On the occasion of the SCS Fall Meeting dinner Prof. Michael Graetzel was awarded the Paracelsus Award 2016, the highest distinction of the SCS award program. In the Zunfthaus zum Rüden in Zurich, more than 60 guests from academia and industry paid homage to the prize winner and joined the event on September 14, 2016.

In the name of the SCS Award board and the SCS Board of Directors we like to congratulate again to Prof. Graetzel and his team.

Paracelsus Prize 2016

160914 Paracelsus GraetzelCHF 20,000 and medal in gold. The award is given to

Prof. Michael Graetzel, EPF Lausanne,

for his invention and development of the dye-sensitized solar cell.

Photo: Prof. Michael Graetzel (right) and Dr. Alain De Mesmaeker, SCS President (left)


Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Michael Graetzel directs there the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces. He pioneered the use of mesoscopic materials in energy conversion systems, in particular photovoltaic cells, lithium ion batteries and photo-electrochemical devices for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen by sunlight. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline oxide films (Text from http://lpi.epfl.ch/graetzel).