Plenary speaker for resources and environment: Michael Grätzel

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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.

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3 Responses to “Plenary speaker for resources and environment: Michael Grätzel”

  1. Tobias Bunke Says:

    Solar technology is a field of very high interest for all economies worldwide. The climate warming is a global problem for all mankind as it will influence all nations. In present and in the near future a lot of scientists from engineering and natural scientifics are and will be engaged in renewable energies. My opinion is, today the solar cell technology is still economic inefficient in contrast to the traditional energies, like nuclear energy and combustion of fossil materials (coal, oil and gas). Today the production of solar cells is very expensive, as it needs silicium of very high purity, and for that reason, this process consumes a lot of energy. The amortization time for solar cells still lasts approx six years. But the solar power promises a better future, a good example is the desert tech program in North Africa. Maybe it will be possible that solar cells will be produced beneficial in future. My hope is that the congress will demonstrate and give all participants the view that this will be possible.

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