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Innovative, Environmentally Friendly and Highly Commercial Nanoparticle Materials

Oct 15th 2013
Innovative, Environmentally Friendly and Highly Commercial Nanoparticle Materials

Scientists from the RBI Laboratory of thin films won grants in the amount of 160,000 € under funding program ' Knowledge and Development' by Adris Foundation for the project 'Solar cells based on self-assembled nanoparticles in glass'. The funds will allow the study of these extremely interesting materials and their application in the development of solar photovoltaic cells.

‘’Our group has recently synthesized a new type of particularly interesting nanoparticle materials. These nanoparticles self-assemble during their growth within the glass substrate. Similar processes have so far been observed only in crystals or in solutions (liquids). The obtained materials have excellent mechanical properties and consist of properly stacked nanoparticles distributed within the glass matrix. Nanoparticles can be made of metals or semiconductors while the glass which they are made of acts as natural insulator. This provides vast opportunities for designing the properties of the material as a whole.’’ - explains RBI scientist Maja Buljan, project manager.

Such materials are completely environmentally benign, abundant, stable and economically manufacturable and can be used in industry for the production of energy-efficient tinted windows. It is particularly interesting that the theory predicts exceptional suitability of the material for the use of solar radiation and the development of high-efficiency solar cells.

This donation by Adris Foundation will enable the exploration of these very interesting materials for their application in the development of solar photovoltaic cells. The long-term goal of the project is development of efficient solar cells and photo-electric coating for windows by using these materials, and of course, commercialization of these products through cooperation with the Croatian industry. Moreover, these materials are original Croatian product, therefore further development and application of such materials is one of the primary project goals.

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