Manuel João de Moura Dias Mendes

Materials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies
Invited Assistant Professor



Manuel J. Mendes received his PhD in 2012 by the Instituto de Energía Solar of Univ. Politécnica de Madrid, and is a Senior Researcher at CENIMAT/i3N working in the fields of light management (nanophotonics) for photovoltaics and solar fuels (artificial photosynthesis), mainly for application in buildings.
He has been involved in 15 national and 7 international projects, such as the recently-started EU project APOLO (H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA) aimed at developing photonic-enhanced flexible Perovskite solar cells for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), where he is WP leader and was co-writer of the proposal. In the past 5 years he has been PI of 1 national (SuperSolar) and 1 EU (Dielectric PV) project, as well as institution responsible and WP leader in 3 national and 1 H2020 projects.
He is author of more than 45 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, and co-inventor of 2 U.S. Patents. The first patent was distinguished with an award from NASA Inventions and Contributions Board, and the second opened a research line in plasmonic intermediate band solar cells. Dr. Mendes has also been awarded with 2 prestigious Marie Curie Experienced-Research Fellowships related with photonic-enhanced solar cells, acts as regular reviewer for 25 scientific journals, and was co-editor of the journal Frontiers in Materials (Nature Publishing Group).

Main publications

Design of optimized wave-optical spheroidal nanostructures for photonic-enhanced solar cells.
M. J.Mendes, A. Araújo, A. Vicente, H. Águas, I. Ferreira, E. Fortunato, R. Martins
Nano Energy, Vol. 26, Pages 286-296 (Jun. 2016)

Broadband light trapping in thin film solar cells with self-organized plasmonic nanocolloids.
M. J. Mendes, S. Morawiec, T. Mateus, A. Lyubchyk, H. Aguas, I. Ferreira, E. Fortunato, R. Martins, F. Priolo and I. Crupi.
Nanotechnology. Vol. 26, Issue 13, Page: 135202 (Mar. 2015)

Colloidal plasmonic back reflectors for light trapping in solar cells.
M. J. Mendes, S. Morawiec, F. Simone, F. Priolo and I. Crupi.
Nanoscale. Vol. 6, Issue 9, Page: 4796 (Feb. 2014)

Self-organized colloidal quantum dots and metal nanoparticles for plasmon-enhanced intermediate band solar cells.
M. J. Mendes, E. Hernandez, E. Lopez, P. G. Linares, I. Ramiro, I. Artacho, E. Antolin, I. Tobias, A. Marti and A. Luque.
Nanotechnology. Vol. 24, Issue 34, Page: 345402 (Jul. 2013)

Light concentration in the near-field of dielectric spheroidal particles with mesoscopic sizes.
M. J. Mendes, I. Tobias, A. Marti and A. Luque.
Optics Express. Vol. 19, Issue 17, Pages: 16207-16222 (Aug. 2011)