French American Doctoral Exchange Program (FADEx) 2015 : Advanced architectures for solar cells: materials optimization, performances improvement and aging analysis

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The FADEx 2015 scientific topic is “advanced architectures for solar cells: materials optimization, performance improvement and aging analysis.” The Franco-American seminar will take place at Le Bourget-du-Lac in partnership with the National Institute for Solar Energy (Institut National de l’Énergie Solaire or INES) from Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday March, 24th. Following the 2-day seminar, the US Laureates will visit several laboratories or research institutions including INES, MINATEC, Photovoltaic Institute of Paris Region (Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France or IPVF).

The 2015 topic “photovoltaic” was not selected at random. This topic fits into a larger theme that is the development of renewable energies that will have a low impact to the environment and so doing will hopefully reduce the effects of climate changes. Hence, this choice falls within the strong commitment of the French government and the French Embassy to find ways to increase awareness and fight against climate change via for example the organization of the COP21 in December 2015 in Paris or the program FACTS from the Office for Science and Technology.

2015 Laureates for the FADEx program

The committee of selection of Office for science and technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in Washington D.C. has reviewed all the applications for the French American Doctoral Exchange Program (FADEx) 2015. The academic level and credentials of the applicants were very high. Because of the limited number of grants, a choice had to be made. The 2015 Laureates for the FADEx program are:

  • Mrs. Jennifer BRAID
  • Mr. Colton BUKOWSKY
  • Mrs. Meixi CHEN
  • Mr. Steven HAWKS
  • Mrs. Rebecca B. M. HILL
  • Mr. Won Jun JO
  • Mr. Eric MANLEY
  • Mrs. Catherine MAUCK
  • Mr. Karl RICKERT
  • Mr. Rylan WOLFE

The Office for science and technology (OST) would like to thank all applicants for their enthusiastic responses and their interest in French scientific Research.

Short provisional Agenda (subject to change without notice)

Sunday, March 22
Arrival in Chambéry, France
Cohesion dinner with all Ph.D. students

Monday, March 23
Conference Day-1: presentations from Ph.D. students and experts
Free evening

Tuesday, March 24
Conference Day-2: presentations from Ph.D. students and experts
Poster Session & Cocktail

Wednesday, March 25
Visit of the Institute INES and the company Hélioslite
train to Grenoble
Visit of G2Elab
Free evening

Thursday, March 26

Visit of MINATEC
Visit of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
Train to Paris

Friday, March 27
Visit of the Institute IPVF
Visit of the CNRS/EDF laboratory IRDEP (Institute of Research and Development on Photovoltaic Energy) in Chatou

Sponsors of the event


If you have any question about this project, please contact:
Lucile Alexandre, assistant manager program FADEx,
Office for Science and Technologie | General Consulate of France in Houston
777 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 600 – Houston, TX 77056 – USA
+1 (713) 985-3297 (p) | +1 (713) 572-2914 (f)