Michael Saliba

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

Technical University of Darmstadt

Alarich-Weiss-Str. 2

64287 Darmstadt, Germany


Michael Saliba 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 technologies with an emphasis on perovskites for a sustainable energy future.

From 2015-2017, he was a Group Leader at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, Switzerland. He was a Marie Curie Fellow at EPFL (with a research visit at Stanford) from 2015-2017. He completed his PhD at Oxford University in 2014 (with a research visit at Cornell) working on crystallization behaviour and plasmonic nanostructures in perovskites. He obtained his MSc in physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research on simulation methods for plasmonic oligomers. He holds a BSc in mathematics and physics from Stuttgart University. He has an h-index of 47 and published over 100 works in the fields of plasmonics, lasers, LEDs, and perovskite solar cells.

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 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. He is also a member of the National Young Academy of Germany (Junge Akademie).

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Awards & Affiliations


MIT Technology Review TR35: World’s Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35

Young Scientist Award of the German University Association

Postdoctoral Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS)