UiO MiNaLab. Photo: Geir Mogen

University of Oslo announces its five top-tier research environments
June 30, 2015

– UiO MiNaLab, NorFab infrastructure, a key piece in the puzzle.


Early last week the University of Oslo announced its five top-tier strategic research environments. These five will receive funding from the University in order to over time establish world-leading research environments within their field of expertise.

Among these five were the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) and their initiative SOLARIS (Solar Research Initiative at SMN). Through this effort SMN aims to improve and strengthen their research on solar energy. The initiative will employ a top-tier researcher to head the SOLARIS initiative and to focus his/her research on the development of new materials for solar energy. Building on already strong research activities at SMN, the generation, storage and usage of solar energy will all be covered.


The NorFab infrastructure UiO MiNaLab will be a key asset in the initiative, especially when it comes to the development of new materials for solar energy generation. UiO MiNaLab is hosted by the Light and Electricity from Novel Semiconductors (LENS)-group which is one of four research groups within SMN. SOLARIS is highly dependent on state-of-the-art facilities such as UiO MiNaLab to be able to conduct its research.