Vietnam Workshop Launches International Solar Cell Collaborations Print E-mail
Participants, who attended the Expanded US-Vietnam Workshop on Solar Energy Conversion 2012 in Vietnam, learn of various research projects at the Institute of Applied Materials Science faculty members during a lab tour.
Three potential research projects emerged during discussions, such as this one, during the Expanded US-Vietnam Workshop on Solar Energy Conversion 2012.

World demand for energy might double by 2050 and triple by the end of the century. Such a scenario will demand alternative energy sources, and solar energy might be the answer. For as long as the sun exists, sunlight is free and unlimited.

To ensure more education and cross-continental collaboration of solar cells, the Institute of Applied Materials Science (IAMS) and the International Materials Institute on Solar Energy and Environment (IMI-SEE) organized the Expanded US-Vietnam Workshop on Solar Energy Conversion Jan. 29-31, 2012, at the Vietnamese institute in Hochiminh City. The workshop was also funded by The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

"As a result of the workshop, VAST and IAMS are considering investing funds to establish research facilities in Ho Chi Minh in order to turn the prospect of international research cooperation into a reality," said R.P.H. Chang, director of IMI-SEE, which is based at Northwestern University.

The workshop addressed the fundamentals, progress, and challenges in a wide range of organic related photovoltaic technologies, including polymer solar cells, small molecular solar cells, and organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells.

Christine K. Luscombe, professor with the University of Washington, who presented the panel, "Star-shaped and hyperbranched semiconducting polymers for organic photovoltaic applications," enjoyed learning about other people's work in a related field but from a different perspective. Researchers hailed from Australia, Japan, Korea, America, and Vietnam.

The two-day workshop program consisted of lectures, a poster session, lab tours, and a group discussion session to plan joint education initiatives and collaborative research projects. The workshop will launch collaborations on TiO2-based Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC); organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs); and doping of CZTS with PECVD.

Mark Dante, a scientist and project manager at ThinSilicon Corp., thought the workshop was fruitful. He hopes to collaborate with a researcher at VNU to create nanostructured substrates, upon which his company will build "micromorph" cells or thin film silicon solar cells.

"I especially enjoyed the diversity of the speakers?? research areas. It was interesting to hear about current advances in several different types of solar energy research," Dante said. "Also, the small size of the workshop allowed me to have a lot of close interaction with the other speakers, allowing for extensive discussions."

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 30 2012 10:36