Semiconductor Device Physicist / Materials Engineer

This expert has over 15 years of hands-on Silicon Valley R&D experience in materials science and semiconductor physics.  He specializes in semiconductor device physics, particularly in solar cell physics, as well as nanomaterials and devices based on nanomaterials. He is very knowledgeable in coating and thin-film process engineering by many different materials and methods, including synthesis, characterization and analysis, modeling and simulation. 

For several years, he was a visiting professor at Standford University, in their Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For four years he was an associate professor in physics and study director of the Karlstad University in Sweden. He has a strong track record of developing intellectual property, including 30 scientific journal publications, three of which he was the sole author, 16 granted US patents, two as the sole inventor, and 6 pending US patents. He has also participated as a peer reviewer for Applied Physics Letters and Journal of Applied Physics.


Academic Background
• Linkoping University, PhD, Materials Science
• Universitat Hannover, Post Doc, Solid State Physics


Professional Experience
RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, consulting Semiconductor Device Physicist / Materials Engineer, August 2019 to present.

Expert consultant
May 2019 to present
In matters of materials (semiconductors, smart coatings, and superalloys), solar cells and panels, and nanotechnology.


Applied Materials, Senior Materials Scientist,
August 2014 – April 2019
• Responsible for both experimental and modeling-simulation advanced surface technology projects.
• Leads research and development of coatings and surface textures for process chambers in the semiconductor industry, as well as development of coatings for aerospace Ni-based superalloy turbine blades.
• Managing a cross-functional program since 3 years, involving an experimental research group at the Department for Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University under Prof. Bruce van Dover and a computational aided engineering team from Applied - Materials, using rational design to optimize execution, which has led to the development of multiple products.
• Received team of the quarter award for AlN heater 2015.
• Constantly presents 2 papers at Applied’s Engineering and Technoloy (ET) Conference (5% acceptance rate)
• Led Kickbox project from ideation to proof of concept, that resulted in a patent.
• Supervised several college internship projects, whereof some have led to patents.


OneSun Solar, Principal Scientist
October 2012 - July 2014
• Project manager responsible for development of novel absorber transition metal (Mo, W, etc.) dichalcogenide (S, Se, or Te) materials for low temperature thin film photovoltaics.
• Coordinated cross-functional R&D teams from leading research institutions and companies in North America and Europe.
a. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto
b. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
• Performed solar cell device simulations to set the direction for the company.
• Developed an automated spectral photo conductivity system for screening of promising absorber materials.


MiaSolé, Lead Scientist
June 2008 - September 2012
• Responsible for developing advanced device characterization methodology for CIGS (CuInGaSe2)-based solar cells, including interface characterization, defect spectroscopy, and carrier and trap state analysis.
• Developed an automated system with variable temperature and photo spectrum using filters for capacitance-voltage (CV), admittance spectroscopy, drive-level capacitance profiling (DLCP) and current-voltage (IV)measurements.
• Invented new types of solar cells to improve performance with incorporated nanoparticles / nanostructures.
• Solar cell modeling/simulation using analytical methods and SCAPS.
• Coordinated roll-coater operation using Miasole’s proprietary roll-to-cell physical vapor deposition (PVD) technology both for test runs and production.
• Design of experiments (DOE) using JMP.
• Performed angular resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (PES) on CIGS and CdS at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL).
• Collaborated with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


Nanostellar, Inc., Principal Scientist
November 2003 - May 2008
• Responsible for the initial technical and scientific planning of the company, including hiring of key personnel.
• Coordinated the mutual exchange of information between computational and experimental teams.
• Managed various projects to develop new characterization methodology for nanocatalysts.
• Performed transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses of nanocatalysts.
• Responsible for Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) certification.


Stanford University, Visiting Associate Professor in Materials Science
July 2001 - October 2003
• Worked on the American National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project" Computational Nano Engineering of Magnetic Nanostructures" to increase the information density on computer hard discs.
• Developed kinetic Monte Carlo simulation code and used it to model strain-assisted self-assembly of nano-patterned metal and semiconductor (Co, Pt, Ag, Cu, Si, Ge etc.) quantum-dot structures.
• Collaborated closely with experimental and theoretical teams.


Karlstad University, Associate Professor in Physics / Director of Studies
Sweden, April 1997 - June 2001
• Had full responsibility for planning the teaching duties of 10-20 faculty members and overseeing the budget as director of studies.
• Developed and lectured both graduate and undergraduate level courses at the physics department, with focus on semiconductor device physics, solid state physics and surface physics.
• Heteroepitaxy of Insulator/Metal Multilayers on Si(111), collaboration with Hannover University, Germany, principal investigator.
• Performed surface physics research at the Swedish synchrotron radiation laboratory, Maxlab at Lund University.

Hannover University, Postdoctoral Researcher
• Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.
• Improved and completed the installation of a system for high-resolution electron diffraction.
• Developed computer code to simulate Si epitaxial growth and fundamental metrology limitations for digital data acquisition.



• Certified integrated circuit mask layout designer
• Introduction to Financial Engineering and Econometrics, Coursera
• Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step In Entrepreneurship, Coursera
• Data Scientist’s Tool Box, Coursera
• R Programming, Coursera
• Getting and Cleaning Data, Coursera
• Introduction to Systems Engineering, Coursera
• Applications of Everyday Leadership (Part 1 of Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization), Coursera
• Foundations of Everyday Leadership (Part 2 of Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization), Coursera
• Building Your Leadership Skills, Coursera
• Strategic Career Self-Management (Part 1 of Career Brand Management), Coursera


Professional Development
• Toastmasters: Advanced Communicator Gold, Advanced Leader Bronze, Leadership Excellence, Area Director Club Mentor
• Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scout Master