Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Technology

Zinc Oxide Nanowires for Photovoltaics and More

Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are of tremendous commercial interest because they could help drive the next big advancements in solar cells, flat panel displays and other transparent conductor application...
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Xudong Wang, Fei Wang, Alexander Kvit | P130385US01

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Solar Cells Turn HMF to Valuable Platform Molecules

Photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) use solar energy to produce fuels, much as nature does through photosynthesis. In a typical PEC, fuels are formed by reduction reactions at the cathode. For example, ...
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Kyoung-Shin Choi, Hyun Gil Cha | P150132US01

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More Efficient Water-Splitting Cells

N-type bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has emerged as a promising photoanode for use in solar water-splitting cells given its favorable light absorption and conduction band characteristics. To date, however,...
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Kyoung-Shin Choi, Tae Woo Kim | P140325US01

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Solar Cells Track Sun

Maximizing how much sunlight strikes a solar panel is one tactic to boost efficiency. Some approaches have tried to imitate heliotropic plants by repositioning the panels to follow the sun. Unfortunat...
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Hongrui Jiang, Chensha Li, Ye Liu | P120269US01

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Prolonging Solar Cell Life

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted tremendous attention because they are cheap and efficient. The DSSCs with the highest power conversion efficiency (greater than 12 percent) are based ...
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Hongrui Jiang, Xi Zhang, Xuezhen Huang | P130136US01

Technology

Carbon Nanotube Schottky Barrier Photovoltaic Device

Photovoltaic cells convert sunlight directly into electricity through the interaction of photons and electrons within a photoconducting material. To create a photovoltaic cell, a photoconducting mater...
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Max Lagally, Todd Narkis, Matt Marcus, Mark Eriksson | P04002US

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