Symposium C
Solar PV (Photovoltaics) Materials, Manufacturing and Reliability


  • Arief Suriadi BUDIMAN, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Andrew A. O. TAY, National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • Armin ABERLE, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Wendel CALDWELL, SunPower Corp, United States
  • Reinhold DAUSKARDT, Stanford University, United States


  • Prof Arief Suriadi Budiman, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
    Tel: 65 6499 4503
    Mailing Address:
    20 Dover Drive
    Singapore 138682

Scope of Symposium

Fundamentally the materials science driving the solar PV industry has been very significant – from semiconductor to thin film to now nanostructures and perovskites, to heterojunctions involving composites of all these materials technologies. In the future, innovations in materials science will still continue to play very important roles in not only enabling novel solar cell technologies but also further enhancing state--of--the--art solar PV systems technologies and manufacturing.

This symposium would focus on systems--level, materials--based innovations and manufacturing technologies that would have real world impacts in the solar PV industry both globally as well as locally in Singapore, in their current drive towards grid parity (cost equal to grid electricity) and thus towards enabling wider adoption of renewable energy sources in the world.

Symposium Themes and Topics, but not limited to:

  • Novel solar cell technologies and approaches for commercial production

    –  Crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, thin films (CdTe, CIGS, etc.), heterejunctions, perovskites (including organo-¬‐metal halide perovskites), strained thin films, etc. 

    –  Silicon feedstock materials, advances in innovative design fabrication methods, etc. 

    –  Novel nanomaterials – organic, quantum dots, thin silicon foils, etc. 
  • Materials--based innovations in PV systems design and technologies, advanced module manufacturing and reliability improvements 

    –  New module design, materials, technologies and reliability issues 

    –  Novel and innovative PV materials – glass, polymer, silicon/cells, metallization/solder, etc. 

    –  Advanced measurement/characterization methods and instrumentation 

    –  Failure mode and defect monitoring/process control – UV degradation, polymer hydrolysis, cell cracking, solder stress, metallization corrosion, etc. 

    –  Performance, reliability, testing, standards, etc. 

Invited Speakers

  • Armin ABERLE, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Joerg BAGDAHN, Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, Germany
  • Wendel CALDWELL, SunPower Corp, United States
  • Robert CHANG, Northwestern University, United States
  • Yi CUI, Stanford University, United States
  • Reinhold DAUSKARDT, Stanford University, United States
  • Seung Min HAN, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
  • Vincent HANDARA, Surya University, Indonesia
  • Huey-Liang HWANG, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Gregoria ILLYA, Surya University, Indonesia
  • Oliver KRAFT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Karl LEO, Institut für Angewandte Photophysik, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Daniel MACDONALD, Australian National University, Australia
  • T. Paul PARKER, SunPower Corp, United States
  • Thomas REINDL, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), Singapore
  • Mikhail REZNICHENKO, Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
  • Jan SCHMIDT, Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), Germany
  • Yu-Lin SHEN, University of New Mexico, United States
  • Lydia WONG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Arie ZABAN, Bar-Ilan University, Israel