2017 Plenary, Keynote and Invited Speakers

Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival
Michael E. Webber, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Abstract: This talk offers a big picture perspective that reveals the interdependence of the world’s two most critical resources -- energy and water. In addition to identifying the seriousness of the challenges, it lays out an optimistic approach with an array of solutions.

As Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Author, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michael E. Webber trains the next generation of energy leaders at the University of Texas at Austin and beyond through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization.

Keynote Speakers

Kelly Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK
Clifford K. Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Jeff Tsao, Sandia National LaboratoriesUSA

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

Abstract: TEMPO, the first NASA Earth Venture Instrument, launches soon to measure atmospheric pollution from Mexico City and Cuba to the Canadian oil sands, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It does this hourly at high spatial resolution to measure the key elements of air pollution chemistry. Geostationary measurements capture the variability in the diurnal cycle of emissions and chemistry at sub-urban scale to improve emission inventories, monitor population exposure, and enable emission-control strategies.

Innovation in optical materials design to manufacture for driving high performance photovoltaics cost-effectively
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK

Abstract: This presentation gives an overview of the innovation in the design of optical nanostructures and advanced thin films. These include transparent conducting electrodes, anti-reflective coatings, window layers and absorbers. Such materials development combining with the innovation in non-vacuum, eco-friendly and low temperature manufacturing processes have contributed towards the development of high performance thin film solar cells cost-effectively.

Overview of Central Receiver Systems for Concentrating Solar Power:
Optical Advancements and Needs

Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of concentrating solar power (CSP) and associated optical research and needs.  CSP uses large arrays of mirrors to focus sunlight onto a receiver to heat water/steam, molten salt, air, or other media for electricity production and thermal energy storage.

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

Abstract: We review the tremendous progress that has been made in solid-state lighting for illumination, and the potential for future progress towards a new world of lighting that goes well beyond solid-state lighting for illumination.

