Brian Korgel discusses Solar Ink at Hot Science, Cool Talks

photomicrograph of cu2znsns4 nanocrystals for low-cost photovoltaicsSolar technology has the potential to advance beyond bulky, heavy solar panels for home and commercial use. Can you imagine using solar paint applied to your home or car to create electricity to run them? Think "solar ink."

Join Professor Brian Korgel for "Powered Paint: Nanotech Solar Ink" and learn how close we are to this goal. Families can experience activities ranging from animal visitors to science fair-style experiments at the pre-lecture fair, beginning at 5:45 p.m.; lecture begins at 7 p.m.
Time: Friday, December 3, 2010, 5:45-8:30 p.m.
Location: Robert A. Welch Hall 2.224
Admission: Free
URL: http://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/ols/lectures/Korgel/

Thanks to cutting edge technology, solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle "inks" that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight. Dr. Korgel will disucss how nanomaterials can help enable the creation of exciting new devices and practices.

Dr. Korgel's research lab studies nanotechnology, the field of applied science at the atomic and molecular scale. His group focuses on investigating size-tunable material properties, and the self-assembly and fabrication of nanostructures. This multidisciplinary research finds applications in electrochemistry, microelectronics, photonics, photovoltaics, spintronics, coatings, sensors and biotechnology.