2017 IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

The 44th edition of the international IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC-44) will take place the week of 25-30 June 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.

The event’s Technical Program will be divided into 12 areas covering cutting-edge developments in science and engineering of photovoltaics, ranging from fundamentals to applications, with an emphasis on material science, devices, systems, solar resources and policy related matters. The 12 areas to be covered are:

  1. Fundamentals and New Concepts for Future Technologies
  2. Chalcogenide Thin Film Solar Cells
  3. III-V and Concentrator Technologies
  4. Silicon Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
  5. Characterization Methods
  6. Perovskite and Organic Solar Cells
  7. Space and Specialty Technologies
  8. PV Modules, Manufacturing, Systems and Applications
  9. PV and System Reliability
  10. Power Electronics and Grid Integration
  11. Solar Resource for PV and Forecasting
  12. PV Deployment and Sustainability


The 2017 keynote speaker at the event will be Dr. Charlie Gay, the Solar Energy Technologies Office Director for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


For more information about the event, please visit ieee-pvsc.org/PVSC44/index.php.

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Centre for Plastic Electronics Annual Symposium 2017

Professor Michael Grätzel

Professor Michael Grätzel

The Centre for Plastic Electronics will be hosting their 2017 Annual Symposium on 27 June at Imperial College London, UK. Dr Katie Lim, Deputy Editor from the Royal Society of Chemistry will be attending and the event will be supported by poster prizes from Sustainable Energy & Fuels and Energy & Environmental Science.

Also present at the event as a keynote speaker will be 2016 RSC Centenary Prize-winner Professor Michael Grätzel. Professor Grätzel will be giving a lecture on “flexible dye sensitized and perovskite solar cells”.


The CPE Annual Symposium will be preceded by the postgraduate Researcher Symposium on Monday 26 June (also at Imperial College).


Symposium Chairs:
Professor Natalie Stingelin (Imperial College London and Georgia Tech)
Professor James Durrant (Imperial College London, Sustainable Energy & Fuels Editor-in-Chief).

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Michael Grätzel (EPFL)
Professor Seth Marder (Georgia Tech)

 

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2nd International Solar Fuels Conference 2017

ISF-2 will take place between 6-10 July in San Diego, California.

The second biannual International Solar Fuels conference (ISF-2) will be held on 6-10 July 2017 in San Diego, CA. The conference will bring together scientists working with biological and chemical approaches to utilise solar energy for direct fuel production.

Sustainable Energy & FuelsEnergy & Environmental Science and Journal of Materials Chemistry A are delighted to be sponsoring the event. Dr Anna Simpson, Executive Editor for Sustainable Energy & Fuels and Energy & Environmental Science, will be attending the conference and looks forward to meeting you there.

For more information, please visit isf2.ucsd.edu or e-mail isf2@ucsd.edu.

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Editor-in-Chief Professor James Durrant awarded Fellow of the Royal Society

Congratulations to Sustainable Energy & Fuels Editor-in-Chief Professor James Durrant, recently honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

 

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

 

Candidates selected by the existing Fellowship must have made ‘a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science’.

 

Highlighting Professor James Durrant’s research in the photochemistry of new materials for solar energy conversion – targeting both solar cells (photovoltaics) and solar to fuel (i.e.: artificial photosynthesis), Sustainable Energy & Fuels is delighted that the Royal Society Fellowship have honored our Editor-in-Chief.

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12th International Conference on Optical Probes of Organic and Hybrid Semiconductors

The 12th International Conference on Optical Probes of Organic and Hybrid Semiconductors (OP2017) will be held in Québec City, Canada, 19th – 23rd June 2017. The Optical Probes Conference is the premier series of meetings in the field of photophysics of organic semiconductors, and its scope now extends to cover hybrid semiconductor such as perovskites amongst others. The scope of the current conference is a variety of excited state phenomena in technologically important materials and biosystems, including size-dependent and time-dependent electronic interactions, excited state dynamics, strong light-matter interactions, quantum confinement, photocarrier transport, and novel spectroscopic techniques.

