- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas physics professor who hopes to improve on a solar cell material as a stable source of sustainable energy will receive $46,500 in grant funding from the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.

Dr. Allan Thomas of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock says the award will support his research into a solar cell material called cuprous oxide, an abundant, nontoxic, stable material that poses many benefits as the U.S. moves toward a sustainable energy future.

Thomas is especially focused on applications regarding atomic layer deposition, a nanotechnology that enables ultra-thin films of solar cell materials such as cuprous oxide to be deposited in a precisely controlled manner.

The grant will help establish Thomas’ research lab and equipment so he can develop preliminary data to compete for federal funding.

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