The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a priority program to carry out research into perovskite solar cells – co-ordinated by the Konstanz physicist Professor Lukas Schmidt-Mende, which will receive €2.3 million a year in funding. The DFG has established the program – ‘Perovskite semiconductors: from fundamental properties to devices’ – to carry out the basic research into perovskite semiconductors.

Universities from across Germany, the UK, and Switzerland will collaborate on the project, meaning that it will be one of the largest joint research projects in Europe in the area of perovskite semiconductor research.

Perovskite research is one of the fastest growing fields of research within materials science. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and is based around the departments of physics and chemistry. Individual sub-projects are expected to be selected for funding in the context of the Priority Program by early 2019.