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Advanced school on hybrid nanostructured materials for photovoltaic applications

A school on hybrid nanomaterials for photovoltaic application will be held at the University of Valencia (Spain) from March 9th to March 11th, 2009.

10 November 2008 - 28 February 2009

The School is organized within the NanoLICHT European project ( funded by the NanoSCI-ERA consortium (FP6). This activity is intended for Ph.D. students, post-doc and junior Faculty members working in the field of third generation solar cells. The school will last 3 full days and will consist of lectures (45 minutes + 15 minutes discussion) and seminars (30 minutes) focussing on recent advances in the field of hybrid nanostructures for photovoltaics. A poster session will be running on the 9th and 10th of March. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own research ideas in a dynamic and open atmosphere.

The lectures will cover the following subjects:

1) Introduction on solar energy and solar cells;
2) Introduction on hybrid solar cells;
3) Growth of nanostructures for PV;
4) Surface modification processes;
5) Organic Dyes optimization;
6) Optical characterization of hybrid systems;
7) Theory of electron transfer in organic/inorganic systems;
8) Transport in nanostructures;
9) Solar cell characterization.
Here follows a preliminary list of invited lecturers:

R. Brendel from the Institut fur Solarenergieforschung GmbH Hameln/Emmerthal (ISFH), A. McEvoy from the Institut des Sciences et Ingenierie Chimiques at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, J. Bisquert from the Departament de Fisica at Universitat Jaume I, I. Willner from the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, C. Barolo from the the General and Organic Chemistry Department at the University of Torino, P. Falaras from the Institute of Physical Chemistry NCRS “Demokritos” Greece, O. Prezhdo from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington, T. Mayer* from SOLARONICS, J. R. Morante from the Universitat de Barcelona.

Detailed information on the school program, registration and poster session will be available at the following web page:

Application: The school will accept 40 people among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers who are currently interested in the field of hybrid nanostructured materials for photovoltaic applications. Applications must include the application form filled in with the required information, a short c.v. and a statement of motivation for attending this activity (maximum 1 page).

Acceptance will be notified a few days after the application form has been received; early applications will be considered first. The application collection will be closed on the 1st of February 2009.

Registration fee: The registration fee is 150.00 € and it includes meals, coffee breaks and a social dinner. Participants are to pay their own travel expenses and lodging. Accommodation is available at walking distance from the campus of Valencia if booked in advance. Booking will be possible through our organizing committee.

Abstract submission: Participants willing to present a poster should submit an abstract before the 15th of February. A template for the abstract and for the poster format will be send to the applicant together with the acceptance notification.

All questions and applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Giancarlo Cicero

Material Science and Chemical Engineering Department

Politecnico of Torino Duca degli Abruzzi 24
10129, Torino, Italy

Tel. +39 011 5647370

Fax +39 011 5647399

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Andres Cantarero
Institut de Ciència dels Materials
Universitat de València

Dr. Giancarlo Cicero
Material Science and Chemical Engineering Department

Politecnico of Torino

Dr. Nuria Garro
Institut de Ciència dels Materials
Universitat de València

Prof. Angela Rizzi
IV.Physikalisches Institut
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen