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Paul Narchi awarded Siebel Scholar

Paul Narchi, Class of 2009 and who has just defended his PhD thesis at the Laboratory of Interfaces and Thin Films (LPICM), is awarded Siebel Scholar. He thus joins an active community of over 1,000 brillant Scholars, including Sundar Pichai, Google CEO since 2015 and Siebel Scholar 2002.

Paul Narchi, former PhD student of the Laboratory of Interfaces and Thin Films and whose PhD work was funded by Total through a CIFRE scholarship (industrially co-sponsored), has been awarded Siebel Scholar during an award ceremony that took place on Wednesday, January 25th at École Polytechnique. 

The Siebel Scholars program recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading universities in business, computer science, bioengineering, and since 2016, in energy science, providing them with a financial award for their final year of studies. The Siebel Scholars Foundation is coordinating in particular with the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research, which was launched in August 2015 and to which École Polytechnique participates, to distinguish very talented students in the field of energy.

École Polytechnique Alumnus (Class of 2009) and graduated with École Polytechnique Master programme “Renewable Energy Science and Technology”, Paul Narchi joined the LPICM in 2013 as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Pere Roca i Cabarrocas, director of the lab. His Ph.D. project aimed at developing image processing and microscopy techniques to locate nano-defects in commercial crystalline silicon solar cells. Reducing the number of defects would enable to produce more energy out of existing industrial solar cell designs. The project aimed at having a direct industrial impact since Total has been interested in transferring these techniques to SunPower, the world technological leader in crystalline silicon solar cells. Since 2011, Total is the majority shareholder of SunPower. Paul Narchi’s work especially led to a patent.

About Siebel Scholars programme

The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 by the Siebel Foundation to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science. These include: Carnegie Mellon University; École Polytechnique; Harvard University; Johns Hopkins University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Northwestern University; Politecnico di Torino; Princeton University; Stanford University; Tsinghua University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Diego; University of Chicago; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Pennsylvania; and University of Tokyo. Today, this active community of over 1,000 leaders serves as advisors to the Siebel Foundation and works collaboratively to find solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
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