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CEA Laboratories will host Winning Research from the Grenoble Session

CEA has announced that it will host the most promising research project(s) to emerge from the upcoming GSAS Session on Graphene Fundamentals and Applications, to be held in Grenoble June 20-27, 2011. The team(s) with the winning research plan(s) will be hired as postdocs at CEA laboratories on the  the Giant Innovation Campus in Grenoble, France.


Designed to respond to major societal challenges such as renewable energies and environmental problems, bioscience and human health, and communication technologies, the GIANT campus incorporates three technological centers of excellence in applied research: MINATEC in micro and nanotechnology, GreEn in energy and Nanobio in health and biotech. 

R&D facilities on the GIANT campus include four large CEA research institutes: LETI (micro and nanotechnologies) LITEN (new energy technologies) INAC (nanosciences and cryogenics) and iRTSV (integrated functions of proteins); CNRS-Grenoble (National center for scientifique research); the European Molecular Biology Laboratory; the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility; the Grenoble Institute of Technology; and many others.

New Graphene Session to be held in Grenoble, France


September 2010

The GIANT Innovation Campus hosted a GSAS Session in Grenoble, France from June 20-27, 2011 which addressed the basic properties of graphene-based materials and their myriad applications to renewable energy, information storage, communication systems, and many other areas.  The Session was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, US and CEA, France.

The Session created diverse multidisciplinary teams of young researchers and challenged them to design innovative projects that leveraged their complementary strengths. The teams attended a focused series of lectures and received project mentoring from leading international graphene experts including Harry Kroto and Sumio Iijima.

Teams worked together to produce very unique and innovative projects.  Students gained experience in collaborating with their peers across various sectors and disciplines.  They were encouraged to think about the broader implications of their research and succeeded in communicating their research to diverse stakeholders. The members of team 1, who had the most promising project, were offered postdoctoral scholar positions at GIANT.



GSAS Scholars from Sydney perform Solar Cell Research at Northwestern

Shu-Te Ho of National Tsinghua University in the lab with Jon Servaites and Charusheela Ramanan of Northwestern

July 2009

Following the 2008 Session on Advanced Solar Cells in Sydney Australia, a team of GSAS Scholars from Australia, Taiwan, and the United States launched a collaboration in dye-sensitized solar cells.

Scholars and Fellows came from the University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong in Australia, the National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the University of Freiburg in Germany, and Northwestern University in the United States.

Shortly after the Session, Shu-Te Ho of NTHU visited Northwestern, where he collaborated closely with Jon Servaites and Charusheela Ramanan of Northwestern.

 Entire Global Research Team from the Sydney Session, shown with their mentors

GSAS Director Visits ITRI Solar Cell Team

September 2007

GSAS Director, R.P.H. Chang visited the ITRI Nanotechnology Research Center where a project on dye-sensitized solar cells is being carried out by a team of GSAS Scholars.

The team was initially formed at the first GSAS Session on Advanced Solar Cells held in Taiwan in September 2006. One  year later, the group working at ITRI includes Krystoff Skupien, a graduate student from the University of Krakow in Poland and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Research in Germany, Jing-shun Huang, a graduate student at the National Taiwan University, and Chang-Chung Yang, a postdoc at ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) in Taiwan.

 At the Taiwan Session, Krystof Skupien of Poland, Chang-Chung Yang of Taiwan, and Jordan Katz of the US receive mentoring from A. Hinsch of Germany

GSAS Energy Series Funded by NSF

July 2007

Based on the success of its first Session, GSAS has been awarded seed funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue its Solar Cell Research series. The next Session will be held in Sydney Australia in July 2008. Plans are also underway to organize Sessions in Brazil and China.

The School was officially launched in Taiwan in September 2006, with major funding from the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) on the topic of Advanced Solar Cells. Twenty students and nine senior experts took part in the first Session and a collaborative research project is was hosted for implementtion by the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan.

This funding from the US government, together with complementary funding from international foundations, industrial partners, and government agencies in Asia, Europe, and Africa will enable GSAS to train global leaders and launch new collaborative research projects in the critical field of Solar energy development.

GSAS Director, RPH Chang, is encouraged by the grant and hopes that other international agencies will join the NSF and the NSC in funding the GSAS global initiative. "We can all benefit by training our young people to work together", he said. "And together we can perform research to solve the world's most difficult problems."