Mike Scarpulla portrait
  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Physics And Astronomy

Research Summary

My research group focuses on materials and devices for thin film photovoltiacs. We work on earth-abundant compound semiconductors for thin film photovoltaics such as Cu2ZnSnS4, laser processing of CIGSe and CdTe, and electrical and optoelectronic characterization of thin film devices. We also have interests in basic problems in semiconductor growth and physics especially of semiconductor alloys.


  • Postdoctoral, Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab, UC Santa Barbara. Project: Epitaxial integration of rare earth arsenides and nitrides with III-V semiconductors
  • PhD, Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley. Project: III-Mn-V Ferromagnetic Semiconductors Synthesized by Ion Implantation and Pulsed-Laser Melting
  • MS, Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley
  • ScB, Materials Science & Engineering, Brown University