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In This Issue
Hot-Wire Vapor Deposition Enables Unique PV Cell Design
Non-Slip Tracheal Implants
Faster, More Sensitive Photodetector
Two Solar Technologies that will Thrive, Two on the Demise
Graphene Superconductor
Concentrator Solar Cell with World's Highest Conversion Efficiency
Improving Infrared Detectors Using Single-Walled Nanotubes
Updates from Lightfair
Quantum Dot Technology for LCDs
Large-Area Nanopatterns: Improving LEDs, Lasers and Photovoltaics
Future of Flexible Wearable Electronics
Stanford Engineers Create Piezoelectric Graphene
Hot-Wire Vapor Deposition Enables Ampluse Corp's Unique PV Cell Design 

From Solar Industry, June 2012, pp. 36-37, by Kevin Eber: "A start-up company called Ampulse Corp. has a vision for a new type of c-Si solar cell that combines the best elements of both c-Si and thin-film solar technologies and uses a CVD process.   


With Ampulse's technology, the cell is grown in thin layers on flexible metal substrates. Both the metal substrate and the c-Si film are biaxially textured - that is, they consist of large crystalline grains lined up nearly perfectly so that they behave in a way similar to that of a single crystal.


The approach is expected to yield a new film-based solar cell that has the efficiency of conventional c-Si solar cells, along with the lower cost and flexibility offered by thin-film solar cells."


Source: Read the full article...

Solar Industry, June 2012: 

Non-Slip Tracheal Implants
From Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Research News, July 2, 2012:  "If a person's windpipe is constricted, an operation in which the surgeon inserts a stent to enlarge the trachea is often the only way to relieve their respiratory distress. But this grid-like implant can slip out of position, closing off the windpipe altogether. Researchers are working on a special surface coating for the stents to keep them in place."

Fraunhofer "The scientists used stents lined with a polyurethane (PU) film, which were produced by Aachen-based Leufen Medical GmbH. In the ensuing tests, a wide variety of different coatings were applied to the PU film: In addition to synthetic polymers composed of organic acids, the researchers also tried out biological proteins such as fibronectin and type-I collagen. The coating was modified again using plasma technology, with vacuum-ionized gas being used to treat the surface. The experts used an untreated PU film for control purposes."

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UMD Scientists Create Faster, More Sensitive Photodetector by Tricking Graphene 
From University of Maryland Newsdesk, June 3, 2012: "Researchers at the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials of the University of Maryland have developed a new type of hot electron bolometer, a sensitive detector of infrared light, that can be used in a huge range of applications from detection of chemical and biochemical weapons from a distance and use in security imaging technologies such BLG Illustrationas airport body scanners, to chemical analysis in the laboratory and studying the structure of the universe through improved telescopes. 

The UMD researchers developed the bolometer using bilayer graphene--two atomic-thickness sheets of carbon. Due to graphene's unique properties, the bolometer is expected to be sensitive to a very broad range of light energies, ranging from terahertz frequencies or submillimeter waves through the infrared to visible light."


Source: Read the full article...

University of Maryland Newsdesk:

Image: Loretta Kuo and Michelle Groce, University of Maryland 
Two Solar Technologies that will Thrive; Two on the Demise
From, May 25, 2012, by Steve Leone:  "For every revolutionary advance in solar, there are countless evolutionary dead-ends - technologies that were well worth exploring, but ones that ultimately failed to live up to the mantra of 'cut costs or die.'

"In a new report titled 'Searching for Game Changers in Photovoltaics Materials Innovations,' Lux Research details the emerging technologies that will thrive and those that will eventually sputter out."

"The basis for much of the research is the volume of development funding we're seeing right now, and the forecast that the industry will return to double digit margins by 2014. Conceivably, once those margins return, many of the innovations in the background today will be ready to step into the market. The formula to get there is based on solid economics - the technologies that succeed will offer both a low cost per watt and the ability to scale using existing PV infrastructure."


