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Assisted by AI methods, researchers are striving to improve the manufacturing processes for highly efficient perovskite solar cellsAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
AdvMat: AI for Perovskite Solar Cells: Key to Better Manufacturing

Tandem solar cells based on perovskite semiconductors convert sunlight to electricity more efficiently than silicon solar cells. However, manufacturing the high-grade, multi-crystalline thin layers without any deficiencies or holes using low-cost and scalable methods is still a challenge. To find the factors that influence coating, solar cell experts have joined forces with specialists from the platforms Helmholtz Imaging and Helmholtz AI (Artificial Intelligence). “Thanks to the combined use of AI, we now know which parameters need to be changed to improve production and are able to conduct our experiments in a more targeted way”, so Ulrich Paetzold, one of the lead-authors.

Advanced Materials
YIN Day Panel
15th YIN Anniversary celebrated with (Vice-)Presidents from KIT, HGF, and DFG

Under the patronage of the Acting President of KIT Oliver Kraft and the President of the Helmholtz Association Otmar Wiestler, the Young Investigator Network celebrated its 15th anniversary. Together with Karin Jacobs, vice-president at the German Research Foundation (DFG), and Kathrin Valerius, former YIN spreaker and professor at KIT, the patrons step on the podium to discuss the future for young scientific talents in Germany. With ample time for networking in between, YIN members chose the occation to present their scientific work and honor the YIN speakers who have kept the network working and alive over all those years. Thanks to all participants, supporters, and followers of YIN!

Maria Gräfin von Linden Prize for Charlotte Debus and Claudia Niessner

With the Maria Gräfin von Linden Prize, the Association of Baden-Württemberg Women Scientists honors particularly qualified young female scientists from the life sciences as well as the humanities and social sciences. In 2023, the prize went to KIT - for the first time in both categories: Charlotte Debus (l.) and Claudia Niessner (r.) convinced the jury with their presentations on "AI in the Natural Sciences: from ChatGPT to the Energy Transition" and "Data for Action: Corona kink in children's motor skills?" The prize has been awarded every two years since 2001. The last winner from KIT was YIN alumna Stefanie Speidel in 2011 - today prof in Dresden.

Maria Gräfin von Linden Prize