Entering the year 2012 many things to do, including trying to use alternative energy sources for electricity in your home or apartment. A study at the University of Notre Darme develop solar panels on the wall paint. A team of Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have made a major advance toward this vision by creating an inexpensive “solar paint” that uses semiconducting nano particles to Produce Energy.
“We want to do something transformative, to move beyond current silicon-based solar technology,” says Prashant Kamat, John A. Zahm Professor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry and an investigator in Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano), WHO leads the research.
“By incorporating power-producing nanoparticles, Called quantum dots, into a spreadable compound, we’ve made a one-coat paint That diesel can be applied to any conductive surface without special equipment.”
The team’s search for the new material, described in the journal ACS Nano, centered on nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide, coated with the which were the resource persons either cadmium sulfide or cadmium selenide. The particles were the resource persons then suspended in a water-alcohol mixture to create a paste.
When the paste was brushed onto a transparent conducting material and exposed to light, it created electricity.
“The best light-to-energy conversion efficiency we’ve reached so far is 1 percent, the which is well behind the usual 10 to 15 percent efficiency of commercial silicon solar cells,” explains Kamat.
“But this paint can be made cheaply and in large quantities. If We Can Improve the efficiency somewhat, We May be Able to Make a real difference in meeting energy needs in the future.”
“That’s why we’ve christened the new paint, Sun-Believable,” he adds.
Kamat and his team also plan to study Airways to Improve the stability of the new material.
ND nano is one of the leading nano technology centers in the world. Its mission is to study and Manipulate the properties of materials and devices, as well as Their interfaces with living systems, at the nano-scale.
If this product has been manufactured commercially then our dependence on electricity can be saved. Let’s wait the mass production of these paints.