NanoLund, Center for Nanoscience, Lund University (NanoLUND)


Christina Isaxon
Assistant Professor, Coordinator Nanosafety

Case study on solar cells and displays

Lund University (LU), founded in 1666, is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40.000 students and 8.160 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. A flagship strategic research environment at Lund University is NanoLund (initiated 1988), with 56 research groups, an annual turnover of about €19 million, and 130 PhD students. The research environment brings together more than 300 researchers from the engineering, natural science and medical faculties at LU. NanoLund has a specific focus on the synthesis, processing and application of semiconductor nanostructures. Specifically, nanowires are grown from “seed” metal particles in a reaction chamber that contains the constituents as metalorganic vapour. The low dimensionality (typically 10-100 nanometers wide and up to 10 micrometers long) and the ability to control the constituents very precisely (down to single atomic layers) offers unique freedom for combining components with different atomic spacing with combinations of dopants in new ways, enabling the tailoring of materials for, e.g., specific electromagnetic properties for optoelectronics, ranging from light-emitting diodes and infrared detectors to solar cells (NanoLund have world records in nanowire photovoltaics).

Main activities within HARMLESS:

  • Cell in vitro studies using air liquid interface system, and particle characterization (WP3)
  • Perform in situ exposure and hazard measurements at the production sites of NanoLund (WP6)
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