2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EN19—Novel Inorganic Semiconductors for Optoelectronics and Solar Energy

Concerns about climate change and the growing demand for energy are motivating research in sustainable energy production and energy efficiency. The sun provides free and abundant energy, and its transformation through photovoltaics or solar fuel is a very important part of materials research. At the same time, development of optoelectronic semiconductors to advance energy efficiency through solid-state lighting, photonics for computing, etc. utilizes the same physical principles. More specifically, the understanding and control of key materials properties such as optical absorption and emission, carrier mobility, etc. are essential to the design and development of new energy technologies. This symposium will address fundamental and applied aspects of emerging optoelectronic semiconductors for solar absorbers and light emitting materials. We will highlight recent developments in both experimental and theoretical/computational approaches. The scope of this symposium is to provide a discussion forum for researchers working on the early stages of development of earth abundant and/or newly emerging materials for thin film photovoltaics, solar fuel production, solid-state lighting, and related materials such as transparent conductors. The focus will be on issues outside of those already well-developed industrially, such as silicon, III-V materials, and established thin films (e.g. CdTe, CIGS, ITO). Novel experimental techniques for synthesis and characterization as well as theoretical, computational and modeling methods are of interest. Presentations will focus on relevant materials, nanomaterials, interfaces and devices. Materials will include (but will not be limited to) sulfides/selenides (Cu2S, WSe2, SnS,Se, FeS2, CZTS and other kesterites,), nitrides (Zn(Ge, Si,Sn)N2, Cu3N) phosphides (ZnSnP2, Zn3P2), oxides (ZnVO, ZnSnO, Cu2O), and related multinary compounds and devices.

Topics will include:

  • Emerging earth abundant solar absorbers and solar fuel materials and nanomaterials
  • Novel p-type transparent conductors
  • 2D materials
  • Computational design for photoactive materials
  • Data mining, combinatorial, and high-throughput approaches
  • Defect analysis of materials
  • Interface and surface properties
  • Novel solar cell devices
  • Integrated solar fuel devices
  • Metal oxide photoelectrodes
  • Novel chalcogenides for solar cell and solar fuel applications
  • Integration of optically active materials with silicon
  • Unconventional photoconversion mechanisms, such as the “bulk photovoltaic effect” or “ferroelectric photovoltaics”
  • Materials to span the “green gap” for light emission
  • Novel photodetector materials
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Li-Chyong Chen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • John Gregoire (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Hugh Hillhouse (University of Washington, USA)
  • Kathleen Kash (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Roel van de Krol (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany)
  • Patrice Miska (University of Lorraine, Nancy, France)
  • David Mitzi (Duke University, USA)
  • John Perkins (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Andrew Rappe (University of Pennsylvannia, USA)
  • Joan Redwing (The Pennsylvnia State University, USA)
  • Edgardo Saucedo (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya, Spain)
  • Kevin Sivula (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Jian Tang (Wuhan University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Adele Tamboli
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Joel Ager
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / University of California, Berkeley
510-485-6715, JWAger@lbl.gov

David Scanlon
University College London
Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom
44-0-20-7679-0486, d.scanlon@ucl.ac.uk

Lydia Wong
Nanyang Technological University
School of Materials Science and Engineering
65-6513-8292, lydiawong@ntu.edu.sg

Keywords for Abstract Submission

fuel, inorganic, optoelectronic, photovoltaic, semiconductor, solar