High hopes for double the hit from solar cells
Nathaniel Davis dreamt of being a scientist when a child in Canberra. He worked for his PhD at the Cavendish Lab in Cambridge, famous for great names such as James Clerk Maxwell, Lawrence Bragg, and Watson and Crick. Nathaniel is about to take up a lectureship at the Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand. His research area is new molecules and materials involved in the transfer of energy to light, light to energy and light into more light. These new materials will boost the efficiency of solar cells and allow structures such as walls and windows once coated with a film, to be energy producers.
Image (top right): a stack of three luminescent solar concentrators showing wave guided emissions out to the edges (Nathaniel Davis)