The University at Buffalo and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) won a $225,000 grant from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to investigate chalcogenide perovskites.

The funds will go towards helping the team develop techniques for fabricating thin film solar devices made from such perovskite materials. The researchers plan to optimize the electronic and optical properties of the materials through defect engineering.

The researchers will aim to leverage the unique qualities of perovskites to produce solar cells that are not only highly efficient, but also able to be manufactured at a low cost at a commercially viable scale.