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3-D graphene: Solar cells' new platinum?
August 21, 2013
Platinum is a key material in dye-sensitized solar cells, where it is used to make counter electrodes. A new, 3-D form of graphene made from carbon monoxide and lithium oxide was used to replace the platinum with virtually no loss in electrical generating capacity.
Michigan Technological University
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