Author: Dr. Jim

A Cooler Way to Protect Silicon Surfaces

Silicon, the material of high-tech devices from computer chips to solar cells, requires a surface coating before use in these applications. The coating “passivates” the material, tying up loose atomic bonds to prevent oxidation that would ruin its elec…

China’s Solar Dragon Year 2012

According to the lunar calendar the year of the dragon came to an end on February 9, 2013. A “dragon year” which only takes place every 12 years is characterized by numerous significant events usually initiating/causing profound fundamental changes for…