Download Full Text (1.5 MB)


Graphene has unique optical properties that make it different from other materials that are used to turn light to electricity. Graphene when absorbs a photon, generates multiple electrons while materials like silicon and gallium arsenide, generate a single electron for each photon absorbed. This means that when these conventional materials are being replaced by Graphene, the efficiency of solar cells will be increased and it also reduces the light dissipation as heat. Graphene is one of the most diverse materials available and has a variety of other remarkable electrical and mechanical properties. It has applications in fields of biological engineering, optical electronics, ultra filtration, photovoltaic, sensors and devices, nanotechnology etc. Through this paper, we will study all such properties that make it different from all the materials available.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Kevin P Hallinan

Primary Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Stander Symposium poster


Arts and Humanities | Business | Education | Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study on Graphene’s photovoltaic potential and its comparison with other conventional materials