Developing a novel solar cell incorporating graphene and collaborative technologies

The rapid depletion of fossil fuels (such as Coal, Natural gas, Oil etc.) and the escalation in environmental pollution have prompted increased investigations in the field of alternative energy sources. In this context, solar cells are being studied to satisfy the increasing power needs of today’s society as photovoltaic power uses pollution-free energy source, solar energy. Silicon solar cells are still very expensive due to both the using of expensive materials and the employing costly processing steps. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a very promising type of solar cell because of their low cost, simple and inexpensive processes and straightforward scalability. Leveraging the architecture of DSSCs while using materials developed at multiple Canadian universities, this project aims to develop a solar cell for the consumer and commercial markets that is affordable and robust.

Haiguang Zhao
Faculty Supervisor: 
Federico Rosei
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