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Baomin Xu

Baomin's research interests are focused around clean energy, including solar cells, solar thermoelectric conversion, rechargeable batteries, and fuel cells. He is also working on MEMS, laser materials processing, and piezoelectric materials and devices.

At PARC, Baomin has developed several techniques to improve solar cell performance/cost, including a novel metallization method and new process to make IBC cells. He invented the technique of using the laser liftoff transfer method to integrate piezoelectric and other electronic thick films into silicon microsystem devices -- which is fully compatible with silicon microelectronic process.

Prior to joining PARC, Baomin worked at the Penn State Materials Research Laboratory, where he led a group studying novel piezoelectric/ferroelectric thin films and related MEMS devices, and developed the hand-held sonar transducer array for Navy divers through a collaboration with the Charles Stack Draper Laboratory.

Dr. Xu  earned his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and B.S. from Tsinghua University, both in Materials Science and Engineering. He holds 12 patents and has published more than 50 technical papers.


PARC publications

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Fabrication of vanadium oxide microbolometers on thin polyimide films

International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers 2013)

16 June 2013


Formation of very low resistance contact for silicon photovoltaic cells

38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)

3 June 2012


Novel metallization approaches with very low specific contact resistance for crystalline silicon solar cells

26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

5 September 2011


Carbon-Neutral Liquid Fuel

1 March 2010

PARC is developing a commercially viable approach to making carbon- neutral liquid fuel from sunlight and seawater that has the potential to be cost-effective, scalable, efficient, and, most important, realizable within the existing fuel infrastructure.



Laser transferred sol-gel PZT thin films

Invited paper - American Ceramic Society Annual Meeting 2005

2005 April


PZT material properties at UHF and microwave frequencies derived from FBAR measurements

IEEE International Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control 50th Anniversary Joint Conference

24 August 2004

PZT thick films from laser transfer process

Invited paper - American Ceramic Society Annual Meeting



Piezoelectric PZT thick films: preparation and devices

2003 US Navy Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices

6 May 2003





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Global industry collaboration key focus for China
20 March 2012 | pv magazine: Photovoltaic Markets & Technology


events   view all 

IEEE SCV-PV monthly meeting -- Richard Swanson, SunPower
8 August 2012
George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC

TechConnect WORLD 2012 -- visit PARC's booth
18 June 2012 - 21 June 2012 | Santa Clara, CA