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Solar Energy Conversion
Gordon Research Conference

Materials, Physics and Devices for Solar Electricity and Energy Storage

Dates

July 17-22, 2016

Location

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China

Organizers

Chairs:
Edward Sargent & Wei Huang

Vice Chairs:
Ali Javey & Jia Zhu

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Meeting Description

The direct conversion and utilization of solar energy is increasingly important as global demand for energy grows, and regulatory constraints on pollution as well as concerns about climate change become more pressing. In order for solar energy to become a practical alternative to fossil fuels, efficient ways to convert photons into electricity, fuel, and heat are urgently needed. Over the past few decades, great efforts have been devoted to the development and study of materials, physics and devices for advanced solar energy conversion. Notable examples of innovations and advanced technologies in this field include the development of perovskite materials; nanostructuring for the control of light propagation and carrier collection; and the exploration of solar-thermal-electrics and solar fuels.

Much further study is required if solar energy conversion is to become a significant part of the energy paradigm. In this conference we will focus on some of the key challenges in the field. First, our control over material properties (such as bandgap, composition, and light absorption) remains insufficient. Second, our understanding of phenomena such as light-matter interaction, and heat and charge transport is still incomplete. Finally, issues related to the reliability and durability of solar energy conversion devices and systems need to be addressed before large-scale deployment becomes practical.

The need for better conversion technologies has been a driving force behind many recent developments in biology, physics, chemistry, materials, and especially nanoscience. Therefore, further development of solar energy conversion technologies will not only unlock potentially paradigm-changing solutions for solar energy conversion, but will also help us to answer fundamental questions in the contemporary interdisciplinary physical sciences. The goal of the conference will be to discuss and analyse new and exciting solar-related materials, physics and devices and to better understand their potential impact via the exciting cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration that only Gordon Conferences can offer.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmTheory and Mechanism
Discussion Leader: Guozhong Cao (University of Washington, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmEli Yablonovitch (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"A Great Photovoltaic Cell Has to Be a Great LED - Non-Solar Applications for the New High-Efficiency PhotoVoltaics"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmMarin Soljacic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Nanophotonics for Tailoring Absorption and Flow of Radiation"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPolymers and Small Molecules
Discussion Leader: Linda Wu (DuPont, China)
9:00 am - 9:40 amVivian Yam (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
"Versatile Chromophores and Excited States for Efficient Photosensitization and Electronic, Optoelectronic and Photonic Functions"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMark Thompson (University of Southern California, USA)
"New Approaches to Enhancing Voc in Organic Photovoltaics"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmHin-Lap Yip (South China University of Technology, China)
"Material, Interface and Device Engineering for High Performance Polymer and Perovskite Solar Cells"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEmerging Solar Technologies
Discussion Leader: Shihe Yang (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR China)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSang Il Seok (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea)
"Tailoring of Perovskite Absorber, Electron and Hole Collecting Layer for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmCan Li (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"Artificial Photosynthesis: Frontier and Challenge"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIII-V Materials
Discussion Leader: Rao Tatavarti (MicroLink Devices, Inc., USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amHarry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"III-V Tandem Photovoltaic and Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amFrank Dimroth (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany)
"Efficient Conversion of Sunlight to Electricity and Hydrogen Enabled by III-V Multi-Junction Solar Cells"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAhmad Al Khowaiter (Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia)
"Solar Energy Conversion: Framing the Challenge, a Discussion of Solar Market Trends, and the Economic Challenges Facing Conversion"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmPoster Session
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmSolar Fuels
Discussion Leader: Elsa Couderc (SpringerNature, United Kingdom)
4:00 pm - 4:40 pmMatthew Kanan (Stanford University, USA)
"Upgrading Solar Fuels"
4:40 pm - 5:00 pmDiscussion
5:00 pm - 5:40 pmCurtis Berlinguette (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Solar Chemistry at the Interface"
5:40 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPlasmonics and Solar Thermal
Discussion Leader: Elisa De Ranieri (Nature Energy, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPeter Bermel (Purdue University, USA)
"Solar Thermophotovoltaics: An Alternative for Modular, Dispatchable Solar Electric Power"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDavid Norris (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Can Plasmons Help Quantum-Dot Solar Cells?"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmSusanna Thon (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Plasmonic Enhancements for Solution-Processed Solar Cells"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSolar Materials
Discussion Leader: Tao Deng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmZhijun Ning (ShanghaiTech University, China)
"Colloidal Quantum Dots Surface Engineering for High Performance Solar Cells"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJiang Tang (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
"Sb2Se3 Thin Film Solar Cells: Current Understanding and Future Perspective"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSolar Chemistry and Catalysis
Discussion Leader: Dunwei Wang (Boston College, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPeidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"CO2 + H2O + Sunlight --> Chemical Fuels + O2"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amSong Jin (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Photoelectrochemical Solar Energy Conversion Using New Earth-Abundant Electrocatalysts and Semiconductors"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmZhiyong Tang (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China)
"Nanoscale Metal Organic Frameworks: Emerging Materials for Catalysis"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmDSSC and Perovskites
Discussion Leader: Feng Yan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR China)
4:00 pm - 4:40 pmAnders Hagfeldt (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"The Versatility of Mesoscopic Solar Cells"
4:40 pm - 5:00 pmDiscussion
5:00 pm - 5:40 pmJianpu Wang (Nanjing Tech University, China)
"High-Performance Perovskite Light-Emitting Diodes"
5:40 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material/event (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Innovation and Technology Commission or the Vetting Committee of the General Support Programme of the Innovation and Technology Fund.
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