DKT2024 - jDGKK

12th Annual Meeting of the Young Crystal Growers (jDGKK)

We are pleased to invite you to our 12th annual meeting of the jDGKK, which takes place in Erlangen in advance of the DKT2024 conference on March, 5th 2024.

Tuesday, March 5th at Fraunhofer IISB
(Schottkystraße 10, 91058 Erlangen)

  • Present your own research with a 5-minute Lightning Talk and a corresponding Scientific Poster!
  • Meet peers from the most diverse fields of crystal growth and epitaxy!
  • Explore career possibilities in Industry and Academia!

The seminar attendance is free of charge!

After our last annual jDGKK meeting in Augsburg 2023, we will proceed with the established timing and encourage our young peers to stay also for the main conference after practicing presenting their work on the jDGKK seminar in an informal and relaxed environment.

We hope to meet you in Erlangen on March 5th!

Confirmed Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Danilewsky, retired; ex-Uni Freiburg
  • Dr. Christo Guguschev, Leibniz IKZ, Berlin
  • Dr. Matthias Weißer, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Prof. Dr. M. Heuken, AIXTRON SE, Herzogenrath
  • Dr. Justus Tonn, Siemens Healthineers AG, Forchheim
  • Dr. Mahmoud Al Humaidi, Azur Space Solar Power GmbH, Heilbronn

Preliminary Timetable

08:00 Arrival & Registration Desk Open
08:30 Welcome Notes
09:00 Academic Talk I: High Energy X-Ray Diffraction as a Method for Defect Analysis of Massive Crystals
Dr. Matthias Weißer (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Industry Talk I: CdTe-Einkristalle für Photon Counting – Ein Quantensprung in der CT-Bildgebung
Dr. Justus Tonn (Siemens Healthineers)
11:00 Industry Talk II: Material Engineering of Multijunction Solar Cells for Space Applications
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Humaidi (Azur Space Solar)
11:30 Lightning Talks
12:30 Lunch Break
13:00 Poster Session
14:30 Academic Talk II: Defects in Single Crystal Growth
Prof. Dr. Andreas Danilewsky (retired, ex-Uni Freiburg)
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Industry Talk III: AIXTRON company profile - MOCVD Production Technology
Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken (AIXTRON)
16:30 Academic Talk III: Bulk Crystal Growth of Novel Oxides
Dr. Christo Guguschev (IKZ)
17:30 Lab Tour
18:30 Poster Price & Closing Remarks
19:00 Transfer to Dinner
19:30 Dinner


Registration Start: January 8th 2024

Abstract Deadline: February 21st 2024

To participate at the 12th annual meeting of the young crystal growers (jDGKK), please fill out both the registration form and your poster abstract and send them via email to

Since the meeting is meant to practice and train your skills, all participants are kindly requested to attend actively by giving both a 5-minute Lightning Talk and present a Scientific Poster. Lecture-like passive attendance is usually not accepted.

Organizers and Helpers

  • Sebastian Gruner, FCM GmbH, Freiberg
  • Dr. Saskia Schimmel, FAU, Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Thomas Wostatek, FAU, Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Dr. Merve Pinar Kabukcuoglu, KIT, Karlsruhe
  • Aravind Subramanian, Leibniz IKZ, Berlin


In case of questions or uncertainties, please don’t hesitate to contact us: Sebastian Gruner, Dr. Saskia Schimmel via