Recent News of the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics

  • Bright Minds #3 with Abdessalem Aribia: Revolutionizing the battery market

  • Bright Minds #2 with Evgeniia Gilshtein: Paving the way for tomorrow's printed electronics

  • Huagui Lai received Best Poster Award for his poster "High-Performance Flexible All-Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells and Mini-Modules" at the prestigious 34th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference PVSEC-34, Shenzhen, China
  • Shih-Chi Yang received SPS Award with relation to Energy Technology, sponsored by Hitachi Energy Switzerland AG for his PhD thesis "High performance bifacial Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells with silver promoted low-temperature process"
  • Yaroslav Romanyuk will take over as head of Empa's "Thin Films and Photovoltaics" laboratory on July 1 this year. He succeeds Ayodhya Tiwari, who is retiring after just over 14 years as head of the lab
  • PhD student Andre Müller recieved Best poster award with the topic "Understanding seed layers for lithium metal plating in all-solid-state batteries with 3D microscopy" at EMRS Spring Meeting 2023, Strasbourg
  • New process boosts efficiency of bifacial CIGS thin film solar cells

  • A new record of 22.2% efficiency for CIGS on flexible polymer substrate announced at WCPEC-8

  • Shih-Chi Yang received a WCPEC-8 Student Award with the topic "High Efficiency Bifacial (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se2 Thin Film Solar Cells Grown at Low Temperature", Milano

  • Ramis Hertwig won a poster award with the topic "Atomic Layer Deposited Metal Oxide Buffer Layers to Mitigate Sputter Damage on Co-Evaporated CIGS Solar Cell Absorbers", at the virtual E-MRS Spring Meeting 2022

  • New record of 21.4% efficiency for CIGS on flexible polymer substrate is set

  • PhD student Sami Bolat recieved Best Poster Award at Swiss NanoConvention 2021, sponsored by the Swiss Micro & Nanotechnology Network for the poster: "Printed oxide transistors for flexible electronics"

  • Dr. Evgeniia Gilshtein received Best Image Award at Swiss NanoConvention 2021, sponsored by the Swiss Micro & Nanotechnology Network for the image: "The alumina ceramic symbol of Peace and Trust in the World"

  • Empa's new technology for printed electronics is currently a finalist in the OE-A-Competition 2021: a new level of security realised in the form of invisible buttons printed with transparent conductive ink on the transparent carrier material, the position of which is known only to insiders
  • Ramis Hertwig received Poster award at the Virtual Chalcogenide PV Conference 2020, for his presentation on ALD-ZnMgO as buffer layer on co-evaporated CIGS", May 2020.
  • Empa researchers have achieved a milestone in the search for a solid electrolyte, the conductive medium for future solid-state batteries.
  • A new revolution in the production of electronic circuits is on the way: Empa researchers are working on electronics that come out of printers.
  • PhD student Sami Bolat is a winner of IEEE Electron Devices Society PhD Student Fellowship, 2019 for demonstration of his significant ability to perform independent research in the fields of electron devices and a proven history of academic excellence.
  • Dr. Evgeniia Gilshtein received Best poster prize at the 5th Swiss ePrint Conference (The Swiss Conference on Printed Electronics and Functional Materials), for the poster: "Conductive nanoparticle ITO films obtained by dye-assisted sintering".
  • New record for flexible thin-film solar cells is set!
  • Prof. Maksym Kovalenko awarded Rössler Prize for his research on bright nanoparticles, June 2019.
  • Dr. Fan Fu received ETH Medal for his doctoral thesis, January 2019, title of honored work: "Efficient and Stable NIR-Transparent Perovskite Solar Cells for Thin- Film Tandem Photovoltaics".
  • PhD student Enrico Avancini received Young Scientist Award, at E-MRS Spring Meeting, June 2018, in Strassbourg, title of the publication: "Voids and compositional non-uniformities at CIGS surfaces and bulk".
  • Dr. Romain Carron received Poster Award at E-MRS Spring Meeting, June 2018, Strassbourg, title: "Bandgap of solar cell absorbers: a comparison of various determination methods".
  • PhD student Thomas Feurer received Student Award at EU PVSEC, September 2018, in Amsterdam, title: "Narrow Bandgap Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells for Tandem Application".
  • PhD student Shutao Wang received Chemistry Travel Award (for EMRS Fall Meeting, Warsaw, 17-20 September 2018) SCNAT and the Swiss Chemical Society, June 2018, title: "Efficient Aluminum Chloride–Graphite Battery and Its Current Collector".
  • Paper on Novel back contact reflector for high efficiency CIGS thin-film solar cells is published in Progress in Photovoltaics
  • Review on the current status of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) thin film solar cell technology
  • Publication in Progress in Photovoltaics about the Impact of grading and Cu deficiency in CIGS solar cells