Xinbo Yang

Research Scientists

Research Scientist 2017 - 2020 Now, Professor at Soochow University, China



Al Kindi B5/L3

Research Interests

​Xinbo Yang's research interest is mainly focused on the development of high-efficiency silicon solar cells with
  • - novel selective contacts (metal oxides or organic based);
  • - novel heterojunctions
  • - advanced laser processing (doping, pattering, etc.)
  • - novel architectures (back-contact, tandem, etc.)

Selected Publications

  • Xinbo Yang, E. Aydin, H. Xu, et al. Tantalum Nitride Electron-Selective Contact for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 1800608.
  • Xinbo Yang, K. Weber, Z Hameiri, S. Wolf, Industrially feasible, dopant‐free, carrier‐selective contacts for high‐efficiency silicon solar cells, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 2017, 25 (11), 896-904.
  • Xinbo Yang, Q. Bi, H. Ali, K. Davis and K. Weber, High Performance TiO2-Based Electron-Selective Contacts for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, Advanced Materials, 2016, 28 (28), 5891-5897 .
  • Xinbo Yang, P. Zheng, Q. Bi, K. Weber, Silicon heterojunction solar cells with electron selective TiOx contact, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 150, 32-38 (2016).
  • Xinbo Yang, K. Fujiwara, K. Maeda, et al. Crystal growth and equilibrium shapes of silicon in the melt, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 22(5), 574 (2014).
  • Xinbo Yang, J. Bullock, L. Xu, et al., Passivated contacts to laser doped p+ and n+ regions, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 140, 38-44 (2015).
  • Xinbo Yang, K. Fujiwara, R. Gotoh, et al. Crystal and faceted dendrite growth of silicon near (100), Acta Materialia 60, 3259 (2012).
  • Xinbo Yang, J. Bullock, Q. Bi, K. Weber, High-efficiency n-type silicon solar cells featuring passivated contact to laser doped regions, Applied Physics Letters 106, 113901 (2015).


  • ​Ph.D., Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China, 2010

Professional Profile

  • ​2017- Present Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012 - 2016 Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Fellow, Australian National University (ANU), Australia
  • 2010-2011 JSPS Fellow, Tohoku University, Japan​

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)​

Research Interests Keywords

Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells Novel Selective Contacts