First Round of Abstract Submission Ends: Apr 30, 2024
Extended Early Bird Ends: Jan 28, 2024

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Keon Jae Lee
KAIST, Republic of Korea
Title: Self-powered Flexible Piezoelectric sensor
Keon Jae Lee received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 2006. During his Ph.D. at UIUC, he was involved in the first co-invention of “flexible single-crystalline inorganic electronics”, using soft lithographic transfer. Since 2009, he has joined in materials science and engineering (MSE) at KAIST, and currently KAIST endowed Chair Professor. His current research topics are self-powered sensors, energy harvester, micro LEDs, neuromorphic memory, and laser material interaction for artificial intelligent and healthcare applications.
Prof. Arthur J. Nozik
University of Colorado, Boulder, US
Title: Advanced Concepts for Ultra- High Conversion Efficiency of Solar Photons into Photovoltaics and Solar Fuels Based on Quantization Effects in Nanostructures and Molecular Singlet Fission
Dr. Arthur J. Nozik is a Research Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Senior Research Fellow, Emeritus at the U.S DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and a Founding Fellow of the CU-NREL Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). Nozik has been the Associate Director of a joint Los Alamos National Lab/NREL Energy Frontier Research Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics. Nozik received his BChE from Cornell University in 1959 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Yale University in 1967. Dr. Nozik's research interests include size quantization and hot carrier effects in semiconductor quantum dots and quantum wells, including hot carrier solar cells and multiple exciton generation from a single photon, and Singlet Fission (SF). He has investigated the applications of unique quantum effects in nanostructures and SF in molecular chromophores for advanced approaches for solar photon conversion to electricity and solar fuels; photogenerated carrier relaxation dynamics in various semiconductor nanostructures; photoelectrochemistry of semiconductor-molecule interfaces; photoelectrochemical energy conversion, photocatalysis; optical, magnetic and electrical properties of solids; and Mössbauer spectroscopy. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in these fields with greater than 49,900 citations (July 2023), written or edited 7 books, holds 11 U.S. patents, and has delivered over 385 invited talks at universities, conferences, and symposia. He has received many awards and honors in solar energy research including the Establishment in 2022 of the Annual Nozik Lecture sponsored by RASEI (Renew and Sistainable Energy Institute) at the University of Colorado, Boulder featuring High Profile International Scientists, the Cross Medal of the Yale Graduate School (2016) , the Eni Award (from the President of Italy-2008); the Heinz Gerischer Award (2013) and the Research Award of the Electrochemical Society (2002); the Esselen Award (at Harvard University) for Chemistry in the Public Interest from the American Chemical Society 20011), the Research Award of the U.N. Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization, and the Thomson Reuters (Clariyate Analytica) Highly Cited Researcher Designation in 2014 in Chemistry and in 2018 in Physics (latest total h-factor is 101). Dr. Nozik has been a Senior Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry for 12 years and has served on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of many journals. A Special Festschrift Issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry honoring Dr. Nozik’s scientific career appeared in a December 2006 issue and a special Research Symposium was held in his honor at the University of Colorado in 2016, including the establishment at NREL of a named Honorary Nozik Director’s Fellowship. Dr. Nozik is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Chemistry; he is also a member of the ACS, the ECS and the MRS.
Prof. Marija D. Ilić
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Title: Will update soon
Marija Ilić, is a Professor Emerita at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She currently holds a joint appointment of an Adjunct Professor in EECS Department and of a Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is an IEEE Life Fellow and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and the Academia Europaea. She was the first recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award for Power Systems in the US. She has co-authored several books on the subject of large-scale electric power systems, and has co-organized an annual multidisciplinary Electricity Industry conference series at Carnegie Mellon (http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~electriconf) with participants from academia, government, and industry. She was the founder and co-director of the Electric Energy Systems Group (EESG) at Carnegie Mellon University (http://www.eesg.ece.cmu.edu). Currently she is building EESG@MIT https://eesg.mit.edu/ , in the same spirit as EESG@CMU. Most recently she has offered an open EdX course at MIT entitled ``Principles of Modeling, Simulations and Control in Electric Energy Systems”. She is founder and chief scientist at New Electricity Transmission Solutions (NETSS), Inc, currently SmartGridz, Inc https://smartgridz.com/
Prof. Richard Perez
University at Albany, USA
Title: Implicit storage: optimally transforming wind and solar into 24/365 firm power resources
Richard Perez leads solar energy research at U. Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society and as associate editor of Solar Energy Journal. He has produced over 300 journal articles, conference papers, books & chapters.

