Special Issue "Novel Thin Film Materials for Photovoltaic Applications"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2015)
The energy predicament, due to the impending Hubbert’s Peak Oil theory combined with the environmental consequences of CO2 emissions, dictate the need for a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable and sustainable energy sources to power the social and economic global metabolism. The last few years have witnessed an exponential growth of renewable power produced in major developed countries, mostly from wind farms and photovoltaic (PV) plants.
The growing demand of energy represents the main driving force of research in the field of new PV materials and new technological solutions, in order to confront two apparent problems: the rarefaction of the mineral resources and the need of developing an environmentally friendly and sustainable energy supply system.
The aim of this Special Issue consists of attracting worldwide researchers in participating to create a state-of-the-art summary of the recent increase in scientific and technological knowledge on new materials for thin film technology. This could include specific references to the synthetic routes for absorber powders and crystals, to the strategies for the realization of thin film devices, the characterization of the mineralogical, crystal chemical, structural, thermodynamic and physical properties of substrates and devices, and perspectives for the subject.
In this respect, special emphasis will be given to new data on consolidated materials for thin film technology, such as for example, cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium gallium sulfides and selenides, Cu(In,Ga)S2/Se2 (CIGS, CIGSe), new promising materials such as kesterites,Cu2ZnSnS4 or Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTS, CZTSe), as well as other emerging materials for thin film solar cell applications.
Prof. Dr. Francesco Di Benedetto
Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr
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- photovoltaic materials
- thin film technology
- new materials
- materials and thin film characterization