Advanced Optical Materials Top 5 – July 2016

The month’s top articles from the field of nanooptics, optoelectronics, optical devices, detectors & sensors, micro/nano resonators and more.

New world record for polymer solar cells

Polymer solar cells could be cheaper and more reliable thanks to Swedish and Chinese researchers.

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Stability issues of the next generation solar cells

Due to the need to develop efficient, low cost photovoltaics, different emerging photovoltaic technologies have been attracting increasing attention.

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First transparent solar cells developed by physicists of Leipzig University

Prof. Marius Grundmann from Universität Leipzig and his PhD student Robert Karsthof, MSc, and further coworkers have presented the first such transparent solar cell in a recent article in physica status solidi (a).

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International Year of Light: Transfer Printing

John Rogers and co-workers present recent progress in the development of optoelectronic devices and their implementation enabled by micro-transfer printing.

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A Total Eclipse of the Sun: The Response of Photovoltaics in Germany

How the German electrical power grid withstood the the 2015 solar eclipse despite the disruption of energy production from solar power.

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Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

MIT spin-off is producing highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its Silicon Valley pilot production facility.

Photoanodes for Efficient Water Splitting by Photoelectrochemical Cells

Novel hematite-derived photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells improve the efficiency of solar energy storage by water splitting.

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Inkjet-Printed Solar Cells

Thin-film light absorbers are fabricated using an inkjet printer, and show power-conversion efficiencies of about 6.4%.

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International Year of Light: Complex Photonic Structures

This review gives an overview how light-trapping mechanisms based on nanophotonics principles can enhance light absorption in thin-film solar cells.

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