Fixing the World’s Energy Crisis
It is estimated that we will need 40% more energy as the world population hits 9 billion by the 2040s. To alleviate the energy burden, both academia and industry have been actively working on sustainable energy alternatives, one of which is the organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells.
OPV is a solar cell technology using low-cost printing techniques, without the need for high-temperature processes or hazardous materials that compromise our precious environment. The successful development of OPV technology, however, relies on collaborations among researchers in synthetic chemistry, device physics, and process engineering. This was exactly what the 2016 International Conference on Organic Photovoltaic Materials and Devices, led by IAS Bank of East Asia Professor Ching Tang and Prof Henry Yan of Chemistry at HKUST, aimed to achieve.
The three-day event gathered an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers to report recent research findings, and to identify technical obstacles and possible solutions to improve OPV as a practical solar cell technology so that it can greatly benefit mankind in the near future.