Energy Conversion Systems: From Materials to Devices

Third party funded individual grant

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Kyle Webber

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Professur für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Funktionskeramik)

Funding source: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Start date: 01/01/2020
End date: 30/06/2024

Abstract (technical / expert description):

The primary research objective of the proposed IRTG is the improved understanding of
electro-mechanical (piezoelectric) and electro-optical (photovoltaic and water splitting)
energy conversion systems based on lead-free perovskite-based materials. Development of
lead-free systems is important due to increasing international regulations banning the use of
heavy metals in, e.g., electronic devices. Such alternative energy sources will become
increasingly vital over the next decades, not only as sources of renewable energy but also for
high-tech applications, such as powering unattended wireless sensors. Of particular
importance is the improved understanding of multi-length scale phenomena responsible for
the energy conversion, development, and implementation of state-of-the-art lead-free
perovskite materials, novel 2D and 3D processing techniques, and integration into devices.
Various synthesis, manufacturing, and experimental techniques will be utilized and coupled
to cutting edge simulations, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration. Due to the nature of
such systems, it is vital to bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers that span
the important length scales, which will allow critical, length-scale-specific phenomena to be
directly addressed in a collaborative research and training environment. This results in a
novel combination of research subjects. In addition, the enhanced internationalization
provided by the IRTG will facilitate mutual access to a wide array of experimental techniques
and measurement equipment, extensive and varied expertise in atomic-scale to macroscale modeling, experimentation, and manufacturing techniques, and provide links to Japanese
industrial partners, which otherwise would not be easily accessible.

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