Special Issue "Thin Films for Energy Production and Storage"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: first- and second-generation solar cells; thin films deposition by vacuum methods; material characterization; device construction and testing
Interests: nanostructured materials for renewable energy applications; photovoltaic and thermoelectric devices; chemical and physical synthesis of single crystals and thin films; material characterization; device construction and testing
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As it is well known, in the last decades, thin films have gained a lot of attention from the scientific community in a plethora of applications.
First of all, any sort of thin film provides material saving. For many years, the cost and weight reductions related to the employment of thin films, as opposed to bulk materials, were among the main driving forces of their extensive development. Nowadays, the availability of many raw materials is seriously decreasing, while both the energy and technology needs for the daily life are strongly increasing, which makes material saving even more crucial. We are therefore pleased to guest edit a Special Issue devoted to “Thin Films for Energy Production and Storage”.
Here, we solicit the submission of manuscripts on the growth and characterization of inorganic or hybrid thin films, as well as devices based on them, for applications in solar photovoltaics, energy storage (e.g., electrodes in batteries), and energy harvesting (e.g., piezoelectric and thermoelectric applications). Most of these applications require the development of cost effective and/or easily scalable layers, which strongly depend on the growth technique. On the one hand, vacuum methods offer either the chance to grow high purity thin films (evaporation method) or less technological challenges toward up-scaling the system, while keeping good control of the deposition rate (sputtering method). On the other hand, the non-vacuum techniques are attracting more and more attention because of their lower production cost. Papers on thin films produced either by vacuum or non-vacuum methodologies are welcome, with a focus on eco-friendly approaches. Last, but not least, manuscripts on thin films involving Earth-abundant elements are of particular interest.
Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Dr. Alessia Le Donne
Dr. Vanira Trifiletti
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Thin film growth
- Optical, electrical, and structural properties
- Thin film-based devices
- Solar photovoltaics
- Energy storage
- Energy harvesting
- Eco-friendly approaches
- Earth-abundant materials