Richard R. King
ASU Directory Profile
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.
Prior to joining ASU 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% 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.
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1990 (with Distinction, with Departmental Honors)
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1987
B.S., Physics, Stanford University, 1985
Recognition and 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
R. King, C. M. Fetzer, P. Chiu, W. Hong, X.-Q. Liu, A. Zakaria, K. Edmondson, D. Krut, D. Law, J. Boisvert, and N. H. Karam, “Effects of Temperature-Induced Bandgap Shift in 5-Junction Solar Cells,” Proc. 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conf., Paris, France, Sep. 30 – Oct. 4, 2013.
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, doi: 10.1002/pip.1255.
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, doi: 10.1002/pip.1044.
R. King, A. Boca, W. Hong, X.-Q. Liu, D. Bhusari, D. Larrabee, K. M. Edmondson, D. C. Law, C. M. Fetzer, S. Mesropian, and N. H. Karam, “Band-Gap-Engineered Architectures for High-Efficiency Multijunction Concentrator Solar Cells,” Proc. 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conf., Hamburg, Germany, Sep. 21-25, 2009, pp. 55-61, ISBN 3-936338-25-6.
R. King, A. Boca, K. M. Edmondson, M. J. Romero, H. Yoon, D. C. Law, C. M. Fetzer, M. Haddad, A. Zakaria, W. Hong, S. Mesropian, D. D. Krut, G. S. Kinsey, P. Pien, R. A. Sherif, and N. H. Karam, “Raising the Efficiency Ceiling with Multijunction III-V Concentrator Photovoltaics,” Proc. 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conf., Valencia, Spain, Sep. 1-5, 2008, pp. 24-29.
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, doi: 10.1063/1.2734507.