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Solar-Driven Chemistry

Solar-Driven Chemistry

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Our challenge

This course offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge of solar energy, solar cells, solar fuels, and artificial photosynthesis. Part of the course consists of typical lectures and the other part of the course will be resolving a challenge as part of a team.

Study format
Application period
13 September – 9 October 2023
Study period
23 October – 4 December 2023
Hosting university
Tampere University

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcome 1

The student will be able to describe the present energy scenario and explain the need for energy conversion and storage.


Learning Outcome 2

The student will be able to outline the fundamental principles of solar energy conversion.


Learning Outcome 3

The student will be able to list and explain the various technologies that are used to harness the potential of solar energy (e.g., photovoltaics, solar fuels, storage).


Learning Outcome 4

The student will be able to explain the function of on the individual components involved in the utilization of solar energy with a focus on the chemistry of the materials.


Learning Outcome 5

The student will be able to analyze the environmental aspects of solar energy-driven applications.


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The course deals with important and timely topics devoted to solar energy harvesting, conversion, and storage. The core contents of the course can be summarized as follows:

  1. Global energy scenario and the importance of solar energy
  2. Principles of solar energy conversion and storage
  3. Photovoltaics (inorganic, organic, hybrid, from solar cells to modules)
  4. Conversion of solar energy into chemical energy (e.g., solar fuels)
  5. How to store solar energy – case study: batteries
  6. Chemistry of materials for solar energy conversion and storage
  7. Environmental impact of solar energy technologies
  8. Challenge-based work related to the topics of the course

Prerequisites: General chemistry knowledge required (For example: Chemistry for engineers 1 & Chemistry for engineers 2 )

Hosting university

Tampere University

Tampere University