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shutterstock_1967532976Renewable energy is the solution with vital importance to carbon neutrality. The RISE Advanced and Renewable Energy Conversion Technologies thrust covers broad areas in renewable energy conversion technologies, including

  • solar energy technologies (various types of solar cells, solar PV systems and applications, solar driven water desalination)
  • Biomass energy technology
  • wind energy harvesting and deployment,
  • green hydrogen generation technologies, and
  • the synergetic combination of these renewable energy technologies such and solar fuel and solar PV hydrogen generation.

Major Ongoing Projects


Printable Solar Cell as Next-generation Solar Photovoltaic Technologies

Projects on perovskite solar cell technology development and organic solar cell technology:

  • RGC Collaborative Research Fund (CRF): “High Performance Photovoltaic Cells Integrating Perovskite and Polymers – Materials, Devices and Mechanism Studies”, (C5037-18G).  Project Coordinator: Prof. Gang Li.

This CRF project is to explore the combination of two technologies to form novel integrated perovskite/organic solar cells, aiming at using their advantages together to achieve efficiency breakthrough, enhanced stability, novel structure devices and new scientific understanding.


  • RGC GRF (15221320): “Printable Ambipolar Transport Materials for High Performance Organic Solar Cells”. 

Organic polymer solar cells (OSCs) have reached over 18% efficiency. For the deployment of the technology, there is critical needs in carrier transport layers for efficiency, stability and printability. This GRF project aims at exploring novel wide-bandgap 3D and 2D perovskites with tunable properties as solution processible ambipolar transport layer materials for OSCs to realize these goals.

Research Focus 4_2

Photo- and Electrocatalytic

  • Shenzhen Science, Technology and Innovation Commission (JCYJ20170818105046904): “Design of Active Sites in Novel Photoelectrocatalysts for Highly Active and Selective CO2 Reduction”

This project addresses the control of surficial active sites on a number of semiconductor-based catalysts for efficient and selective conversion of CO2 to the value-added chemicals.

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