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Malgorzata Kot, Chittaranjan Das, Zhiping Wang, Karsten Henkel, Zied Rouissi, Konrad Wojciechowski, Henry J Snaith, Dieter Schmeisser
In this work, solar cells with a freshly made CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite film showed a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.4 % whereas the one with 50 days aged perovskite film only 6.1 %. However, when the aged perovskite was covered with a layer of Al2 O3 deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at room temperature (RT), the PCE value was clearly enhanced. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study showed that the ALD precursors are chemically active only at the perovskite surface and passivate it. Moreover, the RT-ALD-Al2 O3 -covered perovskite films showed enhanced ambient air stability...
December 7, 2016: ChemSusChem
Shangshang Chen, Guangye Zhang, Jing Liu, Huatong Yao, Jianquan Zhang, Tingxuan Ma, Zhengke Li, He Yan
The first homo-tandem non-fullerene organic solar cell enabled by a novel recombination layer which only requires a very mild thermal annealing treatment is reported. The best efficiency achieved is 10.8% with a Voc over 2.1 V, which is the highest Voc for double-junction organic solar cells reported to date.
December 7, 2016: Advanced Materials
Hua-Yan Si, Chen-Jing Mao, Ya-Meng Xie, Xiu-Guo Sun, Jin-Jin Zhao, Na Zhou, Jian-Qiang Wang, Wen-Jie Feng, Yan-Ting Li
P-N depleted bulk BiOBr/α-Fe2O3 heterojunction (DBH) nanostructures with the growth of (001) BiOBr facets were prepared via a simple hydrothermal method. BiOBr possesses an average thickness of around 50 nm and shows preferential exposure of the (001) facets. α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles, with an average diameter of 5 nm, are attached on the surface of BiOBr as 20-50 nm clusters with an intimate contact interface. Such DBH nanostructures show high hydrogen evolution, and 193 mmol g(-1) of H2 is produced with DBH containing 1 wt% Pt, which is 6...
December 7, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Hong-Yan Chen, Hong-Liang Lu, Long Sun, Qing-Hua Ren, Hao Zhang, Xin-Ming Ji, Wen-Jun Liu, Shi-Jin Ding, Xiao-Feng Yang, David Wei Zhang
Nowadays, the multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells dominate the photovoltaic industry. However, the current acid etching method on mc-Si surface used by firms can hardly suppress the average reflectance value below 25% in the visible light spectrum. Meanwhile, the nitric acid and the hydrofluoric contained in the etching solution is both environmental unfriendly and highly toxic to human. Here, a mc-Si solar cell based on ZnO nanostructures and an Al2O3 spacer layer is demonstrated. The eco-friendly fabrication is realized by low temperature atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 layer as well as ZnO seed layer...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
J Buencuerpo, L Torné, R Álvaro, J M Llorens, M L Dotor, J M Ripalda
The moth-eye structure has been proposed several times as an antireflective coating to replace the standard optical thin films. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of a dielectric moth-eye structure as an antireflective coating for high-index substrates, like GaAs. The fabricated photonic crystal has Si3N4 cones in a square lattice, sitting on top of a TiO2 index matching layer. This structure attains 1.4% of reflectance power losses in the operation spectral range of GaAs solar cells (440-870 nm), a 12...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hidetaka Ishihara, Yen-Chang Chen, Nicholas De Marco, Oliver Lin, Chih-Meng Huang, Vipawee Limsakoune, Yi-Chia Chou, Yang Yang, Vincent Tung
The tantalizing prospect of harnessing the unique properties of graphene crumpled nanostructures continues to fuel tremendous interest in energy storage and harvesting applications. However, the paper ball-like, hard texture, and closed-sphere morphology of current 3D graphitic nanostructure production not only constricts the conductive pathways but also limits the accessible surface area. Here, we report new insights into electrohydrodynamically-generated droplets as colloidal nanoreactors in that the stimuli-responsive nature of reduced graphene oxide can lead to the formation of crumpled nanostructures with a combination of open structures and doubly curved, saddle-shaped edges...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sergey Nechayev, Philip D Reusswig, Marc A Baldo, Carmel Rotschild
