Plenary Speaker

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Michael Grätzel

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Michael Grätzel studied chemistry and received his doctoral degree from the Technical University Berlin. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Petroleum Research Foundation at the University of Notre Dame, USA before returning to the Berlin where he received his habilitation and venia legendi. Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) since 1977 he directs there the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces, conducting research on energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic systems and their use to generate electricity and fuels from sunlight and store electric power in lithium ion batteries. His recent awards include the Paracelsus Medal, the Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the King Faisal International Science Prize, the Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels, the Benoist Prize, the First Leigh-Ann Conn Prize in Renewable Energy, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the Paul Karrer Gold Medal, as well as the Millenium Technology Grand Prize, the Balzan Prize and the Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the European Academy of Science. He is a Fellow of several learned societies and holds ten honorary doctor’s degrees from European and Asian Universities. His 1400 peer reviewed publications have received some 200000 citations (h-factor = 205) making him one of the 3 most highly cited chemists in the world.

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