In March 2014, Prof.S.Saravanan, Head, Sona PAN (Centre for Photonics and Nanotechnology) on behalf of Sona College of Technology (SCT) and Dr.Toshihiro Kasuga, Head, Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT), Nagoya, JAPAN signed a MoU. As per the MoU, both the parties agreed to develop academic exchange and cooperation in education. Also, they agreed to focus on development of joint research to achieve low cost, high efficiency third generation Solar Cells and exchange of students and scientific materials. Based on the MoU Mr. Kato RYOICHI, Master final year student from Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, NIT, JAPAN had carried out his Internship in Sona PAN with Prof.S.SARAVANAN during October 2015. He is having good experience in Fabrication and characterization of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) and Bulk growth of Single Crystals.
During his internship he learned to prepare the uniform high surface area Nanoparticles (NP) by Green synthesis method for Solar Cell applications. In turn he taught the Sona PAN members to coat the TiO2 nanoparticles (10-13 micro meter) on conducting substrate by using doctor blade method. The preliminary characterization results of the synthesized nanoparticles reveals that the nanoparticles are very much suitable for fabrication of DSSC. He carried the nanoparticles to NIT, JAPAN in order to fabricate and evaluate the performance of the DSSC.
He delivered a talk about the Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) efficiency improvement by doping Green synthesized Nanoparticles. Also, he gave brief introduction about Japanese curriculum and research environment to the sona students. The interested students in either doing higher studies in Japan or taking up research and development activities had attend the talk. The participants got an idea about the research culture and academic environment in Japan.
The principal and management expressed that the collaboration with Nagoya Institute of Technology will lead to develop low cost high efficiency solar cells on light weight flexible plastic substrates by using the green synthesized nanoparticles at Sona PAN.