Keith talks with Fred Wudl of the University of California-Santa Barbara, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Wudl is a materials scientist who is looking into whether carbon compounds can conduct electricity. To create an organic photovoltaic, there need to be a compound that can donate electrons and another compound that can accept them. The carbon molecules known as fullerenes have been found to work best as electron acceptors. These photovoltaics can be used to effectively transform solar energy to electrical energy. http://www.chem.ucsb.edu/people/academic/fred-wudl
Aired March 9, 2014.