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The international doctoral program IGK 2495 was established in 2019 with our partner institute, the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, in order to better understand lead-free perovskite materials for electro- optical-mechanical energy conversion systems. 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.

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The second cohort of the IRTG "GRK 2495 Energy Conversion Systems" started this January 2023. We invited our new PhD students for a first meeting in Erlangen where our IRTG director Prof. Kyle G. Webber, first cohort members and PIs welcomed them. They were introduced to this international traini...

How long were you in Nagoya and with which research group? I have been 3 months in Nagoya (September - November 2022) in the research group of Prof. Kakimoto.   What did you research while you were there? I prepared bulk samples by spark plasma sintering with a variation of grain sizes ...

How long were you in Nagoya and with which research group? I stayed in Nagoya for 1 month with the research group of Prof. Takashi Kosaka from the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.   What did you research while you were there? I worked on simulations of two material s...

How long were you in Nagoya and with which research group? I was in Nagoya for 2 months in Prof. Kakimoto's group.   What did you research while you were there? One objective in developing a piezoelectric energy harvester is to increase its operating bandwidth. During my stay at...

How long were you in Nagoya and with which research group? I was in Nagoya for 3 weeks with Prof. Jianqing Wang’s research group. My 1 months’s stay was cut short due to IEEE Sensors conference in Dallas, Texas.   What did you research while you were there? My stay in NiTech was basical...