February Happy Hour: The 10th Birthday of Perovskite Solar Cells

This February, join us as Solar Austin takes a deep dive into a fascinating, cutting-edge technology— the perovskite solar cell.

Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have recently emerged as an extremely promising class of next-generation semiconductors for a wide range of optoelectronic applications — from photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes to radiation scintillators and photocatalytic absorbers. In particular, perovskites have found tremendous success as absorbers in solar photovoltaics, achieving over 25% power conversion efficiency after only a decade of research. However, their meteoric rise has been dampened by some uncommon technical issues, such as extremely rapid environmental degradation and unique scale-up challenges. 

Our speaker this month, Dr. Timothy Siegler will explore perovskites, starting at the beginning all the way to what’s happening with the technology today. Dr. Siegler will explore the “how” and the “why” behind the invention of the perovskite photovoltaic cell, discussing in detail the challenges that are continuing to stall commercialization efforts. In a field undergoing such rapid changes, Dr. Siegler will give the Solar Austin community an insider’s perspective on the future outlook of perovskite solar cell technology.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM 
Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto Blvd)

About the Speaker: Dr. Timothy Siegler recently earned his PhD at UT Austin. Currently, Dr. Siegler has returned to UT’s campus as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Brian A. Korgel in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. His research interests include hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) for tandem photovoltaics and HOIP nanomaterials synthesis. Dr. Siegler is the co-author of ten publications on the humidity stability of HOIPs and HOIP-inspired materials and on the development of HOIP-CdTe tandems. Prior to beginning his current research position, he worked in quantum dot PV materials development with Dr. Prashant Kamat at the University of Notre Dame and Dr. Thomas Bein at the University of Munich.

Getting There:

Please consider taking the bus to the happy hour. There are many buses within easy walking distance of Scholz Garten. Plan your trip here. If you drive, State Parking Garages can be found next to, behind, and across from Scholz Garten. San Jacinto Blvd., 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and Trinity have parking garage entrances.

Support the Cause:

Although our happy hours are free and open to all, we hope you’ll consider donating to Solar Austin.  Help us keep solar energy growing in the Austin area.  You can purchase a ticket to the happy hour or use the donate button here on our website to avoid fees.