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Join us at BIYSC! Molecules and light: towards the next generation of solar cells

By Dr. Laia Pellejà (Scientific Education and Outreach at Communication at The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), BIYSC Coordinator of the project “From molecules into electricity“.

If you are the kind of student who comes up with questions about how matter behaves at a molecular level, or how solar cells work and how we can create them, this project is then made for you. It is oriented to students with great interest in Chemistry, Molecular Physics, Nanotechnology and Alternative Energies.

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The taught component of this project will cover key concepts of chemical bonding and molecular structure, allowing us to explain the optical and electronic properties of light-absorbing compounds. Depending on these properties, we will learn how molecules interact with each other and with light in a very important real-life application: photovoltaic solar energy.

With the contents learnt during the lectures, we will carry out a full research activity using the scientific method as a guideline. At first, we will use basic lab techniques and procedures to obtain and purify two organic molecules. We will then use these compounds and some other pigments extracted from natural products to fabricate our own solar cells. With the assembled solar devices, we will obtain electricity from light to power small appliances. We will also explore how to split water molecules using electricity generated by our solar cells in order to obtain hydrogen as another energy source. If you want to find out and learn how to think like a real scientist, join us at BIYSC!


BIYSC is an International Scientific Challenge programme, that aims to connect the most passionate science students with the best researchers in their field. Registrations are open, do not lose your place! If you like science and you are between 16-19 years-old you cannot miss BIYSC from July 11th to 22nd 2016 in ‪#‎Barcelona! 10 projects, 10 ‪#‎research centers, two weeks of practical courses to work in research centers side-by-side with researchers, ‪#‎scientific conferences, debates, visits to the research centers and much more! Are you in? www.biysc.org

The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) started its research activities in 2004. Since its creation, ICIQ aimed at becoming a centre of excellence, and it is internationally known as a leading institution in the field of chemistry committed with performing research at the frontiers of knowledge. ICIQ research groups conduct top quality research on two main areas: Catalysis and Renewable Energies. ICIQ is part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).

Director of the center: Miquel A. Pericàs  Renowed Researcher: Emilio Palomares

Excellence and recognition awards
  • 2014 – ICIQ received the “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” seal by the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation of Spain.
  • 2012 – ICIQ received the “Premi Nacional Partenariat Públic-Privat ICIQ-Henkel-UAB” of the National Research Awards (Generalitat de Catalunya).
  • 2010 – ICIQ received the “Narcís Monturiol” seal by the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya).

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Contact us: contact@biysc.org or groups@biysc.org

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