Simona Binetti


VICE-DIRECTOR
Simona Binetti is associate professor in Physical Chemistry at Universty of Milano Bicocca, Vice director of the Milano –Bicocca Solar energy research center, Dean of Chemistry courses of Universty of Milano Bicocca, representing UNIMIB in Joint Program on Photovoltaics of European Energy Research Alliance. Qualified Full Professor in Physical Chemistry.
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.

MAIN RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Development of a new deposition procedure to growth Cu(InGa)Se2 thin film solar cells

Kesterite: a new material for thin film solar cells deposited by sputtering and chemical methods

Nanocrystalline silicon solar cells (nc-Si:H)

Solar Grade Silicon

Thin film Si QDs solar cells

Light harvesting to increase the efficiency of silicon solar cells:

Selected Publications on solar cells and related materials

    1. J. Krustok, T. Raadik, M. Grossberg, M. Kauk-Kuusik, V. Trifiletti, S. Binetti,“Photoluminescence study of deep donor- deep acceptor pairs in Cu2ZnSnS4” Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 80, 52-55 2018
    2. U. Cosentino, C. Greco, D. Pitea, S. Binetti, A. Le Donne, G. Moro, A. Baiardi, Theoretical and experimental investigation of UV–Vis absorption spectrum in a Eu(3+) based complex for luminescent downshifting applications Theor Chem Acc 136, 117 2017
    3. A. Le Donne, D. Cavalcoli, R.A. Mereu, M. Perani, L. Pagani, M. Acciarri and S. Binetti,“Study of the physical properties of ZnS thin films deposited by RF sputtering” Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 71, 7-11 2017
    4. A. Le Donne, S. Marchionna, M. Acciarri, F. Cernuschi, S. Binetti,“Relevant efficiency enhancement of emerging Cu2MnSnS4 thin film solar cells by low temperature annealing” Solar Energy 149, 125-131 2017
    5. J. Parravicini, M. Acciarri, A. Lomuscio, M. Murabito, A. Le Donne, A. Gasparotto, S. Binetti ,“Gallium In-Depth Profile in Bromine-Etched Copper–Indium–Galium–(Di)selenide (CIGS) Thin Films inspected Using Raman Spectroscopy” Applied Spectroscopy 71(6), 1334-1339 2017
    6. U. Cosentino, C. Greco, D. Pitea, S. Binetti, A. Le Donne, G. Moro, A. Baiardi, Theoretical and experimental investigation of UV–Vis absorption spectrum in a Eu(3+) based complex for luminescent downshifting applications Theor Chem Acc 136, 117 2017
    7. M. I. Khalil, R. Bernasconi, L. Pedrazzetti, A. Lucotti, A. Le Donne, S. Binetti, L. Magagnin “Co-Electrodeposition of Metallic Precursors for the Fabrication of CZTSe Thin Films Solar Cells on Flexible Mo Foil” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 164 (6), D302-D306 2017
    8. A. Le Donne, D. Cavalcoli, R.A. Mereu, M. Perani, L. Pagani, M. Acciarri and S. Binetti,“Study of the physical properties of ZnS thin films deposited by RF sputtering” Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 71, 7-11 2017
    9. S. Binetti, A. Le Donne, A. Rolfi, B. Jäggi, B. Neuenschwander, C. Busto, C. Frigeri, D. Scorticati, L. Longoni and S. Pellegrino “ Picosecond laser texturization of mc-Silicon for photovoltaics: a comparison between 1064 nm, 532 nm and 355 nm radiation wavelengths” Applied Surface Science 371, 196–202 2016
    10. S.Binetti, P. Garattini, R. Mereu, A. Le Donne, S. Marchionna, A. Gasparotto, M. Meschia, I. Pinus, M. Acciarri, “Fabricating Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells on flexible substrates by a new roll-to-roll deposition system suitable for industrial applications ” Semicond. Sci . Technol. 30, 105006 2015
    11. S. Tombolato, U. Berner, D. Colombara, D.Chrastina, M. Widenmeyer, S. Binetti and P.Dale “ Cu2ZnSnSe4 device obtained by formate chemistry for metallic precursor layer fabrication ” Solar Energy 116, 287–292 2015
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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).
    17. 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)
    18. 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).
    19. 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
    20. 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)