PhD in Physics, University of Lisbon (PT) 1995
Full Professor, FCUL
Scientific Interests: Sustainable Energy Systems, Photovoltaics
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Serra JM, Alves JM, Vallera AM (2017), Progress and challenges for cost effective kerfless Silicon crystal growth for PV application, Journal of Crystal Growth. doi:10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2016.09.060

Bellanger P, Slaoui A, Martini R, Debucquoy M, Serra JM (2016) “First solar cells on exfoliated silicon foils obtained at room temperature by the SLIM-cut technique using an epoxy layer”, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 1–8. doi:10.1109/JPHOTOV.2016.2567070

Silva, J. A., Platte, B., Brito, M. C., & Serra, J. M. (2015) New doping method to obtain n-type silicon ribbons. Journal of Crystal Growth, 428, 29–34. doi:10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2015.07.008

Augusto A, Serra F, Alves JM, Vallêra AM, Serra JM, “Inline optical cvd for silicon deposition at low temperature and atmospheric pressure,” Energy Procedia, 2015.    doi:   10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.079

Bellanger P, Bouchard PO, Bernacki M, Serra JM (2015) Room temperature thin foil SLIM-cut using an epoxy paste: experimental versus theoretical results, Mater. Res. Express, 2, 046203, DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/2/4/046203

Serra JM, Bellanger P, Bouchard P-O, Bernacki M, (2014), Room temperature kerfless silicon thin foils obtained via a stress inducing epoxy layer,physica status solidi (c), n/a–n/a. doi:10.1002/pssc.201400105


Bellanger P, Brito MC, Pera DM, Costa I, Gaspar G, Martini R, Serra JM, (2014), New Stress Activation Method for Kerfless Silicon Wafering Using Ag/Al and Epoxy Stress-Inducing Layers,IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 4(5), 1228–1234. DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2014.2334893

Bellanger P, Serra JJM, (2014), Room Temperature Spalling of Thin Silicon Foils Using a Kerfless Technique,Energy Procedia, 55, 873–878. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.08.071


Augusto A, Serra F, Vallêra A, Serra JM, (2014), Silicon film deposition on crystalline, sintered and powder substrates using an inline optical processing CVD system, physica status solidi (c), DOI: 10.1002/pssc.201400126

Augusto A, Pera D, Choi H, Bellanger P, Brito M, Maia Alves J, Serra JM, (2013), Residual stress and dislocations density in silicon ribbons grown via optical zone melting,Journal of Applied Physics, 113(8), 083510. DOI: 10.1063/1.4793319

Bellanger P, Sow A, Grau M, Augusto A, Serra JM, Kaminski A, Straboni A, (2012), New method of fabricating silicon wafer for the photovoltaic application based on sintering and recrystallization steps,Journal of Crystal Growth, 359, 92–98. doi:10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2012.07.050

Costa I, Brito MC, Gaspar G, Serra JM, Alves JM, Vallêra A, (2013), Electric molten zone crystallization of silicon wafers,Semiconductor Science and Technology, 28(12), 125023. doi:10.1088/0268-1242/28/12/125023

Costa I, Brito MC ,Serra JM, Maia Alves J, Vallêra A, (2012), Experimental characterization of a linear electric molten zone in silicon,Journal of Crystal Growth, 354(1), 198–201. doi:10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2012.05.035

Pó JM, Brito MC, Alves JM, Silva JA, Serra JM, Vallêra AM, (2013), Measurement of the dopant concentration in a semiconductor using the Seebeck effect,Measurement Science and Technology, 24(5), 55601. doi:10.1088/0957-0233/24/5/055601

Serra JM, Bellanger P, Lobato K, Martini R, Debucquoy M, Poortmans J, (2013), Comparative study of stress inducing layers to produce kerfless thin wafers by the Slim-cut technique,In 2013 IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) (pp. 0177–0180). Tampa, USA: IEEE. doi:10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744124

Serra JM, (2012), Silicon processing for photovoltaics based on incoherent radiation power,physica status solidi (c), 9(10-11), 2169–2173. doi:10.1002/pssc.201200254

