Michael Saliba

Prof. Dr. Michael Saliba

+49 6151 16-24250

Alarich-Weiss-Straße 2
64287 Darmstadt

Office: L2|01 152

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He is a professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. His research focuses on a deeper understanding and improvement of optoelectronic properties of emerging photovoltaic materials with an emphasis on perovskites for a sustainable energy future.

He was a group leader at University of Fribourg, Switzerland from 2018-2019 with Ullrich Steiner. From 2015‐2017, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at EPFL with Michael Grätzel. He also had a research visit at Stanford University with Michael McGehee.

He studied both mathematics and physics at Stuttgart University (BSc) as well as physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (MSc with dis, simulation methods for plasmonic oligomers) receiving Baden-Württemberg, DAAD and Heinrich-Böll scholarships. He also spent a study abroad year at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

He completed his PhD at Oxford University in 2014 with Henry Snaith including a research visit at Cornell University with Ulrich Wiesner working on crystallisation behaviour and plasmonic nanostructures in perovskites.

He has an h-index of 47 and published over 100 works in the fields of plasmonics, lasers, LEDs, and perovskite optoelectronics. Times Higher Education considers him the 3rd most influential scientist in perovskite research based on number of publications and quality. He is also on the 2018 list of ISI Highly Cited Researchers.

In 2016, he was awarded the Young Scientist Award of the German University Association. In 2017, he was awarded the Science Award of the Fraunhofer UMSICHT institute, the René Wasserman Award of EPFL, and the Postdoctoral Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He was also named as one of the World’s 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review for his pioneering discoveries in the field of perovskite solar cells and optoelectronics. In 2018, he was selected as a Member of the Global Young Academy and the National Young Academy of Germany.



  • 2019 Professor at TU Darmstadt
  • 2018 Group Leader, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 2017 Marie Curie Fellow, EPFL, Switzerland
  • 2017 Visiting scholar, Stanford University, USA
  • 2014 DPhil, Physics, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2012 Research visit, Cornell University, USA
  • 2009 Diplom Physiker [MSc], Physics, University of Stuttgart and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany
  • 2007 Study abroad year, Physics, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 2006 Vordiplom Physik [BSc], Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2006 Vordiplom Mathematik [BSc], Mathematics, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2003 Abitur (grade: 1.0; scale: 1.0-6.0), Erich-Kästner-Gymnasium, Eislingen/Fils, Germany

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Energy Letters
  • 2018 Member of the Global Young Academy
  • 2018 Member of the National Young Academy of Germany
  • 2018 Nano Letters Early Career Editorial Board
  • 2018 ISI Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2018 Emerging Investigator Issue, Journal of Materials Chemistry A
  • 2017 MIT Technology Review TR35: World’s Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35
  • 2017 Top 3 influential scientist in perovskite research, Times Higher Education. goo.gl/KZbL3z
  • 2017 Postdoctoral Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • 2017 Young Elite, Top 40 under 40, Category: Science and Society, Capital Magazine
  • 2017 Science Award of the Fraunhofer UMSICHT
  • 2017 Nanotechnology Young Researcher Award
  • 2016 Young Scientist Award of the German University Association
  • 2016 Best Talk (Nature Energy award at PSCO conference)
  • 2015 Prime Speciale du Doyen (Dean’s Special Prize), EPFL
  • 2012-2013 Light Senior Scholar, St Catherine’s College, Oxford

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