Organizers

Meet the team behind the conference

Committee

 

ADÉLIO MENDES

Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal
 
 

ROEL VAN DE KROL

Head of the Institute for Solar Fuels at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
 
 

FRÉDÉRIC SAUVAGE

Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
 

Scientific Advisory Board

 

Motjaba Abdi Jalebi

Institute for Materials Discovery, University College London, United Kingdom
 
 

Teresa S. Ripolles

University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
 
 

Narges Yaghoobi Nia

University of Rome (Tor Vergata), Italy
 
 

Ibbi Ahmet

Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany
 
 

Lucia Fagiolari

Department of Applied Sciece and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
 
 

Debajeet K. Bora

Centre for Nano and Material Sciences, JAIN, Bangalore, India
 

Natalie Flores Diaz

Newcastle University, England

 

Jingshan Luo

Nankai University, China

 

Amirreza Khataee

Department of Chemical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

 

Organized by

Local Organizer

 

SEYEDALI EMAMI

Scientific Team

 

TÂNIA LOPES

 
 

DZMITRY IVANOU

 
 

PAULA DIAS

 

Organizing Team

 

CAROLINA HORA

 
 

TELMO LOPES

 
 

FÁTIMA SANTOS

 
 

FILIPE MOISÉS

 
 

JEFFREY CAPITÃO

 
 

MARTA PEREIRA

 
 

LEONARDO RODRIGUES

 
 

ELIANA LOUREIRO

 
 

ANA EULÁLIO

 
Dyenamo
Dyenamo is a Swedish company with production facilities and headquarters in Stockholm. Our customers include companies, research institutes and universities active in the field of chemistry-based solar cells; primarily dye-sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells and solar fuels.
Our materials, manufacturing equipment, characterization equipment and services enable our customers to perform research and industrialization at the frontiers of chemistry-based solar cell technology. Dyenamo was founded in 2009 by world-known researchers in the field of chemistry-based solar cells. The initial products were material-components for dye-sensitized solar cells and solar fuels. When the perovskite solar cells entered, Dyenamo was the first company to offer specific materials for the technology. Over the years, our portfolio has grown to include manufacturing equipment, characterization equipment and organization of conferences and webinars. Our aim is always to provide the best possible solution for both academy and industry. Consequently, we can cater on demand requests and custom-make our products to meet specific customer criteria.”
Dyenamo
Our materials, manufacturing equipment, characterization equipment and services enable our customers to perform research and industrialization at the frontiers of chemistry-based solar cell technology. Dyenamo was founded in 2009 by world-known researchers in the field of chemistry-based solar cells. The initial products were material-components for dye-sensitized solar cells and solar fuels. When the perovskite solar cells entered, Dyenamo was the first company to offer specific materials for the technology. Over the years, our portfolio has grown to include manufacturing equipment, characterization equipment and organization of conferences and webinars. Our aim is always to provide the best possible solution for both academy and industry. Consequently, we can cater on demand requests and custom-make our products to meet specific customer criteria.”
LEPABE
LEPABE is a research unit of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. It has been evaluated as “Excellent” in consecutive external evaluations appointed by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia). It counts with approximately 220 researchers, among which about 80 have doctoral degrees.
LEPABE´s mission is to develop innovative processes and products to respond effectively to societal challenges, using the basis of chemical and biological engineering to improve the quality of life, in a sustainable and safe way. In fact, LEPABE’s activities try to respond to the society’s need for new products and energy sustainable processes, combining eco-efficiency and health concerns with economically sound design and operation. Our goals are in line with the Horizon Europe common strategic priorities, focusing on research excellence, industrial competitiveness and societal challenges, particularly: (i) Strengthen the excellence in science; (ii) Increase knowledge in key technologies, focusing in advanced manufacturing and processing, advanced materials, nanotechnologies and biotechnology, to enhance regional competitiveness of industry of the Northern region of Portugal; (iii) Provide solutions to help address major concerns shared by society, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety, solving emergent problems affecting water and air quality and efficiently recycling industrial residues. To support its mission LEPABE is structured into 5 thematic groups: - Processes, Products and Energy - Process Systems Engineering - Supramolecular Assemblies - Biotechnology - Environmental Sciences and Technologies This organization is based on 3 pillars of development: Sustainability and Energy, Processes and Products, Environment and Health. Cross-feeding of different fields is emphasized and scientists are stimulated to cooperate with colleagues from different specialized subjects (both inside and outside of LEPABE’s boundaries), increasing synergies and seeking advances in interfacial areas.
LEPABE
LEPABE is a research unit of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. It has been evaluated as “Excellent” in consecutive external evaluations appointed by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia). It counts with approximately 220 researchers, among which about 80 have doctoral degrees. LEPABE´s mission is to develop innovative processes and products to respond effectively to societal challenges, using the basis of chemical and biological engineering to improve the quality of life, in a sustainable and safe way. In fact, LEPABE’s activities try to respond to the society’s need for new products and energy sustainable processes, combining eco-efficiency and health concerns with economically sound design and operation. Our goals are in line with the Horizon Europe common strategic priorities, focusing on research excellence, industrial competitiveness and societal challenges, particularly: (i) Strengthen the excellence in science; (ii) Increase knowledge in key technologies, focusing in advanced manufacturing and processing, advanced materials, nanotechnologies and biotechnology, to enhance regional competitiveness of industry of the Northern region of Portugal; (iii) Provide solutions to help address major concerns shared by society, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety, solving emergent problems affecting water and air quality and efficiently recycling industrial residues. To support its mission LEPABE is structured into 5 thematic groups: - Processes, Products and Energy - Process Systems Engineering - Supramolecular Assemblies - Biotechnology - Environmental Sciences and Technologies This organization is based on 3 pillars of development: Sustainability and Energy, Processes and Products, Environment and Health. Cross-feeding of different fields is emphasized and scientists are stimulated to cooperate with colleagues from different specialized subjects (both inside and outside of LEPABE’s boundaries), increasing synergies and seeking advances in interfacial areas.
University of Porto
Founded in 1911, the University of Porto (U.Porto) is a benchmark institution for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Portugal and one of the top 200 European Universities according to the most relevant international ranking systems.
The U.Porto combines high quality education focused on individual vocations and talents as well as market needs with the claim to being the greatest birthplace of science in Portugal. It is committed to converting into social assets the talent and innovation from its 14 faculties, one business school and over 50 research centres. The U.Porto has the richest academic community in Portugal and brings together the country’s highest ranked students, a highly qualified scientific and teaching staff and a growing number of international students, teachers and researchers. Its fully equipped campus embedded within the city guarantees an optimal academic, scientific, and also social and cultural experience.

