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Researchers at the City University of New York have developed nanomaterials that promise to revolutionize the harvest of solar energy.

According to a new paper, the nanomaterials were developed using a process called singlet fission that improves and extend the harvestable light-generated electrons, theoretically increasing the efficiency of solar cells from 33 percent to 44 percent.

"We modified some of the molecules in commonly used industrial dyes to create self-assembling materials that facilitate a greater yield of harvestable electrons and extend the electrons' excited-state lifetimes, giving us more time to collect them in a solar cell," stated Andrew Levine, the lead author of the new paper and a student at CUNY.

The details of the new materials were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

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