For three days from 26 to 29 January 2014, I , Prof. Dr. Mustaffa Shamsuddin and Dr. Sheela Chandren visited the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in Berlin, Germany. HZB is a well-known research center in the field of materials and energy in Germany. We met HZB’s scientists who work in the field of solar cell research. I want to thank Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ennaoui, who has received and arranged meetings and discussions with researchers at HZB. I met Prof. Ennaoui last year at Osaka University. We were both invited speakers at the 11th Symposium of Research Center for Solar Energy Chemistry, Osaka University, which was held at the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, on 20 February 2013. We both agreed to make the MoU between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and HZB. The MoU was signed in June 2013.
Research facilities at HZB are incredibly sophisticated and, I think, one of the most advanced in the world. The total research budget of HZB is 110 million Euros per year. One of the research goals of HZB is to produce photovoltaics that can be commercialized. HZB has several divisions that are very supportive of each other to achieve a goal. The research activities start with fundamental research, followed by applied research, and the last is the transfer of technology.
We were enjoying very much for presentations and discussions with HZB’s scientists, dinners in restaurants, and many other things. It is a very inspirational visit to Germany. I hope that Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and HZB can make a strategic future collaboration.
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