The Advanced Technology Institute at U.K.-based University of Surrey has been awarded a major research grant by Germany-headquartered E.ON.
The university's three-year project, led by Professor Ravi Silva, director of the Advanced Technology Institute, aims to utilize the nanotechnological expertise of the institute in the design, fabrication and characterization of the organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells. For instance, carbon nanotubes, which are nano-scale structures, can be incorporated into organic cells – enhancing their performance greatly, according to Silva.
The university holds a number of patents in developing hybrid systems for practical applications, including solar cells and solid-state lighting.
SOURCE: University of Surrey