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Submitted by burnsc on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 3:42pm

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells can produce power conversion efficiencies in excess of 10% using cheap and non-toxic materials. Consequently, the dye-sensitized solar cell is now in the early stage of commercial development for the consumer electronics market, and is primed to displace conventional photovoltaics for urban applications. Research at our centre is dedicated to developing new chromophores that will engender higher device stabilities and performance parameters.

Organic Photovoltaics

Organic Photovoltaics present a low-cost alternative to conventional solar cells in terms of materials and processing. The organic components have a distinct advantage in that they can be deposited onto flexible substrates over large areas via inkjet printing. Organic photovoltaics with efficiencies approaching 10% have now been discovered making this class of solar cell commercially viable. Research at the Centre for Advanced Solar Materials continues the pursuit of materials capable of generating high efficiencies and stabilities.

Solar Fuels

Solar Fuels harness the abundant energy of sunlight in the form of chemical bonds—storable and portable energy.  The design of new catalysts to assist the efficient conversion of sunlight into useable “solar fuels”, such as hydrogen, represents a critical step towards a clean energy economy.   Our researchers have gained international attention for work in this area for their contributions to homogeneous water oxidation catalysis: we currently have the most active water oxidation catalyst ever reported!


Nanomaterials offer opportunities for solar energy conversion because of the novel properties that arise from their reduced dimensions. Control of shape and size at the nanoscale provides direct control of device performance in the realms of solar electricity and solar fuels.  

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