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Researcher's Innovation Boosts Performance of Graphene for Solar Panels

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Judy Wu, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and her research group, in collaboration with Professor Rongqing Hui's group in KU electrical engineering and computer science, have developed a technique for attaching a layer of metal nanoparticles to graphene, vastly improving graphene's capacity to soak up sunlight and re-emit it in a much-condensed form due to "plasmonic resonance," a critical step toward high-efficiency solar cells that drastically improves their light absorption.

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