Prof. Nam-Gyu Park (Korea)
Nam-Gyu Park is professor and SKKU-Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Seoul National University in 1988, 1992 and 1995, respectively. He worked at ICMCB-CNRS, France, from 1996 to 1997 and at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA, from 1997 to 1999 as postdoctoral researchers. He worked as Director of Solar Cell Research Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) from 2005 to 2009 and as a principal scientist at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) from 2000 to 2005 before joining Sungkyunkwan University as a full professor in 2009. He has been doing researches on high efficiency mesoscopic nanostructured solar cells since 1997. He is pioneer of solid state perovskite solar cell, which was first developed in 2012. He received awards, including Scientist Award of the Month (MEST, Korea), KyungHyang Electricity and Energy Award (KEPCO, Korea), KIST Award of the Year (KIST, Korea), Dupont Science and Technology Award (Dupont Korea), SKKU fellowship, MRS Outstanding Research Award (MRS, Boston), WCPEC Paper Award (Kyoto, Japan), Hamakawa Award of PVSEC (Busan, Korea) and KAST Engineering Award (KAST, Korea). He is a fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST). He published over 230 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Energy and Nature Communications, 80 patent applications, 1 book editor, 7 book chapters. He received H-index of 70 (Google Scholar) as of August 2017. <br />
Prof. Natalie Stingelin (USA)
Previously a professor of organic functional materials at the Department of Materials, Imperial College of London, Natalie Stingelin joined Georgia Tech in 2016. She focuses her research on the broad field of organic functional materials, including organic electronics; multifunctional inorganic/organic hybrids; smart, advanced optical systems based on organic matter; and bioelectronics. Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry, she has published more than 130 papers and 6 issued patents. She is a co-investigator of the newly established EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics, and she leads the EC Marie-Curie Training Network 'INFORM' that involves 11 European partners. She was awarded the Istitute of Materials, Minerals & Mining's Rosenhain Medal and Prize (2014) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) Award for Visiting Scientists (2015).
Prof. Jenny Nelson (UK)
Jenny Nelson is a Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, where she has researched novel varieties of material for use in solar cells since 1989. Her current research is focussed on understanding the properties of molecular semiconductor materials and their application to organic solar cells. This work combines fundamental electrical, spectroscopic and structural studies of molecular electronic materials with numerical modelling and device studies, with the aim of optimising the performance of solar cells based on molecular and hybrid materials. Since 2010 she has been working together with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change to explore the mitigation potential of photovoltaic, and other renewable, technologies. She has published over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and a book on the physics of solar cells. She was awarded the 2009 Institute of Physics Joule Prize and medal and the 2012 Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers Company Prize for her research.
Prof. Zakya Kafafi (USA)
Dr. Kafafi is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She was previously a visiting scholar/professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University, on sabbatical leave from the National Science Foundation (NSF). During the five years she spent at NSF, she held the position of the Director of the Division of Materials Research for three years. Dr. Kafafi spent 20 years at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where she established and was the Head of the Organic Optoelectronics Section.<br />Dr. Kafafi published 240 manuscripts, review articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings as well as several US patents. She received the NRL Edison Patent Award for developing a simple and cost-effective method of patterning electrically conductive polymers and the R&D Magazine IR 100 Award for the invention of "cryolink" a cryogenic link that can move vertically and rotate under high vacuum at very low temperatures. She is the recipient of the NRL Commanding Officer’s Award for Achievements in the Field of Equal Employment Opportunity and the creation of a mentor program for scientists and engineers. Dr. Kafafi is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Photonics for Energy. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the IEEE Photonics Journal, and the Conferences on "Spins in Organics" (SPINOS). She chairs the annual SPIE Symposium on Organic Photonics + Electronics, and the Conference on Organic Photovoltaics. Dr. Kafafi is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the Optical Society of America, and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi. Dr. Kafafi is the Inaugural Deputy Editor for Chemical, Physical, Materials Sciences, and Engineering of Science Advances, the newly launched online, open access journal by Science.
