Veronica Bermudez | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Veronica Bermudez

Dr. Veronica Bermudez (PhD)

Senior Research Director
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute

  • Phone+974 44548109
  • Office locationC-1163-B2-1st. Floor


Dr. Veronica Bermudez Benito is Senior Research Director at the Energy Center at the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) where she leads the efforts in research, technology development, and innovation for the Energy Transition department. Dr. Benito has a PhD in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, and holds a number of international awards for her research activity. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy and acts as an independent expert for a number of international funding agencies such as the European Commission and European National funding bodies.

She is also the author or co-author of more than 120 scientific papers in renowned journals, including Nature, Nature Energy and Science. She has delivered a large number of invited and keynote talks at several international conferences and has a relevant patent portfolio. She has extensive experience in laboratory to industry research and technology transfer in the field of sustainable energy, in almost the whole value chain, from materials development to grid integration for generation, storage, and energy management solutions.

She is also an IEEE Senior Fellow and is actively engaged in promoting science among the youth, with a focus on STEM for women.



Senior Research Director

Energy Center Director ,QEERI (Qatar Energy and Environmental Research Institute) ,Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar

2018 - Present
  • R&D Acting General Manager

    Technology Division ,Atsugi Research Center ,Solar Frontier KK, Atsugi-shi, Japan.

    2016 - 2018
  • Principal Scientist and Research Program Leader

    “Materials and technologies for industrial PV and storage” ,EDF R&D Chatou, France.

    2014 - 2016
  • Senior Scientist and Research Manager

    Start-up (founding team), NEXCIS Photovoltaic Innovation, Rousset, France.

    2009 - 2014
  • Researcher and Laboratory Manager

    Institute for the Research and Development of Photovoltaic Energy (IRDEP) ,EDF R&D, CNRS, ENSCP mix Institute, Chatou, France.

    2005 - 2009
  • Assistant Professor

    Materials Physics Department, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.

    2001 - 2006
  • Co-founder

    Start-up ,TechnoCrys. Technology for Crystal Growth, Madrid

    2002 - 2005
  • Post-doctoral fellow

    Materials Physics Department, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.

    2000 - 2001
  • European Post-doctoral fellow

    Marie Curie Program in the 5th EU Program ,Laboratory of Advanced Technologies (DEIN/SPE/GCO), CEA-LETI, Saclay, France.

    1999 - 2000
  • PhD Thesis at Crystal Growth Laboratory of Materials Physics Department at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.

    1995 - 1998
  • Member Expert Committee for French Publication “Connaissances d’energie”

  • Pool of experts in European Technology & Innovation Platform PV (subtask BIPV)

  • Co-chair International Task Force for PV quality assurance WG2 Taks 8

    2010 - 2016
  • EDF representative at AFNOR (French IEC)

    2015 - 2016
  • European PV Cluster. Working group leader “PV industrial manufacturing”

    2012 - 2016
  • Experts steering committee for University Degree “Science for Engineers”, Aix-Marseille University, France

  • Experts steering committee for University Master “Materials”, Aix-Marseille University

  • European Technology & Innovation Platform Member of the WG PV Quality and Economy

  • Advisory Board Siva Power (2019), Santa Clara, California, US

  • Advisory Board IREC (Intitute of Reseach in Energy), Barcelona, Spain


Habilitation for Professor and to Supervise Research

Universite Aix-Marseille, France

  • PhD Thesis Materials Science

    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

  • Master Thesis: “Study and characterization of domain structure of LiNbO3”.

    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

  • Degree: Bachelor in Physics (5 years)

    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)


Selected Publications

  • Verónica Bermúdez, Nathalie Capron, Torsten Gase, Francesco G. Gatti, Francois Kajzar, David A. Leigh, Francesco Zerbetto and Songwei Zhang,

    “Influencing intramolecular Motion with an Alternating Electric Field”, Nature, 406, 608-611

  • Victor Izquierdo-Roca, Edgardo Saucedo, Carmen M. Ruiz, Xavier Fontane, Lorenzo Calvo Barrio, Jacobo Alvarez-Garcia, Alejandro Perez-Rodriguez, Joan Ramon Morante and Verónica Bermúdez

    "Electrochemical Synthesis of CuIn(S,Se)2 alloys with graded composition for high efficiency solar cells" Applied Physics Letters 94 (6) 061915

  • J.F. Guillemoles, J.P. Connolly, O. Ramdani, O. Roussel, D. Guimard, V. Bermudez, N. Naghavi, P.P. Grand, L. Parissi, J. Kurdi, J. Kessler, O. Kerrec, D. Lincot,

    “Solution processing route to high efficiency CuIn(S,Se)2 solar cells”. J. Nano Research 4 (2009)1105.

  • Yaroslav E. Romanyuk*, Harald Hagendorfer, Patrick Stücheli, Peter Fuchs, Alexander R. Uhl, Carolin M. Sutter-Fella, Melanie Werner, Stefan Haass, Josua Stückelberger, Cédric Broussillou, Pierre-Philippe Grand, Veronica Bermudez, and Ayodhya N. Tiwari

    “All solution-processed inorganic solar cells – from single functional layers towards a 13.8%- efficient device” Advanced Materials 25 (1), 12-27

  • V. Bermudez,

    “Economical and operational issues for CIGS in the future PV panorama” Solar Energy 146, 85-93

  • V. Bermudez,

    “Electricity storage supporting PV competitiveness in a reliable and sustainable electric network” J. Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 9, 012301

  • V. Bermudez, A. Perez-Rodriguez

    “Understanding the cell-to-module efficiency gap in Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 photovoltaics scale-up” Nature Energy, 3, 466-475

  • Qifeng Han, Yao-Tsung Hsieh, Lei Meng, Jyh-Lih Wu, Pengyu Sun, En-Ping Yao, Sheng-Yung Chang, Sang-Hoon Bae, Takuya Kato, Veronica Bermudez and Yang Yang

    “High Performance Perovskite/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Monolithic Tandem Solar Cells” Science 361, 904-908

  • Takuya Kato, Jyh-Lih Wu, Yoshiaki Hirai, Hiroki Sugimoto, Veronica Bermudez

    “Record Efficiency for Thin-Film Polycrystalline Solar Cells Up to 22.9%” IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 9, 1, 325-330