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Semiconductor surfaces, interfaces and thin films; terawatt-scale photovoltaics for solar energy conversion; chemical vapor deposition and its derivatives; electrochemistry for solar-grade silicon; and high-temperature silicon electronics.
Tao’s current research covers a wide range of topics in photovoltaics, such as 1) Earth-abundant chalcogenides as active layer and transparent electrode in next-generation photovoltaics; 2) terawatt-scale silicon photovoltaics, including electrorefining for solar-grade silicon and substitution of silver electrode with aluminum; and 3) high-temperature silicon electronics for power management in renewable energy systems. He joined ASU in 2011 as a professor of electrical engineering, and is establishing a new Laboratory for Terawatt Photovoltaics.
Recognition and awards
South Central Bell Professorship, 2001
College of Engineering Outstanding Young Faculty Award, 2004
University Outstanding Research Award, 2011
Dr. Tao also played a critical role in the establishment of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium under SEMATECH.
C.S. Tao, J. Jiang, and M. Tao, “Natural Resource Limitations to Terawatt-Scale Solar Cells,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 95, pp. 3176-80 (2011).
X. Han, K. Han, and M. Tao, “Low-Resistivity Y-Doped ZnO by Electrochemical Deposition,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, vol. 157, pp. H593-7 (2010).
M. Tao, E. Maldonado, and W. P. Kirk, Monolayer Passivation of Si(001) Surface bySe, Appl. Surf. Sci. 253, 4578 (2007).