Being open to the community and business is the main trademark of the U.Porto. The University is itself an important driving force for economic, social, cultural and scientific development in Northern Portugal and in the country as a whole. The U.Porto creates leaders, promotes innovators and encourages entrepreneurs. In short, it trains people who can make a difference in their communities.

This is the attitude we are projecting to the world. Currently, the U.Porto is the most international of Portugal’s universities thanks to its active cooperation with hundreds of higher education institutions worldwide. Our ambition now is to establish the U.Porto as one of the top 100 universities in the world by 2020.
University of Porto
Founded in 1911, the University of Porto (U.Porto) is a benchmark institution for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Portugal and one of the top 200 European Universities according to the most relevant international ranking systems.

The U.Porto combines high quality education focused on individual vocations and talents as well as market needs with the claim to being the greatest birthplace of science in Portugal. It is committed to converting into social assets the talent and innovation from its 14 faculties, one business school and over 50 research centres. The U.Porto has the richest academic community in Portugal and brings together the country’s highest ranked students, a highly qualified scientific and teaching staff and a growing number of international students, teachers and researchers. Its fully equipped campus embedded within the city guarantees an optimal academic, scientific, and also social and cultural experience.

Being open to the community and business is the main trademark of the U.Porto. The University is itself an important driving force for economic, social, cultural and scientific development in Northern Portugal and in the country as a whole. The U.Porto creates leaders, promotes innovators and encourages entrepreneurs. In short, it trains people who can make a difference in their communities.

