LMPV Annual Symposium: Light management, materials design and fabrication for photovoltaics
Friday, June 16, 2023 | 9:15-17:00 | live meeting at AMOLF

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LMPV Symposium 2023

At this symposium we discuss the latest developments in light management, materials design and fabrication for the creation of high-efficiency solar cells for a wide range of applications. The program consists of four talks by renowned keynote speakers. The symposium is intended for everyone in solar cell research and development and provides a broad overview of exciting directions in photovoltaics. We will also have a special session on how to further enhance PV collaboration in the Netherlands: National Growth Fund, SolarLab academic PV network

Registration for the workshop is free of charge. We look forward to welcoming you on June 16.
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Keynote speakers

Heleen de Coninck

Socio-technical innovation and climate change

Heleen de Coninck is a full Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation and Climate Change at Eindhoven University of Technology since 2020, and an Associate Professor in Innovation Studies and Sustainability at the Department of Environmental Science at Radboud University Nijmegen’s Faculty of Science since 2012. Her research focuses on the role of innovation and technology in the international climate negotiations, on policy for making energy-intensive industry climate-neutral, and on the viability and societal dynamics of new technologies for 1.5C-mitigation pathways. Heleen was a Coordinating Lead Author in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C, and is currently a Coordinating Lead Author in the AR6.

Shuxia Tao

Taming defects in halide perovskites: insights from atomistic and molecular modelling

Like any other semiconductors, defects in halide perovskites determine the efficiency and long-term stability of the resulting optoelectronic devices. Understanding the electronic property and the instability mechanism, and the interplay of the two are paramount. To do this, my team uses a combination of electronic structure calculations with reactive molecular dynamics simulations. By determining the electronic energy levels and dynamical properties, we identify defects responsible for recombination losses and chemical degradations. Finally, we propose several strategies for mitigating these harmful defects by engineering perovskite compositions and interfaces, the use of passivation agents, optimizing film nucleation and growth etc..

Shuxia Tao is Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Physics at department of Applied Physics, TU/e. Her research interests lie in the development and application of atomistic and multiscale computational methods for simulating materials for energy conversion and storage.

Pietro Altermatt

Research to support PV for fulfilling the Paris Agreement

If governments around the world wanted to accelerate the deployment of PV sufficiently to meet the Paris Climate Agreement, the PV community could not deliver. Too much silver, alternatives to the mainstream use too much indium and bismuth or are too instable. This situation raises several research questions for PV:

  • How to get mostly rid of silver, indium, and bismuth?
  • What kind of research can help PV manufacturing fast enough?
  • Do we need a major shift in PV materials like perovskites to diversify supply chains?

We must deploy many terawatts in the coming ten years. How can your lab work help? Time flies.

Pietro P. Altermatt is Principal Scientist of Trina Solar, one of the largest PV manufacturers. Read more about his work at www.changeanyway.com and LinkedIn.

Jovana Milić

Multifunctional hybrid materials in photovoltaics

Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have emerged as one of the leading
semiconductors for solar-to-electric energy conversion in photovoltaics. However, their instability under operating conditions poses an obstacle to practical applications. While this can, to an extent, be overcome by incorporating organic moieties within hybrid perovskite frameworks that form lower dimensional architectures with superior operational stabilities, their insulating character often compromises the resulting performances.

The capacity to rely on supramolecular engineering of (photo)electroactive organic species offers the opportunity to enhance the functionality of hybrid perovskites by enabling control of their properties in response to external stimuli, such as voltage bias, pressure, and light, opening a path toward multifunctional materials in hybrid photovoltaic

J. V. Milić*, Chimia 2022, 76, 784–791.
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4. Mishra, P. Ahlawat, G. Fish, F. Jahanbakshi, M. Mladenović, M. A. Preciado-Ruiz, M. Almalki, M. C. Gelvéz-Rueda, V. Dufoulon, T.  Schneeberger, D. J. Kubicki, R. Poranne, F. C. Grozema, S. M.  Zakeeruddin, J. E. Moser, U. Rothlisberger, L. Emsley*, J. V. Milić*, M. Graetzel*. Chem. Mater. 2021, 33, 6412–6420.
5. L. A. Muscarella, A. Dučinskas, M. Dankl, M. Andrzejewski, N. P. M. Casati, U. Rothlisberger, J. Maier, M. Graetzel, B. Ehrler*, J. V. Milić*, Adv. Mat. 2022, 202108720.
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Jovana Milić leads the Smart Energy Materials Group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute since September 2020 as Swiss National Science Foundation PRIMA Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.