One more slice to drive the solar stack

An extra metal fluoride layer facilitates charge separation and boosts performance in perovskite–silicon tandem solar cells.

Organic water splitters get a boost

Built-in heterojunctions enhance the ability of nanoparticle photocatalysts to produce hydrogen fuel from water.


A tight line and a keen eye led KAUST’s Vice President for Research to spot a new species of bream now named in honor of two beloved women.

Illuminating perovskite photophysics

A detailed view of how electrical charges behave inside perovskites could guide efforts to improve the performance of next-generation solar cells based on these materials, KAUST research has shown.

Beam me up to 5G, Schottky

A novel device architecture makes organic electronics applicable to 5G telecommunications.

A tailored coat to beat the heat

Tunable perovskite-based multilayered films provide long-term stability for high-performing solar cells.

Shedding light on efficiency loss in organic solar cells

A deeper understanding of efficiency-limiting processes provides design rules for organic solar cell materials.

Making light work of emerging micropollutants

Pulses of intense light could clean organic pollutants from wastewater.

Ramping up point-of-care diagnosis for COVID-19 and beyond

Transistor-based sensors offer hope for rapid diagnosis and treatment for COVID-19 and other infections.

Transparent electrodes without the damage

Damage from adding electrical contacts to sensitive semiconductors can be mitigated using a buffer layer and optimized deposition.

Prof. Derya Baran recognized as one of C&EN’s 2021 Talented 12

Solar power innovator is creating organic materials for cheaper, more efficient photovoltaics

International Collaboration Leads to New and Improved Solar Panels

Two-sided technology collects more energy to make solar more efficient and less expensive.

Solar gains stack up

Clever contacts enhance perovskite/silicon tandem solar-cell performance.

Minding the gaps to boost perovskite performance

A simple holistic solution plugs the performance-sapping defects that hamper new alternative solar materials.

Building a better biosensor polymer

Conquering a chemical challenge to control the structure of a polymer opens a path to better biosensors.

2D materials offer unique stretching properties

Calculations predict that atom-thin sheets of carbon chalcogenides will grow wider when stretched in any direction.

The right ring count to harness waste heat

Rational molecular design produces air-stable polymer-based semiconductors to better exploit waste heat for electricity.

Seeing both sides of light collection

Combining two light-absorbing materials and optimizing the flow of current improves the performance of solar cells.

Pay-off when solar cells can keep their cool

Modeling shows the true cost of heat on PV system performance.