The University of Rome Tor Vergata (UTV) founded the Centre of Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (www.chose.it) and its laboratories, in 2006 with a grant totaling 6 million euros over three years from the Lazio Region (2006-2009), and another 1.5 million per year for 2009-2012. It is a center of excellence for the research on third-generation organic photovoltaics on glass and on flexible substrates internationally recognized. In particular, CHOSE deals with Dye Sensitized solar cells (DSCs), in which is among the world leaders for the production on glass and large area, and with polymer bulk-heterojunction solar cells (BHJ-SCs). CHOSE collaborates with many Universities and with more than 15 industrial partners on thematic related with industrialization of 3rd generation photovoltaic. From 2009 CHOSE is part of DYEPOWER, a consortium established between industrial partners (ERG and PERMASTELISA) and universities (University of Turin and University of Ferrara) whose objective is the industrialization of DSC transparent and colored panels for the architectural integration. CHOSE is also part of three spin-off companies: DYERS for materials and specific measurements set-up for photovoltaics; TIBERLAB for multiscale design project and INTELLIENERGIA for renewable plant design.
CHOSE owns a lab, dedicated to the fabrication of solar cells, in Tecnopolo Tiburtino, with an area of over 500m2 with over 250m2 of class ISO7 clean room facilities equipped for the construction and measurement of organic, polymer and hybrid cells and large area glass and plastic modules and panels and two characterization laboratories for a total of 150 m2 at the Department of Electronic Engineering of Tor Vergata. A team of around 30 people is working in this centre now on the theoretical and experimental research and development of photovoltaic devices.



The University of Roma Tor Vergata (UTV) will coordinate the GO-NEXTS project and will be also in charge of the electrical and optical modelling of the graphene based solar cells (WP2) and of the realization, test and measurements of the solar cells (WP4).



Dr. Francesca Brunetti is Assistant Professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata since 2006. Her research experience is focused in the analysis, design and manufacture of electronic and optoelectronic devices through the use of nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes and nanowires) and organic semiconductors. She took part in several national and international projects, she has been responsible for the research unit of Tor Vergata in PRIN-2007 "Fabrication and modeling of an array of tactile sensors" and took part to the OPTHER-European project "Optically driven THz amplifier" for which UTV was the coordinator. She published more than 50 among papers (some with a high citation index) and conference proceedings. She holds 4 patents.

Prof. Aldo Di Carlo is Associate Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" Since 2001. His research activity concerns the study of electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices and the fabrication of organic electronic devices.

Dr. Andrea Reale is Assistant Professor in the University of Rome Tor Vergata since 2004. The research activity is focused on photovoltaic systems based on organic and hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors.

Prof. Thomas M. Brown is Associated Professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata since 2005. He has built a vast experience in both academia (PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge) and industry (Senior Engineer at Plastic Logic Ltd) in the field of bringing innovative research from the laboratory to industrialization. His actual research activity is focused on solution-processed photovoltaics.



University of Rome Tor Vergata
Dr.-Ing. Francesca Brunetti

Dept. of Electronics Engineering
via del Politecnico 1
00133 Rome, Italy

Phone: +39-06-72597366
Fax: +39-06-72597939

URL: www.optolab.uniroma2.it

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