The MIB-SOLAR labs are located at the Department of Materials Science of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

The heart of the Center MIB-SOLAR is a brand new laboratory space located on the ground level of the Department of Materials Science (Buiding U5). The new labs provides state-of-the-art facilities for the fabrication and characterization of inorganic and organic photovoltaic cells and modules in approximately 1,000 square feet with a ISO7/ISO8 (class 10,000-100,000) cleanroom environment.

Main facilities include:

  • fully equipped laboratories for synthesis (including glove-box reactions, microwave, etc.) and characterization (including multinuclear NMR, absorption and emission spectroscopy, ATR-IR, TGA, DSC, GC-MS, etc.) of organic, inorganic, and polymeric materials;
  • fully equipped laboratories for electrochemical synthesis and investigation;
  • study of chemical, thermal, and photochemical short- and long-term stability;
  • fabrication of thin film CIGS solar cells;*
  • fabrication of DSCs and organic/polymeric cells (glove-boxes);*
  • solar simulators for small cells (2x2”) and modules (6×6″) and Keithley digital sourcemeters for current/voltage measurements;*
  • fully integrated system for EQE and IQE measurements;*
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Tescan VEGA TS5136XM equipped with EDX and EBIC; 77-300 K);
  • large variety of spectroscopic tehniques for characterization of materials in solution, solid-state and in devices;
  • ovens and titanium hot plates for thermal treatment;*
  • Light Beam Induced Current (LBIC);
  • sputter, evaporator, plasma and ozone cleaning;
  • resistivity and Hall measurements;
  • Quasi Steady-State Photoconductance Decay (QSSPC) for lifetime testing;
  • ageing of solar cells under thermal stress and light soaking.*

* partially funded through University of Milano-Bicocca grant 2010 (Grandi Attrezzature)