Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV)

Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV)

14 - 17 November 2016
Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV) brings together experts in nanophotonics, materials science and photovoltaics to discuss the latest developments in nanophotonic enhancement and nanostructured materials for the next generation of solar cells. Nanostructured 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 nanostructures for photovoltaic applications, from surface textures and diffraction gratings through to emerging topics such as plasmonics, nanowires, quantum dots, and perovskites, among many more.

Plenary and Keynote Speakers

Optical Properties of Industrially Mass-produced Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and Prospects for Improvements; Pietro Altermatt, Trina Solar Limited; Germany, Keynote


The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting; Shuji Nakamura, Univ. of California Santa Barbara, USA, Plenary

Ning Dai

Chinese Academy of Sciences
Program Chair

Alexander Sprafke

Martin-Luther University Halle
Program Chair

Zongfu Yu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Program Chair

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Piers Barnes, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Optoelectronic Transient Probes of the Mechanism Underlying Hysteresis in Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells, Invited

Fiona Beck, The Australian National University, Australia, Nanophotonic Light Trapping for Optoelectronic Devices with Low Optical Mode Denisty, Invited

Stéphane Collin, LPN CNRS, France, Multi-resonant Absorption for Ultrathin Solar Cells, Invited

C. Martijn de Sterke, University of Sydney, Australia, Total Absorption in Structured Ultrathin Semiconductor Layers , Invited

Stefaan De Wolf, KAUST, Towards Dopant-free Silicon Photovoltaics , Invited

Hanwei Gao, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Charge Transport Phenomena in Organometal Halide Perovskites, Invited

Erik Garnett, FOM Institute AMOLF, Quantifying Losses and Thermodynamic Limits in Nanophotonic Solar Cells, Invited

Tian Gu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Wafer-level Integrated Micro-Concentrating Photovoltaics , Invited

Franz-Josef Haug, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, A Fourier Scattering Model Without Paraxial Error , Invited

zachary holman, Arizona State University, Tandem Solar Cells with Infrared-Tuned Silicon Bottom Cells, Invited

Igor Kuskovsky, City University of New York, Application and Physics of Type-II Submonolayer Quantum Dots as an Active Medium for Intermediate Band Solar Cells, Invited

Dong Chan Lim, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Advanced Nanomaterials for Enhancing the Performance and Stability of Organic Solar Cells , Invited

Jaehong Lim, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Electrochemical Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials for Solar Energy Conversion , Invited

Tae-Joo Park, Hanyang University, South Korea, ALD Technology for Photovoltaics, Invited

Uwe Rau, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, How the Optical Properties of a Solar Cell Influence its Performance- From the Efficiency Limits to Real Devices , Invited

Bryce Richards, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, Direct Laser Written Nanophotonics for Embedded CIS Nanocrystal Solar Cells , Invited

Hitoshi Sai, Natl Inst of Adv Industrial Sci & Tech, Japan, Light Management in Photovoltaic Devices: a Case of Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells , Invited

R. Santbergen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands, Optical Simulation of Multi-junction Solar Cells, Invited

Xing Sheng, Tsinghua University, China, Advanced Photon Management in Printed High-Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cells , Invited

Weijie Song, CAS Institute of Optics and Electronics, China, Multifunctional Antireflection Coatings for High-Efficient Light Harvesting in Photovoltaic Devices , Invited

Volker Sorger, George Washington University, United States, Physical Scaling Laws of Nanophotonics: Case Photon Conversion , Invited

Xiaodan Zhang, Nankai University, China, Effective Methods for Controlling Performance of Silicon-based Thin Film Solar Cells , Invited

Jia Zhu, Nanjing University, Plamon Enhanced Solar Desalination, Invited

Pietro Altermatt, Trina Solar Limited, Optical Properties of Industrially Mass-produced Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and Prospects for Improvements, Keynote

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Congress Special Events

Congress Welcome Reception
Monday, 14 November, 18:30 - 20:30
Mekong Event Space - Leipzig Zoo

Attend the 2016 Light, Energy and the Environment Congress Welcome Reception in the unique Mekong event space of the famous Gondwanaland. Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. This event is complimentary for technical attendees - non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $55 USD each.

