Special Issue "Nanorods and Quantum Dots for Photovoltaic Application"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Stefano Bellucci
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Guest Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Progress towards the fundamental aim to enhance light absorption in photovoltaic systems can greatly benefit from a wise handling of the interaction between nanoscale matter and light. Hybrid nanostructures can be tailored to increase the overall absorption of light in very thin systems, obtained combining quantum dots with nanorods. The requirements in photovoltaic devices could be satisfied by tuning quantum dots properties, so as to make them absorb light of certain wavelengths. The role of metal nanorods in the hybrid structures can be that of enhancing the local optical field via surface plasmonic excitations, thus supporting and complementing the role of quantum dots as light absorbers. The high efficiency in collecting the charge transport carriers provided by the metal nanorods can be instrumental as a performance enhancer in photovoltaic applications.

This Special Issue will cover recent advances in material synthesis and theoretical modeling of nanorods and quantum dots. The main focus will be on phenomena and processes underlying the growth mechanism, physical properties, and photovoltaic performance.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit review articles, original papers and communications to this Special Issue on “Nanorods and Quantum Dots for Photovoltaic Application”.

Prof. Stefano Bellucci
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Photovoltaic
  • Light absorption
  • Nanoscale matter
  • Quantum dots
  • Nanorods

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