University of Porto (UPORTO)

With origins dating back to the eighteenth century, the University of Porto is currently one the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions of Europe. Close to 32 000 students, 2 400 teachers and researchers along with 1 600 administrative staff within its 15 schools and 60 scientific research units, spread across 3 university campuses located in the city of Porto.

The Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) is the largest faculty of UPORTO, with about 8 440 students and 577 teachers and researchers across 9 departments. It is located in the Asprela Campus, the main university campus in the city of Porto.

In the FP7, FEUP was partner and/or coordinator in a total of 48 projects, including as host institution of two ERC Grants. Under the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, FEUP is already a partner in 11 projects funded and is the coordinator in 3 other projects.

At UPORTO, the project will be developed by Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE) which is a part of the Chemical Engineering Department in FEUP, the largest Engineering Faculty in the country. LEPABE belongs to the national research centers network and it was evaluated as Excellent by an international panel. The GOTSolar project will be developed under the responsibility of Prof. Adélio Mendes who leads the Energy, Processes and Products area inside LEPABE. LEPABE is involved with fuel cells (PEMFC and DMFC), solar cells (mostly dye sensitized solar cells), photocatalysis and self-cleaning surfaces, steam reforming, photoelectrochemical hydrogen production and, more recently, batteries. LEPABE is an engineering laboratory with a very strong expertise in mathematical modeling and optimization of chemical engineering systems, namely chemical and electrochemical processes. LEPABE uses modeling as a tool for designing and control optimized systems and for better understanding the underlying physical and chemical phenomena. LEPABE has also a strong background on designing and building automated experimental set-ups. Presently, the Energy, Processes and Products group at LEPABE has at least 7 academics, 2 senior researcher, 8 post-docs and around 35 PhD students.

Person in charge of the project: Prof. Adélio Mendes

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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of only two federally funded universities in Switzerland – the other being the ETH in Zürich. The three overall goals of EPFL are education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. EPFL is ranked in the top 20 institutions in Europe, and the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) was awarded an excellent grade in the latest CHE- ranking. Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus and more than 50% of our professors come from abroad making the school one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse universities in the world. The EPFL campus comprises more than 10'000 people. The EPFL offers 13 complete study programs at the Bachelor and Master levels in engineering, basic sciences, computer and communication sciences, life sciences, civil engineering, architecture and the environment. These study programs are designed to be flexible and modular.

Within the EPFL's Doctoral School, PhD students share ideas, provide mutual support and intellectual stimulation, and round out their education with high-level specialized courses. PhD students benefit from the EPFL's scientific expertise and excellent infrastructure. With more than 250 laboratories and research groups on campus, the EPFL is one of Europe's most innovative and productive technology institutes. The infrastructure at the EPFL provides access to the latest state-of-the- art instrumentation, excellent computing facilities, database engines, etc. necessary to support the project. The students and employees have access to all relevant scientific literature with the library system. The library of the EPFL features the latest up-to-date literature, books and reference, including over 4000 journals, many of which are online electronically. In addition the major facilities available within the institute include a fully equipped analytical service including FT-ICR, Q-ToF and MALDI mass spectrometry, 18 NMRs including 500, 600 and 800 MHz instruments equipped with cryoprobes, 3 X-ray diffractometers. The institute maintains a long-term investment program in collaboration to guarantee access to the most modern analytical equipment. The mechanical workshop service employs 9 engineers a complete electronic workshop service is also available with 3 full time staff. ISIC employs 6 engineers and two technicians for the maintenance of large equipment such as NMR, for the design of new instrumentation and for support in computing.

Person in charge of the project: Prof. Michael Grätzel/Shaik Zakeeruddin

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Instytut Chemii Fizycznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk (IChF PAN)

IChF PAN is a leading scientific institution in Poland as reflected in the recent rankings published by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR), which evaluates the IChF PAN as the number one in Poland in the prestigious Q1 classification.

The current scientific profile of IChF PAN is strongly related to the global trends in the development of physical chemistry and chemical physics. The research at IChF PAN is conducted in nine scientific departments using the state-of-the-art equipment to cover the broad spectrum of physical chemistry of solids, surfaces, fluids and soft matter, quantum theory of solids and molecules, catalysis on metals, electrochemistry, corrosion, electrode processes, photochemistry, spectroscopy, complex systems and chemical information processing. The IChF PAN maintains collaborations with more than 40 universities and scientific institutions worldwide and takes part in the numerous national and international research projects, including the prestigious EU grants such as NOBLESSE within the 7th EU Framework Programme and microCODE awarded under ERC Starting Grants.

