Silver ‘fractal trees’ to generate solar power

A new type of solar cell could be developed based on microscopic “fractal trees” grown from silver.

The fractal silver structures are grown by a process of electrochemical reduction, and resemble densely-packed tree branches. This structure, as in real trees, maximises surface area and hence exposure to light. It is hoped that the silver structures, coated with light-absorbing polymers, could be the basis of more efficient solar cells.

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