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Improving materials for perovskite solar cells

Scientists at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) of the CSIC have participated in a research that compares perovskite solar cells containing different materials, in order to understand the differences in their performance.

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Flexible and multifunctional nanocellulose ‘millefeuille’

Scientists from the CSIC’s Institute de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) have developed a new concept for functional nanomaterials. It is a multilaminated material, a ‘millefeuille’ made of bacterial cellulose layers strongly attached. Each layer can have incorporated a different type of functional nanoparticle. This laminated material can be very thin: for example, the thickness of a four layer milfeuille is only the half of a conventional sheet paper.

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Organic molecular metal that change colour and electrical properties with an electric field

Scientists at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) have demonstrated the capacity of an organic material to quickly and reversibly change its colour and electrical properties upon the application of an electric field. The reported results constitute a proof-of-concept that opens up new possibilities for the design and fabrication of organic electrochromic and rectifying devices for electronics.

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An experiment modifies the surface of plastics using the technique of injection

A research team has modified the surface of plastics at micro and nanometric levels to give them additional properties such as hydrophobicity and colour without using dyes. This development can have many applications in the automotive sector.

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A method that accelerates production and evaluation of materials for solar cells

A method for obtaining and evaluating organic materials for photovoltaic applications 50 times faster than conventional methods has been developed. The study has been published in the Advanced Electronic Materials journal and performed in the framework of the ERC project FOREMAT, led by Mariano Campoy-Quiles, scientist at the ICMAB-CSIC.

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