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Special Issue "Materials for Photovoltaic Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Principal Research Scientist | Next Generation Photovoltaics, Research Group Leader | Solar Energy Technologies, CSIRO Energy, Newcastle, Australia
Interests: photovoltaics; photochemistry; physical chemistry; surface science; quantum chemistry; organic/inorganic metal-complex; nanostructured materials; thin-films; coatings and semiconductors
Energy from the sun is almost limitless with the intensification of renewable energy technologies deployed worldwide, led by photovoltaics (PV), with a global capacity averaging 42% of annual growth over five years (2011–2016) with an easing in deployment into 2017. Global investment for research and development (R&D) in PV was US$4.7 billion in 2017 with a great deal of interest in the development of new materials, device architectures and applications for more effectively harvesting energy from the sun. This Special Issue of Materials will be a detailed overview of recent research and development in the field of photovoltaics and solar cells
In the field of photovoltaics there is a great deal of effort in improving materials and interfaces as applied to the varied semi-conductor systems from mainstream silicon, germanium and compound semiconductors through to emerging semiconductor materials, such as perovskite organic–inorganic structures, organic photovoltaics and photoelectrochemical devices. Underpinning many of these are materials properties that effect ionic accumulation, charge extraction at interfaces induced ion migration under an electrical field coupled, charge trapping/de-trapping and artefacts, such as hysteresis, which influences the criticality of our measurements and characterisation techniques. Experimental approaches for the development of these materials span metallurgical recrystallisation, physical vapour deposition (PVD), chemical vapour deposition (CVD) electrodeposition, sputtering and low-temperature solution-processed methods across the broad photovoltaics field, including materials and technologies covering:
- Novel materials and device architectures
- Fundamental studies on organic layers and applications to multi-junction cells
- Advances in single and multicrystalline silicon solar cells, thin film silicon cells and amorphous silicon
- Technology advances in quantum dots, dye-sensitised solar cells and organic photovoltaics
- Perovskite semiconductors, solar cells and materials
- Compound semiconductor cells (CIS, CIGS, CdTe)
- Group III–V semiconductors solar cells
- Application and advances in materials for photovoltaic including transparent conductive oxide (TCO), anti-reflective coating (ARC), graphene and graphite composites, plasmonics and novel light trapping, hot-carrier effects and up/down conversion.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews related to materials for photovoltaic applications are all welcome.
Dr. Gregory J. Wilson
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- nanostructured materials
- solar cells
- metal oxides
- Group III–V semiconductors
- organic semiconductors
- polymer solar cells
- perovskite semiconductors
- organic photovoltaics
- simulation and modelling
- density-functional theory (DFT)