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Engineered quantum dots could bring down the cost of solar electricity

Using two types of “designer” quantum dots, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation for good measure. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum.

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Promising applications of Quantum Dots for Solar Energy

Researchers from around the world gathered last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico to reflect on two decades of quantum dot research at a special topical conference, “20 Years of Quantum Dots at Los Alamos.” The conference is hosted by the New Mexico Consortium and its program committee includes several past and present members of the Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy Team (NanoTech team) of the Chemistry Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory lead by Victor I. Klimov.

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