At the department of Applied Materials Science (AMS) research is conducted on the deposition, processing and analysis of innovative III-V compound semiconductor devices.
The last decade a large part of the activities at AMS have been dedicated to high-efficiency thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells and the development of the therefore required Epitaxial Lift-Off (ELO) technology.
The worldwide leading position of AMS in this research area is illustrated by the fact that it has obtained several acknowledged world record efficiencies for III-V solar cells. At the AMS department there is also a keen eye for the application of the research results. For this purpose close cooperation is maintained with industrial partners that aim to apply the high-efficiency PV cells in space applications and light concentrator systems. In addition AMS has forwarded three start-up companies in cell analysis, production and applications.