Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Toward the next generation of high-efficiency plastic solar cells

Sometimes it's hard to keep up. The idea that some lab they've never heard of could make them obsolete overnight should be keeping managements on their toes.
From PhysOrg:

Researchers in the United States and Austria report an advance toward the next generation of plastic solar cells, which are widely heralded as a low cost, environmentally-friendly alternative to inorganic solar cells for meeting rising energy demands. Their study is scheduled for the March 19 issue of ACS’ Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Alan J. Heeger and colleagues point out that plastic solar cells, fabricated from bulk heterojunction materials comprising semiconducting polymers and fullerenes, have already demonstrated promising performance....MORE