World Trade Club Offers Exporting For Beginners: There’s no need to wait to begin learning about the export process. WTC Detroit/Windsor Association will present “Basics of Exporting” Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the WTCDW offices, 1200 Sixth St. Detroit. This seminar is especially useful for new to export companies, entrepreneurs and new hires. Come prepared to ask your questions and learn some important information as you look to export. The program features speakers from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Small Business Administration. The seminar will cover the following topics: Are you ready to export?; methods of payment, finance and insurance; marketing, sales and distribution; logistics and export documentation; risks and regulations; free trade agreements and how they benefit you; and the State Trade and Export Program. The fee is $30 which includes breakfast. Registration is required at least two business days prior to the event. Upon registering, a unique confirmation number will be e-mailed to you within one business day. Call (313) 962-2345, Ext. 222, or register online at www.wtcdw.com/programs/basicsofexporting.html.
The Electrochemical Society To Meet On Thin Film Solar Cells: The Detroit Section of the Electrochemical Society will meet at Lawrence Technological University Dec. 5 on “Electrodeposition for the Synthesis of Thin Film Solar Cells,” featuring Hariklia (Lili) Deligianni, of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. A promising material for low cost, thin film, solar cell absorber layers is the quaternary compound of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), the equivalent of CuInS2 with Sn and Zn replacing In. Electrodeposition of thin films is one of the most selective processes, because deposition only occurs at positions on a substrate where conductivity is highest. Dilute aqueous solutions are used, and materials utilization rate in electrodeposition is over 90 percent due to the selectivity and due to the extensive know-how that we have on the re-use and recycling of electrodeposition solutions. We have demonstrated previously, using a CuInS2 (CIS) precursor, the scalability of our electroplating tools and process from 15 cm x 15 cm to 30 cm x 60 cm substrates. A methodology similar to the one used for the scale-up of electrodeposited CIS can be used for the electrodeposited earth abundant materials. We have successfully fabricated an electrodeposited CZTSe and CZTS solar cell with 7.0 percent record high power conversion efficiency. During the material synthesis, a single phase CZTSe formed at different annealing conditions indicating a wider process window than the annealing conditions of CZTS. We found out that the grain microstructure of CZTSe and of CZTS greatly varies at different processing conditions. A record long minority carrier lifetime among all reported CZTS/Se solar cells highlights the good quality of the absorber materials, and demonstrates that the metal electrodeposition/chalcogenization synthesis is a viable approach for the fabrication of CZTS solar cells. The meeting will be held in Room 406 of the Taubman Welcome Center at Lawrence Tech, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Soutfhield. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7:30. The price is $20 for members, $22 for guests, and $10 for students, with payment by cash or check only. RSVP to Neil Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. More at www.electrochem.org/ecs/sections/detr/detr.htm.
Compuware Sets Webcast On Customer Experience: Compuware Corp. has scheduled a Webcast on “How Bon-Ton Stores Is Ensuring An Excellent Customer Experience For The Holidays” for Wednesday, Dec. 5 at noon Eastern time. Register at this link. In this webcast, Michael Douds, Manager of Web Technologies, will discuss how Bon-Ton gained visibility and insight into their online customer experience using Compuware dynaTrace User Experience Management. Learn how Bon-Ton identified Web site visitors’ click paths and user experience issues in minutes instead of hours; gained 100 percent end-to-end visibility from browser-click to database and back; ensured the performance of critical visit-based Business Transactions such as “Add To Cart”; and enabled the success of Special Promotions with real-time monitoring.