Northern Illinois University researchers are reporting on a potential breakthrough in the development of hybrid perovskite solar cells. The scientists developed a technique to sequester the lead used to make perovskite solar cells and minimize potential toxic leakage. Working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have a new material design that puts the long-sought idea of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable fuel within reach. Scientist Heinz Frei has spent decades working toward building an artificial version of one of nature’s most elegant and effective machines: the leaf. Frei, and many other researchers around the […]

A new Brown University study found that cracks in brittle perovskite films can be easily healed with compression or mild heating. This is a good sign for the use of perovskites in next-generation solar cells. The study, published in the journal Acta Materialia, found that though perovskite films tend to crack easily, those cracks are […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists in a collaboration with University of Groningen (UG) scientists have developed a method to analyze which pairs of materials in next-generation perovskite solar cells will harvest the most energy. In a paper published in Science Advances, physicists Professor Sum Tze Chien from NTU and Professor Maxim Pshenichnikov […]

A Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HBZ) für Materialien und Energie team has demonstrated that hybrid halide perovskites crystallize without an inversion center. Interactions between the organic molecules and adjacent iodine atoms can lead to the formation of ferroelectric domains, which, indirectly, can result in higher solar-cell efficiencies. The formation of these ferroelectric domains cannot occur in purely […]

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