Monday July 30, AM Workshops

W55: Creating Nanotech Solar Cells with Chemistry

Cara Hale-Hanes, Long Beach Polytechnic High School

This laboratory explores how chemistry can influence the development of new energy sources, as well as understanding the role of chemical structure in the movement of electrons (in chemical reactions and specifically photovoltaic cells).  The lab also provides a hands-on experience with nanotechnology.  In this lab, participants will create solar cells using a common pigment, graphite and titanium dioxide. The purpose of each component of the solar cell will be explored in this guided inquiry laboratory. Participants will learn how to guide students through inquiry while creating a solar cell. The solar cells will then be tested and compared creating a discussion and further exploration on how to enhance the performance of the solar cell. This laboratory was developed by CNSI at UCLA  (Dr. Sarah Tolbert and the graduate students W Hou, ML Chieu, A Flood, S Joiner, A Nelson and R Ramirez) and the inquiry portion developed by Cara Hale-Hanes; 3-hour session.

Intended Audience: HS/UG

No fee; limit of 24 participants

Monday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 216 WML
Monday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 216 WML


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