Electronic Engineering Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Prof STOLTERFOHT, Martin


Associate Professor
B.Sc. & M.Sc. (University of Graz), Ph.D. (University of Queensland)
homepage Rm 228, Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building phone Tel: +852 3943 8456 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research Interests:

Perovskite and organic solar cells, perovskite-based tandem solar cells, optoelectronic devices, charge transport and recombination, ionic transport, device simulations, optoelectronic and spectroscopic thin film characterization


hyperlink http://www.ee.cuhk.edu.hk/mstolterfoht/



Resume of Career

Martin Stolterfoht joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as a VC Early Career Associate Professor in August 2023. He completed his Master’s degree in Physics at the University of Graz, Austria in 2012 and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2016 with a focus on charge transport and recombination in organic photovoltaics. From 2016 to 2019 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Potsdam (UP), Germany with his primary research revolving around a fundamental investigation of recombination in perovskite solar cells through advanced optical and electro-optical characterization techniques and numerical simulations.

From November 2019 until August 2023, he led the Potsdam Perovskite Research Group at UP, and in April 2022 he became a Heisenberg fellow funded by the German Research Foundation. During his career, he also visited the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA and the University of Oxford in the UK for extended research stays.

Martin has acquired funding for 8 major joint and individual research grants. He has authored/co-authored 86 publications in renowned journals including Science and Nature and presented 35 contributed and invited conference talks. Martin has advised 3 postdoctoral researchers, 8 Ph.D. students, 2 Master’s students, and 6 Bachelor students.

Current Research Interests

Martin aims to bring the operational stability of perovskite solar cells to an industrial level (>20 years lifetime) via a global characterization of mobile ion-induced efficiency losses and their impact on device degradation. He also strives to develop a new generation of high-performance perovskite-based multijunction solar cells such as silicon/perovskite and all-perovskite and organic/perovskite tandem cells. His objective also includes establishing a fundamental description of thin film solar cell operation, charge transport, and recombination processes from picoseconds to steady-state through electro-optical measurements and numerical modeling.

Keywords: Perovskite and organic solar cells, perovskite-based tandem solar cells, optoelectronic devices, charge transport and recombination, ionic transport, device simulations, optoelectronic and spectroscopic thin film characterization

Highlights of Recent Achievements

  • Prof. Stolterfoht’s team developed an experimental methodology to quantify efficiency and degradation losses induced by ion migration in perovskite photovoltaics (PV).
  • The team decoupled key recombination losses in high-performance perovskite-based tandem cells.
  • They also developed high-performance all-perovskite tandem and single-junction perovskite solar cells.
  • The team developed accurate device numerical models for perovskite-based PV.
  • Filed a patent for the use of carborane and derivates in opto-electronic devices, German Patent, 2022.

Taught Courses

  • Physics of Solar Cells (Lecture & Exercises)
  • Physical and Engineering properties of Polymers (Lecture)
  • Experimental Physics: Energy-Space-Time (Exercises)
  • Experimental Physics: Mechanics (Exercises)
  • Experimental Physics: Atomic-Nuclear Particles (Exercises)
  • Charge Transport in Semiconducting Polymers (Lab Course)
  • Polymer Science (Exercises)
  • Soft Semiconductors Optoelectronics (Lecture)
  • Polymer Science Seminar

Honors and Awards

  • Heisenberg fellowship from the German Research Foundation, 2022
  • Postdoc Prize of the State of Brandenburg, Germany, for outstanding scientific work in the category of Natural and Engineering Science, 2020

External Service in Recent 3 Years

  • Co-speaker of HyPerCells, a joint Research School of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and University of Potsdam, 2022-2023
  • Editorial Board Member Nature Communications Physics, Springer Nature, from 6/2022
  • Advisor Quantum Yield Berlin (https://qyb.berlin/), Germany, from 1/2021


86 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=01qKDqcAAAAJ&hl=en

10 important publications are listed.

