1. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin (EPFL Valais Wallis, Switzerland)
Topic: Stable perovskite solar cells by 2D/3D interface engineering
Prof Dr. Md. K. Nazeeruddin received Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India in 1986. He is a Professor in the School of Basic Sciences at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland. His current research at EPFL focuses on dye sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells, CO2 reduction, hydrogen production, and light-emitting diodes. He has published more than 509 peer-reviewed papers, ten book chapters, and he is inventor/co-inventor of over 50 patents. The high impact of his work has been recognized by invitations to speak at over 130 international conferences, and has been nominated to the OLLA International Scientific Advisory Board. He appeared in the ISI listing of most cited chemists, and has more than 49000 citations with an h-index of 105.
2. Prof. Dr. Eugene S. Smotkin (Northeastern University, U.S.A.)
Topic: Will be confirmed
Dr. Eugene Smotkin obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, USA in 1989. He co-founded NuVant Systems in 1999 and is Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. He has 20 years experience in fuel cell R&D; awarded over $14 million in government and industry grants, has over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 8 patents.He was admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana in 2013. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Electrochemical Society and is the Faculty adviser to the Boston Electrochemical Society Student Chapter.
3. Prof Dr Bengt-Erik Mellander
Chalmers University of Technology
Topic:Lithium-ion battery safety – Abuse tests and gas emissions
Lithium-ion batteries have become the preferred choice for a vast range of devices from cellular phones to electric vehicles and stationary energy storage plants.This type of battery has many advantages, especially regarding energy and power densities, but also some disadvantages regarding safety aspects. The risk for fire, explosion and emission of flammable and/or toxic gases is linked to the presence of flammable and reactive materials in the cell as well as to the use of fluorine compounds in electrolyte and other components of the cell. Results from abuse tests, for example short-circuit and overcharge tests as well as overheating and fire tests, will be presented. Heat and gas emissions have been studied for a number of commercial cells, special interest have been focused on HF and POF3 emissions from cells under adverse situations.