PhD-Postdoc series

The Next Generation Solar Energy (NGSE) PhD-Postdoc series aims to promote the work of emerging scientists in the field of solar energy. Whereas many talks at mainstream conferences are given by experienced professors and group leaders, here only early career researchers will be given a stage to promote a new generation of promising scientists.
Group leaders and professors are more than welcome to attend the talks and ask questions to the speaker. In this fashion, the series will provide a platform for experienced scientists to give feedback and challenge the young generation, but also to scout for future potential collaborators and colleagues.
This series aims to facilitate discussions and to allow for deeper insights into phenomena as well as characterization techniques. As such, presentations will focus on clearly defined topics covered in-depth, rather than a list of big achievements.
The series is organized by a committee of early career researchers.

Presentations will be around 30 minutes with copious time for questions. The series runs online via Zoom on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Sessions start at 5 PM Berlin time (GMT+2), which, depending on your location, translates, into 8 AM Los Angeles (GMT-7), 11 AM Montreal (GMT-4) or 11 PM (GMT+8) Beijing.

With the speakers’ permission (embargo period possible) the talks will be recorded and uploaded to the NGSE YouTube channel.

We look forward to welcoming all of you to these events,

Dr. V.M. Le Corre | Dr. Simon Kahmann


The registration to attend the NGSE – PhD-Postdoc series is free of charge!

To register in advance please follow the links below:

Click here to register for the second Wednesday of the month’s talks

Click here to register for the fourth Wednesday of the month’s talks

Note that if you register once for either of the meetings you will not have to register again.

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Next Talk 11-Oct-2023:

Overcoming the challenges of the perovskite-based tandem solar cells: A spectroscopy perspective

To achieve higher electricity generation at low cost, the most substantial impact on the energy generation from solar cells is to make existing technologies more efficient per area. This forms the focus of tandem solar cells, which utilize different photoactive materials with different bandgaps, allowing to benefit from a broader range of the solar spectrum. To make efficient and stable perovskite-based multi-junction (e.g. perovskite/silicon and perovskite/perovskite tandem) solar cells, it is important to understand the losses under device operational conditions. I will discuss how we are addressing these challenges, utilizing optical spectroscopy and comprehensive analysis techniques.


Date:Speaker:Title & Abstract:Link:
27-Sep-2023Pilar López Varo
– Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (FR)
Ion Migration in Perovskite Solar Cells in X-Ray Photoemission SpectroscopyLink
11-Oct-2023Esma Ugur
Overcoming the challenges of the perovskite-based tandem solar cells: A spectroscopy perspectiveLink
25-Oct-2023Luke Sutherland
– Monash University, Aus
Carbon Electrodes for Highly Efficient Small, Large, Rigid, and Flexible Perovskite Solar CellsLink
8-Nov-2023Julien F. Gorenflot
To be announcedLink
22-Nov-2023Mariam Ahmad
– University of Southern Denmark, DK
To be announcedLink
13-Dec-2023Lennart Reb
– Technical University of Munich, DE
To be announcedLink

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