Selina Olthof is a Junior Researcher at the University of Cologne where she joint the group of Prof. Meerholz in 2013; currently, she is head of the Surface Science laboratory. In the past she has worked in the groups of Karl Leo in Dresden (Germany) as well as with Antoine Kahn in Princeton (USA). Her expertise is in photoelectron spectroscopy which she uses to investigate and understand the electronic structure of novel semiconducting materials, mainly organic semiconductors and hybrid perovskites.
Monica Lira-Cantu received her PhD in Chemistry (Materials Science) in 1997, from 1999-2001 she worked as permanent research scientist at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering (U.S.A.). Her work in the area of Photovoltaics stability/degradation initiated in 2004 during a scientific stay with Prof. Frederik Krebs at DTU in Denmark, where she worked on the long-term stability of polymer/oxide solar cells. She has been visiting scientist with Prof. Truls Norby at UNorway (2003) and with Prof. Shozo Yanagida at CAST in Japan (2006). She is currently Group Leader of the Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain).
My journey with chemistry started from simple high school experiments which were limited to Bunsen burners, pH stripes or a few test tubes. Now that I am about to finish my masters with much more knowledge about the world of chemistry, I still feel the same excitement that I felt back then. The subject has never failed to amaze me, right from my days of high school to even today. In 2011, I passed class 12th with 94.33 marks and was among the top 1% students of ISC (Indian School Certificate) Board. I received the prestigious INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Scholarship. To pursue a career in basic sciences, I joined three year BSc. (Hons.) Chemistry programme at Miranda House College of University of Delhi, one of the most prestigious institutions in India for undergraduate studies and research in pure sciences.
Harald Hoppe obtained a diploma degree in Physics at the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 2000. He conducted his first scientific studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Materials and Interfaces (Rehovot, Israel) under the supervision of Prof. Jacob Klein. He completed his PhD in Physical Chemistry by revealing of the nanoscale morphology present within polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells and its implications on device properties in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. N. Serdar Sariciftci at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz at the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (Linz, Austria). He returned to Germany in 2005, by starting a research group on polymer solar cells at the Technische Universität Ilmenau and completed his habilitation in 2015.
During the last years he has led and conducted fundamental and applied research in the frame of several projects based and co-based at TU Ilmenau. His current fields of expertise cover fundamental structure-property-relations with respect to solution processed organic semiconductors, upscaling of solar cells to modules, optical modelling of photovoltaic devices as well as investigation of OPV degradation and their constructive stabilization for improved operational device lifetimes. One strong current focus is on the application of imaging-based advanced qualitative and quantitative characterization of photovoltaic devices. He has supervised the completion of ~10 diploma and master thesis, and co-supervised about 7 PhD-thesis. Harald Hoppe has published about 100 peer reviewed papers and more than 5 book chapters and is currently leading a junior research group named “AIMS in OPV”.
Sjoerd Veenstra studied Polymer Chemistry at the University of Groningen, where he graduated in 1997. In 2002 he received his PhD with a thesis titled ‘On the Electronic structure of molecular systems’. Sjoerd stayed at UCSB as intern (1997) and at Cornell as visiting scientist (2004). Since 2002 he works as researcher, and currently as team lead, in the area of hybrid organic / inorganic based photovoltaic devices (HOPV) at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). The development of thin film solar cells of ECN, including polymer and perovskite based solar cells, is now carried out within the framework of the Solliance initiative, a regional research alliance of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Holst Centre, imec, TNO, Eindhoven university of Technology, University Hasselt, Delft University of Technology and ECN. Since 2008 Sjoerd is guest lecturer at the University of Groningen.
James Durrant undertook his undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. For his Ph.D. degree, he studied the primary processes of plant photosynthesis under the supervision of Professors Lord Porter and Jim Barber at Imperial College. In 1999, he joined the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London, where he is now Professor of Photochemistry and Deputy Director of the Energy Futures Lab. His research is focused on the photochemical processes that underlie solar energy conversion by nanostructured and molecular materials, harnessing solar energy to produce electricity (photovoltaics) and molecular fuels (e.g., hydrogen).
