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You are here: > News > June 12, 2005

Konarka and Solaris Nanosciences Create Joint Research Program

Solaris' nanoscale metallic structures could boost the solar energy conversion efficiency of Konarka's portable power plastics.

LOWELL, MASS., USA -- Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in developing and commercializing power plastics that convert light to energy, and Solaris Nanosciences, a developer and manufacturer of advanced nanomaterials for devices that harvest light for a variety of applications, today announced the companies have entered into a joint development agreement. The companies will evaluate the performance and efficiency of solar cells made with Konarka's light-activated power plastic and Solaris' metal structures.

"One of Konarka's goals is to push photovoltaic science as far and as fast as possible, and exploring how well our materials work with Solaris' in a shared program is one way to make that happen," said Russell Gaudiana, Ph.D., vice president of research and development, Konarka. "Konarka's solutions are chemistry-agnostic. We believe in finding the best possible combination of materials to create power plastic that meets the performance needed for a specific application, and this project with Solaris holds promise."

Solaris' nanoscale metallic structures will serve as an additive to Konarka's light sensitizing materials. The structures act as "nano-antennas" for light-sensitive molecules. Since the structure is much smaller than the wavelength of light, it concentrates, absorbs and potentially transfers the light more efficiently, resulting in enhanced energy conversion efficiencies.

"Through our proprietary nanotechnology, we uniquely design the optical properties of our NanoAntenna(TM) materials. Our nano-antennas enhance the absorption of the solar spectrum much like a conventional antenna enhances the reception of a radio receiver," said Robert Afzal, vice president of research and development, Solaris Nanosciences. "This leads to high absorption in thinner structures with highly favorable electrical properties possibly resulting in higher efficiencies."

This new program complements Konarka's ongoing efforts to develop a variety of coat-able and printable chemistries for its light-activated power plastic. Each chemistry can be tuned to a specific purpose, enabling customers to choose the performance that best suits the power requirements of their devices, systems or structures.

About Solaris Nanosciences

Solaris is pursuing the application of its scalable, consumable nano-antenna platform to provide unique benefits to several large industry sectors. Solaris Nanosciences is applying its nanotechnology patent portfolio to become a leading manufacturer and licensor of nano-materials and the supporting technology.

The company is pursuing three major applications of its nano-antenna platform technology: advanced materials for photovoltaics, additives for liquid crystal displays and nanostructures for bio-medical applications. For additional information on Solaris and its technologies, visit

About Konarka Technologies, Inc.

Konarka builds products that convert light to energy - anywhere. Konarka is the leading developer of polymer photovoltaic products that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Konarka's photovoltaic nanotechnology is focused on delivering lightweight, flexible, scalable and manufacturable products. Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical team. Nobel Laureate Professor Alan Heeger (UC Santa Barbara) is a director, co-founder and chief scientist for Konarka. Konarka Technologies is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A., with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and research and development facilities in Austria and Switzerland. For more information, visit or contact Tracy Wemett, BroadPR, at 617-868-5031 or

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