2017 OSU Materials Week had a great start Tuesday afternoon, with a full schedule of activities geared to our materials community. Our welcome event began with introductions by IMR Executive Director Steve Ringel and Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre. IMR staff then surprised Dr. Ringel with a video looking back over IMR’s first ten years and its future directions.
The IMR Keynote Address, “Solar Electricity: Advancements and Opportunities with Innovative Emerging Technologies” was given by Ayodhya Tiwari, Head of the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics at Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology and Professor at ETH Zurich. Tiwari is also the founder and Chairman of Flisom Ltd., a company he created with his doctoral students after achieving world record efficiency in photovoltaic devices developed in his research lab. Tiwari’s address reviewed the need for efficient yet affordable solar energy systems and the challenges in design and functionality of solar cells, and he demonstrated the flexible solar modules produced by Flisom today.
After a brief welcome reception, the crowd reconvened to attend the finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, where six Masters and PhD students were challenged to explain their research in less than three minutes to a general audience. The 3MT® competition is new to Materials Week, and gives graduate students the opportunity to practice the important skill of communicating their scientific work to a non-technical audience. The four judges were marketing and communications professionals from throughout the university, and the 3MT® winners will be announced at our Materials Week closing and poster awards session at 12:45 on Friday.
Materials Week continues through Friday. The full agenda is available online. On-site registration is available.
2017 OSU Materials Week is hosted by the Institute for Materials Research and its Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program. We are grateful for generous support from the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Office of Energy and Environment.