Dr. Jan Christoph Goldschmidt

Head of Team Novel Solar Cell Concepts, Division Solar Cells - Development and Characterization

Research focus

Photon management technologies, such as upconversion, spectral splitting and advanced light trapping, as well as multijunction solar cells based on the combination of silicon and novel materials such as perovskites and nanowires offer the possibility to overcome the efficiency limits of conventional photovoltaic technologies. Developing new concepts and showing the potential of such technologies is the core of my work. The overarching goal is to continue the path of cost reduction by innovation to help a more and more widespread application of photovoltaics. 

Curriculum vitae

Head of Team “Novel Solar Cell Concepts” at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Visiting Researcher at Imperial College, London, United Kingdom in the Department of Physics
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics at University of Konstanz, Germany and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Dipl.–Phys. at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany and University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia

Awards & outstanding achievements

2013 Dahrendorf-Fellowship for short-term stay at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, Germany
PostDoc research grant German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funding stay at Imperial College, London
2005 PhD scholarships from Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and Heinrich-Böll Foundation
Student scholarships from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


8 PhD students, who received scholarships from Deutsche Bundes Stiftung Umwelt, Reiner-Lemoine Stiftung and Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
Since 2005

18 Master students, of which at least 3 won scholarships

Teaching activities

2015 Contribution to lecture series of Prof. S. W. Glunz  “Photovoltaics” at Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany
2014 Invited lecture “High efficiency silicon solar cells” at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, Germany
Since 2012
Tutor (“Vertrauensdozent”) of Heinrich-Böll Foundation
2012 Contribution to online Master programme “Photovoltaics” of Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany, on topics of Photon Management in Photovoltaics

Organisation of scientific meetings

2015 DPG Focus Session “Nanophotonic concepts and materials for energy harvesting – Plasmonics, transformation optics, upconversion and beyond”, Berlin, Germany
Since 2013
OSA topical meeting “Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics"
2013 International workshop “Advanced Systems for Photon Management for Photovoltaics”, Freiburg, Germany
2006 Interdisciplinary seminar “Energy, Power and Rationality”, Tübingen, Germany

Commissions of trust

2015 Scientific Evaluator, Technology Foundation STW, The Netherlands
Scientific Evaluator, Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS), Belgium
2014 PhD Thesis Evaluator, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
2012 PhD Thesis Evaluator, University of Sydney, Australia
Since 2005 Reviewer for Applied Physics Letters, Nature Nanotechnology, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, Renewable Energy, Scientific Reports