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Materials Data Science, Degradation Science and Lifetime Extension Articles

Presentations at the 48th IEEE PVSC Conference

Slides from Presentations

R.H. French, L.S. Bruckman, Learnings from Developing an Applied Data Science Curricula for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, MRS Advances. (2020) 1–7.

Laura S. Bruckman, Materials Degradation Pathway Network Modeling (netSEM), Multi-lab Workshop on Challenges in Stockpile Modernization and Surveillance, (April 6, 2021)

Roger H. French, Invited: Degradation Science and Lifetime Extension for Complex Materials Systems: Applying Spatiotemporal-graph Learning at Scale with Time-series, Spectral and Image Datasets, NNSA Seminar, (February 22, 2021)


Ahmad Maroof Karimi, Yinghui Wu, Mehmet Koyuturk, and Roger H. French, Spatiotemporal Graph Neural Network for  Performance Prediction of Photovoltaic Power Systems, Proceedings of IAAI-21, Virtual, 2021.

J. Liu, M. Wang, A. J. Curran, E. Schnabel, M. Köhl, J. L. Braid, and R. H. French, Degradation mechanisms and partial shading of glass-backsheet and double-glass photovoltaic modules in three climate zones determined by remote monitoring of time-series current–voltage and power datastreams, Solar Energy, vol. 224, pp. 1291–1301, Aug. 2021, doi: 10.1016/j.solener.2021.06.022.


A. Khalilnejad, A. M. Karimi, S. Kamath, R. Haddadian, R. H. French, and A. R. Abramson, Automated Pipeline Framework for Processing of Large-Scale Building Energy Time Series DataPLOS ONE, vol. 15, no. 12, p. e0240461. Accepted on December 26, 2020.

R. E. Neale et al., Environmental effects of stratospheric ozone depletion, UV radiation, and interactions with climate change: UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, Update 2020, Photochem Photobiol SciAccepted November 10, 2020.


Abdulkerim Gok, Devin A. Gordon, David M. Burns, Sean P. Fowler, Roger H. French, Laura S. Bruckman, Reciprocity and spectral effects of the degradation of poly(ethyleneterephthalate) under accelerated weathering exposures. Journal of Applied Polymer Science.  Accepted 19 January 2019. DOI: 10.1002/app.47589

A. Gok, D.A. Gordon, M. Wang, R.H. French, L.S. Bruckman, 3 - Degradation Science and Pathways in PV Systems, in: H.E. Yang, R.H. French, L.S. Bruckman (Eds.), Durability and Reliability of Polymers and Other Materials in Photovoltaic Modules, William Andrew Publishing, 2019: pp. 47–93. 

Ahmad Maroof Karimi, Justin S. Fada, Nicholas A. Parrilla, Benjamin G. Pierce,
Mehmet Koyutürk, Roger H. French, Jennifer L. Braid, Generalized and Mechanistic PV Module Performance Prediction from Computer Vision and Machine Learning on Electroluminescence Images, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.

Ahmad Maroof Karimi, Justin S. Fada, Mohammad Akram Hossain, Shuying Yang, Timothy J. Peshek, Jennifer L. Braid, Roger H. French, Automated Pipeline for Photovoltaic Module Electroluminescence Image Processing and Degradation Feature Classification.  IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.  Accepted on May 23, 2019.

Amit K. Verma, Wei-Heng Huang, Jeffrey A. Hawk, Laura S. Bruckman, Roger H. French, Vyacheslav Romanov, Jennifer L. W. Carter, Screening of heritage data for improving toughness of creep-resistant martensitic steels. Materials Science and Engineering: A. 763 (2019) 138142

Gok A, Fagerholm CL, French RH, Bruckman LS (2019) Temporal evolution and pathway models of poly(ethylene-terephthalate) degradation under multi-factor accelerated weathering exposures. PLOS ONE 14(2): e0212258. 

