The Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), founded in 1425, is mainly located in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). The structure and method of operation of the University classify into three sectors: humanities and social sciences, medical sciences, and science and technology. The science and technology sector of UCL hosts the Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM) institute. The Institute is currently home to more than 40 professors and more than 200 researchers. These researchers carry out both basic and applied research in key fields of information and communication technologies, electronics, computer science, and applied mathematics. The electrical engineering department (ELEN) of ICTEAM hosts the UTOPIC by using the existing facilities available at Wallonia Electronics and Communication Measurements (WELCOME) and Wallonia Infrastructure Nano FABrication (WINFAB) technological platforms.
The central role of UCL in ARCIGS-M is to provide novel designs and cell concepts (aligned to ARCIGS- objectives), optoelectronic characterisations and device modelling (1D/2D and 3d) of solar cells and related test structures. All these activities are perfectly aligned with UCL on-going research interests and activities and the participation in this project is utmost important for their on-going research activities, since it provides a platform to exchange, realise and implement novel cell technologies with state-of-the-art laboratories and industrial partners in Europe. This project also helps UCL to position themselves as a pioneer in advanced electrical characterisation and modelling within the thin-film PV community.
From UCL, the ARCIGS-M can count with the participation of Dr Ratan Kotipalli, Sr. Post-doc researcher in Silicon and thin-film PV cell technologies, who is leading the WP4 with the supervision of Prof. Denis Flandre in UCL. Prof. Flandre, Dr Oliver Poncelet, an expert in optical modelling and characterisations and Dr Khaled Ben Ali who will provide his expertise in 2D/3D device modelling of solar cells and related test structures.