Semiconductors are being used as materials for wide-ranging electronic and optical devices because of their physical characteristics. Commercial solar cells, computer processors and other semiconductor technologies are mainly used in relatively large semiconductor crystals.
However, this size makes them more expensive and prevents their large-scale uses, such as solar-power panels on rooftops.
For these types of applications, Svorflex's engineers are looking into hopeful options for nano crystals of semiconductors, which are often at the size of just several hundred atoms.
Nano crystals can be relatively easily manufactured at high volume and can be used to prepare devices manufactured by inject printing and other solution-based processes.
However, there is still a problem - the crystals cannot easily transfer their electric charge from one to the other due to the presence of ligands – insulated volume-based organic molecules that "cover" the nano crystals.