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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium NN—Thin-Film and Nanostructure Solar Cell Materials and Devices for Next-Generation Photovoltaics

Solar cells based on thin-film and nanostructure materials are fast developing photovoltaic (PV) area due to the advantage of material dimension/usage reduction as well as the potential of exceeding the efficiency limit of conventional solar cells. Thin-film materials (Si, III-Vs, chalcogenides, and perovskites etc) and nanostructure materials (nanoparticles, quantum wells, quantum dots, nanowires, and carbon nanotubes etc) can be synthesized by a variety of deposition, epitaxy, nanofabrication and solution based techniques. Their structural, optical and electrical properties can be investigated by a wide range of characterization techniques for PV related applications, either as the active absorbing materials or other important device components such as contact layer, passivation layer, back reflector or light trapping structure. Many new concepts and theories are also proposed making use of different thin-film and nanostructures to enhance light absorption and charge separation in solar cell devices. Underpinned by the ultimate demand of low-cost and high-efficiency from the PV industry, this symposium aims at providing a dynamic forum on the recent development in both existing and emerging fields of thin-film and nanostructure solar cell materials and devices. Submissions are invited to cover from fundamental to applied research, the material synthesis and characterization, device design, fabrication and characterization, theory, simulation and new concepts, to advance the state-of-the-art PV technology in the field of thin-film and nanostructure solar cells.

Topics will include:

  • Thin film solar cell materials and devices, including Si, III-Vs, chalcogenides, dye-sensitized and perovskites solar cells etc
  • Nanostructure solar cell materials and devices, including nanoparticles, quantum wells, quantum dots, nanowires, and carbon nanotubes etc
  • Thin films and nanostructures for PV related applications, including contact layer, passivation layer, back reflector and light trapping structure etc
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Tonio Buonassisi (Massachusetts InstituteTechnology, USA)
  • Sum Tze Chien (Nanyang Technical University, Singapore)
  • Simon Fafard (Azastra Inc., Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada)
  • Shanhui Fan (Stanford University, USA)
  • Erik Garnett (AMOLF, Netherlands)
  • Sajeev John (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Mercouri Kanatzidis (Northwestern University, USA)
  • David Mitzi (IBM Corp., USA)
  • Yoshitaka Okada (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Uwe Rau (Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany)
  • Edward H. Sargent (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Henry Snaith (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Roger Welser (Magnolia Solar, USA)
  • Xudong Xiao (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Yanfa Yan (University of Toledo, USA)
  • Zongfu Yu (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Lan Fu
The Australian National University
Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering

Mario Dagenais
University of Maryland
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Laura Herz
University of Oxford
Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory
United Kingdom

Jiang Tang
Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics

Rao Tatavarti
MicroLink Devices Inc.