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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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Additive boosts through a twist in the tail

Feb 26, 2020

Long-lived inverted perovskite solar cells can achieve efficiencies close to that of highly efficient yet fragile conventional perovskite solar cells, researchers at KAUST have shown. The discovery could lead to perovskite solar panels that have operational lifetimes and light-capturing efficiencies that rival traditional silicon solar panels, but that are significantly simpler, less energy-intensive and less expensive to make.

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A shift in shape boosts energy storage

Feb 17, 2020

An organic semiconductor photocatalyst that significantly enhances the generation of hydrogen gas could lead to more efficient energy storage technologies.

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Hybrid transistor improves next-generation displays

Feb 11, 2020

An innovative manufacturing technique developed by KAUST researchers has led to the development of hybrid organic transistors for use in next-generation electronic displays and large-area electronics.

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KAUST and ARMOR collaborate on next gen solar tech

Jan 27, 2020

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in collaboration with ARMOR, a global technology company and pioneer of solar solutions has created a new style of outdoor seating, incorporating flexible, lightweight and semi-transparent solar technologies.

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Power dressing

Jan 05, 2020

Wearable electronics could be perpetually powered by stretchy, self-mending materials that use body heat to generate electricity. Three carefully curated organic compounds have been combined to develop a prototype thermoelectric material that is both stretchy and self-healing, can generate its own electricity, and is robust enough to withstand the stresses and strains of daily life.

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