Lightwave Logic explores solar energy capture with dyes

The University of Alabama is studying the advanced energy capture properties of Lightwave Logic’s Perkinamine dyes and other novel proprietary structures inspired by the original Perkinamine design for organic, dye-synthesized solar cells (DSSC).

March 17, 2011 – PR Newswire — Lightwave Logic Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: LWLG), a technology company developing non-linear optical polymer materials, will participate in a 2-year R&D program on advanced solar energy capture and organic photovoltaics.

The State of Alabama will fund the program, wherein the University of Alabama will explore the advanced energy capture properties of Lightwave Logic’s Perkinamine dyes and other novel proprietary structures inspired by the original Perkinamine design.

The Perkinamine-based dyes offer panchromatic absorption (absorbing light across a wide range of wavelengths) from the near infra-red (IR) to the visible spectrum and into the near ultraviolet (UV). This property enables these dyes to efficiently capture a wide range of solar radiation, potentially serving solar photovoltaics (PV) purposes.

The Perkinamine-based dyes have also been developed to provide thermal and environmental stability that allows integration into existing, high-temp electronic material manufacturing protocols. The electro-optic applications of Perkinamine dyes rely on laser irradiation to produce the desired non-linear optical responses and were developed to be photostable (non-bleaching).

Anthony J. Arduengo III, Saxon Professor of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry at University of Alabama and leader of the UA initiative commented, “While the ultimate goals of our previous non-linear optic collaboration and this new photovoltaic effort are separate, their mutual reliance on similar synthetic feedstocks and methodology will provide considerable synergy for material production and process development. If successful, this effort will open vast opportunities for application of Lightwave’s materials and technology to solar energy capture.”

Lightwave Logic, Inc. is a development stage company with electro-optical and Third-order polymer technology that holds significant advantages over conventional copper-based technology. Visit www.lightwavelogic.com for more information.

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