Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Dr Gianfranco Claudio

Senior Lecturer in Photovoltaics
PhD, CPhys, MInstP

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635316

Location: MBG.0.J17, Garendon Wing, Holywell Park

Gianfranco is a Senior Lecturer within the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems (CREST). His research areas are in the development of thin material for Photovoltaics solar cells and in the synthesis and characterisation of materials for Thermal Energy Storage.

Gianfranco is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Physicist,


Sputtering of thin film material for PV and solar absorber coatings for solar collectors

Characterisation of materials for thermal energy storage

Electro-optical characterisation of semiconductors

Modelling of thin films

His external activities include:


International Program Committee Member for SOLARIS 2018

Reviewer for International Conferences and Journals


Member of the Institute of Physics (IoP)

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Member and Treasurer of the Vacuum Physics Group within the IoP

Gianfranco was born in Molfetta (Italy) where he attended the “Liceo Scientifico Enrico Fermi”. He was awarded a Degree in Physics from University of Bari in 1998 with a Thesis on the optoelectronic properties of microcrystalline silicon. He studied for a PhD in Ion Implantation sponsored by Applied Materials at University of Surrey graduating in 2004. In 2005 Gianfranco joined Loughborough University as a Research Associate working on solar cells under the Supergen PV project funded by EPSRC. He became a Lecturer in 2008 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016. He is part of the CREST group looking at novel compounds for energy storage and photovoltaics.

If you would like a full curriculum vitae please contact him.

Gianfranco's research interests span a number of technology areas: Thermochemical Energy Storage, Vacuum technology, PV devices (silicon and thin films), semiconductor modelling & simulation, ion implantation.

Current Research Projects:

  • Phase Change Materials for Energy Storage
  • Novel absorbers for evacuated solar collectors
  • High efficiency thin film photovoltaics by magnetron sputtering
  • Antireflective coating for PV devices
  • Optical and electrical characterisation of semiconductors

Lead Tutor:

  • ELP045 – REST MSc Project
  • ELD645 - REST MSc Project (DL)

Tutor on modules:

  • ELD533/ELP033/ELP633 Solar Power
  • ELD538/ELP038/ELP638 Energy Storage
  • ELA001 –Circuit
  • ELA003 –Electronics A
  • ELB013 –Engineering Project Management


  • Supervision of Final Year undergraduate projects 1-2 per yr

Gianfranco is author of over 40 peer reviewed papers in Journals and Proceedings of International Conferences. A selection is listed below.

Selected Journal Papers:

Mahon, D, Claudio, G, Eames, P An experimental investigation to assess the potential of using MgSO 4 impregnation and Mg 2+ ion exchange to enhance the performance of 13X molecular sieves for interseasonal domestic thermochemical energy storage, Energy Conversion and Management, ISSN: 0196-8904. DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.03.080.

Lisco, F, Kaminski, PM, Abbas, A, Bass, K, Bowers, JW, Claudio, G, Losurdo, M, Walls, JM (2015) The structural properties of CdS deposited by Chemical Bath Deposition and Pulsed DC Magnetron Sputtering, Thin Solid Films, 582, pp.323-327, ISSN: 0040-6090. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2014.11.062  DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2014.11.062.


Selected Conference Papers:

Lisco, F, Goffin, N, Abbas, A, Claudio, G, Woolley, E, Tyrer, J, Walls, J (2016) Laser Annealing of thin film CdTe solar cells using a 808 nm diode laser. In 43rd IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference, Portland, OR, pp.2811-2816.

Goffin, NJ, lisco, F, simeone, A, claudio, G, tyrer, J, Woolley, E (2015) Use of Laser Beam Diffraction for Non-invasive Characterisation of CdTe Thin Film Growth Structure. In CIRPe 2015, Online, pp.101-106, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2015.08.077.