Materials Research Centre is actively involved in materials science and nanotechnology research. Namely, in the developing methods of synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanopowders, and further investigation of its physical and chemical properties. MRC is researching the crystallinity, particle size, surface area, and other factors determine the functional characteristics and applications of the synthesized TiO2.
Materials Research Centre (MRC, Kiev, Ukraine) in cooperation with Drexel University (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA) designed and produced the first in Ukraine active sample of dye-sensitized solar cell.
Materials Research Centre (MRC, Kiev, Ukraine) in cooperation with Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA designed and produced the first in Ukraine functional sample of dye-sensitized solar cell.
Batteries of this type have a simple structure, they consist of two electrodes, electrolyte and organic dye as a photosensitizer. One of the electrodes consists of a nanosized dye-saturated titanium dioxide (TiO2), deposited on a transparent conductive substrate. Other electrode is transparent substrate covered with a thin transparent layer of conductive material (ITO, Pt, etc.). Such batteries are promising alternative source of energy, since they don't require expensive materials and sophisticated equipment for their producing unlike to the silicon solar cells.