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Nanomaterials Webinar | Solar Energy Conversion and Storage

25 Feb 2022, 11:30 (CET)

Solar Cells, Photovoltaics, Batteries, Photocatalysis, Solarrechargeable Batteries, Energy Conversion and Storage
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Welcome from the Chair

4th Nanomaterials Webinar

Solar Energy Conversion and Storage

It is my pleasure to invite you to join the first webinar of the “Solar” section of the journal Nanomaterials.

The section, “Solar Energy and Solar Cells”, is a relatively new section, having been launched last year in 2021. It was born in response to the urgent need for clean energy and a better environment. The section aims to publish original high-quality research, communications, articles, and review articles in the broad areas of solar-related materials, devices, processes, and technology, as well as simulations, computational studies, and emerging machine learning applied to these research topics. It covers important research topics, such as solar cells, solar fuel, solar energy storage, and lifecycle analysis of solar-related materials and technology.

To achieve the goal of publishing high-quality, high-impact research in the areas of solar energy and solar cells, we have assembled an excellent editorial team, composed of 10 world-leading scientists. Through our efforts, we all hope to make contributions to the development of these strategically important areas.

As part of our joint efforts, today, I am pleased to host the webinar fully dedicated to Solar Energy. I am honored to introduce three of our editors, Prof. Bao-Lian Su (Belgium), Prof. Baoquan Sun (China) and Prof. Quinn Qiao (USA), who are all outstanding scientists. They are going to share with us their experience and strategies in addressing challenging energy and environmental issues.

I look forward to welcoming you and “meeting” with you online at the webinar. I hope you will enjoy all three inspiring and exciting speeches.

Prof. Dr. Dongling Ma
Webinar Chair

Date: 25 February 2022

Time: 11:30am CET | 5:30am EDT | 6:30pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 859 7808 7232

Webinar Secretariat:


Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Research Center of Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Quebec, Canada

Prof. Dr. Dongling Ma, holder of the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Advanced Functional Nanocomposites, has been a professor at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) since 2006. Her main research interest consists of the development of various nanomaterials (e.g., semiconductor quantum dots, transition metal catalytic nanoparticles, plasmonic nanostructures) and different types of nanohybrids for applications in energy, environment, catalysis and biomedical sectors. She has co-authored >150 journal articles in a broad range of areas, centered on materials science, in selective, high-impact journals such as J. Am. Chem. Soc, Nat. Commun., Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., ACS Nano, Adv. Funct. Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., Chem. Mater. and Chem. Soc. Rev. She has co-authored six patents (four granted and two under review) and four book chapters. She has delivered >120 invited speeches at international conferences and prestigious universities/government laboratories. She serves on multiple journal editorial advisory boards, including the prestigious ACS Energy Lett., ACS Applied Nano Materials, Scientific Reports (Springer-Nature), Frontiers (Energy), PhotonX (Springer), etc. She also acts as the section Editor-in-Chief for the section “Solar Energy and Solar Cells” of Nanomaterials, and serves in the Section Editor of National Science Review (NSR, Materials Science). She serves as a panel / committee member for different funding agencies in Canada and other countries.

Invited Speakers

Laboratoires de chimie des matériaux inorganiques (CMI), University of Nmaur, Namur, Belgium

Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and Clare Hall Life Member, University of Cambridge, Prof. Su held “Belgian Francqui Chaire” in 2012-2013. He received his doctoral degree in 1992 from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Sorbonne University, Paris), France and is a full Professor at the University of Namur since 2002. He holds also a Changjiang Professor position at the Wuhan University of Technology. He was the president of the senior member selection committee of the Academic Institute of France (IUF) (2020) and has been elected as president of the International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA) for the period from 2021 to 2027. He received a series of awards and honors such as, First Class Invention Award of Sinopec, China in 1993, China Patent Excellence Award, China in 1994, Adolphe Wetrems Prize of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2007, Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis, IUPAC in 2011, Friendship Award of the Chinese Government, 2019, First Class Nature Science Award of Hubei Province, 2019 and Darsh-Wasan Award of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, 2020, The International Mesostructured Materials Association Award (IMMA Award), 2021. Prof. Su’s current research fields include the synthesis, study and the molecular engineering of bio-inspired hierarchically porous materials and bio-integrated living materials for catalysis, photocatalysis, artificial photosynthesis, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy storage and conversion and cell therapy.

Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials, Devices, Institute of Functional Nano, Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou, China

Prof. Dr. Baoquan (Sam) Sun is full professor (PI) in Institute of Functional and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) of Soochow University. He received his PhD in Chemistry at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2002. After being a postdoc. in Prof. Friend's group in Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University and in Dr. Klimov's group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he was appointed a full professor in Soochow University in Suzhou, China in 2008. His main research field is dedicated to the physical characterization of semiconductor nanostructures including conductive ink, colloidal quantum dots, nanostructured silicon, and perovskite, and their application in solar cell, light-emitting diodes, and moisture-triggered electricity generation. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in Nat. Comm., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., JACS, Nano Lett., ACS Nano and Adv. Mater. He also holds over thirty patents. Additionally, his “SCI” total citation is over 15,000, and his H-index is 64. In addition, his works have been highlighted by over 200 media outlets, including Nature Climate Change, Nature Photonics, The Times, The Guardian, Xinhua Net, and Phys. Org, etc. He was awarded the Chinese Most Cited Researchers by Elsevier Scopus for “his Exceptional Contribution in Materials Science” in 2018. He won the first prize of Jiangsu Science and Technology Award in 2017. In 2019, he was awarded the National Program. Currently, he is the advisory board member of PSS—Physica Status Solidi (WILEY), and Nanomaterials.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

Dr. Qiao is currently a professor at Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and also an affiliate professor at Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Syracuse University. He is founder for Fastsol Power, Inc, a start-up company to commercialize batteries and their intrinsic integration with photovoltaics for sustainable energy generation and electric vehicles. He is site director for NSF IUCRC Center for Solid State Electric Power Storage (CEPS). He has also been working on nano- and micro-fabrication for batteries, solar cells, and biosensors. His current research focuses on energy conversion (e.g., photovoltaics), energy storage (e.g., lithium metal batteries), sensors, food–energy–water (FEW) sustainability and precision agriculture technologies. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Science, Nature Communications, Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Joule, ACS Energy Letters, Nano Energy, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, IEEE Electron Device Letters, etc. He has received more than USD 12M in research grants as PI or Co-PI from NSF, NASA, USAID, EDA, 3M, Agilent, Raven Industries, Sanford Health, etc. He has more than 10,300 citations on Google Scholar and a H-index of 55.


This is a FREE webinar. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Certificates of attendance will be delivered to those who attend the live webinar.



Time in CET

Time in CST Asia

Chair Prof. Dr. Dongling Ma

11:30 - 11:35 am

6:30 - 6:35 pm

Prof. Dr. Bao-Lian Su

Slow photons for Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics.

11:35 am - 12:20 pm

6:35 - 7:20 pm

Prof. Dr. Baoquan Sun

Silicon Heterojunction for Solar Cell and Its Integrated Energy Harvesting Devices

12:20 - 1:05 pm

7:20-8:05 pm

Prof. Dr. Quinn Qiao

Efficient Solar-Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage

1:05 - 1:50 pm

8:05 - 8:50 pm

Q&A Session

1:50 - 2:00 pm

8:50 - 9:00 pm

Closing of Webinar

Chair Prof. Dr. Dongling Ma

2:00 - 2:05 pm

9:00 - 9:05 pm

Webinar Content

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Relevant SI

Section on Nanomaterials

Solar Energy and Solar Cells
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Dongling Ma

Novel Solar Energy Nanomaterials and Technical Applications for Early Career Investigators
Guest Editor: Dr. Elisa Sani
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 April 2022

Nanomaterials for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Wee-Jun Ong
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022

Nanostructured Photocatalysts for Environmental and Energy Applications
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Qingzhe Zhang & Prof. Dr. Hongyan Liang
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022

Perovskite Nanostructures in Solar Cells: Opportunities and Challenges
Guest Editor: Dr. Xiaoyang Guo
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022

Solar Thin Film Nanomaterials and Nanodevices
Guest Editor: Dr. Zhenhua Yu
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022

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