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Congratulations to Prize Winners of KAUST Research Conference: Synergistic Approaches in Solar Energy Conversion

Mar 06, 2018

Four young scientists awarded prizes for their outstanding contriubuitions to the KAUST Research Conference: Synergistic Approaches in Solar Energy Conversion

A simple additive to improve film quality

Jan 30, 2018

Simple chemicals called glycol ethers help make better perovskite thin films for solar cells.

Thin films for use in solar cells are more effective when simple chemicals called glycol ethers are added to the film-forming mix, a KAUST team has found. 
“This is an unexpected discovery,” says Esma Ugur, a Ph.D. student in the KAUST Solar Center team that observed the effect. “It yields more uniform thin films with improved structure and efficiency.”

A simple soak for a solar tune-up

Jan 29, 2018

A mild post-fabrication doping approach can boost the solar conversion of quantum dot-based photovoltaic cells.
The performance of solar cells that consist of semiconductor nanoparticles surrounded by ligand molecules is now easier to control. Researchers from KAUST have developed a method that enhances the ability of these colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells to convert the sun’s energy into electricity by altering the surface chemistry of their functional layers in a noninvasive way.

Science as Story Telling People’s Choice Award goes to Ahmed Balawi, Esma Ugur, Emilie Dauzon and Yazeed Al Harbi

Jan 21, 2018

In the Science as Story Telling sessions, KAUST’s young scientists learn the latest technology and techniques for visual science communication