Jose Marquez Prieto

ESR 2.1 Jose Marquez Prieto – PhD student at Northumbria University.

Jose studied Chemistry at the University of Sevilla where he specialised in Chemical Engineering. In the frame of the Erasmus program, he studied one year in Erlangen, Germany, working in developing anodization processes of aluminium for commercial purposes. After finishing his Degree, he undertook an internship in Abengoa Solar NT, during which he became interested in solar energy. At Abengoa, he worked in the Thin Film group of the Soland R&D Centre. In this internship, he was directly involved in projects related to CIGS technology which were coordinated by Abengoa, in coll­­aboration with the Institute of Materials Science of Seville and the University of Zaragoza, where he was developing chemical bath deposition processes for CdS and Zn(O,S) buffer layers

Currently, he is developing his PhD under supervision of Dr Ian Forbes at Northumbria Univeristy. The main topic of his PhD is the development of sputtering techniques for the CZT(S,Se) absorber for Thin Film Solar Cells. The main activities during the PhD have been focused in developing the growth processes of CZTSe by sputtering and post-reactive annealing in Se atmosphere. He has deeply studied the influence of composition in the physical, structural and chemical properties of CZTSe as well as its influence in the optoelectronic properties of pure selenide kesterite solar cells. After optimisation of composition and growth conditions of the absorber, the current solar cells processed achieved efficiencies over 8%.


J. Márquez, M. Neuschitzer, M. Dimitrievska, R. Gunder,, S. Haass, M. Werner, Y.E. Romanyuk, S. Schorr,N.M. Pearsall, I. Forbes Systematic compositional changes and their influence on lattice and optoelectronic properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4 kesterite solar cells. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. (2016), Vol 144. Pp 579-585. doi:10.1016/j.solmat.2015.10.004

J. Márquez-Prieto and I. Forbes. Evolution of phases in two-stage vacuum processed thin film Cu2ZnSnSe4 absorber layers, Materials Research Innovations, 2014. DOI: 10.1179/1433075X14Y.0000000248.

J. Márquez-Prieto, Y.Ren, R.W:Miles, N.Pearsall, I.Forbes, The influence of precursor Cu content and two-stage processing conditions on the microstructure of Cu2ZnSnSe4. Thin Solid Films, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2014.11.028


5th European kesterite workshop. Tallin, Estonia. “Influence of Cu content on CZTSe solar cells” J. Márquez, M. Neuschitzer, S. Haass, M. Werner, Y. Romanyuk and I. Forbes (Oral)

EMRS Spring Meeting 2015, Lille, France: Earth abundant thin film solar cells from co-evaporated Cu2SnS3 absorbers layers. J. Márquez, S. Levcenko, J. Just, I. Forbes and T. Unold (Oral)

PVSAT-10: “Evolution of phases in two stage vacuum processed thin film Cu2ZnSnSe4 absorber layers” J. Márquez-Prieto and I. Forbes (Poster)

E-MRS Spring meeting 2014. Lille, France: “The influence of precursor Cu content and two-stage processing conditions on the microstructure of Cu2ZnSnSe4 and Cu2SnSe3”. Lille. France. J. Márquez-Prieto, Y. Ren, R.W. Miles, N. Pearsall, I. Forbes (Poster)

MRS Spring Meeting 2015, San Francisco, USA: “Influence of the Cu Content on Sputtered CZTSe Thin Film Solar Cells” J. Márquez, M. Neuschitzer, M. Dimitrievska, R. Gunder, S. Haass, M. Werner, Y. Romanyuk, S.Schorr, N. Pearsall and I. Forbes (Poster)

MRS Spring Meeting 2015, San Francisco, USA: “Towards high performance Cd-free CZTSe solar cells with ZnS(O,OH) buffer layer: The influence of the thiourea concentration during CBD” Markus Neuschitzer, Karla Lienau, Stefan Haass, Jose A Marquez Prieto, Yudania Sanchez, Yaroslav E Romanyuk,Alejandro Perez-Rodriguez, Edgardo Saucedo Silva.(Poster)