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Nanomaterials 2016, 6(9), 157;

Graphene and Carbon Quantum Dot-Based Materials in Photovoltaic Devices: From Synthesis to Applications

Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Avda. Països Catalans 16, Tarragona 43007, Spain
Fundació Eurecat, Avda. Ernest Lluch 36, Mataró 08302, Spain
ICREA, Passeig Lluís Companys 23, Barcelona 08010, Spain
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Academic Editor: Guanying Chen
Received: 24 May 2016 / Revised: 13 July 2016 / Accepted: 10 August 2016 / Published: 25 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Solar Cells)
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Graphene and carbon quantum dots have extraordinary optical and electrical features because of their quantum confinement properties. This makes them attractive materials for applications in photovoltaic devices (PV). Their versatility has led to their being used as light harvesting materials or selective contacts, either for holes or electrons, in silicon quantum dot, polymer or dye-sensitized solar cells. In this review, we summarize the most common uses of both types of semiconducting materials and highlight the significant advances made in recent years due to the influence that synthetic materials have on final performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantum dots; graphene; carbon; photovoltaics; solar cells quantum dots; graphene; carbon; photovoltaics; solar cells

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Paulo, S.; Palomares, E.; Martinez-Ferrero, E. Graphene and Carbon Quantum Dot-Based Materials in Photovoltaic Devices: From Synthesis to Applications. Nanomaterials 2016, 6, 157.

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