Prof. Jan Schmidt from the Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH) received the “Best Paper Award”at the 27th Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference, which took place from November 12th to 17th near Kyoto in Japan. He received the prize for his contribution “Improved understanding of light-induced degradation and regeneration in multicrystalline silicon solar cells”, which he submitted together with Dennis Bredemeier and Dr. Dominic Walter, also employees of ISFH.

Prof. Schmidt (2nd from right) is a professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover and is head of the Materials Research Group in the Department of Photovoltaics at ISFH. In addition to defect physics in mono- and multicrystalline silicon materials (light-induced degradation, metal-correlated defects, gettering, hydrogen passivation), he works on functional coatings for the surface passivation of silicon (e. g. Al2O3, a-Si:H) and the evaluation of new materials as charge carrier selective layers (e. g. PEDOT: PSS, TiOx). The latter is also the subject of his further contributionto the Kyoto conference entitled “Progress with polymer/silicon heterojunction solar cells”.