Related to this post on Konarka’s bankruptcy: According to a range of news sites, including pv-tech.org, the german company Belectric has acquired Konarka Technologies. Find the press release here (pdf).
The system integrator Belectric is situated in Lower Franconia, less than 50km from Würzburg and less than 10km from where I live. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Via Juan Bisquert’s post: solar cell company Konarka filed for bankrupty yesterday according to Businessweek. It is always hard to be the first… Konarka received its first venture capital in mid 2001.
Howard Berke, CEO of Konarka:
This is a tragedy for Konarka’s shareholders and employees and for the development of alternative energy in the U.S.
Let’s hope that our friends from Konarka find other suitable positions, and that other companies such as Heliatek take up the lead!
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Hi, a link list just to keep you occupied;-)
- From December 2011, but nevertheless interesting: critical comment by Joerg Heber, senior editor of Nature Materials, on Organic Solar Cells.
- Criticism of publisher Elsevier becomes louder again (some history of it in the previous link = Wikipedia entry): the mathematician Gowers speaks out in his blog post Elsevier — my part in its downfall (and a follow up post here), and PZ Myers rants Elsevier = Evil in his blog. There is even a website where you can sign upto protest against Elsevier’s practices of driving prices for their journals very high, thecostofknowledge.com. I have to admit I did not do it; just now a book was released by Academic Press (which is an Elsevier brand) with a chapter by me, and also I’d somehow feel strange to boycott one of the few journals (or even the only one?) on organic electronics by Elsevier, the one with just that name. Nevertheless, I agree that information should be made widely available, specifically if funded with public money. That is one of the reasons why I upload most of our articles to the arXiv.org e-print archive.
- Essay by Santiago Alvarez on the wide range of different arrows chemists use… Chemistry: A Panoply of Arrows.
- Adv Funct Mater editorial by Dave Flanagan: More Fundamental Understanding In Materials Science
- Nature News by Jim Giles, Going paperless: The digital lab on using Ipad as your notebook with commercial labbook software.
- Did I link to this nature education piece on English communication for scientists already? I particularly liked the comic on the first page;-)
- The voice of science: let’s agree to disagree by Daniel Sarewitz about the importance of disagreements.
Next week a round of referees will come to Würzburg to decide on another set of grant proposals, so I’ll go back to my preparations now…
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Already 8 weeks past, recently some Videos (well, stills of the slides plus audio) of the Solar and LED Session of the SPIE Optics and Photonics 2011, San Diego went online.
Here are two or three which might interest you (well, they got my attention;-) but there is more to be found on the above mentioned web site – although I had to modify the settings of my ad blocker to be able to watch. No, there are no ads; still…
Before you scroll down, let me mention some other “findings” of potential interest:
- How Google Went Solar by Dan Auld about Big G’s 1.65MW array, and how to get most out of it.
- Then, a nice rant on the climate debate and how news media, trying to be biased, do become very biased… read Diamond planets, climate change and the scientific method by Matthew Bailes. You can see it as a kind of (inofficial) editorial for the last linked article, Who’s your expert? The difference between peer review and rhetoric by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.
- Another one on organic photovoltaics, Paper solar cells by 2015 (Disclaimer: I was involved in one of these projects. Um ;-).
- Totally unrelated, PhDComics on Writing and Figures…
- Even more unrelated, and not funny: Sitting and Standing at work, finally.
- The most efficient flexible solar cells are not organic, but made from CIGS: Highly efficient Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells grown on flexible polymer films (Nat Mater).
- Alternatively, Silicon Ink can be used, as Bill Scanlon writes.
- Stephen Wolfram on the Advance of the Data Civilization: A Timeline
- Some lessons learned by Chris Dixon; while being about getting a job or your startup funded, it is somewhat applicable to carreers in science.
- The Scientist on the Perfect Poster.
- Nature News on the The reasons for retraction.
But now to these SPIE presentations [Update: WordPress does not accept the embedded vidos, so here just the links to the videos].
James Durrant, Imperial: Charge photogeneration and recombination in organic solar cells
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Children change the life, how very true. Not that I am less interested in Science in general, I do enjoy it! Nevertheless, somehow work seems less important these days – which maybe I should not admit openly ;-)
I received this statement,
Blue suits the lecturer better than pink
as one of the results of the lecture evaluation (Atom Physics for “Teachers to be”). Yes, I also received some other comments, most positive, some negative, all useful (including that one?;-)
Just to say that I am still amongst the living, here some bits and pieces I found during the last weeks, when time allowed. Continue reading “Blue suits him better than pink”
Just came across a posting on Academic Productivity: the Reader Meter can create an analogue to the h-index (or Hirsch index). Instead of measuring how many papers of a certain researcher are cited how often, it determines – based on data of the academic reference management software Mendeley – how many papers have been bookmarked by Mendeley users. Certainly, the software is an alpha version, and the original h-index is a more important measure as citations carry more impact than bookmarks. Nevertheless, the additional information is quite interesting, either general or on a per-paper basis concerning readership and nationality (the journal entry for my review is not correct, however, but the DOI is;-) Find “my” Reader Meter entry here;-)
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Three weeks ago I participated in a very nice Conference on Hybrid-Organic Photovoltaics (HOPV2010) in Assisi, Italy. Juan Bisquert, member of the Scientific Commitee, had asked me to organise a discussion panel on Carrier lifetime in bulk heterojunction solar cells. Indeed, a lively exchange of concepts and ideas between the panel – James Durrant, Germa Garcia Belmonte, Gytis Juska and myself – and the audience developed. I would like to thank the organisers, the panelists and the participants of this symposium once again: it was great! I am not sure if I will be able to summarise some of the discussion highlights here, considering that even this note took me 20 days… but I strive to improve;-)
Short note: my short review finally came online. Coauthors are Vladimir Dyakonov and Christoph Brabec. In case you have access to IEEE, find the paper here.
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The US Department of Energy is to fund 46 so called Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) with 777 million dollars over the course of the next five years (see news here). Quite a commitment to basic research in times of a global economic crisis &ndash although the decision has been taken years before, with thematic workshops starting in 2003.
Some of the centers will focus on photovoltaic energy conversion, partly with a strong focus on organics!
- Center for Interface Science: Hybrid Solar-Electric Materials, University of Arizona (Director: Neil R. Armstrong)
- Center for Inverse Design, National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorada (Director: Alex Zunger)
- Center for Excitonics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Director: Marc Baldo)
- Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy, University of Massachusetts (Director: Thomas Russell)
- Solar Energy Conversion in Complex Materials, University of Michigan (Director: Peter Green)
- Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics, University of North Carolina (Director: Thomas Meyer)
- The Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics, Los Alamos National Laboratory (Director: Victor Klimov)
- Re-Defining Photovoltaic Efficiency Through Molecule-Scale Control, Columbia University (Director: James Yardley)
- Understanding Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials and Devices, University of Texas (Director: Paul Barbara)
The list can be found here, and there are also details available.
Well, strong competition coming up for us European researchers… but what could be better for driving a field forward? ;-)
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Today I found a new blog (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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