New solar cells, bright potential

By Brittany Frew, Department of Applied Physical Sciences

In an article published this month in Science, researchers in the Huang Group in the College of Arts & Sciences’ department of applied physical sciences revealed a new method for stabilizing perovskite solar cells and discussed the implications it has on the future of solar energy and other technologies.

Perovskite solar cells are a new type of solar cell that include a metal halide perovskite structured compound as the light-harvesting active layer. Perovskite solar cells have demonstrated high solar-to-electricity conversion efficiencies at a low production cost, making them increasingly popular subjects of renewable energy research. However, their stability when exposed to moisture and oxygen remains a critical hurdle to overcome before commercialization. The Huang Group addressed this challenge by proposing a new method that would enhance the resistance of the perovskite solar cells under ambient conditions.

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