Dec 13, 2012 - German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded EUR 1.6 million (USD 2m) to spectroscopy expert Katrin Domke to foster her research into organic solar cells.
Domke, who works at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, will use the funds to set up an independent research group examining organic solar cells, a type of polymer solar cells.
The group will focus on the solar processes underlying the solar energy conversion.
Organic solar cells are a new generation of solar cells based on lightweight conductive plastics. They are cheaper and thinner than the silicon panels.
However, the energy efficiency of these cells is still wanting -- current organic solar cell prototypes turn only 10% of solar rays into electricity.
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