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Flexible, light solar cells could provide new opportunities

December 21, 2012

MIT researchers develop a new approach using graphene sheets coated with nanowires.


Illustration shows the layered structure of the new device, starting with a flexible layer of graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon material. A layer of polymer is bonded to that, and then a layer of zinc-oxide nano wires (shown in magenta), and finally a layer of a material that can extract energy from sunlight, such as quantum dots or a polymer-based material. Illustration courtesy of the research team

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