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Plastic crystals hold key to record breaking energy transport

last modified May 25, 2018 09:33 AM

Scientists from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have found a way to create plastic semiconductor nanostructures that absorb light and transport its energy 20 times further than has been previously observed, paving the way for more flexible and more efficient solar cells and photodetectors.The researchers, whose work appears in the journal Science, say their findings could be a “game changer” by allowing the energy from sunlight absorbed in these materials to be captured and used more efficiently. See University of Cambridge Research News site .

Xu-Hui Jin et al.Long-range exciton transport in conjugated polymer nanofibers prepared by seeded growth.’ Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aar8104