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DuPont Buys Solar Ink Firm Innovalight

by Melody M. Bomgardner
August 1, 2011 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 89, ISSUE 31

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Innovalight founder Conrad Burke.
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Credit: DuPont
Innovalight founder Conrad Burke.

DuPont has acquired Silicon Valley start-up Innovalight, a maker of silicon inks and process technologies that increase the conversion efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells. The ink, made from silicon nanoparticles dispersed in a chemical blend, can be applied with industry-standard screen printers. DuPont says it sold more than $1 billion worth of materials for the photovoltaic market in 2010.

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