Angus Rockett


AVS Representative

Colorado School of Mines, USA


Angus Rockett is a Professor and past Head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and the Colorado School of Mines and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. He was President in 2011 and is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. He was the General Chair of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in 2016 and has held many positions with both the PVSC and the AVS. Since January 2021 he has been the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. He received his B.S. in physics from Brown University and his Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Illinois.

His research involves defects in semiconductors, primarily focused on synthesis and characterization and theory and modeling of solar cell materials. He has applied a wide variety of materials microanalysis methods to study semiconductors. His group has done density functional theory, continuum elasticity, lattice Monte Carlo, and drift-diffusion modeling of materials and devices. He has also worked with reactive sputtering of nitrides and other materials. He is the author of one book (The Materials Science of Semiconductors), five book chapter contributions, more than 190 publications in archival journals, holds three sputtering- and/or photovoltaics-related patents, and has given more than 155 invited talks. Google Scholar currently gives his h-index as 58 with over 12,000 citations to his work. He teaches courses in electronic materials and processing in addition to general materials science courses. He has presented short courses and tutorials in sputtering, materials microanalysis, and solar cells and solar cell materials for a variety of professional societies and organizations around the world.


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