Perovskites in focus at LiU workshop

LiU researcher Feng Gao will host Sweden’s first workshop on perovskites, a new group of materials that are excellent candidates for use in such applications as solar cells and light-emitting diodes. Leading Nordic and Asian researchers will gather in Linköping on
29-30 May to exchange knowledge and experience.
Feng GaoFeng Gao 2017The energy efficiency of solar cells manufactured from perovskites has increased from a few percent to 20% in just a few years. This means that 20% of the energy in sunlight can be converted to electricity, which is fully comparable with the energy efficiency of the currently used silicon-based solar cells. Such a rapid increase in the energy efficiency of solar cells has never previously been seen in the research world. Perovskites also have excellent light-emitting properties, which makes them interesting for the development of future high-efficiency white light-emitting diodes.

New group of materials

Feng Gao, senior lecturer at IFM, was awarded a Starting Grant of EUR 1.5 million from the European Research Council in the autumn of 2016, intended for research into using perovskites in light-emitting diodes. He is now gathering leading researchers from the Nordic region and Asia so that they can spend two days sharing knowledge and exchanging experience concerning the theory and manufacture of perovskites.

Perovskites are a completely new group of semi-conducting materials, and interest from the research world has increased considerably since 2009. The perovskites that have aroused greatest interest in recent years consist of an organic substance (carbon and hydrogen), a metal and a halogen (fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine).

Nordic-asia workshop

LiU researchers and students are welcome to participate in the workshop, which will take place in Schrödinger, E324, in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology on 29-30 May 2017.
The programme and a registration form for the “Nordic-Asia workshop on perovskite optoelectronics” can be found here. The deadline for registration is 24 May.

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