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|I put this in the New Technologies Forum because, well, it's new. Pertains to solar cells but the technology is new.
MIT research shows that the introduction of a genetically engineered virus, M13, to semi-conducting nanotubes can enhance the performance of solar cells by about 30%. The virus (purple squiggles in the image) can be used to â€œcontrol the arrangement of the nanotubes on a surface keeping the nanotubes separate so they canâ€™t short out the circuitsâ€. Prevents the nanotubes from tangling allowing for better electron flow through the cells.
This is pretty technical but I find it fascinating that scientists do this stuff!
Image: Matt Klug, Biomolecular Group
(published in all the articles I read re this subject)
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