Advanced Materials

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The design of advanced materials is critical to nearly every industry, from improving electronics to designing coatings that don’t peel, to increasing the accuracy and precision of medical devices. Yale scientists are at the forefront of advanced materials research. They are paving the way for more efficient and cost-effective photovoltaics by adding a fluorescent organic dye to solar cells; making stronger, more flexible glass by altering its microanatomy; and designing a new class of low-cost, highly efficient micro fuel cells made from glass that may provide an alternative to batteries in portable devices.