Nanopatterned functional foil for new applications


Within this project microstructured hydrophobically functionalized materials will be manufactured. The aim of the project is especially to test the benefits of the materials to improve the properties of solar cells.


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Funding amount

354 000 EUR

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

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Project leader

  • Associate Professor
    Wei Cao

Project description

Dr. Wei Cao and co-workers from Nano and Molecular Systems research unit have researched properties of nanostructures in nature. They have developed a synthetic nanopatterned functional foil by mimicking beneficial properties from the leaves of plants. One potential application of the foil is in solar cells. The foil improves the anti-reflectivity and hydrophobicity of solar panel increasing competitiveness and revenue of solar energy production. In addition, the project will explore further possible applications for the technology.

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