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Scientists Produce Novel Solar Cell Plates in University of Isfahan

Source: Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative Council

Researchers from University of Isfahan, Central Iran, succeeded in the production of novel plates of solar cells based on organic materials and inorganic semiconductors.

The production of such plates is considered as an important step in the field of new energies. The new generation of solar cells is produced with low cost and they are classified among a group of thin film cells.

The price of the solar plates reduces significantly by using the new generation of solar cells. This type of solar cell can be produced by using common and available materials, and it can be easily mass-produced.

Dr. Mohammad Hossein Habibi, one of the researchers of the plan, elaborated on the production steps, and said, “In order to carry out the research, a transparent and conductive anode was firstly designed. Then, the following pieces were respectively designed and produced: a thin film of semi-conductive metal oxide with highly porous structure with very high area, a thin film sensitive to visible light and sun light, and a thin film of electrolyte.”

The use of zinc titanate nanocomposite as the semiconductor in the design and production of the electrode is among the innovative characteristics of the research. Dr. Habibi explained other properties of the solar cell that obtained by using nanotechnology, “Reduction in the pore-electron recombination rate based on the use of zinc titanate nanocomposite as the semiconductor was among these properties.”

Results of the research were published in August 2012 in International Journal of Electrochemical Science, vol. 7, issue 8, pp. 6787-6798.


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