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Sustainability is becoming a standard feature of modern architecture and design. You might already be familiar with home and office design solutions that make efficient use of resources. Sustainable laboratory design, however, has the potential to make a much larger impact than other building applications. In fact, conventional laboratories may use over 5 times as much energy per square foot as an office building and a similarly disproportionate amount of water.
With the increasing demand for low carbon energy solutions, improved solar power utilization has become necessary. Using earth abundant iron pyrite (FeS2) researchers at the University of Kansas have created an all-in-one solution that overcomes the long term challenges of solar power efficiency and the need for separate devices for photoelectron conversion and storage.