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Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber

Date of birth28 October 1949
Current positionDirector Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg (since 07/2006) Full Professor for Physics and Solar Energy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg (since 07/2006)
Member of the Freiburg Materials Research Center of the Albert-Ludwigs-University (since 12 /2006)
Fields of
Defect Engineering in Silicon Solar Cells with high metal content (‘dirty Si’)
Nature and electronic properties of defects in III/V thin films
Solar Cells from Organic Materials

1983 Habilitation and Venia Legendia in Physics, University of Cologne, Germany, Thesis: "Transition Metals in Silicon"
1976 Dr. rer. nat. University of Cologne, Germany Thesis: "Point Defects in Deformed Silicon"
1973 Diploma University of Cologne, Germany

Professional experience
1983 - 1991Assistant, Associate Professor of Materials Science,
University of California, Berkeley
1990Visiting Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
1991 - 2006Professor of Materials Science, University of California, Berkeley
2000Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
2004 - 2006Chair, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group,
University of California, Berkeley
2006 - 2010Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg

2010Member of acatech - the German Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin.
2009Honorary Member of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg
2008Member of the SEMI International Board of Directors
2003Founding President, German Scholars Organization
2002Fellow, American Physical Society
2001President, Alexander von Humboldt Association of America
1996Founding President, Berkeley Chapter of the Alexander von
Humboldt Association of America

2009Electronics and Photonics Division Award of the Electrochemical
Society ECS
2006Award of Merit (‘Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande’)
1994Humboldt Senior US Scientist Award


  • T. Buonassisi, A.A. Istratov, M.A. Marcus, B. Lai, Z. Cai, S.M. Heald, and E.R. Weber,
    Engineering metal-impurity nanodefects for low-cost solar cells, Nature Materials 4, 676 (2005)
  • E.R. Weber, Understanding Defects in Semiconductors as Key to Advancing Device Technology,
    Physica B340-342, 1 (2003). (Plenary opening talk of ICDS-22)
  • M.H. Huang, S. Mao, H. Feick, Haoquan Yan, Yiying Wu, H. Kind, E. Weber, R. Russo, and Peidong Yang,
    Room-Temperature Ultraviolet Nanowire Nanolasers, Science, 292, 1897 (2001).
  • C.Flink, H.Feick, S.A.McHugo, W.Seifert, H.Hieslmair, T.Heiser, A.A.Istratov, and E.R.Weber,
    “Out-Diffusion and Precipitation of Copper in Silicon: an Electrostatic Model”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 4900 (2000).
  • A.A.Istratov, C.Flink, H.Hieslmair, E.R.Weber, and T.Heiser,
    “Intrinsic Diffusion Coefficient of Interstitial Copper in Silicon”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 1243 (1998).
  • M. Van Schilfgaarde, E.R.Weber, and N. Newman, Pressure Dependence of III-V Schottky Barriers - A Critical Test of Theories for Fermi Level Pinning, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 581 (1994).
  • J.F. Zheng, X. Liu, N. Newman, E.R. Weber, D.F. Ogletree, and M. Salmeron,
    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Si Donors in GaAs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1490 (1994).
  • D. Gilles, E.R. Weber, and S. Hahn, Mechanism of Internal Gettering of Interstitial Impurities in Czochralski-Grown Silicon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 196 (1990).
  • Magnetic Studies of Persistent Photoconductivity in n-AlGaAs, K.A. Khachaturyan, D.D. Awschalom, J.R. Rozen, and E.R. Weber, Phys. Rev. Lett 63, 1311 (1989).
  • E.R. Weber, Transition Metals in Silicon, Appl.Phys. A 30, 1 (1983).