High-quality micro-lasers are key ingredients in non-linear optics, communication, sensing and low-threshold solar-pumped lasers. However, such micro-lasers exhibit negligible absorption of free-space broadband pump light. Recently, this limitation was lifted by cascade energy transfer, in which the absorption and quality factor are modulated with wavelength, enabling non-resonant pumping of high-quality micro-lasers and solar-pumped laser to operate at record low solar concentration. Here, we present a generic theoretical framework for modeling the absorption, emission and energy transfer of incoherent radiation between cascade sensitizer and laser gain media...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Steven Lukman, Kai Chen, Justin M Hodgkiss, David H P Turban, Nicholas D M Hine, Shaoqiang Dong, Jishan Wu, Neil C Greenham, Andrew J Musser
Understanding the mechanism of singlet exciton fission, in which a singlet exciton separates into a pair of triplet excitons, is crucial to the development of new chromophores for efficient fission-sensitized solar cells. The challenge of controlling molecular packing and energy levels in the solid state precludes clear determination of the singlet fission pathway. Here, we circumvent this difficulty by utilizing covalent dimers of pentacene with two types of side groups. We report rapid and efficient intramolecular singlet fission in both molecules, in one case via a virtual charge-transfer state and in the other via a distinct charge-transfer intermediate...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Tao Ye, Shaoyang Ma, Xi Jiang, Miloš Petrović, Chellappan Vijila, Seeram Ramakrishna, Lei Wei
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoporous hemispheres (NHSs) with a radius of ∼200 nm are fabricated by electrospraying a hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) suspension solution. The resulting TiO2 NHSs are highly porous, which are beneficial to the infiltration of perovskites and provide a larger contact area, as building blocks to construct a mesoporous TiO2 layer for FA0.81MA0.15Pb(I0.836Br0.15)3 based perovskite solar cells (PSCs). By varying the TiO2 NHS collecting period (15 s, 30 s, 60 s and 90 s) during the electrospraying process, the performance of PSCs changes with different TiO2 NHS distribution densities...
December 7, 2016: Nanoscale
Elena V Knatko, Brandon Praslicka, Maureen Higgins, Alan Evans, Karin J Purdie, Catherine A Harwood, Charlotte M Proby, Aikseng Ooi, Albena T Dinkova-Kostova
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (cSCC) are among the most common and highly mutated human malignancies. Solar UV radiation is the major factor in the etiology of cSCC. Whole exome sequencing of 18 microdissected tumor samples (cases) derived from SKH-1 hairless mice that had been chronically exposed to solar-simulated UV (SSUV) radiation showed a median point mutation (single nucleotide polymorphism, SNP) rate of 155 per megabase. The majority (78.6%) of the SNPs are C.G>T.A transitions, a characteristic UVR-induced mutational signature...
December 6, 2016: Cancer Prevention Research
Kang-Ling Liao, Roger D Jones, Patrick McCarter, Meral Tunc-Ozdemir, James A Draper, Timothy C Elston, David Kramer, Alan M Jones
Plants tolerate large variations in the intensity of the light environment by controlling the efficiency of solar to chemical energy conversion. To do this, plants have a mechanism to detect the intensity, duration, and change in light as they experience moving shadows, flickering light, and cloud cover. Sugars are the primary products of CO2 fixation, a metabolic pathway that is rate limited by this solar energy conversion. We propose that sugar is a signal encoding information about the intensity, duration and change in the light environment...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Patrícia Kimáková, Peter Solár, Barbora Fecková, Veronika Sačková, Zuzana Solárová, Lenka Ilkovičová, Martin Kello
Photoactivated hypericin increased production of reactive oxygen species in human breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 as well as in MDA-MB-231 cells 1h after photodynamic therapy. On the other hand, reactive oxygen species dropped 3h after photodynamic therapy with hypericin, but only in MCF-7 cells, whereas in MDA-MB-231 cells remained elevated. The difference in the dynamics of reactive oxygen species after hypericin activation was related to increased activity of SOD-2 in MCF-7 cells compared to MDA-MB-231 cells...
December 3, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
José María Monteagudo, Antonio Durán, Israel San Martín, Alba María Acevedo
A new combined solar plant including an annular continuous-flow compound parabolic collector (CPC) reactor and a pasteurization system was designed, built, and tested for simultaneous drinking water disinfection and chemical decontamination. The plant did not use pumps and had no electricity costs. First, water continuously flowed through the CPC reactor and then entered the pasteurizer. The temperature and water flow from the plant effluent were controlled by a thermostatic valve located at the pasteurizer outlet that opened at 80 °C...