Invited Speakers

Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)
  • Kenneth Baldwin, Australian National University, Australia, Ghost Imaging with Atoms and Photons for Remote Sensing
  • Ronald Glumb, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems, USA, Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) Small Satellites for Global Measurements of 3D Winds and Other Applications
  • Frans J. Harren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands, Photonics-based gas sensing for agricultural and medical applications
  • Andreas Hugi, IRsweep, Switzerland, Single-shot microsecond mid-infrared spectroscopy with quantum cascade laser frequency combs
  • Wenxue Li, East China Normal University, China
  • Davide Mazzotti, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Italy, SCAR spectroscopy for radiocarbon measurements
  • Mark Phillips, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, Characterization of Uranium Isotopes Using Laser Ablation and Tunable Laser Spectroscopy
  • Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, Works on frequency comb spectroscopy for high-precision diagnostics in energy and environmental applications
  • Vincenzo Spagnolo, Technical University of Bari, Italy, Recent advances in quartz enhanced photoacoustic sensing
  • Soile Suomalainen, Tampere University of Technology, Filand, Development of GaSb superluminescent LEDs for programmable light source for gas sensing
  • E Wu, East China Normal University, China, Plasmonic enhanced nanoparticle emission at single-photon level
  • Pinhua Xie, Anhui Inst of Optics Fine Mechanics, China, Observations of atmospheric reactive nitrogen oxides based on high-finesse optical cavity techniques
  • Azer Yalin, Colorado State University, USAMeasurement of Agricultural Emissions Using Laser Sensors on Unmanned Aerial Systems
Optics and Advanced Materials for Solar Energy (SOLARPV)
  • Aimi Abass, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany, Thermodynamics of Photon Recycling in Four Terminal Perovskite/si Tandem Solar Cells
  • Peter Bermel, Purdue University, USA, Optical Modeling and Characterization of Radiative Cooling for Solar Energy Applications 
  • Jeffrey Blackburn, National Renewable Energy Lab, USA, Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes in Solar Energy Harvesting
  • Mario Dagenais, University of Maryland at College Park, USA, High Energy Conversion Efficiency in Quantum Dot Intermediate Band Solar Cells: Reality or Fantasy?
  • Drew DeJarnette, United States Department of Energy, USA, The SunShot Initiative: Concentrating Solar Power
  • Michael Haney, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, USA, The ARPA-E MOSAIC Program: Advancing Micro-scale Concentrated Photovoltaics
  • Jos Haverkort, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands, A 17.8% Efficiency Nanowire Solar Cell: Efficiency Limits
  • Marc Korevaar, Kipp & Zonen B.V., Netherlands, Measuring the Sun: the Components of Solar Radiation, Traceability, and PV Panel Soiling
  • Shulong Lu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, Room-temperature wafer-bonded four-junction solar cell and its electron irradiation study
  • Mark Lusk, Dept. Physics, Colorado School of Mines, USAThree-Body Energy Conversion in Organic Assemblies
  • Joseph Luther, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA, Quantum Dots and Perovskites – Realizing the Best of Both Worlds for Revolutionary Optoelectronic Applications
  • Greg Mungas, Hyperlight Energy, USA, Development Overview of a Commercial, Low Cost Linear Fresnel Reflector System Using Waterborne Reflectors 
  • Arthur Nozik, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA, Semiconductor Quantum Dots for Applications to Advanced Concepts for Solar Photon Conversion to Electricity and Solar Fuels
  • Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, Prospects for laser-based sensing in solar reactors
  • R. Santbergen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands, Mirror Designs for Low-concentation PV Systems with High Efficiency c-Si Solar Cells 
  • Nathan Siegel, Bucknell University, USA, The Design and Experimental Characterization of High Flux Solar Simulators using Metal Halide Arc Lamps
  • Sean Shaheen, University of Colorado Boulder, USA, Photonic Upconversion via Cooperative Energy Pooling in Solid-State Molecular Materials
  • Ellen Stechel, Arizona State University, USA, Solar Thermochemistry for Solar Fuels and Thermal Storage: Special Considerations for the Solar Concentrators
    Song Weijie, Ningbo Institute of Material Tech CAS, China Novel Transparent Electrodes for PV Applications
  • Roland Winston, University of California MercedUSAA Thermodynamic Approach to Solar Concentration, A New Paradigm
  • Xiaobo Yin, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, Scalably Manufactured Metafilms for Effective Day-time Radiative Cooling
  • Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, Light Management in Resonant Structures
  • Kai Zhu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA, Solution Chemistry Engineering towards Large-Scale Perovskite Photovoltaics

Solid-State Lighting (SSL)
  • Seth Coe-Sullivan, Luminit LLC, USA, Mass Production of Holographic Transparent Components for Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications
  • Nikolaus Dietz, Georgia State University, USA, High in Concentration GaInN
  • Hanwei Gao, Florida State University, Enhanced light emission in composite halide perovskites
  • Noel Giebink, Pennsylvania State University, USA, The Nature of Catastrophic OLED Lighting Panel Failure
  • JianJang Huang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Applications of Nitride Semiconductor Beyond Solid-State Lighting
  • Jang-Joo Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea, High Quality White OLEDs with Comparable Efficiencies to LEDs
  • Zhiqiang Liu, CAS Institute of Physics, China, New Strategy for Highly Effective P-type Doping of Nitrides: Energy Band Tailoring
  • Sebastian Reineke, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, Steering Light of OLEDs: Cavity Design and Driving Scheme
  • Chao Shen, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, Visible lasers and emerging color converters for lighting and visible light communications
  • Franky So, North Carolina State University, USA, Light Extraction in Corrugated OLEDs
  • Nelson Tansu, Lehigh University, USA, High Efficiency III-Nitride LEDs
  • Ken-Tsung Wong, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Intramolecular and Intermolecular Charge Transfer Approaches for High Efficiency TADF Materials and OLEDs