Solar panels capture more sunlight with capsaicin - the chemical that makes chili peppers spicy

Chemicals found in food and solar cell technology have an interesting history – as my own research shows.

Jon Major, Research Fellow, Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, University of Liverpool • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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Shedding light on dark traps

Researchers pinpoint the origin of defects that sap the performance of next-generation solar technology.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 16, 2020 ~18 min

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‘Messy’ production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material’s use in next-generation solar cells or LED lighting.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 11, 2019 ~6 min

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New efficiency record set for perovskite LEDs

Researchers have set a new efficiency record for LEDs based on perovskite semiconductors, rivalling that of the best organic LEDs (OLEDs). 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 29, 2018 ~4 min

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