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Due to UW-Madison campus access restrictions the ICE office will remain closed through July 13. The ICE Online Store will reopen on July 13 but only for limited service because of the restricted access to our facilities. Beginning July 13 ICE will process and ship SMALL orders once a week. We will aim for a processing time of 5-10 business days from receipt of order to shipping, operating within the constraints of very limited access. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through a partial re-opening. If you have questions, please contact us by email at We will try to respond within 48 hours.

Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit

Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit

Type: G, I, L    |    Level: AP, Coll, HS, MS

Our most popular kit! Students build their own Nanocrystalline Solar Cell, which operates by a process like photosynthesis. The cell generates electricity from absorption of solar energy by natural dye from berries. The solar cell has enough electrical output to power a small ­motor (not included). The kit provides an interdisciplinary context for students learning basic principles in chemistry, biology, physics, as well as environmental science. The instruction manual includes comprehensive background information for the instructor, detailed laboratory instructions, and prepared materials for data collection and assessment.

Note: The Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit cannot be shipped to individual customers in Mexico due to the chemicals included in the kit. Mexican customers must ship the kit through an approved importer.

The Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit contains enough supplies to make 5 reusable solar cells; additional kit components or replacement parts can be purchased separately (links below). The following items are included in the Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit:

• 76-page instruction manual • 1000 ohm Potentiometer
• Woodless HB graphite pencil • Copper tape, 12 cm
• Binder clips, set of 10 • Titanium dioxide powder, 20 g
• Dropper bottle, empty • Electrolyte solution, 15 mL in a dropper bottle
•10 conductive (tin dioxide coated) glass slides in glassine envelopes

Click the ICE structure to view the table of contents for the Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit.

Click the ICE structure for a list of all materials and supplies needed to complete the activities in the kit. Note: The Solar Cell Kit does not include everything needed to build and use the cells. The Supplies List notes which components are included in the kit, which are required but not included, and optional materials.

Replacement parts and additional components are available for the Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit.

Note: The Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit is intended for use by students properly supervised by a teacher. Teachers are expected to have extensive laboratory experience and a strong physical science background. Students must be properly supervised at all times and both teachers and students are expected to respect normal laboratory safety precautions.