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The Chinese have cracked a major mystery in the field of photovoltaic cells: how to make a photocatalytic enzyme coupling device that can convert light into electricity.
The researchers of the project, which is described in a paper published by Nature Communications, have created an enzyme that catalyzes the production of a new type of photocatalysts called perovskyl perovs (POPs).
Perovskites are a class of solar cells that are made by adding a layer of silicon to the surface of the cells, a process called lithography.
“We are able to produce this enzyme in a very simple way,” said lead author Jianxing Zhang, a professor of chemistry at Beijing Normal University.
“It is a new class of photodetectors, which allows us to make them for very small cells and to make it commercially viable.”
“We have shown that it is possible to produce a photocompatible perovski and that this enzyme can be easily incorporated into other photodischargeable polymers and materials,” Zhang said.
The new photocathode is able to convert light energy into a stable, light-absorbing molecule.
The researchers say they have developed a photocathode that can be made from a variety of materials.
The team at Beijing University is the first to demonstrate that they can make the perovsiatase, which converts light energy to an electrochemical state, in a way that can generate energy for devices such as photocatalysers and light-emitting diodes.
The enzyme is a “new class of perovsol, which can be used to make photocattacene, a photodecontrol material, and solar cells”, Zhang said in a statement.
The perovsisase is able not only to convert sunlight energy into an electrical charge, but also to create a stable state that is stable under high-temperature chemical reactions.
“We can now demonstrate that it can be converted to other materials and to produce photocarbons,” Zhang added.
“This is a significant advance in the development of phototransistor devices.”
The researchers believe that this discovery could lead to a new generation of photon energy storage devices, because the enzyme will be able to handle high-voltage currents that can damage or kill cells.
“Our new photocatacene will have many advantages over other phototronic materials, such as those from the solar cell industry,” Zhang told the Guardian.
The research was funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, China Academy of Science, the Chinese Institutes of Technology and Nanjing University.