Coordinator: Dean's Office
Ayush Gupta and Tathagata Sengupta
Monday and Thursday (11 AM to 1 PM)
Starting from August 23, 2021
Coordinator: Dr. Mashood K. K.
Amitabh Banerji, University of Potsdam, Germany
940 5808 5713
In times of climate change and the "Fridays-For-Future" movements, the demand for new, innovative and everyday life-related topics and contexts in the classroom is louder than ever before. Because it is not enough just to know buzzwords like “greenhouse gases”, “electromobility” or “solar cells”. Rather, it is necessary to understand the fundamental scientific-technical relationships behind these keywords and to interconnect them. This is the only way to enable the next generation to take part in social discourse and important political decisions in an increasingly technology dominated world. Organic electronics is a cutting-edge research area that deals with innovative products such as OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) or organic photovoltaics (OPV). Due to the material properties of the molecules used, the electronic components can in future be manufactured flexibly, transparently or even by printing. The first smartphones and smartwatches with flexible displays are already on the market. (Almost) invisible organic solar cell films are currently being installed and tested in windows or facades. An extremely motivating and lifelike topic for schoolchildren. In my lecture, I will discuss the theoretical basics of organic light-emitting diodes and solar cells. And I will demonstrate the low-cost fabrication of such an organic solar cell in a live demo. Furthermore, I will present a material kit, which enables educators to implement this topic in their own classes.
Amitabh Banerji is professor for chemistry education at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Further details about his work and the group he leads can be found at https://banerji-lab.com/