Wednesday, 22 January 2020

A consensus statement establishes the protocols to assess and report stability of perovskite photovoltaic devices

The existing characterization procedures to evaluate emerging photovoltaic devices are not appropriate for halide perovskite solar cells, a new generation of solar cells called to overcome the present state-of-the-art technologies. A vast group of scientists, led by Prof. Mónica Lira-Cantú (ICN2) and Prof. Eugene A. Katz (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), have reached a consensus on the suitable procedures and the variables to be reported in stability studies of this kind of solar cells. The consensus statement, highlighted in the last issue of Nature Energy, updates the ISOS protocols for the stability assessment of perovskite photovoltaics with additional procedures to account for properties specific to this technology.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

CERCA Pioneer Awards 2019

Two former ICN2 PhD students, Dr Bhawna Nagar and Dr Núria Fabri Faja, have been granted the CERCA Pioneer Award 2019 for their doctoral theses. The prize is a recognition for research works that stand out for their industrial- and commercial-oriented perspective.

Wednesday, 04 December 2019

A study by the Royal Society of Chemistry reveals gender biases in publishing

According to a report recently published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, gender biases exist at every stage of the paper publishing process, resulting in less scientific success and reduced opportunities of career progression for women. The outcome of this thorough study will be the basis for the implementation of measures oriented at removing any cause of explicit or implicit discrimination.

Friday, 08 November 2019

Self-assembled microspheres of silica to cool surfaces without energy consumption

Researchers from the ICN2 and the ICMM-CSIC have developed a new material able to cool another one by emitting infrared radiation. The results are published in Small and are expected to be used in devices where an increase in temperature has drastic effects on performance, like solar panels and computer systems, among other applications.