Researchers are looking for better materials to harness solar energy, but the efficiency of one promising chemical, perovskites, has eluded them.
Scientists are no longer in the dark regarding perovskite’s benefits, owing to new research from Cambridge University.
The material’s variegated chemical structure, it turns out, protects it from the electronic hazards that plague comparable materials, and could pave the way for future improvements to it and other green-tech materials.
Perovskite, a high-performance solar cell material that converts more of the sun’s rays into electricity, has repeatedly demonstrated its worth in lab testing.
However, it was unknown why the material functioned so well until today, despite a decade of scientific advancements.
Cambridge University researchers were able to uncover perovskite’s secrets by examining its chemical, structural, and electrical disarray with a range of microscopes.
The new discovery could speed the development of perovskite, allowing scientists to fine-tune the material’s composition and integrate it into commercial solar arrays, as well as pave the door for future energy research involving other materials.
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