Mike Scarpulla

Mike Scarpulla

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Postdoctoral 2008, Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab, UC Santa Barbara
PhD 2006, Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley
S 2003, Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley
ScB 2000, Materials Science & Engineering, Brown University

Office: MEB 3280
Phone: 801-585-1231
Email

Faculty Page
http://scarpulla.eng.utah.edu


Research

Research Summary

My research group focuses on earth-abundant, benign compound semiconductors for thin film photovoltaics such as Cu2ZnSnS4. We also work in other sulfide semiconductors for PV, light management for thin film PV, CIGS, laser processing of semiconductors, and the physics of semiconductor alloys and transition metal and rare earth additions to semiconductors.

Research Groups

  • Carina Hahn, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 03/2012 - present.
  • Jeff Provost, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 03/2012 - present.
  • Christian Robert, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 03/2012 - present.
  • Caitlin Arndt, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 03/2012 - present.
  • Louis Grenet, Other. CAE Grenoble. 02/2012 - 03/31/2012.
  • Alex Gibbs, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 01/2012 - present.
  • Volodymyr Kosyak, Postdoc. 09/01/2011 - present.
  • Elizabeth Smith, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 09/2011 - present.
  • Chris Hancock, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 08/01/2011 - present.
  • JaDee Bodell, Undergraduate Student. 08/2011 - present.
  • Mitchell Hymas, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 08/2011 - present.
  • Jan Muessener, Graduate Student. University of Giessen. 08/2011 - 11/2011. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: PROMOS Fellowship from Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst (DAAD).
  • Quang (Quinn) Quach, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 08/2011 - present.
  • Ben Perschon, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 02/21/2011 - present.
  • Melinda Downs, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 02/21/2011 - present.
  • Jash Sayani, Undergraduate Student. School of Computing. 02/01/2011 - 03/01/2012.
  • Mak Karmarkar, Graduate Student. MSE. 01/2011 - present.
  • Arslan Majid, Undergraduate Student. ECE. 08/31/2010 - present.
  • Guy Miller, Undergraduate Student. ECE. 08/31/2010 - 12/31/2010.
  • Silas Bennett, Visiting Student. Cal Tech. 06/23/2010 - 09/01/2011.
  • Joe Bolke, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 01/2010 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: UROP.
  • Win Maw Hlaing Oo, Postdoc. MSE. 11/01/2009 - 06/25/2011.
  • Loren Rieth, Research Professor. ECE. 09/2009 - present.
  • James Nagel, Graduate Student. ECE. 07/2009 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Best paper award, Energy, Catalysis, and Environment Category, Nano Utah 2010 http://www.nanofab.utah.edu/nanoutah10/.
  • Eric Leonard, Undergraduate Student. ECE. 06/2009 - 12/31/2009.
  • Katherine Hartman, Visiting Student. MSE at MIT. 03/01/2009 - 12/31/2010.
  • Liz Lund, Graduate Student. Chem Eng. 01/2009 - present.
  • Ashish Bhatia, Graduate Student. MSE. 09/2008 - present.
  • Jeff Johnson, Graduate Student. ECE. 09/2008 - present.
  • Matt Nowell, Graduate Student. MSE, EDAX TSL Inc.. 09/2008 - 04/2010.
  • Gene Siegel, Undergraduate Student. MSE. 08/2008 - 05/2010. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: UROP.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Sputtering, sulfurizing furnaces, AFM, Chemical Bath Deposition, monochromators, semiconductor spectroscopy techniques .

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • MAT WORLD NET: LASER PROCESS. PI: SCARPULLA,MICHAEL A. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 08/01/2010 - 07/31/2013. Total project budget to date: $363,838.00
  • SISGR: FUNDAMENTAL STUDIES. PI: SCARPULLA,MICHAEL A. Co-PI(s): RIETH, LOREN W. US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, 09/15/2009 - 09/14/2012. Total project budget to date: $900,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • THz Transmission and Modulation Through Superconducting Hole Arrays. PI: Scarpulla. Co-PI(s): Nahata. 04/2010 - 08/2010.
  • Ion Implantation and Pulsed Laser Melting (II-PLM) to Synthesize Direct Bandgap Ge1-xSnx Alloy Thin Films. PI: Mike Scarpulla. 08/2009 - 12/2011.
  • Light Trapping in Optically-Thin Si Solar Cells via Dielectric Nanoparticle Scattering. PI: Mike Scarpulla. 02/2009 - present.