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‘Messy’ production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

November 11, 2019

Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material’s use in next-generation solar cells…
Perovskite solar cells get an upgrade

November 8, 2019

Rice University scientists believe they’ve overcome a major hurdle keeping perovskite-based solar cells from achieving mainstream use. Through the strategic…
Promising discovery could lead to a better, cheaper solar cell

November 6, 2019

McGill University researchers have gained tantalizing new insights into the properties of perovskites, one of the world’s most…
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New technique lets researchers map strain in next-gen solar cells

November 5, 2019

People can be good at hiding strain, and we’re not alone. Solar cells have the same talent. For…
A good first step toward nontoxic solar cells

July 26, 2019

Solar panel installations are on the rise in the U.S., with more than 2 million new installations in…
The interlayers help perovskite crystallisation for light-emitting diodes

July 17, 2019

Scientists at LiU working with colleagues from China have shown how to achieve efficient perovskite light-emitting diodes (LEDs).…
Discovery sheds light on next-generation solar cell technologies

June 12, 2019

Halide perovskite solar cells hold promise as the next generation of solar cell technologies, but while researchers have…
Breakthrough in Laser Technology Lights the Way for Improved Displays and Illumination

June 7, 2019

Lead-halide perovskites are considered one of the most promising materials for the production of the lasers of the…
Solar-powered hydrogen fuels a step closer

May 10, 2019

Researchers have used a graphite coating that makes perovskite solar cells waterproof. A cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable…
Researchers chart path to cheaper flexible solar cells

February 18, 2019

There’s a lot to like about perovskite-based solar cells. They are simple and cheap to produce, offer flexibility…
X-rays Reveal Why Adding a Bit of Salt Improves Perovskite Solar Cells

February 12, 2019

A team of researchers has reported new findings about perovskites that could pave the way to developing low-cost,…
Researchers analyzed the oxygen structure (highlighted in red) found in a perovskite’s crystal structure at room temperature, 500°C and 900°C using neutron scattering at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source. Analyzing how these structures impact solid oxide fuel cells could lead to the development of new, improved materials. Credit: Kevin Huang/University of South Carolina
Neutrons—Fueling better power

February 5, 2019

A University of South Carolina research team is investigating the oxygen reduction performance of energy conversion materials called…
Scientists discover new quantum spin liquid

January 23, 2019

An international research team led by the University of Liverpool and McMaster University has made a significant breakthrough…
Spintronics ‘miracle material’ put to the test

January 16, 2019

When German mineralogist Gustav Rose stood on the slopes of Russia’s Ural Mountains in 1839 and picked up…
Supercomputer predicts optical properties of complex hybrid materials

October 15, 2018

Materials scientists at Duke University computationally predicted the electrical and optical properties of semiconductors made from extended organic…
Shake, rattle and roll to high efficiency photovoltaics

October 1, 2018

New insight into how a certain class of photovoltaic materials allows efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity could…
Multimodal imaging shows strain can drive chemistry photovoltaic material

September 27, 2018

A unique combination of imaging tools and atomic-level simulations has allowed a team led by the Department of…
And then there was (more) light: Researchers boost performance quality of perovskites

August 6, 2018

Solar cells are devices that absorb photons from sunlight and convert their energy to move electrons — enabling…
Clues to Solar Cell Efficiency Found at Atomic Level

June 27, 2018

The silicon-based solar technologies that have been around since the 1970s have similar efficiencies—around 20–25 percent. “Despite being…
Scientists go deep to quantify perovskite properties

June 12, 2018

Scientists led by Rice University and Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered electronic properties in quantum-scale devices that…
Light ‘relaxes’ crystal to boost solar cell efficiency

April 11, 2018

Some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform…
Potassium gives perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost

March 22, 2018

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more…
Researchers discover new lead-free perovskite material for solar cells

February 14, 2018

A class of materials called perovskites has emerged as a promising alternative to silicon for making inexpensive and…
Chemists create tinted windows that also generate electricity

February 1, 2018

A new discovery by Berkeley researchers may soon bring us windows that automatically tint on a sunny day…
Scientists Discover Material Ideal for Smart Photovoltaic Windows

January 22, 2018

Smart windows that are transparent when it’s dark or cool but automatically darken when the sun is too…
Watching Atoms Move in Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Reveals Clues to Improving Solar Cells

November 21, 2017

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed…
NSLS-II Welcomes New Tool for Studying the Physics of Materials

August 18, 2017

Versatile instrument for precisely studying materials’ structural, electronic, magnetic characteristics arrives at Brookhaven Lab A new instrument for…
Meniscus-Assisted Technique Produces High Efficiency Perovskite PV Films

July 10, 2017

A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to…
New Class of ‘Soft’ Semiconductors Could Transform HD Displays

June 28, 2017

A new type of semiconductor may be coming to a high-definition display near you. Scientists at the Department…
A new spin on electronics

May 30, 2017

A University of Utah-led team has discovered that a class of “miracle materials” called organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites could…
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