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Richard King

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706
Biography

Research in Professor Richard King’s group includes technologies for one-sun, flat-plate multijunction cells, defect tolerance at grain boundaries and other defects in perovskites and wide-bandgap CIGS-related materials, physics of recombination-benign defects, low-cost polycrystalline III-V solar cells, dilute nitride Ga(In)NAs(Sb), and integration of compound semiconductors with high-efficiency silicon solar cells.

Prior to joining Arizona State University's School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, he was principal scientist and technical fellow at Spectrolab, Inc. His research on photovoltaics over the last 30 years has explored metamorphic III-V materials, high-lifetime back-contact silicon solar cells, dilute nitride GaInNAs(Sb), ordered and disordered (Al)GaInP, characterization of defects and recombination in compound semiconductors, high-transparency tunnel junctions and integration into high-efficiency multijunction solar cells with 3 to 6 junctions. In 2006, this work led to the first solar cell of any type to reach over 40 percent efficiency. King is the recipient of the 2010 William R. Cherry Award given by the IEEE for “outstanding contributions to photovoltaic science and technology,” and is a co-founding editor of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.

Education
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering (with Distinction, with Departmental Honors), Stanford University 1990
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University 1987
  • B.S. Physics, Stanford University 1985
Research Interests

Research expertise: High-efficiency silicon and III-V photovoltaics, solid-state device physics, recombination at semiconductor defects and interfaces, multijunction solar cells, thin-film compound semiconductor growth and characterization.

Publications

Selected publications

  • R. M. France, F. Dimroth, T. J. Grassman, and R. R. King, “Metamorphic Epitaxy for Multijunction Solar Cells,” MRS Bulletin 41, 202-209 (2016).
  • A. Maros, N. Faleev, R. R. King, C. B. Honsberg, “Growth Optimization of GaAsSb(N)/GaAs Heterostructures for Multi-Junction Solar Cell Applications,” J. Vacuum Science and Technology B 34, 02L106 (2016).
  • A. Maros, N. Faleev, R. R. King, C. B. Honsberg, D. Convey, H. Xie, and F. A. Ponce, “Critical Thickness Investigation of MBE-grown InGaAs/GaAs and GaAsSb/GaAs Heterostructures,” J. Vacuum Science and Technology B 34, 02L113 (2016).
  • R. R. King, D. Bhusari, D. Larrabee, X.-Q. Liu, E. Rehder, K. Edmondson, H. Cotal, R. K. Jones, J. H. Ermer, C. M. Fetzer, D. C. Law, and N. H. Karam, “Solar Cell Generations Over 40% Efficiency,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.20, 801-815 (2012).
  • R. R. King, D. Bhusari, A. Boca, D. Larrabee, X.-Q. Liu, W. Hong, C. M. Fetzer, D. C. Law, and N. H. Karam, “Band Gap-Voltage Offset and Energy Production in Next-Generation Multijunction Solar Cells,” Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.19(7), 797-812 (2011).
  • R. R. King, D. C. Law, K. M. Edmondson, C. M. Fetzer, G. S. Kinsey, H. Yoon, R. A. Sherif, and N. H. Karam, “40% efficient metamorphic GaInP / GaInAs / Ge multijunction solar cells,” Appl. Phys. Lett.90(18), 183516 (2007).
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
PHY 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
MSE 792Research
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards
  • William R. Cherry Award, 2010 (for “Outstanding Contributions to Photovoltaic Science and Technology,” awarded at the 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference)
  • IEEE Senior Member, 2008
  • Boeing Silver Phantom Award, 2007, 2008
  • R&D 100 Award, Spectrolab Team Leader, 2007
  • Boeing S&IS World-Class Engineering Award, 2007
  • Elected Boeing Technical Fellow, 2006
  • Elected Boeing Associate Technical Fellow, 2005
  • Inducted into NASA/Space Technology Hall of Fame, 2004
  • Scientific American 50 Award, Spectrolab Team Leader, 2002
  • R&D 100 Award, Spectrolab Team Leader, 2001
  • Boeing Special Invention Award, 2000, 2002, 2007 (2), 2011
  • Boeing Technical Excellence Award, 2000, 2002
  • Hughes Technical Excellence Award, 1998, 1999
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 1984