Dr. Thomas Brenner

Dr. Thomas J. K. Brenner studied Interdisciplinary Sciences at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK with a thesis on device physics of polymer solar cells.

 

Afterwards, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen in the Nano-Optics group of Prof. V. Sandoghdar. Before joining Dr. Langniß Energie & Analyse, he led an independent junior research group within the Helmholtz Energy Alliance for Hybrid Photovoltaics at the Institute of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Potsdam.

At Dr. Langniß Energie & Analyse he works as a project leader working on the economic implementation of renewable energies and Smart Grids both in Germany and worldwide.

Curriculum Vitae


Name
Dr. Thomas J.K. Brenner
Year of Birth
1983
Citizenship
German
Languages
English, German
Qualifications
PhD (Cantab.), Dipl. Natw. (ETH)

Education
2008-2011 
University of Cambridge, PhD in Physics („Device Physics of Polymer Solar Cells“), Advisors: Dr. C.R. McNeill, Prof. Sir R.H. Friend
2003-2008
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Diploma Studies in Interdisciplinary Sciences

Activities

  • Lecturer at the Science College of the German National Academic Foundation
  • Reviewer for many international high-impact journals (Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nanotechnology, etc.)
  • Several scientific outreach activities for students and the interested public

Professional Experience 4 years

Companies / Research Institutes
2015- Dr. Langniß Energie & Analyse, Project Leader / Consultant
2013-2015 Independent Junior Group Leader „Hybrid Photovoltaics“, Unversity of Potsdam
2011-2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Max Planck Institut for the Science of Light, Erlangen

Publications

Articles in international journals (peer-reviewed)

1) T. Jordan, N. Fechler, J. Xu, T.J.K Brenner, M. Antonietti, M. Shalom, “Caffeine Doping” of Carbon/Nitrogen‐Based Organic Catalysts: Caffeine as a Supramolecular Edge Modifier for the Synthesis of Photoactive Carbon Nitride Tubes“, ChemCatChem, early view, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500343 (2015).

2) J. Xu, M. Shalom, F. Piersimoni, M. Antonietti, D. Neher, and T.J.K. Brenner, “Color-tunable photoluminescence and near-infrared electroluminescence in carbon nitride thin films and light-emitting diodes based-upon”, Advanced Optical Materials, 3, 913–917 (2015).

3) J. Kniepert, I. Lange, J. Heidbrink, J. Kurpiers, T.J.K. Brenner, L.J.A. Koster, and D. Neher, “The Effect of Solvent Additive on Generation, Recombination and Extraction in PTB7:PCBM Solar Cells: A Conclusive Experimental and Numerical Simulation Study", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 15, 8310–8320 (2015).

4) I. Lange, S. Reiter, J. Kniepert, F. Piersimoni, M. Paetzel, J. Hildebrandt, T.J.K. Brenner, S. Hecht, and D. Neher, “Zinc Oxide Modified with Benzylphosphonic Acids as Transparent Electrodes in Regular and Inverted Organic Solar Cell Structures”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 113302 (2015).

5) J. Xu, T.J.K. Brenner, Z. Chen, D. Neher, M. Antonietti, and M. Shalom, „Upconversion-Agent Induced Improvement of g-C3N4 Photocatalyst under Visible Light”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6, 19, 16481-16486. (2014).

6) J. Xu, T.J.K. Brenner, D. Neher, M. Antonietti, and M. Shalom, “Liquid-based growth of polymeric carbon nitride layers and their use in a mesostructured polymer solar cell with Voc exceeding 1 V”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136, 39, 13486-13489 (2014).

7) X.-L. Chu, T.J.K. Brenner, X.-W. Chen, Y. Ghosh, J.A. Hollingsworth, V. Sandoghdar, S. Götzinger, “Experimental realization of an optical antenna for collecting 99% of photons from a quantum emitter”, Optica 1, 4, 203-208 (2014).

8) A. Foertig, J. Kniepert, M. Gluecker, T.J.K. Brenner, V. Dyakonov, D. Neher, and C. Deibel, “Nongeminate and Geminate Recombination in PTB7: PCBM Solar Cells”, Advanced Functional Materials, 9, 1306 (2013).

9) T.J.K. Brenner, Y. Vaynzof, Z. Li, D. Kabra, R.H. Friend, and C.R. McNeill, ”Origin of the Reduced Device Performance of Inverted P3HT:PCBM Photovoltaic Cells at Solar Intensity”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 45, 41, 415101 (2012).

10) Y. Vaynzof, T.J.K. Brenner, D. Kabra, and R.H. Friend, „Recent Advances in Hybrid Optoelectronic Devices“, Isr. J. Chem. 52, 496 (2012), invited review.

