EPFL’s Professor Graetzel Inspires Japanese Students
Prof. Michael Graetzel, whose name regularly appears on the short list of those predicted to win the Nobel Prize, gave a special lecture to at the University of Tokyo. The approximately 90 students studying advanced material engineering were informed of the most recent developments in the research of dye-solar sensitized solar cells and related technologies. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) professor also gave up-to-date examples on the application side by industry partners around the world.
In addition to giving technological inspiration, Prof. Graetzel presented to the students the key to become a successful scientist — curiosity! He explained that in a meeting with Bill Gates, the founder and former chief executive of Microsoft Corp. was extremely interested in knowing the details of the technology behind Prof. Graetzel’s famous findings.
The professor at first was hesitant to go so much into depth about topics including electron-transfer reactions in mesoscopic materials and their application in solar energy conversion systems, optoelectronic devices, and lithium-ion batteries. However, the American business magnate and philanthropist insisted and the professor was impressed with his never-ending curiosity.