- Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI)
- Material Type:
- High School
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Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
This is a solar cell lab that works well with the topic of photosynthesis in the biology classroom and introduces the concept of nanotechnology.
Indiana Biology Standard
B.2.1: Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
Students can explain process of phosynthesis in terms of Proteins and Macromolecules as well as in terms of electron flow analogous to a battery or solar cell.
Students learn that energy can be found in unexpected places, in everyday objects, however, it requires sophisticated engineering to make it useable.
Indium Tinoxide (ITO) Coated Glass Slides X2
Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Nanoparticles Paste
Binder Clips X 2
Alligator Clips X 2
Teacher Demonstrates appropriate assembly
Protocol/Presentation for Dye-Sensitized Kits
See Attached Lab Protocol
Worksheet time - Reflections on how dye-sensitized solar cell tells us something about photosynthesis and vice versa.
This learning module was created by Erik P, a participant in Indiana University-Purdue University’s NSF-Funded “Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NEST)” Program (Award # 1513112).