Dr. Markus Glatthaar

Head of Department Advanced Development for High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells, Division Photovoltaics

Research focus

  • Development of novel manufacturing processes for silicon solar cells, thin film deposition, electrochemical processing, solar cell metallization, hybrid- and hetero-contacts, device analysis

Curriculum vitae

Professional Carrier
Since 01/2016 Head of Department "Advanced Development for High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells" at Fraunhofer ISE. Responsible for R&D on advanced silicon solar cell concepts and novel manufacturing process technology. Staff members ~60. Annual budget of about 5 Mio. USD.
01/2012-12/2015 Head of Department "Novel Processes" at Fraunhofer ISE. Responsible for R&D novel manufacturing process technology for silicon solar cells. Staff members ~20.
07-12/2011 Head of Group "Metallization Technology" at Fraunhofer ISE. Responsible for R&D on metallization technology for silicon solar cells. Staff members ~10.
01-06/2011 Senior Scientist at RENA GmbH, Solar Technology Center Freiburg, Germany. Joined the R&D-Team for silicon solar cell process technology.
01/2008-12/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow at Fraunhofer ISE in the group "Inline-Characterization and Quality Assurance". Research focus on silicon solar cell analysis and photoluminescence imaging.
01-09/2007 Student teacher on high-school-level at the Kreisgymnasium-Hochschwarzwald in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.
02-06/2007 Seminar for didactics and teacher training in Freiburg, Germany
Courses in physics and mathematics education.
03/2007 Received the degree Dr. rer. nat. (comparable to PhD) in physics from University of Freiburg, Germany.
04/2004-12/2006 Doctoral studies on the analysis of organic bulk-hetrojuction solar cells using simulations and experiments at the Freiburg Material Research Center of the University of Freiburg, Germany.
08/2003 Diplom in Physics (comparable to M.Sc.) received from the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Thesis on organic bulk-heterojunction solar cells.
04/98-08/03 Studies of physics at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
11/00-03/01 Semester abroad at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
10/97-03/98 Studies of physics and mathematics at the University of Konstanz, Germany.


Since 2015 “Fundamentals of Physics” for several master’s programs on renewable energy engineering at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
2012 Invited lecture on “Metallization for High-Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells” at the European Photovoltaics Summer School in Krakow, Poland.

Service to the field

  • Frequent reviews for various journals (Applied Physics Letters, Physica Status Solidi, Rapid Research Letters, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Progress in Photovoltaics)
  • Reviewer and Session Chairman for scientific conferences and workshops (SiliconPV, European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Workshop on Metallization & Interconnection for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells)
  • Project review for the Australian Solar Institute (ASI)


Publication list from the Fraunhofer-Publica database:

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