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Michael Saliba

Prof. Dr.

Institute Director and Chair
Institute for Photovoltaics


+49 711 685 67140
+49 711 685 67143

Pfaffenwaldring 47
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 1.215

Education and Appointments

2020 Full Professor (W3) and Director, Institute for Photovoltaics, University of Stuttgart, dually appointed as Helmholtz Young Investigator, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

2021-2025 Speaker of Graduate School “Quantum Engineers” (GRK 2642), DFG

2019 Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

2018 Group Leader, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

2018 Assistant Professorship (Tenure Track), Offer by NTU, Singapore (declined)

2018 Assistant Professorship (Tenure Track), Offer by Aalto University, Finland (declined)

2017 Marie Curie Fellow, EPFL, Switzerland, Prof. Michael Grätzel, Prof. Anders Hagfeldt

2017 Visiting scholar, Stanford University, USA, Prof. Michael McGehee

2014 DPhil, Physics, Oxford, UK, Photovoltaic and Optoelectronics group, Prof. Henry Snaith

2012 Research visit, Cornell University, USA, Prof. Ulrich Wiesner

2009 Diplom Physiker [MSc] (grade: 1.0) with distinction, Physics, University of Stuttgart and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany, Prof. Klaus Kern

2007 Study abroad year, Physics, University of Adelaide, Australia

2006 Vordiplom Physik & Mathematik [BSc], Physics & Mathematics, University of Stuttgart


Honors and Awards

2023 Helmholtz High Impact Award

2023 Rising Star Award, Materials Today

2022 ERC Starting Grant

2022 EU-40 Materials Prize, European Materials Research Society (EMRS)

2021 Curious Minds Research Award, Merck

2020 Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz, German Research Foundation (DFG)

2018-2023 Highly Cited Researchers (by Clarivate Analytics). Top 1% by citations/field

2020-2022 Young Scientists, World Economic Forum

2020 Young Scientist Prize, Semiconductor Physics, IUPAP: Int. Union of Pure &Applied Physics

2018-2022 Co-Chair: Global Young Academy; Board Member: Germany’s National Young Academy

2019-2021 Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Energy Letters

2018-2020 Nano Letters Early Career Editorial Board

2017, 2019 Young Elite, Top 40 under 40, Category: Science and Society, Capital Magazine

2017 MIT Technology Review TR35: World's Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35

2017 Third most influential scientist in perovskite research, Times Higher Education.

2017 Postdoctoral Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS)

2017 Science Award of the Fraunhofer UMSICHT

2016 Young Scientist Award of the German University Association . Main early career honor



2022 ERC Starting Grant

2019-2024 Helmholtz Young Investigator Group, located in Jülich

2021-2024 High voltage materials for catalysis (BMBF)

2021-2024 Quality Control in Solar Parks (BMWi)

2020-2022 EU Framework Horizon 2020 (SOLAR-ERA-NET Action)

2021-2025 Graduate School (GRK 2642, DFG): Materials for Quantum Engineering

2021-2022 Materials for Detectors (Third-Party funding from a company)

2021-2022 EXIST Founder Scholarship, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

2019-2022 Priority Program (SPP 2196, DFG): Perovskite Research


Panel Memberships

German Government Delegation Member, German-Chinese Dialog Forum

Evaluator for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Member of the Evaluation Panel for the Helmholtz Association



  1. Low-Temperature Perovskite Scintillators and Devices with Low-Temperature Perovskite Scintillators. Deep Science LLC, WO/2020208606, filed: 10.04.2019
  2. Mixed Cation Perovskite Solid State Solar Cell and Fabrication Thereof. EPFL (Switzerland), WO Patent: WO/2018/015831, International Application No.: PCT/IB2017/054008, filed: 03.07.2017
  3. Functional Hole Transport Materials for Optoelectronic and/or electrochemical devices. EPFL (Switzerland), WO Patent: WO/2016/207775, Int. Application No.: PCT/IB2016/053657, filed: 20.06.2016
  4. Mixed Cation Perovskite. University of Oxford (UK), WO Patent: WO/2017/089819, International Application No.: PCT/GB2016/053711, filed: 25.11.2016, Licenced to Heliochrome, UK
  5. Process for Producing a Layer of Organic Perovskite Material with Improved Crystallinity. University of Oxford (UK), WO Patent: WO/2016/020699, Int. Application No.: PCT/GB2015/052293, filed: 07.08.2015, Licenced to OxfordPV, UK


Organization of Scientific Events

2020 Chair & Organizer of the " Virtual Perovskite Conference (ViPerCon 2020)", 700 partici­pants, largest online conferences in our field; featured commentary in Nature Energy

2018-2021 Chair at Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring & Fall Meeting, Phoenix & Boston, USA

Invited Lecturer (>20) including MIT, Harvard, HU Berlin, TU Munich, LMU Munich, Jülich Research Centre, HZ Berlin, IST Austria, NTU, ETH Zurich, VU Amsterdam, Solliance, INES France, OIST Japan.


Field of Work

Prof. Saliba's research focuses on perovskites, a new class of semiconductors that Saliba has played a key role in developing and which is seen as a source of hope for sustainable energy production. They can be painted as "solar paint" on a wall or even on curved, flexible surfaces where they function as highly efficient solar cells. Since neither clean rooms nor high temperatures are required for this, solar cells based on perovskite have the long-term potential to be produced more cheaply than silicon solar cells and also to open up new areas of application, for example in cars, in space travel or in sensors for the Internet.

In addition, perovskites can be applied to conventional silicon, thus combining the strengths of both material classes: Silicon, for example, uses sunlight in the red and infrared range particularly efficiently, while perovskites are particularly good at converting blue light. "If the materials, i.e. perovskites on silicon, are stacked on top of each other, the efficiencies of already commercial silicon cells can be increased considerably. This tandem idea has the potential to herald a solar revolution," Saliba is confident.

In addition, perovskites make it possible to open up the research horizon to general optoelectronic applications. For example, perovskites can also emit light and be used in new types of light-emitting diodes. In the past, Saliba has also published papers on new types of cryogenic perovskite detectors, which are relevant for the early diagnosis of cancer, among other things.

Personal Information

Michael Saliba, born in 1983, studied mathematics and physics at the University of Stuttgart and received his doctorate in Oxford in 2014 as one of the first scientists ever in the field of metal-halide perovskites. He completed his postdoctoral research as a Marie-Curie Fellow at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. In 2018, Saliba accepted a group leader position at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and in 2019 he moved to the TU Darmstadt as a professor. Since June 1, 2020, Prof. Saliba has been head of the Institute for Photovoltaics (ipv) at the University of Stuttgart. He is also head of a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

With more than 100 published articles, Times Higher Education lists Prof. Michael Saliba as the third most influential scientist in his field. Since 2018 he is ISI Highly Cited, a designation for the top 1 percent of the most cited scientists. This year, the German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded him the renowned Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for his work, and also in 2020 he was accepted into the Young Scientists Group of the World Economic Forum. Saliba has also been awarded the Young Scientists Prize of the German Association of Universities, the Postdoctoral Award of the Material Research Society (MRS) and the TR35 of the MIT Technology Review, which recognizes the world's leading "35 innovators under the age of 35". Michael Saliba is also a member of the Global Young Academy and the Young Academy.


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