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Today's Video

Engineers give organic photovoltaics new properties, stretch the boundaries of solar cells

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for incorporation into applications such as clothing that also require them to be flexible. The Rice University lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Rafael Verduzco has developed flexible organic photovoltaics that could be useful where constant, low-power generation is sufficient. Verduzco and his team incorporated a network of elastic additives that make the electrically active material less brittle with little to no loss of current flow.

Provided by Rice University
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