Nicola Gasparini

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

  • Organic electronics
  • Thin-film photovoltaics
  • Device photophysics, Charge transport and Recombination processes
  • ​Degradation

Selected Publications

  • Designing ternary blend bulk heterojunction solar cells with reduced carrier recombination and a fill factor of 77%. Nicola Gasparini, Xuechen Jiao, Thomas Heumueller, Derya Baran, Gebhard J Matt, Stefanie Fladischer, Erdmann Spiecker, Harald Ade, Christoph J Brabec, Tayebeh Ameri, Nature Energy, 2016, 1, 16118
  • High-performance ternary organic solar cells with thick active layer exceeding 11% efficiency. Nicola Gasparini, Luca Lucera, Michael Salvador, Mario Prosa, George D Spyropoulos, Peter Kubis, Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf, Christoph J Brabec, Tayebeh Ameri,Energy & Environmental Science, 2017, 10, 885-892.
  • An alternative strategy to adjust the recombination mechanism of organic photovoltaics by implementing ternary compounds. Nicola Gasparini, Michael Salvador, Stefanie Fladischer, Athanasios Katsouras, Apostolos Avgeropoulos, Erdmann Spiecker, Christos L Chochos, Christoph J Brabec, Tayebeh Ameri, Advanced Energy Materials, 2015, 5, 1501527.
  • Polymer:Non-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells with exceptionally low recombination rates. Nicola Gasparini, Michael Salvador, Thomas Heumueller, Moses Richter, Andrej Classen, Shreetu Shrestha, Gebhard J. Matt, Sarah Holliday, Sebastian Strohm, Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf, Andrew Wadsworth, Derya Baran, Iain McCulloch and Christoph J. Brabec, Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, 10.1002/aenm.201701561.
  • Burn-in free non-fullerene based organic solar cells. Nicola Gasparini, Michael Salvador, Sebastian Strohm, Thomas Heumueller, Ievgen Levchuk, Andrew Wadsworth, James H. Bannock, John C. de Mello, Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf, Derya Baran, Iain McCulloch and Christoph J. Brabec, Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, 1700770.
  • Reducing the efficiency-stability-cost gap of organic photovoltaics with highly efficient and stable small molecule acceptor ternary solar cells. Derya Baran, Raja Shahid Ashraf, David A Hanifi, Maged Abdelsamie, Nicola Gasparini, Jason A Röhr, Sarah Holliday, Andrew Wadsworth, Sarah Lockett, Marios Neophytou, Christopher JM Emmott, Jenny Nelson, Christoph J Brabec, Aram Amassian, Alberto Salleo, Thomas Kirchartz, James R Durrant, Iain McCulloch, Nature Materials, 2017, 16, 363-369.
  • Suppressing photooxidation of conjugated polymers and their blends with fullerenes through nickel chelates. Michael Salvador, Nicola Gasparini, Jose Darío Perea, Sri Harish Paleti, Andreas Distler, Liana N. Inasaridze, Pavel A. Troshin, Larry Lüer, Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf, and Christoph Brabec, Energy & Environmental Science, 2017, 10.1039/c7ee01403a.
  • High-efficiency and air-stable P3HT-based polymer solar cells with a new non-fullerene acceptor. Sarah Holliday, Raja Shahid Ashraf, Andrew Wadsworth, Derya Baran, Syeda Amber Yousaf, Christian B Nielsen, Ching-Hong Tan, Stoichko D Dimitrov, Zhengrong Shang, Nicola Gasparini, Maha Alamoudi, Frédéric Laquai, Christoph J Brabec, Alberto Salleo, James R Durrant, Iain McCulloch, Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 11585.


  • Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, 2017, Prof. Christoph Brabec group​​
  • M.Sc. in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials, University of Bologna, Italy, 2013
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, University of Bologna, Italy, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2017 – present: Postdoctoral fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
  • 2014-2017: Marie Curie fellow. Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, Prof. Christoph Brabec group​
  • 2013: Scientific collaborator. The Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)​​

Research Interests Keywords

Organic and hybrid optoelectronics device photophysics degradation thin film photovoltaics