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Title: Origami-enabled deformable silicon solar cells

Deformable electronics have found various applications and elastomeric materials have been widely used to reach flexibility and stretchability. In this Letter, we report an alternative approach to enable deformability through origami. In this approach, the deformability is achieved through folding and unfolding at the creases while the functional devices do not experience strain. We have demonstrated an example of origami-enabled silicon solar cells and showed that this solar cell can reach up to 644% areal compactness while maintaining reasonable good performance upon cyclic folding/unfolding. This approach opens an alternative direction of producing flexible, stretchable, and deformable electronics.
Authors:
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  1. School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States)
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wayne State University, 5050 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States)
  3. School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States)
  4. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22293109
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 104; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ELASTOMERS; FLEXIBILITY; SILICON SOLAR CELLS; STRAINS