Testing solar cells under UV light.

Light-Energy Conversion

Testing solar cells under UV light.
Testing organic solar cells. Testing organic solar cells.

The field of light-energy conversion has two focuses: Different organic photovoltaic technologies on the one hand and photocatalytic water splitting on the other. The latter area is being studied in the Collaborative Research Center/Transregio (SFB/TRR) 234 "CataLight". Its goal is to make use of light for the production of high-energy materials and to design new materials for sustainable energy conversion, following the example of nature.

The research of the CEEC Jena in these fields is dedicated to the development of new materials and the detailed investigation and modeling of the ongoing processes in order to be able to elucidate the underlying mechanisms in detail. The findings of this research are applied practically e.g., in flexible printed solar modules.

In the field of photovoltaics, we are focusing on the following technologies:

  • Perovskite solar cells
  • Polymer solar cells
  • Printable solar cells
  • Solar batteries (i.e., combination of battery and solar cell in one system)
  • Gel electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells 
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