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Optical materials news, February 2018

Safe titanium can replace toxic lead in perovskite solar cells

Researchers have come up with a new titanium-based material for making lead-free, inorganic perovskite solar cells.

Researchers have employed the power of the sun to build functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive, semiconducting quantum dots as a catalyst.

A single lens comprising gradient index materials and metasurface layers can focus red, blue and green wavelengths of light to the same point.

A team of chemists has developed a new method for synthesizing nanographenes by zipping up partially fused benzene molecules.

An analytical platform known as MAESTRO can zero in on signatures of exotic behavior by electrons in a 2D material with microscale resolution.

Using a silver nanowire and a 2D material, researchers have found a way to convert electron spin information into a predictable light signal.

Researchers have identified a mechanism that triggers shape-memory phenomena in the organic crystals used in plastic electronics.

Scientists have developed a new process for encouraging molecules to form complex tiling patterns known as tessellations through self-organization.

A novel inorganic halide perovskite can act as a solar cell material and be reversibly switched between a transparent state and a non-transparent state.

Engineers have created a method for systematically designing metamaterials using the principles of quantum mechanics.

Lining up gold or silver nanocubes in edge-to-edge configuration improves sensitivity performance in molecular sensing.

A thin layer of fullerene molecules allows electrons to travel further than previously thought possible in organic solar cells and organic semiconductors.

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