Carl Pölking receives Otto Hahn Medal
June 21, 2017
In his doctoral thesis, Pölking deals with novel theoretical approaches to describe ions and excited electronic states in molecular solids more precisely. As a result, transfer processes of charges and excitons, spatially extended charge pairs, can be better understood in organic solar cells. The findings provide important indications for a better design of new materials used in solar cells. In addition, Pölking was able to explain and predict the continuous shift of electronic energy bands for mixtures of organic molecules. This effect has hitherto been known only in the case of inorganic semiconductors, so that its results are very important for the entire range of organic electronics. During his doctorate at the MPI-P, Pölking worked in the department "Theory of Polymers" led by Prof. Dr. Kurt Kremer.
About the Otto Hahn Medal
The prize is intended to motivate especially gifted junior scientists to pursue a future university or research career. Since 1978, more than 910 researchers have been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal that comes with a monetary sum of 7,500 euros. Nominations are made by the directors of the Max Planck Institutes, where the junior staff have researched during their doctorate.