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Solar energy materials research chosen as science highlight

(21 December 2017)

Research on alternative materials for solar cells by Durham University researchers in the Department of Physics has been chosen to feature as a Science Highlights for 2017 by Diamond Light Source - the UK’s national synchrotron facility.

The research focuses on exploring Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) as a highly promising alternative material for solar cells that has none of the issues of high cost, scarcity or toxicity which problematise current materials. However it currently has a low PV efficiency, believed to be due to defects in its crystal structure. The Diamond light source has the world’s highest resolution x-ray diffraction system which has enabled the identification of new classes of defects not previously seen in the material. The aim of these studies was to improve the structural understanding of CZTS as a material to improve its performance to enable it to be adopted commercially.

Read the article about the research here http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Science/Research/Highlights/2017/I11-I15-ISIS-solar-cells.html which describes the novel way in which the research team have used the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron source.

The Durham University research team consist of Christopher J. Bosson, Max T. Birch, Douglas P. Halliday, and Peter D. Hatton.