Students build their own dye-sensitized solar cell using blackberry fruit as the dye. This lab highlights how current photovoltaic solar cells are manufactured and the green chemistry research towards greener solar energy.
This lab is a “greener” redox experiment using magnesium metal and zinc chloride in place of redox reactions between copper solid and silver nitrate. This exercise will be used to show a redox reaction between solid magnesium metal and an aqueous solution of zinc chloride. The students will calculate the theoretical yield and percent yield.