The soap molecule may help commercialize LED technology.
Addition of a detergent molecule to an infrared led could result in devices that are simpler to manufacture, use less energy and show richer colors than current ones.
Solar cells and LEDs based on perovskite (a titanium-calcium crystal) have been touted as more efficient, easier to manufacture, and cheaper than silicon-based devices. However, making them stable and efficient enough for commercial use has proven difficult.
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