Michael Gratzel, ‘pioneer’ of photovoltaic technology, will be UP .’s next honorary doctor

Considered One of the most important chemists todayMichael Gratzel by the University of Porto (UP) with Doctor’s title Fakhriya Koza. On Friday (20), at 10:00 a.m., the ceremony will take place in the Nobel Hall of the UP Rectory, in Praça Gomes Teixeira.

Born in 1944, Grätzel is a “leading company in photovoltaic technology”justifies UP in a statement, and also refers to the fact that it is usually referred to as a A potential Nobel Prize candidate in your field.

Attribution of the title of Doctor Fakhriya Koza For a Swiss researcher of German nationality and descent it was proposed by Professor and Researcher at the Faculty of Engineering of UP (FEUP), Adélio Mendes. Subsequently, the proposal was also signed by FEUP Professor Arminda Alves, and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering at UP (FEUP), Fernando Pereira.

One ‘Internationally recognized world’Normal “A wonderful scientific method”and “pioneering”, particularly in the field of photovoltaic technology, explains Adélio Mendes, Grätzel behind Invention of the dye solar cell (DSSC), also known as “Grätzel cells”.

From these appeared Perovskite solar cells (PSC), in which Grätzel played a “very important role,” the FEUP professor told JPN. to me website From FEUP, PSC surprised the world scientific community, being able to “Revolutionizing Photovoltaic Technology”, as it is capable of producing “50% more electricity per unit area of ​​the panel”. Adélio Mendes adds that its efficiency (25.7%) is close to that of silicon which corresponds to 26.1%, PSC is considered a “cheaper technology” and “substantially more versatile”.

An influential scientist has collaborated with UP for several years

In addition, a professor at EPFL, Switzerland, where he directs the Laboratory of Photons and Interfaces, Opening a “new pathway for green fuel production”having developed nano-structured photovoltaic electrodes, which “expand the range of renewable energy sources that can be stored,” according to a UP statement.

Previously With around 1700 articles published And over 320 thousand quotes, Grätzel is “One of the most cited scholars in the entire world”, says Adelo Mendes. A scholar of German origin earns several distinctions of excellence, from Diels-Planck-Lecture and the August Wilhelm von Hofmann medals to awards such as Materials Today, Balzan, Fronteiras del Knowledge from the BBVA Foundation and many more. In 2019, the researcher ranked first in Stanford University’s list of 100,000 world leaders in various fields.

About to get the title of Doctor Fakhriya Koza by UP, Grätzel offers an ‘interaction with UP’, which has proven to be ‘very relevant’, Adélio Mendes tells JPN. Since 2008, the chemist has regularly collaborated with the professor at FEUP, both Co-authors of the first patent for laser-assisted glass sealing for dye-based solar cells.

Prior to this collaboration, which the professor considers “fantastic,” Grätzel and Mendes met at a conference in Coimbra, in 2007. There, the chemist was “available” to collaborate, eventually obtaining a PhD student in Química engineering, Luísa Andrade, who was able to On developing a project for dye-sensitive photovoltaics, in partnership with EFACEC, as mentioned before website UP News. Since then, the professor notes, Grätzel has welcomed more researchers from his group and they have already participated together in four European research projects.

At the ceremony on Friday (20), Adélio Mendes will pay tribute to the doctoral student, something that the FEUP professor sees as a way to “revive a very important collaboration” and I thank ‘Grätzel’ for what he ‘did for the University of Porto’. Also participating in the event will be the re-elected Rector of the University, Antonio de Sousa Pereira, FEUP Director, Joao Falcao e Cuna, and former Dean Sebastião Viejo de Azevedo, who will serve as the godfather of the doctoral student.

In addition to the ceremony, Grätzel will teach a class at FEUP, on the same day, between 16:00 and 17:15according to website from FEUP.

Article edited by Filipa Silva

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