DFG extends International Research Training Group 2495

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Energy conversion systems: From materials to devices

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended the International Research Training Group 2495 “Energy Conversion Systems: from Materials to Components”. The Research Training Group was established at FAU in 2019.

The objective of this research training group is to research electro-mechanical (piezo-electric) and electro-optical (photovoltaic and water splitting) energy conversion systems that are based on lead-free perovskite materials. The development of lead-free materials systems is a pioneering field of research due to international regulations that prohibit the use of heavy metals in electronic devices, for example.

This affects the use of lead-free materials not only in renewable energy but also in high-tech applications such as autonomous wireless sensors. Research into multiscale phenomena during, for example, energy conversion, development and use of lead-free perovskite materials in new 2D and 3D processing technology, and in device integration is of particular interest. This involves the use of various synthesis, manufacturing and characterising techniques that are coupled with simulations.

The scientists in this research training group will be working with partners at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan, providing them access to a wide variety of experimental techniques and measuring devices and contact with partners in industry in Japan. The spokesperson for the Research Training Group is Professor Dr. Kyle Grant Webber.


Prof. Dr. Kyle Grant Webber
Institute of Glass and Ceramics