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Special Issue "Advances in Thin Film Solar Cells"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Dr. Qi Hua Fan Website E-Mail
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, 1449 Engineering Research Ct, East Lansing, MI, USA
Interests: plasma; thin film; solar cell; chemical vapor deposition; coatings; sputtering; surface engineering
We would like to invite you to submit your work to this Special Issue on "Advances in Thin Film Solar Cells ". In the past several years, after a short standstill, great progresses have been made in thin film solar cells. Conversion efficiencies of 22.1%, 22.6% and 22.7% have been reported for CdTe, CuInGaSe2, and Perovskite thin film solar cells, respectively. These efficiencies are comparable to the record efficiency of 22.3% for multi-crystalline silicon solar cells. Atomically thin two-dimensional materials including graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted broad interest due to the possibility of creating a variety of novel device structures. These achievements originate from the fundamental understanding of thin film photovoltaic materials, optimal device structures, and advanced manufacturing techniques and processes.
This Special Issue aims to bring together and share the up-to-date views and opinions of the past and current developments in thin film photovoltaic materials and solar cells. Suitable topics include experimental and theoretical findings related to thin film photovoltaic materials, devices, and fabrication techniques. We hope you can join us in this Special Issue by contributing critical reviews and/or original research articles.
The proposed topics include, but are not limited to:
- Thin film silicon solar cells
- CdTe thin film solar cells
- CuInGaSe2 thin film solar cells
- Kesterites thin film solar cells
- Perovskites thin film solar cells
- Organic PV materials and devices
- GaAS thin film solar cells
- Quantum dot solar cells
- Two-dimensional materials for PV applications
- New device concepts and architectures for next generation of solar cells
Dr. Qi Hua Fan
Dr. Guofu Hou
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