Pia Dally

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellow



Al Kindi B5/L3 3254-WS18 (Seaside)

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Pia Dally earned his MSc (2016) in physical chemistry, energy storage, and conversion at the Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (ENSCBP) in Bordeaux, France. She completed her PhD from the institute of solar energy (INES), CEA in France in 2019 working on improving the efficiency and stability of Perovskite-based photovoltaic devices. She then joined the photovoltaic institute of Ile de France (IPVF) in 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow to work on the understanding of the perovskite systems via advanced chemical characterizations. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at KAUST working on surface analysis techniques, XPS and UPS

Research Interests

Interested in the application of surface analysis techniques such as XPS and UPS to understand the structure energetic relationships of surfaces and interfaces of Perovskite systems as well as the contact properties relevant to degradation mechanisms.

Selected Publications

  1. A. Medjahed, T. Zhou, J. Quiceno, P. Dally, P. Pochet, T. Schülli, D. Djurado, P. Reiss, and S. Pouget, Microstructure of Methylammonium Lead iodide Perovskite Thin Films: A Comprehensive Study of the Strain and Texture, Adv. Energy Mater. 2022, 2103627
  2. S. Cacovich*, P. Dally*, G.Vidon, M. Legrand, S. Gbegnon, J. Rousset, JB. Puel, JF. Guillemoles, P. Schulz, M. Bouttemy, and Arnaud Etcheberry, In-Depth Chemical and Optoelectronic Analysis of Triple-Cation Perovskite Thin Films by Combining XPS Profiling and PL Imaging, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022
  3. P. Dally, D. Messou, S. Cacovich, A. Yaiche, J. Rousset, M. Bouttemy, and Arnaud Etcheberry, Probing the chemistry of perovskite systems by XPS and GD-OES depth-profiling: Potentials and limitations," 2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2021, pp. 0931-0934
  4. M. Bouttemy, S. Béchu, B. Spencer, P. Dally, P. Chapon, A. Etcheberry, Combined Pulsed RF GD-OES and HAXPES for Quantified Depth Profiling through Coatings. Coatings 2021, 11, 702
  5. P. Dally*, A. Medjahed* et al, Unraveling the formation mechanism and ferroelastic behavior of MAPbI3 perovskite thin films prepared in the presence of chloride, Chem. Mater. 2020, 32, 8, 3346–3357


  • 2016 – 2019 PhD in Physical Chemistry, Energy and Materials, University Grenoble Alpes, Chambery, France
  • 2013 – 2016: Master of Science in Chemistry and Physics, Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics (ENSCBP), Bordeaux, France
  • 2015 – 2016: Masters in Chemistry of Materials, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
  • 2010 – 2013: BSc in Chemistry, Beirut, Lebanon

Professional Profile

  • 2020 – 2022 Research and Development Engineer, Photovoltaic Institute of Ile de France (IPVF), Paris – France
  • 2017 – 2019: Faculty Teacher, Grenoble Alpes University, Grenoble France

Scientific and Professional Membership

Materials Research Society (MRS)

KAUST Affiliations

KAUST Solar Center, KAUST Photovoltaics Laboratory

Non-KAUST Affiliations


Research Interests Keywords

Surface analysis techniques XPS UPS