The research of the Lewinski Group is centered at the interface between design and synthesis of molecular precursors, self-assembly processes and macroscopic properties of the materials. Basing on the strong background from fundamental inorganic and organometallic chemistry, we rationally design the suitable precursors for the bottom-up synthesis of functional materials. e.g. compounds of high luminescence, non-covalent porous materials (NPMs) and porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for hydrogen storage, semiconducting nanoparticles and discrete nanoparticulate aerogels for biomedical and solar cell applications. The group also specializes in mechanochemical synthesis, which we succeeded in applying to various types of materials ranging from molecular complexes to MOFs and semiconductor nanoparticles.

Person in charge of the project: Prof. Janusz Lewiński

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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Funded in 1939, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. CNRS research units are spread throughout France, and employ a large body of permanent researchers, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. The CNRS annual budget represents one-quarter of French public spending on civilian research.

CNRS ( is organized in 1211 laboratories, either intramural or in partnership with universities, other research organizations or industry. As one of the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS is involved in all scientific fields and is largely involved in national, European, and international projects. Interdisciplinary programs and actions offer a gateway into new domains of scientific investigation and enable CNRS to address the needs of society and industry.

CNRS has a long experience in the management of European projects. With a large place for collective guidance as part of the management inside the consortium; the organisation will provide a strong administrative support to such projects, with dedicated staff on financial, legal, and administrative issues.

The present project will be managed by the Ile de France Sud Regional Office of CNRS (DR4) which is located on Paris Saclay Campus, an exceptional scientific and economic area, which accommodates a large number of scientific establishments and institutions: public research organisations (CNRS, INRA, ONERA, INSERM, CEA...), higher education establishments (École Polytechnique, Université Paris Sud, Institut d’Optique Graduate School, HEC, Supelec, ENS Cachan, ENSAE ParisTech, AgroParisTech, Institut Mines-Télécom, École Centrale Paris...) and private research centres (Air Liquide, Danone, Thales R&T...). The objective of the Paris Saclay Campus ( in development is to make the Paris- Saclay Campus one of the best university campuses in the world. A campus known for the excellence and volume of knowledge produced, as well as the quality and originality of the education being taught.

Person in charge of the project: Prof. Emmanuelle Deleporte.

E. Deleporte is professor at École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan). The main mission of ENS Cachan is to train students for research and higher education, by providing them with a top-quality cultural and research education, in the tradition of excellence of Écoles normales supérieures. Both a training centre and a research centre, ENS Cachan gathers 13 internationally recognized laboratories, in basic sciences, in humanities and social sciences, and in engineering sciences. 3 federative institutes promote interactions between the laboratories, and give support to interdisciplinary actions, which contributes to ENS Cachan’s originality and strength. Bringing together disciplines, which no other institution congregates in such a way or at such a level, is a unique feature of ENS Cachan. In this environment, students receive a research- based and research-oriented training, reinforced in their own discipline, and at the same time, interdisciplinary and internationally open, leading them to Master’s degree and PhD. ENS Cachan is a founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, a world-class scientific university, acquiring strength from 19 grandes écoles, universities and research organizations.

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In GOTSolar Project, CNRS is represented by the following Joint Research Units:

Laboratoire Aimé Cotton - LAC (UMR 9188)

This research unit has considerable experience in the field of optical spectroscopy and light-matter interaction: cold matter, atomic and molecular physics, quantum properties of dopants or defects in solids, physics of aggregates and nanostructures, quantum optics, non-linear optics, nanophotonics, new optical techniques for data processing, life sciences and biomedical development, innovative coherent sources, laser instrumentation. LAC is a joint unit CNRS, ENS Cachan, Paris-Sud University, PPSM is a joint unit CNRS, ENS Cachan.

Leader: Jean-François Roch
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Laboratoire de Photophysique et Photochimie Supramoléculaires et Macromoléculaires - PPSM (UMR 8531)

The PPSM activities are focused on the study of molecules and materials which are stimulable by photo-induced phenomena, electrons action, sensitivity to the presence of ions or biological activity. All these activities are related to the contexts of environment, health, information technologies. The basic skills of the laboratory are: photochemistry, fluorescence, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, nanomaterials, molecular recognition, organic synthesis.

Leader: Fabien Miomandre
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Laboratoire de Physique des Solides - LPS (UMR 8502)

The Laboratoire de Physique des Solides is a component of the Université Paris-Sud 11 and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) since 1966. The laboratory focuses on three main topics: new electronic states of matter, physical phenomena at reduced dimensions, soft matter and physics-biology interface. This laboratory is the laboratory where Pierre-Gilles de Gennes performed his researches (Nobel prize in Physics in 1991), and more recently, Albert Fert (2007 Physics Nobel Prize), for his work on the giant magneto-resistance that has paved the way to spintronics.

