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Iowa State, chemistry, Javier Vela

Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semiconductors

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Javier Vela of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has worked with two of his graduate students to synthesize a new material for semiconductors. The chemists think the material will work well in solar cells, but without the toxicity, scarcity or costs of other semiconductors. They report their discovery in a paper recently published online by the Journal of the American Chemical Society.