DFG Funds New International Research Training Group IGK 2495

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The DFG has funded an International Research Training Group „Energy Conversion Systems: From Materials to Devices“ IGK 2495 (Director: Prof. Kyle Webber). An interdisciplinary team of FAU researchers from the Faculty of Engineering (Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering) as well as the Faculty of Sciences (Chemistry and Pharmacy) will work jointly with partners at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. This is the first such international research training group in the Department of Engineering, FAU.

The aim of IGK 2495 is 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.