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Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr

KFN member 2020-2023


Schorr-150 Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
Abteilung Struktur und Dynamik von Energiematerialien
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
14109 Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für geologische Wissenschaften
Malteser Str. 74-100
12249 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 8062 42317

Current research topics:         

  • Structure-function relationships in energy materials
  • Role of defect chemistry and disorder phenomena in compound semiconductors for solar energy conversion (ternary and quaternary chalcogenides, ternary nitrides, halide perovskites)
  • Production of these materials as powders (by solid state synthesis), single crystals (by chemical vapour phase transport) and thin films (by physical vapour deposition and pulsed laser deposition)
  • Neutron diffraction, especially for the differentiation of electronically similar elements or light elements in the crystal structure

In the KFN, I would stand up for:

  • Introduction and inspiration of students to the methods of neutron scattering
  • Promotion and support of young scientists
  • Securing neutron scattering and expertise of neutron scatterers in Europe
  • Dissemination of neutron-based methods in materials science
  • Networking with other large-scale research methods, e.g. at synchrotron radiation sources


Scientific career:


Head of the Department Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie


Professorship for Geo-Material Sciences and Crystallography at the Free University Berlin


Group leader "technology-relevant structural analysis" at the Institute of Technology, Department of Solar Energy Research, Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin, later Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie


Research associate at the Institute of Mineralogy, Crystallography and Materials Science, University of Leipzig Habilitation on "Phase relations and metal ordering of multinary semiconductor solid solutions of zinc blende derivatives


Visiting scientist at the Lujan Center/Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center (LANSCE) of Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA


PostDoc at Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin, Dept. Prof. F. Mezei, Spin waves in magnetic materials; instrument development constant-q TOF spectroscopy at pulsed neutron sources


Doctoral student at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin under Prof. F. Mezei, PhD at the Technical University of Berlin on "Critical dynamics of isotropic Heisenberg ferromagnets below and above the Curie point


Study of crystallography at the Humboldt University of Berlin