Astrid Bingel, physicist of the University of Jena in the Nano-SIS project, receives honor for outstanding diploma thesis
For the third time, CiS e.V. Verein zur Förderung der Mikrosensorik und Photovoltaik awarded a prize for diploma or master theses in the fields of sensors, actuators, microsystems technology and photovoltaics. This prize recognizes outstanding work in these fields, preferably done in conjunction with industry.
On May 10, 2012, the young scientist Astrid Bingel from the Nano-SIS research group of the Institute of Applied Physics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena was honored, who had impressively convinced the jurors of this competition. Her work was done at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Jena. The diploma topic “Transparent and conductive aluminum-doped ZnO layers” offers an important approach for new resource-efficient solutions in energy and information technology. Transparent and at the same time highly conductive layers are an essential component of numerous optoelectronic devices, for example of SIS solar cells, the scientist’s current field of research. With her investigations, our prize winner points to the possible potential of her material system as a replacement for the expensive ITO (indium tin oxide) layer system used to date.
In the justification of the reviewer Prof. Katzer from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM stated: “What particularly distinguishes the work is the self-contained picture of a challenging research topic both from the theoretical penetration of the individual experimental subtasks, the precise execution of a wide variant range of experiments, a coordinated complex analytics and a conclusive discussion of the results.” Prof. Gobsch of Ilmenau Technical University added to this review, saying, “The variety of methods and procedures she used is impressive for a thesis.”