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Science On Tap

WHEN:
Apr 16, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
WHERE:
UnQuarked Wine Room
145 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544, USA
CONTACT:
Jessica Privette
505 667-0375
CATEGORY:
INTERNAL:
Science On Tap Presenters Aditya Mohite and Wanyi Nie

Event Description

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. It begins with an informal 15-minute talk and is followed by a lively group discussion.

This installment of “Science on Tap” will be held on Thursday, April 16, starting at 5:30 PM at the UnQuarked Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.  Aditya Mohite and Wanyi Nie, research scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss their work on perfecting a crystal production technique to improve perovskite crystal production for solar cells. Their work was recently featured in the journal Science revealing a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals.

“These perovskite crystals offer promising routes for developing low-cost, solar-based, clean global energy solutions for the future,” said Aditya Mohite, the Los Alamos scientist leading the project.

State-of-the-art photovoltaics using high-purity, large-area, wafer-scale single-crystalline semiconductors grown by sophisticated, high temperature crystal-growth processes are seen as the future of efficient solar technology. Solar cells composed of organic-inorganic perovskites offer efficiencies approaching that of silicon, but they have been plagued with some important deficiencies limiting their commercial viability. It is this failure that the Los Alamos technique successfully corrects.

Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum, this series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.