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Lead-free perovskite solar cells

How fluorine additives improve quality

29-Jul-2021

Tin halide perovskites are currently considered the best alternative to lead-containing analogues, but are still significantly less efficient and stable compared to them. Now, a team led by Prof. Antonio Abate from HZB has analysed the chemical processes in the perovskite precursor solution and ...

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On the road to non-toxic and stable perovskite solar cells

Tin instead of lead

13-May-2020

The promising halide perovskite materials for solar energy conversion show high efficiencies, but this comes at a cost: The best perovskite materials incorporate toxic lead which poses a hazard to the environment. To replace lead by less toxic elements is not easy since lead-free perovskites show ...

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Efficient catalyst for water splitting

New hybrid semiconductor material for sustainable hydrogen production

20-May-2019

Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an efficient water splitting catalyst as part of a collaborative international research effort. The catalyst comprises a double-helix semiconductor structure encased in carbon nitride. It is perfect for producing hydrogen ...

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Nanostructures made of previously impossible material

Incorporating high proportions of foreign atoms into crystals

07-Mar-2018

When you bake a cake, you can combine the ingredients in almost any proportions, and they will still always be able to mix together. This is a little more complicated in materials chemistry. Often, the aim is to change the physical properties of a material by adding a certain proportion of an ...

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Electrons zipping around in crystals

05-Feb-2018

The end of the silicon age has begun. As computer chips approach the physical limits of miniaturization and power-hungry processors drive up energy costs, scientists are looking to a new crop of exotic materials that could foster a new generation of computing devices that promise to push ...

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2-D tin (stanene) without buckling

A possible topological insulator

23-Jan-2018

Nagoya University-led researchers produce 2D sheets of tin atoms predicted to have exotic uses in electronics. Nagoya, Japan - Sometimes it pays to be two-dimensional. The merits of graphene, a 2D sheet of carbon atoms, are well established. In its wake have followed a host of "post-graphene ...

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New 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane

20-Nov-2017

The University of Surrey has developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change - carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). Scientists describe how they created an advanced nickel-based catalyst strengthened with tin and ceria, and used it to ...

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Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

20-Sep-2017

Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become “conflict minerals” which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that ...

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Inorganic double helix

A flexible semiconductor for electronics, solar technology and photo catalysis

14-Sep-2016

It is the double helix, with its stable and flexible structure of genetic information, that made life on Earth possible in the first place. Now a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a double helix structure in an inorganic material. The material comprising tin, ...

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It's Not an Illusion

Transforming Infrared into Visible Light

14-Jun-2016

Researchers have developed a compound that can transform near-infrared light into broadband white-light, offering a cheap, efficient means to produce visible light. The emitted light is also exceedingly directional, a desirable quality for devices like microscopes that require high spatial ...

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