The new techniques, which investigated a common type of solar cell made of the semiconductor material cadmium telluride, promise to aid scientists in better understanding the microscopic structure of solar cells and may ultimately suggest ways to boost the efficiency at which they convert sunlight to electricity.
A team of scientists has developed a form of ultrastrong, lightweight carbon that is also elastic and electrically conductive. A material with such a unique combination of properties could serve a wide variety of applications from aerospace engineering to military armor.
The results could be exploited to develop smaller, higher-performance devices for use in a range of applications including molecular sensing, flexible electronics, and energy conversion and storage, as well as robust measurement setups for resistance standards.
Scientists have found a way to recover a protein structure after its chemical denaturation. The method is based on electrostatic interaction between folded, or denatured, proteins and alumina nanoparticles, which unwrap them.
Researchers report a van der Waals heterostructure photodetector consisting of graphene and its fluorine-functionalized derivative that enhances the photoresponse of graphene with broadband sensitivity. The proposed scheme in this work paves the way toward implemention of high-performance broadband graphene-based photodetectors.
Scientists ran a series of atomistic calculations a to find the root cause of defects in two commonly used semiconductor materials - lead selenide (PbSe) and cadmium selenide (CdSe) - and provide design rules to avoid them.