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Scientists produce transparent, light-harvesting material that could lead to solar-power-generating windows [Registered]

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material, described in the journal Chemistry of Materials, could be used in development of transparent solar panels. “Potentially, with future refinement of this technology, windows in a home or office could generate solar power,” said Hsing-Lin Wang, a co-corresponding author of the paper and a researcher in the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos. The new material is a semiconducting polymer spiked with “fullerenes”—soccer-ball-shaped, cage-like molecules composed…

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