Since more than 20 years Dirk works within the field of material science and photovoltaic. Dirk holds a PhD in natural sciences from the Ruhr University Bochum followed by an assistant professorship at the Institute of Experimental Physics at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. His main research fields were focused on defect analysis in semiconductor and special isolator materials. He is the inventor of 5 patents and 9 patent pending in the field photovoltaic and being author and co-author of numerous publications in material science and photovoltaic.
Dirk was Vice President (R&D) of the SCHMID Group from 2008 until 2013 with a strong attention on solar cell line process and automation. 2014 he joined the Meyer Burger Technology AG as Director of Process, Material and Line Design and signed responsible for the integration of processes technology in production environment for Silicon based Solar Technology.
Since 2017 Dirk has been Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Executive Board of the Meyer Burger Technology AG.