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100% Renewable Energy Session Speakers

Prof Andrew Blakers

Professor of Engineering, Australian National University

Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University where he founded a solar PV research group in 1991. He was responsible for the design and fabrication of silicon solar cells with world record efficiencies of 18%, 19%, 20% and 22%. He was co-inventor of the PERC silicon solar cell, which has 90% of the global solar market and cumulative module sales of US$60 billion. PERC cell deployment is mitigating 0.8% of global Greenhouse gas emissions through displacement of coal. Prof Blakers engages in detailed hour-by-hour analysis of energy systems with 50-100% penetration by wind and photovoltaics for which he was co-winner of the 2018 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. Prof Blakers’ team developed a comprehensive global atlas of off-river pumped hydro energy storage sites.

Dr Thomas Reindl

Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University
of Singapore (NUS)
Cluster Director, Solar Energy Systems

Thomas REINDL is Deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Principal Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He started with photovoltaics (PV) in 1992 at the SIEMENS Corporate R&D Labs. After holding several management positions at SIEMENS and running one of the leading German PV systems integration companies as Chief Operating Officer, he joined SERIS in 2010 and soon became Director of the Solar Energy System cluster. During his time at SERIS, he won public research grants in excess of SGD 20 million, founded 2 spin-off companies and authored strategic scientific papers such as the “PV Roadmap for Singapore”. Dr. Reindl holds a Master in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and an MBA from INSEAD, all awarded with highest honors. His research interest are high-performance PV and embedded systems, technoeconomic road-mapping and the reliable integration of renewable energies into power systems.

He is also the Principal Investigator of the “Floating PV testbed” project in Singapore

Prof Pierre Verlinden

Managing Director of AMROCK
Adjunct Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University and University of New South Wales

Dr Pierre J. Verlinden is a PV technology expert and has been working in the field of photovoltaics for more than 40 years. He is currently Managing Director of AMROCK, a PV technology consulting company, Adjunct Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, and at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is also a non-executive director at Oxford PV (UK) and BTimaging (Australia). Dr Verlinden has published over 200 technical papers and contributed to a number of books. He has received the 2016 IEEE William Cherry Award and the 2019 Becquerel Prize for his work at the forefront of PV technology. Dr Verlinden is also recipient of the 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award, the highest award given by China to foreigners.

Asst Prof Marta Victoria

Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering at Aarhus University

Marta Victoria is Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering at Aarhus University (Denmark). Her research focuses on the modelling of large-scale energy systems with high renewable penetration paying special attention to the role of solar photovoltaics. She obtained her BSc and MSc in Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid where she also got her PhD on high-efficiency photovoltaic modules at the Solar Energy Institute.

Currently, she participates in the REINVEST project to research alternative transition pathways for Europe and Denmark, and in the HYPERFARM project, where she investigates different Agrivoltaics concepts. She is a member of the Open Energy Modelling Initiative, which aims to promote openness and transparency in energy system modelling, and she co-develops the opensource energy model PyPSA-Eur-Sec.

Plenary Speakers

Prof Martin Green

Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Martin Green is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, involving several other Australian Universities and research groups. His group’s contributions to photovoltaics are well known and include holding the record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 38 years, described as one of the “Top Ten” Milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics. The PERC solar cell that he invented in 1983 and his team developed to its full potential accounted for an estimated 90% of worldwide solar module production in 2020. Major international awards include the 1999 Australia Prize, the 2002 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, the 2007 SolarWorld Einstein Award, the Global Energy Prize presented in Moscow in 2018 and the 2021 Japan Prize.

Dr Gang Xiong

Director of First Solar California Technology Center

Dr. Gang Xiong currently is the director of First Solar California Technology Center, managing the site operation and research programs such as CdTe and perovskite. He joined First Solar in 2007 and has since worked on cell/module research and manufacturing implementation. Dr. Xiong and his team have set a few CdTe cell and module efficiency world records. Representing First Solar, Dr. Xiong also serves at a few industrial advisory boards (IAB), including as the IAB chair of U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Cadmium Telluride Photovoltaics, the IAB chair of Next Generation PV Research Center under National Science foundation, and the IAB member of U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskite. Dr. Xiong is a physicist and material scientist by training. He received his bachelor’s degree at University of Science and Technology of China, and a PhD in Physics at Wake Forest University, USA. Before joining First Solar, Dr. Xiong was a postdoc research fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at US Department of Energy.

