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Advancing Solar Energy Conversion Devices Through Nanotechnology and Nanomanufacturing

Hosted by the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing and MassCREST

Friday, May 18, 2007
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Conte National Center for Polymer Research, 120 Governors Drive, Amherst, Massachusetts


  • 8:30 - 8:50 Introductory Remarks on the NNN and the workshop’s purpose
    Prof. Mark Tuominen, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • Morning session: Speaker Presentations and Workshop Discussion

    8:50 - 9:20 Dr. David E. Carlson
    "An Industrial Perspective on the Future of Photovoltaics and the Role of Nanotechnology"
    BP Solar 

  • 9:20 - 10:00 Dr. Arthur J. Nozik
    "Multiple Exciton Generation from Single Photons Absorbed in Semiconductor Quantum Dots: Applications to 3rd Generation Photovoltaics"
    U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
  • 10:00 - 10:20 Coffee Break
  • 10:20 - 11:00 Prof. Michael McGehee
    "Designing efficient nanostructered organic-inorganic solar cells"
    Stanford University 
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Prof. Seth Marder
    "Organic Materials for Solar Cells,"
    Georgia Tech 
  • 11:40 - 12:20 Prof. Eray Aydil
    "Nanowire based dye- and quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells"
    University of Minnesota 
  • 12:20 - 1:30 Lunch and Posters
  • 1:30 - 1:50 Solar Energy Related Research at University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Prof. Sankaran Thayumanavan 
  • 1:50 - 2:10 Panel Discussion
    Industry Perspective on Needs, Challenges and Solutions
    Russell Gaudiana, Vice President of Research
    Konarka Technologies 
  • 2:10-3:10 Panel Discussion
    Carlson, Nozik, McGehee, Marder, Aydil. Moderators: Russell Gaudiana, Mark Tuominen
    - An idea-generation session to identify important R&D issues associated with the development of improved solar energy conversion devices, with a strong emphasis on needs, challenges and creating viable manufacturing pathways. 
  • 3:10 - 3:30 Panel and workshop summary