*Corresponding Authorship

  1. Brinkmann, K. O., Becker, T., Zimmermann, F., Kreusel, C., Gahlmann, T., Theisen, M., Haeger, T., Olthof, S., Tückmantel, C., Günster, M., Maschwitz, T., Göbelsmann, F., Koch, C., Hertel, D., Caprioglio, P., Peña-Camargo, F., Perdigón-Toro, L., Al-Ashouri, A., Merten, L., Hinderhofer, A., Gomell, L., Zhang, S., Schreiber, F., Albrecht, S., Meerholz, K., Neher, D., Stolterfoht, M. & Riedl, T. Perovskite–organic tandem solar cells with indium oxide interconnect. Nature 604, 280–286 (2022).
  2. Thiesbrummel, J., Le Corre, V. M., Peña‐Camargo, F., Perdigón‐Toro, L., Lang, F., Yang, F., Grischek, M., Gutierrez‐Partida, E., Warby, J., Farrar, M. D., Mahesh, S., Caprioglio, P., Albrecht, S., Neher, D., Snaith, H. J. & Stolterfoht, M.* Universal Current Losses in Perovskite Solar Cells Due to Mobile Ions. Adv. Energy Mater. 11, 2101447 (2021).
  3. Stolterfoht, M.*, Grischek, M., Caprioglio, P., Wolff, C. M., Gutierrez‐Partida, E., Peña‐Camargo, F., Rothhardt, D., Zhang, S., Raoufi, M., Wolansky, J., Abdi‐Jalebi, M., Stranks, S. D., Albrecht, S., Kirchartz, T. & Neher, D. How To Quantify the Efficiency Potential of Neat Perovskite Films: Perovskite Semiconductors with an Implied Efficiency Exceeding 28%. Adv. Mater. 32, 2000080 (2020).
  4. Caprioglio, P., Wolff, C. M., Sandberg, O. J., Armin, A., Rech, B., Albrecht, S., Neher, D. & Stolterfoht, M.* On the Origin of the Ideality Factor in Perovskite Solar Cells. Adv. Energy Mater. 10, 2000502 (2020).
  5. Peña-Camargo, F., Caprioglio, P., Zu, F., Gutierrez-Partida, E., Wolff, C. M., Brinkmann, K., Albrecht, S., Riedl, T., Koch, N., Neher, D. & Stolterfoht, M.* Halide Segregation versus Interfacial Recombination in Bromide-Rich Wide-Gap Perovskite Solar Cells. ACS Energy Lett. 5, 2728–2736 (2020).
  6. Stolterfoht, M.*, Le Corre, V. M., Feuerstein, M., Caprioglio, P., Koster, L. J. A. & Neher, D. Voltage-Dependent Photoluminescence and How It Correlates with the Fill Factor and Open-Circuit Voltage in Perovskite Solar Cells. ACS Energy Lett. 4, 2887–2892 (2019).
  7. Stolterfoht, M.*, Caprioglio, P., Wolff, C. M., Márquez, J. A., Nordmann, J., Zhang, S., Rothhardt, D., Hörmann, U., Amir, Y., Redinger, A., Kegelmann, L., Zu, F., Albrecht, S., Koch, N., Kirchartz, T., Saliba, M., Unold, T. & Neher, D. The impact of energy alignment and interfacial recombination on the internal and external open-circuit voltage of perovskite solar cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 12, 2778–2788 (2019).
  8. Stolterfoht, M.*, Wolff, C. M., Márquez, J. A., Zhang, S., Hages, C. J., Rothhardt, D., Albrecht, S., Burn, P. L., Meredith, P., Unold, T. & Neher, D. Visualization and suppression of interfacial recombination for high-efficiency large-area pin perovskite solar cells. Nat. Energy 3, 847–854 (2018).
  9. Stolterfoht, M.*, Wolff, C. M., Amir, Y., Paulke, A., Perdigón-Toro, L., Caprioglio, P. & Neher, D. Approaching the fill factor Shockley–Queisser limit in stable, dopant-free triple cation perovskite solar cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 10, 1530–1539 (2017).
  10. Stolterfoht, M., Armin, A., Shoaee, S., Kassal, I., Burn, P. & Meredith, P. Slower carriers limit charge generation in organic semiconductor light-harvesting systems. Nat. Commun. 7, 11944 (2016).