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Attaching quantum dots

In the laboratory of Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemical engineering, John Lee and graduate student Noémie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne investigated the use of virus-based quantum dot nanowires for solar cell applications.

Lead sulfide (PbS) quantum spots are disintegrated in water, where they are connected to bacteriophages. “We’re attempting to make quantum specks that are emphatically charged in light of the fact that the bacteriophage is adversely charged, and we need to collect them with electrostatic communication,” Courchesne makes sense of.

Lee claims, “I’ve been learning a lot because I don’t have a lot of background in these types of ligand exchange studies.”You need to know a lot about how ligands work in order to accomplish this.We hope to see an increase in the solar cell’s efficiency by combining (bacterio)phages and quantum dots in our efforts.

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