Recent News of the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics

2020
  • Empa researchers have achieved a milestone in the search for a solid electrolyte, the conductive medium for future solid-state batteries.
  • A new revolution in the production of electronic circuits is on the way: Empa researchers are working on electronics that come out of printers.
2019
  • PhD student Sami Bolat is a winner of IEEE Electron Devices Society PhD Student Fellowship, 2019 for demonstration of his significant ability to perform independent research in the fields of electron devices and a proven history of academic excellence.
  • Dr. Evgeniia Gilshtein received Best poster prize at the 5th Swiss ePrint Conference (The Swiss Conference on Printed Electronics and Functional Materials), for the poster: "Conductive nanoparticle ITO films obtained by dye-assisted sintering".
  • New record for flexible thin-film solar cells is set!
  • Prof. Maksym Kovalenko awarded Rössler Prize for his research on bright nanoparticles, June 2019.
  • Dr. Fan Fu received ETH Medal for his doctoral thesis, January 2019, title of honored work: "Efficient and Stable NIR-Transparent Perovskite Solar Cells for Thin- Film Tandem Photovoltaics".
2018
  • PhD student Enrico Avancini received Young Scientist Award, at E-MRS Spring Meeting, June 2018, in Strassbourg, title of the publication: "Voids and compositional non-uniformities at CIGS surfaces and bulk".
  • Dr. Romain Carron received Poster Award at E-MRS Spring Meeting, June 2018, Strassbourg, title: "Bandgap of solar cell absorbers: a comparison of various determination methods".
  • PhD student Thomas Feurer received Student Award at EU PVSEC, September 2018, in Amsterdam, title: "Narrow Bandgap Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells for Tandem Application".
  • PhD student Shutao Wang received Chemistry Travel Award (for EMRS Fall Meeting, Warsaw, 17-20 September 2018) SCNAT and the Swiss Chemical Society, June 2018, title: "Efficient Aluminum Chloride–Graphite Battery and Its Current Collector".
  • Paper on Novel back contact reflector for high efficiency CIGS thin-film solar cells is published in Progress in Photovoltaics
2017
  • Review on the current status of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) thin film solar cell technology
  • Publication in Progress in Photovoltaics about the Impact of grading and Cu deficiency in CIGS solar cells