Klaus Lips, born in 1962 in the Huguenot's village of Carlsdorf-Hofgeismar (Northern Hessen) and grown up in the US and the Netherlands, studied physics in Leiden (NL) as well as in Marburg / Lahn. He did a doctorate in 1994 in Marburg / Lahn with Prof. Dr. Walther Fuhs about “Spin-dependent transport and recombination in amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) absorber layers and solar cells” for which he was distinguished with the “Geiger” award in 1995.
After the doctorate he changed to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, USA studying “defect relaxation of intrinsic and extrinsic defects in a-Si:H. In 1996 he changed to the Hahn-Meitner-Institut in Berlin-Adlershof and built up a research team which deals with the characterization of silicon thin-film solar cells by means of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR, sometimes also referred to as ESR). From 2005 to 2006 he was provisional head of the department Silicon Photovoltaics. Since 2006 he leads a research group that deals with fundamental loss mechanisms in solar cells.
After the merger of the Hahn-Meitner-Institut and BESSY II to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energy (HZB), Klaus Lips became deputy director of the Institute Silicon Photovoltaics. With his research group he set up a THz-EPR system at the BESSY II synchrotron source. In 2011 Klaus Lips was nominated visiting professor at the University of Sydney (USYD), Australia. In the School of Chemistry at USYD Klaus Lips conducted research on photochemical upconversion for the application in thin-film silicon solar cells.
After his return to HZB, Klaus Lips was nominated head of the Energy Materials In-Situ Laboratory Berlin (EMIL). EMIL will finalized in 2015 and is a unique energy materials laboratory located at a dedicated X-ray beamline at the synchrotron source BESSY II.
Klaus Lips is married and has four lovely daughters. In his spare time Klaus Lips is a passionate marathon runner and writes music reviews for different cultural magazines.