Michael F. Salvador, Ph.D.

Upscaling, Prototyping, Technology Transfer

Principal Technology Lead

Research Interest

  • ​Organic electronics
  • Thin-film photovoltaics
  • Plasmonics
  • Biophotonics
  • Scanning probe microscopy

Selected Publications

  • Burn-in Free Nonfullerene-Based Organic Solar Cells 
    N. Gasparini, M. Salvador, S. Strohm, T. Heumueller, I. Levchuk, A. Wadsworth, J.H. Bannoc...
    Advanced Energy Materials, 7 (19), 1700770, (2017)
  • Suppressing photooxidation of conjugated polymers and their blends with fullerenes through nickel chelates 
    M. Salvador, N. Gasparini, J.D. Perea, S.H. Paleti, A. Distler, L.N. Inasaridze, P. Troshi...
    Energy & Environmental Science, DOI: 10.1039/c7ee01403a, (2017)
  • An Alternative Strategy to Adjust the Recombination Mechanism of Organic Photovoltaics by Implementing Ternary Comp... 
    N. Gasparini, M. Salvador, S. Fladischer, A. Katsouras, A. Avgeropoulos, E. Spiecker, C. L...
    Advanced Energy Materials, 5 (24), (2015)
  • Air-processed organic tandem solar cells on glass: toward competitive operating lifetimes 
    J. Adams, G.D. Spyropoulos, M. Salvador, N. Li, S. Strohm, L. Lucera, S. Langner, F. Machu...
    Energy & Environmental Science, 8 (1), 169-176, (2015)
  • Nanoscale Surface Potential Variation Correlates with Local S/Se Ratio in Solution-Processed CZTSSe Solar Cells 
    M. Salvador, S.M. Vorpahl, H. Xin, W. Williamson, G. Shao, D.U. Karatay, H.W. Hillhouse, D...
    Nano Letters, 14 (12), 6926-6930, (2014)
  • A General Route to Enhance Polymer Solar Cell Performance using Plasmonic Nanoprisms 
    K. Yao, M. Salvador, C.C. Chueh, X.K. Xin, Y.X. Xu, D.W. deQuilettes, T. Hu, Y. Chen, D.S....
    Advanced Energy Materials, 4, 1400206, (2014)
  • Electron accumulation on metal nanoparticles in plasmon-enhanced organic solar cells 
    M. Salvador, B.A. MacLeod, A. Hess, A.P. Kulkarni, K. Munechika, J.I.L. Chen, D.S. Ginger
    ACS Nano, 6 (11), 10024-10032, (2012)
  • Plasmonic enhancement of raman scattering from the organic solar cell material P3HT/PCBM by triangular silver nanop... 
    M. Stavytska-Barba, M. Salvador, A. Kulkarni, D.S. Ginger, A.M. Kelley
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 (42), 20788-20794, (2011)
  • Organic photorefractive materials and applications 
    S. Köber, M. Salvador, K. Meerholz
    Advanced Materials, 23 (41), 4725-4763, (2011)
  • Three-dimensional holographic imaging of living tissue using a highly sensitive photorefractive polymer device 
    M. Salvador, J. Prauzner, S. Köber, K. Meerholz, J.J. Turek, K. Jeong, D.D. Nolte
    Optics Express, 17 (14), 11834-11849, (2009)


  • ​Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany (2008)
  • Diploma in Chemistry (M.Sc.), University of Cologne, Germany (2002)

Professional Profile

  • ​​​2013-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • 2010-2013: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington, USA
  • 2009/2010: Postdoctoral scholar, California Institute of Technology, USA

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Organic electronics Thin-film photovoltaics Plasmonics Biophotonics Scanning probe microscopy