Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Dr Kevin Bass

Research Laboratory Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635315

Location: MBG.0.J12, Garendon Wing

Dr Bass is Research Laboratory Manager at CREST.  The laboratories investigate many areas of photovoltaivcs including silicon, thin film CIGS and CdTe as well as Dye Sensitised Solar Cells(DSSC).

Dr. Bass received his first degree in Chemistry in 1986, from Loughborough University, before proceeding onto a PhD in electrochemistry, also at Loughborough. Dr. Bass then entered industry working for GEC-Marconi, Caswell as a Materials Scientist investigating materials technology for advanced pyrolytic detectors.

Following this, Dr. Bass moved to work for Shipley Chemicals (now Dow Electronic Materials) where he worked as a Senior Development Chemist, formulating and developing chemical processes for the metallisation of materials. During his extensive industrial research Dr. Bass has investigated both electroless and electrolytic plating, and time was also spent at customer facilities installing and trouble-shooting the processes developed.  These processes were adapted for use within solar cell processing such as cleaning, acidic texturing, and metallization of the front collector tracks.  Companies collaborated with during these projects include Solar Cells OEM’s such as Q Cells, Deutsche Solar, and BP Solar Spain.

Since joining CREST in September 2006, as a Research Associate in photovoltaic and renewable energy, he was primarily involved in establishing the research laboratories in photovoltaic materials and devices and developing processes for the fabrication of laser grooved buried contact silicon solar cells.

In 2009 he became the Research Laboratory Manager responsible for CREST Photovoltaics laboratories.

View all Dr Bass’s publications in the central publications database

Selected Publications

High Bandgap Dielectrics for Antireflective Coating in Silicon Solar Cell by Reactive ion sputtering. Physica Status Solidi C, 1-4, (2011).

Optical characterisation of Aluminium Nitride as antireflective coating by a new remote plasma deposition system, Physica Status Solidi C, (2009).

Surface passiation by silicon nitride in Laser Grooved buried Contact (LGBC) silicon solar cells, Superlattices and Microstructures (2009).

Electroless methods  of metallalization. US Patent No. 20090004382., (2009).

Optical characterisation of silicon nitride thin films grown by novel remote plasma sputter deposition, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics,Volume 19, Supplement 1, pp. 285-288, (2007).

Light Induced Plating of Silicon Solar Cell using Non-Cyanide Silver Plating Solution. European Patent No. EP0701932.7,  (2006).

Electroplating Process and Composition: Conducting Polymer Colloid for use in fabrication of printed circuit boards.  US Patent No. 5, 528,000, (1996).

Electroplating Process and Composition: Conducting Polymer Colloid for use in fabrication of printed circuit boards.  US Patent No. 5, 415,762, (1995).

Review of Methods of Reduction of Shape Change and Dendritic Growth in Zinc based Secondary Cells, J. Power Sources, 35, 333-351, (1991).

The Electrodeposition of Zinc onto Graphitic Carbon Substrates from Alkaline Electrolytes, J.Power Sources, 24, 21-29, (1988).

Electrochemical Investigation of Lead-Calcium Alloys in Sulphuric Acid, J Power Sources, 21, 151-156, (1987).