n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - African network for solar energy : bridging Africans in solar energy research : research notes / commentaries

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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As destiny wanted it, I was invited to replace Professor Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, (director of the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS) of the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria) as a keynote lecturer on "Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells" at the International Conference on Conducting Materials (ICOCOM 2010), which was held from the 3rd to the 7th of November 2010 in Sousse, Tunisia. ICOCOM 2010 was organized among others by Professor Samir Romdhane of the Tunisian Chemical Society. One of the conference participants, Professor Teketel Yohannes from the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, an African expert in the area of organic solar cells, was beforehand not known by Professor Romdhane. This may be related to the linguistic and other cultural barriers existing among African scientists imposed on them from past and present external influences.

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