Researchers have developed light sensitive particles that allow for cheaper, lighter, and more flexible power sources.

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a new form of solid and stable light sensitive nanoparticles called colloidal quantum dots that can potentially pave the way for solar cells that are cheaper, lighter and more flexible than the solar cells existing today.

The researchers are from the university's Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and are led by post-doctoral researcher Zhijun Ning and Professor Ted Sargent. The study was recently published on Nature Materials.

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