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2019 Spotlights

A student conducts research in Barry Bruce's lab.

Solar technology got its start in 1876, when the development of the first solar cell proved that light could be converted into electricity. Since then, solar cells have been used to power satellites, railroad crossings, and even vehicles and aircraft. As the technology has changed over time, so have its uses.

As with most technology, however, the future of solar power will certainly be dominated by the most cost-effective and energy-efficient developments. To meet these requirements, many researchers in the field have focused their efforts on testing more abundantly available new materials for the cells themselves. Professor of Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Barry Bruce suggests trying a completely different approach to the problem: biohybrid solar cells. Continue reading