Dr. Fatwa Firdaus Abdi

Dr. Fatwa Firdaus Abdi

Institut Solare Brennstoffe

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Research Interest

  • Development of novel semiconductors, especially complex metal oxides, for photoelectrochemical energy conversion,
  • Modification of bulk, surface, and interfaces of photoelectrodes in order to improve the photoelectrochemical performance,
  • Fabrication of efficient tandem device for the production of solar fuel, and
  • Investigation of the semiconductor-electrolyte interface


2015 - present : Staff Scientist / "Photoelectrochemistry" Working Group Leader at the Institute for Solar Fuels, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Berlin, Germany

2013 - 2015 : Postdoctoral Scientist at the Institute for Solar Fuels, HZB, Berlin, Germany

2007 - 2008 : Engineer in the Dry Etch Engineering Team at Intel Micron Flash Singapore LLC, Singapore and Lehi, UT, USA

2006 - 2007 : Project Officer at the Nanoelectronics Processes and Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


2009 - 2013 : PhD (cum laude) / Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage, Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

2005 - 2006 : Master of Science / Advance Materials for Micro- and Nano-Systems, National University of Singapore, Singapore

2005 - 2006 : Master of Engineering / Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

2001 - 2005 : Bachelor of Engineering with minor in Business (1st class honours) / School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Selected Publications

  • J.-W. Jang, D. Friedrich, S. Müller, M. Lamers, H. Hempel, S. Lardhi, Z. Cao, M. Harb, L. Cavallo, R. Heller, R. Eichberger, R. van de Krol, F. F. AbdiEnhancing Charge Carrier Lifetime in Metal Oxide Photoelectrodes through Mild Hydrogen Treatment, Advanced Energy Materials, in press. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201701536
  • F. F. Abdi, S. P. Berglund, Recent Developments in Complex Metal Oxide Photoelectrodes, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 50, 2017, 193002. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa6738
  • C. Zachäus, F. F. Abdi, L. M. Peter, R. van de Krol, Photocurrent of BiVO4 is Limited by Surface Recombination, not Surface CatalysisChemical Science, 8, 2017, 3712-3719. DOI: 10.1039/C7SC00363C
  • J. H. Kim, J.-W. Jang, Y. H. Jo, F. F. Abdi, Y. H. Lee, R. van de Krol, J. S. Lee, Hetero-type Dual Photoanodes for Unbiased Solar Water Splitting with Extended Light Harvesting, Nature Communications, 7:13380, 2016, 1-9. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13380
  • F. F. Abdi, L. Han, A. H. M. Smets, M. Zeman, B. Dam, R. van de Krol, Efficient Solar Water Splitting by Enhanced Charge Separation in a Bismuth Vanadate-Silicon Tandem Photoelectrode, Nature Communications, 4:2195, 2013, 1-7. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3195

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