Assembly of Biologically-Derived Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Applications
This project consists in creating new highly ordered materials that can
be incorporated into photovoltaic devices to improve their efficiency.
Using genetically engineered M13 bacteriophages, as well as covalent
chemistry and layer-by-layer assembly techniques, thin films with
organized and well-defined architectures can be synthesized. By
combining biologically-derived, polymeric and synthetic macromolecules,
it is aimed to control the morphology, thickness and properties of the
films. These hybrid materials can then serve as templates for the
growth of titania nanowires, allowing for an improved electron transport
in solar cells.