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Research interests: Semiconductor surfaces, interfaces and thin films, terawatt-scale photovoltaics for solar energy conversion, chemical vapor deposition and its derivatives, electrochemistry in solar photovoltaics, solar photovoltaic systems and applications
Meng Tao’s current research covers a wide range of topics in terawatt solar photovoltaics including, 1) earth-abundant semiconducting chalcogenides and transparent conducting oxides for thin-film photovoltaics, 2) substitution of silver electrode in silicon solar cells with low-cost earth-abundant aluminum, 3) energy-efficient electrorefining for solar-grade silicon directly from metallurgical-grade silicon, 4) value-added recycling of silicon solar cells and modules and 5) solar-powered electrolysis for solar electricity storage with a metal/metal oxide loop.
He joined ASU in 2011 as a professor of electrical engineering, and now heads the Laboratory for Terawatt Photovoltaics. Tao also played a critical role in the establishment of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium under SEMATECH.
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.
Tao, Terawatt Solar Photovoltaics – Roadblocks and Opportunities (Springer 2014).
W.-C. Sun, X. Han, and M. Tao, “Electroplating of Aluminum on Silicon in an Ionic Liquid,” ECS Electrochemistry Letters, vol. 4, pp. D5-7 (2015).
Tao, “Impurity Segregation in Electrochemical Processes and Its Application to Electrorefining of Ultrapure Silicon,” Electrochimica Acta, vol. 89, pp. 688-91 (2013).
Song, M.Y. Ali, and M. Tao, “A High Schottky Barrier of 1.1 eV between Al and S-Passivated p-Type Si(100) Surface,” IEEE Electron Device Letters, vol. 28, pp. 71-3 (2007).
Yang and M. Tao, “A Kinetic Model for Si1-xGex Growth from SiH4 and GeH4 by CVD,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, vol. 154, pp. H53-9 (2007).