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Materials Discovery

For clients in the semiconductor and solar industries, among others, SRI offers expertise in chemical vapor deposition (CVD), a chemical process used to produce high-purity, high-performance solid materials, such as thin silicon films for photovoltaics.

Potential partners include solar cell makers who need a reliable, low-cost, and internal source of silicon, chemical companies that want to enter the solar silicon supplier market, established and new silicon producers, and entrepreneurs.

SRI uses fluidized bed reactor technology for depositing metallic, ceramic, semiconducting, and superconducting coatings.

Significant advances include

  • Systems for uniform illumination of large-area, high-power semiconductor switches, and a fluidized-bed CVD for high-rate growth of solar cell silicon

  • A novel, low-cost, high-purity production process for manufacturing solar-grade silicon