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New ultra-thin material seen as breakthrough

Tuesday 19 Mar 19 11:00am

 

A NEW ultra-thin film that absorbs solar energy could revolutionise the harvesting of solar thermal energy.

The 90 nanometre material is 1000 times finer than a human hair and is able to rapidly heat up to 160deg under natural sunlight in an open environment, and could also be used in thermophotovoltaics, solar water-desalination, as an infrared light source and heater, in optical components and in photodetectors, and for mounting “colourful displays”.

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