Prof Michael McGehee

Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder

Mike McGehee is a Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the Associate Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program and has a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Lab. He is a cofounder and the Chief Scientist of Tynt Technologies, a company that is commercializing dynamic windows based on reversible metal electrodeposition. He is an advisor to Swift Solar, which was cofounded by former members of his research group. He was a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University for 18 years and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. His current research interests are developing new materials for smart windows and solar cells. He has previously done research on polymer lasers, light-emitting diodes and transistors as well as transparent electrodes made from carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires. His group makes materials and devices, performs a wide variety of characterization techniques, models devices and assesses long-term stability. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and his PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Dr John Lasich

Executive Director and Chief Research Officer of RayGen

John is the founder, Executive Director and Chief Research Officer of RayGen, a company focussed on developing, manufacturing and deploying ‘PV Ultra’+Storage technology for dispatchable solar power projects at utility scale.

John has 35 years of experience in the conventional and renewable energy sectors, including projects in the petrochemical, manufacturing, and power industries. He co-founded Solar Systems Pty Ltd in 1990 where he was CTO for 17 years, winning several Engineering Excellence awards for deploying solar power stations using advanced Concentrator PV. Other experience includes sales, design, construction, project management, commissioning and operation of significant energy projects in Australia and internationally.

John has BSc and PhD degrees in physics, electronics and concentrator PV solar power systems. A pioneer in the field, he has authored many papers, patents and edited a book chapter, publishing several ‘World First’s. John was a key contributor to the world record system efficiency of 40.4% published in collaboration with UNSW and NREL. John is a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards committee for PV concentrators. John recently received the Distinguished Alumnus award from Victoria University for his work in solar power and he accepted the Governors’ ‘Export Innovation’ award on behalf of RayGen.

The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull AC

29th Prime Minister of Australia

Australia’s 29th Prime Minister (2015-2018) had international careers in law, business and the media before entering politics at the age of 50. As Prime Minister, he reformed Australia’s personal income tax, education and childcare systems, oversaw the legalisation of same sex marriage and announced the construction of Snowy Hydro 2.0 the biggest pumped hydro scheme in the southern hemisphere. Mr Turnbull embarked on the largest peacetime investment in Australian defence capabilities and set out Australia’s first national cybersecurity strategy. Globally, Mr Turnbull played a leading role in reviving the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP-11 or CPTPP) after the United States withdrew. He also struck deals with US Presidents Obama and Trump to accept refugees who tried to arrive in Australia illegally by boat. 

As a young lawyer, Mr Turnbull successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government in the 1986 “Spycatcher” trial before entering business where he ran his own investment banking firm for a decade before joining Goldman Sachs as a partner in 1997. Both before and after his political career, Mr Turnbull has been a successful venture capitalist. He co founded OzEmail Limited, the first Australian tech company to be listed on the NASDAQ.

Since leaving politics, Mr Turnbull has resumed his business career. He is a senior adviser to KKR and an investor in, and adviser to, many Australian technology businesses. He is a director of the International Hydropower Association and Chairman of Australian Fortescue Future Industries.  Mr Turnbull speaks and writes on a range of issues including cyber security, geopolitics and renewable energy. 

Prof Alex Jen

Lee Shau-Kee Chair, Professor of Materials Science & Chair Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong

Alex Jen is the Lee Shau-Kee Chair Professor of Materials Science and Chair Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science of the City University of Hong Kong. He also served as the Provost of CityU during 2016-2020. He received his B.S. from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in USA. Before arriving the CityU, he served as the Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was also appointed as Chief Scientist for the Clean Energy Institute endowed by the Washington State Governor.

He is a distinguished researcher with more than 950 publications, 70,000 citations, and an H-index of 135. He has also co-invented 63 patents and invention disclosures. His interdisciplinary research covers organic/hybrid functional materials and devices for photonics, energy, sensors, and nanomedicine.

For his pioneering contributions in organic photonics and electronics, Professor Jen was elected as an Academician by both the European Academy of Sciences and the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow of several professional societies, including AAAS, MRS, ACS, PMSE, OSA, SPIE. He was named by the Times Higher Education (THE) in 2018 as one of the “Top 10 university researchers in Perovskite Solar Cell Research”. In addition, he was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2015 and 2016 and as a “Highly Cited Researcher” in Materials Science from 2014-2020.

Prof Lea Nienhaus

 Assistant Professor at Florida State University

Lea Nienhaus began her independent career at Florida State University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2018. She obtained her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Professor Gruebele on optical absorption detected by scanning tunneling microscopy with nanometer resolution in 2015. Following her PhD, she moved to MIT to work with Professor Bawendi on PbS nanocrystal-sensitized solid-state photon upconversion.

The Nienhaus group has pioneered the application of bulk perovskite sensitizers in photon upconversion and is currently working on unraveling the complex photophysical processes occurring in these systems. Using a combination of scanning probe microscopy, X-ray techniques and optical spectroscopy, the Nienhaus lab seeks to unravel the effects of stressors on the structural, compositional, and optical properties of emerging semiconductors.

 

Mr Chris Davies

Chris is responsible for AEMO’s Future Energy Systems team, whose core function is to drive a coordinated approach to maintaining the long-term operability of Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM). The team’s primary focus at present is the development of the NEM Engineering Framework – a toolkit to define the full range of operational, technical and engineering requirements needed to deliver the futures envisaged by the Integrated System Plan (ISP). The team previously produced AEMO’s Renewable Integration Study (RIS) – which was the first stage of a multi-year plan to support a secure and reliable NEM with a high share of renewables.

Prior to joining AEMO 6 years ago, Chris worked in engineering consulting, supporting electricity and gas projects across Australia, The Philippines, Chile, and the Pacific.

Chris holds a degree in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

 

Prof Kylie Catchpole

Professor in the School of Engineering, Australian National University

Kylie Catchpole is Professor in the School of Engineering at the Australian National University. She has research interests in solar cells and solar fuels as well as the broader energy transition. Her group has achieved leading efficiencies for perovskite and perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells, and their work on direct solar-to-hydrogen generation was listed as one of the top 10 innovations by the Innovation for a Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) in 2020. She was awarded the inaugural John Booker Medal for Engineering Science from the Australian Academy of Science.

Dr Tatsuya Takamoto

Head of Compound Business Promotion Division, Smart Business Solutions BU, Sharp Corporation

Dr. Tatsuya Takamoto has been engaged in III-V compound high efficiency solar cells since 1987. He is now Head of Compound Business Promotion Division, Smart Business Solutions BU, Sharp Corporation. His outstanding achievements of record efficiency include 30.3% efficiency dual-junction cell in 1997, 37.9% triple-junction cell and 44.4% concentrator cell in 2013. He has won PVSEC Paper Awards at the 9th, 11th, 13th 15th and 17th PVSEC and also the PVSEC Award at WCPEC-6 in 2014.

Prof Yuzuru Ueda

 

 

Ms Izumi Kaizuka

Deputy Operating Agent, IEA PVPS Task 1/Director, RTS Corporation, Japan

Ms. Izumi Kaizuka is the manager of Research Division in RTS Corporation based in Tokyo, a PV consulting company with more than 38 years history and a member company of The PV Market Alliance (PVMA). She has been leading various research projects for government organizations and research institutes. She has been Japan’s representative of IEA PVPS Task 1 (Working Group for PV strategic analysis and communication) since 2003 and serves as Deputy Operating Agent. She is one of the authors of IEA PVPS Trends Report describing the global PV market and industry situation. She also engages in activities of IEC TC82 as the chairperson of the national committee.

She received PVSEC Special Award in PVSEC-27 held in 2017 in Otsu, Japan.

Invited Speakers

Prof Masafaumi Yamaguchi

Professor Emeritus at the Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Nagoya, Japan

Masafumi Yamaguchi is Senior Research Scholar of the Research Center for
Smart Energy Technology (SET) at the TTI. He is also a Visiting Professor of the Kyushu University and Chairman, Research Committee of the Super High Efficiency
Solar Cells, Japan Soceity for Promotion of Science (JSPS)                

Dr Chang Yan

Lecturer/ research fellow at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW

Dr Chang Yan research focuses on harvest solar energy via developing an earth-abundant non-toxic Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) photovoltaic technology.  

A/Prof Arthur Onno

Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University

Ms Katelyn Purnell

School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering

Katelyn is a PhD Candidate in CEEM and at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW. Her work investigates electric vehicles and their integration into long term electricity system planning, with a strong focus on multi-modal vehicles and cross sector integration. Katelyn has a Bachelors of Renewable Energy Engineering from UNSW and previously worked in Life Cycle Assessment for the Built Environment

Dr Salome Pedro

Group leader of the Nanofabrication for Optoelectronic Applications group (NOA)

Pedro Salomé received his Diploma in Physics Engineering and Doctoral degree in the field of Applied Physics from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. During his PhD studies, he performed short research stays at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany, and at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the project manager of an industrial collaboration between the Ångström Solar Center, at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Corning Inc., USA. In 2013 he was awarded with a Marie Curie Individual Intra European Fellowship (IEF) and moved to the International Iberian nanotechnology laboratory (INL). In 2015 he was hired as a staff researcher by INL and in 2016 he was awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for science and technology (FCT) with an FCT Investigator starting grant to fund his independent group. in January 2017, INL promoted him to a group leader. Pedro also holds a guest Assistant Professorship position at the Department of Physics at the University of Aveiro.

Dr Mauro Pravettoni

Director of PV Modules for Urban Solar at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore (NUS)

Dr Mauro Pravettoni got his PhD at the Imperial College London. He is co-convenor of Singapore IEC National Committee for Solar Energy. He is member of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and Technical Assessor for NATA, the Australian National Agency of Testing Authorities. From 2007 to 2010 he worked at ESTI, the European centre of reference for solar testing. From 2010 to 2016 he was associate researcher in Switzerland. Since 2017 he works at NUS, where he leads SERIS’ ISO 17025 accredited Laboratory for Characterization & Reliability of solar modules. Since 2018 he is member of the International Scientific Committee at SNEC, Shanghai. He wrote 30+ peer-reviewed papers, books, and a number of conference proceedings. In 2008 he co-developed the world record efficiency luminescent solar concentrator.

Prof Manuela Sechilariu

University professor, 1st class since 2019, 63rd

CNU section, at UTC

Dr James Sites
Ms Lili Wu
Dr Feng Yan

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Feng Yan’s research interests focus on fabrication and characterization of novel materials applied on electronic and photonic devices for renewable and sustainable energy conversion and storage. He has extensive experiences in new materials design, thin film solar cells, and nanoscale characterization of ferroelectric/multiferroics.

Mr Lyndon Frearson

Leader in the field of remote and regional infrastructure development and deployment, policy and financing.

A chartered electrical engineer, Lyndon’s experience includes seven years in heavy industry and automotive manufacturing as a production manager, design engineer and project manager, and over a decade in the energy sector, with a focus on renewables.

Lyndon has led advisory, engineering design and project delivery activities for clients including government agencies, regulatory bodies, utilities, regional development agencies, community organisations and commercial and private investment firms across Australia, South-Asia, the Pacific and in Africa. He has also provided critical input and leadership into some of the largest public and privately financed renewable energy projects and programs in Australia; provides technical and program development assistance to a range of public and private entities and has established knowledge partnerships with CSIRO, Google, NREL, the IEA, the UNDP, AEMO and others.

As Ekistica’s Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Lyndon has overseen its development as regional and remote Australia’s leading advisory and technical consultancy firm. In this role, he is and continued to be one of Australia’s thought-leaders in the energy sector.

 

 

Dr Pietro Altermatt

Principal Scientist at Trinasolar in Changzhou, China

Pietro started researching SIPOS cells in 1990 as a student assistant at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He then joined Martin Green’s group at UNSW in Sydney, and his modelling contributed to the world laboratory records of the time – and also showed the feasible potential for Si solar cells, which helped spur large industrial investments in Japan and Germany. In 2005, he moved to Germany to set up a modelling group at the University of Hanover and the ISFH. With the PhD students, he extended the models to industrially manufactured cells for the first time, in collaboration with the German PV industry. The models triggered, for example, the removal of phosphorus clusters in the emitter and contributed to efficiency improvements across the PV industry in the following years. In 2015, he became Principal Scientist at Trinasolar in Changzhou, China, helping to introduce PERC cells in China and contributing to the world records for large area industrial cells at the time. He is currently driving the development of transparent passivating contacts for the next generation of mainstream Si cells. Looking back, he started as a student with SIPOS cells, a precursor to passivating contacts, and PERL cells, the precursor to today’s mainstream PERC cells – and now he’s back at 23.3% (median) PERC mass production and bringing PassCon cells into the mainstream. Call it a cycle, or recycling.

