Solar energy conversion as the winning project at the first Falling Walls Lab Paris

The Falling Walls Lab Paris took place for the first time on 16 September at Chimie ParisTech bringing together 13 outstanding talents pitching their innovations and research projects in front of a renowned jury and interdisciplinary audience.

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Paris will travel to Berlin and participate in the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November 2016 as one of 100 finalists from international preliminaries across the globe. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference where world-class scientists and leaders from industry, academia and policy-making come together on 9 November 2016.

Meet the winner:

Mathilde Schoenauer Sebag     France     ESPCI Paris     Breaking the Wall of Losses in Solar Energy Conversion

More than 40% of the solar spectrum remains unconverted in photovoltaic devices. It is the infrared part, which is simply not absorbed, and thus cannot contribute to electricity production. Some particles called upconversion particles have the property of converting infrared light into visible light. Once integrated in solar cells, they can enhance the global efficiency of the cell. Mathilde Schoenauer Sebag presented her work on Solar Energy Conversion and impressed the jury with her research.


Meet the jury:

Prof. Albert Fert (Chairman), Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 2007

Dr. Claudie Haignere, Neuroscientist and Astronaut, Ambassador and Advisor, European Space Agency

Dr.  Philippe Bouyer, LP2N Director, CNRS -  IOGS

Dr. Dominique Leglu, Managing Editor, Sciences et avenir

Jean-Paul Viguier, Architect DPLG, Member of the Academy of Architecture, Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

Prof. FreĢderic Worms, Contemporary Philosopher and Professor of Philosophy, Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL


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