Wednesday, April 25, 2012
USC Researchers Develop Liquid Solar Cell Technology
Researchers at the University of Southern California report that they have developed new technology to create liquid, solar cells, which can be printed onto surfaces. The new technology--based on solar nanocrystals--were developed by chemistry researchers led by Richard L. Brutchey, assistant professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. According to USC, the technology--which is still "years away" from commercialization--might enable solar cells to be printed as a liquid ink, or painted onto clear surfaces like plastic. The researchers said they still need to iron out their technology, since their research is based on manufacturing nanocrystals based on cadmium, which due to its toxicity is restricted in commercial applications.