This is the attitude we are projecting to the world. Currently, the U.Porto is the most international of Portugal’s universities thanks to its active cooperation with hundreds of higher education institutions worldwide. Our ambition now is to establish the U.Porto as one of the top 100 universities in the world by 2020.
Pixel Voltaic
Pixel Voltaic is a Spin-off company from UPorto created in 2018 for producing energy related technologies. The company´s mission is to promote and enable a quick transition of innovative technologies into the market.
Those technologies include photovoltaic systems and hydrogen production, namely DSCs/perovskite solar cells and methane decomposition reactors, respectively. Pixel Voltaic is engaged in bringing these technologies to the commercial level as soon as possible, due to its social, economic and strategic value.
Pixel Voltaic
Pixel Voltaic is a Spin-off company from UPorto created in 2018 for producing energy related technologies. The company´s mission is to promote and enable a quick transition of innovative technologies into the market. Those technologies include photovoltaic systems and hydrogen production, namely DSCs/perovskite solar cells and methane decomposition reactors, respectively. Pixel Voltaic is engaged in bringing these technologies to the commercial level as soon as possible, due to its social, economic and strategic value.
DEQ
The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the six Departments of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, that governs the human, material and financial resources, necessary for the activities of teaching, research and development in the area of chemical engineering and related topics.
The R&D activity covers a wide-spectrum of areas, directly related, or with great affinity, to chemical engineering, under the perspective of both applied and fundamental research. In terms of organization, the national research system is based on laboratories that formally constitute Research & Development Units that depend on a Host Institution and on the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Four Research & Development Units work under scientific co-ordination of department's staff and have the Faculty of Engineering as host institution. The majority of the department's Faculty develops scientific activity within these Units, while the remaining work either in R&D Units external to the Faculty of Engineering or autonomously.
DEQ
The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the six Departments of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, that governs the human, material and financial resources, necessary for the activities of teaching, research and development in the area of chemical engineering and related topics. The R&D activity covers a wide-spectrum of areas, directly related, or with great affinity, to chemical engineering, under the perspective of both applied and fundamental research. In terms of organization, the national research system is based on laboratories that formally constitute Research & Development Units that depend on a Host Institution and on the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Four Research & Development Units work under scientific co-ordination of department's staff and have the Faculty of Engineering as host institution. The majority of the department's Faculty develops scientific activity within these Units, while the remaining work either in R&D Units external to the Faculty of Engineering or autonomously.
Frédéric Sauvage
Research Director at CNRS
Dr. Frédéric Sauvage is Research Director at CNRS and group leader of the Photovoltaic and Photochemistry research unit at the Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides, CNRS UMR7314. His research is devoted to new concepts related to solar energy conversion for electricity production using dye-sensitized solar cells and perovskite technology, energy conversion and its storage at molecular level of solar energy through photo-rechargeable batteries and on photocatalytic reactions on carbohydrates. A particular emphasis is given in the degradation mechanisms involved in the different type of photo-active electrodes combining in situ / in operando analytical tools and ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopies. He is the coordinator of IMPRESSIVE project funded by the European commission under H2020 program devoted to the development of fully transparent and colourless PV panels associated large bandgap UV perovskite solar cells and selective NIR-dye sensitized solar cells. He is co-founder and scientific chief officer of G+Lyte, a spin-off company from CNRS aiming at the development of new robust electrolyte formulation for DSSC manufacturing.
FRÉDÉRIC SAUVAGE
Research Director at CNRS
Dr. Frédéric Sauvage is Research Director at CNRS and group leader of the Photovoltaic and Photochemistry research unit at the Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides, CNRS UMR7314. His research is devoted to new concepts related to solar energy conversion for electricity production using dye-sensitized solar cells and perovskite technology, energy conversion and its storage at molecular level of solar energy through photo-rechargeable batteries and on photocatalytic reactions on carbohydrates. A particular emphasis is given in the degradation mechanisms involved in the different type of photo-active electrodes combining in situ / in operando analytical tools and ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopies. He is the coordinator of IMPRESSIVE project funded by the European commission under H2020 program devoted to the development of fully transparent and colourless PV panels associated large bandgap UV perovskite solar cells and selective NIR-dye sensitized solar cells. He is co-founder and scientific chief officer of G+Lyte, a spin-off company from CNRS aiming at the development of new robust electrolyte formulation for DSSC manufacturing.
Adélio Mendes
Full Professor
