Next-generation materials for solar cells are cheap, flexible, and transparent, attributes that give them potential for creating films to coat windows or buildings. But defects that accumulate at large scales prevent them from being used for practical power generation.
A small-scale bust of Mr. Johns Hopkins—the so-called Bronze Johns—has been awarded to distinguished alumni and friends of the institution for their outstanding service to the university since 1973. However, over the 45-year legacy of the Heritage Award, the statuette masters—the original sculptures that casting molds are made from—have deteriorated.
Being able to produce usable prototypes with the strength and temperature tolerance of metal would allow developers to speed up the iterative cycle of design, says Jonah Myerberg, MS ’03.