Source: For the results of the report, read the full article...
Researchers Develop Graphene Supercapacitor Holding Promise for Portable Electronics
From University of California Los Angeles Engineering (UCLA), 2012, by Jennifer Marcus:  "Electrochemical capacitors (ECs), also known as supercapacitors or ultracapacitors, differ from regular capacitors that you would find in your TV or computer in that they store substantially higher amounts of charges. They have garnered attention as energy storage devices as they charge and discharge faster than batteries, yet they are still limited by low energy densities, only a fraction of the energy density of batteries. An EC that combines the power performance of capacitors with the high energy density of batteries would represent a significant advance in energy storage technology. This requires new electrodes that not only maintain high conductivity but also provide higher and Graphene Supercapacitormore accessible surface area than conventional ECs that use activated carbon electrodes.

 Now researchers at UCLA have used a standard LightScribe DVD optical drive to produce such electrodes. The electrodes are composed of an expanded network of graphene - a one-atom-thick layer of graphitic carbon - that shows excellent mechanical and electrical properties as well as exceptionally high surface area."

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Sharp Develops Concentrator Solar Cell with World's Highest Conversion Efficiency of 43.5%
From Semiconductor Today, June 4, 2012, : "Sharp Corp has used a concentrator triple-junction III-V compound semiconductor photovoltaic cell to achieve a solar energy conversion efficiency of 43.5%, equaling the record for concentrating conversion efficiency set in March 2011 by Solar Junction of San Jose, CA, USA, a manufacturer of III-V multi-junction solar cells for concentrated photovoltaics (CPV).  Measurement of the value of 43.5% was confirmed in April by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany.

The basic structure of the latest triple-junction compound solar cell uses Sharp's proprietary technology enabling efficient stacking of the three photo-absorption layers, with InGaAs (indium gallium arsenide) as the bottom layer.  


To achieve the latest increase in efficiency, Sharp capitalized on the ability of this cell to efficiently convert sunlight collected via three photo-absorption layers into electricity."

Source: Read the full article...

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Researchers Improve Infrared Detectors Using Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
From Nanowerk News, May 23, 2012:  "Whether used in telescopes or optoelectronic communications, infrared detectors must be continuously cooled to avoid being overwhelmed by stray thermal radiation. Now, a team of researchers from Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Duke University (USA) is harnessing the remarkable properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to create highly sensitive, "uncooled" photovoltaic infrared detectors. This new type of detector, may prove useful for industrial, military, manufacturing, optical communications, and scientific applications. 

The team's photoNanowerk Newsvoltaic infrared detector is formed by aligning SWNT arrays on a silicon substrate. The nanotubes arrays are then placed between asymmetric palladium and scandium contacts. One advantage of the detector is that the fabrication process is completely compatible with carbon nanotube transistors - meaning no big expensive equipment changes are necessary"

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This research is published in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optical Materials Express: Carbon Nanotube Arrays Based High-Performance Infrared Photodetector 

Image: Sheng Wang, Peking University 

The Low Utilization/MOCVD Uptick Phenomenon, LED Efficacy and Price, More from Lightfair
From Solid State Technology, May 14, 2012: "Barclays Capital analysts attended Lightfair International, a large, US-based general lighting tradeshow, and gleaned several trends in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic LEDs (OLEDs) for lighting. Data presented at the show points to strong and steady LED lighting demand growth in 2012, though the LED lighting "inflection year" is still in the future.

While utilization rates are still relatively low in LED fabs, many chipmakers are reluctant to convert all of their backlighting-specific (BLU LEDs for display applications) LED tools to lighting-specific production, because they value yields honed for a specific design. Chipmakers told Barclays that they do not want to reconfigure metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) tools unless they are confident that this backlighting-specific production will no longer be needed. This suggests that anticipated LED lighting demand in H2 2012 and beyond will require more MOCVD tool orders, even without higher capacity utilization rates in LED fabs. Gradually improved MOCVD capex, in Q3 2012 and beyond, will be supported by a steady stabilization in LED supply/demand as 2013 approaches."


