Perovskite researcher Saliba receives 1.5 million euros from the European Research Council

Michael Saliba, head of the Institute for Photovoltaics (IPV) at the University of Stuttgart, has received a €1.5 million ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his perovskite research, a funding program for innovative projects in basic research. Saliba plans to use the funds to improve the deposition of perovskite films from liquids. According to Saliba, current crystallization methods often lead to uncontrolled growth of the film, and undesirable effects such as water penetration then occur at the grain boundaries. Against this background, Saliba wants to control the nucleation and crystallization behavior with light in his LOCAL-HEAT project (Controlled Local Heating to Crystallize Solution-based Semiconductors for Next-Generation Solar Cells and Optoelectronics). This light is expected to locally generate heat packets that ultimately result in controlled grains and thus thin films. The new method is expected to enable perovskite solar cells that exhibit the highest efficiencies and achieve a lifetime of several decades.
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