Sol Voltaics Management Team


Erik Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Erik has a strong technical understanding and a talent for enabling international business. Erik has a 20 year background in equipment, materials and manufacturing in the solar and semiconductor industry. For most of his professional career he has been living and working internationally, focusing on bringing enabling technologies to market.  Erik started his business career at Ultratech (UTEK) running its Asian operations out of Tokyo.  After moving to Silicon Valley, he held numerous positions at Ultratech becoming its SVP of Sales and Marketing. Since then he has held senior executive positions at both public and private companies with a focus on operations, sales and marketing.   Erik’s recent positions have included head of Flextronics’ $400M Solar and Semi Division (Flex), CEO and founder of Alta-Energy, Inc. which provides analytical and deployment services to commercial companies deploying solar and COO of Alchimer, SA a company focused on using a wet process for atomic layer material growth.  Erik has a BA in International Relations with minor studies in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. 


Dr. Lars Samuelson, Chief Scientific Officer

Prof. Samuelson is the director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium, started in 1988, which is today the primary center for nanoscience in Sweden.  Prof. Samuelson is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, FInstP in the United Kingdom, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien, IVA) and also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien, KVA) which awards the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics each year. In 2008, he was named “Einstein Professor” by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Samuelson is the author of more than 600 articles in refereed journals, and has given about 250 plenary/invited talks at international conferences and workshops. He received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics at Lund University in 1977. He has been named by a leading journal as the most prolific European contributor to scientific journals in the nanowire field for the last decade and among the top five worldwide.


Dr. Mikael Björk, Director Technology

Dr. Mikael Björk obtained his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics at Lund University in 2004. After two short post-doc positions at Lund University and IBM Research Zurich, respectively, he became a permanent research staff member at IBM Research in Switzerland in 2006. For five years, he led the materials, process, and device development of low power nanowire electronics, targeted for beyond CMOS applications. Dr. Björk has more than 12 years’ experience in nanowire technology development, including advanced growth techniques, device processing, and device physics. His knowledge spans several material systems and integration on silicon. In 2012 he joined QuNano AB as a director of research where he led the development of nanowire based biomedical devices. In 2013 he joined SolVoltaics AB as a Principal Member of Technical Staff. He holds several patents and has continuously produced highly cited scientific papers.


Dr. Arno Stassen, Director Product Marketing

Dr. Arno Stassen has over 10 years of experience in the global solar energy industry. Before joining Sol Voltaics Dr. Stassen was Head of Business Development of the solar energy division at German technology group Heraeus. He will oversee Sol Voltaics' product marketing as the company nears commercialization of its highly anticipated solar nanowire technology. Prior to his role at Heraeus where he was instrumental in growing the company's leadership in metallization of silicon and 3rd generation solar cells, Stassen was project leader and part of the consultancy team at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), where he led several large research and development programs in crystalline silicon solar cells. Dr Stassen also contributed towards the 2014 and 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV), the leading organisation in crafting the technology roadmap and driving future innovation in crystalline silicon PV.


Dr. Ingvar Åberg, Director Cell Engineering and Applications

Dr Ingvar Åberg received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, and an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Lund University in 2001. He joined Sol Voltaics AB in 2011 as a senior device engineer. Currently, he is managing the Cell Engineering and Applications group, with primary focus on solar cell design, integration and efficiency improvement. Prior to joining Sol Voltaics, he held various technical positions at silicon solar cell manufacturer Evergreen Solar and night vision camera start-up Noble Peak Vision Corp.


Dr. Greg Alcott, Director Aerotaxy

After completing his Marie Currie Fellowship, followed by his Ph.D. in Physics at the Technical Univeristy of Eindhoven in 2004, Dr. Greg Alcott worked on equipment and processes development projects for Roth & Rau and Applied Materials. In 2007 he joined the Applied Materials SunFab™ project where he led a team of engineers responsible for tool and process integration. He successfully brought factories through final acceptance test in Germany, Spain and India and into production ramp, often exceeding contractual module efficiency and production capacity targets. Dr. Greg Alcott has over 9 years of experience in technology & equipment development spanning several applications including Display, Solar and Semiconductor industries and generated 10 patents in these sectors. In 2011 he joined Sol Voltaics as Lead Engineer where he took over the development of the Aerotaxy project.


Dr. Jonas Ohlsson, Director Intellectual Property

Dr. Ohlsson earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Lund University in Sweden in 2001.  He was an early pioneer, along with Prof. Lars Samuelson at Lund University, in fundamental research regarding semiconductor nanowires. He is a co-founder of QuNano and has served QuNano and its spin-outs, Glo and Sol Voltaics variously as Research Coordinator, Research Director, Epitaxy Director and now as IP Director.  In his current role, Dr. Ohlsson is responsible for development of IP strategy and a significant patent portfolio currently consisting of several dozen patent families. Dr. Ohlsson is inventor of numerous key patents in the field and co-author of more than 30 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Dr Martin Magnusson, Office of the CSO

Dr. Martin Magnusson received his PhD in Solid State Physics from Lund University in 2001. He subsequently coordinated the startup of Pronano AB, a nanotechnology institute associated with the Nanometer Structure Consortium at Lund University, engaged in industrial consultancy as well as nanotechnology information and outreach, through lectures, seminars, workshops, and public exhibitions. In 2007, Dr. Magnusson joined Sol Voltaics AB to start up the company's photovoltaics R&D effort, and later co-invented the Aerotaxy™ technology. In 2013, Dr. Magnusson took a position as assistant professor at Lund University, where he is responsible for the Aerotaxy™ research project, and for development of aerosol particle technology.


Marie Svensson, Director of Finance

Marie and has been working with startup and early stage companies over 20 years.  Prior to the engagement in nanotechnologies companies, she has been holding several potions as Project-, Product- and Finance Manager within in the software industry.  In 2008 she joined  QuNano AB, later spilt up into GLO AB, Sol Voltaics AB and QuNano AB, where she has been  building  up and been maintaining the corporate legal, administrative and  finance structure. Marie holds a Master of Science in Business Administration – Management from Lund University.