Michael Grätzel, one of dye-sensitized solar cells creators, awarded in 2012 Albert Einstein World Award

by Sara Pernas

The World Cultural Council will award in the 2012 Albert Einstein World Award of Science to Professor Michael Grätzel – Director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and also one of the developers of the last version of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) – “for his outstanding accomplishments to the welfare of mankind and the health of the planet, solving arguably one of the most important technical problems relating to energy and sustainability that we face today.”

Dye-sensitized solar cells imitate the way that plants convert sunlight into energy. The latest prototype consists in a thin photovoltaic film – a sheet or dye – which absorbs the light and attracts excited electrons, generating a charge. The main advantage of these new devices is that they’re flexible, lightweight and transparent, so they can be used in windows, displays or even sunglasses – yeah! you will be able to charge your phone battery while sunbathing!-.

 

Professor Michael Grätzel talks about dye-sensitized solar cells

The aim of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science is recognizing the work of those who have brought scientific and technological achievements to make progress and help on the development of science. The 29th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony will be held in Denmark on 18 April 2012.

 

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