Research breakthrough to improve stability of next generation solar cells—17 April 2018

A breakthrough in the materials used to make next generation solar cells has been achieved by an international research team led in Australia by by Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, Associate Professor Prashant Sonar, based at the Queensland University of Technology.

Solar cells based on perovskite structured materials hold great promise for a next generation of increased efficiency solar cells due to their high efficiency and ease of manufacture, however their functionality deteriorates in a humid environment. This weakness may have been overcome, following a major breakthrough by the research team, who have used an orange anthanthrone dye based hole transporting layer in the cell, which is highly resistant to moisture and transports current effectively.

The team, who have patented the technology, have had their research published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials.

"This work would have not possible without ARC funding support in the form of my Future Fellowship," says Professor Sonar. 

A video about the breakthrough has been published by Advanced Science News on YouTube.

 

Image: Solar cells based on perovskite structured materials hold great promise for a next generation of increased efficiency solar cells.
Source: Image provided by Associate Professor Prashant Sonar,

 

Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018