Daniel Micha joined the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF) as a post-doc / executive researcher in November 2020. The main topic of his research is the optimization of nanophotonic structures for ultrathin solar cells, with a focus on application to hot carrier solar cells. This work is performed both theoretically and experimentally.
He received his PhD in 2015 with the work “Study of alternatives to minimize losses in GaAs photovoltaic devices”. He has experience in the modelling, fabrication and characterization of III-V semiconductor devices, specially solar cells and IR photodetectors. From 2010 to 2020, he worked as associate professor at the Federal Center for Technological Education (CEFET/RJ), RJ, Brazil, carrying on research and teaching activities. In 2013/2014, Daniel worked in the III-V team of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, in Freiburg, Germany. Since 2008, Daniel keeps a collaboration with the Semiconductor Laboratory, located in the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.
In the last 5 years, Daniel has authored and co-authored 8 journal articles and 15 conference papers with more than 150 citations in total. His research work has always been related with the exploitation of new concepts for high efficiency solar cells, such as multijunction solar cells, intermediate band solar cells, photon recycling, nanotechnology, integration of III-V materials to Si, among others.
Beyond research, Daniel has interests in physics teaching and science diffusion through projects with the general public in different areas, such as photovoltaics, physics, astronomy, technology, STEAM, among others. He has also had an experience in management as the head of the Department of Physics in CEFET/RJ and campus council member for one year.