Semiconductors & ICs
How to Make Solar Cells Printable, Paintable, and Flexible
A Rice University lab is working on making solar cells that are stretchable, printable, and paintable. Biomolecular engineer Rafael Verduzco and his team have developed flexible organic photovoltaics with a chemical additive that mitigates the material’s brittle qualities. The lab is using 'thiol-ene' molecules that infiltrate the polymer and form a mesh that makes the material stretchable, without losing efficiency.