US-Vietnam Workshop on Energy Conversion Print E-mail

Dates: January 29-31, 2012
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hosted by the Institute of Applied Materials Science (IAMS)-Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)

Ho Chi Minh CityAccording to the recent report on Solar Energy Utilization workshop organized by DOE (April 18, 2005), “World demand for energy is projected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by the end of the century.”  Therefore, finding alternative energy sources is in urgent need.  Thin film solar cells especially organic photovoltaics (OPV) are an emerging PV technology that provides promise for low-cost, light-weight, and flexible solar electricity generation. This highly interdisciplinary field has been of great academic and industrial interest. In the past few years, significant progress has been made with energy conversion efficiencies now reaching 9% in both polymeric and small molecule-based OPV devices. Despite this progress, there is still a need to understand fundamental processes of charge generation and extraction in OPV devices both at the nanoscale and bulk.

This workshop will highlight research challenges, materials needs, and multidisciplinary approaches across several disciplines including Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science to accelerate the progress of renewable energy technology. The workshop will address the fundamentals, progress, and challenges in a wide range of organic related photovoltaic technologies, including polymer solar cells, small molecular solar cells, organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells. Fundamental understanding of electronic processes including exciton generation, diffusion, dissociation, charge transport, charge recombination, charge trapping and collection, OPV materials design and synthesis, morphology control and characterization techniques, interfacial and electrode materials, novel device concepts and architectures, device lifetime, and large scale OPV device/module fabrication methods are important topics to be addressed.

Topics to be covered:

  • Fundamental Processes of Solar Harvesting in Excitonic Solar Cells
  • Sustainable Synthesis of Nanomaterials
  • Advanced Materials for Solar-Fuel Generation
  • Materials for High-Performance Photonics
  • Organic Photovoltaic Devices and Processing
  • Functional Metal-Oxide Nanostructures
  • Transport Properties in Polymer Nanocomposites II

Co-sponsored by:
Institute of Applied Materials Science (IAMS)-Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
NSF International Materials Institute for Solar Energy and Environment

Nguyen Van Dzung. Director of Institute of Applied Materials Science
Nguyen Phuong Tung, Professor, Institute of Applied Materials Science
Quyen Nguyen, Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara
RPH Chang, Professor, Northwestern University

RPH Chang, Northwestern University
Boon Keat Chong, Agilent Technologies, Vietnam
Mark Dante, Thin Silicon
Nakjoong Kim, Hanyang Technical University, Korea
High Hillhouse, University of Washington
Nguyen Viet Hung, CEO PVTech-Petro Vietnam
David Jones, University of Melbourne
Nguyen Quang Liem, Institute of Materials Science (IMS)
Christine Luscombe, University of Washington
Hoang-Duy Nguyen, Vietnam
Quyen Nguyen, University of California at Santa Barbara
Vu Van Quyen, MOST Vietnam
San H. Thang-CSIRO, Australia
Lionel Vayssieres, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Han Woo, Pusan National University, Korea

Last Updated on Friday, June 01 2012 15:38