Dr. R. Santbergen


Publications in Pure
2016 - Photovoltaic Basics
2017 - Photovoltaic Basics
2018 - Photovoltaic Basics
2019 - Photovoltaic Basics
ancillary activities
No secondary work -

2016-01-01 - 2020-01-01


Rudi Santbergen was born in the Netherlands on a sunny day in 1978. He studied Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology, with a specialization in fluid mechanics.  After obtaining his master’s degree in 2004, he started his Ph.D. research at the department of Mechanical Engineering of the same university. Under the supervision of Professor Ronald van Zolingen he worked on the topic of the photovoltaic/thermal (PVT) solar collector. As a part of this research he developed an optical model for light-trapping in solar cells. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. degree for his thesis ‘Optical Absorption Factor of Solar Cells for PVT Systems’. In 2009 he joined the PVMD group at Delft University to work on improving the optical design of solar cells. Of special interest is the use of plasmonic metal nanostructures that are designed to confine light inside the solar cell.  He is also developing advanced optical models for accurate and fast simulation of crystalline silicon and thin-film solar cells. In 2013 he spent 6 months at the Photovoltaic Research Laboratories of Kaneka Corporation in Japan.



Room:   LB 02.380
Phone:  +31 (0)15 27 84425
Telefax: +31 (0)15 27 82968


Dr. R. Santbergen
Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
EWI Faculty - Delft University of Technology
Mekelweg 4
2628  C D   DELFT
The Netherlands



An overview of Rudi’s publications can be found here.