NWO Vidi grant awarded to Bruno Ehrler

Published on May 30, 2017
Category Hybrid Solar Cells

AMOLF group leader Bruno Ehrler has been awarded with an NWO Vidi grant. The grant enables Ehrler to study a promising new material for solar cells. NWO has awarded a total of 89 experienced researchers a Vidi grant that is worth 800.000 euros.

Metal-halide perovskite
With the Vidi grant Ehrler intends to unravel the secrets behind a new solar-cell miracle material. This material, metal-halide perovskite, has stirred up the research community because of its very high solar cell efficiency. It absorbs light well, and shows much slower-than-expected charge-carrier recombination, which is a loss mechanism for excited electrons. Materials that combine these two effects are highly unusual. This scarce property has sparked the interest of the researchers, who aim to find the origin of the effect and how it can best be utilized in solar cells.

NWO talent scheme
Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Scheme. Researchers in the NWO Talent Scheme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.

More information on this year’s Vidi grants on the website of NWO.