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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 OO—Nanomaterials-Based Solar Energy Conversion

The direct conversion of solar energy to electricity or fuels is becoming increasingly important as global demand for energy grows, environmental constraints on pollution, and climate change tighten. In recent years, nanostructuring has emerged as a route to enhanced conversion efficiency through control of light propagation, carrier collection, and heat transport. Through nanoscale design, properties including the bandgap, composition, light absorption and scattering can be controlled and arranged into complex and novel energy conversion schemes. This symposium will focus broadly on the role of nanomaterials in current and future solar energy conversion technologies, including biological and biomimetic conversion, organic and inorganic photovoltaics, photoelectrochemistry, and solar thermal conversion.

Topics will include:

  • Nanostructures for light absorption enhancement
  • Charge transfer and transport
  • Nanomaterialsin dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum dot-sensitized solar cells, perovskiteand hybrid PV
  • Photoelectrochemicalcells and photocatalyst water splitting
  • Band structure engineering
  • Solar thermal conversion
  • Emergenttechnologies in nanostructure solar devices (e.g., upconversion, multipleexciton generation)

Invited Speakers:

  • Paul Alivisatos (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Magnus Borgström (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Guozhong Cao (University of Washington, USA)
  • Emily Carter (Princeton University, USA)
  • Kylie Catchpole (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Gang Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • Zhiyong Fan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
  • Eric Garnett (AMOLF, Netherlands)
  • Chong Liu (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • David Mitzi (IBM Research Center, USA)
  • Nam-Gyu Park (Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea)
  • Michelle Povinelli (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Marin Salajic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Martina Schmidt (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Sheng Shen (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Henry Snaith (Oxford University, United Kingdom)
  • Adele Tamboli (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Zongfu Yu (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Jia Zhu
Nanjing University
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Vivian Ferry
University of Minnesota
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Ali Javey
University of California Berkeley
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Evelyn Wang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering