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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

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Symposium 2016


The fifth annual Winton Symposium will be held on November 3, 2016 at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge.  This one-day event will explore how basic science can direct how we can more efficiently capture and convert light into energy sources to support our growing energy demand.  International speakers will cover topics ranging from the latest developments in high efficiency and low cost solar cells to understanding the processes occurring in these devices and how they compare with those adopted in nature.

There is no registration fee for the Symposium and complimentary lunch will be provided, however due to the large demand for places, participants are required to register on-line for the event.

Registration from 9:30 with drinks reception from 17:10, for programme details follow this link.

The opening speaker of the Symposium will be Professor Sir David King, who serves as the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change.  He was the Chief Scientific Adviser to H.M. Government where he had a key role in raising public awareness for climate change and spearheaded the Global Apollo Programme to make carbon-free baseload electricity less costly than electricity from coal by the year 2025.

Processes in nature such as photosynthetic antenna complexes operate with close to perfect efficiency.  In his talk Professor Greg Engel, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, will shed light on understanding these systems and the interface between biology and quantum mechanics.

Professor Albert Polman leads the Photonic Materials group in FOM Institute AMOLF. In his talk he will discuss how light interactions on the nanoscale can be used to realize solar cells with high efficiency.

Professor Tonio Buonassisi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology heads the Photovoltaic Research Laboratory.  Working in collaboration with a number of solar-energy companies, he contributed to the development of various solar-cell technologies in commercial production today.

Dr Frank Dimroth, Head of III-V Epitaxy and Solar Cells Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energies has worked on III-V based solar cells that have produced record conversion efficiencies.  His talk is entitled 'Conversion efficiencies exceeding 30% for sunlight energy to electricity and hydrogen'.

Professor Henry Snaith, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, will describe the research that has led to high efficiency thin film solar cells made with lead halide perovskite materials.  These offer the prospect of providing low cost solar energy.

Professor Jenny Nelson, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, has focused her research on understanding molecular semiconductor materials.  In her talk she will explore these materials and their nanostructure for producing solar cells.

The symposium is organised by Professor Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics and Director of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability and Dr Nalin Patel the Winton Programme Manager.

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