The research at the Division of Solid-State Electronics has two major focus areas: Electronics for Sustainable Energy and Electronics for Smart Life, with a workforce currently comprising about 70 active scientists.
In the former area with energy as the focus, our exploration of solid-state thin-film solar cells has been very successful both in research and in commercialization. It covers all building blocks in a solar cell device. We study replacement materials with abundant elements and investigate new concepts with solar cells only needing materials of tens of nanometers in thickness. In this area, our research also covers nanophononics and hybrid materials for thermoelectrics, solar energy water splitting, energy-saving RF-power electronics and energy-efficient metallization systems.
In the latter area with health/wellness as the focus, we have established strong competence in electronic nanobiosensors and sensor systems for ion detection and DNA sequencing based on standard silicon technology as well as in flexible electronics based on low-dimensionality materials, nanoscale structures and functional composites. In this area, we also employ microwave technology for bio-EM applications such as detection and healing of bone fractures.