Dr. Giulia Grancini Visir

The 4th of October We were very pleased to welcome Dr. Giulia Grancini at IPVF to discuss about future collaborations. Dr. Giulia Grancini ( is team leader at the EPFL Valais based in Sion in the laboratory of Pr. Nazeerruddin ( . She focuses on the fundamental physics behind advanced photovoltaic devices and authored more …


Chloé Dindault named 2019 Siebel Scholars Award

Chloé Dindault, PhD candidate at IPVF and affiliated with the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films (LPICM, École Polytechnique/CNRS) is named one of the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Siebel Scholars awards. Established in 2000, the Siebel Scholars program annually recognizes nearly 100 exceptional students from the world’s leading graduate schools of business, …


9th edition of the IPVF Scientific Day

The 9th edition of the IPVF Scientific Day was held on July 9th. This opportunity to meet IPVF community and its partners brought together 149 participants. This was the most widely followed day since IPVF creation. This edition was organized around 4 highlights: Leaders of great European institutes, Jef Poortmans for IMEC in Belgium, Frank …


IPVF-INES joint thesis awarded at the E-MRS Spring 2018 conference

IPVF and CEA-LITEN (INES2 Institute for Energy Transition) have joined forces to study polysilicon passivated contacts for future industrial silicon solar cells. This work is the subject of a joint thesis, whose doctoral student, Audrey Morisset, won the Symposium I Graduate Student Award at the E-MRS Spring Meeting 2018 conference in Strasbourg.


IPVF manufactures its first III-V nanowires solar cells on silicon

IPVF, in collaboration with its partner C2N (Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, CNRS) has just completed the manufacturing of its first solar cells made of GaAs nanowires on silicon substrate. IPVF thus joins the small group of international laboratories capable of producing such devices. Romaric DE LÉPINAU, PhD student IPVF / C2N, presented his results …


IPVF at 4th Halide Perovskites Days

The 4th edition of the workshop titled “Halogenated/Halide Perovskites Days” was held from 14th to 16th May near Grenoble in France. It was organized by the French network GDR HPERO (, a national network established in early 2017 by the CNRS which brings together more than 30 laboratories. This year, a total of 60 participants …


The President of the Republic of Angola visits the IPVF

On May 28, 2018, IPVF welcomed Mr. João Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola in its new building at the Paris-Saclay campus. This event was organized by the Ecole polytechnique during an official visit of the Angolan President to France. It was an opportunity to present the ambition and objectives of the IPVF and …


IPVF meet EPFL Valais

IPVF scientists had the great pleasure of discussing with Dr. Giulia Grancini and Pr. Nazeeruddin in the framework of a meeting organized by Edison. This was an opportunity to exchange on possible collaborations of high efficient perovskite cells development and their upscale to large  module.


IPVF publishes its results in Nature Energy

IPVF has just published in Nature Energy an article on the improvement of hot carrier-enhanced solar cells at room temperature”. The article, entitled “Quantitative experimental assessment of hot carrier-enhanced solar cells at room temperature”, is available here: In its project “new concepts”, IPVF indeed explores different mechanisms to reach the ultimate efficiencies of solar …


IPVF is online on CNN!

CNN International, whose famous journalist Jim Bittermann, recently came to IPVF to interview Philip Schulz, following the selection of his project at Make Our Planet Great Again initiative, launched by French president Emmanuel Macron. You can find the whole reportage here, with a special focus on IPVF as of 1:50:

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