Somenath Mitra, PhD, is among a group of NJIT researchers working to develop an inexpensive, easy process to produce solar panels.Â Â (Source: New Jersey Institute of Technology)
"Imagine someday driving in your hybrid car with a solar
panel painted on the roof, which is producing electricity to drive the engine.
The opportunities are endless," Mitra said.
The solar cell developed at NJIT uses a carbon nanotubes complex, combined with
carbon "Buckyballs," or fullerenes. Together, these nanomaterials
form snake-like structures using Buckyballs to trap electrons generated by
polymers exposed to sunlight. Nanotubes are used to conduct the electrons,
creating a flowing current.
single wall carbon nanotube complex for polymer bulk heterojunction
photovoltaic cells," recently published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Scientists say the plastic panels could be cranked out at home with an inkjet printer