Susanne Birkhold

PhD student

E-Mail: Susanne.Birkhold@...

Phone: 3993

Room: P946

Research Interests

My research focuses on organic-inorganic perovskites, which have experienced a tremendous increase in interest as material for solar cells within the last five years. Despite the significant achievements in solar cell performance with up to 20 % efficiency, fundamental knowledge of photo-physical processes is still missing. This includes the origin and influence of crystal defects, causing electronic trap states and reduced solar cell performance.

The goal of my PhD is to identify the origin of these trap states in organic-inorganic perovskites and to quantitatively characterize their energetic and spatial distribution using time- and spatially resolved photoluminescence and thermally stimulated current measurements. It is expected that such a complete and quantitative analysis of both energetic and spatial distribution of trap states will allow a reliable and thorough correlation between trap state characteristics and their influence on solar cell performance.

Curriculum vitae

  • 1991: Born in Stuttgart
  • 2009-2012: Bachelor of Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich
  • 2012-2015: Master of Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich; Master Thesis: Time-Resolved Spectroscopy on Modified Hybrid Interfaces in the group of Prof. Lukas Schmidt-Mende
  • 2015 - now: PhD student at the University of Konstanz


  • 2011: DAAD RISE – worldwide, research intership at the VU Melbourne on biophotonics
  • 2012: LMU Prosa: Exchange semester at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver
  • 2013: Deutschlandstipendium
  • 2016: Carl - Zeiss Stipendium für Doktoranden