31.05.-04.06.2008: Summer School "Critical materials issues in photovoltaics"

Prospects and Applications

*** School and Workshop *** (MAINZ Summer School from Mai 31 to June 1, 2008 // Workshop from June 2-4, 2008)

The two days summer school will offer you an insight in solar cells and towards theoretical approaches. Consequently, all students will get the some background information to follow the CECAM workshop.

Lausanne, Switzerland

(more information available here)


  • Wanda Andreoni (IBM Research Zurich)
  • Claudia Felser (University of Mainz)
  • Tanja Schilling (University of Mainz )

The possibility to convert sunlight into electrical power is becoming increasingly important as fossil fuels become less available and the environmental, political, and physiological cost of our current energy sources becomes more apparent. Although the first solar cell dates back to more than 50 years ago, progress must still be made in solar photovoltaic technology to render sunlight a practical alternative. Although the ultimate improvement on performance will depend on device design and engineering, fundamental scientific issues if addressed properly could guide the choice of the component materials and help optimize their use.