AA4 – Energy and Markets



Simulation and optimization of integrated solar fuels and photovoltaics devices

Project Heads

Sven Burger, Bernd Rech

Project Members

Felix Binkowski (ZIB) 


Christiane Becker (HZB), Rémi Colom (ZIB), Boris Naydenov (HZB), Alexander O. Govorov (Ohio Univ), Phillip Manley (HZB/ZIB), Lin Zschiedrich (JCMwave), Fridtjof Betz (ZIB)

Project Duration

01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021

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We develop numerical methods to treat isolated optical sources and scatterers in infinite periodic media. We apply these for investigation and optimization of topical photovoltaic and solar fuel devices, which includes nanostructured devices exhibiting plasmonic and dielectric optical resonances. Related experimental and engineering work is be supported by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Energie und Materialien (HZB).

This project is additionally supported by the Helmholtz Gemeinschaft through the Helmholtz Excellence Network SolarMath.

Selected Publications

Selected Pictures

Image: Visualization of the electromagnetic field distribution in a silicon nano-resonator.

Image: Plasmonic resonance in a metal nano-wire.

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