Manuel João de Moura Dias Mendes

MEON
Materials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies
Assistant Professor

13742
mj.mendes@fct.unl.pt

Description

Manuel J. Mendes received his PhD in 2012 by the Instituto de Energía Solar of Univ. Politécnica de Madrid. He is Professor at DCM/NOVA since 2019 and Senior Researcher at CENIMAT/i3N working in the fields of light management (nanophotonics) for photovoltaics and solar fuels, mainly for consumer-oriented applications in buildings and in flexible electronics (IoT). He has been involved in 15 national and 7 international projects, such as the 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 50 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 30 scientific journals, and was co-editor of the journal Frontiers in Materials (Nature Publishing Group).



Main publications

Wave-optical front structures on silicon and perovskite thin-film solar cells. M. J. Mendes, O. S.-Sobrado, S. Haque, T. Mateus, H. Águas, E. Fortunato, R. Martins.  Book chapter in Solar Cells and Light Management, Elsevier, 315-354 (2020). 


Photonic-structured TiO 2 for high-efficiency, flexible and stable Perovskite solar cells. S. Haque, M. J. Mendes, O. S. Sobrado, H. Águas, E. Fortunato, R. Martins Nano Energy, 59, 91–101 (2019).


Prediction of sunlight-driven CO2 conversion: Producing methane from photovoltaics, and full system design for single-house application. F. Vieira, B. Sarmento, A. S. Reis-Machado, J. Facão, M. J. Carvalho, M. J. Mendes, E. Fortunato and R. Martins. Materials Today Energy, 14, 100333 (2019).


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, 26, 286-296 (2016).


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




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