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Symposium ET13—Materials for Multifunctional Windows

In recent years, development of materials for multifunctional windows such as photochromic, electrochromic, piezoelectric, transparent/semi-transparent photovoltaic and luminescent solar concentrating windows have been attracting immense interest as these technologies are potentially transformational in constructing zero energy buildings and self-sustained smart cities. Dye solar windows offering workability under low light conditions thereby generating more cumulative electricity than conventional solar cells are starting to appear in real life applications. Materials for these applications require unique properties. For example, materials for luminescent solar concentrating windows should have high photoluminescence emission at a peak position matching with the bandgap of conventional solar cells and have a minimum or no self-absorption as basic requirements to generate electricity from windows. Accordingly, several materials including colloidal quantum dots, phosphors, organic dyes have been investigated. Similar requirements hold true for electrochromic, thermochromic and photochromic window applications.

This symposium focuses on the materials syntheses in the forms of nanocrystals, microcrystals, bulk materials and thin films and their structural, optical, electrical properties and theoretical calculation/modeling, and device fabrications for such applications. This symposium invites abstracts that discuss the development of various materials including different synthetic methods, characterization and properties, and device fabrications. Abstracts that address challenges associated with improving performance of these devices and theoretical modeling on materials design and device improvement are also encouraged.

Topics will include:

  • Materials for electrochromic, piezoelectric, thermochromic, photochromic windows and transparent/semi-transparent solar cells: Various metal oxides, ionic liquids, organic/inorganic dyes, chalcogenides in the forms of nanocrystals, microcrystals, thin films and their synthetic aspects
  • Materials for luminescent solar concentrating windows: Investigations on synthesis and studies of colloidal quantum dots, doped quantum dots, phosphors and dyes and their optical and electrical properties
  • Device fabrications: Fabrications of photochromic, electrochromic, thermochromic, dye sensitized solar cells, and luminescent solar concentrating windows
  • Characterizations: Microscopic, spectroscopic and diffraction studies including SEM, TEM, photoluminescence, transmittance, absorption, transient absorption, PL-life time studies, neutron, and synchrotron diffraction investigations of various chromogenic materials and devices
  • Theoretical Investigations: Theoretical calculations and modelling of various chromogenic materials and devices

Invited Speakers:

  • Juan Bisquert (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
  • Sergio Brovelli (The University of Milano Bicocca, Italy)
  • Rachel Evans (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Rute A.S. Ferreira (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
  • Vivian Ferry (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Sayantani Ghosh (University of California, Merced, USA)
  • Claes Granqvist (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Victor Klimov (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Richard Lunt (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Hunter McDaneil (UbiQD, Inc, USA)
  • John Reynolds (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Ben Tang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
  • Alberto Vomiero (Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)

Symposium Organizers

Karthik Ramasamy
UbiQD Inc

Arun Gupta
University of Alabama
Center for Materials for Information Technology

Paul O'Brien
University of Manchester
Schools of Chemistry and Materials
United Kingdom

Jose Rajan
University of Malaysia Pahang
Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Dye solar cells, Electro/photo/theromochromic materials, Luminescent solar concentrating windows, Smart windows, Theoretical calculations and modelling, Transparent/semi-transparent solar cells, Window device fabrications

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