dr. M. (Adriana) Creatore - Expertise
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- D13500 - Physical chemistry
- D12700 - Gases, fluid dynamics, plasma physics
- Plasma physics
- Plasma processing of thin films
- Solar cells
Mariadriana Creatore has received her M.Sc. in Chemistry and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Bari (Italy) in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Her research covered the polymer surface modification and deposition of inorganic thin films by means of low-pressure plasmas. She carried out part of her master and PhD thesis studies at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France) and at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland).
After her Doctorate, she joined the Plasma and Materials Processing group at the Applied Physics department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. She was a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow (2001-2003), within the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) of the European Commission. In 2004 she was awarded a 3-years grant, VENI, by the NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) within the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme programme. In 2006 she spent 3 months at the University of Oxford (Great Britain) for a sabbatical leave. In May 2007 she was appointed as an assistant professor and Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) fellow in Solar Energy at the Applied Physics department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. In Novermber 2011 she has been appointed as an associate professor in the area of Plasma processing for the next generation of energy technologies.
Her research, initially built upon the experience in the field of plasma processing/polymerization, now includes other thin film deposition techniques, such as initiated-CVD, which she has introduced to the research group, and plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (ALD). She currently investigates the synergy between plasma and ALD to facilitate low substrate temperature processing and to expand/tune the chemistry of the ALD thin films. Furthermore, she developed in the research group the theme of interface engineering in thin film solar cells by means of ultra-thin ALD oxide layers, for the control on charge carrier processes in dye-sensitized, perovskite (PSC) and CIGS solar cells. Since two years she has extended the theme of interface engineering to 3D all-solid state Li-ion batteries (LiB), through a collaboration with Imec. Her research also addresses the control/tuning of sub-nm size porosity in thin films. Two awards have been granted for the scientific achievements and development of surface- sensitive, opto-electrical diagnotics to porosity detection.
The valorisation of her research can be monitored by the several successful European research projects (FP7 and HORIZON2020) where international industrial partners are involved (Meyer Burger Switzerland, Plessey, PlasmaQuest), as well as by strong collaborations with Dutch and Belgian companies/research institutes (Solliance, TNO, Holst Centre, InnoPhysics, Imec). Furthermore, she holds academic collaborations with Bochum University, MIT, GeorgiaTech and the University of Tor Vergata-Rome.
Next to the educational tasks within the TU/e, she has been also lecturer of the Solar Energy module for the course Advanced Renewable Energy System Technology (MJ2492) at KTH-Royal Institue of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.