He holds patents on energy storage and load management. The solar resource models he developed are embedded in many engineering and data simulation platforms around the world. Richard has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the US Department of Energy, American Solar Energy Society’s Charles Greeley Abbot Award; the First International Building and Daylight Award from the Velux Foundation, and the International Solar Energy Society’s Farrington Daniels Award. He leads an International Energy Agency task force on firm renewable power and received the CleanTech Business Club’s 2022 Visionary Scientist Distinction for this work jointly with his son Marc.
Prof. Tapas Mallick
University of Exeter, UK
Title: Net-Zero in Built Environment: Materials, device and system level challenges
Prof. Dr. Tapas Kumar Mallick is currently the Chair in Clean Technologies (Renewables) within the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and he leads the Solar Energy Research at University of Exeter. He is also Co-founder and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Build Solar limited, a spin out company from University of Exeter and Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Prior to joining the University of Exeter, he was at Heriot-Watt University, UK, where he led the “Applied Solar Energy Research”. He has secured research funding (>£13.5m) as PI and Co-PI of various national, European, International and Industrial funders. Prof. Mallick led several international projects including the UK-India project “BioCPV”, empowering 24/7 electricity to 46 households in rural Indian villagers. In addition to board members of numerous national/international conferences/ seminars, Prof. Mallick was awarded “British Indian Award for his services to Education” – a premier British Indian award in the UK in 2016 and received “Cornwall Sustainability Award-2018”. He is also Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and Fellow of the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies, FWSSET. He has published over 400 research articles and holds two patents on solar technology successfully supervised 25 PhD candidates to completion in wide range of problem associated to Solar Energy.
Prof. Hashem Nehrir
Montana State University, USA
Dr. Nehrir received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees all in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 1969, 1971, and 1978, respectively. He started his educational career at then Pahlavi University (now Shiraz University) in 1971 and joined The Montana State University (MSU) Electrical Engineering faculty in 1987. He has taught a variety of courses on electric power systems, alternative energy power generation, energy conversion devices, electric circuits, and control. Dr. Nehrir's active research include modeling, control, and energy management of alternative energy distributed generation (DG) sources and microgrids with multiple alternative energy and conventional DG sources, and smart grid functions including demand response and application of intelligent control and multiagent systems to power systems. His research was supported by a variety of sources, including: The US National Science Foundation, NSF-EPSCoR, USDOE, DOE-EPSCoR, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Electric Power Research Institute, The Montana Power Company (now NorthWestern Energy), Montana Electric Power Cooperatives, and Montana Electric Power Affiliates Program (MEPRA). Dr. Nehrir is the author of four books and numerous journal and conference publications, all listed in his vitae. His research on fuel cell modeling and control, during 1999-2009, resulted in dynamic models for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC), suitable for distributed generation application studies. His 2009 book in this area (co-authored by his former graduate student, Dr, Caisheng Wang) and the fuel cell models developed by his research team are being used around the world. For more information about the models and download for research and/or educational purposes, go to Fuel Cell Models. He has lectured on his research and educational activities around the globe, including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Poland, and USA. Dr. Nehrir is an IEEE Life Fellow for contribution to alternative energy power generation systems modeling an control. He was an editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2009-2015), consulting editor of the same Transactions (2016-2021), and Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Renewable Technologies Subcommittee (2019-2021). He received MSU's highest research Award, Charles & Nora Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorious Research in 2010, the IEEE PES Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award in 2016, and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board, in 2017.