Michael Saliba, University of Stuttgart
The Versatility of Perovskite Materials for Optoelectronics
In this discussion, Saliba will emphasize the appeal of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) due to their unique properties, particularly focusing on a high-quality multication model. He will highlight the significant reduction of phase impurities, resulting in robust materials with enhanced reproducibility. Moreover, Saliba stresses the importance of incorporating polymeric protection layers at the interfaces to enhance stability and overall performance. Lastly, he will propose a roadmap for extending multicomponent engineering beyond photovoltaics to diverse applications.
Michael Saliba, born in Göppingen in 1983, studied mathematics and physics at the Universität Stuttgart and received his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2014 as one of the first scientists ever in the field of metal-halide perovskites. He completed his postdoctoral research as a Marie Curie Fellow at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In 2018, Saliba accepted a group leader position at the University of Fribourg, and in 2019 he moved to the Technische Universität Darmstadt as a professor. Since June 1, 2020, Saliba has been Head of the Institute for Photovoltaics (ipv) at the Universität Stuttgart. He is also Head of a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group at Forschungszentrum Jülich.
With more than 100 published articles, Times Higher Education lists Saliba as the third most influential scientist in his field. Since 2018, he is ISI Highly Cited, a designation for the top 1% of the most cited scientists. This year, the German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded him the renowned Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for his work and also in 2020, he was accepted into the Young Scientists Group of the World Economic Forum. Saliba has also been awarded the Young Scientists Prize of the German Association of Universities, the Postdoctoral Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the TR35 of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review, which recognizes the world's leading "35 innovators Under 35." He is also a member of the Global Young Academy and the Young Academy.
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