Nanocones could be key to making inexpensive solar cells
Millions of molecules screened in search for the ideal organic solar cell material
Ink with tin nanoparticles could print future circuit boards
Quantum biology: Algae evolved to switch quantum coherence on and off
A UNSW Australia-led team of researchers has discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird quantum phenomenon that occurs during photosynthesis.
Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face
(Phys.org) —New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor ...
Finding the mix: Solar cell efficiency a delicate balance
(Phys.org) —Research from North Carolina State University reveals that solar cell efficiency is based upon a delicate balance between the size and purity of the interior layers, or domains. These findings ...
Charge separation understanding could result in cheaper, more efficient organic solar cells
The goal of making cheap organic solar cells may have gotten a little more approachable with a new understanding of the basic science of charge separation presented in a paper published online today, February ...
Quantum waves at the heart of organic solar cells
By using an ultrafast camera, scientists say they have observed the very first instants following the absorption of light into artificial yet organic nanostructures and found that charges not only formed ...
New study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research
Organic solar cells have long been touted as lightweight, low-cost alternatives to rigid solar panels made of silicon. Dramatic improvements in the efficiency of organic photovoltaics have been made in recent ...
Toward a truly white organic LED: Physicists develop polymer with tunable colors
By inserting platinum atoms into an organic semiconductor, University of Utah physicists were able to "tune" the plastic-like polymer to emit light of different colors – a step toward more efficient, less ...
Chemical engineers' research may lead to inexpensive, flexible solar cells (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Work by a team of chemical engineers at Penn State and Rice University may lead to a new class of inexpensive organic solar cells.
Regulating electron 'spin' may be key to making organic solar cells competitive
Organic solar cells that convert light to electricity using carbon-based molecules have shown promise as a versatile energy source but have not been able to match the efficiency of their silicon-based counterparts.
Disorder can improve the performance of plastic solar cells
Scientists have spent decades trying to build flexible plastic solar cells efficient enough to compete with conventional cells made of silicon. To boost performance, research groups have tried creating new ...
Printing innovations provide tenfold improvement in organic electronics
SLAC and Stanford researchers have developed a new, printing process for organic thin-film electronics that results in films of strikingly higher quality.