Bart Saes

PHD Student

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Utrecht University, I continued studying in Utrecht where I did my master thesis in the group of professor R. J. M. Klein Gebbink titled ‘Nickel Complexes of a Diphosphine-Ketone Ligand: Oxidation-State Dependant Coordination’. Still as part of my master degree, I did an internship at the University of Edinburgh in the research group of A. N.  Hulme focused on the generation of ortho-brominated para-substituted phenols in flow chemistry. Having finished my degree, I started a graduate project in the Grätzel research group at the EPFL in Lausanne focused on the synthesis of novel dyes for application in dye-sensitized solar cells. As the attention of the Grätzel group had by then fully shifted to the development of perovskite solar cells, I decided to start my graduate project anew in the group of R. A. J. Janssen.

My current research project efforts mainly focuses on the development of responsive organic solar cells, in particular photochromic solar cells. One of the main goals is to develop a colourless organic solar cell that turns coloured under sunlight to subsequently start working as a solar cell and to revert back to a colourless state when sunlight is absent.