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Earth-abundant next generation materials for solar energy - III

Climate change and the growing demand on energy are motivating research in sustainable energy production. The sun provides free and abundant energy and its transformation through photovoltaics or solar fuel is a very important part of materials research. More specifically, the understanding and control of key materials properties such as optical absorption, carrier mobility, defects, etc… are essential to the design and development of new solar-based energy technologies.


This symposium will address fundamental and applied aspects of materials suitable for earth abundant solar energy production. Relevant technologies include photovoltaics, thermal solar, water splitting and solar fuel production. Recent developments in both experimental and theoretical/computational approaches will be addressed making this symposium an ideal platform for researchers working on all stages of development of earth abundant and newly emerging materials for thin film solar materials.

The focus will be on issues that are relevant to development of solar devices and solar fuel technologies outside of those already well developed industrially, i.e. materials other than Si, CdTe and CIGS.

The symposium will target all the material layers of importance for solar devices: solar cell absorbers, electron and hole transport layers, water splitting photoelectrodes, transparent conductors, electrocatalysts for oxygen and hydrogen evolution, buffers and other components of importance to thin film photovoltaics and solar fuel devices.  Absorber materials will include but will not be limited to CZTS and related multinary compounds, hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites, SnS, Cu2O, FeS2, Zn3P2, ZnSnN2, ZnSnP2, Cu2S, Cu3N, WSe2 etc.

Novel experimental techniques for synthesis of all the relevant layers are of interest combined with characterization methods for defects, surfaces and interfaces, charge carrier dynamics and doping strategies. Theoretical calculations of interest include high throughput methods for new materials, defect calculations combined with the search for new defect tolerant materials and numerical device simulations to better understand the current limitations in device performance of the emerging devices.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Emerging earth abundant solar absorbers
  • Novel p-type transparent conducting oxides
  • Computational design for photovoltaics
  • Defects analysis of absorber materials and nano-materials
  • Interface and surface properties
  • Novel solar cell devices
  • Integrated solar fuel devices
  • Thermal solar materials
  • Water-splitting materials, nanomaterials and devices
  • Metal oxide photoelectrodes

List of invited speakers:

  • David Scanlon, UCL, UK
  • Stefan Lany, NREL, USA
  • Adryi Zakhutaiev, NREL, USA
  • Elisabetta Arca, NREL, USA
  • Joel Varley, LLNL, USA
  • David Fenning, UCSD, USA
  • Wolfram Jaegermann, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • Ken Durose, Liverpool, UK
  • Jacqueline Cole, Cambridge, UK
  • Bernard Wenger, Oxford, UK
  • Caterina Ducati, Cambridge, UK
  • Philip Dale, University of Luxembourg
  • Levent Gütay, Oldenburg University, Germany
  • Jean-Pierre Vilcot, CNRS, France
  • Yoshitaro Nose, Kyoto University, Japan

List of scientific committee members:

  • Steve Durbin, Western Michigan University, USA
  • Tim Veal, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Igor Shvets, University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Vladan Stevanovic, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Bart Vermang, IMEC, Belgium
  • Edgardo Saucedo, IREC, Spain
  • Deep Jariwala, Caltech, USA
  • Charles Hages, University of Florida, USA
  • Levcenco Sergiu, HZB Berlin, Germany
  • Ndione Paul, NREL, USA
  • Glen Teeter, NREL, USA


Attendees will be invited to submit an article that will be published in a special issue of Material Science & Semiconductor Processing (Elsevier).

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Symposium organizers
Alex REDINGERUniversity of Luxembourg

164A, avenue de la Fäiencerie, L-1511 - Luxembourg

+352 4666 44 6358
Geoffroy HAUTIERUniversité Catholique de Louvain

1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Robert PALGRAVEUniversity College London

20 Gordon St. London WC1H 0AJ, U.K.

+44 (0)20 3108 5085