Our joint project with NASA opened the opportunity to invite Colombian school kids to visit the photovoltaics and biomaterials research facilities at the material science department of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. José Darío Perea, PhD student at i-MEET and previous physics student at the Universidad del Valle in Colombia has organized this visit together with colleagues from i-MEET, the chair for Biomaterials, HI-ErN, the ZAE @ EnCN. The second part of their trip was hosted by Prof Antonietti from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Gerhard Ertl. Daniel Cruz, PhD student at the Max Planck Institute, organized the second part of the visit. The overarching topic of their visit was our joint project with NASA on the study of organic and hybrid solar cells in outer space. More details on this project can be found on our homepage.
The visit at Erlangen and Berlin was the first international trip for Danna Martinez, Alejandro Quintero, Andrés Lozano, and Laura García, who were accompanied by their supervisor Leidy Díaz, The young Colombians had the opportunity to process their own solar cells at our labs at i-MEET. Under the supervision of our Spanish speaking PhD students Jose Garcia, Osbel Samora and Jose Dario, the children made Perovskites solar cells with an efficiency exceeding 10 %. More details on their trip can found in the blog. Let´s wish the kids all the best for their future, which hopefully will be inspired towards a scientific education.