Wolfgang Tress

Affiliation: Institute of Computational Physics, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, CH

Keywords: Renewable energy, Photovoltaics, Organic semiconductors, Device physics and modeling, Metal halide perovskites



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Wolfgang is currently a senior lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland setting up his group on physics of novel semiconductor devices. He followed a multidisciplinary career, from studying electrical engineering to graduating in physics to working in physical chemistry groups. His general interests are developing and studying novel semiconductor materials and photovoltaic concepts and technologies. He has been working on several emerging semiconductor material systems for small-molecule and polymer solar cells and for perovskite optoelectronics. His focus is on analyzing and modeling performance limiting processes in these devices.

Wolfgang is one of the leading scientists in the field of device physics of emerging solar-cell technologies and listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science Group. He published a book on organic solar cells and several groundbreaking articles in the field of perovskite solar cells. For his postdoctoral work, he received national and international awards such as the Zeno-Karl Schindler prize in the field of environmental sciences and sustainability, the Award in Applied Physics by the Swiss Physical Society and the Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Before having received an ERC Starting Grant and moved to ZHAW in 2020, Wolfgang was a Marie-Curie fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and an Ambizione fellow at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

Beyond semiconductor physics, Wolfgang is broadly interested in renewable energies and applied research towards a more sustainable society. He is active as organizer of photovoltaics conferences and editorial advisory board member of the open-access journal “Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research”. He is alumnus of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation and became a fellow of the Young Academy of Europe in 2020.