Ulrich Wilhelm Paetzold

Tenure-Track-Professor Dr. Ulrich Wilhelm Paetzold

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Institute of Microstructure Technology
    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

    Phone: +49 721 608-26357 (IMT)

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,
    Light Technology Institute (LTI)
    Engesserstrasse 13,
    76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

    Phone: +49 721 608-41998 (LTI)

Research Interests

Unfolding the potential of next-generation photovoltaic technologies by research, innovation, and academic education is my scientific mission and motivation. The research of my team focuses on the interaction between light and structured matter for the purpose of engineering novel optical concepts, materials, and device architectures for low-cost solar energy harvesting. We are strongly engaged in the fabrication, characterization, simulation, and understanding of the device physics of perovskite photovoltaics and perovskite-based tandem photovoltaics.

For a list of current research topics, please have a look at the webpage of my group.

You are invited to follow our research on Twitter (∂PeroTaskforce).


For a complete list of publications please see [Google Scholar], [ResearchGate], or [Web of Science / Publon].

Research IDs
OCID: 0000-0002-1557-8361
Web of Science Researcher ID: J-7339-2016

Short CV

03/2021 - present   Tenure-Track Professorship for Next Generation Photovoltaics.
2016 - present  

Head of research group at Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

  • Helmholtz Young Investigator Group “Advanced Optics and Materials for Next Generation Photovoltaics“.
  • Coordinator of „Taskforce Perovskite Photovoltaics at KIT“.
  • KIT Associate Fellow (since 11/2017).
2014 - 2016   PostDoc (DAAD scholar) and later permanent researcher in the PV Department at imec (Leuven, Belgium).
2013 – 2014   PostDoc at IEK5 - Photovoltaics at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH.
2009 – 2012  

Ph.D. in Physics from RWTH Aachen University.
The research was conducted at IEK5 - Photovoltaics at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH.

Title: “Light Trapping with Plasmonic Back Contacts in Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells”.

2006 – 2011   Interdisciplinary Master of Science in „Industrial Ecology“ from Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden).
2003 – 2009   Diploma in Physics from RWTH Aachen University.