Two offers for a W3 professorship reached the e-conversion scientist Alexander Holleitner this year. To the delight of the cluster the physicist decided against the call to Berlin and in favor of the offer of the TU Munich (TUM). On October 1, 2020 he took up his new position at the Walter Schottky Institute (WSI) at TUM, where he is now head of the Chair of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials. Parallel to the W3 professorship, Prof. Holleitner is appointed member of the WSI board of directors.

Among other things, the 47-year-old scientist and his group are developing 2D semiconductors with a layer thickness of only a few atoms. In doing so, they observe and optimize their behavior with respect to charge, spin, photon, and energy-conversion. In the future, these semiconductors could make solar cells more efficient and also improve other methods of regenerative energy generation. Alexander Holleitner heads the shared facilities of the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (ZNN) of the WSI, which are available to the cluster e-conversion with excellent technical equipment.