KAUST Photovoltaics Laboratory

The KPV-LAB brings international researchers together to develop high-efficiency solar cells

Research at KPV-LAB


Welcome to the KAUST Photovoltaics-Laboratory (KPV-LAB) webpage

The KPV-LAB is led by Stefaan De Wolf of the Material Science & Engineering Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

At KPV-LAB, we are dedicated to developing a realistic high-efficiency photovoltaic solution for sunny and hot climates. Our research efforts are focused on "Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells", "Perovskite Solar Cells", "Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells", and "Perovskite/Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells".

The KPV-LAB has strong collaborations with respected academic researchers and industrial partners.




The KPV-LAB attracts qualified researchers from different countries across the world. To be part of our multinational team, check out our vacancies​.



Latest News

19 September, 2021

Numerical Modeling Predict the Performance of Ultra-Thin Devices

In the latest work, Dr. Waseem Raja and his colleagues develop a novel 3-D opto-electrical finite-element model to analyze the performance of ultrathin solar cells. Overall, the study shows how 3-D finite element modeling can aid in analyzing and developing new optical and electrical solar cell designs for ultra-thin solar cells such as those based on chalcogenides and perovskites.

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04 September, 2021

Minding the gaps to boost perovskite performance

In collaboration with LAMA, OMEGA, CPMS, and UFD groups of KAUST, we have shown that phenformin hydrochloride (PhenHCl), a multifunctional molecule that plugs various atomic-scale defects in perovskite solar materials, can significantly boost the longevity and electrical output of perovskite-based solar cells.

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16 August, 2021

We test our perovskite/silicon tandem directly under the Sun!

In his latest work, Dr. De Bastiani led the KPVLAB team, in collaboration with the University of Toronto and the EPFL, through a six-month outdoor performance study of bifacial perovskite/silicon tandems in the sunny and humid desert of Saudi Arabia.

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