Professor Albert Polman

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Photovoltaics, Plasmonics



Dr. Albert Polman is a group research leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he heads the Program “Light management in new photovoltaic materials”.  He is professor of Photonic materials for photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam. Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in 1989, was post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1991 and then became group leader at AMOLF, where he also served as director from 2006-2013. In 2003 he spent a sabbatical year at Caltech.

Polman is one of the pioneers of the research field of nanophotonics: the control, understanding, and application of light at the nanoscale. Polman’s research group specializes in fundamental studies at the interface between optical physics and materials science, and has regularly demonstrated transfer of knowledge to applied concepts.

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Available Publications


Thermodynamic Theory of the Plasmoelectric Effect

Jorik van de Groep, Matthew T. Sheldon, Harry A. Atwater, & Albert Polman
Scientific Reports (2016) - Plasmonics

Limiting Light Escape Angle in Silicon Photovoltaics: Ideal and Realistic Cells

Emily D. Kosten, Bonna K. Newman, John V. Lloyd, Albert Polman, and Harry A. Atwater
IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2015) - Photovoltaics

Plasmoelectric Potentials in Metal Nanostructures

Matthew T. Sheldon, Jorik van de Groep, Ana M. Brown, Albert Polman, Harry A. Atwater
Science (2014) - Plasmonics

Reply to 'On the thermodynamics of light trapping in solar cells'

Harry A Atwater, Albert Polman
Nature materials (2014) - Photovoltaics

Photonic Design Principles for Ultrahigh-Efficiency Photovoltaics

Albert Polman, Harry A Atwater
Nature Materials (2012) - Photovoltaics