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Guiding the way to improved solar cell performance

Nov 25, 2020

Understanding how particles travel through a device is vital for improving the efficiency of solar cells. Researchers from KAUST, working with an international team of scientists, have now developed a set of design guidelines for enhancing the performance of molecular materials.

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Solar perovskite production on a roll

Nov 10, 2020

Advanced ink formulations could be the key to turning perovskite solar cells (PSCs) from heroes of academic labs into commercially successful products. Researchers at KAUST have developed a perovskite ink tailor-made for a mass manufacturing process called slot-die coating, producing PSCs that captured solar energy with high efficiency. The ink could also be coated onto silicon to create perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells that capture even more of the Sun’s energy.

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A blast of gas for better solar cells

Oct 26, 2020

A simple process for depositing silicon oxide onto silicon wafers could be a great step forward for making silicon-based solar cells. Researchers at KAUST have used a method called plasma processing in a chamber filled with carbon dioxide gas.

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Light on efficiency loss in organic solar cells

Oct 26, 2020

Insight into energy losses that affect the conversion of light into electricity could help enhance organic solar cell efficiencies. A KAUST-led team of organic chemists, materials engineers, spectroscopists and theoretical physicists from six research groups has extensively evaluated efficiency-limiting processes in organic photovoltaic systems.

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Energy-harvesting plastics pass the acid test

Oct 06, 2020

A polymer previously used to protect solar cells may find new applications in consumer electronics, reveals a KAUST team studying thin films capable of converting thermal energy into electricity.

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Quantum dot photovoltaics make a lasting impression

Sep 20, 2020

A process developed at KAUST for depositing extremely thin and smooth films can make it easier to manufacture stable solar cells based on quantum dot technology.

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Tandem devices feel the heat

Sep 14, 2020

Understanding how solar cell operation changes as it moves from the lab into the real world is essential for optimizing their design prior to mass production. KAUST researchers show how perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells function in a sunny and hot environment.

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Time for a new contender in energy conversion and storage

Sep 06, 2020

Evolutionary search has helped scientists predict the lowest energy structure of a two-dimensional (2D) material, B2P6, with some remarkable features, including structural anisotropy and Janus geometry.

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Thin-skinned solar panels printed with inkjet

Aug 26, 2020

Solar cells can now be made so thin, light and flexible that they can rest on a soap bubble. The new cells, which efficiently capture energy from light, could offer an alternative way to power novel electronic devices, such as medical skin patches, where conventional energy sources are unsuitable.

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Filling in the gaps for future solar cells

Jul 19, 2020

A novel technique for mass-producing better-performing perovskite-based solar cells could lay the foundations for next-generation devices that have more efficient power than currently available technologies.

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Looking at linkers helps to join the dots

Jul 12, 2020

Better understanding the science that underpins well-known techniques for developing quantum dots—tiny semiconducting nanocrystals—can help reduce the guesswork of current practices as material scientists use them to make better solar panels and digital displays.

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Professor Iain McCulloch wins Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Jun 29, 2020

Glasgow-born Professor Iain McCulloch has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Interdisciplinary Prize.

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Derya Baran first to represent Saudi institution in Global Young Academy

Jun 29, 2020

Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering Derya Baran has been selected as a new member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), the first member to represent a Saudi Arabian institution.

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KAUST Solar Center director elected fellow of the Royal Society

May 03, 2020

Iain McCulloch, the director of the KAUST Solar Center, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. McCulloch, who is a KAUST professor of chemical science, as well as a Chair in Polymer Materials at Imperial College London, has made discoveries in chemical design and synthesis to control the assembly of organic semiconducting molecules to form ordered structures with specific electrical and optical properties, for use in a range of devices including transistors and solar cells.

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KSC Center Director, Prof. Iain McCulloch is awarded the 2020 Blaise Pascal Medal in Materials Sciences

Apr 07, 2020

KSC Center Director, Prof. Iain McCulloch is awarded the 2020 Blaise Pascal Medal in Materials Sciences

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