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Durmus Karatay

Graduate Student, Chemistry

Imaging Plasmonic Hot Spots in Solar Cell Active Layers

Do you know that commercial solar cells only have an efficiency of 22%, where the theoretical achievable efficiency is around 29%? Most of the energy is lost as light passes through solar cells. Therefore, letting light stay longer in solar cells can boost the efficiency to its limit. The goal of my research is squeezing out the last bit of performance from solar cells using small metal particles as reflectors and/or scatterers. This way we can push the limit of energy conversion and get the maximum efficiency possible from solar cells. Since I plan to continue my efforts for making the world more energy-efficient place in industry, CEI helps me connect with fellow researchers in the field.

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