Patent Number: 8,501,332

Title: Energy conversion cell having a dielectrically graded region to alter transport, and methods thereof

Abstract: Energy conversion devices and methods for altering transport of reaction species therein include use of a dielectrically graded structure (e.g., region, layer). For example, in photon energy conversion devices (e.g., solar cells) or in chemical energy conversion devices (e.g., fuel cells) one or more non-electric structures which provide a gradient in dielectric constant are positioned within the cell to alter the direction and/or rate of transport of a photo-generated or chemical reaction-generated species.

Inventors: Fortmann; Charles M. (Bellport, NY)

Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York

International Classification: H01M 14/00 (20060101); H01M 6/36 (20060101); H01M 2/26 (20060101); H01L 31/00 (20060101); H02N 6/00 (20060101); H01M 8/00 (20060101); H01M 2/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-08-06 0:00:00