Andriy Zakutayev

Research Assistant Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Andriy Zakutayev is a staff scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a research professor at the Colorado School of Mines. The applied direction of his work includes development of new materials and devices for solar cells, Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, and  other renewable energy technologies using materials-by-design  methods. The basic direction involves research on non-equilibrium synthesis of metastable materials, discovery of previously unreported materials, as well as fundamental surface and interface science. Zakutayev uses high-throughput combinatorial approaches to thin-film synthesis, characterization, and data analysis in his work.

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PhD in Physics, Oregon State University

BS in Electronics, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine

Research areas

  • Materials discovery and design
  • High-throughput experimental methods
  • Physical vapor deposition of thin films
  • Defects/disorder and doping in semiconductors
  • Non-equilibrium and metastable materials
  • Surface and interface science
  • Thermoelectric materials and devices
  • Photovoltaic absorbers and solar cells
  • Transparent conductors and wide-bandgap semiconductors
  • Oxide, nitride, sulfide, phosphide materials
  • Photoelectrochemical production of fuels
  • Ultra-Wide-Bandgap semiconductors for extreme electronics
  • Quantum materials and materials for quantum computing
  • Electrocatalytic and thermochemical materials
  • Batteries and energy storage materials

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Reduced coercive field in epitaxial thin film of ferroelectric wurtzite Al0.7Sc0.3N
Yazawa, K., Drury, D., Zakutayev, A. and Brennecka, G.L.
Applied Physics Letters, 118, 162903 (2021)

A Review on Lithium Phosphorus Oxynitride
LaCoste, J.D., Zakutayev, A. and Fei, L.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 125, 3651 (2021)

Triple ionic–electronic conducting oxides for next-generation electrochemical devices
Papac, M., Stevanović, V., Zakutayev, A. and O’Hayre, R.
Nature Materials 20 310 (2021)

Growth and Characterization of Homoepitaxial ß-Ga2O3 Layers
Tellekamp, M., Heinselman, K., Harvey, S., Khan, I., Zakutayev, A.
J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 53 484002 (2020)

Wide Band Gap Chalcogenide Semiconductors
Woods-Robinson R., Han Y., Zhang H., Ablekim T. Khan I., Persson K. A., Zakutayev A.
Chemical Reviews 120 4007 (2020)

A Map of the Inorganic Ternary Metal Nitrides
Sun, W., Bartel, C., Arca, E., Bauers, S., Matthews, B., Orvañanos, B., Chen, B.R., Toney, M.F., Schelhas, L.T., Tumas, W. , Tate, J., Zakutayev A., Lany S., Holder A., Ceder. G.
Nature Materials 18 732 (2019)

The 2019 Materials by Design Roadmap
Alberi K., Buongiorno Nardelli M., Zakutayev A. et al
J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 52, 013001 (2018)

An open experimental database for exploring inorganic materials
Zakutayev, A., Wunder, N., Schwarting, M., Perkins, J.D., White, R., Munch, K., Tumas, W. and Phillips, C. Scientific data, 5, 180053 (2018)

Negative-pressure polymorphs made by heterostructural alloying
Siol, S., Holder, A., Steffes, J., Schelhas, L.T., Stone, K.H., Garten, L., Perkins, J.D., Parilla, P.A., Toney, M.F., Huey, B.D. Tumas, W., Lany, S., and Zakutayev, A.
Science advances, 4 eaaq1442 (2018)

Trade-Offs in Thin Film Solar Cells with Layered Chalcostibite Photovoltaic Absorbers
Adam W. Welch, Lauryn L. Baranowski, Haowei Peng, Hannes Hempel, Rainer Eichberger, Thomas Unold, Stephan Lany, Colin Wolden, Andriy Zakutayev
Advanced Energy Materials, 7, 1601935, (2017)

Design of nitride semiconductors for solar energy conversion
A. Zakutayev
J. Mater. Chem. A 4, 6742 (2016)

Design of Semiconducting Tetrahedral Mn1−xZnxOAlloys and Their Application to Solar Water Splitting
H. Peng, P. F. Ndione, D. S. Ginley, A. Zakutayev, and S Lany
Phys. Rev. X 5, 021016 (2015)

Defect Tolerant Semiconductors for Solar Energy Conversion
A. Zakutayev, C. M. Caskey, A. N. Fioretti, D. S. Ginley, J. Vidal, V. Stevanovic, E. Tea, and S. Lany
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 1117 (2014)

Theoretical prediction and experimental realization of new stable inorganic materials using Inverse Design approach
A. Zakutayev , X. Zhang , A. Nagaraja , L. Yu , S. Lany , T. O. Mason , D. S. Ginley , and A. Zunger
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 10048 (2013)

Surface origin of high conductivities in undoped In2O3 thin-films
S. Lany, A. Zakutayev, T. O. Mason, J. F. Wager, K. R. Poeppelmeier, J. D. Perkins, J. J. Berry, D. S. Ginley, and A. Zunger
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 016802 (2012)

Zn–Ni–Co–O wide-band-gap p-type conductive oxides with high work functions [pdf]
A. Zakutayev, J.D. Perkins, P.A. Parilla, N.E. Widjonarko, A.K. Sigdel, J.J. Berry and D.S. Ginley
MRS Communications 1, 23 (2011)

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