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Advances in Solar Cell Materials and Structures—Second Edition

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2025 | Viewed by 161

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Institute of Materials Engineering, University of Rzeszów, 35-310 Rzeszów, Poland
Interests: development and application of thin-film solar cells; PVD technology; characterization of PV cells and devices; flexible organic semiconductors; green energy systems and energy management; technology transfer and startups development; clusters
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Institute of Physics, University of Rzeszów, 35-310 Rzeszów, Poland
Interests: semiconductors; thin-film solar cells; renewable energy; environmental protection; spin systems; mathematical physics

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Physics and Chemistry of Solids Department, Physical-Technical Faculty, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, 76018 Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Interests: semiconductor material science; thin films; carrier scattering, band structure; nanoinclusions; surface; renewable energy; photovoltaic; thermoelectricity
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Physics and Chemistry of Solids Department, Physical-Technical Faculty, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, 76018 Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Interests: technology of obtaining thin films; solar cells; semiconductors; optical properties; morphology; materials science; nanowire; simulation; renewable energy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Guest Editors are inviting submissions for a Special Issue of Materials on “Advances in Solar Cell Materials and Structures”.

Photovoltaic devices are important renewable energy resources with the potential to solve the global energy crises. Their use could reduce the consumption of fossil fuels for electricity production. The basic advantages of solar cells including the availability of solar radiation energy, that they have no negative impact on the environment, and that they are long-lasting and energy is produced at the consumption site.

Currently, silicon solar cells are the most popular devices for converting light energy into electricity. However, thin-film solar cells, which are based on new materials, offer a competitive, efficient, and cost-effective alternative. These new solutions are expected to replace traditional silicon cells.

Thin-film solar cells have many advantages compared with traditional silicon photovoltaic devices. A main advantage of thin-film solar cells is their thickness. The layers are up to 200 times thinner than the layers of traditional silicon solar cells. Thin-film solar cells have great potential to reduce both their material consumption and production costs. They are lighter in weight, so they can be deposited on flexible substrates and integrated with many devices.

Therefore, we welcome review and research papers on the development of thin-film photovoltaic materials and solar cells. Suitable topics include experimental and theoretical findings related to thin-film photovoltaic materials, structures, devices, fabrication techniques, and characterization.

The scope of the Special Issue includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Thin-film solar cells;
  • Perovskites and perovskite solar cells;
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells;
  • Nano-structured PV cells;
  • Quantum dot solar cells;
  • Thermophotovoltaic generators;
  • Organic PV materials and devices;
  • New materials for photovoltaic structures;
  • New concepts and device architectures for next generation solar cells;
  • Nanotechnology for improvement of PV devices;
  • New materials and contact concepts.

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Wisz
Dr. Mirosław Łabuz
Prof. Dr. Lyubomyr Nykyruy
Dr. Rostyslav Yavorskyi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • new materials for photovoltaics
  • thin-film solar cells
  • solar cell device physics
  • solar cell materials structure
  • multilayers solar cell
  • photovoltaic devices and systems
  • photovoltaic structure efficiency
  • photovoltaic structure time stability

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