L.S. Bruckman, Transformative Opportunities from Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Applied to Photovoltaics, Electrochem. Soc. Interface. 28 (2019) 57–61. DOI:10.1149/2.F07191if

Vyacheslav N. Romanov, Narayanan Krishnamurthy, Amit K. Verma, Laura S. Bruckman, Roger H. French, Jennifer L.W. Carter, Jeffrey A. Hawk, Materials data analytics for 9% Cr family steel.  DOI: 10.1002/sam.11406.  Accepted: 10 January 2019

Xuan Ma, Wei-Heng Huang , Erdmut Schnabel, Michael Köhl, Jenný Brynjarsdóttir, Jennifer L. Braid  and Roger H. French, Data-Driven I–V Feature Extraction for
Photovoltaic Modules.
 IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.  Accepted on July 7, 2019.


Devin A. Gordon, Zhonghao Zhan, Laura S. Bruckman, Characterizing the weathering induced degradation of Poly(ethylene-terephthalate) using PARAFAC modeling of fluorescence spectra. Polymer Degradation and Stability.

Gordon DA, Huang W-H, Burns DM, French RH, Bruckman LS (2018) Multivariate
multiple regression models of poly(ethyleneterephthalate) film degradation under outdoor and multi-stressor accelerated weathering exposures.
PLoS ONE 13(12): e0209016. Published: December 20, 2018
Addison G. Klinke a, b, Abdulkerim Gok a, c, Silas I. Ifeanyi a, b, Laura S. Bruckman.  A non-destructive method for crack quantification in photovoltaic backsheets under accelerated and real-world exposures.


Gok A, Ngendahimana DK, Fagerholm CL, French RH, Sun J, Bruckman LS (2017) Predictive models of poly(ethylene-terephthalate) film degradation under multi-factor accelerated weathering exposures. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177614. pone.0177614. Published: May 12, 2017

Hu, Y., Gunapati, V. Y., Zhao, P., Gordon, D., Wheeler, N. R., Hossain, M. A., Peshek, T. J., Bruckman, L. S., Zhang, G. Q. & French, R. H. A Nonrelational Data Warehouse for the Analysis of Field and Laboratory Data From Multiple Heterogeneous Photovoltaic Test Sites. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 7, (2017). DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2016.2626919


T.J. Peshek, J.S. Fada, Y. Hu, Y. Xu, M.A. Elsaeiti, E. Schnabel, M. Köhl, R.H. French, "Insights into metastability of photovoltaic materials at the mesoscale through massive I–V analytics", Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B. 34 (2016) 50801. DOI:10.1116/1.4960628.

J.S. Fada, N.R. Wheeler, D. Zabiyaka, N. Goel, T.J. Peshek, R.H. French, "Democratizing an electroluminescence imaging apparatus and analytics project for widespread data acquisition in photovoltaic materials", Review of Scientific Instruments. 87 (2016) 85109. DOI:10.1063/1.4960180.


Daniel M. Dryden, Jaime C. Hopkins, Lin K. Denoyer, Lokendra Poudel, Nicole F. Steinmetz, Wai-Yim Ching, Rudolf Podgornik, Adrian Parsegian, Roger H. French.  van der Waals Interactions on the Mesoscale: Open-Science Implementation, Anisotropy, Retardation, and Solvent Effects, Langmuir. 31 (2015) 10145–10153. DOI:10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00106.

French, Roger H., Rudolf Podgornik, Timothy J. Peshek, Laura S. Bruckman, Yifan Xu, Nicholas R. Wheeler, Abdulkerim Gok, et al. “Degradation Science: Mesoscopic Evolution and Temporal Analytics of Photovoltaic Energy Materials.” Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, Opportunities in Mesoscale Science, 19, no. 4 (August 2015): 212–26. DOI:10.1016/j.cossms.2014.12.008.


Bruckman, L.S., Wheeler, N.R., Ma, J., Wang, E., Wang, C.K., Chou, I., Sun, J., French, R.H., 2013. Statistical and Domain Analytics Applied to PV Module Lifetime and Degradation Science. IEEE Access 1, 384–403. http:\


Murray, MP, Bruckman LS, French RH.  2012.  Photodegradation in a stress and response framework: polymethyl methacrylate for solar mirrors and lens. Journal of Photonics for Energy.