This is an image of the laboratory in which the research was conducted. Credit: Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability
A relatively new type of solar cell based on a perovskite material - named for scientist Lev Perovski, who first discovered materials with this structure in the Ural Mountains in the 19th century - was recently pioneered by an Oxford research team led by Professor Henry Snaith.
Perovskite solar cells, the source of huge excitement in the research community, already lie just a fraction behind commercial silicon, having reached a remarkable 17 percent efficiency after a mere two years of research - transforming prospects for cheap large-area solar energy generation.
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