A team working out of UC San Diego has created a material that can convert 90 percent of light it receives into heat. The material was created using a silicon boride-coated nanoshell, which features a multiscale surface, created by using a variety of particles, ranging in size from 10 nanometers to 10 micrometers.
The new material was designed from the outset to maximize sun light absorption and reduce the loss of light. It is thought that this material could be a first step into creating a new type of Solar panel.
The material was developed at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering by Sungho Jin, professor at the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering along side Zhaowei Liu, professor of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Renkun Chen, professor of Mechanical Engineering.