The INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, is an international research organization created to foster interdisciplinary research in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. INL provides a high-tech research environment addressing major challenges in nanomedicine, nanotechnology applied to environmental & food control nanoelectronics, and nanomachines and molecular manipulation at nanoscale. The core facility of INL is a class 100 micro and nano-fabrication clean room of ~700m2, providing a large variety of semi-industrial processes for lithography, material deposition, and etching, capable of being easily transferred to the industry or of prototyping large-area devices. INL is located in Braga, Portugal, in the north part of Portugal, less than 100 km away from the Spanish border. Close to 200 researchers from 23 nationalities take part in research and development activities dedicated to nanotechnology.
In ARCIGS-M, INL will nanofabricate structures that reduce the number of defects at the rear interface of thin film solar cells. Such feature is an important step that will allow for the creation of ultrathin Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells. INL has the experience in quickly prototyping nanotechnology solutions and creating benchmark solutions that the industry can follow. Furthermore, INL is also responsible by the projects communication and dissemination.
INL already performs research in thin film solar cells, moreover nanotechnology is the core activity of ARCIGS-M. The novel solar cell architectures that will be developed by ARCIGS-M are nanotechnology solutions that fully meets INL objectives of exploring nanotechnology for the gain of society. Likewise, the international status of INL encourages us to interact with all the European partners involved in this project, both academia and industry, increasing then, INL´s already vast network.
A team of five people are involved in the project. Pedro Salomé, group leader of the Nanofabrication for Optoelelctronic Applications, and Sascha Sadewasser, group leader of the Laboratory of Nanostructured Solar Cells, are the main scientists. Both scientists have a strong background in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin films. A PhD student and a lab technician are hired trough the project. Communication and dissemination is being handled by Gina Palha, communication officer from INL.