Advanced Materials and renewable energy will play a very important role at the 3rd EuCheMS conference. That’s why Michael Grätzel, head of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, will hold the introductory lecture of the Resources and Environment session.
Grätzel’s best-known achievement is the dye-sensitized solar cell, a low-cost thin-film solar cell. His current research deals with improved photosensitizers as well as thin-films and other electrode components, to improve performance and stability of such cells. Experts consider Grätzel cells, as they are called after their inventor, to be an important part of future electricity production.
Besides his over 500 peer-reviewed publications Grätzel wrote two popular books and received numerous awards, including honorary doctors degrees from the Universities of Uppsala and Turin. He is frequently described as “quite a character” and a good public speaker, and he is a vocal supporter of increased funding for all solar technologies. As one of the leading scientists in what is arguably the most important field of current technology he is frequently mentioned as a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.