30 April 2013 Photonics21 Innovation Award

Rafael Betancur

ICFO PhD student Rafael Betancur receives award from the Industrial European Technology Platform Photonics21. Rafael Betancur has been honored with the 2012 Photonics21 Student Innovation Award for his work on building‐integrated organic semitransparent solar cells. This award is presented to students under 35 years of age who have made a significant contribution in photonics especially related to R&D with industrial impact. Rafael shares the prize with Asaf Shahmoon from Universität Erlangen-Nürenberg in Germany.

Rafael works in the organic nanostructure photovoltaics group led by UPC Professor at ICFO, Jordi Martorell, investigating and developing semitransparent organic solar cells. The new photonic mechanism incorporated into the organic cells can enhance the performance of such devices by efficiently trapping those photons that are invisible to the human eye. The semi-transparent photovoltaic technology under developemnt may be integrated in buildings as windows panes, double skin façades or curtain walls offering an enormous potential for electricity production units to penetrate in urban areas.

The award ceremony took place at the evening reception of the Photonics21 Annual Meeting 2013 on the 29 April 2013.

Congratulations Rafa!