naXys Newsletter – May 2019

Newsletter – May 2019


  • Statistical properties of second-order tensor decompositions, Joni Virta (Aalto University, Helsinki), April 30, 14:00 – 15:00, E25
  • PercoMCV: A hybrid approach of community detection in social networks, Nathanaël Kasoro Mulenda (University of Kinshasa), May 2, 13:00 – 14:00, E25
  • The Quantum Chesire Cat: some new aspects and possibilities, Debmalya Das (Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, India), May 7, 13:00 – 14:00, E25
  • TBD, Maxime Lucas (Aix-Marseille University), May 16, 13:00-14:00, E25
  • Pharmacokinetic modeling and strategies for drug dosing recommendation: application to meropenem, Pauline Thémans (University of Namur), May 23, 13:00-14:00, E25

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2019-05-naXys Tandem Solar CellsnaXys & UNAMUR FOR CLIMATE Alexandre Mayer (NaXys), Valérie Depauw (IMEC) and Arsalan Razzaq (IMEC) are collaborating for the development of tandem silicon-perovskite photovoltaic modules that could reach energy conversion efficiencies beyond 30%! The efficiency of current high-performance commercial modules is of the order of 22-24% (technology based on crystalline silicon). The use of tandem silicon-perovskite modules could improve significantly the efficiency of commercial photovoltaic panels and help solve the climate crisis. The research requires a numerical modeling of the silicon-perovskite module, thanks to a software developed by IMEC. A genetic algorithm developed at UNamur is then used for the parameter optimization. By running the genetic algorithm on the CECI supercalculators, it is possible to evaluate in parallel different sets of parameters for the photovoltaic module. One can then determine, after a few generations, the structure that will provide the best possible energy conversion efficiency. More info

Eric Cornelis has been invited by “Politique”, a Belgian journal for analyses and debates, to 2019-05-Politiquedescribe which are, from his point of view,  the future challenges for mobility in Wallonia. In his paper, he highlights  four main issues : the ageing population, the sustainabilty, the interactions with “foreign” attractive poles (as Bruxelles or Luxembourg) and the rurality. He also explains that specific solutions have to been developed for each of these concerns. More info


POSTDOC POSITION IN THEORETICAL COMMUNITY ECOLOGY at the University of Namur, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, and Research Unit of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, up to three years. The main objective is to study, using theory and models, the effects of global change on the diversity and functioning of freshwater food-webs (diatoms and invertebrates). This research is part of an international project targeted at understanding how spatial variability of community composition influences resistance and resilience against global change effects on coexistence and ecosystem function. The recruited scientist will work in collaboration with PI Frederik De Laender and other scientists at the host lab. Starting date is as soon as the position is filled and ideally no later than 01/09/2019. More information can be found here.

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