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Perovskites are a class of materials with great potential as solar cells. UC Davis materials scientists have used machine learning to explore the wide variety of perovskite formulas to find those best suited for performance and environmental stability.

Using Machine Learning to Find Reliable and Low-Cost Solar Cells

"Researchers at the University of California, Davis College of Engineering are using machine learning to identify new materials for high-efficiency solar cells. Using high-throughput experiments and machine learning-based algorithms, they have found it is possible to forecast the materials’ dynamic behavior with very high accuracy, without the need to perform as many experiments.

The work is featured on the cover of the April issue of ACS Energy Letters

Hybrid perovskites are organic-inorganic molecules that have received a lot of attention over the past 10 years for their potential use in renewable energy, said Marina Leite, associate professor of materials science and engineering at UC Davis and senior author on the paper. Some are comparable in efficiency to silicon for making solar cells, but they are cheaper to make and lighter, potentially allowing a wide range of applications, including light-emitting devices."

Read the full story at College of Engineering News

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