User:D. McLaughlin

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I have recently graduated with a Master’s of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) from the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at Queen’s University.

I received my B.Sc. Honours in Chemical Engineering - Environmental Option at Queen’s. My research focused on the III-V semiconductor indium gallium nitride (InGaN) for use in photovoltaics. Additional projects include: a technical and economic analysis for a First Nations community to become completely solar powered; and a successful push to make Queen's University deploy rooftop and ground-mounted solar PV arrays.

The completed manuscript thesis entitled "Optical Characterization of Indium Gallium Nitride for Application in High-Efficiency Solar Photovoltaic Cells" is on hold until papers are published

Thesis Outline


  • Solar PV potential, benefits
  • Unique properties of InGaN (varying band gap with composition), its promise as a semiconducting material for PV, multi-junction solar cells

Literature Review

  • Summary of previous InGaN work


  • Procedures and equipment used for characterization of the films using:
  • Ellipsometer
  • Photoluminescence
  • SEM
  • SIMS
  • EDX
  • Solar simulator - photoconductivity


  • chapters of manuscript thesis


  • Explain characterization results and relate them to advantages/disadvantages for use in PV cells

Future Work

  • Cover any lingering problems/difficulties with creating an InGaN cell



Published Papers

Primary Author:

Analytical Model for the Optical Functions of Indium Gallium Nitride with Application to Thin Film Solar Photovoltaic Cells

Leveraging Solar Photovoltaic Technology For Sustainable Development in Ontario's Aboriginal Communities


Effects of Substrate Temperature on Indium Gallium Nitride Nanocolumn Crystal Growth

One additional paper is under review