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S17: Photovoltaic Materials and Technologies



The significant increase in demand of world energy consumption as well as clean and efficient energy resources, have prompted the imperative searches of new materials and technologies. The technologies aiming for the effective and efficient use of solar energy is now one of the top priority to guarantee sustainable growth and development of the present society. This symposium will focus on the advanced ceramics and glass materials technologies including semiconductor, electrical and thermal conductive/storage materials that could help to achieve the stated goals. A broad perspective is desired including photovoltaic materials, solar cell and solar-energy conversion systems for better energy efficiency; fundamental materials properties and characterization of solar-energy conversion, state-of-the art of solar cell materials and architectures, structureproperty correlations, and materials development and processing technologies for reliable and efficient solar-energy conversion and related technologies are also highly desired.


Proposed Symposium Topics

  • Fundamental phenomena and properties in photovoltaic materials and solar cells
  • Semiconductor photovoltaic materials and thin films solar cells
  • Single crystal, polycrystalline and amorphous materials utilizing homo- and hetero-junction
  • Sensitized solar cell materials and systems
  • Energy efficient materials and architecture for solar cells
  • Ceramic processing technologies for advanced solar cells
  • Nanostructures in photovoltaic materials and solar cells
  • Novel design and strategies for solar energy conversion systems
  • Transparent conduction oxide films for solar cells
  • Materials for solar-thermal device and applications
  • Surfaces and interfaces in solar-energy conversion systems
  • Energy and cost efficient technologies and industrial applications
  • Computational sciences in photovoltaic materials and solarenergy conversion systems

Symposium Organizers
Tohru Sekino, Tohoku University, Japan
Yoshikazu Suzuki, Tsukuba University, Japan
Udo Bach, Monash University, Australia
Yi-Bing Cheng, Monash University, Australia
Nam-Gyu Park, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Shinobu Fujihara, Keio University, Japan
Yanfeng Gao, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
Jyh-Ming Ting, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Young-Ho Choa, Hanyang University, Korea
Michael Scheffler, Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus, Germany
Franziska Scheffler, Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, Germany


Points of Contact
Tohru Sekino, +81(22)217-5832
Yoshikazu Suzuki, +81(29)853-5026
Udo Bach
, +61(3)990-56264


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