 

Mr Sunil Suresh

Centre for Scholarly Communication Assistant

Dr Louise Hirst

Lecturer in semiconductor materials and nanofabrication, at the University of Cambridge

Dr Hirst is a lecturer in semiconductor materials and nanofabrication, at the University of Cambridge, jointly between the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and the Department of Physics. She obtained her PhD at Imperial College London, before becoming a National Academy of Sciences Research Associate, Karles Fellow and Staff Scientist within the Optoelectronics and Radiation Effects Branch of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. She started the Space PV group (www.spacepv.msm.cam.ac.uk) at the University of Cambridge in 2018 and her current research focuses on photovoltaics for space power applications, light management in ultra-thin photovoltaics and novel fabrication methods for III-V photovoltaics.

Dr Ziyuan Li

Member of IEEE and currently the ACT section chair of IEEE Photonics and Electronic Devices Societies

Dr Ziyuan Li received her B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2009 and Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales in 2013. Currently she is working as an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow in Research School of Physics, The Australian National University (ANU). She has published over 70 peer-review publications (49 journal papers), 2 book chapters, and 2 patents. She also delivered several invited presentations and/or served as an early- and mid-career researcher committee member and session chairperson at international conferences, including International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics (META), Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM), and International Union of Materials Research Societies International Conference in Asia (IUMRS-ICA). She is a member of IEEE and currently the ACT section chair of IEEE Photonics and Electronic Devices Societies. Her research interests are in III-V semiconductor opto-electronic devices such as solar cells, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers.

 

Dr Hairen Tan

Professor in College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nanjing University (NJU)

Dr. Hairen Tan received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Central South University and Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He obtained the Ph.D. degree with cum laude in 2015 from Delft University of Technology, where his research was focused on multijunction thin-film silicon solar cells and light management for silicon photovoltaics. After graduation he was awarded the Rubicon Fellowship from NWO and joined Ted Sargent’s group at University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow during 2015-2018. He joined NJU in March 2018 after receiving the National 1000 Young Talents award in China. His works have been published in Science, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Progress in Photovoltaics, with total citation over 8000 times. His current research focuses on developing high-efficiency and cost-effective photovoltaics devices, including perovskite solar cells, silicon solar cells, and perovskite-based tandem solar cells. Dr. Tan serves as the external editor of Communications Materials and Editorial Board Member of Journal of Semiconductors and Science China Materials, Program Chair of OSA-PVLED conference.

A/Prof Yang Rebecca

Leader of Solar Energy Application Lab, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University

Rebecca is a building and construction scholar working in the subfield of innovation adoption. Her area of expertise is applied distributed renewable energy, and she is particularly known for my research on solar building envelope applications. Her research endeavours have led to the publication of over 100 publications. She actively represents Australia as an Expert in the International Energy Agency (IEA) collaborative programs: She is the Australian lead in the Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) Task 15 Enabling Framework for the Development of BIPV (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/iMFzCMwv0nCQpNBfWJy0-?domain=apvi.org.au), and the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) recent approved Task 66 Solar Energy Buildings.  She is contributing to the development of an new international standard IEC 63092-3 in the joint working group between IEC TC 82 and ISO TC 160. She has established Solar Energy Application Lab at RMIT, and leads 10 academics, 11 HDRs and research assistants from multiple in projects to support energy transformation through greater solar adoption in the building sector and the urban environment. The lab has developed a BIPV database with information of more than 230 products collected from global BIPV manufacturers, and the first BIPV specific design software in Australia.

 

Prof Urs Muntwyler

 

 

Prof Randy Ellingson

Professor of Physics and Astronomy & PVIC Endowed Chair

 

Dr Shiyou Chen
Mr Robby Peibst

 

 

Mr Peter Renehan

Chairman of CfAT

Peter Renehan took on the role of CfAT Ltd Chairman in October 2010 and brings strong community engagement and practical hands-on abilities, built up over a long period of time of interacting and working with Aboriginal people. Leading by example Peter also brings strong governance practices to the Board and is keen to get stronger focused outcomes and input from Board members to add their strengths and understanding of issues confronting Aboriginal communities to assist them into the future.

