The Centre for Innovation Competence SiLi-nano® is a research centre dedicated to uncovering the interplay of silicon-photonics and photovoltaics. As partners, three institutes from Halle in Germany are involved: The Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, the Fraunhofer Institute for the Mechanics of Materials, the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, and the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics. Together, these institutes tackle joint research activities on applications for silicon in combination with light. One of their aims is to increase the efficiency of solar cells by employing specially designed coatings. Another area of interest are silicon based micro light sources which could enhance data transfer in microelectronics.
By combining the scientific knowledge of the different institutes on one campus in Halle - the so called "Weinberg Campus" - the foundation is lain for this innovative research approach. The Centre for Innovation Competence SiLi-nano® starts out as an inter institutional scientific facility under the aegis of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and will eventually become an autonomous non-profit research company.
SiLi-nano® is funded in part by the German Ministry of Education and Research.