NanoSolar Resources

Infrastructure for cutting-edge research in the fields of nanotechnology for solar energy conversion and smart materials for the building envelope

Lab for plasma-assisted vacuum deposition and photoelectron spectroscopy / Plasma during thin film deposition

Tools for computer simulations

  • thin film interference in multilayers
  • effective medium theories
  • advanced ray-tracing for modeling of photoluminescent materials and optical microstructures

Equipment for thin film deposition

  • magnetron sputtering & plasma-activated chemical vapour deposition (PVD/PECVD)
  • reactive vacuum evaporation
  • sol-gel coating processes

Equipment for thin film characterization

  • in-line photoelectron spectroscopies XPS & UPS
  • UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometry & ellipsometry
  • FTIR ellipsometry
  • IR emissiometry
  • in-line Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM)

Equipment for optical and thermal characterization of architectural glazing
An independent database of building glass characteristics is available under

  • Window test bench, developed by the group of Prof. P. Oelhafen, University of Basel
  • Angle-dependent UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometry
  • Experiment-based determination of the g-value of multiple glazing

Test bench for optical characterization of architectural glazing (R. Steiner et al., CISBAT 2005)

Test bench for the determination of the g-value of architectural glazing (G. Reber et al., CISBAT 2005)