Special Issue "Novel Thin Film Materials for Photovoltaic Applications"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2014
Prof. Dr. Francesco Di Benedetto
Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Firenze, Italy
Phone: +39 055 4573043
Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr
Crystallography, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 030 8062 42317
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
Article: An Investigation into W or Nb or ZnFe2O4 Doped Titania Nanocomposites Deposited from Blended Powder Targets for UV/Visible Photocatalysis
Coatings 2013, 3(3), 153-165; doi:10.3390/coatings3030153
Received: 27 June 2013; in revised form: 5 August 2013 / Accepted: 6 August 2013 / Published: 14 August 2013| Download PDF Full-text (1692 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Coatings 2014, 4(1), 60-84; doi:10.3390/coatings4010060
Received: 6 December 2013; in revised form: 3 January 2014 / Accepted: 8 January 2014 / Published: 21 January 2014| Download PDF Full-text (656 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Coatings 2014, 4(1), 85-97; doi:10.3390/coatings4010085
Received: 6 December 2013; in revised form: 31 December 2013 / Accepted: 8 January 2014 / Published: 21 January 2014| Download PDF Full-text (820 KB) | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Review
Title: Spray-On Thin Film PV Solar Cells: Advances, Potentials and Challenges
Author: Morteza Eslamian
Affiliation: University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China; E-Mail: Morteza.Eslamian@sjtu.edu.cn
Abstract: The ability to fabricate photovoltaic (PV) solar cells in large scale and with a competitive price is an essential prerequisite for commercialization of this technology. All or several layers of the polymer, dye-sensitized, quantum dot, copper indium gallium selenide and other similar solar cells may be processed in a solution and transferred to the substrate by atomizing the solution and carrying the spray droplets to the substrate to leave behind a thin film after evaporation of the solvent. In contrast to high energy-low vacuum and therefore expensive processes such as the chemical vapor deposition, the spray coating is performed at the atmospheric pressure using low cost equipment with the roll-to-roll process capability, making it an attractive fabrication technique, provided that high performance and uniform layers can be made. In this paper, the feasibility, recent advances and challenges of using spray coating process to fabricate solution processed thin film PV solar cells is discussed.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Spray-On PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM Thin Films for Polymer Solar Cells
Authors: Morteza Eslamian and Joshua E. Newton
Affiliation: School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX, USA 78412
Abstract: PEDOT:PSS electron-blocking layer, and PEDOT:PSS + P3HT:PCBM stacked layers are fabricated by ultrasonic atomization and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical profilometry. The measured thicknesses based on SEM and optical profilometry are quite different indicating the incapability of measurement techniques for non-uniform thin films. The thickness measurements are compared against theoretical estimations and a qualitative agreement is observed. Results indicate that the using a multiple pass fabrication strategy results in a more uniform thin film. It was also found that the film characteristics are strong function of solution concentration and spraying passes, and a weak function of substrate speed. Film thickness increases with solution concentration but despite the prediction of theory, the increase is not linear, indicating a change in the film porosity and density, which can affect physical and opto-electrical properties. Overall, while spray coating is a viable fabrication process for a wide range of solar cells, film characteristics can be easily altered by a change in process parameters.
Keywords: solution processed solar cells; polymer solar cells; spray coating, thin film characterization; Spray-on solar cells
Last update: 29 January 2014