All Project members


The project is coordinated by Lars Samuelson and Magnus Borgström from Lund University, Sweden
See personal page of Lars Samuelson
Magnus Borgström's personal page and contact

Other partners

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (FHG), Germany

Sol Voltaics AB (SOL), Sweden

Université Paris Sud (UPSud), now Université Paris-Saclay, France

University of Leiden, Institute of Environmental Science (ULEID), The Netherlands

IBM Research, Zurich



Project Manager

Dr. Gerda Rentschler

Phone: +46 46 222 37 76

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Research Teams

Lund University

Prof. Lars Samuelson (project coordinator) is internationally recognized for his research on low-dimensional structures and the physics and applications made possible by these structures. He is Founder and CSO of Glo AB, Sol Voltaics AB and Qunano AB. He is the scientific leader of the ULUND efforts in radial solar cells, as performed within the Nordic top research initiative, Nanordsun.

Dr. Magnus T. Borgström (deputy coordinator) is Associate Professor at ULUND, and has his expertise in semiconductor epitaxy and nanowire synthesis for electro-optical physics. He is the assistant coordinator of Nanoenergy at NanoLund.

Prof. Knut Deppert is the Head of the Department of Physics, and of the epitaxy and nanocrystals group at the NanoLund. He coordinated the FP7 EU program AMON-RA, focusing on nanowire-based photovoltaics.

Prof. Mats-Erik Pistol has a strong background in optical spectroscopy and realistic calculations of the properties of semiconductor nanostructures. He is the coordinator of nanoelectronics, photonics at NanoLund.

Dr. Martin H. Magnusson is Associate Professor at ULUND, and has his expertise in aerosol-based fabrication of nanostructures, especially Aerotaxy, and is the innovation manager for NanoLund. He was previously the site leader for SOL during the project AMON-RA.

Dr. Enrique Barrigón is a researcher at NanoLund with expertise in compound semiconductor nanowires, epitaxial growth and characterization. Before that, he did this PhD Thesis in III-V multijunction solar cells at the IES-UPM in Madrid, Spain.


Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (FHG), Germany

Dr. Frank Dimroth (site leader) is head of the department “III–V epitaxy and solar cells” at FHG has more than 15 years of expertise in high efficiency III–V multi-junction solar cell research.

Dr. Gerald Siefer is head of the team “III–V cell and module characterization” and is a specialist for multi-junction solar cell measurement and calibration.

Dr. Martin Hermle is leading the department for “High efficiency Si solar cells”

Dr. Benedikt Bläsi  is leading the micro and nano-structure technology group at FHG

Dr. Hubert Hauser is working as project manager in the micro- and nanostructured surfaces group with a special expertise in nanoimprint lithography and related processes.


Sol Voltaics AB (SOL), Sweden

Dr. Mikael Björk (site leader) obtained his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics at Lund University in 2004. In 2012 he joined QuNano AB as director of research where he led the development of nanowire-based biomedical devices. In 2013 he joined SOL as director of technology.

Dr Ingvar Åberg received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, and an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Lund University in 2001. He joined SOL in 2011 as senior device engineer, and is primarily focused on solar cell design and integration and efficiency improvement. Prior to joining SOL, he held technical positions at silicon solar cell manufacturer Evergreen Solar.

Dr. Stephanie Essig joined the team of Sol Voltaics AB in September 2017 as Senior Device and Characterization Engineer. Before that, she held post-doc positions at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switherland and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, USA. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Konstanz. Her research expertise is multi-juntion semiconductor solar cells.

Damir Asoli is a graduate of Lund University, working as a development engineer at SOL since 2011 and prior to that at Glo AB and QuNano AB. He has nine years of industrial experience with nanowire-based device processing and development. 


Université Paris Sud (UPSud), now Université Paris-Saclay, France

Dr Maria Tchernycheva (site leader) received her PhD in Physics from University Paris Sud in 2005. She is currently CNRS scientist with 9 years of experience in nanowire physics and applications in charge of NanoPhotoNit group at IEF.  She received the Madeleine Lecoq award from the French Academy of Sciences in 2006.

Dr François Julien is head of the Photonics Department, graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris (1978) and holds a PhD in Physics from University of Paris Sud (1981). His main research topics have been the physics and applications of intersubband transitions in various semiconductor nanostructures.

Dr Aloyse Degiron received the PhD in physics from the University of Strasbourg, France, in 2004. In 2005 he became a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University (USA) and in 2008 he was appointed as an assistant research faculty. In 2009 he returned to France and works at IEF as a CNRS scientist ever since. His current research interests focus on light-artificial matter interactions at the nanoscale.

Mrs Nathalie Isac is a clean-room engineer with expertise in nanowire device processing.


University of Leiden, Institute of Environmental Science (ULEID), The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Willie Peijnenburg (site leader) is appointed as an extraordinary professor at the research chair “Environmental Toxicology and Biodiversity” at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML). Thereupon, he is scientific coordinator as well as project leader at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) for a variety of National and International projects aimed at supporting environmental risk assessment. His research focus is on the integration of emerging environmental issues at the borderline of environmental chemistry and (eco)toxicology.

Dr. Rene Klein is assistant professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University, and course coordinator of the MSc Industrial Ecology. His research is focused on substance flow analysis and environmental risk assessment, amongst others investigating the linkages between the use of natural resources and mineral scarcity and developing and performing life cycle assessments. He is one of the co-authors of the Handbook on life cycle assessment.

Prof. Dr. Martina Vijver is assistant professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University, and leader of the research line “Chemical stressors and impacts on biodiversity”. She is lecturer in various courses on risk assessment of micropollutants and socio-economic and natural sciences of the environment. An important part of the research is focused on the interface between science and implementation of science in regulation.


IBM Research – Zurich (IBM), Switzerland

Dr. Heike Riel (site leader) is IBM Fellow and Manager of the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices (MIND) group at IBM focusing on research in the field of new materials and novel device concepts for nanoelectronics, optoelectronics and thermoelectrics for future energy efficient applications. She received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and joined IBM in 1997.

Dr. Kirsten Moselund  is a Research Staff Member in the Nanoscale Electronics group at IBM Research – Zurich and works on projects in the area of semiconducting nanowires for ultra-low power electronic devices. In particular her present work at IBM focuses on bottom-up nanowire tunnel FETs based on the integration of III-V heterostructures on silicon. She received her Ph.D. degree in microelectronics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2008 for her work on top-down silicon nanowire electronic devices. Thereafter, she joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory.

Dr. Noelia Vico Triviño joined IBM research in 2018. She obtained her Ph.D degree from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switherland. Her expertise is nanofabrication of semiconductor nitrides for photonic devices.

Heinz Schmid is a Senior Engineer and his research areas comprise the catalyst-free growth of III–V heterostructure nanowires, nanoscale device fabrication and nanowire electronic devices. He finished his physics diploma in 1988 and received the Erwin W. Mueller Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 1992.




SEM of vertical nanowires and EBIC measuring tip


Former Nano-Tandem member Gaute Otnes wins Fulbrights article prize for young researchers 2020. The winning article:

Understanding InP Nanowire Array Solar Cell Performance by Nanoprobe-Enabled Single Nanowire Measurements.

Nano Lett. 2018, 18, 5, 3038–3046

Read the research article at the publisher's site

Prize decision by the Norwegian Fulbright Alumni Association