Aim of the Graduate School


This Graduate School aims at achieving a fundamental understanding of the material properties and physical processes in organometallic perovskites used for photovoltaic energy conversion. A close collaboration of synthesis, quantum chemistry and physics research groups at the Universität Potsdam, the Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung and the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin is intended to lay the foundation for the use of perovskites in tandem solar cells. 

Training Program

Research on perovskite solar cells is highly interdisciplinary. Therefore, the school will provide the PhD students with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the chemistry and physics of perovskite-based tandem devices. This program comprises lectures, lab-courses, workshops and seminar, offered by renowned specialists in their respective field. The research-based training will be supplemented by measures to support the provision of key competences.

Acqusition of scientific knowledge

According to the rules of the HyPerCells Graduate School 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 2018/19 U Potsdam Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher Physics of Solar Cells
WS 2018/19 FU Berlin Prof. Dr. Klaus Lips Analytics for PV


Further supplementary lectures and exercises:

WS 2018/19 HU Berlin Prof. Dr. Christoph Koch Current topics in electron microscopy
WS 2018/19 TU Berlin PD Dr. Daniel Abou-Ras Physik der Dünnschichtsolarzelle und moderne Analysemethoden

Acqusition of further knowledge

Doctoral students are intended to acquire experience in planning research projects, canvassing for third-party funding as well as developing general abilities in research management, and in the organisation and coordination of scientific activities.

A wide range of courses is offered by: