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Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers were a blend of academic and industrial DSSC expertise from Europe and Asia. We were especially honored of welcoming Professor Michael Grätzel from EPFL, Switzerland; the multi-award winning DSSC pioneer who has stayed at the forefront of DSSC ever since the famous Nature paper in 1991.

We proudly present the keynote speakers of the 2017 Dyenamo DSSC Conference:

  • Asef Azam, Glass2Energy SA, Switzerland
  • Ingmar Bruder, trinamiX GmbH, Germany
  • Aldo di Carlo, Univeristy of Rome, Italy
  • Marina Freitag, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Giovanni Fili, Exeger AB, Sweden
  • Michael Grätzel, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Kyusoon Shin, Dongjin Semichem, South Korea
  • Suraj Suman, CSIR, India
  • Tatsuo Toyoda, AISIN SEIKI Co.,LTD, Japan
  • Peng Wang, Zhejiang University, China

Asef Azam has more than 20 years experience of dye-sensitized solar cells on laboratory and industrial level. He is co-founder and CEO of Glass2Energy in Switzerland, a manufacturing company of aesthetic semi-transparent DSSS modules.

Physicist Dr. Ingmar Bruder is the Managing Director of trinamiX GmbH since it spun out of BASF SE in 2015. Together with his team he made an unexpected discovery while characterizing opto-electronic materials from BASF in 2011. The team traced the measurement anomaly back to a very rare and unique behavior of organic solar cells and used it for capturing 3D data in a completely new way. Today, an interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists, material scientists, and engineers reap the benefits of this discovery by using the effect for adaptive 3D sensing under the name XperYenZ™, which enables tailor-made sensing solutions for various applications.

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. Di Carlo is author/coauthor of more than 350 scientific publications on international journals, 13 patents and several book chapters.

Marina Freitag received her Ph.D. degree with Prof. Galoppini at Rutgers, University, USA. She is co-inventor to the so-called Zoombie-cell and first author on the brand new Nature Photonics article on Indoor DSCs. After a post-doc position at EPFL (Prof. Anders Hagfeldt's group), she is presently Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Uppsala University (Prof. Boschloo group).

Giovanni Fili is an entrepreneur and private investor with more than 20 years' experience in entrepreneurship and 10 years' experience in commercializing high tech innovations. He is the Founder and CEO of Exeger, the Swedish manufacturer of dye-sensitized solar cells for low-power applications.

Michael Grätzel is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He is author of several books and over 1200 publications that have received 180'000 citations (h-factor 196). His recent awards include the Paracelsus Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society, the King Feisal International Science Prize, the Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels, the First Leigh-Ann Conn Prize in Renewable Energy, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the Marcel Benoist Prize, the Paul Karrer Gold Medal, the Gutenberg Research Award, the Millennium Technology Grand Prize, and the Balzan Prize. Other prestigious awards include the Galvani Medal, the Faraday Medal, the Harvey Prize, the Gerischer Award, the Galileo Galilei Award, the City of Florence Award of the Italian chemical Society, the Dutch Havinga Award and Medal, the International Prize of the Japanese Society of Coordination Chemistry, the ENI-Italgas Energy-Prize and the year 2000 European Grand Prix of Innovation.

Prof. Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin current research at EPFL focuses on Dye Sensitized and Perovskite Solar Cells, CO2 reduction, Hydrogen production, and Light-emitting diodes. He has published more than 550 peer-reviewed papers, ten book chapters, and is inventor/co-inventor of over 70 patents. The high impact of his work has been recognized by invitations to speak at over 170 international conferences. Nazeeruddin has been named Thomson Reuters "Highly Cited Researcher" and one of the 19 scientists identified by Thomson Reuters as The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 and 2016 from all scientific domains. He appeared in the ISI listing of most cited chemists, and has more than 71'000 citations with an h-index of 119. He is teaching "Functional Materials" course at EPFL, and Korea University.

Kyusoon Shin has been the Chief Technology Officer of Dongjin Semichem Co., Ltd for four years. He is also working as the Head of Advanced Institute of Research at Dongjin Semichem whose major business items are ranging from foaming agents to materials for electronic display devices (LCD, OLED...) and semiconductor IC chips. He is also responsible for the development and commercialization of future items including dye-sensitized solar cells and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. He used to be a professor at Seoul National University for 7 years where he received his BS, MS, and PhD. He has over 50 publications with the citation number of over 2200 (with h-index of 19) and over 25 patents. He received Young Scientist Award from Wiley-Polymer Society of Korea, Ministry of Science ICT and Future Planning, and Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology.

Suraj Soman is a DST-Inspire Faculty at CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology, Kerala, India. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in molecular photocatalysis from Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland in 2012, and has held post-doctoral tenure at Michigan State University in the area of dye-sensitized solar cells. His research interest focuses on energy science research in particular DSCs. His current research involves all aspects of DSSC spanning from materials to devices to detailed dynamic measurements. At present, he is also involved in module development through industry-academia collaboration in a way to exploit this technology for future self-powered IoT applications.

Tatsuo Toyoda is Project General Manager at the AISIN SEIKI Co.,LTD. Innovation Center in Japan. The Aisin group, with appr. 100 000 employees, is a manufacturer of automotive parts (drivetrain, body, brake and chassis, engine, information technology-related), lifestyle- and energy-related products (sewing machines, beds, gas heat pump products, etc.), and wellness-related products. The Aisin group has, in close collaboration with Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., been involved in DSSC development for about 20 years.

Peng Wang is Professor of Department of Chemistry at Zhejiang University. His research focuses on materials innovation and device engineering for the performance enhancement of dye-sensitized solar cells. He has a long expertise in the application of time-resolved electrochemical and photophysical methods to investigate the electronic and optical properties of organic optoelectronic materials.

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