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Nancy Haegel

Center Director II-Technical


Dr. Nancy Haegel is Center Director of the Materials Science Center in the Materials and Chemical Science and Technology Directorate. Prior to joining NREL in 2014, Haegel was Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Naval Postgraduate School. Previously, she held faculty positions at Fairfield University and UCLA. Her research interests are in electronic materials and materials physics, imaging of electronic and energy transport using integrated e-beam and near-field optical techniques, high resistivity semiconductors, characterization of solar cells, nuclear radiation detectors and infrared imaging and spectroscopy. She contributed to the development of transient models for the infrared detectors on the Spitzer Space Telescope and prototyped remotely triggered Identification Friend or Foe devices for individual and vehicle protection. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Research Corporation, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office of the Department of Homeland Security.

As a professor, Dr. Haegel received the UCLA TRW Excellence in Teaching Award, the Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year Award at Fairfield University, and the NPS Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence. She received the 2004 APS Prize to a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution. Haegel was a Humboldt Foundation Scholar in 2000 and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Hebrew University in 2012. She is the author of approximately 125 publications and three book chapters. Haegel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, under the direction of Professor Eugene Haller.

Featured Work

S. Kurtz, N. Haegel, R. Sinton, R. Margolis, “A new era for solar,” Nature Photonics 11, 3–5 (2017).

N.M. Haegel et al., “Terawatt-scale photovoltaics: Trajectories and challenges,” Science 346, 141 (2017).

C. Xiao, N.M. Haegel, et al., “Near-field transport imaging applied to photovoltaic materials,” Solar Energy 153, 13–141 (2017).

N.M. Haegel et al., “Doping dependence and anisotropy of minority electron mobility in molecular beam epitaxy-grown p-type GaInP,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 202116 (2014).

N.M. Haegel, “Integrating electron and near-field optics: Dual vision for the nanoworld,” Nanophotonics 3, 75–89 (2014).

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