The National Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)


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"About ten years ago, we at the Nanotechnology center, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology started the research and development in solar cells. Our objective was to establish the know-how of solar cells fabrication and process in the kingdom. Currently, our institution is one of the leading institutes in the region in the area of solar cells, especially multi-junction GaAs solar cells and perovskite solar cells. One of our interest areas is to develop multi-junction solar cells for space applications. At the same time, we want to test our new perovskite solar cells the outer space since this shows reliable functionalities when exposed to radiation. The call by the united nation and the Chinees space mission to perform experiments in space was a very good opportunity to assess our developed cells against radiations in a real environment." Abdulrahman Albadri, Project Coordinator.

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Mission e-patches awarded to the National Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

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China Space Station

The project "Development of Multi-Junction GaAs Solar Cells for Space Applications" has been awarded in the first round of the China Space Station opportunity in 2019. It was jointly applied and will be jointly implemented by two institutions from one country, which are: the National Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) from Saudi Arabia.

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News

  • The newly completed semiconductor cleanroom will host our multi-junction solar cells fabrication and process (May 2021)
  • Achieved perovskite solar cells with high efficiency over 22% and high stability over 1000 hours (February 2021)

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