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26 July 2021 – 30 July 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight/Summer Time (UTC - 04:00)
18 June 2021

This OSA Meeting will be presented in a virtual, web-conference format using a program schedule based on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, UTC-04:00). The meeting has been extended by one day.

Participants have the option of viewing sessions live or streaming recorded sessions on demand. Speakers can present live during a session or submit a pre-recorded video. [Learn more]

Optical Devices and Materials for Solar Energy and Solid-state Lighting (PVLED)

Image Credit: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University


The PVLED meeting brings together leading international experts in optical sciences and technology for solar energy devices and solid-state lighting.

The meeting covers the latest developments in optics, photonics and advanced materials for the next generation of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs). This includes all aspects of novel optical materials, nanostructures and devices; ranging from surface coatings, textures and diffraction gratings to topics such as plasmonics, nanowires, quantum dots for application in solar cells and LEDs - both conventional and emerging types alike. It also explores the range of optical elements for collecting, guiding, concentrating, coupling, trapping, transforming and absorbing sunlight – particularly for concentrating solar power (CSP). As optical components typically constitute the largest fraction of cost of such systems, the scope includes research devoted to improving all optical aspects of solar systems to enhance the performance, such as reducing levelized costs and maximizing long-term reliability.

Attendees will be presented with overarching topics such as the techno-economic analysis of the impact of optics on photovoltaic and solid-state lighting systems. The aim is to bring together solar energy researchers with LED researchers and connect them with the broader global optical research community to identify and promote synergies.

PVLED will have a special symposium of Forty Years of Light Management with keynote speaker Eli Yablonovitch.

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Committee Members

  • Klaus Jaeger, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, GermanyChair
  • Rebecca Saive, Universiteit Twente, NetherlandsChair
  • Hany Aziz, University of Waterloo, CanadaProgram Chair
  • Hairen Tan, Nanjing University, ChinaProgram Chair
  • Nicklas Anttu, Aalto Yliopisto, Finland
  • Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Gifu University, Japan
  • Shaolong Gong, Wuhan University, China
  • Hongwei Han, Wuhan Nat Lab for Optoelectics (CHIPS), China
  • Karin Hinzer, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Ray-Hua Horng, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Hironori Kaji, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Guillaume Lheureux, University of California Santa Barbara, United States
  • Wojciech Lipinski, The Australian National University, Australia
  • Caroline Murawski, Kurt Schwabe Institute Meinsberg, Germany
  • Bryce Richards, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany
  • Alexander Sprafke, Martin-Luther University Halle, Germany
  • Giulia Tagliabue, Rcole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Ayse Turak, McMaster University, Canada
  • Malte Ruben Vogt, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Jianpu Wang, Nanjing Tech University Library, China
  • Emily Warren, NREL, United States
  • Zhanhua Wei, Huaqiao University, China
  • Thomas White, Australian National University, Australia
  • Seunghyup Yoo, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Tech, Republic Of Korea
  • Jingbi You, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Klaus Jaeger

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany

Rebecca Saive

Universiteit Twente, Netherlands

Hany Aziz

University of Waterloo, Canada
Program Chair

Hairen Tan

Nanjing University, China
Program Chair


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