New Equation = Breakthrough In Solar Research

Organic Semiconductor. Image: Frank Trixler; adapted from LMU/CeNS: Organic Semiconductor Nanostructures (CC)

Organic Semiconductor. Image: Frank Trixler; adapted from LMU/CeNS: Organic Semiconductor Nanostructures (CC)

Researchers at the University of Michigan announced they’ve developed a crucial new equation that can describe “the relationship of current to voltage at the junctions of organic semiconductors,” which could lead to big breakthroughs in solar cells and high-efficiency lighting.

Computer chips only became possible through a 1949 equation developed by William Shockley that accurately described the relationship between voltage and electric current in silicon and other inorganic semiconductors. One technology site notes that this new equation “will lead to better organic semiconductors that could conceivably change the future as much as the computer has changed our lives in the last 61 years.”

“We’re not making complicated circuits with them yet…” explains the school’s Vice President of Research, but “from my perspective, it’s a very significant advance.”

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