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Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

MatSEC is a graduate school funded by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie to establisch an innovative, interdisciplinary network for young researchers at FU Berlin, HU Berlin , TU Berlin, and BTU Cottbus. MatSEC is a member of Dahlem Research School (DRS), which provides a structured graduate education at Freie University Berlin.


MatSEC focuses on kesterite materials. Kesterite materials are semiconductors and promising  alternative materials for renewable energy conversion, which might one day serve as absorber material in thin film solar cells or as photoelectrodes for hydrogen evolution from water under solar light. Other than chalcopyrites, which have similar properties, kesterites are made of non-toxic, earth-ubundant and low-cost raw materials. The development of alternative materials for renewable solar radiation based energy conversion requires a profound understanding of the complex, multiscale origin of their properties.

MatSEC combines experiment and theory in the areas of material science, crystallography, solid state physics, solid state chemistry, and scientific computing to develop structure-property relations which allow for the design of custom-made materials for these applications. This interdisciplinary approach together with lifelong learning skills and continous motivation in an international research environment provides the basis for the future success of the students.