MIT Energy Initiative

Nanowires and graphene

Keys to low-cost, flexible solar cells

Silvija Gradečak, from Nanowires and graphene: Keys to low-cost, flexible solar cells, Energy Futures Autumn 2013.Credit: Stuart Darsch

“By combining the organic and inorganic materials, we bridge the advantages of both worlds. We get solar cells that can be processed at a large scale using roll-to-roll methods, but they can still have reasonable power conversion efficiencies.

Silvija Gradečak, associate professor

Silvija Gradečak of materials science and engineering and her colleagues have fabricated flexible, transparent solar cells that combine highly conductive microscopic fibers with a robust electrode made of a one-atom-thick form of everyday carbon.

Research Team

Jing Kong Electrical Engineering