Adélio Mendes is full professor at FEUP and researcher at LEPABE, where he leads the Energy, Processes and Products area. His publications include over 390 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 25 patents and he is the author of one book. Prof. Mendes has a track record of experience on European projects; he was the coordinator of projects GOTSolar (FET OPEN no: 687008), BI-DSC (Advanced research grant by ERC), BeingEnergy (303476) and SpecSep (G5RD-CT-2002-00863) and partner in several other projects. Currently, he is the coordinator of EU project 112CO2 (FETPROACT-2019 no: 952219). Prof. Mendes’ awards include Air Products Faculty Excellence 2011 Award (USA), Solvay & Hovione Innovation Challenge 2011, Ramos Catarino Innovation Award 2011-2012, ACP Diogo Vasconcelos Applied Research Award 2011, Municipal Medal of Merit by the City of Porto Merit – Gold Degree in 2015, Coimbra University Prize of 2016, Scientific Excellence Award by FEUP, Technology Innovation Award 2017 by the University of Porto and Technological Innovation award from the University of Porto (2017) and Model-Based Innovation Prize 2019. Presently, he is the Coordinator of CEner- FEUP, the Competence Center for Energy of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto Prof. Mendes coordinates a large research team with research interests mainly in redox flow batteries and solar redox flow cells, photoelectrochemical water splitting, perovskite solar cells (PSC), dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC), PEMFC, membrane and adsorbent-based gas separations, phenomenological modeling and simulation of chemical engineering processes.
ADÉLIO MENDES
Full Professor
Adélio Mendes is full professor at FEUP and researcher at LEPABE, where he leads the Energy, Processes and Products area. His publications include over 390 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 25 patents and he is the author of one book. Prof. Mendes has a track record of experience on European projects; he was the coordinator of projects GOTSolar (FET OPEN no: 687008), BI-DSC (Advanced research grant by ERC), BeingEnergy (303476) and SpecSep (G5RD-CT-2002-00863) and partner in several other projects. Currently, he is the coordinator of EU project 112CO2 (FETPROACT-2019 no: 952219). Prof. Mendes’ awards include Air Products Faculty Excellence 2011 Award (USA), Solvay & Hovione Innovation Challenge 2011, Ramos Catarino Innovation Award 2011-2012, ACP Diogo Vasconcelos Applied Research Award 2011, Municipal Medal of Merit by the City of Porto Merit – Gold Degree in 2015, Coimbra University Prize of 2016, Scientific Excellence Award by FEUP, Technology Innovation Award 2017 by the University of Porto and Technological Innovation award from the University of Porto (2017) and Model-Based Innovation Prize 2019. Presently, he is the Coordinator of CEner- FEUP, the Competence Center for Energy of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto Prof. Mendes coordinates a large research team with research interests mainly in redox flow batteries and solar redox flow cells, photoelectrochemical water splitting, perovskite solar cells (PSC), dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC), PEMFC, membrane and adsorbent-based gas separations, phenomenological modeling and simulation of chemical engineering processes.
Roel van de Krol
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol is head of the Institute for Solar Fuels at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and full professor at the Chemistry Department of TU Berlin. He earned his PhD from TU Delft in 2000, was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT (USA), and was assistant professor at TU Delft until joining HZB in 2012. His work focuses on the development of semiconductor and catalyst materials as well as devices for the photoelectrochemical conversion of sunlight into chemical fuels. His group, currently consisting of about 40 people, achieved several efficiency records for oxide-based water splitting devices. He has published >100 papers (>11000 citations, h-index 45), 10 book chapters, and co-edited three books.
ROEL VAN DE KROL
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol (male) is head of the Institute for Solar Fuels at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and full professor at the Chemistry Department of TU Berlin. He earned his PhD from TU Delft in 2000, was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT (USA), and was assistant professor at TU Delft until joining HZB in 2012. His work focuses on the development of semiconductor and catalyst materials as well as devices for the photoelectrochemical conversion of sunlight into chemical fuels. His group, currently consisting of about 40 people, achieved several efficiency records for oxide-based water splitting devices. He has published >100 papers (>11000 citations, h-index 45), 10 book chapters, and co-edited three books.
Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi
Institute for Materials Discovery, University College London, United Kingdom
Dr Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi is a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Energy Materials in the Institute for Materials Discovery, the faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University College London (UCL). He is also a Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology in 2012 with a BSc (Materials Science and Engineering) and he received his MSc in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014 from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He completed his PhD in Physics at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, receiving the 2018 Semiconductor Physics Thesis Prize from Institute of Physics. From 2018-2020, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University and Wolfson College, Cambridge, where he set up a spin-out company to develop energy harvesting devices based on emerging semiconductors. Mojtaba established his research group in UCL in 2020, with a focus on material and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including halide perovskites, small molecules and organic semiconductors for low-cost electronics applications including solar-photovoltaics and lighting. His research aims to develop and incorporate new inexpensive materials in optoelectronic devices to alter the energy landscape by reducing the cost of both energy production and consumption.

Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi
Institute for Materials Discovery, University College London, United Kingdom
Dr Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi is a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Energy Materials in the Institute for Materials Discovery, the faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University College London (UCL). He is also a Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology in 2012 with a BSc (Materials Science and Engineering) and he received his MSc in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014 from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He completed his PhD in Physics at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, receiving the 2018 Semiconductor Physics Thesis Prize from Institute of Physics. From 2018-2020, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University and Wolfson College, Cambridge, where he set up a spin-out company to develop energy harvesting devices based on emerging semiconductors. Mojtaba established his research group in UCL in 2020, with a focus on material and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including halide perovskites, small molecules and organic semiconductors for low-cost electronics applications including solar-photovoltaics and lighting. His research aims to develop and incorporate new inexpensive materials in optoelectronic devices to alter the energy landscape by reducing the cost of both energy production and consumption.

Teresa S. Ripolles
University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Dr Teresa S. Ripolles obtained her PhD degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology form University Jaume I. She moved to Kyushu Institute of Technology where she was an Assistant Professor working on development of all-inorganic perovskite solar cells. Currently, she is working at University Rey Juan Carlos as a Jr. Research Fellow, Attraction of Talent. She had led several research projects related to perovskite solar cells. From the very start, Dr S. Ripolles emphasized the importance of international visibility by assisting numerous congresses, summer schools and collaboration with other researchers. She actively collaborates to transfer knowledge between academic and industry, and academic and society. Her publications include 33 peer-reviewed papers, and her current h-index is 22.

Teresa S. Ripolles
University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Dr Teresa S. Ripolles obtained her PhD degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology form University Jaume I. She moved to Kyushu Institute of Technology where she was an Assistant Professor working on development of all-inorganic perovskite solar cells. Currently, she is working at University Rey Juan Carlos as a Jr. Research Fellow, Attraction of Talent. She had led several research projects related to perovskite solar cells. From the very start, Dr S. Ripolles emphasized the importance of international visibility by assisting numerous congresses, summer schools and collaboration with other researchers. She actively collaborates to transfer knowledge between academic and industry, and academic and society. Her publications include 33 peer-reviewed papers, and her current h-index is 22.

Narges Yaghoobi Nia
University of Rome (Tor Vergata), Italy
Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from University of Rome Tor Vergata and M.Sc. of Physical Chemistry. She was awarded a MARIE CURIE Fellowship as a part of the EU-funded project (Destiny FP7/2007–2013). She is currently working as postdoc researcher at University of Rome (Tor Vergata) under ENEA Project (Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile). She has more than 8 years experience in the fields of emerging thin film PVs (especially perovskite solar cells/modules) and electrochemistry of polymeric layers. She was a member of ESPRESSO, ENEA, PRIN, PERSEO and CHEOPS projects and collaborator for ASI project.

Narges Yaghoobi Nia
University of Rome (Tor Vergata), Italy
Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from University of Rome Tor Vergata and M.Sc. of Physical Chemistry. She was awarded a MARIE CURIE Fellowship as a part of the EU-funded project (Destiny FP7/2007–2013). She is currently working as postdoc researcher at University of Rome (Tor Vergata) under ENEA Project (Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile). She has more than 8 years experience in the fields of emerging thin film PVs (especially perovskite solar cells/modules) and electrochemistry of polymeric layers. She was a member of ESPRESSO, ENEA, PRIN, PERSEO and CHEOPS projects and collaborator for ASI project.

Ibbi Ahmet
Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany
Experimentally-driven scientist, in the fields of material science, & chemistry, with expertise in (photo)electrochemistry (PEC), advanced air sensitive chemistry, time resolved/wavelength dependent spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, crystallography, and chemical deposition processes. He completed his PhD at the University of Bath, where he designed molecular precursors for the selective CVD/ALD of metal chalcogenide thin film absorber layers and implemented PEC techniques to enable the fast and initial screening solar absorber layers prior to PV device fabrication. He is currently, a postdoctoral researcher at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), and has been involved in the PECDEMO EU programme, a number of the institute's program-oriented funding (POF) projects and wide variety of collaborative studies. In his main projects he fabricated and evaluated large area PV-PEC prototype devices, using a combination of experimental and computational simulations, and highlighted some of the key engineering challenges of up-scaling such PEC technologies. He also developed scalable processes for the fabrication of nanostructured metal oxide heterojunctions in tandem monolithic devices for unassisted water splitting.

