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Published: 23 July 2015

Surrey solar researcher wins conference award

Dimitar Kutsarov, a PhD student within the University's Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), was awarded the “Best Oral Presentation Award” at the international Nanotexnology conference in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Nanotexnology is one of Europe’s largest conferences in the field of Nanotechnologies and Organic Electronics. This year participants from 56 countries were involved, and over 100 plenary, keynote and invited talks took place.

Dimitar’s presentation on ‘A systematic study of P3HT:IC70BA polymer solar cells; towards and beyond the 6% barrier’, with co-authors K. Gandhi, C. Mills, I. Jayawardena, and S. Ravi P. Silva, was selected as the best oral presentation from 169 other presentations held at the conference.

The presentation was based on work undertaken as part of the European Union’s FP7 Framework Project Smartonics.

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI said: “This is a great endorsement of the 4G hybrid organic solar cells being conducted by Dimitar and the group at the ATI. The work has been recognised to be world leading, and we are in the process of scaling up the technology for implementation into powering small scale devices.

“A solution to green energy production is a grand challenge recognised by governments and industry alike, that needs to be solved in order for there to be a more equitable and developed society.”

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