Elias Assmann (left) and Karsten Held (right) demonstrate the idea behind the new solar cell: Light is absorbed by a layered structure, free charge carrieres are produced and electric current starts to flow. (Credit: Image courtesy of Vienna University of Technology, TU Vienna)

New Material Promises Better Solar Cells

Feb. 12, 2013 — Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology show that a recently discovered class of materials can be used to create a new kind of solar cell.

Single atomic layers are combined to create novel materials with completely new properties. Layered oxide heterostructures are a new class of materials, which has attracted a great deal of attention among materials scientists in the last few years. A research team at the Vienna University of Technology, together with colleagues from the USA and Germany, has now shown that these heterostructures can be used to create a new kind of extremely efficient ultra-thin solar cells.

Read more: New material promises better solar cells — Science Daily.

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