Michael Saliba has been the director of the Institute for Photovoltaics (ipv) at the University of Stuttgart as well as a Helmholtz Young Investigator at the Research Center Juelich. His research focuses on a fundamental understanding and improvement of optoelectronic properties of emerging photovoltaic materials with an emphasis on perovskites for a sustainable energy future.

Previously, he was a group leader at the University of Fribourg, as well as a Marie Curie Fellow with Michael Grätzel at EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, including a research visit at Stanford University. He completed his PhD at Oxford University with Henry Snaith including a research visit at Cornell University.

He studied both mathematics and physics at University of Stuttgart (BSc) as well as physics (MSc) at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. During this time, he also spent a study-abroad-year at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

His h-index is 72 and he published over 100 works in the fields of plasmonics, lasers, LEDs, and perovskite optoelectronics. Times Higher Education considers him the 3rd most influential scientist in perovskite research based on number of publications and quality. He is also on the 2018 and 2019 list of ISI Highly Cited Researchers.

In 2016, he was awarded the Young Scientist Award of the German University Association. In 2017, he was awarded the Science Award of the Fraunhofer UMSICHT institute, the René Wasserman Award of EPFL, and the Postdoctoral Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He was also named as one of the World’s 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review for his pioneering discoveries on the fundamental understanding and improvement of perovskite solar cells and optoelectronics. In 2018, he was selected as a Member of the Global Young Academy and the National Young Academy of Germany. In 2020, he was awarded the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize by the German Research Foundation (DFG).