562. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: From Sunlight to Fuels - Novel Materials and Processes for Photovoltaic and (Photo)Catalytic Applications

From Sunlight to Fuels - Novel Materials and Processes for Photovoltaic and (Photo)Catalytic Applications

Su, 11.05.2014 18:00  –   Fr, 16.05.2014 14:30
Robert Schlögl (FHI Berlin), Klaus Lips (HZ Berlin), Bernd Rech (HZ Berlin)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation
Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Lips,


Conference Description

Renewable sources of energy will play an increasingly important role in the first half of this century and become the dominant energy source in the decades beyond. Increasing population, expanding new economies, reducing carbon emissions and providing affordable energy combine to make the development of renewable energy sources a daunting task. Germany has recently decided to accelerate the transformation of its energy supply into renewable sources within the next few decades. As a result, disruptive technologies are needed. New, innovative thin-film photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials are central to realizing these transformational technologies. An in-depth understanding of these materials, the interfaces between them and catalytic reactions on their surfaces will provide the foundation on which to develop new materials and devices that achieve the desired performance for future renewable energy technology.

This conference will bring together leading scientists and young researchers involved in the preparation, investigation and characterization with synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy of novel solar energy conversion materials. The focus of the conference is on catalysts that enable water splitting and photovoltaic materials and devices. Specific, topical sessions include:

• Novel PV materials
• In-situ/in-system X-ray analytics for PV
• Theory - Defects, band structure and reactivity at surfaces
• Photocatalysis with novel compounds
• Fundamental investigations for real applications in (electro)catalysis
• New methods in X-ray spectroscopy

The seminar is generously funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Keynote Lectures

1. Wolfgang Eberhardt (Technical University Berlin)
2. Eberhard Umbach (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Novel PV Materials

3. Albert Polman (FOM Institute AMOLF, NL)
4. Norbert Koch (Humboldt University Berlin)
5. Elizabeth von Hauff (University of Freiburg)
6. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral (EPFL)

In-situ / in-system X-ray analytics (for PV)

7. Clemens Heske (University of Nevada Las Vegas and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
8. Birgit Kanngießer (Technical University Berlin)
9. Hagai Cohen (Weizmann Institute of Science)

Theory – Defects, Band Structure, and Reactivity at Surfaces

10. Uwe Gerstmann (University Paderborn)
11. Timo Jacob (University of Ulm)

Photocatalysis with Novel Compounds

12. W. Jägermann (Technical University Darmstadt)
13. Artur Baun (EMPA Dubendorf)
14. Ib Chorkendorff (Danish Technical University)
15. Stenbjörn Styring (Uppsala University)
16. Leone Spicca (Monash University)

Fundamental Investigations for Real Applications in (Electro)catalysis

17. Marc Koper (Leiden University)
18. Elena Savinova (University Strasbourg)
19. Karl Mayrhofer (Max-Planck-Institute für Eisenforschung)
20. Peter Strasser (Technical University Berlin)
21. Zhi Liu (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
22. Ronald Imbihl (University Hannover)
23. Roel van de Krol (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin)
24. Benedetto Bozzini (Univertsitá del Salento)

New Methods in Spectroscopy

25. Chuck Fadley (University of California Davis)
26. Anders Nilsson (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
27. Miquel Salmeron (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
28. Joachim Schnadt (Lund University)
29. Tien-Lin Lee (Diamond Light Source)
30. Liu Hao Tjeng (Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids)
31. Mathias Bauer (Technical University Kaiserslautern)