Concentrated Sunlight for Materials Synthesis and Diagnostics Academic Article uri icon


  • Herein, the use of highly concentrated sunlight for materials science research is reviewed. Specific research directions include: (1) the generation of inorganic nanostructures, some of which had eluded experimental realization with conventional synthetic processes, and (2) elucidating the processes governing the degradation of organic and perovskiteā€based photovoltaic materials and devices, along with accelerated assessment of their stability. Both approaches employ solar concentrators capable of producing flux densities exceeding those of terrestrial solar radiation by up to three orders of magnitude, and are geared toward either creating extensive ultrahot reactor conditions conducive to the rapid, safe synthesis of unusual nanomaterials or judiciously interrogating photovoltaic devices.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018