About Thomas Deschamps

Head of the science & technology office at the French consulate of San Francisco

Last solar session, Thursday March 22nd at 4PM

This session will be followed by a poster session, a technology showcase and a social mixer organized by BERC students.

Jose Alvarez, Laboratoire de Génie Electrique de Paris (LGEP) CNRS
Electrical characterization of silicon heterojunctions and silicon micro/nanowires for solar cells applications 

Xavier Blase, CNRS
Many-body perturbation theories for organic photovoltaic solar cells

Henri Mariette, CEA
II-VI nanostructures, with type-II band alignment, for photovoltaics

Thermoelectricity session, Thursday March 22nd at 3PM

Carolina Abs Da Cruz, CEA-LITEN
Thermal transport in thermoelectric materials: ab initio modelling of Time Domain Thermo Reflectance measurements


Shannon Yee, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
A Solution Processable Polymer-Hybrid Thermoelectric Material


Maryline Guilloux-Viry, CNRS
Multifunctional transition-metal cluster based materials of interest in the field of thermoelectricity and nanotechnologies.

Carbon Capture & Sequestration, Thursday March 22 at 1:30PM

Join us for a technical session on Carbon Capture & Sequestration with the following speakers:

Ian Bourg, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Nanoscale basis of CO2-brine multiphase flow and geochemistry in carbon dioxide storage repositories


Roberta Poloni, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Ligand-assisted enhancement of CO2 capture in metal-organic frameworks



Alex Fernandez-Martinez, CNRS/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Carbonate Mineral Nucleation Pathways in Geological Carbon Sequestration

Are Nanotechnologies Sustainable and Green? Roundtable Thursday March 22nd at 10:30AM

This panel discussion will be moderated by Feng Wang, UC Berkeley.

Aude Teillant, Centre pour l’Analyse Stratégique
Towards a responsible development of nanotechnologies in France

Marty Mulvihill, UC Berkeley
Realizing the Promise of Nanotechnology

Claire-Marie Pradier, CNRS-LRS
Nanoparticles for environment, energy and health - Some challenges and research projects

Emeric Fréjafon, INERIS
Assessing and reducing risks for a sustainable development

Sylvain Costes, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
How computer models and quantitative biology could be used to assess the health risk of emerging nanotechnologies

Modeling new materials for energy applications, Thursday March 22 at 9AM

Kristin Persson, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Accelerating materials research for energy storage applications


Alejandro Franco, CEA-LITEN
Physical Multiscale Modeling of Electrochemical Devices for Energy Storage  and Conversion: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges


Quantum simulations of organic photovoltaic compounds

Speaker on photovoltaics: Ali Javey

Professor Ali Javey received a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 2005, and was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2005 to 2006. He then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley where he is currently an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He is also a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he serves as the program leader of Electronic Materials (E-Mat). He is an associate editor of ACS Nano. He is the co-director of Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC), and Bay Area PV Consortium (BAPVC).

Professor Javey’s research interests encompass the fields of chemistry, materials science, and electrical engineering. His work focuses on the integration of nanoscale electronic materials for various technological applications, including novel nanoelectronics, flexible circuits and sensors, and energy generation and harvesting. For his contributions to the field, he has received numerous awards, including APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (2011); Netexplorateur of the Year Award (2011); IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award (2010); Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2010); Mohr Davidow Ventures Innovators Award (2010); National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research (2009); Technology Review TR35 (2009); NSF Early CAREER Award (2008); U.S. Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering (2008); and Peter Verhofstadt Fellowship from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (2003).

Speaker on Energy Storage: Gao Liu

Dr. Gao Liu is a Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His research work focuses on high-energy lithium battery for transportation applications. Dr. Liu received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2001, where he had worked on polymer materials for lithium rechargeable batteries and other energy conversion systems. Dr. Liu joined the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) program at LBNL as a postdoctoral fellow in 2001, and became a scientist in 2004. He has been working on electrochemical energy storage field since he came to LBNL.

His presentation: Conductive Polymer Binder and Silicon Composite Anode for High Energy Lithium Ion Battery

Speaker on Photovoltaics: Zacharie Jehl

I graduated in 2008 in University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, with a master degree in Physics and Material Science. I started my phd thesis in december 2008 at the Institut de Recherche et Developpement sur l’Energie Photovoltaique (IRDEP). My research topic is the elaboration of ultrathin high effficiency CIGSe solar cells. I am specialised in the elaboration of semiconductors by vacuum and electrochemical methods, along with optoelectronic characterisation of solar cells and semiconductors.

New insights on light trapping for ultrathin CIGSe solar cells:

Keynote Speaker: Paul Alivisatos, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Dr. Paul Alivisatos serves as the seventh director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, succeeding Steve Chu when he was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Alivisatos has led a distinguished career in chemistry and nanoscience research.  He has made groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals, including the synthesis of size and shape controlled nanoscystals, and studies of the optical, electrical, structural, and thermodynamic properties.   He has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging and renewable energy.  He is currently the Larry and Diane Bock Professor of Nanotechnology and is a professor in the departments of materials science and chemistry at UC Berkeley.  (Larry and Diane Bock are the founders and main leaders of the U.S.A. Science & Engineering Festival, held on the Mall in Washington, DC.  The Kavli Foundation sponsors the Kavli Science Video Contest for this Festival.)

He is the recipient of the Linus Pauling Medal, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Eni Italgas Prize for Energy and Environment, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Wilson Prize, the Coblentz Award for Advances in Molecular Spectroscopy, the American Chemical Society Award for Colloid and Surface Science, the Von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society and most recently Israel’s Wolf Prize in Chemistry which he shares with Charles Lieber.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986.

His presentation: Carbon Cycle 2.0 at Berkeley Lab

Speaker on energy storage: Jordi Cabana

Dr. Jordi Cabana-Jiminez is a research scientist working with the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which aims at the development of high-performance rechargeable batteries for use in electric vehicles (EVs) and and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs.)  Prior to joining LBNL in 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (Spain) in 2004   His thesis was entitled “Antifluorite-type Transition Metal Nitrides and Oxynitrides: Synthesis, Characterization and Application in Lithium Batteries” and was supervised by Dr. Maria Rosa Palacín.  He moved to the US in 2005 to work in Prof. Clare P. Grey’s group at SUNY-Stony Brook (USA) as a postdoctoral associate.

Currently, his research aims at improving the power and energy density of electrochemical energy storage devices, both by exploring new materials and optimized microstructures, and through the study of the mechanisms that govern their performance.  He has extensively used long range (X-ray and neutron diffraction) and short range (X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) characterization techniques, both in situ and ex situ, to understand the structural features of a variety of phases that includes oxides, nitrides, oxynitrides and oxysulfides.  He has also applied his knowledge of solid state chemistry to the tailoring of the chemical compositions of these compounds, as well as both their structural and microstructural characteristics, in search of optimal power and energy densities.