Michael Graetzel

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Michael Graetzel

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Michael Graetzel is a Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he directs the laboratory of photonics and interfaces. He pioneered research on energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic systems and their use to generate electricity and fuels from sunlight. His invention of dye-sensitized solar cells engendered the advent of perovskite solar cells, constituting the most exciting break-through in the recent history of photovoltaics. He received numerous honors and awards including the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in Basic Science, the Global Energy Prize, Millennium Technology Grand Prize, the Marcel Benoist Prize, the King Faisal International Science Prize, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, and the Balzan Prize. He is a member of the Royal Society, the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences, the German Academy of Science (Leopoldina), the Chinese Academy of Science and several other learned societies. A recent bibliometric ranking by Stanford University places Graetzel in the first position on top of a list of 100’000 world-wide leading scientists across all fields.
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Molecular photovoltaics and artificial photosynthesis
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