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May 18th, 2009

IRL scientist spearheads nanotechnology developments

Abstract:
While the world aims for super-sized everything, from fast food to airplanes to skyscrapers, an IRL researcher is going the other direction, to make the tiniest, most efficient photovoltaic elements to turn sunlight into electricity.

Dr Tim Kemmitt has been working for two years to find a chemical compound that will get a photon, the basic particle of light, to yield more of its energy as electrons that make the electric current in a solar cell.

Photons are nearly the most energetic and ubiquitous particle in the universe, some of them still arriving from the distant edges of the cosmos after a 14 billion year journey. The universe is awash in photons. But it's our own nearby sun whose power we want to trap.

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