Molecular and Thin Film Engineering for Building Integrated Photonics and Process Industry - MOPPI (2012-2016)

Project leader: Prof. Esko Kauppinen

We develop novel metallic single walled carbon nanotube synthesis methods, solid state thermophotonic devices, more efficient and cost-effective LEDs and building integrable solar cells as well as new electrodes for electrochemical processes. The research also includes solving several fundamental science problems related to the fabrication of high quality semiconductor materials, synthesis of organic nanomaterials, thermodynamics governing energy conversion processes and related energy transfer phenomena.

The energy saving potential of the project is approached by several break-throughs enabling more efficient solar energy harvesting, solid state lighting, thermophotonics, electrochemical processes and optoelectronic devices. This may enable i) 15 % reduction in the global use of electrical energy by improving the efficiency of lighting, ii) developing completely new and more efficient organic materials and catalysts for solar cells and electrochemical electrodes and iii) developing building integrated photovoltaics that enables a substantial reduction in the cost of the construction and maintenance of solar energy systems.

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