Shedding light on light absorption

Shedding light on light absorption

Titanium dioxide unveiled

MPSD scientists have uncovered the hidden properties of titanium dioxide, one of the most promising materials for light-conversion technology.

The anatase crystal form of Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most promising materials for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications nowadays. Despite years of studies on the conversion of light absorbed by anatase TiO2, into electrical charges, the very nature of its fundamental electronic and optical properties remained still unknown.
Scientists from the MPSD (Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter) at CFEL (Center for Free-Electron Laser Science) in Hamburg, together with their international partners at EPFL, Lausanne used a combination of cutting-edge steady-state and ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, as well as theoretical simulation tools to elucidate these fundamental properties of anatase TiO2. Their work is published in Nature Communications.

For further information please see the MPSD press release (in Deutsch or English).
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