Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Self-assembling Solar-harvesting films

New Research promises cheaper ultra-light thin film solar panels and the basis of a low-cost tool for 3D printing of these thin film circuits.

"Scientists from Imperial College London, working at the Institut Laue-Langevin, have presented a new way of positioning nanoparticles in plastics, with important applications in the production of coatings and photovoltaic material that harvest energy from the sun. The study, presented in Advanced Materials (cover article), used neutrons to understand the role that light – even ambient light – plays in the stabilisation of these notoriously unstable thin films. As a proof of concept the team have shown how the combination of heat and low intensity visible and UV light could in future be used as a precise, low-cost tool for 3D printing of self-assembling, thin-film circuits on these films."

Read more at: Phys.Org

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