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Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research

Conventional solar cell efficiency could be increased from the current limit of 30 percent to more than 60 percent, suggests new research on semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots, led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin.

Lower-Cost Solar Cells to Be Printed Like Newspaper, Painted on Rooftops

Lower-Cost Solar Cells to Be Printed Like Newspaper, Painted on Rooftops

Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle "inks" that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight.

Engineers Develop Method to Disperse Chemically Modified Graphene in Organic Solvents

A method for creating dispersed and chemically modified graphene sheets in a wide variety of organic solvents has been developed by a University of Texas at Austin engineering team led by Professor Rod Ruoff, opening the door to use graphene in a host of important materials and applications such as conductive films, polymer composites, ultracapacitors,…   » Continue Reading