13.12.16 - Professor Michael Grätzel has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a national, non-profit organization of approximately 145 member institutions and some 3,000 individual members and Fellows. The NAI holds an annual conference and an annual awards ceremony during which it welcomes new Fellows.

The 2016 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows Selection Committee, has elected Professor Michael Grätzel to the rank of NAI Fellow. The Committee describes Professor Grätzel as a “truly prolific academic inventor” who has “demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”

Professor Grätzel, director of EPFL’s Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces, is known worldwide for pioneering the field of molecular photovoltaics (the famous Grätzel cells), as well as energy- and electron-transfer reactions in mesoscopic systems in the context of solar electricity and fuels. Grätzel cells have proven to be much cheaper and easier to manufacture compared to other photovoltaic cells, and Grätzel’s lab has been consistently improving their stability and efficiency.

The NAI has invited Professor Grätzel to attend the Fellows Induction Ceremony on April 6, 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston.