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Copper-based photovoltaic nanocrystals for thin-film solar cells
BackgroundImproving efficiency while reducing cost is of paramount importance when it comes to solar cell research. Thin-film solar cells, at the cutting edge of solar cell technology, represent an exciting realm of photovoltaics which promises to do just this. Typically, thin-film solar cells are comprised of a combination of copper, indium, galli...
Formaldehyde-Free Phenolic Bio-Resins
BackgroundPhenol formaldehyde (PF) resins are synthetic polymers which have a market value of $10 billion globally per year. They are used in a wide variety of products, including coatings, adhesives, laminates, and engineered plastics, which comprise many household and industrial goods such as plywood, countertops, brake pads, and bearings. PF res...
Stimuli-responsive polyglyoxylates as biodegradable polymers
Market for Biodegradable PolymersMost synthetic polymers are produced from petrochemicals and are not biodegradable. Conventional polymers such as polypropylene and polyethylene persist in the environment for many years, even after their disposal. The potential of biodegradable polymers to overcome such limitations has long been recognized. Under p...
Rice Straw Agri-Silica
Background:Rice is one of the most prevalent food crops in the world. In 2005, the International Rice Research Institute estimated global production at 618 million tonnes. Each tonne of rice produces an equal amount of straw and 200 kg of husk as bi-products. In many countries, the rice straw bi-product is burned in open fields, generating smoke an...
Super-Hydrophobic and Super-Oleophobic Barrier Coating for Electronic Devices
Background:The electronics industry aims to deliver flexible, lightweight and inexpensive electronic products to consumers. The absence of effective barrier technologies meeting the water permeability demands is the single largest technical hurdle preventing the widespread commercialization of products such as organic solar cells (OPV), disposable ...
Synthesis of Thin Film Vanadium Oxide (VO2)
Introduction:This project involves refining a synthesis of thin films of solid state Vanadium Oxide (VO2) using sol-gel methods. By precisely controlling the processing conditions, (baking temperature, ambient gas in the oven, baking time, solvent etc.), VO2 films can be synthesized that are highly resistant to oxidation. Current published methods ...
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