Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference 09

Solar Materials Symposium Sponsor:


MNBC Conference Hosts:

Washington Technology Center Logo

Presenting Sponsors:



Session Sponsors:


CH2M Hill

Keynote Sponsors:

Oregon State University

University of Oregon

Breakfast Sponsor:

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Break Sponsors:

Life Technologies

Portland State University

Conference Reception Sponsor:

Stoel Rives

Opening Reception Sponsor:

Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC

Presenting Media Sponsor:

Nanotechnology Now

Media Partners:



American Elements



National Nanomanufacturing Network

Simu Tech Group

Perpetua Power


Washington State University Vancouver

University of Washington

Dune Sciences


National Energy Technology Laboratory

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference (MNBC) &
Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) present

Solar Materials Symposium
Monday, September 21,2009 – 8am -5pm
Doubletree Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon


Full conference registration includes admittance to Solar Materials Symposium OR one of three Short Courses.

Cost to attend Solar materials Symposium ONLY– US$145.00

Two mixed university/industry panels will discuss problems and perspectives surrounding current PV materials and the exciting potential of new nano/micro PV technologies. Oregon BEST will also highlight the results of an Oregon-wide inventory of university solar research assets. The Oregon BEST Solar Materials Symposium will be a must-attend event for solar material researchers and industry representatives. Keynote speakers at the symposium include Nate Lewis of Caltech on a "Global Energy Perspective" and Jessika Trancik of MIT on "Nanostructured Porous Materials for Low Carbon Energy Conversion".

Monday, September 21,2009
7:00am – 8:00am Registration and Networking
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome
Dave Kenney, Oregon BEST
8:30 – 9:45

Keynote: Global Energy Perspective
Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

This presentation will describe and evaluate the challenges, both technical, political, and economic, involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies. First, we estimate the available fossil fuel resources and reserves based on data from the World Energy Assessment and World Energy Council. In conjunction with the current and projected global primary power production rates, we then estimate the remaining years of supply of oil, gas, and coal for use in primary power production. We then compare the price per unit of energy of these sources to those of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar thermal, solar electric, biomass, hydroelectric, and geothermal) to evaluate the degree to which supply/demand forces stimulate a transition to renewable energy technologies in the next 20-50 years. Secondly, we evaluate the greenhouse gas buildup limitations on carbon-based power consumption as an unpriced externality to fossil-fuel consumption, considering global population growth, increased global gross domestic product, and increased energy efficiency per unit of globally averaged GDP, as produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A greenhouse gas constraint on total carbon emissions, in conjunction with global population growth, is projected to drive the demand for carbon-free power well beyond that produced by conventional supply/demand pricing tradeoffs, at potentially daunting levels relative to current renewable energy demand levels. Thirdly, we evaluate the level and timescale of R&D investment that is needed to produce the required quantity of carbon-free power by the 2050 timeframe, to support the expected global energy demand for carbon-free power. Fourth, we evaluate the energy potential of various renewable energy resources to ascertain which resources are adequately available globally to support the projected global carbon-free energy demand requirements. Fifth, we evaluate the challenges to the chemical sciences to enable the cost-effective production of carbon-free power on the needed scale by the 2050 timeframe. Finally, we discuss the effects of a change in primary power technology on the energy supply infrastructure and discuss the impact of such a change on the modes of energy consumption by the energy consumer and additional demands on the chemical sciences to support such a transition in energy supply.
9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Panel 1: Solar Materials of Today, Problems and Perspectives
Chih-hung (Alex) Chang, Oregon State University
Dave Cohen, University of Oregon
Gary Goncher, Portland State University
George Williams, CEO, Voxtel
Scott Schumacher, VP Sales and Marketing, Peak Sun Silicon
The first panel will provide an overview of today’ s solar PV materials and lead a discussion on the limitations and promise of current technologies. Panelists from basic research and from industry will give their perspective on the state of today’s PV materials, with an eye towards the technical and commercial challenges involved in producing today’ s materials, and in fostering their widespread adoption.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 Panel 2: Oregon Solar University Research Inventory
Joseph Janda, Portland State University
The second panel will present the results of an inventory of solar research and characterization capabilities at Oregon universities conducted in 2009 by Oregon BEST.
1:15 - 2:45 Keynote: Nanostructured Porous Materials for Low Carbon Energy Conversion
Jessika Trancik, Assistant Professor in the Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In order to stabilize carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that is expected to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change, our global energy infrastructure will need to approach zero carbon dioxide emissions in the second half of this century. I will discuss why this engineering challenge is likely to require major advances in our understanding of fundamental materials properties required for energy conversion, and our ability to inexpensively control these properties. I will then present recent results on controlling materials at the nanoscale in order to optimize properties needed in solar cells, fuel cells and batteries. Several specific examples will be used to demonstrate the great promise of controlling porous materials at the nanoscale in order to achieve inexpensive and scalable ultra-low carbon energy conversion devices.
2:45 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Panel 3: Solar Materials of Tomorrow, nano/micro technologies
Angus Yip, CTO, Soluxra
David Ginger, University of Washington
Greg Rorrer, Oregon State University(moderator)
Guozhong Cao, University of Washington
Rajendra Solanki, Portland State University
Terri Fiez, Co-founder and Director, Azuray Technologies
Dirk Weiss, Washington Technology Center
The third panel will provide a vision of what future (5-10 years) solar nano/micro materials and technologies might look like and how they might perform. University and industry panelists will present a few examples, and lead a discussion on what technical considerations are relevant to seeing commercial adoption of such technologies.


The advance registration rate of $195 (available through September 14) and deeply discounted hotel block rate of $116 are available until Friday, September 4, 2009. See www.micronbc.org for details.

For further information, please visit www.micronbc.org or contact the conference manager:

Skip Rung * President and Executive Director * ONAMI * skip@onami.us * 541.231.4883 

Solar Materials Symposium
Keynote Speakers:

Nate Lewis
Nate Lewis
George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Jessika Trancik
Jessika Trancik
Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute
Assistant Professor, Engineering Systems Division, MIT