Annamaria Petrozza was awarded a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering (emphasis on Devices, design and modelling) at Ecole Supèrieure d’Electricité (Paris, France) in 2003 under the T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Manager in Europe) program. In 2004 she got a Master degree in Electronic Engineering (emphasis on Optoelectronics) at Politecnico of Milan with a thesis carried out at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge (UK) on the optical characterisation of a class of organic semiconductors with a supramolecular architecture for Organic Light Emitting Diodes. The research work was under the supervision of Prof. C. Cacialli and Prof. C. Silva. In 2008 she received her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) with a thesis on the study of optoelectronic processes at organic and hybrid semico nductors interfaces under the supervision of Dr. J.S. Kim and Prof Sir R.H. Friend. From July 2008 to December 2009 she worked as research scientist at the Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Ltd on the development of new market competitive solar cell technologies (Dye Sensitized Solar cells/Colloidal Quantum Dots Sensitized Solar cells). Her main tasks were to establish key needs of PV market, write research proposals to submit to the Sharp Business Group, and design and implement experiments. Since January 2010 she has a Team Leader position at the Center for Nano Science and Technology -IIT@POLIMI. She is in charge of the development of photovoltaic devices and their characterization by time-resolved and cw Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy, Time-resolved Photoluminescence and electrical measurements. Her research work mainly aims to shed light on interfacial optoelectronic mechanisms, which are fundamental for the optimization of operational processes, with the goal of improving device efficiency and stability.
Juan Bisquert is a Professor of applied physics at Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain. He is the director of the Institute of Advanced Materials at UJI. He authored 360 peer reviewed papers, and a series of books including Nanostructured Energy Devices (1. Equilibrium Concepts and Kinetics, 2. Foundations of Carrier Transport) and 3. Physics of Solar Cells: Perovskites, Organics, and Photovoltaics Fundamentals (CRC Press). His h-index 75, and is currently a Senior Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. He conducts experimental and theoretical research on materials and devices for production and storage of clean energies. His main topics of interest are materials and processes in perovskite solar cells and solar fuel production. He has developed the application of measurement techniques and physical modeling of nanostructured energy devices, that relate the device operation with the elementary steps that take place at the nanoscale dimension: charge transfer, carrier transport, chemical reaction, etc., especially in the field of impedance spectroscopy, as well as general device models. He has been distinguished in the 2014, 2015, 2016 list of ISI Highly Cited Researchers.
Lukas Schmidt-Mende is full professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Konstanz, Germany, where he is leading the Hybrid nanostructures group. He has experience in organic, dye-sensitized, and hybrid solar cells. He received his Ph.D. in the Prof. Sir Richard Friends Optoelectronics group. Later, he joined Prof. Michael Grätzel to work on solid-state, dye-sensitized solar cells. He has also worked in the Material Science Department at the University of Cambridge, UK, and in the Department of Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. His current research is in nanostructured materials for energy conversion, with a focus on the device physics of organic and hybrid solar cells.
Christoph J. Brabec holds the chair “materials for electronics and energy technology (i-MEET)” at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He is also the scientific director of the Erlangen division of the Bavarian research institute for renewable energy (ZAE Bayern, Erlangen), board member of the ZAE Bavaria and board member of the Energy Campus Nurnberg. He received his PhD (1995) in physical chemistry from Linz university, joined the group of Prof Alan Heeger at UCSB for a sabbatical, and continued to work on all aspects of organic semiconductor spectroscopy as assistant professor at Linz university with Prof. Serdar Sariciftci. He joined the SIEMENS research labs as project leader for organic semiconductor devices in 2001, finished his habilitation in physical chemistry in 2003 at Linz university and joined Konarka in 2004, where he held the position of the CTO. He is author and co-author of more than 300 papers and nearly 100 patents and patent applications and has a Hirsch index of > 70. His research interests are (i) organic photovoltaics, (ii) all aspects of solution processed semiconductors and (iii) technologies for renewable energy scenarios.