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Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

The Martin-Luther-University (MLU) established in 1502 is located in the middle of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. As a classical full university, the MLU accommodates around 20,000 students and 5,000 members of the administrative stuff at the faculties of theology, law and economics, medicine, philosophy, and natural sciences. The natural sciences are located at the Weinberg Campus very close to research centeres max-planck-institute of micro-structural physics, the Helmholtz-center for environmental investigations, and the fraunhofer institutes for mechanics of materials and for silicon photovoltaics.

The Photovoltaics Group is part of the institute of physics. Actually, it consists of the head Prof. Dr. Roland Scheer, two scientific assistants, one technician, 5 PhD students, and four masters students. The focus of the current research lies on the investigation of the thin-film photovoltaic materials Cu(In,Ga)Se2, Cu2ZnSnSe4, and perovskites. The research is targeted on the understanding of material's growth and on the characterization and the modelling of material properties. The group works closely with the industry which is due to the vicinity to the so-called Solar valley accommodating companies for CIGSe, CdTe, and silicon photovoltaics.