Environmental concern and depletion of natural resources has become a major issue of modern society. Thus, a strategy to stabilize the energy supply by shifting towards renewable energy source is needed to overcome the current energy problem for social security. Photo-Electronic Hybrids Research “Center” was founded in order to resolve these issues by following the national agenda of harvesting solar energy, an almost infinite energy source obtainable without investing a large amount of social overhead capital. This center mostly focuses on the fields of organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells, inorganic solar cells, flexible thermoelectrics, and high-activity energy storage materials. There are currently 17 Ph.D-level senior/ principal staff researchers in charge of on-going projects, 4 master-level staff researchers, and 52 post-doc. and student researchers.
Photo-Electronic Hybrids Research Center researches original technologies to maximize the power conversion efficiency from light and/or heat to electricity so as to help Korea become a world’s leading country in energy technology. The vision is to create new industries and contribute to the national energy security. Based on our world-level technologies in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells, inorganic solar cells, flexible thermoelectrics, and high-activity energy storage, our goal is centered around developing original materials and device technologies for photon-heat-electric energy conversion (E-Cycle) and achieving its maximum efficiency.