IBBI AHMET
Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany
Experimentally-driven scientist, in the fields of material science, & chemistry, with expertise in (photo)electrochemistry (PEC), advanced air sensitive chemistry, time resolved/wavelength dependent spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, crystallography, and chemical deposition processes. He completed his PhD at the University of Bath, where he designed molecular precursors for the selective CVD/ALD of metal chalcogenide thin film absorber layers and implemented PEC techniques to enable the fast and initial screening solar absorber layers prior to PV device fabrication. He is currently, a postdoctoral researcher at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), and has been involved in the PECDEMO EU programme, a number of the institute's program-oriented funding (POF) projects and wide variety of collaborative studies. In his main projects he fabricated and evaluated large area PV-PEC prototype devices, using a combination of experimental and computational simulations, and highlighted some of the key engineering challenges of up-scaling such PEC technologies. He also developed scalable processes for the fabrication of nanostructured metal oxide heterojunctions in tandem monolithic devices for unassisted water splitting.

Lucia Fagiolari
Department of Applied Sciece and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Lucia Fagiolari graduated cum laude and received her PhD. in Chemical Sciences from the University of Perugia, where she was involved in the synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for water splitting applications. During the PhD, she spent six months at the University of Zurich Irchel, where she was involved in the electrochemical characterization of noble metal-doped layered double hydroxide for oxygen evolution reaction. Currently, she works as post-doctoral researcher in the Electrochemistry Group at Politecnico di Torino. Her research concerns the development of aqueous-based DSSCs and potassium batteries, focusing on sustainable preparation strategies of innovative electrodes and electrolytes. She is author of 11 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 6) and is member of the Italian Chemical Society since 2015.
Lucia Fagiolari
Department of Applied Sciece and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Lucia Fagiolari graduated cum laude and received her PhD. in Chemical Sciences from the University of Perugia, where she was involved in the synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for water splitting applications. During the PhD, she spent six months at the University of Zurich Irchel, where she was involved in the electrochemical characterization of noble metal-doped layered double hydroxide for oxygen evolution reaction. Currently, she works as post-doctoral researcher in the Electrochemistry Group at Politecnico di Torino. Her research concerns the development of aqueous-based DSSCs and potassium batteries, focusing on sustainable preparation strategies of innovative electrodes and electrolytes. She is author of 11 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 6) and is member of the Italian Chemical Society since 2015.
Debajeet K. Bora
Centre for Nano and Material Sciences, JAIN, Bangalore, India
Debajeet K. Bora is currently working as an assistant professor in the centre for nano and materials science, Jain (Deemed to be University) in Bangalore, India. Here, he is associated to research and development projects based on renewable energy platform. The project deals with the understanding of the physicochemical interaction between metal oxide nano-architectures and light harvesting pigments. Earlier he was an oberassistant (staff scientist) in the group of Prof. Mueller at Laboratory of Energy Science and Engineering, Institute for Energy Technology, ETH Zurich followed by a physicist postdoctoral fellow position at the Advanced Light Source division of Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hereby his main thrust was to understand the mechanism of photoelectrochemical reaction at semiconductor- electrolyte interface with a newly built UHV flow cell along with synchrotron X ray absorption spectroscopy
Debajeet K. Bora
Centre for Nano and Material Sciences, JAIN, Bangalore, India
Debajeet K. Bora is currently working as an assistant professor in the centre for nano and materials science, Jain (Deemed to be University) in Bangalore, India. Here, he is associated to research and development projects based on renewable energy platform. The project deals with the understanding of the physicochemical interaction between metal oxide nano-architectures and light harvesting pigments. Earlier he was an oberassistant (staff scientist) in the group of Prof. Mueller at Laboratory of Energy Science and Engineering, Institute for Energy Technology, ETH Zurich followed by a physicist postdoctoral fellow position at the Advanced Light Source division of Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hereby his main thrust was to understand the mechanism of photoelectrochemical reaction at semiconductor- electrolyte interface with a newly built UHV flow cell along with synchrotron X ray absorption spectroscopy.
Jingshan Luo
Nankai University, China
Jingshan Luo received his BSc degree from Jilin University in 2010 and PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University in 2014. After that, he went to École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Michael Graetzel. In 2018, he joined Nankai University as a full professor and vice director of the Institute of Photoelectronic Thin Film Devices and Technology. He has authored/coauthored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, which have garnered more than 17,000 citations and an h-index of 59 (Google Scholar). He is listed as the TR35 China by the MIT Technology Review, and the 2018-2020 Highly Cited Researchers by the Clarivate Analytics. His current research interests are solar water splitting, CO2 reduction and perovskite solar cells.
Jingshan Luo
Nankai University, China
Jingshan Luo received his BSc degree from Jilin University in 2010 and PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University in 2014. After that, he went to École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Michael Graetzel. In 2018, he joined Nankai University as a full professor and vice director of the Institute of Photoelectronic Thin Film Devices and Technology. He has authored/coauthored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, which have garnered more than 17,000 citations and an h-index of 59 (Google Scholar). He is listed as the TR35 China by the MIT Technology Review, and the 2018-2020 Highly Cited Researchers by the Clarivate Analytics. His current research interests are solar water splitting, CO2 reduction and perovskite solar cells.
Amirreza Khataee
Department of Chemical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
With a great passion for electrochemistry and energy storage, Dr. Amirreza Khataee completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Aarhus University of Denmark, where his research focus was on renewable energy storage using redox flow battery systems (RFBs). During the Ph.D. program, he joined Prof. Adélio Mendes’s research group as visiting student at the chemical engineering department of the University of Porto. He got considerable experience working with semiconductors and could successfully develop an integrated design of hematite and dye-sensitized solar cell as a novel photoelectrode for solar redox flow cells (SRFCs). Currently, Amirreza is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Applied Electrochemistry group of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He is actively researching novel electrolytes, (photo)electrodes and membranes for different electrochemical devices such as RFB, SRFC and water electrolysis systems.

