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[DE] Scientists Discover Tiny Solar Panels That Create Themselves.

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http://dvice.com/archives/2010/09/scientists-disc.php
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File this one under "holy crap," but scientists at MIT have discovered molecules that spontaneously assemble themselves into a pattern that can turn light into electricity — essentially a self-creating solar panel. In a petri dish.

The researchers set out to create a synthetic process that imitates photosynthesis. Certain molecules respond to light by releasing electrons; the trick was discovering a substance that sticks them together in a consistent structure. Phospholipids do just that, and they also attach themselves to carbon nanotubes, which conduct electricity.
Just another reason why Massachusetts is the greatest place on earth.
Always a pleasure to see green power gaining more ground.
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As a graduate research assistant in photovoltaics, this is pretty exciting news! Self assembly is always an interesting topic but turning self assembly into a nano-scale PV factory is pretty amazing! Nice find!
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