Dr. Fahhad Hussain AlharbiPrincipal Investigator | Theory, Modeling, and Simulation
Currently, his research interests are in two main scopes. In the first one, the team is exploring using new concepts and materials to harvest solar energy either by converting it to electricity or just directly. The second scope is computational where they develop efficient meshfree methods for PDEs and improve the accuracy and applicability of “orbital-free” DFT.
- PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder. 2004
- MS in Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 2001
- BS in Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 1997
Dr. Fahhad joined QEERI in 2012. Before he worked for Saudi Aramco Oil Company as communication engineers (1997-2001) and (2004-2005). During these years, his team was responsible for designing the building the optical network of the company which spans a large part of Saudi Arabia. Then, he joined King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) as assistant research professor and then associate professor and worked there till 2012. The main research activities then were toward specific applications of lasers and optics. At late stages, the interest was shifted toward solar cells. Between Nov. 2008 and May 2010, Alharbi worked with IBM Inc. as visitor scholar where he explored using nano-materials for solar cells.
- FH Alharbi and S Kais “Theoretical Limits of Photovoltaics Efficiency and Possible Improvements by Intuitive Approaches Learned from Photosynthesis and Quantum Coherence,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 43, pp. 1073-1089, 2015.
- P Serra, MA Carignano, FH Alharbi, and Sabre Kais, “
- FH Alharbi “Carrier multiplication applicability for photovoltaics; a critical analysis,” Journal of Physics D, Vol. 46, Art. 125102, 2013.
- F Alharbi, JD Bass, A Salhi, and A Alyamani, H-C Kim, and RD Miller "Abundant non-toxic materials for thin film solar cells: Alternative to conventional materials,” Renewable Energy, Vol. 36, pp. 2753-2758, 2011.