Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena
Assistant Professor

Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena received his PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and conducted his work at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science. His work focused on the study of conducting porous metal oxide materials, such as doped tin oxide aerogels, and their use in dye-sensitized solar cells. His PhD was funded by a NSF GK-12 Graduate fellowship, which allowed him to teach and mentor high school students for 3 years, as well as conduct cutting-edge research.

Juan-Pablo later spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Anders Hagfeldt, and in close collaboration with the group of Prof. Michael Grätzel at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Where he worked on perovskite solar cell research focusing on understanding the interfacial electronic dynamics in the perovskite solar cell. He helped develop new strategies to improve device performance, which lead to world-record efficiencies.

Juan-Pablo then joined the group of Prof. Tonio Buonassisi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was awarded a Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship. He worked on synchrotron-based characterization techniques to understand the relationship between elemental homogeneity and electronic properties in perovskite solar cells.

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  1. Correa-Baena, J.-P.*; Nienhaus, L.; Kurchin, R. C.; Shin, S. S.; Wieghold, S.; Putri Hartono, N. T.; Layurova, M.; Klein, N. D.; Poindexter, J. R.; Polizzotti, A.; Sun, S.; Bawendi, M. G.; Buonassisi, T., A-Site Cation in Inorganic A3Sb2I9 Perovskite Influences Structural Dimensionality, Exciton Binding Energy, and Solar Cell Performance. Chemistry of Materials 2018, 30 (11), 3734-3742.
  2. Correa-Baena, J.-P.*; Saliba, M.; Buonassisi, T.; Grätzel, M.; Abate, A.; Tress, W.; Hagfeldt, A., Promises and challenges of perovskite solar cells. Science 2017, 358 (6364), 739-744. Science cover of the 358th edition.
  3. Correa-Baena, J.-P.*; Tress, W.; Domanski, K.; Anaraki, E. H.; Turren-Cruz, S.-H.; Roose, B.; Boix, P. P.; Gratzel, M.; Saliba, M.; Abate, A.; Hagfeldt, A., Identifying and suppressing interfacial recombination to achieve high open-circuit voltage in perovskite solar cells. Energy & Environmental Science 2017, 10 (5), 1207-1212.
  4. Correa-Baena, J.-P.*; Abate, A.; Saliba, M.; Tress, W.; Jesper Jacobsson, T.; Gratzel, M.; Hagfeldt, A., The rapid evolution of highly efficient perovskite solar cells. Energy & Environmental Science 2017, 10 (3), 710-727.
  5. Bella, F.; Griffini, G.; Correa-Baena, J.-P.; Saracco, G.; Grätzel, M.; Hagfeldt, A.; Turri, S.; Gerbaldi, C., Improving efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells with photocurable fluoropolymers. Science 2016, 354, 203-206.
  6. Saliba, M.; Matsui, T.; Domanski, K.; Seo, J.-Y.; Ummadisingu, A.; Zakeeruddin, S. M.; Correa-Baena, J.-P.; Tress, W. R.; Abate, A.; Hagfeldt, A.; Grätzel, M., Incorporation of rubidium cations into perovskite solar cells improves photovoltaic performance. Science 2016, 354, 206-209.
  7. Anaraki, E. H.; Kermanpur, A.; Steier, L.; Domanski, K.; Matsui, T.; Tress, W.; Saliba, M.; Abate, A.; Gratzel, M.; Hagfeldt, A.; Correa-Baena, J.-P.*, Highly efficient and stable planar perovskite solar cells by solution-processed tin oxide. Energy & Environmental Science 2016, 9 (10), 3128-3134.
  8. Correa-Baena, J.-P.*; Anaya, M.; Lozano, G.; Tress, W.; Domanski, K.; Saliba, M.; Matsui, T.; Jacobsson, T. J.; Calvo, M. E.; Abate, A.; Grätzel, M.; Miguez, H.; Hagfeldt, A., Unbroken perovskite: interplay of morphology, electro-optical properties and ionic movement. Advanced Materials 2016, 28, 5031.
  9. Correa-Baena, J.-P.*; Steier, L.; Tress, W.; Saliba, M.; Neutzner, S.; Matsui, T.; Giordano, F.; Jacobsson, T. J.; Srimath Kandada, A. R.; Zakeeruddin, S. M.; Petrozza, A.; Abate, A.; Nazeeruddin, M. K.; Gratzel, M.; Hagfeldt, A., Highly efficient planar perovskite solar cells through band alignment engineering. Energy & Environmental Science 2015, 8 (10), 2928-2934.
  10. Correa-Baena, J. P.; Agrios, A. G., Transparent Conducting Aerogels of Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2014, 6 (21), 19127-19134.