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Solar panels generate electricity by absorbing sunlight, but that is only half the battle. Once electrons in the panel are energized, they must be channeled in the same direction - a process that typically requires a panel made with layers of two kinds of material.
Not in the future, if a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University can help it.
In a new study published online by the journal Nature, the scientists reported they had created a new class of ceramic material that could accomplish both tasks cheaply and efficiently. Read more in a recent feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Prof. Andrew Rappe and his collaborators.