Soft touch sensitivity

Compliant and conductive carbon nanomaterial could be the perfect fit for on-skin electronics.

Design school powers engineers in photovoltaic skills

A new short course for engineers in Saudi Arabia is helping to develop the expertise in photovoltaic solar design to achieve Vision 2030 sustainability goals.

Derya Baran named Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Derya Baran, who heads the Organic Materials for Energy Applications (OMEGA) research group at KAUST, has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

The Green Promise

Frederic Laquai, interim director of the KSC was interviewed for the Al-Arabiya TV documentary-“The Green Promise” which explores the Kingdom’s path to a clean and green future.

Measured approach to organic solar cell mastery

Precisely determining the energy levels of different solar materials leads to high performance devices.

Helping Saudi Solar shine, no matter the weather

Real-world testing enables local industry to profit from the unique climate of the Middle East.

Tip tricks control reactions in a single molecule

Pulses from an atom-sharp tip enable researchers to break and form chemical bonds at will.

A reflection on the real world

A simple reordering of the layers in solar-cell modules can help improve efficiency.

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.

Illuminating perovskite photophysics

Light causes small rapid distortions in solar cell material, affecting how charge carriers behave.

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.