Monocrystalline silicon: Using an old material in new ways

John A. Rogers

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Silicon is the dominant semiconductor material for all existing photovoltaic and electronic systems. The high natural abundance of silicon, together with the excellent reliability and good performance of devices made with it suggest its continued use, on massive scales, for the foreseeable future. As a result, although there is significant promise for organics, hybrid organic/inorganics and other new materials for electronics and photovoltaics, many opportunities continue to exist for research into unconventional means for exploiting silicon. This paper describes some approaches that implement monocrystalline silicon in the form of thin ribbons, platelets and related structures to achieve devices with performance equal to wafer scale technologies, but with unusual features: mechanical flexibility/stretchability; large area coverage; partial transparency; lightweight construction, and others. The processes for creating and manipulating such structures, together with theoretical and experimental investigations of the electrical, mechanical and optical characteristics of the resulting systems will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 237th National Meeting and Exposition, ACS 2009, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009 - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2009Mar 26 2009

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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