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Photonic-enhanced Perovskite Solar Cells - APOLO project (

  • 770 Citations
  • 16 h-Index

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Research interests

I develop novel concepts for Solar Energy technologies, related with the application of Nanophotonics and Quantum Nanostructures in Solar Cells, with the main aim of increasing their Photovoltaic efficiency and with the additional potential of: lowering their cost and weight, improving their mechanical flexibility and long-term stability.

Recently, I have also been advancing the field of Renewable Fuels (Artificial Photosynthesis) as a means of storing solar energy while also closing the carbon cycle via CO2 reutilization.


Education/Academic qualification

Photovoltaics, Doctorate, Instituto de Energía Solar, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid

15 Feb 200815 Jun 2012

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

Applied Physics, Master, Rice University


Award Date: 10 Dec 2007

External positions

Marie Curie Post-Doc Fellow, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

25 Sep 201225 Sep 2014

PhD student

15 Feb 200830 Jun 2012


  • QC Physics
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photonics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Solar Energy
  • Quantum Physics
  • BIPV
  • Solar Fuels

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Research Output at NOVA

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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  • IAAM Scientist Medal

    Mendes, Manuel João Dias (Recipient), Mar 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Marie Curie Experienced Researcher IEF Fellowship

    Mendes, Manuel João Dias (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively