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Graduate School Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

Research Focus

MatSEC@DRS focuses on kesterite materials. These semiconductors are very promising candidates for an absorber material in thin film solar cells as well as for photoelectrodes for H2 evolution from water under solar light. Kesterites are very similar to chalcopyrites. But they are made from non-toxic, earth-abundant and low-cost raw materials.

We aim to develop structure-property relations enabling the evolution of tailor-made materials for these applications by combining experiments and theory.


Material science, Crystallography, Solid state physics, Solid state chemistry, Scientific computing

Program Type and Funding

Graduate School funded by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and further external partners

Partner Institutions

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB); Freie Universität Berlin; Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Technische Universität Berlin; Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus


19 doctoral candidates

Start of Program

April 1 | October 1

Application Deadline

The application is closed.