The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics (CSP)

Tuesday, 15 November 2016
13:30 – 16:30
Ticket Fee: $15 USD per person
70 person maximum capacity.

Registration will be available onsite at the congress on a first come first serve basis.

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Kongresshalle am Zoo. Bus will depart at 13:30 and return by 16:30.

The Fraunhofer CSP conducts applied research into silicon crystallization, wafer production, solar cell characterization and module technology, developing in the process new technologies, production processes and product concepts along the entire photovoltaic value chain.

The Center’s work is focused on the assessment of the reliability of solar cells and modules under laboratory and operating conditions as well as electrical, optical, mechanical and microstructural material and component characterization. Focusing its activities in this way enables the Center to develop measurement methods, devices and production process for components and materials which are based on an understanding of failure mechanisms and offer increased levels of reliability.

Its portfolio of research activities in the field of photovoltaics is complemented by research into renewable hydrogen production and the storage and utilization of this gas, in particular the development, characterization and testing of new materials for fuel cells and electrolyzers, as well as the simulations and economic feasibility studies of decentralized photovoltaic electrolysis systems.

The Fraunhofer CSP is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
13:30 – 16:30
Ticket Fee: $10 USD per person
40 person maximum capacity.

Registration will be available onsite at the congress on a first come first serve basis.

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Kongresshalle am Zoo. Bus will depart at 13:30 and return by 16:15.

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) is member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 88 independent research institutions of Germany. The task of TROPOS is the research on tropospheric aerosols and clouds. More details can be found at: http://www.tropos.de/en/institute/research-profile/task-and-mission /.

Tropospheric aerosols and clouds play a central role in the coupled system men-environment-climate. The corresponding processes are highly complex and a successful research requires strong cooperation between different scientific fields.

TROPOS is an internationally leading institution aiming at application oriented basic research on aerosols and clouds and their interactions. TROPOS monitors, understands and models the physical and chemical processes of tropospheric aerosols and clouds from the molecular and micro-scale to long-range transports into polluted regions of various strengths. TROPOS is the contact for politics, society and science in the impact-fields health and climate.

TROPOS consists of 4 research departments: Experimental Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics, Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes, Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, and Atmospheric Chemistry (http://www.tropos.de/en/institute/departments). Often optical methods and techniques are applied within the experiments.

After a short introduction to TROPOS, the offered tour through TROPOS will stop at four stations (groups):

1. ground-based remote sensing activities: aerosol lidars (Dietrich Althausen)

2. in-situ measurements of aerosol properties: calibration lab for measurements of optical particle properties (Alfred Wiedensohler)

3. cloud-chamber: experimental setup to investigate cloud microphysical processes including the use of optical techniques for detection (Frank Stratmann)

4. the LEAK chamber (Leipziger Aerosolkammer): photo-chemical investigations of atmospheric processes including secondary organic aerosol formation using optical excitations (Olaf Böge)

Industry Panel
Tuesday, 15 November, 17:30 - 19:00
Kongresshalle am Zoo

Renewable energy systems are finally on a global economic rise, exceeding combined new build fossil generation for the first in 2015. Still there is a long way to go, as renewable energies (including hydro) contribute less than a quarter of the worldwide overall energy capacity. In this panel discussion, we will hear different perspectives from politics, research and industry on the status and future of renewable energies and approaches to accelerate market penetration. 

Munib Amin, RWE International SE, Germany
Michael Bauer, Calyxo GmbH, Germany
Hans-Josef Fell, Energy Watch Group, Germany
Bongyoung Yoo, Hanyang University, South Korea

Facilitated by Kenneth Baldwin, ANU Energy Change Institute, Australia

Congress Banquet (Additional Ticket Required)
Tuesday, 15 November, 19:00 - 21:30
Altes Landratsamt

Join your colleagues for a special evening banquet at the Altes Landratsamt, only a few steps away from all conference hotels. After a welcome beverage and a brief welcome, enjoy a lavish dinner buffet in a historical setting. Additional tickets at $65 are required for this event. Purchase your ticket within registration.

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