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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 is the leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undegraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor’s degree, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Master’s, Graduate Degree, PhD program 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 30% of students and 39% of faculty members).


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