A printable, flexible, organic solar cell

A vision of sustainable buildings and how organic solar cells can make it real.

About the talk

Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made - and how could change the way we power the world.

About the speaker

Hannah Bürckstümmer · Strategic marketer

Hannah Bürckstümmer studied chemistry following her curiosity for why our environment is set up the way that it is and how new things can be created. She focused on the idea of synthesising new dye materials for organic solar cells, and that became the topic for her PhD at the University of Würzburg in Germany. She joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, six years ago, where she has been continuing her research into third-generation solar cells and, later, on the strategy and marketing for organic photovoltaics (OPVs).