ICFO Schools on the Frontiers of Light

Emerging photovoltaics
2-6 July 2018, Barcelona


The next ICFO School on the Frontiers of Light will take place from 2-6 July 2018 on Emerging Photovoltaics.

Emerging solar cell technologies will play a key role in energy generation, and advanced technologies such as electrical vehicles, zero emission buildings, wearables or a new generation of smart devices. Harnessing energy from the sun is a rather complex interdisciplinary challenge that has been based on advances made both in material and photonic sciences.

This course, co-organized by researchers from ICFO and ICMAB, and delivered by leading international experts, will introduce the fundamentals of photovoltaic energy conversion both from an electronic as well as photonic point of view and will emphasize on the interplay of photonics with recombination and loss mechanisms, within the framework of the device physics for emerging photovoltaic cells. Recent advances in specific emerging PV technologies will be presented as case studies, in particular perovskite, organic and quantum dot solar cells.

The school includes advanced lectures, lab tours, research seminars, group discussion sessions covering cutting-edge topics in research and industry, and is ideally designed for master-level and first year PhD students.

Applications for the school now open!

Registration and Fellowships

The school will be limited to a maximum of 30 students, selected on the basis of academic merit. More details can be found HERE.

International travel fellowships will be made available to outstanding applicants. All applicants will be automatically considered for travel fellowships. First priority for fellowships will be for masters-level students, although advanced undergraduate and early PhD students are welcome to apply.

Local accommodation will be provided for all participants.

Lecturers & Topics:

  • Eli Yablonovitch (University of California Berkeley) – Photonics of photovoltaics.
  • Thomas Kirchartz (University of Duisburg-Essen) – Measuring and Understanding Recombination in Solar Cells
  • Jenny Nelson (Imperial College London) – Understanding loss mechanisms in organic solar cells.
  • Juan Bisquert (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón) – Device physics of perovskite solar cells
  • Maria Antonietta Loi (University of Groningen) – Quantum Dot solar cells.
  • Gregory Kozyreff (Free University of Bruxelles) – Classical electromagnetism for ultra-thin solar cells

Important Dates

  • Deadline for applications: 16 March 2018
  • Selected candidates will be notified in April 2018 †
  • School dates: 2-6 July 2018

† Note: If you are from a country with visa-obligations for Spain, please be advised to already inquire (only inquire) regarding the documentation necessary (usually inviting letter ICFO, plus travel and accommodation bookings) and the potential appointment-situation at the local Spanish Embassy/ visa-office.

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The Organising Committee is Prof. Jordi Martorell (ICFO), Prof. Gerasimos Konstantatos (ICFO), Prof. Valerio Pruneri (ICFO),  Dr. Mariano Campoy Quiles (ICMAB) and Dr. Robert Sewell (ICFO).

ICFO Schools on the Frontiers of Light aim at giving talented young researchers and students worldwide a first introduction to a thematic research area and a taste of an international research environment. These schools incorporate a dynamic and social learning environment beyond participating in lectures, including group discussions, direct interactions with the lecturers, student talks, poster presentations, and visits to labs.

Hosted at ICFO – the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain, and supported by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera • Ignacio Cirac Program Chair, these schools are open to a limited number of students, selected on the basis of academic merit.

ICFO, is a young research institution that aims to advance the very limits of the science and technology of light, tackling important challenges faced by society at large in all areas of life, including health, energy, information, safety, security and caring for the environment. ICFO is a member of BIST, the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, and is situated in Castelldefels, a small town located by the sea just outside of Barcelona, Spain.

More information about how to get to ICFO can be found HERE