Michael Grätzel (EPFL) to Receive the Marcel Benoist Prize 2013

Michael Grätzel to Receive the Marcel Benoist Prize 2013

Michael Grätzel, professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), will receive the Marcel Benoist prize 2013, for his work on dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The Marcel Benoist Foundation has announced that they will honor Michael Grätzel with the prestigious prize in a ceremony to be held on November 19, 2013.

(c) Alain Herzog/EPFL

(c) Alain Herzog/EPFL

Michael Grätzel focuses his work on renewable sources of energy and photovoltaic solar cells. The impact of his work on the development of DSSCs, is reflected in their denomination as Grätzel cells. They can convert sunlight into electricity by using a photoelectrochemical system. The advantage of this system is transparency, low cost, and high power-conversion efficiencies under cloudy and artificial light conditions.

The Marcel Benoist prize has been awarded annually since 1920 to scientists working in Switzerland contributing useful scientific discovery, which are of significance for human life. It is administered and awarded by the Marcel Benoist Foundation, and remains one of the highest distinctions of science in Switzerland.

The reference article was published by the EPFL.

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