This special edition of the KSOP newsletter is informing its members on the new Research Area on Solar Energy.
Special RA Solar Energy_02/2012
KSOP introduces new Research Area The research and educational concept of KSOP has been established in order to fulfill the needs of industry and research in the vibrant field of Optics & Photonics. Furthermore, sustainable energy supply has become an urgent global challenge. In order to strategically expand and strengthen our research portfoliowe are establishing now a fifth Research Area “Solar Energy” in KSOP. During the last years various institutes in KSOP have already worked on e.g. organic solar cells and on inorganic thin film photovoltaics, which were so far part of Research Area I “Photonic Materials and Devices” and which build now the basis for the development of the new research area.

Research Area V: Solar Energy Optics & Photonics research can contribute in various ways to the goal of affordable future solar electricity: Light management by means of tailored plasmonic or dielectric structures can reduce the costs since it allows for a thickness reduction of the solar cells. Smart light management could also give a further boost for highest efficiency solar cells based on III-V-epitaxial films which are used in concentrator photovoltaics. Another central aspect are novel materials with improved photovoltaic properties. Cost reduction can not only be achieved by improved efficiencies but also by reduced deposition costs. Thus the study of semiconductors that can be deposited by cost effective methods is another important aspect of solar cell research.
Recent Events
From the upcoming winter term the Master students of KSOP will have the opportunity to specialize in “Solar energy” and to choose elective courses in this field during the third semester. All students will be informed about the offered courses soon.

The supportive educational program of the tailored KSOP PhD training concept will be extended by the new technical module “Design, fabrication and characterization of solar cells”. Additional to the theoretical part of the module, lab work and visit of the CIGS pilot line and the test field at ZSW are planned.

Finally we would like to invite the KSOP members to the KSOP Plenary Meeting on June 28, 2012.

Prof. Uli Lemmer is currently acting as an interim-spokesperson of RA V. He heads the solar research activities at the LTI comprising the Groups Organic Photovoltaics, Printed Electronics (LTI/ InnovationLab GmbH), Thin Film Photovoltaics (LTI/ ZSW), and the Shared Research Group.

Contact:, +49 (0)721 608 42531

PhD Mentor
Welcome to Ms. Aina Quintilla as a new KSOP PhD mentor. She is working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the LTI, supervises the PhD students in RA V (eight by now), plus temporarily those in RA I, and is the contact person for the EM EUROPHOTONICS programs.

Contact:, +49(0)721 608 42547

Partner: ZSW
With the foundation of the RA V the collaboration with the ZSW will be further fortified. The ZSW was established in 1988 by the State of Baden-Württemberg, together with universities, research institutions, and commercial firms. It is a non-profit foundation under the civil code.

Further information on the ZSW and its goals: Homepage ZSW
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