Kesterite Thin Films for Photovoltanics

Jin Kyu Kang
Jin Kyu Kang
Green Energy Research Division/Advanced Convergence Research Center, DGIST, Korea
16:30~17:10,November 21st, 2013


Electricity is bound to increase and as a consequence the increased demand on fossile fuels as well as possible regulations on CO2 emissions are bound to increase the wholesale electricity costs. A change of paradigm is now happing.

Solar cells based on chalcogenide films, such as CdTe and CIGS, are at the forefront in thin film solar cell technology in terms of commercial production and laboratory record effiency. However, reliance on the heavy metal Cd and nonabundant elements In presents a barrier toward meeting the multiterawatt scale target for renewable energy supplied by photovoltanics.

Kesterite thin film is an emerging alternative chalcogenide solar cell absorber that provides diversification away from the noe-earth-abundant elements.

In this seminar, I will talk about the R&D trend of thin film solar cells based on Kesterite thin films.



Research Interests:

  • Thin Film Process and Evaluation
  • Photovoltaic Materials and Device
  • Next Generation Solar Cell Technology 

Professional Experience :

  • 2005-Present : Principal Researcher, DGIST
  • 2000-2005 : Principal Research Engineer, Samsung Electronics
  • 1993-1996 : Senior Research Engineer, LG Electronics



  • 1996-2000 : Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, POSTECH
  • 1991-1993 : M.S., Chemical Engineering, POSTECH
  • 1984-1991 : B.S., Industrial Engineering Chemistry,Seoul National University


Awards and Honors:

  • 2010~2012 : Marquis Who`s Who in Science and Engineering