We believe that every researcher has a responsibility to support a vibrant scientific community that strives for excellence through open discussion and nurturing of new talent. Here are the ways our lab contributes to the scientific community:
- Prof. Buonassisi values scientific workshops and conferences that emphasize open discussions; he is on the scientific committees of the NREL Workshop for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, focused broadly on foundational science in crystalline silicon PV; the Gettering and Defect Engineering in Semiconductor Technology conference, focused on applied science of solar-cell processing; and the International Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, focused on materials science of crystal growth. Occasionally, he has served on American Physical Society March Meeting and IEEE PVSC sessions, among others.
- Prof. Buonassisi serves as scientific spokesperson for a new beamline under construction at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source, the In Situ Nanoprobe. Dr. Rafael Jaramillo is also heavily engaged in scientific discussions concerning the new beamline. Click for more information.
- Prof. Buonassisi chaired the 5th International Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells (CSSC-5) in Boston (November 2011), attracting 133 researchers from 15 countries to discuss silicon PV crystal growth. At this workshop, Buonassisi created the Ulrich Gösele Young Scientist Award to recognize the outstanding achievements of young talent in the field.
- Prof. Buonassisi co-chaired a workshop Accelerating the Development of Earth-Abundant Thin Film Photovoltaics in Caltech with Prof. Harry Atwater (March 2013), attracting 50 participants from three countries, to serve as a nucleation point for our community’s discussions. The co-chairs submitted a summary of workshop findings in response to the DOE SunShot NextGenIII Request for Information.
- To accelerate the transition of technologies from lab to fab, Prof. Buonassisi co-founded the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.
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