Simona Binetti

Simona Binetti is associate professor in Physical Chemistry at Universty of Milano Bicocca and vice director of the  Milano –Bicocca Solar energy research center.
She  graduated in Physics at Milano University in 1991, she obtained a Master in Material Science in 1994 with mark 70/70 cum laude  and the  PH. D. in Chemistry  in 1998. From 1999 to 2014 she has been assistant professor in Physical Chemistry  for the Faculty of Science of University of Milano-Bicocca. 
Since 2001, she has  been teaching Material Chemistry, Laboratory of Physical  Chemistry,  Laboratory of Material Chemistry and  Complement  of Physical Chemistry.
Her research activity, carried out in the Department of Material Science of University of Milano-Bicocca, is devoted to the study of the effect of defects (point and extended ones) on electrical and optical properties of  elementary semiconductor (Silicon) and composed (Silicon Carbide,  Silicon Germanium and alloy and  Copper Indium  Gallium Diselenied CIGS  alloy  ). In this context she developed original research activities in the field of  the role of  defects on the opto-electrical properties of  silicon (multicrystalline  and nanocrystalline thin film) for photovoltaic application, of optical emission associated to dislocations and oxygen precipitates in silicon,  on the epitaxial growth of Er-doped silicon.  Within this frame the  experimental tools,  systematically used,  include an UV-IR Photoluminescence system down to 12 K, infrared spectroscopy,  Hall effect system down to 12 K, a Light Beam Induced Current system, Surface Photovoltage Spectroscopy for diffusion length determination.  Recently a new activity has been started on the growth and characterization of CIGS films for PV application on steel and glass substrate.Since 1990, she has been involved in many European Renewable Energy Projects (Multichess (I-II), COST, FAST-IQ, NESSI, FOXY , NANOPHOTO) and in several national projects.  She  has been the responsible of European Renewable Project “FOXY” (“Development of solar grade silicon feedstock for crystalline wafers and cells by purification and crystallisation” 2006-2009) in which she has been the leader of the Work package related to Material characterization. She is co-author of more than 100 scientific publications on international journals, she had  many oral presentation to PV international  conferences and she  acts as a referee for several scientific journals on Materials Science and Solar energy.

Selected Publications

    1. S.Binetti, M.Acciarri, M.Bollani, L.Fumagalli, H. von Kanel, S. Pizzini Nanocrystalline silicon films grown by Low Energy Plasma Enhanced Chemical Deposition for optoelectronic application  Thin Solid Film  487, 19, (2005)
    2. A.Castaldini, D. Cavalcoli, A. Cavallini, S.Pizzini, and S.Binetti  “Electronic Transitions at defect states in CZ  p-type silicon” APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS    86, 162109, (2005)
    3. S. Binetti, A. Le Donne, M. Acciarri “Processing step related upgrading of silicon based solar cells detected by photoluminescence spectroscopy” Solar Energy Mat. and Solar Cells  Vol 86/1 pp 11-18 (2005)
    4. S.Pizzini, S.Binetti, A.Le Donne, A. Marzegalli, A.J. Rabier    “Optical properties of shuffle dislocations in silicon” , APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS   88, 211910 (2006)
    5. A.Le Donne, S. Binetti, G.Isella, S.Pizzini “Structural Homogeneity of nc- Si Films Grown by Low –Energy PECVD” ” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 11, P5 (2008)
    6. S. M. Hossain, A. Anopchenko, S. Prezioso, L. Ferraioli, L. Pavesi, G. Pucker, P. Bellutti, S. Binetti, M. Acciarri Subband gap photoresponse of nanocrystalline silicon in a metal-oxide semiconductor device” ” J. Appl. Phys. 104, 074917, 1 (2008)
    7. A.Le Donne, M. Acciarri, D. Narducci, S. Marchionna, and S. Binetti,
      Encapsulating Eu3+ Complex Doped Layers to Improve Si-based Solar Cell Efficiency Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl. 17, 519 (2009)
    8. P. L. Novikov, A. Le Donne, S. Cereda, Leo Miglio, S. Pizzini, S. Binetti, M. Rondanini, C. Cavallotti, D. Chrastina, T. Moiseev, H. von Känel, G. Isella, Crystallinity and microstructure in Si films grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition: A simple atomic-scale model validated by experiments ” APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 94, 051904 (2009).
    9. Le Donne A., Acciarri M., Gori G., Colletto R.,  Campesato R. and  Binetti S. ““Optical and electrical characterization of AlGaInP solar cells” ” Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells  vol. 94; p. 2002-2006, (2010).
    10. Michio Tajima, Takaaki Iwai, Hiroyuki Toyota, Simona Binetti, and Daniel Macdonald “ Donor – acceptor pair luminescence in compensated Si for solar cells JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 110, 043506 2011
    11. S. Binetti, M.Acciarri, A. Le Donne, M. Morgano, Y Jestin Key Success Factors and Future Perspective of Silicon-Based Solar Cells International Journal of Photoenergy, vol. 2013 Article ID 249502, 6 pages, 2013
    12. A. Le Donne, S. K. Jana, S. Banerjee , S. Basu and S. Binetti  Optimized luminescence properties of Mn doped ZnS nanoparticles for photovoltaic applications J. Appl. Phys. 113, 014903 2013
    13. C. Modanese, M. Acciarri, S.Binetti , A.K. Søiland,M.Di Sabatino, L. Arnberg “ Temperature-dependent Hall-effect measurements of p-type multicrystalline compensated solar grade silicon” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl. 21 1469-1477 2013
    14. Binetti S. , Le Donne A. ,  Sassella A.  “Photoluminescence and infrared spectroscopy for the study of defects in silicon for photovoltaic applications” Solar Energy Materials &; Solar Cells 130 2014 696–703