Professor Eicke R. Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics / Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. The ISE institute is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. As researcher in the field of material science, Prof. Weber analyzed lattice defects in silicon and III-V semiconductors. In recent years, he is especially interested in producing high-quality solar cells from upgraded metallurgical silicon, or umg-Si, without the use of chlorine-based chemicals.
Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he made his doctorate in 1976 and his habilitation in 1983. From 1983-2006 he lectured at the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley - since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. He was president of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) from 2001-2003 and in 2003 he was elected founding president of the German Scholars Organization (GSO). In 2006 he received the Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) of the German President.
Since 2010 he is Member of acatech - the German Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin.
He is founding president of the German Energy Storage Association (BVES), Berlin since January 2013. He was appointed Managing Director to the Centre for Renewable Energy of the University of Freiburg in May 2013. In June 2013, Prof. Weber was honoured with the SolarWorld Einstein Award. In January 2014, he received the Zayed Future Energy Prize from the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates on behalf of Fraunhofer ISE. Since January 2015 he is elected president of EUREC- Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers, Brussels.