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Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

MatSEC is a graduate school funded by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie to establisch an innovative, interdisciplinary network for young researchers at FU Berlin, HU Berlin , TU Berlin, and BTU Cottbus. MatSEC is a member of Dahlem Research School (DRS), which provides a structured graduate education at Freie Universität Berlin.


The development of materials for the effective use of sunlight-based energy conversion is based on an in-depth understanding of the material properties. The Graduate School MatSEC focuses on the investigation of structure-property relationships of compound semiconductors. These materials are promising candidates to be used as absorber layer in thin film solar cells as well as for photoelectrodes for hydrogen evolution from water under solar light. In the experimental work the various analytical possibilities of the HZB, in particular the instruments on the large scale facilities, are used.

MatSEC combines experiment and theory in the areas of material science, crystallography, solid state physics, solid state chemistry, and scientific computing to develop structure-property relations which allow for the design of custom-made materials for these applications. This interdisciplinary approach together with lifelong learning skills and continous motivation in an international research environment provides the basis for the future success of the students.