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Curriculum Vitae
Mirjam Theelen was born on the 18 September 1983 in
Eindhoven. In 2001, she obtained her gymnasium diploma at
the Augustinianum in Eindhoven, after which she started her
study Chemistry at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During
her study, she was actively involved in several committees
for the student body, among other the organisation of the
BètaBedrijvenBeurs and the study trip to Japan, while she also worked as librarian and
as teacher assistant. During her master study, she performed three internships: her
major internship was performed at the Solid State chemistry department in Nijmegen
and focused on Unusual growth morphologies of lysozyme crystals . In other internships,
she studied the synthesis of dichloropshosphanes at the ETH Zürich and analysed the
composition of Roman bronzes at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
After graduation, Mirjam started working at TNO in Eindhoven in 2007 as a research
scientist. She has worked on thin layer deposition for various application fields, before
specialising in the field of photovoltaics. She started a part-time PhD trajectory at
the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices group at Delft University of Technology, in
collaboration with TNO and Université de Nantes in France. Within this trajectory, her
advisors from these groups were prof. dr. Miro Zeman, dr. Zeger Vroon and dr. Nicolas
Barreau. Her PhD thesis focuses on the long term stability of thin film CIGS solar cells.
During her PhD work, she has supervised 15 bachelor and master students, while she
is first author of 15 publications related to this work. She has also been involved in a
number of other publications. Her work has been presented at many international
conferences, including the IEEE PVSC, SPIE, EUPVSEC and e-MRS, as well as at various
international companies, universities, research institutes and workshops. Her work
has also been nominated for the TNO Energy prize and the Solar Thesis Award and
won poster prizes at three conferences. Mirjam is also involved in the International
PV Quality Assurance Task Force (PVQAT), which works towards the improvement of
reliability standards.
Next to her PhD activities, Mirjam has also worked in regular functions at TNO, including
research scientist with the focus on solar cell deposition, as well as PR coordinator,
internship coordinator and project leader. She currently holds this position, which still
includes the study of the stability of CIGS solar cells.


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