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Advanced Photovoltaic Materials: Properties and Applications

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2024 | Viewed by 95

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute, State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Interests: solar thermal and photovoltaics; thin films; semiconductor devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Solar energy is the most productive approach to energy capture in nature. The development of promising solar cell materials and devices is extremely important and relevant in the context of clean and renewable energy sources for terrestrial applications. Nowadays, a variety of highly efficient devices are constantly emerging. Thin-film solar cells fabricated from chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe), kesterite Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe), CdTe, Sb2Se3, and inorganic perovskite CsPb(I1−xBrx)3 show potential in the fast-growing photovoltaic (PV) market. Understanding the growth of the absorber layers, device performance, current challenges, and key strategies for performance enhancement is essential.

This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of the fabrication and characterization of novel solar cell materials and devices using different chemical and physical vapor deposition methods and to study the material properties and the device’s performance. Original research papers and short reviews addressing the synthesis and characterization of new and novel materials for solar cell applications and the device results.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Paruchuri Kondaiah
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • organic and inorganic photovoltaics
  • thin films
  • efficiency
  • transparent conducting films
  • device fabrication

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