Blog reference in a book on Flexible Solar Cells

Just found a book about Flexible Solar Cells. I found it admittedly by vanity search;-) In chapter 4 (about organic solar cells), several of my figures published Found on the path high up in the Taurus rangein this blog are used.

Of course, I am very happy that my figures are liked and used, and also happy that I was referenced (my name and the blog are mentioned below the respective figures, and really also appear in the list of references ;-). However, I was somewhat surprised about not having been asked for the permission of the images’ reproduction. I even could have supplied them in high resolution.

By the way, if you want to have a look at the book (yes, free advertisement… maybe I get a copy of the book as appreciation;) , you can find it at google books (hope the links works..) and also at Scribd, although for the latter link, I am pretty sure that the book pdf is published without Wiley’s permission! Disclaimer: all links go to external sites, they are just for your information. [Update 7.7.2009: the book pdf on Scribd was deleted at the request of John Wiley and Sons.]

So, once again, I am happy if you use my material and give me credit, even if you do not ask. But please do!

P.S. One of my photos from this blog (saved at flickr) was also published (with my permission;-) in the Schmap Boston Guide.

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Papers for iPhone… soon

The Mac using scientists amongst you are probably aware of the Red in Greenprogram Papers for organising your electronic library of articles. The developer, Alex Griekspoor (aka mek), has been working hard on the corresponding iPhone version lately; now, it has been submitted to the App Store and is expected soon. Update 19.2.2009: available now. Not cheap with 10 Euros 8 Euros (Update 27.2.2009: sorry, my mistake, was 10 Dollars. And actually, it is rather cheap, considering what other things I buy for 8 Euros;-), and the iPhone seems also a bit small for reading papers, but might nevertheless be a useful tool. Also, it includes a free online backup via Amazon S3 (!) and syncing to the coming Papers (for Mac) version 1.9.

Personally, I like the Mac version of Papers a lot: it is really an innovative program, although for me it has never been very stable (this, however, seems not to be a common problem according to the forums. Still, apologies to mek for never mentioning my instabilities to him ;-).

Update 27.2.2009 P.S. After I posted this, I wrote the Papers developer, mek, about my instability problem, and he answered within a few hours. It is a known issue having to do with Smart Lists. Now, my Papers version is responsive and stable!

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“The first thing we have to do is just not screw it up…”

Panel discussion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting Solar Panels in Lower Franconiaabout where research efforts (and funding;-) should be focused concerning energy production and use. Nanotechnology might play a key role – to which organics belong, even though they are not explicitly mentioned. The discussion is summarised at Ars Technica. One conclusion:

So from the generation side, there were several key messages about where we should be putting our money: go with solar, increase efficiencies using nanoparticles, find a way to use cheap and abundant raw materials, and think seriously about thermoelectric materials.

The German physical society published a study about climate, energy, and what related research is needed back in 2005, yet still contains uptodate concepts and ideas. But I still wonder: Do Europeans actually have an organisation similar to the AAAS mentioned above, or similar meetings?

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New blog on organic and hybrid photovoltaics

Today I found a new blog Hallburg in November(only a few days old) on hybrid and organic photovoltaics by Juan Bisquert, Professor for Applied Physics in Castelló de la Plana, Spain. I know him as author of interesting papers, a recent one being the review-like article on a rather fundamental view on diffusion and its different interpretations in disordered materials [Bisquert 2008]. Also, allow me the unrelated remark (personal interest, so to say;) that his university seems to be just within a wine region, similar to my home of choice.

As fellow blogger with common interest:


I am looking forward to reading your posts.


Update 20.2.2009: At the same time, another new blog from the same university started; same topic, different style.

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