Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture Symposium
5 April 2012
Professor Michael Grätzel
In association with the Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture, given by Professor Michael Grätzel (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) on 22nd March 2012, a half-day symposium on Advances in Solar Energy took place in the Cardiff School of Chemistry, with invited speakers from Imperial College London (Professor James Durrant), the University of Oxford (Dr Henry Snaith) and Glyndŵr University (Professor Stuart Irvine). In addition, lectures were also given by scientists from Cardiff University, outlining their cutting-edge work in the field of solar energy research, including Dr Simon Pope from the School of Chemistry, Dr Emyr Macdonald (School of Physics and Astronomy) and Professor Nick Jenkins (School of Engineering).
Professor Grätzel is the inventor of the revolutionary Grätzel Cell, a dye-sensitised nano-structured solar cell. In his Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture, Professor Grätzel detailed the impressive ability of new sensitizers in the conversion of solar energy to electricity, arguing that these systems will promote the acceptance of renewable energy technologies, not least by setting new standards of convenience and economy.
Among his many honours and awards, Professor Grätzel is the recent recipient of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2012. He has a long-standing association with Cardiff, as the pioneer of the ground-breaking technology being developed by the Cardiff-based company G24 Innovations Ltd.
The symposium also included a presentation by Dr Silvia Villarroya-Lidon from G24 Innovations Ltd.
L-R: Professor Kenneth Harris, Professor Karen Holford, Dr Henry Snaith, Dr Emyr Macdonald, Professor Rudolf Allemann, Professor Michael Grätzel, Professor James Durrant, Dr Simon Pope, Dr Silvia Villarroya-Lidon and Professor Peter Knowles
Related links: Distinguished Lecture Series – www.cardiff.ac.uk/dls