Research Interests

​The Laquai group studies photophysical processes such as exciton diffusion, exciton dissociation, charge carrier generation, transport, and recombination in different photoactive materials and devices including all-polymer and small molecule organic bulk heterojunction, organic-inorganic hybrid, and perovskite solar cells by a combination of steady-state and (ultrafast) transient all-optical and electro-optical techniques covering a wide dynamic and spectral (frequency) range.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • Dr. rer. nat. in Physical Chemistry, University of Mainz, 2006
  • Diploma in Chemistry, University of Marburg, 2003

Professional Profile

  • ​2008-2015: Max Planck Research Group Leader (equivalent to Assistant Professor), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
  • 2006-2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)


  • ​Hoechst Lecturer Award of the Aventis-Foundation and the Chemical Industry Fund (FCI)
  • Walter Kalkhof-Rose Memorial Prize, Academy of Science and Literature Mainz
  • Non-stipendiary Research Fellowship in the Sciences, Clare Hall College, Cambridge
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Kekulé PhD Scholarship, Chemical Industry Fund (FCI)
  • Award of the prime minister of Lower Saxony for outstanding scientific achievements
  • First prize in Chemistry in the nationwide competition of young researchers "Jugend forscht", Germany. Received special prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the best interdisciplinary research project.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)