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Research on perovskite solar cells is highly interdisciplinary. Therefore, the school will provide the doctoral researchers with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the chemistry and physics of perovskite-based tandem devices.

The curriculum consists of a three-year research project as well as state of the art lectures on relevant topics, lab-courses, workshops and seminars, offered by renowned specialists in their respective field. The research-based training will be supplemented by measures to support the provision of key competences.


Every doctoral researcher is obliged to attend a lecture on "Physics of Solar Cells".

The reason for this is simple: Tackling the challenges of Solar Cells needs a multidisciplinary approach. If you work on peroskites and perovskite solar cells, you need to know the basic principles behind photovoltaic energy conversion, which includes semiconductor physics, thermodynamics, different types of solar cells, single and multijunction devices etc.

The following list contains suitable lectures for this purpose

WS 2020/21 U Potsdam Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher Physics of Solar Cells
WS 2020/21 FU Berlin Prof. Dr. Klaus Lips Analytics for Photovoltaiscs
WS 2020/21 TU Berlin PD Dr. Daniel Abou-Ras Physik der Dünnschichtsolarzellen und moderne Analysemethoden


Further supplementary lectures and exercises are recommended:

SS 2021 HU Berlin PD Dr. Daniel Abou-Ras Physics of solar cells and their analysis by electron microscopy
SS 2021 HU Berlin Prof. Dr. Simone Raoux Nanospektroskopie für energierelevante Materialien
SS 2021 U Potsdam Dr. Thomas Unold / Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher / Prof. Safa Shoaee Advanced Solid State Spectroscopy
22-26 March 2021 HZB Prof. Dr. Marcus Bär HZB Photon School
Spring 2021 HZB Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr School of the X-Ray CoreLab

Laboratory Courses

These courses offer training in special areas and are organized by the research groups which are experts in their field.

Annual Fall retreat and Spring colloquium

Once a year all doctoral researchers and their supervisors meet during the two- or three-day Fall retreat. Each researcher presents the progress of the project.

In addition, a one-day research colloquium takes place every year. This usually takes place in spring.

Summer schools

Participation in the International Summer School on Photovolataics an New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol) is strongly recommended. read more...

Transferrable Skills courses

In addition to the scientific training, a number of transferable skills courses are part of the curriculum and can be freely selected. These include for example scientific writing, intellectual property issues, career and leadership, research management training and intercultural communication.

A wide range of courses is offered by:

Credit Point System

To satisfy the PhD requirements the doctoral researcher has to submit a thesis and prove successful participation in different aspects of the curriculum. This requires the accumulation of credit points, which are given for all offered aspects of the curriculum and for participation in externally organized events.