Molecular engineering for the future
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Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Deuren Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 22:00
Buckshot Café
Gedempte Zuiderdiep 58, 9711 HK Groningen 

Solar Cells

Over the past decade, solar panels have been a boon to humanity concurring our space outside our earth's atmosphere to the large solar fields in desserts covering as much as 10 sq. km., generating hundreds of megawatts of power! These solar panels contain solar cells that are brittle, non-flexible, and most importantly, made primarily of Silicon. 

We, at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, are aiming towards developing new solar cells made out of Organic Molecules. These solar cells can be thought of as the environmental-friendly alternatives that come with the added functionality of being able to be printed on flexible materials like your clothes or human skin! We are also working on developing these Organic Solar Cells that can be fabricated entirely using environmental-friendly solvents like water


Jane Kardula 

PhD student

University of Groningen


Molecular Computers

One of the first ever 'computer' ENIAC (1945) had about 11,000 vacuum tubes, weighed 27 tons, occupied 167 sq. meters and consumed 157kW! Today, the world record is held by a fingernail-sized IBM computer chip, containing 20 billion transistors (each 7-nanometer wide;1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair!). However, these Silicon-based technologies are hitting a hard wall; further shrinking them down (while ensuring they do no blow-up) is becoming impossible as the laws of Quantum Mechanics come into play.

We, at Zernike Institute, are developing electronic circuits based on Organic Molecules (1-2 nanometer or smaller in size) that are governed by Quantum rules, and provide added functionalities that are not present in Silicon computers. Envisioning Molecular Computers -- for the future -- in which tiny molecules (like in the human brain) will be the main activecomponents.

Saurabh Soni

PhD student

University of Groningen