Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV)

Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV)

06 - 09 November 2017
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado United States

Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV) brings together experts in nanophotonics, materials science and photovoltaics to discuss the latest developments in nanophotonics and advanced materials for the next generation of solar cells. Nano- and micro-structured materials and photon management schemes offer unprecedented opportunities to control both the optical and electrical properties of next-generation solar cells. This meeting covers all aspects of novel materials and optical nano- and micro-structures for photovoltaic applications, from surface textures and diffraction gratings through to emerging topics such as plasmonics, nanowires, quantum dots, and perovskites, among many more.

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Michael E. Webber, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Kelly Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK
Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
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Matt Beard

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ning Dai

Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Hotel Reservation 4 October 2017 23:59 EDT
Hotel Reservation 4 October 2017
Advanced Registration 9 October 2017 23:59 EDT
Advanced Registration 9 October 2017
Schedule at a glance

Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, United Kingdom - Keynote Speaker

  Aimi Abass, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany, Thermodynamics of Photon Recycling in Four Terminal Perovskite/si Tandem Solar Cells , Invited

Jeffrey Blackburn, National Renewable Energy Lab, United States, Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes in Solar Energy Harvesting , Invited

Mario Dagenais, University of Maryland at College Park, United States, High Energy Conversion Efficiency in Quantum Dot Intermediate Band Solar Cells: Reality or Fantasy? , Invited

Jos Haverkort, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands, A 17.8% Efficiency Nanowire Solar Cell: Efficiency Limits , Invited

Shulong Lu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, Room-temperature wafer-bonded four-junction solar cell and its electron irradiation study , Invited

Mark Lusk, Dept. Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Three-Body Energy Conversion in Organic Assemblies, Invited

Joseph Luther, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States, Quantum Dots and Perovskites – Realizing the Best of Both Worlds for Revolutionary Optoelectronic Applications, Invited

Arthur Nozik, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Semiconductor Quantum Dots for Applications to Advanced Concepts for Solar Photon Conversion to Electricity and Solar Fuels , Invited

Sean Shaheen, University of Colorado Boulder, TBD, Invited

Song Weijie, Ningbo Institute of Material Tech, CAS , Novel Transparent Electrodes for PV Applications, Invited

Kai Zhu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States, Solution Chemistry Engineering towards Large-Scale Perovskite Photovoltaics, Invited

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Congress Special Events

Welcome Reception at Mesa Labs

Sunday, 5 November, 16:00-19:00
Join your fellow attendees at Mesa Labs for the welcome reception. During the reception you can pick up your registration materials and name badge at Mesa Lab. The reception is open to all congress attendees. Transportation will be provided from the Millennium Hotel.

Congress Plenary Session

Monday, 6 November, 08:30-10:00
The Congress will start on Monday with the Plenary Speaker, Michael E. Webber.

IPAC Session on Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement

Tuesday, 7 November, 08:30-10:00
IPAC (The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition) will host this session to bring together domain experts and government officials to discuss photonics-based technology solutions for accurate and reliable environmental monitoring, reporting and effective policy implementation.
Welcome and Overview of IPAC
Tom Baer, Stanford University, USA /IPAC Steering Committee Chair
State of Climate Science
James G. Anderson, Harvard Univ, USA


Kevin Trenberth, NCAR Boulder, USA
Nathan Newbury, NIST Boulder, USA
Scott Spuler,  LIDAR Group - NCAR Boulder, USA
Kelly Chance, Harvard Smithsonian, USA

IPAC is a global initiative that brings together experts from industry, academia and government to educate policymakers and influencers about photonics technologies; collaborate and coordinate among industry, government and academia to advance knowledge of photonics technologies; and to advocate for funding for optics and photonics initiatives.

Tours to Local Labs

Tuesday, 7 November, 12:00-16:00
*All tours are an additional registration item, only 1 tour per person.  There is a $30 fee for each tour which includes a box lunch.

NCAR - The tour will be at the NCAR's Research Aviation Facility in Broomfield, CO.

NOAA/NIST - The tour will visit several laboratories in NOAA and NIST at the Department of Commerce site in Boulder.

NREL - This tour features NREL¹s South Table Mountain research campus and will include stops at the Science & Technology Facility and Solar Energy Research Support Facility.

Keynote Session I

Tuesday, 7 November, 16:00-17:30

Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Overview of Central Receiver Systems for Concentrating Solar Power: Optical Advancements and Needs

Kelly V. Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
North American pollution measurements from geostationary orbit with Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO).

Optical Startups - From Idea to Business

Tuesday, 7 November, 17:30-19:00
The optical community will hear from technology entrepreneurs on what it takes to develop and run a business.  How to successfully take laboratory innovation, which often relies on highly skilled and very devoted personnel, and expand them into a business.  How to avoid pitfalls of an indifferent bureaucracy that takes over the technology with lesser skilled and less devoted personnel.  

Chris Myatt, MBio Diagnostics Inc., USA
Andy Goldstein, Univ. of Colorado Boulder Technology Transfer Office, USA

Conference Banquet

Tuesday, 7 November, 19:00-22:00
Come join your fellow colleagues at the Congress Banquet.  Enjoy dinner, drinks and networking.  There is a nomimal extra cost of $10.00 for attendees and $50.00 for your guest. 

Keynote Session II

Wednesday, 8 November, 08:30-10:00
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK
Freeform Optics from Design to Manufacture and its Envisioned Impact on Technology to Enable the Science of Tomorrow

Jeff Tsao, Sandia National LaboratoriesUSA
The New World of Lighting: SSL and Beyond

Poster Session

Wednesday, 8 November, 17:30-18:30
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. The posters will be displayed in the main foyer throughout the week, but this will be your chance to discuss with the presenting author their results.

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