Using protein nanofibers in dye-sensitized solar cells
Masters degree project with the aim to explore new applications of biobased nanomaterials.
Sunlight is in many ways the ultimate solution to our future need of sustainable energy sources. To accomplish this vision, we need to develop new and improved solutions for solar cells. In this project we combine the search for more efficient solutions for sunlight energy conversion with the development of new biobased materials.
We will explore the use of protein nanofibers from renewable sources (e.g. plant proteins) as framework for light harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells. We have bound dye molecules with the potential for use in dye-sensitized systems to protein nanofibers. Now, we want to take this project one step further and develop methods to arrange dye molecules on the nanofibers in a way suitable for photon upconversion, a key process to accomplish increasing efficiency of solar cells beyond their present limitations.
We are looking for a highly motivated student with an interest to work at the interface of biochemistry, photophysics and material science. The work will involve several different methods, ranging from protein chemistry to advanced spectroscopic studies.
Please contact me for further information:
Docent Christofer Lendel
Phone: 08-790 8554