Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975
    Physics Diploma at Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1980
    Dr. sc. nat. at Institute of Toxicology at ETH Zurich: "Development and optimisation of an inductively coupled plasma system for analysis of organic materials" (research performed at PHILIPS Nat. Lab.; Eindhoven, NL)

  • 1980 – 1985
    Research Scientist at Universität Konstanz, Germany

  • 1985 – 1990
    Senior Scientist at Universität Konstanz, Germany

  • 1990 – 1991
    Research Fellowship at Princeton University, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, USA, Habilitation:"Synthese, optoelektronische Eigenschaften und Anwendung neuer Halbleiterkristalle"(venia legendi)

  • 1991 – 1995
    Assistant Professor at Universität Konstanz, Germany

  • Since 1995
    Full C4 Professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and Head of Institute Heterogeneous Material Systems within the division Solar Energy at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Germany (formerly: Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin GmbH).

Selected publications

  • Sáez-Araoz, R.; Krammer, J.; Harndt, S.; Koehler, T.; Krueger, M.; Pistor, P.; Jasenek, A.; Hergert, F.; Lux-Steiner, M.Ch.; Fischer, C.-H.: ILGAR In2S3 buffer layers for Cd-free Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 solar cells with certified efficiencies above 16%. Progress in Photovoltaics 20 (2012), p. 855-861, doi:10.1002/pip.2268.

  • Chen, J.; Ye, H.; Aé, L.; Tang, Y.; Kieven, D.; Rissom, T.; Neuendorf, J.; Lux-Steiner, M.Ch.: Tapered aluminum-doped vertical zinc oxide nanorod arrays as light coupling layer for solar energy applications. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 95 (2011), p. 1437-1440, doi:10.1016/j.solmat.2010.10.006.

  • Lin, X.Z.; Dittrich, Th.; Fengler, S.; Lux-Steiner, M.Ch.; Ennaoui, A.:

    Correlation between processing conditions of Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 and modulated surface photovoltage.Applied Physics Letters 102 (2013), p. 143903/1-4, doi:10.1063/1.4801463.

  • Baier, R.; Leendertz, C.; Lux-Steiner, M.Ch.; Sadewasser, S.:

    Toward quantitative Kelvin probe force microscopy of nanoscale potential distributions. Physical Review B 85 (2012), p. 165436/1-6 doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.85.165436.

  • Schmid, M.; Klenk, R.; Lux-Steiner, M.Ch.; Topic, M.; Krc, J.: Modeling plasmonic scattering combined with thin-film optics. Nanotechnology 22 (2011), p. 025204/1-10


Selected projects

  • Various projects and cooperations on a national, European, and international cooperation scale (ATHLET, CHEETAH, NEBULES, EERA, SOPHIA, etc.).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Member (from 2002-2005 Chairwoman) of the Directory of the Forschungsverbund Sonnenenergie (FVS) / now: Forschungsverbund Erneuerbare Energien (FVEE), 1996 – 2005

  • First Chairwoman of the Association "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Solare Materialien", 1996 – 2012

  • Jury Member of the Innovationspreis Berlin/Brandenburg, 1997 – 2007

  • Technology Transfer Representative for the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin, 1999 – 2002

  • Member of the Organisation Committee and topic organizer of the PVSEC, 2000 – 2012

  • Member of the WTA supervisory board at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ, HGF) and Member of the Scientific Council for Energy Research Activities within the energy programme of the FZJ, 2001 – 2006

  • Member of the EUREC Agency, 2001 – 2007

  • Member of the Eidgenössische Energieforschungskommission CORE, CH, 2001 – 2012

  • Member of the Task Force "Frauen in Forschungszentren – akfifz" (HGF), 2003 – 2004

  • Deputy Chairwoman und member of the Hochschulrat of the Universität Oldenburg, 2003 – 2007

  • Member and Chairwoman of the Scientific Council of Berlins Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ), 2003 – 2011

