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MatHero Summer School on Organic Photovoltaics, August 23rd - 27th, 2015

MatHero Summer School 2015
MatHero Summer School 2015
The MatHero team thanks all invited speakers, students and attendees for many fruitful discussions and enjoyable days!


Organic Photovoltaic Technology has had a rapid development in the last years. In order to continue with this progress, high skilled young researchers are required in a wide range of topics going from material development to find the adequate application market. Therefore, it is important to provide multidisciplinary training to the young researchers.

The MatHero Sumer School on Organic Photovoltaics will provide training on a wide range of topics through a series of lectures covering most of the technical aspects of OPV. The young researchers will also be given the opportunity to present a poster or give a presentation about their research.


Waldhotel Zollernblick


Waldhotel Zollernblick

Am Zollernblick 1

72250 Freudenstadt - Lauterbad, Germany

Black Forrest


Final program schedule for download:

MatHero summer School schedule

This summer school is designed to cover the entire value chain from fundamental organic solar cell research to industrial application.
On two afternoons, selected participants will be given the opportunity to give a short presentation on their own research to receive feedback from the experts and facilitate discussions with other participants.
As a special feature, the Summer School will include presentations on important soft-skills for PhD and master students, i.e., presentation techniques and scientific publishing.

Confirmed invited Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Jenny Nelson (Imperial College London, UK)
Principles and evolution of organic photovoltaics

Prof. Dr. Peter Bäuerle (University of Ulm, Germany)
Organic photovoltaics: with tailored materials on the move to future technology

Prof. Dr. Rasmus Schröder (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
How to elucidate morphology of solar cells by electron microscopy

Dr. David Jones (Univ. Melbourne, Au)
Side-Chain Engineering and the Development of High Performance Liquid Crystalline Hole Transport Materials for OPV

Prof. Dr. Henry Yan (HKUST, CN)
Temperature-dependent aggregation enables multiple cases of efficient polymer solar cells with fullerene or small molecule acceptors

Prof. Dr. Harald Ade (Univ. N. Carolina, US)
Morphologies in organic photovoltaics: system-dependent bottlenecks

Dr. Ardalan Armin (Univ. Queensland, AU)
Scaling-up organic solar cells: the role of charge transport and recombination

Prof. Dr. Brian Azzopardi (MCAST, LT)
Organic solar cells electricity: Will it be the preferred low-cost form of solar electricity?

Dr. Graham Morse (Merck, UK)
Design of High performance active materials: and industry perspective

Dr. Karsten Walzer (Heliatek, Germany)
Small molecule OPV and its production issues

Dr. Michael Niggemann (Eight19, UK)
Organic Photovoltaic modules - From up-scaling to applications

Dr. Stephane Cros (CEA, France)
Encapsulation techniques and materials to improve organic solar cells lifetimes

Dr. Nico Seidler (Merck, UK)
Design of high performance active materials: an industry perspective

Dr. Ian Howard (KIT, Germany)
Investigating the Optoelectronic Properties of Organic Semiconductors using Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Dr. John Uhlrich (Wiley VCH, Germany)
Publishing scientific research & How to write high-impact research papers

Dr. Alexander Colsmann (KIT, Germany)
Solution processable organic tandem solar cells

Jens Czolk (KIT, Germany)
Beyond ITO - Printable electrodes for OPV



Please fill the form below and send it to:

Mr. Joshua Fragoso

 Download files:
Summer school information  Registration form  Abstract template

The deadline to submit the registration form and abstract is July 15th, 2015.


The fees for the summer school are the following:

  • PhD students: 350 €   
  • Master students: 350 €
  • Other: 450 €

If the number of registrations exceeds the available space, the organizers will select the participants based on a first-come first-serve basis.