Topics include:

*   Organic and polymeric materials (photophysics, chemistry, and dynamics)
*   Energy transport and exciton annihilation processes
*   Organic/polymeric electronic devices (OLEDS, OPV, etc.)
*   Photophysics and applications of hybrid organometal perovskite materials
*   Thermally activated delayed fluorescence in OLEDs
*   Organo-metallic complexes (photophysics and applications)
*   Semiconductor nanocrystals and metal nanoparticles (hybrid devices and novel physical phenomena)
*   Organic and inorganic nanostructured photovoltaic phenomena (physics, chemistry, and devices)
*   Optical properties of carbon allotropes
*   Photophysics of 2D atomic-layered materials
*   Molecular and supramolecular ordered assembly at nanoscales
*   Novel optical probes for condensed-matter materials research
*   Singlet Fission
*   Spin dynamics in organic systems
*   Photophysics of Bio organic materials and luminescent optical probes

Sustainable Energy & Fuels, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, and Journal of Materials Chemistry A are delighted to support the conference in providing poster prizes.

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Materials for Solar Energy Conversion Symposium

10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday 26th April
Huxley Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London

This symposium is the first event to be hosted jointly by the Solar Fuels Network and the EPSRC solar energy consortium, SuperSolar. The aim of the meeting is to bring the UK PV and solar fuels communities together to discuss shared interests around fundamental aspects of materials for solar energy conversion. The symposium will feature invited presentations from research leaders in both fields.

Invited speakers:
Professor Mark van Schilfgaarde, King’s College London
Professor Andy Cooper, University of Liverpool
Professor Neil Robertson, University of Edinburgh
Professor Upul Wijayantha, Loughborough University
Professor David Fermin, Bristol University
Professor James Durrant, Imperial College London
Dr Elizabeth Gibson, Newcastle University
Professor Jenny Nelson, Imperial College London
Dr Erwin Reisner, University of Cambridge

Registration is free. For more information, registration and poster abstract submission visit the website.

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CPE/Sustainable Energy & Fuels Symposium

Sustainable Energy & Fuels is delighted to host a joint symposium with the Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London. Organised by Editor-in-Chief James Durrant, it features talks from three of our Associate Editors on new materials for solar energy conversion.

Garry Rumbles (NREL, USA)
“Microwave Conductivity Studies of Mobile Carriers in Conjugated Polymers and Solar Perovskites”

Vincent Artero (CEA Grenoble, France)
“Molecular-based H2-evolving photocathodes”

Ryu Abe (Kyoto University, Japan)
“Visible Light Responsive Photocatalysts toward Solar Hydrogen Production”

The symposium will be held at 2–5 pm on Thursday 30th March at the Pippard Lecture Theatre (Level 5, Sherfield Building), South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London. A refreshments and networking session will follow.

Register now! Registration is free – please contact Steph Pendlebury (s.pendlebury@imperial.ac.uk).

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First issue of Sustainable Energy & Fuels now online

Read the first issue free online!

We are delighted to announce that the first issue of Sustainable Energy & Fuels is now online and available to read free of charge.

Packed full of the latest high-quality research in the energy community, our inaugural issue includes contributions by Volker Presser, Michael Lyons, Say Chye Joachim Loo, Editor-in-Chief James Durrant, and Associate Editors Marta Sevilla and Vincent Artero on topics such as batteries, photovoltaics and catalysis for energy technologies. All Sustainable Energy & Fuels content in 2017 and 2018 is free to access on registration.

“The launch of Sustainable Energy & Fuels has been very positively received by colleagues worldwide,” James says. “The journal fills a key gap in the portfolio and will be a very valuable resource for scientists working on the grand challenge of developing more sustainable energy and fuel technologies.”

Check out some of the articles below or access the whole first issue here.

