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Bjorn Vaagensmith, Ph.D.

Power Systems Researcher, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Research Areas:
Applied materials science and engineering; Electrical engineering; Power Systems

Dr. Bjorn Vaagensmith is a power system researcher at Idaho National Laboratory. His current research interests include photovoltaics devices, new electronic materials, THz rectification, electric grid hardening, energy generation, and cybersecurity. Vaagensmith received his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Electronic Materials and Devices from South Dakota State University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. While at South Dakota State University, he was awarded the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship scholarship in 2012 to conduct research on transparent photovoltaics and develop solution processed transparent electrodes.

Digital Profiles:

​Ph.D., Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University
M.S., Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University
B.S., Engineering from Dordt College

STEM Outreach
  • Guided Youth Engineering Adventure (YEA) camp for middle schoolers at South Dakota State University
  • Provided tours of clean room at South Dakota State University for elementary students


Vaagensmith, Bjorn, Khan Mamun Reza, MD Nazmul Hasan, Hytham Elbohy, Nirmal Adhikari, Ashish Dubey, Nick Kantack, Eman Gaml, and Qiquan Qiao, 2017, “Environmentally Friendly Plasma-Treated PEDOT: PSS as Electrodes for ITO-Free Perovskite Solar Cells,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol. 9, No. 41, October 2017, pp. 35861-35870.


Vaagensmith, Bjorn and Qiquan Qiao, 2016, “Effect of Synthesis Temperature, UV-Ozone Treatment, and Nanowire Diameter on the Failure of Silver Nanowire Electrodes,” IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, Vol. 6, No. 6, October 2016, pp. 1549-1553.


Gurung, Ashim, Roya Naderi, Bjorn Vaagensmith, Geetha Varnekar, Zhengping Zhou, Hytham Elbohy, and Qiquan Qiao, 2016, “Tin Selenide-Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Hybrid Anodes for Higher Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries,” Electrochimica Acta, Vol. 211, September 2016, pp. 720-725.


Zhou, Zhengping, Sudhan Sigdel, Jiawei Gong, Bjorn Vaagensmith, Hytham Elbohy, Huojun Yang, Sumathy Krishnan, Xiang-Fa Wu, and Qiquan Qiao, 2016, “Graphene-Beaded Carbon Nanofibers with Incorporated Ni Nanoparticles as Efficient Counter-Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells,” Nano Energy, Vol. 22, April 2016, pp. 558-563.


Adhikari, Nirmal, Ashish Dubey, Eman A Gaml, Bjorn Vaagensmith, Khan Mamun Reza, Sally Adel Abdelsalam Mabrouk, Shaopeng Gu, Jiantao Zai, Xuefeng Qian, and Qiquan Qiao, 2015, “Crystallization of a Perovskite Film for Higher Performance Solar Cells by Controlling Water Concentration in Methyl Ammonium Iodide Precursor Solution,” Nanoscale, Vol. 8, Issue 5, December 2015, pp. 2693-2703.

National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship funded graduate research, totaling $120,000 

High temperature tolerant electrical insulation funded through INL Laboratory Directed Research & Development program at $371,600
Research Interests:

​Photovoltaics devices

New electronic materials

THz rectification

Electric grid hardening

Energy generation


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