A focus on chemistry, not electronics, could help future solar panels reach their potential

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A University of Surrey team has found that fusing perovskite materials with an element called ferrocene dramatically increases the efficiency of perovskite-based solar panels. The team found that this focus on the chemistry of solar panels, rather than other approaches that looked at mechanical and electrical components, produced the intended breakthrough.

Thomas Webb, postgraduate research student and project lead from the University of Surrey, said, “Our research scales these perovskite cells to a minute level, focusing on the chemical compounds and their specific problems. For example, normal practice is to coat, or ‘dope’ cells in …
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