11) M.C. Gwinner, D. Kabra, M. Roberts, T.J.K. Brenner, B. Wallikewitz, C.R. McNeill, R.H. Friend, and H. Sirringhaus, “Highly Efficient Single-Layer Polymer Ambipolar Light-Emitting Field-Effect Transistors”, Advanced Materials 24, 20, 2728 (2012).

12) Y. Vaynzof, T.J.K. Brenner, D. Kabra, H. Sirringhaus and R.H. Friend, „Compositional and Morphological Studies of Polythiophene/Polyfluorene Blends in Inverted Architecture Hybrid Solar Cells”, Advanced Functional Materials 22, 11, 2418 (2012).

13) M.C. Gwinner, T.J.K. Brenner, C.R. McNeill, J.K. Lee, C.K. Ober, and H. Sirringhaus, “Organic field-effect transistors and photovoltaic diodes using novel high electron-affinity conjugated polymers”, J. Mater. Chem. 22, 10, 4436 (2012).

14) D. Gupta, T.J.K. Brenner, S. Albert-Seifried, M.J. Lee, M. Heeney, I. McCulloch, and H. Sirringhaus, „Photoconductivity anisotropy study in uniaxially aligned polymer based planar photodiodes“, Organic Electronics 13, 1, 36 (2012).

15) T.J.K. Brenner, Z. Li, and C.R. McNeill, “Phase-dependent Photocurrent Generation in Polymer:Fullerene Solar Cells”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 22075–22083 (2011).

16) F.S.F. Morgenstern, D. Kabra, S. Massip, T.J.K. Brenner, P. Lyons, J. Coleman, and R. H. Friend, “Solution processable ZnO nanoparticle coated Ag-Nanowire Films as a Transparent Electrode for Hybrid Solar Cells”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 99, 183307 (2011).

17) T.J.K. Brenner and C.R. McNeill, “Spatially Resolved Spectroscopic Mapping of Photocurrent and Photoluminescence in Polymer Blend Photovoltaic Devices”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 39, 19364-19370 (2011).

18) B. Friedel, T.J.K. Brenner, U. Steiner, C.R. McNeill, and N.C. Greenham, “Influence of Solution Heating on the Properties of PEDOT:PSS Colloidal Solutions and Impact on the Device Performance of Polymer Solar Cells”, Organic Electronics 12, 1736-1745 (2011).

19) Z. Chen, J. Fang, F. Gao, T.J.K. Brenner, K.K. Banger, X. Wang, W.T.S. Huck, and H. Sirringhaus, “Enhanced Charge Transport by Incorporating Additional Thiophene Units in the Poly(fluorine-thienyl-benzodiathiazole) Polymer”, Organic Electronics, 12, 461-471 (2011).

20) T.J.K. Brenner, I. Hwang, N.C. Greenham, and C.R. McNeill, “Device Physics of Inverted All-Polymer Solar Cells”, Journal of Applied Physics, 107, 114501 (2010).

21) B. Friedel, P.E. Keivanidis, T.J.K. Brenner, A. Abrusci, C.R. McNeill, R.H. Friend, and N.C. Greenham, “Effects of Layer Thickness and Annealing of PEDOT:PSS Layers in Organic Photodetectors”, Macromolecules, 42, 17, 6741-6747 (2009).

22) M.P. Walser, W.L. Kalb, T. Mathis, T.J.K. Brenner, and B.Batlogg, “Stable complementary inverters with organic field-effect transistors on Cytop fluoropolymer gate dielectric”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 94, 5, 053303 (2009).

Presentations

„Charge Carrier Dynamics in Perovskite Solar Cells“, Official Opening of the HYPERCELLS Graduate School, Berlin, 5.6.2015.
„Structure-property relationship in hybrid optoelectronic devices“, Institute Seminar for Solid State Physics, Graz University of Technology, Austria, 29.4.2015.
„Spatially resolved photocurrent generation in organolead halide perovskite solar cells“, Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society, Berlin, 19.3.2015.
„Understanding Charge Generation at the Hybrid Interface in Polymer:Metal Oxide Solar Cells“, Materials Research Society Meeting,
San Francisco, USA, 22.04.2014.
„Charge Generation and Recombination in Polymer:Zinc Oxide Hybrid Solar Cells“, Solar Technologies Go Hybrid, Workshop, Munich, 25.07.2013.
„Photonen losschicken und einfangen – Organische Optoelektronik auf der Nanoskala“, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, 13.06.2012.
„Device Physics of Inverted All-Polymer Solar Cells“, Materials Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 09.04.2010.
„Spatially Resolved Spectroscopic Mapping of Photocurrent and Photoluminescence in Polymer PVs“, ElecMol – Conference on Molecular Electronics, Grenoble, France, 6.12.2010.
„Plastic Electronics“, Physics at Work, Seminars for students from Secondary Schools, Cambridge, England, 2008-2010

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