01 Sep '13, 4pm

Spray-On Solar Cells — New, Inexpensive Nanoparticles Lower Solar Cell Manufacturing Costs

Spray-On Solar Cells — New, Inexpensive Nanoparticles Lower Solar Cell Manufacturing Costs

Researcher Jillian Buriak, a chemistry professor and senior research officer of the National Institute for Nanotechnology based on the U of A campus, and her team have designed nanoparticles that absorb light and conduct electricity from two very common elements: phosphorus and zinc. Both materials are more plentiful than scarce materials such as cadmium and are free from manufacturing restrictions imposed on lead-based nanoparticles. Buriak collaborated with U of A post-doctoral fellows Erik Luber of the U of A Faculty of Engineering and Hosnay Mobarok of the Faculty of Science to create the nanoparticles. The team was able to develop a synthetic method to make zinc phosphide nanoparticles, and demonstrated that the particles can be dissolved to form an ink and processed to make thin films that are responsive to light.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/09/01/spray-on-solar-cells-...

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