Leader: Sylvain Ravy
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Laboratoire Fonctions Optiques pour les Telecommunications - FOTON (UMR 6082)

The FOTON laboratory conducts research in the area of photonics for information technology. It deals with an unusual large variety of research areas in the optics sector of the telecommunications industry: "from the atom to telecommunication systems". The simulation team, headed by J. Even, is involved in all stages of the research effort from fundamental questions up to optoelectronic device simulations.

Leader: Pascal Besnard
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Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes - ISCR (UMR 6226)

The Institute of "Sciences Chimiques de Rennes" was created on January 1st 2006 with the consolidation of seven units. The staff is spread over three sites of higher education in Rennes: Rennes 1 University, the ENSCR and the INSA of Rennes. The Inorganic Theorical Chemistry Team, headed by R. Gautier, is involved in the understanding of the chemical bond in transition metal inorganic chemistry, and the study of electron-counting, structure, physical properties and reactivity of both molecular and solid state systems.

Leader: Jean-Luc Adam
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Contact: [email protected] (Régis Gautier)

Greatcell Solar Ltd (GSL)

Greatcell Solar Limited (GSL) was listed on ASX as Dyesol Limited (DYE) in July 2005 and is headquartered in Queanbeyan, NSW, in Australia. The Company was founded to develop, scale-up and commercialise the rapidly emerging 3rd generation solar photovoltaic (PV) technology known as Dye Solar Cells (DSC), a technology invented by Grätzel and O’Regan at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in the early 1990s. Greatcell Solar is an original licensee of the EPFL core technology in perpetuity and also has an extensive patent portfolio of its own which extends across materials, processes and PV design.

DSC PV technology has lower embodied energy, is cheaper to produce and is more versatile than 1st and 2nd generation PV technology. It is particularly suited to building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), often considered to be the end-point or ‘holy grail’ for PV development. DSC technology encountered technical challenges, though, as scientific investigation and development uncovered further potential for the 3rd generation of PV technology. Some of the materials it used were relatively expensive and the use of a liquid electrolyte raised issues as to its long-term durability. The Sun can be very destructive and long-term durability is a key attribute in successful commercialisation of PV panels.

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Person in charge of the project: Chris Moore

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Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas (EFACEC ENG)

Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas is a Portuguese private company with worldwide presence. Our portfolio includes a wide range of projects in three different areas:

  • Environment
  • Engineer/contracting
  • Renewable Energy

In this particular area of Renewable Energy, Efacec is positioned in all domains as a promoter, main contractor, installer or equipment supplier.
To keep a strong position on the international market we are continually developing new products and solutions to our clients. This is a priority area to this business unit that dedicates a significant amount of its annual budget to R&D projects, and strong partnerships with both Portuguese and international partners.

Efacec will add value to this project with its R&D capacity and know-how and experience on the international market that can complement the research work done by the Universities.

Person in charge of the project: Vitorino Rocha

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University of Ulm (UULM)

UUlm is a public university located in the South German state of Baden-Württemberg and is ranked among one of the world top universities. The major focus of the university is on natural sciences, medicine and the engineering and computer sciences. UUlm has over 9,000 students studying in various disciplines. The University has been able to esta- blish numerous research programs and collaborative research centers both in basic and applied research with successful outcomes. UUlm provides an excellent basis for graduate and postgraduate program and making it very attractive for international students and scientific exchange programs.

At UUlm, the project will be carried out at the Institute of Organic Chemistry II and Advanced Materials (IOC2) which is a part of natural sciences. IOC2 has enormous ex- perience in the development of organic semiconducting materials for various types of solar cell applications including, organic photovoltaics (vacuum and solution processed), dye-sensitized solar cells (n-type and p-type), and more recently on the hole transport materials for perovskite solar cells. The infrastructure of the institute provides access to state-of-the art laboratory facility for synthetic work, analytical equipment for material purifications and characterizations. IOC2 has all equipment available, which is necessary for the undertaking of the proposed project. The instruments available are: 400 MHz and 500 MHz NMR spectrometer, high resolution mass spectrometry (equipped with MALDI-TOF and CI source), high pressure liquid chromatography (analytical and semi- preparative, recycling), gel permeation chromatography (analytical and recycling), size-exclusion chromatography, GC, GC-MS. In addition, IOC2 also has facility for opto- electronic characterizations which includes: UV-Vis spectrophotometer, spectro- fluorometer, IR-spectrophotometer, cyclic voltammetry, spectro-electrochemistry, investigation of thermal properties (differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis).

Person in charge of the project: Prof. Peter Bäuerle

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