Congratulations to the poster award winners at E-MRS 2022!

We were delighted to sponsor Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) at E-MRS 2022!

We would like to congratulate the following poster award winners at the 2022 WiRE E-MRS 2022.

The prize winners were sponsored by the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, C, and Materials Horizons

Meet the winners

Deimantė Vaitukaitytė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Deimante Vaitukaityte obtained Bachelor (2017) and Master’s (2019) degrees in Applied Chemistry from Kaunas University of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania). She has been a PhD student since 2019 at the same university, with research focusing on the development of hole transporting materials for perovskite solar cells. She also works as a junior researcher in prof. Vytautas Getautis research group at Kaunas University of Technology.

We were delighted to present Deimantė an award for Best Poster at WiRE E-MRS 2022.

Shegufta Upama, IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain

Shegufta hails from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Honors from the University of Houston in Texas, USA. In August 2020, she started her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, where she joined Dr. Micah Green’s lab. A year later, she moved to Madrid, Spain, to continue her Ph.D. research in Dr. Juan José Vilatela’s group at IMDEA Materials Institute. Her research focuses on developing CNT fiber/inorganic hybrid materials and non-conventional heating methods for the rapid and targeted processing of materials.

We were delighted to present Shegufta an award for Best Question at WiRE E-MRS 2022.

Kenedy Tabah, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Barcelona, Spain

Kenedy Tabah is a doctoral student at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Barcelona, Spain. After obtaining a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Buea, Cameroon and an Erasmus Mundus master in Chemical Nanoengineering, he developed an ever-growing interest in nanotechnology for renewable energy. His current research comprises fabrication of Perovskite Solar Cells and analysis of their stability through Machine Learning.

We were delighted to present Kenedy an award for Best Poster at WiRE E-MRS 2022.

Francesca De Rossi, University of Rome, Italy

After her PhD degree in Telecommunications and Microelectronics Engineering on flexible dye solar cells, awarded by University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ in 2014, Dr De Rossi spent nearly 4 years abroad, working as a Technology Transfer Fellow at SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, Swansea University (UK). She was part of the PV team led by Prof T.M. Watson, focusing on the upscaling of printable perovskite solar cells, and lead of the stability activity within his group.

She is currently a fixed term researcher (RTD-A), funded by the EU H2020 project APOLO, led by Prof F. Brunetti, on smart designed, fully printed flexible perovskite solar cells (

We were delighted to present Francesca an award for Best Poster at WiRE E-MRS 2022.


Dr. Ludmila Cojocaru, University of Bordeaux, France

Ludmila Cojocaru received her PhD from the University of Bordeaux (France) for her work on the synthesis of semiconducting metal oxide nanoparticles and their application in liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Subsequently, she was awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) as a first post-doc fellow in the framework of the Japanese-French Associate Laboratory for Next-generation Photovoltaic Cells (LIA Next-PV) (LiaNextPV) at the University of Tokyo, and then, continue working in a national (NEDO) Japanese project at the same University. During her almost five years of work in Japan, she developed the solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells and then moved to the perovskite solar cells. As a pioneer working in the field of perovskite solar cells since the earlier stage of their discovery, she concentrated her work on the fabrication of high-performance devices focusing on interface engineering of perovskite and provided a plausible reason for the origin of IV hysteresis. Later, she moved to the University of Freiburg (Germany) where she developed the evaporation process for perovskite and applied it in tandem configuration with silicon solar cells, working in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Germany). Now, she is a Junior Researcher at the University of Bordeaux in an Initiative of Excellence “Make Our Planet Great Again”. In this project, her objective is to integrate perovskite solar cells and supercapacitors connected through a common carbon extracted from biomass and fabricate sustainable energy conversion-storage devices able to keep continuous power in intermittent light.

We were delighted to present Ludmila an award for Best Poster at WiRE E-MRS 2022.




Fanny Baumann, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Barcelona, Spain

Fanny Baumann got her Master in Science Engineering at Lund University with a specialty in Nanoscience Engineering and Nanomaterials in 2020 after an eventful academic journey combining studies with professional windsurfing. For her Master Thesis work she spent one semester at LSPM EPFL supervised by Anders Hagfeldt and Eva Unger, resulting in her also participating in the Perovskite Database project. She have been in the group of Monica Lira Cantú at NMPE ICN2 since September 2021 when she started my PhD position in Material science.

We were delighted to present Fanny an award for Best Poster at WiRE E-MRS 2022.


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