Dr. Michael Meister

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI


Studies of physics at the Johannes Gutenberg-University (JGU) Mainz and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm (Sweden) 2003–2009. Diploma in physics (2009).

Research assistant and PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz working on ultrafast optical spectroscopy of hybrid solar cells. Thesis on “Charge generation and recombination in hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells” 2009–2013. Doctoral degree in physics within the Max Planck Graduate Center with the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (MPGC, 2013).

Since March 2013: Researcher and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in the Competence Center Emerging Technologies.

Work Focus

  • Analyses of innovation systems related to key enabling technologies (KETs): nanotechnology, photonics, industrial biotechnology, micro- and nano-electronics, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing sytems

  • European Research Programmes and the role of KETs

  • Policy and strategy consulting with respect to emerging technologies; Research and Development support structures

  • Emerging technologies and cutting-edge technologies: market potentials and commercialization (“from lab to fab”)

Further Research Areas

  • Printed electronics

  • Renewable energy, emerging technologies for photovoltaics


  • Roadmapping of cross-cutting KETs (RO-cKETs)

  • Nanotechnology in the sectors solar energy and energy storage


Seitz, R.; Moller, B.P.; Thielmann, A.; Sauer, A.; Meister, M.; Pero, M.; Kleine, O.; Rohde, C.; Bierwisch, A.; de Vries, M.; Kayser, V. (2013): Nanotechnology in the sectors of solar energy and energy storage – Technology Report, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), 2013.

Meister, M. (2013): Charge generation and recombination in hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells, Dissertation, 2013.

Meister, M.; Amsden, J.J.; Howard, I.A.; Park, I.; Lee, C.; Yoon, D.Y.; Laquai, F. (2012): Parallel Pool Analysis of Transient Spectroscopy Reveals Origins of and Perspectives for ZnO Hybrid Solar Cell Performance Enhancement Using Semiconducting Surfactants.     J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3 (18), pp. 2665–2670.

Etzold, F.; Howard, I.A.; Forler, N.; Cho, D.M.; Meister, M.; Mangold, H.; Shu, J.; Hansen, M.R.; Müllen, K.; Laquai, F. (2012): The Effect of Solvent Additives on Morphology and Excited State Dynamics in PCPDTBT:PCBM Photovoltaic Blends. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134 (25), pp. 10569–10583.

Lellig, P.; Niedermeier, M.A.; Rawolle, M.; Meister, M.; Laquai, F.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.; Gutmann, J.S. (2012): Comparative study of conventional and hybrid blocking layers for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012, 14, pp. 1607–1613.

Etzold, F.; Howard, I.A.; Mauer, R.; Meister, M.; Kim, T.-D.; Lee, K.-S.; Baek, N.S.; Laquai, F. (2011): Ultrafast Exciton Dissociation Followed by Nongeminate Charge Recombination in PCDTBT:PCBM Photovoltaic Blends. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133 (24), pp. 9469–9479.

Park, I.; Lim, Y.; Noh, S.; Lee, D.; Meister, M.; Amsden, J.; Laquai, F.; Lee, C.; Yoon, D.Y. (2011): Enhanced photovoltaic performance of ZnO nanoparticle/poly(phenylene vinylene) hybrid photovoltaic cells by semiconducting surfactant. Organic Electronics 2011, Vol. 12, Iss. 3, pp. 424–428.

Howard, I.A.; Mauer, R.; Meister, M.; Laquai, F. (2010): Effect of Morphology on Ultrafast Free Carrier Generation in Polythiophene:Fullerene Organic Solar Cells. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132 (42), pp. 14866–14876.

Sobolev, Yu.; Lauer, Th.; Borisov, Yu.; Daum, M.; du Fresne, N.; Goltl, L.; Hampel, G.; Heil, W.; Knecht, A.; Keunecke, M.; Kratz, J.V.; Lang, T.; Meister, M.; Plonka-Spehr, Ch.; Pokotilovski, Yu.; Reichert, P.; Schmidt, U.; Krist, Th.; Wiehl, N.; Zenner, J. (2010): Cubic boron nitride: A new prospective material for ultracold neutron application. Nucl. Instr. and Meth. 2010, Vol. 614, Iss. 3, pp. 461–467.