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April 2018

Nanoparticle Breakthrough Could Capture Unseen Light for Solar Energy Conversion

Scientific Achievement

An international team of scientists led by Foundry researchers has discovered the mechanism of how coating nanoparticles with organic dyes greatly enhances their ability to capture near-infrared light and to reemit it in the visible light spectrum.

Significance and Impact

This study is a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy.

Research Details

D.J. Garfield, N.J. Borys, S.M. Hamed, N.A. Torquato, C.A. Tajon, B. Tian, B. Shevitski, E.S. Barnard, Y.D. Suh, S. Aloni, J.B. Neaton, E.M. Chan, B.E. Cohen, P.J. Schuck. Nature Photonics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0156-x