Special Issue "Growth and Evaluation of Multicrystalline Silicon"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kozo Fujiwara

Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
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Interests: Growth of mc-Si ingot; Growth mechanism of mc-Si; Defects formation in mc-Si; Evaluations of mc-Si wafer
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chung-wen Lan

Department of Chemical Engineering National Taiwan University
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Interests: Crystal Growth Technology, Electronic Materials Processing, CFD and High Performance Computing
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Koichi Kakimoto

Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen, Kasuga Fukuoka 816-8580, Japan
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Interests: Fluid dynamics, Quantum mechanics, Molecular dinamics, Monte Carlo simulation, Solution growth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) is widely used for substrates of solar cells. It is well understood that there is an advantage in the production cost in a mc-Si ingot in comparison to a single crystal Si, although the quality of mc-Si ingot should be improved further.  

To realize a high energy conversion efficiency of mc-Si solar cells, the development of crystal growth technology is required. Furthermore, the fundamental understanding of crystal growth mechanism of mc-Si, mechanism of  defects formation, and evaluation of mc-Si wafers are crucial.

We invite investigators to submit papers which discuss the development of high quality multicrystalline Si for solar cells, including bulk ingots and thin films.

The potential topics include:

  • Crystal growth of mc-Si ingot
  • Crystal growth of mc-Si thin films
  • Crystal growth mechanisms of mc-Si
  • Defects formation and their property in mc-Si
  • Evaluation of mc-Si wafers
  • Property of solar cells based on mc-Si
  • Crystal growth of new materials based on Si

Prof. Dr. Kozo Fujiwara
Prof. Dr. Chung-wen Lan
Prof. Dr. Koichi Kakimoto
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Crystal growth
  • Crystal/melt interface
  • Bulk ingot
  • Thin films
  • Dislocation, grain boundary, twin boundary, impurity
  • Nucleation, grain orientation
  • Computations
  • Minority carrier lifetime

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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