Tandon researcher makes cover of prestigious journal with molecular 'hair removal' process that makes organic solar cells more durable
The research was carried out by Andre Taylor, a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Jaemin Kong, a PostDoctoral Associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering , et.al.
Next-generation solar cells employing using organic polymers are flexible, but also greener, cheaper and getting more efficient with each iteration. However, they are not terribly reliable when exposed to air, light and, particularly, water. NYU Tandon chemical and biomolecular engineering Professor Andre Taylor has found a solution not by adding layers, but by doing a kind of photovoltaic hair removal: Their method of stripping a layer of unstable molecules using a special tape is the cover feature in the journal ACS Energy Letters.