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Earth-abundant next generation materials for solar energy - IV

Climate change and the growing demand on energy are motivating research in sustainable energy production. The sun provides free and abundant energy and its capture by photovoltaics or in production of solar fuel a highly active area of materials research. The use of earth abundant materials is critical for sustainability.


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.

Photovoltaics has continued to be a highly active and growing field, and we anticipate over half of the abstract submissions will relate to PV. The focus will be on development of materials and devices outside of those already well developed industrially, i.e. materials other than Si, CdTe and CIGS. Absorber materials will include but will not be limited to CZTS and related multinary compounds, hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites (including lead-free, perovskite-inspired materials), SnS, Cu2O, FeS2, Zn3P2, ZnSnN2, ZnSnP2, Cu2S, Cu3N, WSe2 etc.

As well as materials that form the components of PV cells, including of the absorber layer but also buffers and TCO layers, the symposium will target other forms of solar energy capture including, water splitting photoelectrodes, electrocatalysts for oxygen and hydrogen evolution.

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:

  • Halide solar cells: perovskites and perovskite-inspired materials
  • Nitride, sulfide and phosphide photovoltaic absorbers
  • Mixed-anion photovoltaic absorber materials
  • Novel transparent conductors (oxides and beyond)
  • Water-splitting materials, nanomaterials and devices
  • Computational discovery and design of photovoltaic materials
  • Defects and doping properties of absorbers and contacts
  • Interface and surface analysis applied to solar energy materials
  • Solar thermal materials
  • Scale up, towards commercialization

List of invited speakers:

  • Lydia Wong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore): “Towards Defect Tolerant Cu-chalcogenide Based Solar Cells
  • Laura Schelhas (SLAC, USA): “Using Operando and In-situ Scattering Methods to improve the Stability of Halide Perovskite Solar Cells
  • Annie Greenaway (National Renewable Energy Lab, USA): “Combinatorial Synthesis of Wurtzite and Rocksalt Phases of MgSnN2"
  • David Scanlon (University College London, England): “Computationally Screening Mixed-anion Systems for Energy Generation Applications
  • Jamie Nielson (Colorado State University, USA): “Dynamics and the Influence of Chemical Substitution on Hybrid Halide Semiconductors
  • Rafael Jaramillo (MIT, USA): “Highly-Polarizable Inorganic Semiconductors for Optoelectronics and Energy Conversion
  • Jayakanth Ravichandran (University of Southern California, USA): “Perovskite Chalcogenides: Emerging Earth Abundant Materials for Sustainable Solar Energy Conversion
  • Francesco Biccari, (University of Florence, Italy), “Sputtering of fully inorganic lead halide perovskites: a way to achieve scalability and high quality

List of scientific committee members:

  • Adele Tamboli (National Renewable Energy Lab, USA) 
  • Vladan Stevanovic (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
  • Erwin Reisner (Cambridge, England)
  • Andriy Zakutayev, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Aron Walsh, Imperial College, UK
  • Alex Redinger, University of Luxembourg
  • Geoffroy Hautier, Universite Catholique de Louvain
  • Tim Veal, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Steve Durbin, Western Michigan University

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Symposium organizers
4. Byungha SHINKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea 34141
Prashun GORAIColorado School of Mines, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hill Hall, 920 15th St, Golden, CO 80401, USA
Robert HOYEImperial College, London
Robert PALGRAVE (Main organizer)University College London

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

+44 (0)20 3108 5085