SOLAR brings together leading international experts in optical sciences and technology for capturing solar radiation and utilizing it via photovoltaic or solar-thermal systems. The key underpinning theme is the use of optics for improving solar energy conversion technologies.

The meeting covers the latest developments in nanophotonics, advanced silicon wafer solar cells and advanced materials for the next generation of solar cells. This includes all aspects of novel materials, structures and optical nanostructures, ranging from surface coatings, textures and diffraction gratings through to emerging topics such as plasmonics, nanowires, quantum dots, multi-junction solar cells and perovskites, amongst many others.

It also explores the range of optical elements for collecting, guiding, concentrating, coupling, trapping, transforming and absorbing sunlight – particularly for solar-thermal and concentrator systems. 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, reduce costs and maximize reliability.

Attendees will be presented with overarching topics such as the techno-economic analysis of optics for solar energy, as well as optics in solar forecasting, atmospheric research and measurement, laser-based diagnostics of reactive solar-thermal flows and other fields. The aim is to bring together solar energy researchers with the broader global optical research community to identify and promote such synergies.

For 2018 this meeting merges Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV) and Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR).

Committee Members

  • Peter Bermel, Purdue University, United States , Program Chair
  • Serena Fen Lin, National University of Singapore, Singapore , Program Chair
  • Olindo Isabella, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands , Program Chair
  • Klaus Jaeger, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany , Program Chair
  • Jos Haverkort, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jian Wei Ho, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Minghui Hong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Cangming Ke, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Wojciech Lipinski, The Australian National University, Australia
  • Benjamin Lipovsek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Shulong Lu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Joseph Luther, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States
  • Wahed Muhammad , National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Ali Naqavi, Caltech, United States
  • Bonna Newman, ECN Solar Energy, Netherlands
  • Ulrich Paetzold, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Noren Pan, MicroLink Devices Inc, United States
  • Rudi Santbergen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
  • Rolf Stangl, Solar Energy Research Inst of Singapore
  • Hairen Tan, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Liu Xiaogang, National University of Singapore
  • Xiaodan Zhang, Nankai University, China


Peter Bermel

Purdue University, UNITED STATES
Program Chair

Serena Fen Lin

National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Program Chair

Olindo Isabella

Technische Universiteit Delft, NETHERLANDS
Program Chair

Klaus Jaeger

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, GERMANY
Program Chair


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