Solar Energy from a Big Picture Perspective to Nanoscale Insights via TOF-SIMS

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The world is undergoing a rapid transformation in the ways that we generate and store energy. This has been driven not only by concerns about the climate but by simple economic factors due to the dramatic cost decreases in wind in solar power. In most places of the world where one would now want to build a new power plant, the cheapest option is to use wind of solar for power generation. Abundant clean energy when the sun shines most is driving new research for daily and seasonal energy storage in many different technologies. We will briefly these discuss energy trends as a whole, before diving into our recent contributions to the field using time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to improve the performance and reliability of solar cells.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)749-750
Number of pages2
JournalMicroscopy and Microanalysis
Issue numberSupplement 1
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5K00-87462


  • clean energy
  • energy trends
  • solar cells
  • time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS)


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