Event Name

Autumn School on Microstructural Characterization and Modelling of Thin-Film Solar Cells

Start Date 3rd Nov 2014
End Date 7th Nov 2014

To be held at Resort Hotel Schwielowsee, Werder (near Potsdam)

The school's concept:

In research and development of solar cells, the issue of microstructure and its impact on the device performance is often regarded inadequately, mostly because of insufficient knowledge about analysis and simulation methods. Apart of the microstructural properties of completed thin films in semiconductor devices, it is also of concern how the microstructure develops during growth.The school aims at giving insight into various techniques for microstructural analysis as well as simulation methods of the growth of crystalline materials, apart from a session on electrical materials and device characterization. Each session will comprise a keynote lecture of an expert in the corresponding field, followed by a 2-3 hours hands-on tutorial, giving the participants the possibility to get deeper into the topic, with the help of a specific question to be solved in teamwork practices. Two poster sessions are also planned as evening events, which intensify the discussions and scientific exchange between experts and participants.


Confirmed invited speakers

  • Thomas Kirchartz, FZ Jülich, Germany (electrical characterization of
    solar-cell materials and devices)
  • Joachim Mayer, RWTH Aachen, Germany / Ernst-Ruska Center,
    FZ Jülich, Germany (transmission electron microscopy)
  • Anthony D. Rollett, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
    (electron backscatter diffraction)
  • Juan Rodriguez-Carvajal, ILL Grenoble, France (Rietveld refinement of
    diffraction data)
  • Ingo Steinbach, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (Phase-field theory and application to solidification of multi-crystalline solar cell materials)
  • Xiaowang Zhou, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S.A. (molecular dynamics)


Location Potsdam, Germany
URL http://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/events/autumn-school/

Category Schools
Topics Characterisation of materials | Electron crystallography | Materials | Powder diffraction