9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies

ICMAT 2017 | 18 - 23 June 2017 | Suntec Singapore

Symposium F

Advanced Inorganic Materials and
Thin Film Technology for Solar Energy Harvesting

Category: Energy & Energy Storage


Goutam Kumar DALAPATI
Institute of Materials Research & Engineering, A*STAR, Singapore


Jean-François PIERSON
Université de Lorraine, France

Goutam DE
CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute Kolkata, India

Lydia Helena WONG
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Shyam Sudhir PANDEY
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan


Dr. Goutam Kumar DALAPATI
Institute of Materials Research & Engineering, A*STAR
Email: dalapatig@imre.a-star.edu.sg



Symposium Scope

The symposium is mainly focus on the recent development of advanced inorganic materials for the solar energy application; such as solar cells, solar hydrogen production, solar glass, and other renewable energy-conversion technologies.

The development of cost-competitive renewable energy generation is much sought-after to overcome the global warming and shortage of power generation. Therefore it is critical to develop advanced inorganic materials and environmentally friendly materials for the next generation low cost renewable energy technology. This could lead to high-efficiency, cost-effective and scalable solar-energy-conversion and effective solar fuels technologies. Furthermore, earth abundant materials are growing interested in solar energy conversion for the sustainable and large scale deployment. Therefore, development of advanced inorganic materials and thin film technology is very crucial for the cost-efficient solar energy harvesting.

Solar control glass can be an attractive feature of a building whilst at the same time minimizing, or even eliminating the need for an air conditioning system, reducing running costs of the building and saving energy. In hot climates, solar control glass can be used to minimize the solar heat gain. Thus, production of low cost solar glass is essential.

It will provide a rich platform for exchanging the latest findings and discuss future trends in the application of clean energy technologies. The goal of this symposium is to provide a discussion forum for researchers working on the inorganic materials and devices for solar cells, solar fuels and other solar-energy-conversion based on thin film technology. A wide range of earth-abundant materials will be featured: CuO, Cu2O, ZnO, NiO, MoO3, TiO2, FeSi2, FeS2, Zn3P2, Cu2S, Cu3N, Sb2S3, Bi2S3, Fe2O3, MoS2, Co3O4, WO3 ternary ZnSn(N,P)2, Cu2SnS3, Cu4SnS4, Fe2(Si,Ge)S4, CZTS(Se), and related materials.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced inorganic materials for solar energy harvesting
  • Thin film technology
  • Earth-abundant materials for solar energy application
  • Transparent/semitransparent inorganic solar cells
  • Novel photovoltaic materials or device concepts
  • Materials for thermal solar
  • Transparent conductors
  • Novel thin-film growth and characterization methods
  • Materials and interface properties
  • Thin film for solar fuel production
  • Metal oxides for solar cells and solar glass applications
  • TCO free electrodes and devices
  • Dye-sensitized solar cell


Proceedings Publication

Selected papers presented in this symposium will be published in a special issue of “Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (SOLMAT)“. 

The last date for submitting  manuscripts from the Authors who have presented their work in the Symposium will be 01 September 2017. Papers will be submitted through the regular web submission (more details will be posted in due course). 

David MITZI, Duke University, USA
Kin Man YU, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Fatwa F. ABDI, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Germany
Somobrata ACHARYA, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
Joel W. AGER, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Aram AMASSIAN, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Sudip K. BATABYAL, Amrita University, India
Sayan BHATTACHARYYA, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata, India
Alain BILLARD, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, France
Amit K. CHAKRABORTY, National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India
Sang-Joon CHO, Park Systems, South Korea
Goutam DE, CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute Kolkata, India
Ken DUROSE, University of Liverpool, UK
Takeshi FUKUDA, Saitama University, Japan
P. K. GIRI, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Xiaojing HAO, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Jin Hyeok KIM, Chonnam National University, South Korea
Takaya KUBO, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Chih-Huang LAI, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Gang LIU, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Tsutomu MINEGISHI, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Amlan J. PAL, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
Jegadesan SUBBIAH, The University of Melbourne, Australia
A. SUBRAHMANYAM, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Masakazu SUGIYAMA, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Xiaowei SUN, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Mahendra SUNKARA, University of Louisville, USA
Thomas UNOLD, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
Lionel VAYSSIERES, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Yi ZHANG, Nankai University, China