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Inventions by Los Angeles Faculty

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Polarizing Photovoltaic Device and its Application in Liquid Crystal Displays and Tandem Solar Cells

UCLA researchers have developed a new organic photovoltaic polymer for the polarizer in a liquid crystal display (LCD) enabling the polarizer to generate energy thereby reducing the power consumption of the LCD module. [read more]

Solution Synthesis and Deposition of Kesterite Copper Zinc Tin Chalcogenide Films

UCLA researchers in the Department of Material Science and Engineering have developed a solution based method for Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) precursor synthesis that uses earth abundant and environmental friendly materials as a viable alternative to Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) for use in solar cells. [read more]

Solution-Deposition of Cigs Solar Cell by Spray-Coating

Researchers at UCLA have developed a low-cost thin-film solar cell fabrication method by replacing vacuum-based deposition with a spray-coating solution-based deposition technique that produces dense films, while avoiding film cracking and the edge-effect. [read more]

Improved Photovoltaic Efficiency in Semiconducting Polymer/Fullerene Solar Cells through Control of Fullerene Self-Assembly and Stacking

Researchers at UCLA have developed a method for increasing the efficiency of polymeric/organic solar cells based on fullerenes and fullerene derivatives that utilize self-assembly to achieve very dense networks. [read more]

New Materials for the Formation of Polymer Junction Diodes

UCLA Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have developed polymer p-i-n junction diodes. Compared to conventional semiconductor devices, polymer semiconductor devices are particularly attractive for applications in which flexibility, light weight, large-area thin film, low-cost, and/or environmentally safe characteristics are important. [read more]

Regioregular Copolymers of 3-Alkoxythiophene and their Photovoltaic Application

UCLA researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have invented low bandgap conjugated copolymers based on Alkyloxythiophene monomers. These copolymers exhibit superior electrical characteristics appropriate for polymeric solar cells, LEDs, and thin-film transistors. [read more]