Dr Juliane Borchert
Group Leader, Fraunhofer ISE
Early Career Group Leader, University of Freiburg
In The Lab
I initially started studying physics wanting to understand how the world works at its most fundamental level. During my undergraduate at the Freie Universität Berlin I realised that physics not only explains many aspects of our world but can also be harnessed to make it a better place. I undertook an intensive summer course to become a certified solar installer. I loved the course and realised that I wanted to use my curiosity and scientific mind to research the materials necessary for the next generation of solar cells. I moved to the University of Halle-Wittenberg to do a Master of Physics with a focus on photovoltaics. During an Erasmus exchange semester to the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, I gained first lab experience working on organic solar cell materials. Back in Halle I dove head first into my master thesis research topic: Co-evaporation of Perovskites for Solar Cells. From then on perovskite materials have fascinated me and my research has revolved around them. During my PhD at the University of Oxford I was part of the amazing Center for Doctoral Training in and Sustainable Photovoltaics and got to study perovskite solar cells and their deposition in depth. A Doctoral Prize from EPSRC allowed me to stay in Oxford after my PhD to continue on as a Postdoc. Next perovskites pulled me to the University of Cambridge where I was a member of the Stranks Lab and the inspiring environment of the Optoelectronics Group. In the summer of 2022 I moved to Freiburg im Breisgau to start my own Early Career Research Group at the University of Freiburg supported by the Vector Foundation. At the same time I had the pleasure to take over the leadership of the Novel Solar Cell Concepts Group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Outside of the Lab
When not researching perovskite solar cells, I am an active member of a poetry writers group. In some of my poetry I have combined my science and poetic creativity. You can find some examples here. Furthermore, I love to sing in choirs, and enjoy hikes in the amazing mountains around Freiburg. I recently joined a Makerspace and look forward to hands-on projects combining woodworking, 3D printing, sewing, and laser cutting.