Sow A, Bellanger P, Dupont F, Serra JM, Alonso-Vante N, Straboni A, (2012), Characterization of Recrystallized Sintered Silicon Substrates for Photovoltaic’s Solar Cells,Energy Procedia, 27, 13–20. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2012.07.022

Augusto A,Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (2011), First multicrystalline silicon ribbons using the continuous SDS process,In 2011 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 002123–002124). IEEE. doi:10.1109/PVSC.2011.6186373

Serra JM, (2011), New concepts for crystal growth for photovoltaics, (M. Conibeer, G and Li, Y and Poortmans, J and Kondo, M and Slaoui, A and Tao, M and Topic, Ed.)Energy Procedia, 10(0), 303–307. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.10.195

Gamboa R,Brito MC,Serra JM,Maia Alves J,and Vallêra A, (2011), Recrystallization of silicon polygonal tubes using an electric closed molten zone,Journal of Crystal Growth, 324(1), 26–30. doi:10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2011.03.037

Silva J,Pêra D,Brito MC,Maia Alves J,Serra JM,and Vallêra A, (2011), Understanding the sprayed boric acid method for bulk doping of silicon ribbons,Journal of Crystal Growth, 327(1), 221–226. doi:10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2011.05.014

Augusto A,Serra JM,and Vallêra A, (2010), Progress on the continuous optical fast CVD system to grow silicon ribbons for solar cells via SDS process,In 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) (pp. pp.2139–2141).

Serra JM,Pinto C,Silva J,Brito M,Maia Alves J,and Vallêra A, (2009), The silicon on dust substrate path to make solar cells directly from a gaseous feedstock,Semiconductor Science and Technology, 24(4), 045002. doi:10.1088/0268-1242/24/4/045002

Pera D,Augusto A,Maia Alves J,Brito MC,Serra JM,and Vallera A, (2009), Inline fast CVD system for continuous production of silicon ribbons for solar cells by the SDS process,In 2009 34TH IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, VOLS 1-3 (pp. 303–306). 345 E 47TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA: IEEE.

Silva J,Brito MC,Costa I,Maia Alves J,Serra JM,and Vallêra A, (2007), Sprayed boric acid as a dopant source for silicon ribbons,Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 91(20), 1948–1953. doi:10.1016/j.solmat.2007.08.002

Vallêra A,Maia Alves J,Serra JM,Brito MC,and Gamboa R, (2007), Linear electric molten zone in semiconductors,Applied Physics Letters, 90(23), 232111. doi:10.1063/1.2747181

Brito MC,Maia Alves J,Serra JM,Gamboa R,Pinto C,and Vallera A, (2005), Measurement of residual stress in EFG ribbons using a phase-shifting IR photoelastic method,Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 87(1-4), 311–316. doi:10.1016/j.solmat.2004.07.028

Brito MC,Pereira J,Maia Alves J,Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (2005), Measurement of residual stress in multicrystalline silicon ribbons by a self-calibrating infrared photoelastic method,Review of Scientific Instruments, 76(1), 013901. doi:10.1063/1.1823654

Maia Alves J,Brito MC,Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (2004), A differential mechanical profilometer for thickness measurement,Review of Scientific Instruments, 75(12), 5362. doi:10.1063/1.1821627

Gamboa R,Brito MC,Serra JM,Maia Alves J,and Vallera A, (2002), Silicon tubes by a closed molten zone: a characterisation study,Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 72(1-4), 173–181. doi:10.1016/S0927-0248(01)00162-3

Pinto C,Gamboa R,Henriques J.,Serra JM,Maia Alves J,and Vallera A, (2002), Silicon sheet from silane: first results,Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 72(1-4), 209–217. doi:10.1016/S0927-0248(01)00166-0

Videira R,Gamboa R,Maia Alves J,Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (1999), Photodefined etching of n+ layers diffused on p-type silicon substrates,Applied Surface Science, 138-139, 29–34. doi:10.1016/S0169-4332(98)00595-9

Martins MC,Gamboa RM,Maia Alves J,Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (1999), Patterned surfaces in p-type silicon by photodefined etching,APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 138, 330–334. doi:10.1016/S0169-4332(98)00574-1

Lourenço MJ,Serra JM,Nunes MR,and Nieto de Castro C, (1997), Thin films production, characterization and applications to high temperature measurements,In Integrated Thin Films and Applications, Ceramic Transactions, vol. 86 (pp. 213–224).

