25 March 2015

EMS 2014 Outstanding Paper Award

IREC is pleased to inform you that the Dr.Reza Zamani, a former IREC Ph D fellow, has been awarded a prize for the best paper titled; "Polarity-Driven Polytypic Branching in Cu-Based Quaternary Chalcogenide Nanostructures". This work was published in ACS Nano in collaboration with other former IREC  Ph D fellow Ms. Maria Ibañez, and selected as the winner of the 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award in the category "Materials Sciences" by the Jury of the European Microscopy Society (EMS) for the Outstanding Paper Award of 2014. The decision was motivated as follows:  "Zamani and co-workers have employed a sophisticated combination of aberration corrected STEM imaging, image simulation and ab-initio modelling to understand the role of polarity in the growth mechanism of Cu-based chalcogenide nano structures."

The award will be presented during a ceremony at the EMS Extension mmc2015 in Manchester, UK.

We congratulate Dr. Zamani and colleagues on their outstanding achievement and thank them sincerely for their substantial contribution to science

10 March 2015

IREC researchers involved in the edition of a special issue of Physica Status Solidi A

Solar Materials & Systems group leader of IREC, Prof. Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez, is involved as guest editor in the edition of the special issue of Physica Status Solidi a (PSSA) on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics that has been published in January 2015

This issue highlights the main results from on-going and recently finished EU-funded projects belonging to the EU PV Clusters, already presented at the 2nd EU PV Cluster Workshop and General Assembly “Progress in Photovoltaics and Nanotechnology: From FP7 to Horizon 2020” held at the historic building of University of Barcelona (Barcelona) on 26-28 November 2013. This issue collected 29 selected papers from projects in Cluster 2 and 3 (Thin Films PV & Third Generation PV Cells respectively). The presentations given during the workshop highlighted the leading world position of the PV European research community. In this issue 7 relevant contributions are from IREC researchers working on the Scalenano, Kestcells and Inducis FP7 projects.

Additionally, papers developed in the framework of the Scalenano FP7 project that is coordinated by IREC were selected for both the front and back covers of the issue.

27 February 2015

Green eMotion project ends successfully, driving forward electromobility

After four years the EU's flagship electromobility project Green eMotion has come to an successful end in February 2015. The project has defined and demonstrated a European framework that connects all electromobility stakeholders for a seamless, cost-efficient, and interoperable electromobility ecosystem.

Starting in 2011, the project developed prototypes to connect the islands of electromobility existing at the time. The projects defined an overarching ICT architecture and standards, especially for ICT interfaces, and analysed new business models for a charging infrastructure that included electric grid connexions. Within ten demo regions and two replication regions, Green eMotion demonstrated that the project findings work in real life and are also supporting the setup of an electromobility environment from the scratch. The project key results got presented at the 3rd EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum and at the European Economic and Social Committee during a special event for public deciders and socio-economic actors.

26 February 2015

Paving the way towards a European electromobility system

Brussels, 25-26 February 2015.- This week the three flagship electromobility projects of the European Commission, Green eMotion, FREVUE and ZeEUS hosted the European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum in Brussels. It was the 3rd edition of this event and welcomed more than 200 European electromobility experts and representatives from industry, regional, national and European public authorities, transport agencies, utilities, research institutes and academia. With a combination of high level round tables and parallel workshops, attendees learnt about the developments of electromobility in Europe. Nine cross-cutting workshops served as a platform to share and exchange knowledge on operational, technical and policy-related aspects of electric vehicles.



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