Brian E. McCandless is an Associate Scientist at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware. He earned his B.S. degree in astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1980. He began working at the Institute in 1980 on synthesis and characterization of zinc-cadmium phosphide alloys for photovoltaic applications.
In 1983 and continuing to the present he has contributed to the research and development of solar cells based on group II-VI and group I-III-VI materials. He has participated in research on thin film and nano-scale photovoltaic materials for terrestrial and space solar cells, photoactivation and tomography photosensors. His specific research interests include materials synthesis, crystallographic analysis of polycrystalline materials, structural chemistry and morphology in thin film materials, interface reaction processes in multi-layer metal and semiconductor structures, surface and grain boundary passivation, development of single junction and tandem solar cells, and process development and refinement for photovoltaics manufacturing.
Through his research contracts and active participation in the former NREL-sponsored National CdTe Thin Film Partnership and Team, he has collaborated extensively with industrial concerns towards the goal of commercializing thin-film photovoltaic modules.
Mr. McCandless has fabricated monolithic two-junction thin film tandem solar cells and pursues R&D of CdTe and other wide band gap thin film solar cells. Mr. McCandless has authored and co-authored over 100 publications for conferences and journals, has presented invited oral papers at IEEE and Materials Research Society conferences, has authored a chapter in a book on photovoltaics, and is an inventor on five U.S. patents.
Mr. McCandless presently serves on the editorial board of the journal Progress in Photovoltaics.