7 April 2015

Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part I

As the upcoming Sêr Solar conference approaches, we take a look at the profiles of the world class speakers attending.

For conference details and booking information, visit https://sersolar.eventbrite.co.uk.

Professor Aldo di Carlo, University of Rome
Aldo Di Carlo is full professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). Since 2006 he is co-director of the Centre for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE) which involves more than 30 researchers for the development and industrialization of the organic and hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaic technologies. In 2009 Aldo Di Carlo has been appointed as President of the Technical Committee of the Dyepower, an industrial consortium for the development of Dye Solar Cells for building integrated applications. Di Carlo is author/coauthor of more than 300 scientific publications on international journals, 13 patents, several book chapters and co-author of two books of optoelectronics. 

Professor Michael Grätzel, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL
Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Michael Graetzel directs there the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces. He pioneered the use of mesoscopic materials in energy conversion systems, in particular photovoltaic cells, lithium ion batteries and photo-electrochemical devices for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen by sunlight. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline oxide films. Mass production has started in October 2009. Author of over 1000 publications, two books and inventor of more than 50 patents, his work has been cited over 148’000 times (h-index 176) making him one of the 10 most highly cited chemists in the world. 
Saif Haque 
Dr. Saif Haque is a Reader in Materials Chemistry in Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. He is a physical chemist with a particular interest in nanomaterials, molecular electronic materials and photochemistry. His group's research activities include the function and development of solar cells based upon liquid processable hybrid inorganic / organic semiconducting materials and all-inorganic structures. 

Professor David Lidzey, University of Sheffield
David Lidzey studied for his B.Sc. in Physics at Birmingham University (1985-1988) and, after working for Kodak Ltd on photographic technologies he returned to Birmingham to undertake a Ph.D (1990-1994) in molecular electronics. Following the completion of his Ph.D, he moved to the University of Sheffield undertake postdoctoral research on organic light emitting diodes. After undertaking two fellowships in the area of organic nanotechnology and nano-optics he was promoted to Reader in Physics (2004) and then to a personal chair in Physics (2008). Lidzey’s research interests are based around the use of solution processable semiconductor materials in light-emitting devices and photovoltaics. A particular interest is the development of photonic structures containing organic materials for both fundamental studies and device applications. He has a track-record in the practical commercialisation of research, and is co-founder of the thin-film electronics company Ossila Ltd. 

Professor Paul Meredith, University of Queensland
Professor Paul Meredith is Professor of Material Physics at the University of Queensland, School of Mathematics and Physics. He is currently an Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Research Award Fellow, co-director of the Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics and Director of UQ Solar. He was educated at Swansea University and Heriot Watt University and was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University. Professor Meredith has also spent considerable time in industrial research – he was a senior research scientist at Proctor and Gamble and is the founder of several start-up companies including XeroCoat and Brisbane Materials Technology. His research interests span sustainable advanced materials, solar energy systems and bioelectronics. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Premier Of Queensland’s Award for Sustainability.

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