Symposium B
Earth Abundant Materials for Solar Energy Harvesting


  • Goutam Kumar DALAPATI, IMRE-A*Star, Singapore
  • Bin LIU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


  • Samit RAY, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • Andriy ZAKUTAYEV, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States
  • Haoming CHEN, National Taiwan Univeristy, Taiwan


  • Dr Goutam Kumar Dalapati, IMRE-A*Star, Singapore
    Tel: (65) 6874 7119
    Mailing Address:
    3, Research Link, Singapore
    Singapore 117602

Scope of Symposium

The symposium is mainly focus on the recent development of advanced inorganic earth abundant materials for the solar energy application; such as solar cells, solar hydrogen production, solar glass, thermoelectric, and other renewable energy-conversion technologies. The development of cost-competitive renewable energy generation is much sought-after to overcome the global warming and shortage of power generation. Therefore it is critical to develop earth abundant and environmentally friendly materials for the next generation low cost renewable energy technology. This could lead to high-efficiency, cost-effective and scalable solar-energy-conversion, and effective solar fuels technologies. Nanotechnology in solar energy devices is also a highly interdisciplinary and fast-growing field. Application of nanostructures using earth abundant materials in solar energy conversion requires methods for reproducible growth, convenient assembly and integration, as well as physical property characterization tool with nanoscale resolution.

Solar control glass can be an attractive feature of a building whilst at the same time minimizing, or even eliminating the need for an air conditioning system, reducing running costs of the building and saving energy. In hot climates, solar control glass can be used to minimize the solar heat gain. Thus, production of low cost solar glass is essential.

It will provide a rich platform for exchanging the latest findings and discuss future trends in the application of clean energy technologies. The goal of this symposium is to provide a discussion forum for researchers working on the earth-abundant inorganic materials and devices for solar cells, solar fuels and other solar-energy-conversion technologies.

A wide range of earth-abundant materials will be featured: CuO, Cu2O, ZnO, NiO, MoO3, TiO2, FeSi2, FeS2, Zn3P2, Cu2S, Cu3N, Sb2S3, Bi2S3, Fe2O3, MoS2, Co3O4, WO3 ternary ZnSn(N,P)2, Cu2SnS3, Cu4SnS4, Fe2(Si,Ge)S4, and related materials. Following topics included but are not limited to:

Solar-to-Electric Conversion

Novel solar energy materials and thin film solar cells
Nanomaterials for solar energy conversion
Emerging device concepts (Schottky junction, nanowire, nanocrystal, BJT, and 3D photovoltaic device etc)
Heterogeneous materials integration and challenges
Transparent/semitransparent inorganic solar cells for BIPV application.

Recent developement in transparent conductors (oxide, metal, and graphene based).

Thin-film growth and characterization methods.Organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells

Solar-to-Fuel Conversion

Solar Water Splitting
Thin film and nanomaterials for solar fuel production
CO2 Photoreduction
Solar Thermal Hydrogen Production

Earth Abundant Materials for glass coating

Cost-effective low emission glass
Recent development of coating technology for heat rejection   Solar glass                                                                                  

Electrochromic, thermochromic, and phase change materials

Selected students will get financial support (as a partial registration wave) to participate in this symposium.

Invited Speakers

  • Xiaodong CHEN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Bruce CLEMENS, Stanford University, United States
  • P. Sujatha DEVI, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), India
  • Zhiyong FAN, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR
  • Marius GRUNDMANN, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Raju Kumar GUPTA, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • Ghim Wei HO, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Tae-Hyuk KWON, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea
  • Sanjay MATHUR, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Bodh Raj MEHTA, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Joan Ramón MORANTE, Funsdacio Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC), Spain
  • Ki Tae NAM, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Satishchandra OGALE, National Chemical Laboratory, India
  • Amlan J. PAL, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
  • Bhola PAL, Indian Institute of Technology - BHU, India
  • Jean-François PIERSON, National Centre of Scientific Research - University of Lorraine, France
  • Seeram RAMAKRISHNA, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Takashi SUEMASU, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Zhiyong TANG, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
  • Hongxia WANG, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Gary WIEDERRECHT, Argonne National Laboratory, United States
  • Yi-Jun XU, Fuzhou University, China
  • Ranbo YU, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  • Arie ZABAN, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Zijian ZHENG, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR