Coursebooks 2017-2018


Solar photovoltaics and energy systems


Lecturer(s) :

Sivula Kevin
Tress Wolfgang Richard




Every 2 years


Next time: Spring 2018


In this course a broad overview of solar energy conversion technologies will be explored. We analyze the thermodynamic limits and explore the state of the solar energy conversion industry through the comparison of competing technologies. Students critique the latest published advances.


1. Solar irradiation as an energy source for electricity generation.
2. Thermodynamic efficiency restrictions in photochemical energy conversion
3. Electronic and electrochemical materials for energy applications; relevant solid-state and physical concepts
4. Structure of solar cells, p-n junctions, heterojunctions, Schottky junctions.
5. Organic materials in photochemistry.
6. Fundamentals of semiconductor photo-electrochemistry
7. Dynamics of electron transfer and charge transport processes
8. Bio-inspired molecular photovoltaics
9. Dye-sensitization of wide bandgap materials
10. Electrochemistry in energy conversion devices - overview
11. Advanced strategies and materials for photochemical solar energy conversion


Hands-on experiments and demonstrations:


Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Dipl-Ing or M.S., including physics, chemistry or materials science

Assessment methods

Oral exam and project report

In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German