Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Research interests: Functional nanomaterials; scalable synthesis of nanomaterials to develop next-gen functional coatings and devices; spatial atomic layer deposition to produce thin films for optoelectronic devices


Professor Kevin Musselman performed his doctoral studies in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge with Professor Judith Driscoll (2015 recipient of the Institute of Physics’ Joule Medal and Prize). Musselman developed new electrochemical methods for fabricating cuprous oxide (Cu2O) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanomaterials, as well as Cu2O-ZnO solar cells. He identified key limitations in this class of devices, helping to establish all-oxide photovoltaics as a new and growing research area.

In 2010, Musselman was appointed the Hertha Ayrton Junior Research Fellow in Science at Girton College, Cambridge University. He performed his research in the Department of Physics with Sir Richard Friend (Cavendish Professor of Physics and 2010 Millenium Technology Prize Laureaute) and Professor Neil Greenham (2013 recipient of the Royal Society Kavli Medal).

Musselman helped pioneer the use of atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition (AP-SALD) thin films in optoelectronic devices. He used these films to address key questions in the field of energy conversion and to develop new optoelectronic devices. Musselman produced thin films of metal oxide alloys with tunable optoelectronic properties with which he probed loss mechanisms in colloidal quantum dot solar cells, ‘hybrid’ polymer-oxide solar cells and light emitting diodes, and all-oxide solar cells. These metal oxide films were also used to produce new, colour-pure “hybrid” organometal halide perovskite light-emitting diodes.

Musselman also worked to produce the first silicon photovoltaics with a current-contributing singlet-fission sensitizer, which could increase the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells beyond the theoretical single-junction limit.

Musselman joined the University of Waterloo in 2015, where his research focuses on the development of functional nanomaterials for a variety of devices, including photovoltaic solar cells, light emitting diodes, energy harvesting systems, and novel sensors.


  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2010
  • MSc, University of British Columbia, 2006
  • BSc, Queen's University, 2004

Kevin Musselman

University of Waterloo