Fraunhofer-based photovoltaic expert joins SEMI board - Embedded.com

Fraunhofer-based photovoltaic expert joins SEMI board

LONDON — Professor Eicke Weber, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and a professor of physics and applied sciences at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany, has joined the SEMI International Board of Directors.

Weber was appointed by a unanimous vote of the SEMI board at its recent annual Policy and Planning board meeting in response to growing involvement of association members in the area of energy and photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing.

“Dr. Weber is a highly-regarded materials scientist and an avid proponent of renewable energy. In addition to his deep technical understanding of silicon technology, his perspective and expertise in solar energy will greatly contribute to our board's ability to address SEMI members' growing interest in the field,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “Photovoltaic manufacturing and other energy-related markets are key opportunities for a significant number of SEMI member companies that provide the advanced manufacturing technologies and materials to enable microelectronics, PVs, displays, MEMS and related products.”

Prior to joining Fraunhofer ISE, Weber spent 23 years at the University of California at Berkeley during which time he served as a professor of materials science and, most recently, chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group. He and his research group have published over 580 papers and he is co-editor of the Academic Press book series .

In 1997, Weber was a founding member of the “Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science” consortium.

Weber joins SEMI's 18 voting board members, four non-voting ex-officio and nine emeritus directors. He will serve an initial two-year board term.

The SEMI PV Group was established in January 2008 to enhance member support in this high growth area. With technologies and an industry structure similar to the semiconductor industry, 20 percent of SEMI members are currently active in PV, including the industry’s largest equipment and materials suppliers

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