Prof. Anders Hagfeldt (Switzerland)
Anders Hagfeldt is Professor in Physical Chemistry and the Dean of Chemistry at Uppsala University, as well as Director of the Center for Molecular Devices (CMD). He obtained his Ph.D. at Uppsala University in 1993 and was a post-doc with Prof. Michael Grätzel (1993-1994) at EPFL, Switzerland. His research focuses on the field of mesoporous dye-sensitized solar cells, specifically physical chemical characterization of mesoporous electrodes for different types of opto-electronic devices. He has published more than 260 scientific papers that have received over 20,000 citations (with an h-index of 67), and has 8 patent applications. He was ranked number 46 on a list of the top 100 material scientists of the past decade by Times Higher Education. He is a member of the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala (founded 1710), and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Stockholm. He is a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a Fellow Professor at Sungkyankwan University, Korea.<br />
Prof. Christoph Brabec (Germany)
Christoph J. Brabec holds the chair “materials for electronics and energy technology (i-MEET)” at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He is also the scientific director of the Erlangen division of the Bavarian research institute for renewable energy (ZAE Bayern, Erlangen), board member of the ZAE Bavaria and board member of the Energy Campus Nurnberg. He received his PhD (1995) in physical chemistry from Linz university, joined the group of Prof Alan Heeger at UCSB for a sabbatical, and continued to work on all aspects of organic semiconductor spectroscopy as assistant professor at Linz university with Prof. Serdar Sariciftci. He joined the SIEMENS research labs as project leader for organic semiconductor devices in 2001, finished his habilitation in physical chemistry in 2003 at Linz university and joined Konarka in 2004, where he held the position of the CTO. He is author and co-author of more than 300 papers and nearly 100 patents and patent applications and has a Hirsch index of > 70. His research interests are (i) organic photovoltaics, (ii) all aspects of solution processed semiconductors and (iii) technologies for renewable energy scenarios.<br />
Prof. Rene Janssen (Netherlands)
René Janssen is full professor in chemistry and physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the TU/e for a thesis on electron spin resonance and quantum chemical calculations of organic radicals in single crystals. The research of his group focuses on functional π-conjugated molecules, macromolecules, nanostructures, and materials that may find application in advanced technological applications. Synthetic organic and polymer chemistry are combined with time-resolved optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, morphological characterization and the preparation of prototype devices to accomplish these goals. In recent years many of the activities have concentrated on organic and polymer solar cells. René Janssen has been visiting professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Angers, and the University of Florida. In 2000 he was co-recipient of the René Descartes Prize from the European Commission for outstanding collaborative research. René Janssen received the 2010 Research Prize of The Royal Institute of Engineers in The Netherlands for his work on Materials for Sustainable Energy. In 2015 Professor René Janssen receive a Spinoza Prize, the highest Dutch award in science. He currently serves as editor of “Organic Electronics”.<br />
Prof. Juan Bisquert (Spain)
Juan Bisquert is a Professor of applied physics at Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain. He is the director of the Institute of Advanced Materials at UJI. He authored 360 peer reviewed papers, and a series of books including Nanostructured Energy Devices (1. Equilibrium Concepts and Kinetics, 2. Foundations of Carrier Transport) and 3. Physics of Solar Cells: Perovskites, Organics, and Photovoltaics Fundamentals (CRC Press). His h-index 75, and is currently a Senior Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. He conducts experimental and theoretical research on materials and devices for production and storage of clean energies. His main topics of interest are materials and processes in perovskite solar cells and solar fuel production. He has developed the application of measurement techniques and physical modeling of nanostructured energy devices, that relate the device operation with the elementary steps that take place at the nanoscale dimension: charge transfer, carrier transport, chemical reaction, etc., especially in the field of impedance spectroscopy, as well as general device models. He has been distinguished in the 2014, 2015, 2016 list of ISI Highly Cited Researchers.<br />
Prof. James Durrant (UK)
James Durrant undertook his undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. For his Ph.D. degree, he studied the primary processes of plant photosynthesis under the supervision of Professors Lord Porter and Jim Barber at Imperial College. In 1999, he joined the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London, where he is now Professor of Photochemistry and Deputy Director of the Energy Futures Lab. His research is focused on the photochemical processes that underlie solar energy conversion by nanostructured and molecular materials, harnessing solar energy to produce electricity (photovoltaics) and molecular fuels (e.g., hydrogen).<br />
Prof. Aldo di Carlo (IT)
Aldo Di Carlo is Full Professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Department of Electronics Engineering. Leader of the Nano&Optoelectronic research group - http://www.optolab.uniroma.it at the Department of Electronic Engineering and member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society. His research activity concerns the study of electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices, their analysis, optimization and technology. The development of the non-equilibrium theory for the microscopic description of the transport process in organic/inorganic devices and thermal processes at nanoscale has been the subject of invited talks at international conferences and University seminars. In the last years his researches have focussed on the study and fabrication of organic devices. Research activities in carbon nanotubes have been quite successful leading to the realization cold cathode vacuum triode based on CNT cathode for THz generation. The research activity of organic optoelectronic devices has been consider of excellence and the Lazio Region has sponsored this activity funding the "Polo Solare Organico della Regione Lazio", namely the Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE) where Prof. A. Di Carlo is co-director. The aim of the Center is the study and development of organic photovoltaic cells and their industrialization. Prof. Di Carlo has organized, together with Prof. Lugli, IEEE 2004 Nanotechnology Conference in Munich. Prof. Di Carlo is author/co-author of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals, several reviews on electronic and optoelectronic devices, 7 patents, several book chapters and co-author of two books (in Italian language) and has been invited to more than 40 invited talk at international conferences. Prof. Di Carlo has an h-factor = 38. The results of his research have been used to realize 5 spin-off companies dealing with ICT and Energy technologies. Di Carlo is in the Top Italian Scientist Engineering (Rank 15).
