Recent News

February 20, 2017

New hole transport layers for PV technology developed at MCI, SDU

Thin, crystalline films of Molybdenum oxide with very high work function have recently been developed at MCI, SDU. The films are formed through a reactive sputtering process that has the advantage of controlling the precise compositions of the films via tuning of the oxygen partial pressure during the growth process. The researchers at MCI, SDU has together with researchers at UPMC, Paris and the LBL facility at Berkeley demonstrated that rapid UHV annealing of the reactively sputtered films can lead to a large increase in the work function, which makes them highly relevant as hole contact layer in optoelectronic devices, for examples in new PV technology. The findings are published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces in Feb 2017 (DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b14228), where details on the correlation between the nanoscale structure and the electronic properties of the films are provided, which is the first time such a correlation is detailed for these metal-oxide films.  

December 22, 2016

Shahzada Ahmad awarded an ERC Consolidator grant

Big honor to Thinface Scientist

Shahzada Ahmad received an ERC Consolidator grant for his contributions in the field of Molecularly Engineered Materials and Processing for Perovskite solar cell technology.  It is the most prestigious grant in Europe and he received it together with 314 top researchers in Europe in 2016.

On this occasion, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The ERC has been established to find the best quality in science, to cherish it and support it, making Europe a centre of international scientific excellence. The new grant winners have been awarded this competitive funding because they are top-notch scientists with truly ground-breaking ideas – investment in their success will pay back.”

The overall funding, worth a total of €605 million, will give them a chance to have far-reaching impact on science and beyond. The grants fall under the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.


The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to 12 years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. The funding (maximum of €2 million per grant), is provided for up to five years and mostly covers the employment of researchers and other staff to consolidate the grantees’ teams.

ERC website

December 22, 2016

MCI develops solar cells on plastic foil

The Mads Clausen Institut develops solar cells on plastic foil is the header of an article in a border region newspaper in Flensburg. The article is about the new RollFlex Interreg project that aims to bring organic solar cells in a roll to roll process on foil, demonstrating that they are flexible and extending their production to a large scale.
The project celebrates its start on Dec. 14, 2016.
For more details visit the homepage.

December 12, 2016

PCAM/Thinface Workshop

The faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Sciences moved to a new campus in 2014. They received several Investment grants and house new lab facilities. We would like to explore their new facilities and possibilities for collaborations.
Areas of interest in the workshop will be:
Dep. of Solid State Physics
Dep. of Physics of Nanotructures and Nanotechnology
Dep. of Photonics
Dep. of Advanced Materials Engineering
Dep. of Atomic Optics

Talks from PCAM/Thinface highlighting recent results and a matchmaking session will follow. On the second day there will be possibilities for lab visits and personal contacts.
Further details follow.