Reminder: EAIFR Webinar Colloquium by Prof. Wole Soboyejo on "New Frontiers for Physics in Africa: From Solar Cells and Light Emitting Devices to Medical Physics", TODAY 16 July at 16:00 hrs.
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Thu Jul 16 09:38:10 CEST 2020
EAIFR, ICTP's partner Institute in Rwanda, is organizing a Webinar
Colloquium by Prof. Wole Soboyejo on "New Frontiers for Physics in
Africa: From Solar Cells and Light Emitting Devices to Medical Physics",
TODAY, 16 July at 16:00 hrs.
Preregistration is required at the following address:
https:/ /zoom.us/webinar/register/W N_y5Uch__SRw6vdZxoT1eSng
The talk also will be livestreamed on ICTP's YouTube channel.
Biosketch: Wole Soboyejo is a materials scientist whose research focuses
on the mechanical properties of materials, biomaterials, the use of
materials for the detection and treatment of diseases, and the use of
materials science to promote global development. He has a PhD from
Cambridge University, and was a professor at Princeton University until
2016. He has published more than 400 papers, and served as President and
Provost of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in
Abuja, Nigeria. Soboyejo was the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering
and Professor of Engineering Leadership at the Worcester Polytechnic
Institute (WPI), USA and is currently the Provost and Senior Vice
President at WPI. He was member of the ICTP Scientific Council for many
Abstract: Soboyejo will present some new frontiers for physics in
Africa, with a focus on African challenges in health, energy and the
environment. In the first part of the talk, he will explore the
development of the next generation of low cost perovskite solar cells
and light emitting devices that are produced using a pressure-assisted
fabrication technique that results in solar cells with photoconversion
efficiencies of about 23.5% (close to the world record for perovskite
solar cells). The high efficiencies of these solar cells are explained
by considering the combined effects of charge transport across layers
and interfaces in these devices. The implications of the results are
then discussed for the development of the next generation of solar cells
and light emitting devices.
In the second part of his talk, Soboyejo will explore the development of
the next generation of nanotechnology and robotics for the detection and
treatment of disease. These include nanoparticles and targeted drugs for
the detection and treatment of cancer, and medical robotics for the
detection of covid-19. He will use specific examples to illustrate the
opportunities for African physicists to be part of the development of
magnetic/gold nanoparticles and biomedical devices for the detection and
treatment of breast, prostate and cervical cancer.
The talk will conclude with an overview of the role that physicists can
play in the development of robotically-guided probes for the detection
For information, check the following link:
We look forward to seeing you on-line.
Director's Office, ICTP
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