Dr. Giulia Grancini (CH)
Giulia Grancini is Team Leader at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais based in Sion (Switzerland). She graduated from Politecnico of Milan in 2008 (MS in Physical Engineering). In 2012, she obtained her PhD in Physics cum Laude from the Politecnico of Milan with an experimental thesis focused on the realization of a new femtosecond-microscope for mapping the ultrafast phenomena at organic interfaces. During the PhD she worked for one year at the Physics Department of Oxford University where she pioneered new concepts within polymer/oxide solar cell technology. From 2012-2015, she has been post-doctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology (CNST@PoliMi) in Milan. In 2015 she joined the group of Prof. Nazeeruddin at EPFL awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. For her seminal contributions in the field of photophysics of hybrid perovskites, she received the prestigious National Award for Physics “EDISON, in memoria di Francesco Somaini” from the Edison Company. Since 2016, she leads the PhysicsSolarLab at EPFL, aiming to address the fundamental physics behind advanced photovoltaic devices. In 2017 she has been awarded with the Swiss Ambizione Energy Grant, which provides independent young researchers with up to 1million CHF for leading innovative projects in the energy sector. Currently, she is also principal investigator of an European LaserLab project and co-manager of different Swiss projects with academic and industrial partners. She is author of 64 peer-reviewed scientific papers bringing her h-index to 25 (>6000 overall citations). Giulia’s work focuses on the current scientific challenge of exploring the fundamental photophysical processes underlying the operation of advanced optoelectronic devices, with a special attention to new generation photovoltaics. In particular, she contributed with pioneer works to the understanding of the interface physics and charge dynamics which governs the operation of organic and hybrid perovskite solar cells. More recently, she developed an innovative hybrid perovskite architecture leading to efficient and stable device, an important step to launch this technology in the market.
Dr. Mariska de Wild Scholten
Mariska de Wild-Scholten studied geology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she specialized in the chemistry of the earth. Currently, she works as a professional in the field of life cycle assessments (LCA) of photovoltaics to investigate the environmental impacts of the production of photovoltaic systems. Mariska de Wild-Scholten is world expert on LCA of Photovoltaics including crystalline silicon-, silicon thin film-, CIGS-, CdTe-, dye-sensitized- and Concentrator PV systems. She helps companies setting up an efficient data collection system and has extensive benchmark data available for a fast data validation. She has published many papers on this topic and was invited speaker on several conferences.
Dr. Annamaria Petrozza (Italy)
Annamaria Petrozza was awarded a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering (emphasis on Devices, design and modelling) at Ecole Supèrieure d’Electricité (Paris, France) in 2003 under the T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Manager in Europe) program. In 2004 she got a Master degree in Electronic Engineering (emphasis on Optoelectronics) at Politecnico of Milan with a thesis carried out at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge (UK) on the optical characterisation of a class of organic semiconductors with a supramolecular architecture for Organic Light Emitting Diodes. The research work was under the supervision of Prof. C. Cacialli and Prof. C. Silva. In 2008 she received her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) with a thesis on the study of optoelectronic processes at organic and hybrid semico nductors interfaces under the supervision of Dr. J.S. Kim and Prof Sir R.H. Friend. From July 2008 to December 2009 she worked as research scientist at the Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Ltd on the development of new market competitive solar cell technologies (Dye Sensitized Solar cells/Colloidal Quantum Dots Sensitized Solar cells). Her main tasks were to establish key needs of PV market, write research proposals to submit to the Sharp Business Group, and design and implement experiments. Since January 2010 she has a Team Leader position at the Center for Nano Science and Technology -IIT@POLIMI. She is in charge of the development of photovoltaic devices and their characterization by time-resolved and cw Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy, Time-resolved Photoluminescence and electrical measurements. Her research work mainly aims to shed light on interfacial optoelectronic mechanisms, which are fundamental for the optimization of operational processes, with the goal of improving device efficiency and stability.
Prof. Lukas Schmidt-Mende (Germany)
Lukas Schmidt-Mende is full professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Konstanz, Germany, where he is leading the Hybrid nanostructures group. He has experience in organic, dye-sensitized, and hybrid solar cells. He received his Ph.D. in the Prof. Sir Richard Friends Optoelectronics group. Later, he joined Prof. Michael Grätzel to work on solid-state, dye-sensitized solar cells. He has also worked in the Material Science Department at the University of Cambridge, UK, and in the Department of Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. His current research is in nanostructured materials for energy conversion, with a focus on the device physics of organic and hybrid solar cells.<br />
Dr. Selina Olthof (Germany)
Selina Olthof is a Junior Researcher at the University of Cologne where she joint the group of Prof. Meerholz in 2013; currently, she is head of the Surface Science laboratory. In the past she has worked in the groups of Karl Leo in Dresden (Germany) as well as with Antoine Kahn in Princeton (USA). Her expertise is in photoelectron spectroscopy which she uses to investigate and understand the electronic structure of novel semiconducting materials, mainly organic semiconductors and hybrid perovskites.