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MXene-Based Materials for Solar Cell Applications

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School of Physics and New Energy, Xuzhou University of Technology, Xuzhou 221018, China
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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Iran
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Shenzhen Engineering Laboratory of Phosphorene and Optoelectronics, Collaborative Innovation Center for Optoelectronic Science and Technology, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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Nanomaterials 2021, 11(12), 3170; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11123170
Received: 25 September 2021 / Revised: 13 November 2021 / Accepted: 17 November 2021 / Published: 23 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Xene-Related Nanostructures for Versatile Applications)
MXenes are a class of two-dimensional nanomaterials with exceptional tailor-made properties, making them promising candidates for a wide variety of critical applications from energy systems, optics, electromagnetic interference shielding to those advanced sensors, and medical devices. Owing to its mechano-ceramic nature, MXenes have superior thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties. Recently, MXene-based materials are being extensively explored for solar cell applications wherein materials with superior sustainability, performance, and efficiency have been developed in demand to reduce the manufacturing cost of the present solar cell materials as well as enhance the productivity, efficiency, and performance of the MXene-based materials for solar energy harvesting. It is aimed in this review to study those MXenes employed in solar technologies, and in terms of the layout of the current paper, those 2D materials candidates used in solar cell applications are briefly reviewed and discussed, and then the fabrication methods are introduced. The key synthesis methods of MXenes, as well as the electrical, optical, and thermoelectric properties, are explained before those research efforts studying MXenes in solar cell materials are comprehensively discussed. It is believed that the use of MXene in solar technologies is in its infancy stage and many research efforts are yet to be performed on the current pitfalls to fill the existing voids. View Full-Text
Keywords: MXene; solar cell; 2D material; energy; environment MXene; solar cell; 2D material; energy; environment
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