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Photonics

Photonics is one of the 6 Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that EU has identified as strategic for the sustainable growth of Europe, and in CNR is one of the 4 strategic areas of our Department (Physical Sciences and Technologies for Matter, DSFTM).

In IMM Photonics is mainly focused on Si based devices, and it is part of a number of research projects, whose general objectives are:

  1. monolithic integration of optical / electrical interconnects for microlectronics and for fiber communications (including quantumcryptography);
  2. development of photonic devices, sensors, microsystems, diagnostic techniques, and imaging techniques for biomedical and other applications;
  3. development of next generation solar cells.

Here at the Catania Headquarter, the main interest are in the area of solar cells and photonic devices for biomedical applications. Below such activities are described in some detail.

Technical paper on Perovskite Solar Cells: IMM researchers in the team
Perovskite Solar Cells: A new paradigm in Photovoltaics

By Louis Huber; Dr. Alessandra Alberti; Dr. Ioannis Deretzis; Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazeeruddin

published in www.pv-tech.org

Tomo-Image by Synchrotron Radiation of an advanced TiO2/Perovskite blend for Photovoltaics

3D-Reconstuction of the TiO2-Gig-Lox/MAPbI3 blend by Coherent X-ray Diffraction Imaging (CXDI) taken at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facilities (ESRF) of Grenoble

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Review paper on Hybrid Perovskites for Photovoltaics (FREE DOWNLOAD)

We are pleased to inform you that
our research group on Perovskites at CNR-IMM in Catania HQ has recently reviewed some main issues
on the stability of Hybrid Perovskites applied to...

Plasmonic/catalytic nanostructures for photo-electrochemical Water Splitting

At IMM-CNR Catania we use the plasmonic properties of noble metal nanoparticles (Au or Pt) to improve the photo-electro catalytic activity of n-type 3C-SiC/p-type Si heterojunction solar cells, to...

Photo-electrochemical Water Splitting for Hydrogen production

Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen is a key component of clean fuel and chemical synthesis from solar energy. One of the approaches to produce Hydrogen at low cost is to couple together...

Hybrid architectures for Dye and Perovskite Solar Cells

Dye (DSC) and Perovskite (PSC) solar cells are revolutionizing views and perspectives in the photovoltaics field so that their efficiency has been raised up to ~22% in only 8 years since the first...

Silicon solar cells based on advanced architectures and processes

The activity concerns the synthesis, fabrication and characterization of materials and solar cells based on innovative structures and advanced processes. New three dimensional...

Photo-electrochemical Water Splitting for Hydrogen production

Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen is a key component of clean fuel and chemical synthesis from solar energy. The principle is that solar-light-driven electron-hole pairs in a semiconductor...

Silicon Single Photon Avalanche Detectors (SPADs) and Photomultipliers (SiPMs) for Biomedical Applications

 

Team: Salvatore Lombardo, Sebania Libertino, Stefania Privitera, CNR-IMM, Catania

 

The Silicon Single Photon Avalanche Detectors (SPADs) and the Silicon Photomultipliers (...

Efficiency Enhancement and Reliability of New Generation High Performance Solar Cells

 

 

Team: Salvatore Lombardo, Andrea Scuto, Luca Valenti, Ting Ting Han, Stefania Privitera (CNR-IMM, Catania)

 

The Staebler and Wronski light soaking effect is a well...