L.M. van der Krabben (Luc)
PhD candidate - Applied Materials Science
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
Internal postal code: 24
6500 GL NIJMEGEN
PhD Candidate in Applied Materials Science with a strong background in semiconductor chemistry and materials science. I am working on the development of an innovative solid-state cooling device that will combat the problems of the current mechanical compressor and thermoelectric refrigerators that now dominate the cooling and heating industry. In this device, we will use photons as our refrigerant, via electroluminescent cooling in III-V semiconductor light emitting diodes (LEDs). This will enable efficient, compact and pollution free refrigerators, access to cryogenic temperatures and on-chip cooling.
Before my PhD, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from my Master's in Physical Chemistry at Radboud university, for which I performed internships at the world-leading R&D hub imec (Leuven, Belgium) and the Radboud University's department of Applied Materials Science, part of the Institute for Molecules and Materials. At imec, as part of the Surface and Interface Processes group I studied the wet-chemical passivation and photoluminescence of the novel two-dimensional semiconductor Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS₂). During my internship at Applied Materials Science, I developed a new improved design for ultra-thin gallium arsenide solar cells, making use of advanced light trapping schemes, on which I wrote my Master's thesis "Lattice-Mismatched GaP for Light Trapping in Ultra-thin GaAs Solar Cells".
- 2021 - 2025 EU FET Open Horizon 2020 project 'OPTAGON' (An Optical Approach to Next Generation Refrigeration) More information
- 08 August 2022 - Winner of the Study Award 2021-2022 (Faculty of Science, Radboud University) with my Master's thesis "Lattice-Mismatched GaP for Light Trapping in Ultra-thin GaAs-zonnecellen". The Study Award is an annual prize for students who have written a thesis of exceptional quality. More information