Prof. Eicke R. Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, a world-leading research institutes for renewable energy energy and efficiency. He is also a professor of physics and applied sciences at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg. Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he made his doctorate in 1996. From 1983 until his retirement from teaching in 2006, he lectured for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. In 1990 he was appointed visiting professor at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and in 2000 at the Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. In 1994 he received an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award. From 2004-2006 he served as the chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group in Berkeley. He served as 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) from the German President Horst Köhler.