Dr Tao Chen

Professor at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Science & Technology of China (USTC)

Dr. Tao Chen obtained his PhD degree in 2010 from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). In 2011, he moved to the Department of Physics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong working as a Research Assistant Professor. In 2015, he joined the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at USTC. His research focus mainly on the fundemantal understanding and efficiency improvement of inorganic thin film solar cell. Dr. Chen has published 120 papers, including Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Science Bulletin, and so on, his H-index is 45.

Prof Hao Xin

Professor of materials science and engineering at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Hao Xin received her PhD from Peking University in 2003. She was a JST CREST researcher at NIMS and a JSPS fellow at JAIST from 2003 to 2006. Then she worked in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington until 2012. Her current research interests are solution processed thin film solar cells including CZTS, CIGS and perovskite.

Prof Itaru Osaka

Professor at Hiroshima University

Professor Itaru Osaka received his doctoral degree from University of Tsukuba in 2002. After a 4-year research stint at Fujifilm, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Carnegie Mellon University in 2006–2009. He then started his professional carrier at Hiroshima University as an Assistant Professor in 2009, and moved to RIKEN as a Senior Research Scientist in 2013. He was appointed as a Professor at Hiroshima University in 2016. His research interests include design and synthesis of π-conjugated materials, in particular, polymers for organic electronics such as field-effect transistors and solar cells

Prof Edgardo Saucedo

Professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

Prof. Dr. Edgardo Saucedo studied Chemical Engineering at the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, and received his PhD in Materials Physic at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain in 2007 with a FPU fellowship. In 2007, he joined the Institut de Recherche et Développement sur l’Énergie Photovoltaïque IRDEP (Paris, France), with a CNRS associated Researcher fellowship, working in the development and optoelectronic characterization of CIGS low cost based solar cells. In 2009, he joined NEXCIS, a spin-off created from IRDEP, to further pursue their training in photovoltaic technology. In 2010, he joined the Solar Energy Materials and Systems Group at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) under a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship first (2010-2011) and a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship afterwards (2012-2016), with the aim to develop new low cost materials and processes for thin film photovoltaic devices. In 2020 he joined the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) to continuous his scientific and professorship career.

Dr Adam Surminak

PhD Candidate, Research Fellow

In 2017 Mr Maciej Adam Surmiak joined Udo Bach’s Research Group to continue his scientific career working in Advanced Photovoltaics Laboratory at Monash University in Melbourne and in 2018 joined as Affiliate PhD Student The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Flexible Electronics Laboratory. His PhD research topic focuses on high-throughput perovskite solar cell materials discovery. It positively impacts the emerging technology announced by the research world as a promising substitute of silicon solar cells.
Mr Surmiak wants to thank Monash University, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (www.acap.net.au) and Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (www.excitonscience.com) for funding his research, opportunities for collaborations and great support.

Mr Keichii Komoto

Operating agent Mizuho Research & Technologies, Ltd.

Dr Daniel Lincot

Daniel Lincot, Director of Science at the Ile-de-France Photovoltaic Institute (IPVF)

Daniel Lincot is Director of Science at the Ile-de-France Photovoltaic Institute (IPVF), founded in 2013 as part of France’s Investments for the Future Program. A graduate of ESPCI ParisTech, director of research and Silver Medal winner at France’s CNRS, he has worked on semi-conductor photoelectrochemistry and supervised the creation of a production chain for thin-film solar cells based on electrolysis. He chaired the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Valencia, Spain, in 2008.

Dr Ihteaz Hossain
Dr Tobias Bertram
Dr Masahiro Yoshita

Team Leader of Photovoltaic Calibration, Standards and Measurement Team in the Renewable Energy Research Center (RENRC) at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan.

Before joining AIST in 2016, he worked at the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP), the University of Tokyo, where he focused on optical properties of III-V semiconductor nano-structures and later broadened his interests to characterization of III-V multi-junction photovoltaic (PV) cells by means of the optical techniques. He received his Ph. D degree in Physics from the University of Tokyo in 2004.

6 at AIST, he has been engaged in the development of precise and reliable performance characterization technologies for emerging PV devices (cells and modules) including c-Si, CIGS, perovskite, III-V, etc. and their multi-junction structures. Currently, he is one of the co-authors contributing to the Solar Cell Efficiency Tables in Progress in Photovoltaics.