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Portrait of Kristopher Davis.Kristopher Davis
Research Engineer
Solar Technologies Research

(407) 823-6149
(321) 638-1439


B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 2007

M.S. Optics and Photonics
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 2011

Research Focus:

Mr. Davis’s primary research interests include: photovoltaic (PV) cell and module characterization; PV materials processing and device fabrication; modeling and characterization of PV materials and devices; PV cell and module manufacturing; and the reliability and long-term performance of PV modules and systems.

Since beginning at FSEC in January 2007, Mr. Davis has provided cell and module characterization services to a number of different organizations, including module manufacturers, accredited qualification laboratories, U.S. Dept. of Energy national laboratories, NASA, and other third parties interested in understanding how these devices perform under varying environmental conditions. This work has included PV device measurements (e.g. I-V characteristics, optical properties, quantum efficiency, materials characterization), as well as module performance and reliability testing. In the area of processing and fabrication, Mr. Davis has focused on low cost manufacturing methods for advanced crystalline silicon (c-Si) cells, including the development of atmospheric-based processes that eliminate costly vacuum systems. Currently, he is the c-Si Metrology Program Manager for the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), a U.S. Dept. of Energy funded initiative in collaboration with SEMATECH. In this capacity, Mr. Davis has been working with a number of companies across the U.S. PV supply chain to better understand the challenges facing c-Si metrology and develop solutions to these problems through collaborative R&D.

Mr. Davis is an active member of IEEE, the IEEE Electron Device Society and the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He is also a member of AVS, SPIE, and MRS.

Recent Publications:

  • Davis KO, Kurtz SR, Jordan DC, Wohlgemuth JH, Sorloaica-Hickman N. Multi-pronged analysis of degradation rates of photovoltaic modules and arrays deployed in Florida. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 2013; 21: 702-712. DOI: 10.1002/pip.2154.
  • Davis KO, Jiang K, Demberger C, Zunft H, Haverkamp H, Habermann D, Schoenfeld WV. Investigation of the Internal Back Reflectance of Rear-Side Dielectric Stacks for c-Si Solar Cells. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 2013; 3: 641-648. DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2012.2233861.
  • Davis KO, Jiang K, Demberger C, Zunft H, Haverkamp H, Habermann D, Schoenfeld WV. Improved control of the phosphorous surface concentration during in-line diffusion of c-Si solar cells by APCVD. physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters 2013; 7: 319-321. DOI: 10.1002/pssr.201307020
  • Davis KO, Jiang K, Wilson M, Demberger C, Zunft H, Haverkamp H, Habermann D, Schoenfeld WV. Influence of precursor gas ratio and firing on silicon surface passivation by APCVD aluminum oxide. physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters, 2013; 7: 942-945. DOI: 10.1002/pssr.201308092