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Portrait of Kristopher Davis.Kristopher Davis
Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Cluster
Florida Solar Energy Center

Phone:
(407) 823-2415
Fax:
(321) 638-1010
Email:


Education:

B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 2007

M.S. Optics & Photonics
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 2011

Ph.D. Optics & Photonics
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 2015

Research Focus:

Dr. Davis received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2007. At this time, he became a Research Engineer at FSEC providing photovoltaic (PV) cell and module characterization services to a number of different organizations, including module manufacturers, accredited qualification laboratories, national laboratories, and others. Additionally, he worked with NREL on quantifying degradation rates in PV modules installed in the field and helped lead a U.S. Department of Energy funded project focused on the development and demonstration of advanced inverters with unique features aimed at improving grid reliability.

Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. in Optics & Photonics from UCF in 2015 where he focused on the deposition of functional oxide materials using atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) and the integration of these materials into c-Si PV cells. This collaboration between UCF and SCHMID Group, a producer of PV manufacturing equipment, gave Dr. Davis first hand experience on PV cell manufacturing processes in a state-of-the-art R&D pilot production facility.

Dr. Davis also served as c-Si Metrology Program Manager for the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), a Department of Energy funded initiative in collaboration with SEMATECH. In this capacity, he led efforts to recruit U.S. PV companies into the PVMC and managed a portfolio of collaborative R&D projects focused on advancing the state of c-Si PV metrology across the supply chain.

Currently, Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UCF. Additionally, Dr. Davis is a member of the Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Cluster at UCF and has a joint appointment with FSEC. Dr. Davis is Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on projects funded by industry, the state of Florida, and the Department of Energy. These projects focus on the development of new manufacturing processes and characterization techniques to improve the performance and reliability of PV technologies, reduce cost, and gain fundamental insight into the structure-property relationships of PV materials.

Dr. Davis is an active member of IEEE, SPIE, and MRS.

Recent Publications:

  • Ali H, Moldovan A, Mack S, Wilson M, Schoenfeld WV, Davis KO. Influence of surface preparation and cleaning on the passivation of boron diffused silicon surfaces for high efficiency photovoltaics. Thin Solid Films 2017; 636: 412-418. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2017.06.043.
  • Ali H, Moldovan A, Mack S, Schoenfeld WV, Davis KO. Transmission electron microscopy based interface analysis of the origin of the variation in surface recombination of silicon for different surface preparation methods and passivation materials. physica status solidi (a) 2017. DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201700286.
  • Schneller EJ, Ö?ütman K, Guo S, Schoenfeld WV, Davis KO. Crystalline Silicon Device Loss Analysis through Spatially Resolved Quantum Efficiency Measurements. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 2017; 7. DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2017.2689160.
  • Guo S, Gregory G, Gabor AM, Schoenfeld WV, Davis KO. Detailed Investigation of TLM Contact Resistance Measurements on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells. Solar Energy 2017; 151: 163-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.05.015.
  • Yang X, Bi Q, Ali H, Davis KO, Schoenfeld WV, Weber K. High Performance TiO2-Based Electron-Selective Contacts for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells. Advanced Materials 2016; 28: 5891–5897. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201600926.
  • Schneller EJ, Brooker RP, Shiradkar NS, Rodgers MP, Dhere NG, Davis KO, Seigneur HP, Mohajeri N, Wohlgemuth J, Scardera G, Rudack AC, Schoenfeld WV. Manufacturing metrology for c-Si module reliability and durability Part III: Module manufacturing. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2016; 59: 992-1016. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.12.215.
  • Davis KO, Rodgers MP, Scardera G, Brooker RP, Seigneur H, Mohajeri N, Dhere NG, Wohlgemuth J, Schneller E, Shiradkar N, Rudack AC, Schoenfeld WV. Manufacturing metrology for c-Si module reliability and durability Part II: Cell manufacturing. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2016; 59: 225-252. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.12.217.
  • Seigneur H, Mohajeri N, Brooker RP, Davis KO, Schneller EJ, Dhere NG, Rodgers MP, Wohlgemuth J, Shiradkar NS, Scardera G, Rudack AC, Schoenfeld WV. Manufacturing metrology for c-Si photovoltaic module reliability and durability, Part I: Feedstock, crystallization and wafering. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2016; 59: 84-106. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.12.343.
  • Davis KO, Jiang K, Habermann D, Schoenfeld W. Tailoring the Optical Properties of APCVD Titanium Oxide Films for All-Oxide Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coatings. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 2015; 5: 1265-1270. DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2015.2437272.