Development of molecular linkers and investigation of their role in performance of Plasmonics Photovoltaics
This project seeks to overcome a key challenge related to plasmonics for solar energy technology. While plasmonic metal nanoparticles have outstanding absorption capacity (enabling generation of hot charge carriers), the limited lifetime of these hot charge carriers poses a bottleneck for efficiency. We are addressing this by creating innovative molecular linkers that can significantly improve charge separation and slow down the rapid relaxation of hot carriers in plasmonic metal nanoparticles. This advancement is crucial for enhancing the efficiency of direct plasmonic photovoltaic cells. By developing novel molecular linkers with superior electronic transport properties and then integrating these linkers, our goal is to elevate the performance of plasmonics in PV, enabling transparent and colorless solar technologies.
This project addresses critical sustainability aspects by focusing on enhancing solar cell efficiency, which is key to maximizing energy production in limited spaces and contributing to a greener environment. By improving the performance of direct plasmonic PV through advanced molecular linkers, it supports the global shift away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources. Additionally, the potential development of transparent and colorless solar technologies broadens the scope of solar energy applications, allowing integration into everyday environments without aesthetic compromise. Overall, this initiative represents a significant step forward in renewable energy research, offering innovative solutions for a more sustainable energy future.
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