The Development of Nano-Carbon Ecotechnologies Derived from Polymeric Waste

As we move towards the use of the sun as a primary source of energy, we are interested in incorporating solar cell systems into urban environments. However, downtown urban environments do not have enough surface area or direct sunlight to accommodate solar panels. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fill in this gap as they are semi-transparent and work well in indirect lighting. To realize this application, we need to improve the fabrication process and performance of the DSSC. This project uses the cost-effective and easy method of electrospinning to incorporate polymers in the DSSC to improve performance and ease the fabrication process. This will allow for the implementation of solar windows at lower costs and higher efficiency yields.

Rebecca Scenna
Faculty Supervisor: 
Bryan Koivisto
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