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"New Transparent Material Can Absorb Light Efficiently"
A new type of transparent material has been produced in the United States, by a team of investigators at two national laboratories. The experts say that the thin films could conceivably be used to underlie the development of transparent solar panel technology. The thing about these thin films is that they are perfectly capable of absorbing a lot of sunlight over a large area. They then convert the energy of the elementary particles making up light, called photons, into electricity. Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) worked together to create this advanced material. “Potentially, with future refinement of this technology, windows in a home or office could generate solar power,” says LANL Chemistry Division researcher Hsing-Lin Wang. The expert is a co-corresponding author of a new research paper describing the material, which is published in the latest issue of the scientific journal Chemistry of Materials.