Amirreza Khataee
Department of Chemical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
With a great passion for electrochemistry and energy storage, Dr. Amirreza Khataee completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Aarhus University of Denmark, where his research focus was on renewable energy storage using redox flow battery systems (RFBs). During the Ph.D. program, he joined Prof. Adélio Mendes’s research group as visiting student at the chemical engineering department of the University of Porto. He got considerable experience working with semiconductors and could successfully develop an integrated design of hematite and dye-sensitized solar cell as a novel photoelectrode for solar redox flow cells (SRFCs). Currently, Amirreza is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Applied Electrochemistry group of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He is actively researching novel electrolytes, (photo)electrodes and membranes for different electrochemical devices such as RFB, SRFC and water electrolysis systems.

NATALIE FLORES DIAZ
Newcastle University, England
Natalie Flores Diaz obtained her M.Sc. Degree in Chemistry at University of Costa Rica (UCR) in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Leslie W. Pineda. During her master’s program, she studied the synthesis of new organic redox pairs for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) at the Electrochemistry and Chemical Energy Research Center (CELEQ, UCR). In 2017, she joined the doctoral program of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (EDCH) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, at the Laboratory of Photomolecular Sciences (LSPM) under the supervision of Prof. Anders Hagfeldt. She was awarded a full scholarship from the UCR to conduct her studies at the EDCH doctoral program. She has been developing cobalt-based tandem and quasi-solid electrolytes DSSCs and obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2021. She was recently awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellowship to join Dr. Freitag’s group and conduct research on the development of sustainable hybrid technologies employing DSSCs.
Natalie Flores Diaz
Newcastle University, England
Natalie Flores Diaz obtained her M.Sc. Degree in Chemistry at University of Costa Rica (UCR) in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Leslie W. Pineda. During her master’s program, she studied the synthesis of new organic redox pairs for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) at the Electrochemistry and Chemical Energy Research Center (CELEQ, UCR). In 2017, she joined the doctoral program of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (EDCH) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, at the Laboratory of Photomolecular Sciences (LSPM) under the supervision of Prof. Anders Hagfeldt. She was awarded a full scholarship from the UCR to conduct her studies at the EDCH doctoral program. She has been developing cobalt-based tandem and quasi-solid electrolytes DSSCs and obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2021. She was recently awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellowship to join Dr. Freitag’s group and conduct research on the development of sustainable hybrid technologies employing DSSCs.