For solar cell applications, a coating of synthetic brochosomes could increase light capture at multiple wavelengths and from every angle due to the 3D soccer-ball-shaped structure of the spheres, making it unnecessary to build devices to track the sun.
The technology consists of a thin film of organic molecules that absorb invisible wavelengths of sunlight. These ultraviolet and the near-infrared wavelengths can then be converted into electricity.
The science is in: Your sadness is electric. Research published yesterday in the journal Applied Physical Letters shows that lysozyme, a protein found in tears and bird egg whites, can produce electricity.