Education

Training and education of researchers

The Section for Organic Energy Materials at DTU Energy puts great emphasis on the education and training of scientists.  

It is our belief that a multinational, gender-balanced environment is the optimal setting for the generation of outstanding research. Currently more than 10 different nationalities are represented in the scientific group.

 

PhD Workshop on OPV

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The Section for Organic Energy Materials regularly offers PhD workshops on organic solar cells. The workshop deals with organic solar cells and details of materials degradation and production of small and large scale OPV. Laboratory work and reporting of results provide students with in-depth knowledge of production and analysis of organic solar cells. The course will be held by a number of experts and with the active involvement of participants.

Please refer to  Plasticphotovoltaics for more information about workshops.

Online Course on OPV

Coursera course  

We also offer a free online course on OPV, entitled Organic Solar Cells - Theory and Practice, via the Coursera platform. Please refer to Coursera for more information about the course.

Outreach activities

The Section for Organic Energy Materials has participated in a number of outreach activities, including:

 

The Children’s University (2014)

The Childrens' University is an event where kids at the ages of 9-12 get the opportunity to visit DTU and become acquainted with the world of natural sciences.

The Children’s University is a collaborative effort between DTU and the Industrial Foundation, and the purpose is to introduce the children to technical and scientific subjects from a very early age.

In 2014, the children learned about different materials, what they can be used for and why. Next, they attended different workshops at DTU where they got the opportunity to make experiments.

Børnenes universitet 

Photo of some of the staff who participated in The Children’s University. From the right: Researcher Morten V. Madsen and PhD student Lea H. Rossander from the Section for Organic Energy Materials. In the middle:  Head of Section at Applied Electrochemistry Anke Hagen flanked by two chemistry students.

The Sun Cinema (2013)

We supplied the solar cells for The Sun Cinema, which is a small cinema running wholly on sun light. The Sun Cinema was launched at Imperial Festival in central London on the 4th of May 2013, and it subsequently toured to the Big Bang Science Festival in London.

Sun Cinema 

Solar-powered reading lamp for African schoolchildren (2009)

Polymer solar cells were applied in reading lamps, which were distributed among schoolchildren in Zambia. The lamps were based on a rechargeable battery and a LED light source. The idea was to provide an affordable alternative to the polluting and unhealthy kerosene lamps that are widely used in developing countries.

Lightening Africa 

Solar hats for guests at the Roskilde Festival (2008)

200 hats with polymer solar cells were distributed at the Roskilde Festival. The cells charged a small FM radio, so the guests could listen to music.

Solar Hat

The first public demonstration of functioning polymer solar cells in the form of a solar hat.