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Elizabeth von Hauff becomes Director of the Fraunhofer FEP Institute

12.7.2021 | The physicist, who specialises in solar power and energy conversion, has also been given a professorship at the Dresden University of Technology.
Prof Dr Elizabeth von Hauff
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Prof Dr Elizabeth von Hauff

Prof von Hauff has been appointed new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP). In connection with the new position, she has also been granted a professorship at the Dresden University of Technology, specifically as the Chair for Coating Technologies for Electronics. This announcement comes only months after Prof van Hauff was named professor of special appointment by the University of Amsterdam.

“I am looking forward to my new tasks as a university lecturer at the [Dresden University of Technology] and as the institute director of Fraunhofer FEP,” said Prof von Hauff in a press release. “My aim is to strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions, but also with other institutes and industrial partners.”

Coming from a background of condensed matter physics, Prof von Hauff works mainly on solar energy conversion. While this field is famous for its solar power device applications, fundamental questions remain about the underlying electrical processes. To answer those questions, Prof von Hauff studies the relationship between structure and function in organic semiconductors, a type of material that can be used to make solar cells.

Originally from Canada, Prof von Hauff moved to the University of Oldenburg in Germany for her masters and PhD in the early noughties, before taking up a joint appointment at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems. Since 2013, she has been based at VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands.   (© AcademiaNet)

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