was focused on epitaxial growth and characterization of III-V/Si materials with an emphasis on crystalline defect quantification via SEM-based techniques and optimization of III-V nucleation and growth processes. He also worked on projects involving design, growth, and characterization of III-V multijunction materials and devices for space photovoltaics.  

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Research Interests


Low-cost III-V solar cells

III-V materials and devices


Defects in semiconductors

Electron channeling contrast imaging


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL (2020–present)

Graduate Research Assistant, Ohio State (2020)

NASA Space Technology Research Fellow, NASA/Ohio State (2016–2020)

Undergraduate Researcher, Ohio State (2014–2015)

Featured Work

Correlation of Early Stage Growth Process Conditions With Dislocation Evolution in MOCVD-Based GaP/Si Heteroepitaxy, Journal of Crystal Growth (2021)

Reduced Dislocation Introduction in III-V/Si Heterostructures With Glide-Enhancing Compressively Strained Superlattices, Crystal Growth & Design (2020)

Modeling and Experimental Demonstrations of Short-Wavelength Carrier Collection Enhancements in Ga0.51In0.49P Solar Cells Using Graded (AlzGa1-z)xIn1-xP Window-Emitter Structures, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (2019)

Development of Low-TDD GaAsyP1-y/GaP/Si Metamorphic Materials for High-Efficiency III-V/Si Photovoltaics, IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (2020)

Development and Characterization of III-V/Si Multijunction Photovoltaics for Space Application, IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (2019)

Awards and Honors

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (2016)

Ohio State Institute for Materials Research Best Poster Award (2018)