Special Issue "Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Solar Cells"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Micaela Castellino
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Torino
Interests: Carbon-based materials; polymers and their composite materials and nanomaterials; materials science; electrical properties; material characterisation; interface and surface properties; electron spectroscopies; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) ; surface science; surface functionalisation; materials for energy conversion; materials related to photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion; biomaterials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the past few decades, extensive efforts have been employed to synthesize new materials to develop clean energy technologies that satisfy the growing energetic demand and reduce the economic and environmental impacts due to the use of fossil fuels. Since solar radiation on Earth surface represents one of the most affordable and available energy sources, it suggests the idea of improving solar-driven systems for renewable energy production and storage. The aim of this Special Issue is to address new insights into solar energy conversion and, in particular, solar cell applications, thanks to the advanced studies led in the material science field, which covers all the subjects related to physics phenomena comprehension (light absorption, transport phenomena, optical properties, materials coupling, potential barriers overcome, etc.),  Chemistry application (synthesis of new materials, composite, catalysts, etc.) and device fabrication (bulk materials, coatings, thin films, and/or surface treatments).

Particular interest is devoted to solar cells, starting from their electrode material composition study (single crystal or polycrystalline, amorphous materials, employing homo and/or heterojunctions, Schottky barriers, polimer/liquid junctions, etc.), their component analysis, individual cells and/or complete photovoltaic modules (solar panels), including their economic aspects and scale-up possibilities.

Apart from solar cells, also photothermal (solar absorber, heat storage materials, radiative cooling systems, etc.), photochemical and photoelectrochemical devices (photoelectrodes, photocatalysis, etc.) are highly welcomed, due to the great impact that their applications can imply in reaching the goal of renewable materials exploitation and application.

To reach this goal, a synergistic work has to be done by coupling experimental and theoretical approaches. Cutting-edge experimental techniques, such as electron microscopies and spectroscopies, morphological analysis, in combination with theoretical modelling (quantum mechanical and finite-element calculations) are needed.

This short introduction to this Special Issue only scratches the surface of all the concepts developed to date, which represent the paper arguments we are calling for.

Dr. Micaela Castellino
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Solar cell
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photoelectrochemical Devices
  • Sunlight-driven energy conversion
  • Photothermal
  • Synthesis
  • Properties
  • Characterisation
  • Application
  • Solar Energy Materials

Published Papers

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