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Sylvain Marsillac

  • Sylvain Marsillac
  • Professor
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • 231 Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3741
  • smarsill@odu.edu
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  • Received his B.S. degree in physics and chemistry, his M.S. and his Ph.D. (1996) in Materials Science and Engineering all from the University of Nantes (France). After receiving his Ph.D., he worked for the University of Nantes until 2000 as an Assistant Professor. He then joined as a Researcher the University of Delaware and the University of Hawaii from 2000 to 2004. In 2005, he joined the University of Toledo where he became Associate Professor in 2008. He joined Old Dominion University in 2011. His current research interests include studying new inorganic materials for renewable energy applications, developing innovative tools for in-situ and real-time analysis, and developing novel architectures and techniques for the fabrication of flexible and high efficiency solar cells.
  • Education

    University of Nantes, 1996
    Major: Materials Science and Engineering
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of Nantes, 1993
    Major: Materials Science and Engineering
    Degree: M.S.
    University of Nantes, 1992
    Major: Physics and Chemistry
    Degree: B.S.
  • 2012: Excellence Award in Research, Frank Batten College of Engineering, Old Dominion University
  • 2012: Excellence Award in Teaching, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University
  • 2012: Excellence in Promoting Undergraduate Research, Old Dominion University
  • 2008: Elected Associate Director of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC), a Center with total funding of $18.6 M (and with $29.7 M in academic and industrial cost share).
  • 2004: Elected member of the Research Committee for Materials and Electrical Engineering, University of Nantes
  • 2002: Achieved 16.9% world record solar cell efficiency based on Cu(In,Al)Se2 , IEC
  • 1998: Elected member of the Research Committee for Materials and Electrical Engineering,, University of Nantes
  • 1993: Awarded a 3 year National Ph.D. Scholarship , French Ministry of Education
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Novel Contact Materials for Improved Voltage and Performance in CdTe Solar Cells
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Energy
    Date: March 01, 2012 - February 28, 2015
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Marsillac, S.
    High throughput CIGS solar cell fabrication via ultra-thin absorber layer with optical confinement and (Cd, CBD)-free heterojunction partner
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Energy
    Date: November 01, 2011 - October 31, 2014
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Baumgart, H.; Namkoong, G.; Marsillac, S.
    Embedded Health Monitoring for Large-scale Solar Power Systems
    Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund
    Date: July 14, 2012 - July 13, 2013
    Investigators:Dhali, S. K.; Marsillac, S.
    Trabant Rooftop Tracking HT-60
    Sponsoring Organization: Trabant Solar
    Date: May 01, 2012 - April 04, 2013
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Dhali, S. K.; Marsillac, S.
    Installation of a Roof-top tracking photovoltaic system at Old Dominion University
    Sponsoring Organization: Trabant Solar
    Date: September 01, 2011 - August 31, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Dhali, S. K.; Namkoong, G.; Marsillac, S.
    CIGS Solar Cell Deposition and Substrate Analysis Phase 2
    Sponsoring Organization: Nippon Engineering Glass
    Date: August 01, 2011 - July 31, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Marsillac, S.
    Roof-top tracking photovoltaic system as a learning tool for engineering students
    Sponsoring Organization: Dominion Power
    Date: September 01, 2011 - June 30, 2012
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dhali, S. K.; Namkoong, G.; Marsillac, S.
    Thin Film & Next Generation PV Devices
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Defense
    Date: January 01, 2011 - June 30, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Marsillac, S.
    Rapidly deployable solar electricity and fuel sources
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Defense
    Date: January 01, 2011 - March 31, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Elsayed-Ali, H.; Baumgart, H.; Namkoong, G.; Marsillac, S.