Stefan W. Glunz

Crystalline Si Photovoltaics


Frauhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Department of Solar Cells - Development and Characterization
Heidenhofstr 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone: 49 761 4588 5191


Stefan W. Glunz was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1966. He received his Diploma and Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg in 1991 and 1995 respectively. He carried out the research for his Ph.D. thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. The thesis work focused on the analysis of charge carrier recombination in crystalline silicon solar cells. After finishing his Ph.D., Stefan Glunz joined Fraunhofer ISE as a scientist, and in 1996 he became Group Head of High-Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells. Since 2007 Glunz heads the Department of Solar Cells – Development and Characterization at Fraunhofer ISE. His department consists of 140 employees including 28 Ph.D. students. His responsibilities also include the supervision of Ph.D. and Master students as well as teaching and lecturing at the University of Freiburg.

His research covers the entire spectrum from fundamental material research as the analysis of the metastable defect in boron-doped Cz-grown silicon to the development and analysis of high-efficiency silicon solar cell structures and processes. Dr. Glunz is in charge of the technological and scientific cooperation with other international research institutes and with the photovoltaic industry. Among other achievements his department holds the world record for multicrystalline silicon solar cells (20.4%).

Dr. Glunz is the author/coauthor of more than 80 journal and 250 conference papers. In 2008 he received the Eni Award for the promotion of science and technology in the field of renewable energies. He is a scientific committee member for several conferences and workshops in the field of solar energy and has initiated a successful annual workshop for Ph.D. students concentrating on crystalline silicon solar cells (SiliconFOREST) and, for the first time in 2011, an international conference on crystalline silicon photovoltaics (SiliconPV).