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Scientists Look to Plants to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency

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Taking notes from the light-harvesting protein complex of plants and certain bacteria, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have assembled a nanohybrid structure that contains both biologically derived and inorganic materials. The researchers combined a light-harvesting protein from a cyanobacteria with quantum dots and a 2D semiconducting transition metal only one atomic layer thick. This nanostructure could be used to improve solar cell efficiency. When the system is excited with light (blue lightning strike...Read full article

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