King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes excellence in 5 categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science, since 1979

Professor Michael Grätzel

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Topic: Chemistry


Nationality: Switzerland

Professor Michael GrätzelProfessor Michael Grätzel is a Professor, Director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces (Institute of Physical Chemistry), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

He was awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Science for his foundational and practical discoveries in the development of photo-electrochemical systems for solar energy conversion. His world-famous Grätzel solar cells are simple and relatively inexpensive to manufacture, and they possess unique practical properties including flexibility and transparency. Professor Grätzel’s work has had and will continue to have a major impact on the practical realization of solar-energy conversion.

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