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NAIST (Japan), l’X and CNRS create an ICL for Solar Energy

Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST, Japan), École Polytechnique, also known as l’X, and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), partner to create an International Collaborative Laboratory (ICL) for High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells.

Naotake Ogasawara, President of NAIST, was greeted at École Polytechnique on Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, by Jacques Biot, President of l’X. On this occasion, a partnership agreement was signed. It creates an ICL for High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells, involving NAIST, École Polytechnique and CNRS.

Through this ICL, the three institutions aim to develop scientific collaborations and to explore advanced technology based on the molecular science to contribute to future innovation. This partnership agreement will also facilitate the exchanges of students, professors and scientists.

The creation of this collaborative lab is the result of an 8-year collaboration between researchers from the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films (LPICM - École Polytechnique/CNRS) and from the Information Device Science Laboratory of NAIST.

Several École Polytechnique and CNRS researchers have thus been selected by NAIST to become visiting professors and will visit the partner university in the coming months, including Pere Roca i Cabarrocas, the Director of the LPICM and three other professors of his team: Yvan Bonnassieux, Erik Johnson and Martin Foldyna. A former PhD student from LPICM was also recruited as a post-doctoral researcher at NAIST.

ABOUT ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE / École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 36% of students and 39% of faculty members).

École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 22 laboratories, 21 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is also a pioneer and leading institution of the major scientific and economic cluster, Paris-Saclay, bringing together top French higher education and research institutions, as well as R&D centers of prominent international companies.


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