13 April 2015

Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part II

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.

Hans Joachim-Egelhaaf, ZAE-Bayern, Erlangen
Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf is the head of the group “Solar Factory of the Future” of the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern) in Nuremberg. His current focus is on the transfer of organic photovoltaic lab technologies to industrial R2R processes.

He received his PhD degree from Tübingen University for studies on the photophysics of oligothiophene films. After his habilitation in Physical Chemistry in 2005 he visited the Politecnico di Milano to do ultrafast spectroscopy on organic-inorganic hybrid systems. In 2006, he moved to Linz/Austria to work with Konarka. In 2009 he joined the German branch of Konarka in Nuremberg. After the transition of Konarka to Belectric OPV in 2012 he became Director of the R&D department. In 2014 he joined the ZAE Bayern.

He has co-authored more than a hundred papers (h-index 34) and several patents.

Michael Niggemann, Eight19 Ltd
Dr Michael Niggemann has more than 10 years of experience in the development, investigation and scale-up of organic solar cells and was previously heading the organic photovoltaics activity at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany. He holds a Doctorate in Natural Sciences from the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. In 2009 he was involved with the technology development of organic solar cells in the Optoelectronics Group of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Since 2010 he is CTO of Eight19 Ltd in Cambridge.

Brian O’Regan, Swansea University
Brian O'Regan pioneered the use of nano-sized TiO2 colloids for making transparent semiconductor films and is one of the co-inventors of the dye sensitized solar cell. Following an undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, and graduate degrees at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Washington, Seattle, he moved to the Europe where he has worked at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal Lausanne and the Energy Research Centre Netherlands. He joined the Chemistry Department at Imperial College in 2005. His research is aimed the development of high throughput tools for fundamental characterization of photoelectrochemical and bulk heterojunction organic solar cells. The goal of the research is to provide a fundamental knowledge base, and specific, rapid, feedback to industrial and academic development teams in this area. He has also developed several electrochemical coating techniques, and is an author on five important patents in the dye sensitized solar cell area. He is an author/co- author on over 80 papers, with over 18,000 citations. He currently holds a Sêr Solar research chair at Swansea University. 

Henry Snaith, University of Oxford
Henry is a professor in the physics department of Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Cambridge and undertook his postdoc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. His research has been focused on new materials and device architectures for future generation low-cost photovoltaic. Henry's achievements include the first demonstration of "gyroid" structured titania for dye solar cells, the first demonstration of mesoporous single crystals of anataze TiO2 and the recent discovery of high efficiency solid-state organometal trihalide perovskite-based thin film and mesosuperstructured solar cells. He was awarded the Patterson Medal of the Institute of Physics in 2012, and named as one of "Natures Ten" people who mattered in 2013.

Mark Spratt, G24 Power Ltd
Mark has a 20 year interest in solar energy as a viable energy technology for human kind, initiated by a study of energy sources suitable for Antarctica during his undergraduate degree. Subsequent studies addressed both solar thermal electric and photovoltaic technologies and in both instances he was able to apply his skills and passion for problem solving to the task. Prior to joining G24i Mark was the Director of the UKAS Solar Energy Testing Service within Cardiff University and in parallel helped to establish the Welsh Energy Research Centre.

Mark joined G24i Power as the Test Manager where he created the test laboratory, designed the solar simulators and recruited the test team. He then created the first working prototypes using indoor DSC modules to aid the Marketing Team and helped recruit other technical team members.

As Technology Officer for G24 Power Mark has worked with several blue chip companies to identify a series of new packaging materials that provide both cost savings and extended lifetimes to the DSC modules. In addition he developed a new process for encapsulating the module and new test procedures for determining lifetime.

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