PVSC Awards

PVSC Young Professional Award


Dr. Henry Snaith, professor at University of Oxford, is the recipient of this year’s IEEE PVSC Young Professional Award. He is recognized for pioneering breakthroughs with hybrid perovskite-based materials that have spawned a revolution in thinking about thin film PV technologies. Henry Snaith undertook his PhD at the University of Cambridge, working on organic photovoltaics under Prof Sir. Richard Friend. Then, he spent two years at the EPFL, in Switzerland, as a post doc working on dye-sensitized solar cells under Prof Michael Grätzel. He returned to the Cambridge to take up a Fellowship for Clare College in 2006, and moved to the Clarendon Laboratory of Oxford Physics in 2007, where he now holds a professorship and directs a group researching in optoelectronics, specifically organic, hybrid and perovskite devices. His research is focused on developing new materials and structures for hybrid solar cells and understanding and controlling the physical processes occurring at interfaces. He has made a number of significant advances for emerging PV, including the first demonstration of “gyroid” structured titania for dye solar cells, the first demonstration of a mesoporous single crystal of TiO2, and the recent discovery of high efficiency organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite based solar cells. His recent work with perovskite solar cells has transformed the PV research community, and scientists from every sector are turning their hands to explore the intriguing properties of perovskites. He has raised over £9M in research funding from the UK research councils, European Commission and Industry over the last 8 years, which supports his research team. In December 2010 he founded Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd. which is rapidly commercializing the perovskite solar technology transferred from his University Laboratory. Attendees of PVSC 42—Be sure to check out the plenary presentation by Prof. Snaith taking place Thursday, June 18, at 8:30 am.



Nomination Deadline: February 10, 2015

Please note that, in order to deconflict from the abstract submission deadline, the Awards Committee has extended the submission deadline for both the Cherry Award and the Young Professional Award to February 10.

About the Award

The PVSC Young Professional Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion, including work on PV materials, devices, modules, and/or systems. The award recipient must also show significant promise as a leader in the field. An award is given annually at the PVSC (not World Conferences).

Award Package

The award consists of a $1000 monetary award, complimentary conference registration, plaque, and recognition at the PVSC Opening Ceremony. In addition, the awardee will give an honorary 30-minute talk during a regular session of the conference, in conjunction with his/her respective technical area.

Rules & Eligibility

  • Nominee must be a young scientist or engineer who has made significant contributions to photovoltaic energy conversion, including work on PV materials, devices, modules, and/or systems.
  • Nominee must have received their first post-secondary degree (Bachelor’s level) within the past 15 years, relative to the nomination deadline.
  • Nominees are not required to be members of IEEE or EDS.
  • Nominees from any country and institution are eligible.
  • Nominees are expected to have prior contributions to the PVSC.
  • Previous recipients of the Young Professional Award are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominations will not automatically roll over to subsequent years, but nominators are allowed to resubmit nominations, provided the nominee is still eligible. Supplements to the original nomination are allowed, and should reflect the nominee’s latest work.
  • Members of the awards subcommittee in charge of selection are eligible to be nominated, but would recuse themselves of subcommittee duties if they are nominated.
  • The award must be received by the winner in person at the PVSC; no award will be made in absentia, except under extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the conference chair.

Nomination Package Requirements

  • Completed and Signed Nomination Summary Form (2 pages)
  • Nominator Statement (2 page limit) supporting the nominee’s suitability for the award with respect to:
    • innovative and creative nature of the nominee’s work
    • significance of the nominee’s work with respect to the broader PV community
    • previous contributions to the PVSC
    • potential shown as a future leader in the PV community
  • Nominee Curriculum vitae (2 page limit)
  • List of nominee’s key publications and patents (1 page limit)
  • Up to 3 letters of endorsement from individuals familiar with the nominee’s qualifications and area of research. Each letter may be up to 1 page long and should make reference to specific qualifications that make the nominee best-suited for the award. Each letter should be on letterhead and include the signature of the endorser.
  • Entire nomination package should be assembled as a single PDF document (10 pages, maximum) in the following order:
    • Nomination Summary Form (2 pages)
    • Nominator Statement (2 page limit)
    • Curriculum Vitae (2 page limit)
    • List of nominee’s key publications, patents, and/or other technical literature (1 page limit)
    • Letters of support (up to 3, each letter 1 page limit)


Please submit the nomination packet by February 10, 2015 via email to [email protected].


Questions? Contact the Awards Chair [email protected]

Previous Recipients

Oliver Schultz-Wittman, 2014


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