Editorial
Welcome to the first issue of Sustainable Energy & Fuels
James Durrant and Anna Simpson
Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2017, 1, 10-13. DOI: 10.1039/C7SE90001E

Perspective
Atomic layer deposition for perovskite solar cells: research status, opportunities and challenges
V. Zardetto, B. L. Williams, A. Perrotta, F. Di Giacomo, M. A. Verheijen, R. Andriessen, W. M. M. Kessels and M. Creatore
Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2017, 1, 30-55. DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00076B

Paper
Mass-producible 2D-MoSe2 bulk modified screen-printed electrodes provide significant electrocatalytic performances towards the hydrogen evolution reaction
Samuel J. Rowley-Neale, Christopher W. Foster, Graham C. Smith, Dale A. C. Brownson and Craig E. Banks
Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2017, 1, 74-83. DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00115G

Paper
The role of layer-by-layer, compact TiO2 films in dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells
Rodolfo L. Coppo, Byron H. Farnum, Benjamin D. Sherman, Neyde Y. Murakami Iha and Thomas J. Meyer
Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2017, 1, 112-118. DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00022C

Paper
A graphene/carbon nanotube biofilm based solar-microbial fuel device for enhanced hydrogen generation
Chee Keong Ngaw, Cui-e Zhao, Victor Bochuan Wang, Staffan Kjelleberg, Timothy Thatt Yang Tan, Qichun Zhang and Say Chye Joachim Loo
Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2017, 1, 191-198. DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00018E

Paper
Doping of TiO2 as a tool to optimize the water splitting efficiencies of titania–hematite photoanodes
Darinka Primc, Mario Bärtsch, Davide Barreca, Giorgio Carraro, Chiara Maccato, Cinzia Sada and Markus Niederberger
Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2017, 1, 199-206. DOI: 10.1039/C7SE00005G

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EES and Sustainable Energy & Fuels prize winners at the 5th UK Solar Fuels Network Symposium

On 27th January 2017, the 5th UK Solar Fuels Network Symposium took place at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. The event was held by the Solar Fuels Network and hosted by Professor Andrew C. Benniston (Newcastle University) and Dr Pau Farràs Costa (National University of Ireland Galway).

Sustainable Energy & Fuels Editorial Board Chair and Solar Fuels Network Co-ordinator, Professor James Durrant (Imperial College London) gave the welcome and opening remarks, and the invited speakers included: Michael Graetzel (EPFL), Mark Symes (University of Glasgow), Sophia Haussener (EPFL), Martijn A. Zwijnenburg (University College London) and Devens Gust (Arizona State University).

Dr Anna Simpson, Executive Editor of Energy & Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy & Fuels, was delighted to present the following prizes:

Sustainable Energy & Fuels Best Poster (£50 prize): Energy & Environmental Science Best Oral Presentation (£100 prize)
Yvonne S.L. Choo (Newcastle University),  Moritz F. Kuehnel (University of Cambridge),
Preparation of Modified Polyethers with Clickable Pyrene Derivatives Clean H2 fuel from solar-driven biomass reforming

 

 

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New Sustainable Energy & Fuels Associate Editors: David Mitlin and Nam-Gyu Park

We are delighted to welcome David Mitlin and Nam-Gyu Park as Sustainable Energy & Fuels Associate Editors.


David Mitlin, Clarkson University, USA
David Mitlin is a Professor and General Electric Chair at Clarkson University, USA. Dr. Mitlin’s appointment is jointly in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Prior to that, Dr. Mitlin was an Assistant, Associate and full Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received a Doctorate in Materials Science from U.C. Berkeley in 2000, and was a Directors Funded Post Doctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Mitlin has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles primary on various aspects of energy storage and conversion, with a major emphasis on applied TEM for microstructure – properties relations. He holds 4 granted patents 3 of which are licensed, and has presented around 100 invited, keynote or plenary talks. He has supervised and graduated 14 Ph.D. students, 6 M.S. students and 8 post docs.

Nam-Gyu Park, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
Nam-Gyu Park is professor and SKKU-Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering and adjunct professor at Department of Energy Science, 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 solar cells including perovskite solar cell and dye-sensitized solar cell since 1997. He is pioneer in 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) and Dupont Science and Technology Award (Dupont Korea), SKKU fellowship, and MRS Outstanding Research Award (MRS, Boston), WCPEC Paper Award (Kyoto, Japan), Hamakawa Award of PVSEC (Busan, Korea) and KAST Engineering Award (KAST, Korea). He published over 220 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 66 as of January, 2017.

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