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MIT’s breakthrough: self-assembling solar cell

September 12, 2010

Nature can tell us a lot more…

Sunlight provides ample energy to be harvested. However, sunlight also can be highly destructive to many materials. Stanford has made breakthrough of this in maximizing the energy harvest efficiency while minimizing the sunlight destructive effects.

Now it is the MIT research group’s turn. Chemical engineering professor Michael Strano, and his research team research associate Moon-Ho Ham, graduate student Ardemis Boghossian just made another breakthrough. The breakthrough is about the self-assembling solar cell.

The solar cell system includes carbon nanotubes, the phospholipids, and the proteins, which can assemble themselves into a light-harvesting structure. The system mimics the plant’s capability, re-assembling of the cells after becoming destructive due to the sunlight. The prototype made by them has shown no loss of efficiency even after the process of self-assembling.

Their research paper is featured on Nature Chemistry.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. nancy permalink
    October 22, 2010 6:37 pm

    It is an interesting article although I am not quite familiar with the topic. I love the first sentence, in particular.

  2. Zachariah Caporale permalink
    February 21, 2013 2:48 am

    Solar cells are the basic component of any active system used to convert sunlight into a form of energy. Traditionally, solar cells were used as the key part of panel systems that generated electricity or heat for homes. These days, the technology is used in a wide variety of applications, which means the style of solar cells vary per application.’

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