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PACE Young Scientist conference 2022

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Published on Wednesday, 23 November 2022

On 10-12 October 2022, the PACE Young Scientist conference 2022 organised by the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) gathered more than 60 researchers working in the fields of physics, chemistry and materials science.

The main objective of the conference was to build a network and boost communication among junior and senior researchers. Four themes were addressed at the conference, namely "Thin film preparation", "Thin film characterisation", "Optoelectronic properties" and, finally, "Solar cells". A diverse and distinguished team of invited speakers, both from academia and industry, shared their experience and knowledge with the participants.

Furthermore, 24 contribution talks, and 6 poster talks from PhD students and post-doctoral researchers were presented. Participants really enjoyed the possibility to network, exchange, learn from each other’s and discuss collaborations. Among all the excellent oral and visual presentations given at the conference, Juliette Cardoletti and Alice Debot were distinguished for the Best Presentation Award and Best Poster Award respectively.

The event also counted with the participation of IEE S.A., as an external sponsor, who shared their work and future plans with the participants. Their interest on the presented research demonstrates the relevance of fostering collaborations between industry and the research community.

To conclude the conference, Dr. Max Wolter, from the Luxembourg Environment Agency, presented an overview of the objectives and challenges that Luxembourg is and will be facing in the coming years to tackle national energy consumption and production, as well as climate change. More information on the conference: https://ysc.uni.lu/

About PACE

Launched in 2019 by the University of Luxembourg and LIST, Photovoltaics: Advanced Concepts for high Efficiency (PACE) is a doctoral programme funded in the framework of PRIDE scheme by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The objectives of the research programme are to create new solar cells with higher power conversion efficiencies than those currently available today. The new concepts and devices will inform the development of solar power and help move the world to a renewable energy future. The PACE project is being coordinated by Phillip Dale, Head of the Laboratory for Energy Materials at the University of Luxembourg. The doctoral students currently involved in the PACE programme are Alfredo Blázquez Martínez, Saba Tabean, Poorani Gnanasambandan, Longfei Song, Himanshu Phirke, Taowen Wang, Ricardo Poeira, and Henry Fried. More details on the programme: https://pace.uni.lu/