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3rd Annual Symposium on Advances in Organic Photovoltaics

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April 16, 2014

8:30 AM
Registration begins

9:00 - 9:15
Welcome - Opening Remarks:

Satyendra Kumar, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, Kent State University

James Blank, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University

9:15 - 10:10
Morning Keynote Lecture:

"Molecular Design and Solution Shearing to Manipulate Molecular Packing, Morphology and Electronic Properties of Organic Semiconductors"

Professor Zhenan Bao, Ph.D.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

10:10 - 10:50
Invited Speaker:

"Molecular Doping – A Key Technology for Highly Efficient Organic Devices"

Professor Björn Lüssem, Ph.D.
Department of Physics, Kent State University

10:50 - 11:05
11:05 - 11:45
Invited Speaker:

"Hot Photocarrier Dynamics in Organic Semiconductors Studied by Ultrafast Terahertz Photoconductivity and Transient Absorption"

Paul A. Lane, Ph.D.
Optical Sciences Division, Naval Research Laboratory

11:45 - 12:45 PM
Lunch (boxed lunch for attendees)

12:45 - 1:40
Afternoon Keynote Lecture:

"Morphological Design, Transport Processes and Device Performance of Organic Solar Cells"

Professor Peter F. Green, Ph.D.
Materials Science and Engineering Department and Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC), University of Michigan

1:40 - 2:35
Afternoon Keynote Lecture:

"Alternative Transparent Electrode Technologies for Organic Photovoltaics"

Lars Müller-Meskamp, Ph.D.
Institut für Angewandte Photophysik, Technische Universität Dresden (IAPP)

2:35 - 2:50
2:50 - 3:30
Invited Speaker:

"Self-Organized Liquid Crystalline Nanostructures: From Energy-Saving Devices to Organic Photovolatics"

Quan Li, Ph.D.
Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University

3:30 - 4:10
Invited Speaker:

"Spectral Aspects of Cavity Tuned Absorption in Organic Photovoltaic Films"

Professor Kenneth Singer, Ph.D.
Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University

4:10 - 4:50
Invited Speaker:

"Utilizing Conjugated Polymers for Solar Energy Harvesting: Three Vignettes"

Professor Wei You, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4:50 - 6:00
Reception and Poster Session

Keynote Speakers

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Zhenan Bao, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Stanford University

Abstract and Bio

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Peter Green, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering
University of Michigan

Abstract and Bio

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Lars Müller-Meskamp, Ph.D.
Institut für Angewandte Photophysik, Technische Universität Dresden

Abstract and Bio

Invited Speakers

Paul Lane, Ph.D., Research Physicist
Optical Physics Branch, Optical Sciences Division
Naval Research Laboratory

Quan Li, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University

Björn Lüssem, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Kent State University

Kenneth D. Singer, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Professor of Macromolecular Science, Director of Engineering Physics
Case Western Reserve University

Wei You, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Symposium

  • Kent State University will host this third annual symposium to celebrate its traditional strength in advanced materials and further launch its major research and development initiative in photovoltaic technology enabled by flexible materials. The symposium will bring together academic and industry researchers, regional business leaders and students who have an interest in the science and promising new technology of organic photovoltaics (OPV). This event is free and open to the public.
  • The symposium will provide a platform for local and national research and industry leaders to discuss opportunities and hurdles inherent in organic photovoltaics, including research, development and manufacturing challenges. With eight thought-provoking presentations, posters and a reception, this symposium is certainly a must-attend.
  • Registration is free, but we have limited seating.  
  • Students can submit poster presentation titles and abstracts to
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