  • Member of the Scientific Council of Sulfurcell Solartechnik GmbH, since 2003

  • Member of the Jury for the ERWIN-SCHRÖDINGER-PREIS of the HGF, 2004 – 2007

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Forschungszentrum Rossendorf/Dresden e. V. (FZR/FZD), 2005 – 2008

  • Mentor within the Helmholtz Network Mentoring Programme for Women Scientists, since 2005

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V., since 2006

  • Chairwoman of the Executive and Scientific Committee of the symposium "Nanotechnologie für eine nachhaltige Energieversorgung", 2007

  • Lecturer at the Summer Academy of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, St. Johann/Italy, 2008

  • Member of the Task Force Chancengleichheit of the Helmholtz-Gesellschaft (HGF), 2008 – 2009

  • Member of the Initiative Committee of the federal state of Sachsen-Anhalt for the promotion of network activities for scientific excellence, 2008 – 2009

  • Chairwoman of the Jury EXIST Research Transfer from BMWI, since 2008

  • Member of the coordinating committee "Wissenschaftsjahr 2010 – Jahr der Energie" (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research/BMBF), 2009/2010

  • Member of the Jury Board of the Innovationspreis Berlin/Brandenburg, 2009 – 2012

  • Member of the Steering Committee of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform (PV TP), 2009 – 2013

  • Founder and Academic Director of the International Summer University on Renewables in Falera/Switzerland, ISUenergy, since 2009

  • Mentor within the Helmholtz Network Mentoring Programme for Leading Scientists of the HGF (Helmholtz-Akademie für Führungskräfte), since 2009

  • Member of the EERA and ERI core group and steering committee member, since 2009

  • Review Panel Membership of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Review of Energy, 2010

  • Reviewer at the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung, Nachwuchsförder- und Strukturförderprogramm (promotion of young researchers), since 2010

  • Evaluation Committee Wissenschaftspreis der TU Wien/Austria, since 2011

  • Deputy Leader of the Section Energy at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), since 2011

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Forschungsverbund Erneuerbare Energie (FVEE), and Member of Experts Committees within the FVEE, since 2011

  • Member of the core group/Leitungsgruppe NFP 70 "Energiewende" des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (SNF), since 2012

  • Member of the Evaluation Committee of e! – Energy Mission Austria, since 2013

  • Invited consultant and participant of the German Dutch Experts Symposium of Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg and EWE-Forschungszentrum NEXT ENERGY featuring the King and Queen of the Netherlands, 2014

  • Expert invitation for the Physics Nobel Award Ceremony by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), 2014

  • Member of the Selection Committee "Funktionelle Oberflächen und Materialien für eine nachhaltige Energieversorgung – Clean Tech" (Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung/foundation, Germany), 2014

  • Member of the Selection Committe of the Wissenschaftspreises of Technische Universität Wien, 2014

  • Furthermore:Prof. Dr. M.Ch. Lux-Steiner is a member of various international and national advisory boards, project and conference committees, and the leading coordinator of various international and national projects. She isa repeatedly selected member of numerous selection committees of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and external institutes and universities, as well as chairwoman / member of scientific and executive committees at international and national conferences and symposia as well as of national advisory boards and international panels and platforms.

Media coverage

  • Various articles, interviews, portraits.

  • Online Profiles:; research gate; google scholar.

Additional qualifications

  • Research Stay at PHILIPS Nat. Lab Eindhoven, NL.

  • Research Fellowship at Princeton University, Dept. of Electrical Engineering,USA (1990/1991).

  • h-index: 46 (google scholar)

  • 34 (Scopus 12/13)

  • Cited:8060 (google scholar) ; 4593 (Scopus 12/13)

  • Patents: 39

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Research projects

  • Cooperations

  • Symposia

  • Conferences

  • Summer/Autumn/Winter Schools

Soft Skills

  • Networking skills, staff leadership, active discussion and negotiation skills, creative thinking, mediation skills etc.


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