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Björn Rau

Dr. Björn Rau

Deputy Director PVcomB
Technology Manager PVcomB
Head of BAIP - Consulting office for building-integrated photovoltaics

Experiences & research activities

  • coordination of BAIP - the consulting office for BIPV (bridging the gap between PV and the world of construction)
  • coordination of scientific/technological installation and operation of the new Competence center thin-film- and nanotechnology for photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB)
  • coordination of PVcomB's baselines (Thin-film silicon & CIGS)
  • scientific and technological planning and installation of PVcomB baselines and their infrastructure
  • project planning of new lab units, facilities and thin-film deposition systems
  • development of polycrystalline Si thin-film solar cells
    (e.g. European Commission projects: ATHLET and METEOR)
  • post-deposition treatments of defects in poly-Si thin-films by rapid thermal annealing and plasma hydrogenation
  • low-temperature epitaxial growth of Si by ECR-PECVD
  • European and national research projects (application, reports, management, …)
  • mentoring of students/diploma students and Ph.D. candidates
  • optical properties of nitride semiconductors
  • laser physics and spectroscopy
  • physical metrology

Member of steering committee „BIPV Alliance“, spokesman of working group “Research”

Please visit also my ResearchGate presentation.

PR activities

Professional education and studies


  • above 1 year experience as a national park ranger at Nationalpark Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer, Germany (civil service, 1997/98)
  • 4 years experience in environmental journalism at Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg, ORB (now RBB), environmental editorial department "OZON"
  • active member of Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), ornitological activities
  • active member of the Berliner Ornithologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft, BOA

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