Special Issue "Innovative Functional Materials for Solar Cells: Developments and Challenges"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 17 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jongin Hong
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974, Korea
Interests: photovoltaics; chromism; nanomaterials; density functional theory; energy harvesting; smart windows; scanning probe microscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The prosperity of human society mainly depends on finding clean and renewable energy solutions. Efficient usage of solar energy has been considered as the most promising way to meet a global demand for energy. To date, innovative functional materials have become highly desirable to achieve high performance and long-term fidelity of solar cells.

This Special Issue will focus on the innovative functional materials for solar cells, in particular, to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit of a single junction solar cell and to boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells. It is my great pleasure to invite you to submit original and review papers within the scope of this Special Issue. Both theoretical and experimental works of the groundbreaking materials are warmly welcomed. We look forward to your contribution in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Jongin Hong
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells
  • perovskite solar cells
  • dye sensitized solar cells
  • 2D materials
  • transparent electrode materials
  • transparent charge transfer materials
  • interface engineering

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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