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02 April 2012
Professor Michael Grätzel who gave one of the University’s Distinguished Lectures recently has been named as the winner of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2012.
The pioneer of Cardiff-based G24 Innovations’ ground breaking technology and Director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments to the welfare of mankind and the health of the planet.
Professor Grätzel created the revolutionary Grätzel Cell, a dye-sensitised nano-structured solar cell, which now forms the basis of G24i’s energy harvesting technology.Professor Grätzel first developed his cells at Lausanne, while studying how to mimic photosynthesis and is now ranked as one of the most highly cited scientists in the world.
As the inventor of the Grätzel Cell and a vital advisor to G24i, Professor Grätzel works closely with G24i’s science team as they constantly strive to advance G24i’s global leading energy harvesting platform.In his lecture at Cardiff in March 2012, 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.
The Albert Einstein World Award is a highly prestigious acknowledgement, given by the Interdisciplinary Committee of the World Cultural Council – outstanding personalities of the scientific community from five continents, including 25 Nobel Laureates.
As well as the Albert Einstein Award, Professor Grätzel is the recipient of the 2006 World Technology award, the 2000 European Millennium Innovation Award, the Faraday Medal of the British Royal Society of Chemistry, the Dutch Havinga award, the Italgas prize, the Gerischer medal of the Electrochemical Society and the 2010 Millennium Technology Grand Prize.
He is a member of the Swiss Chemical Society as well as of the European Academy of Science and was elected honorary member of the Société Vaudoise de Sciences Naturelles.
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