• Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photonics
  • Thermoelectrics
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    Nanowires are promising building blocks for artificial photosynthesis.

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    Nanowires enable novel solar cell geometries for improved performance.

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    The nanowire geometry is intriguing for miniaturized optics and photonics.

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    Nanowires can inhibit heat transport for next-generation thermoelectrics.

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January 2015

Sunlight Produces Hydrogen via 'Artificial Leaf'

Bin's paper highlighted by Photonics.com:

" A flat mesh of light-absorbing semiconductor nanowires can split water molecules, producing hydrogen gas that could be used for fuel....The mesh works without any electron mediators. The researchers said that large-scale networks of the mesh could be made using low-cost solution synthesis and vacuum filtration techniques. The hydrogen created by these mesh networks could fuel vehicles and power homes and businesses in an environmentally friendly way."

 

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Peidong Yang Group

One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures are of both fundamental and technological interest. They not only exhibit interesting electronic and optical properties intrinsically associated with their low dimensionality and the quantum confinement effect...

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