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Nanosys and 3M to Develop Quantum Dot Technology for LCDs
From Newsdesk, June 7, 2012 : " 3M's optical systems business division is to collaborate with the venture-backed company Nanosys on a new quantum-dot technology that promises to help conventional liquid crystal displays (LCDs) hold off the challenge of organic LEDs (OLEDs).

OLED televisions will be launched this year by LG Display and, in all Samsung likelihood, Samsung, while other TV companies such as Panasonic and Sony are expected to follow suit. One of the big selling points of the technology is its more vibrant representation of colors, thanks to the fact that OLEDs are direct emitters of colored light - whereas LCDs are effectively filters of white light.


In an announcement timed to coincide with the Society for Information Display (SID) 2012 "Display Week" meeting - traditionally the event where new display technologies are first reported - Nanosys and 3M said that they intend to commercialize what is known as "quantum dot enhancement film" (QDEF) technology." 


Source: Read the full article...
Image: Samsung
Large-Area Nanopatterns: Improving LEDs, Lasers, and Photovoltaics
From SPIE, Micro/Nano Lithography, June 11, 2012, by Marc A. Verschuuren and Hans A. van Sprang: "Nanopatterns increase light extraction from LEDs, control lasing behavior and polarization, and increase the efficiency of photovoltaics. Unfortunately, research and development uses expensive patterning techniques such as electron-beam (e-beam) pattern generators and focused ion beam milling to create such structures. These techniques are not scalable to production volumes, as generating even a single centimeter-square area of nanopatterns can easily take several hours.

To enable the transition to production, nanoimprint lithography (NIL) is seen as a promising technology for cost-effective fabrication of sub-micron and nanopatterns on large areas. However, despite 15 years of research and major developments in materials and techniques, NIL has not yet made the step from academia/research to (mass) production. The main hurdle remains the cost-effective combination of high-throughput, robust, nanometer-resolution patterning on real-world, large-area substrates." 


Source: Read the full article... 

Image: SPIE
Insiders' Views on the Future of Flexible, Wearable Electronics for Biometrics and Medicine
From FlexTechAlliance, April 13, 2012: "The Road to Flexible, Wearable Electronics for Biometrics and Medicine, a workshop organized by the FlexTech Alliance on April 11, 2012, focused on how flexible and wearable electronics will create more effective, safer and less expensive methods for many applications. From sports to medical diagnostics to military, the experts agreed that the potential markets for wearable devices are extensive and will provide many opportunities for growth in the flexible electronics sector.

Product development and manufacturing challenges were the primary topics of the one day workshop, which brought together subject matter experts from around the U.S. who are developing solutions and enabling technologies. The workshop was attended by a diverse group of companies from different sectors, including, research groups from PARC and GE; large companies in the printing business like Avery Dennison; creative start-ups making flexible electronic products; large defense contractors like Lockheed Martin; consumer companies like Nike and Reebok; and, government organizations including the US Air Force." 

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Straintronics: Stanford Engineers Create Piezoelectric Graphene
From Stanford University News, April 3, 2012, by Andrew Meyers: "To the long list of exceptional physical properties of graphene, Stanford engineers have added yet another: piezoelectricity, the property of some materials to produce an electric charge when bent, squeezed or twisted.

'The physical deformations we can create are directly proportional to the electrical field applied and this represents a fundamentally new way to control electronics at the nanoscale,' said Evan Reed, head of the Materials Computation and Theory Group at Stanford and senior author of the study. 'This phenomenon brings new dimension to the concept of  'straintronics' for the way the electrical field strains - or deforms - the lattice of carbon, causing it to change shape in predictable ways.'

Using a sophisticated modeling application running on high-performance supercomputers, the engineers simulated the deposition of atoms on one side of a graphene lattice - a process known as doping - and measured the piezoelectric effect.


They modeled graphene doped with lithium, hydrogen, potassium and fluorine, as well as combinations of hydrogen and fluorine and lithium and fluorine, on either side of the lattice."


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