December 3, 2016: Chemosphere
Yuze Lin, Liang Shen, Jun Dai, Yehao Deng, Yang Wu, Yang Bai, Xiaopeng Zheng, Jiayu Wang, Yanjun Fang, Haotong Wei, Wei Ma, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Xiaowei Zhan, Jinsong Huang
A π-conjugated Lewis base is introduced into perovskite solar cells, namely, indacenodithiophene end-capped with 1.1-dicyanomethylene-3-indanone (IDIC), as a multifunctional interlayer which combines efficient trap-passivation and electron-extraction. Perovskite solar cells with IDIC layers yield higher photovoltages and photocurrents, and 45% enhanced efficiency compared with control devices without IDIC.
December 6, 2016: Advanced Materials
Yuwei Duan, Xiaopeng Xu, He Yan, Wenlin Wu, Zuojia Li, Qiang Peng
A novel small molecular acceptor with electron-deficient 1,3,5-triazine as the core and perylene diimides as the arms is developed as the acceptor material for efficient bulk heterojunction organic solar cells with an efficiency of 9.15%.
December 6, 2016: Advanced Materials
Kyle Bradbury, Raghav Saboo, Timothy L Johnson, Jordan M Malof, Arjun Devarajan, Wuming Zhang, Leslie M Collins, Richard G Newell
Earth-observing remote sensing data, including aerial photography and satellite imagery, offer a snapshot of the world from which we can learn about the state of natural resources and the built environment. The components of energy systems that are visible from above can be automatically assessed with these remote sensing data when processed with machine learning methods. Here, we focus on the information gap in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays, of which there is limited public data on solar PV deployments at small geographic scales...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Data
Atse Louwen, Wilfried G J H M van Sark, André P C Faaij, Ruud E I Schropp
Since the 1970s, installed solar photovoltaic capacity has grown tremendously to 230 gigawatt worldwide in 2015, with a growth rate between 1975 and 2015 of 45%. This rapid growth has led to concerns regarding the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of photovoltaics production. We present a review of 40 years of photovoltaics development, analysing the development of energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with photovoltaics production. Here we show strong downward trends of environmental impact of photovoltaics production, following the experience curve law...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
Martin Ledinský, Bertrand Paviet-Salomon, Aliaksei Vetushka, Jonas Geissbühler, Andrea Tomasi, Matthieu Despeisse, Stefaan De Wolf, Christophe Ballif, Antonín Fejfar
Thin, light-absorbing films attenuate the Raman signal of underlying substrates. In this article, we exploit this phenomenon to develop a contactless thickness profiling method for thin films deposited on rough substrates. We demonstrate this technique by probing profiles of thin amorphous silicon stripes deposited on rough crystalline silicon surfaces, which is a structure exploited in high-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells. Our spatially-resolved Raman measurements enable the thickness mapping of amorphous silicon over the whole active area of test solar cells with very high precision; the thickness detection limit is well below 1 nm and the spatial resolution is down to 500 nm, limited only by the optical resolution...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jianqi Qin, Lara Waldrop
Model predictions of the distribution and dynamical transport of hydrogen atoms in the terrestrial atmosphere have long-standing discrepancies with ultraviolet remote sensing measurements, indicating likely deficiencies in conventional theories regarding this crucial atmospheric constituent. Here we report the existence of non-thermal hydrogen atoms that are much hotter than the ambient oxygen atoms in the upper thermosphere. Analysis of satellite measurements indicates that the upper thermospheric hydrogen temperature, more precisely the mean kinetic energy of the atomic hydrogen population, increases significantly with declining solar activity, contrary to contemporary understanding of thermospheric behaviour...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
D J Reynolds, J D Scourse, P R Halloran, A J Nederbragt, A D Wanamaker, P G Butler, C A Richardson, J Heinemeier, J Eiríksson, K L Knudsen, I R Hall
Owing to the lack of absolutely dated oceanographic information before the modern instrumental period, there is currently significant debate as to the role played by North Atlantic Ocean dynamics in previous climate transitions (for example, Medieval Climate Anomaly-Little Ice Age, MCA-LIA). Here we present analyses of a millennial-length, annually resolved and absolutely dated marine δ(18)O archive. We interpret our record of oxygen isotope ratios from the shells of the long-lived marine bivalve Arctica islandica (δ(18)O-shell), from the North Icelandic shelf, in relation to seawater density variability and demonstrate that solar and volcanic forcing coupled with ocean circulation dynamics are key drivers of climate variability over the last millennium...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
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