Jonathan Staaf Scragg

Associate senior lecturer/Assistant Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Solar Cell Technology

+4618-471 3382
Mobile phone:
+46 76 5783052
Visiting address:
Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Postal address:
Box 35
751 03 UPPSALA

Short presentation

As a researcher in the Division of Solar Cell Technology I divide my time between teaching Master courses in solar energy technologies and systems, and performing research on next-generation solar cell materials. My research concerns inorganic materials that could further enhance solar cell performance and lifetime while reducing costs and climate impacts. A special focus is on how we can unite theory and experimental methods and learn to design better materials from basic principles.

Academic merits: Docent in Engineering Science

Keywords: energy materials photovoltaics thin films compound semiconductors chalcogenides kesterite materials design photoluminescence

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Bibliometric information

Current Research Team

  • Katharina Rudisch, PhD student - defect engineering in kesterite thin films for solar cells
  • Corrado Comparotto, PhD student - ultra-stable sulfide perovskites for next generation solar cells
  • Kostiantyn Sopiha - First principles modelling of phase diagrams and defects in chalcopyrites, kesterites and perovskites

Ongoing Projects

  • 2018-2021: Swedish Research Council project "From halide to chalcogenide perovskites: experimental and theoretical insights into the new ionically-bonded semiconductor BaZrS3", 3.6 MSEK
  • 2018-2020: Göran Gustafsson Foundation grant "Materials for silicon-chalcogenide tandem solar cells", 2.5 MSEK
  • 2016-2021 Co-applicant for SSF grant "Gradient Control in Thin Film Solar Cells" (PI Charlotte Platzer-Björkman), 6 MSEK of total 31 MSEK
  • 2013-2017 Swedish Research Council young researcher grant: “Cation disorder in quaternary chalcogenide semiconductors”. 3.2 MSEK

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2019 Featured in Fokus magazine's "Top 100 Swedish Researchers" "100 top Swedish Researchers in Physics and Engineering" (#54)
  • 2018 Göran Gustafsson "large" Young Researcher Prize
  • 2016 Oscar Prize for scientific writing (Uppsala University) - read more
  • 2010 Ph.D. thesis received award from scientific publisher Springer, and was re-published in the book series “Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding Ph.D. Research” (ISBN: 978


  • Bachelor & Master’s Degrees: University of Cambridge, UK (2005): Natural Sciences
  • PhD: University of Bath, UK. (2010): Physical Chemistry. “Studies of Cu2ZnSnS4 films prepared by sulfurisation of electrodeposited precursors”


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