INNOVATALK #5: Metal-halide Perovskite Photovoltaics: The Journey from Discovery to a Highly Stable and Efficient PV Technology

6 Oct 2022
INNOVATALK #5: Metal-halide Perovskite Photovoltaics: The Journey from Discovery to a Highly Stable and Efficient PV Technology

Among the VinFuture Prize’s most important missions are disseminating scientific and technological knowledge to the public, and connecting generations of young scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs with globally established inventors for potential partnerships. To realize these missions, we have organized a series of sci-tech sharing webinars based on meaningful innovations.

With the ceaseless efforts of scientists and researchers to create and innovate sustainable energy to mitigate human environmental impacts, solar energy today is among the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy sources. In this upcoming webinar, you will explore the development of perovskite solar cells, a ground-breaking work in photovoltaics research that has gained notable academic and industrial recognition. 

You will meet with:

Chair: Professor Sir Richard Friend is at the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge, where he held the Cavendish Professorship of Physics from 1995 to 2020.  He is currently a Director of Research in the Department of Physics, and has support for his research programme from the ERC, the EPSRC and the Simons Foundation.  His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors, particularly polymers.  His research advances have shown that carbon-based semiconductors have significant applications in LEDs, solar cells, lasers, and electronics. These have been developed and exploited through a number of spin-off companies.  His current research interests are directed to novel schemes that seek to improve the performance and cost of solar cells. Professor Friend is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.  He has received many international awards for his research, including Laureate of the Millennium Prize for Technology (2010) the Harvey Prize (2011) of the Israel Institute of Technology and the von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society (2015).  He was knighted for “Services to Physics” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2003.


Distinguished Speaker: Professor Henry Snaith, FRS – Professor of Physics, Binks Professor of Renewable Energy, Group Leader of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device group, Department of Physics, University of Oxford. He is also a co-founder and CSO of two spin-out companies, Oxford PV Ltd and Helio Display Materials Ltd. commercialising metal halide perovskites for PV and light-emitting applications respectively. Prof Snaith’s research focuses on developing and understanding new materials and device concepts for photovoltaic solar energy conversion and other optoelectronic applications. His election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) credits his work on the use of perovskites in efficient solar cells, which has started a new field of research gaining both academic and industrial following. In 2012, Professor Snaith was awarded the Paterson medal and prize by the Institute of Physics for his important contributions to the field of excitonic solar cells. His research on high-efficiency, low-cost metal halide perovskite photovoltaics the following year was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by the journal Science. In 2013, Professor Snaith was named one of “Nature’s 10” people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next-generation solar power technology. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate, and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in physical sciences. Most recently, Professor Snaith won the 2020 Becquerel Prize and the 2022 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for his ground-breaking work on perovskite solar cells.

Date and time: October 20th, 3:30 pm Vietnam time (UTC +7), which corresponds to October 20th, 9:30 am UK time.

Location: via Zoom (the webinar link will be provided after your attendance confirmation at the registration link).

Audience: scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs in science and technology across the world.

The language used in the webinar is English, and Vietnamese translation will be provided.

Each webinar will be followed by a Q&A session, during which you are very much encouraged to make questions directly to the Keynote Speaker and the Chair, to open potential partnerships between you and these leading innovators.

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