Top score of seven Veni grants for TU/e, Jimmy Melskens one of the winners

No fewer than seven talented, young TU/e researchers have received a Veni grant of up to 250,000 euros. This equals the highest number of Veni’s ever gained by TU/e.The seven TU/e winners will be undertaking research in fields ranging from oil paintings and improved silicon solar cells to a new type of battery and polymers that are vibrated by light. The last time the university had so many winners was in 2010. In 2006 and 2003 there were also seven Veni grant winners. The ‘Veni’ is awarded each year by NWO. This grant is aimed at giving promising young researchers the possibility to spend three years developing their ideas. In total, this round saw 1127 submissions by researchers of research projects for funding, 154 of which were ultimately honored. The project of Jimmy Melskens  - Applied Physics, Plasma and Materials Processing ( Erwin Kessels):

Higher yield for silicon solar cells

The silicon solar cells we see around us have a yield of around 20 percent. It is important that this yield is increased for the transition to a sustainable energy supply. Scientific research refers to yields of more than 25 percent but such solar cells are not yet up to industrial scale production. In this project Jimmy Melskens (34) wants to develop methods that can make this happen. So he is going to use highly transparent metal oxides as contacts in order to reduce the electrical and optical losses in the solar cell.