A new material, created at the intersection of organic and inorganic chemistry, could enable more powerful solar panels and usher in the next generation of cancer treatments. “The new material improves on previous attempts we’ve made to create something that efficiently exchanges energy between two dissimilar components,” said Lorenzo Mangolini, a mechanical engineering and materials science professor at UC Riverside who helped invent the process. “There are great opportunities to use this for a wide variety of applications, but perhaps one of the most important, from a human health perspective, is for cancer.” A variety of applications involving infrared light that could be improved with the new silicon dot-based material include bioimaging, light-based 3D printing, and light sensors that would help self-driving cars through fog.

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