Schedule for Molecular-scale Photoinduced Driving Forces for Energy Conversion Symposium
Co-organizers: Naomi Ginsberg (University of California Berkeley), Shane Ardo (University of California Irvine) 2020 ACS Fall National Meeting PHYS Division
Efficient utilization of sunlight to generate electricity was demonstrated in the 1950s at Bell Labs using crystalline silicon photovoltaics. While photovoltaics are steeped in the history and nomenclature of solid-state physics, chemists have expanded on this initial discovery with the development of new materials and moleculematerial hybrids with complex structures on the molecular level, and have also coupled light-absorption processes to bond-making and bond-breaking events. In any of these processes, the charge separation event constitutes photovoltaic action.
This symposium aims to capture cutting-edge aspects of photovoltaic action furthered by chemists and chemical engineers and relevant to applications in solar cells and photoelectrochemistry. Attention will be paid to the chemical language, research outcomes, and advanced techniques and computational capabilities utilized in the physics of solar energy conversion, with a specific focus on species transport and charge separation. Species include those that are charged (electrons, ions, polarons, etc.) and neutral (excitons, photons, molecules, etc.), while techniques include those based on spectroscopic, microscopic, electric, electrochemical, and thermal analyses. Experimentalists and theoreticians are expected to contribute to our symposium with research focuses that span all aspects of fundamental science and engineering.
IMPORTANT: Register in advance for this symposium at this Zoom Registration link(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining all sessions in this symposium.)
Tuesday, 9 - 10:30am PDT: Fundamentals of Energy Conversion (Moderators: Ardo presiding; Ginsberg co-presiding)