Serra JM,Gamboa R,and Vallera AM, (1996), Optical absorption coefficient of polycrystalline silicon with very high oxygen content,Materials Science and Engineering: B, 36(1-3), 73–76. doi:10.1016/0921-5107(95)01277-X

Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (1996), Oxygen redistribution during diffusion in thin silicon layers,Materials Science and Engineering: B, 36(1-3), 175–178. doi:10.1016/0921-5107(95)01305-9

Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (1990), Recent results in optical processing of silicon sheet,In 21st IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Orlando, E.U.A (pp. 615–617).

Serra JM,and Vallera AM, (1991), Large Area Zinc sheet single crystals,Journal of Materials Science Letters, Vol10, 377–378.


Serra JM, Cross-cutting topics in Teaching Photovoltaics,In IWTPV 2016

Silva JA, Lobato K, Frazão MS, Serra JM,  A low cost electroluminescence system for solar cell laboratory activities based on a commercial digital camera, In IWTPV 2016

Serra JM, (2014), Dealing with variability in photovoltaic energy systems using Virtual Power Plants,In IWTPV 2014.

Serra JM,and Brito MC, (2014), Designing multi-level laboratory activities in a Photovoltaics course,In IWTPV 2014.

Serra J, (2012), Teaching photovoltaics at the University of Lisbon: developing student skills,In International Workshop on Teaching Photovoltaics-IWTPV2012.

Serra JM,Gaspar G,and Pera D, (2012), On the use of experimental projects to improve learning of photovoltaics,In International Workshop on Teaching Photovoltaics -IWTPV2012.


PhD students
R. Gamboa, (2000) Desenvolvimento de Técnicas de Processamento de Silício para Aplicação Fotovoltaica
C. Pinto (2009)Estudo de um processo de formação de fitas de silício por CVD para aplicações fotovoltaicas
A. Augusto (2013) Estudo de um processo de cristalização de fitas de silício
F. Serra (ongoing) Development of a continuous system for fast CVD silicon deposition
Z. Zamora (2015) Three-level energy decoupling: Energy decoupling at the primary, final and useful levels of energy use
A. Montes (ongoing) A new PV material BaSi2
A. Casaleiro (ongoing) V2G services for the electrical network



MSc Students
C. Baptista (2002) Desenvolvimento de um dispositivo experimental para o estudo da óptica baseado em lasers de bolso
D. Pera (2008) Estudo para um Sistema de CVD para obtenção de placas auto sustentadas de silício para aplicações fotovoltaicas
A. Caeiro (2011) Medida de tempos de vida em silício: Estudo comparativo de duas técnicas de medida
J. Madeira (2012) Caracterização de silício por fotoluminescencia
D. Botelho (2013) Estratégia de optimização do sistema Ibérico de produção de energia eléctrica com grande penetração de energias renováveis
V. Lemmer (2014) Comparative market analysis and economic simulation for Morocco of the parabolic trough and dish CSP technologies
T. Pires (2014) Papel do armazenamento de energia em sistemas energéticos com elevada penetração de renováveis: avaliação do potencial para Portugal
I. Bexiga (2014) Photovoltaic Powered Water Pumping Systems: Design and optimization of an irrigation system
J. Martins (2016) Oxygen distribution in industrial monocrystalline silicon ingots, co-supervisão com Marisa Sabatino da Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) da Noruega
C. Franco (2016) Deposição de camadas anti-reflectoras para células solares de silício
T. Rocha (2016), Smart Grids and accommodation of renewable energy sources
P. Oliveira (2017) Autoconsumo Fotovoltaico, análise de um caso de estudo em termos de poupança e de rentabilidade
P. Cristina dos Anjos Marques (2017) Sistemas Distribuídos num Contexto Industrial no Japão
G. Dias (2017) The role of crucible impurities in silicon crystalization, co-supervisão com Marisa Sabatino da Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) da Noruega