Fiches de cours 2017-2018


Caution, these contents corresponds to the coursebooks of last year

Solar photovoltaics and energy systems


Lecturer(s) :

Guijarro Carratala Nestor
Sivula Kevin
Tress Wolfgang Richard




Every 2 years


Next time: Fall 2019


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:



This course has been given in Spring 2016

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