Special Issue "Advances in Silicon Solar Cells"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Han-Don Um
Guest Editor
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Interests: crystalline silicon solar cells; carrier selective contacts; silicon microwire solar cells; flexible silicon solar cells; transparent silicon solar cells; nanowire photodiode

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit your contributions to this Special Issue entitled “Advances in Silicon Solar Cells”. Significant research has been conducted on silicon solar cells over the last decades. This has led to steady improvement in the power conversion efficiency of solar cells and a considerable reduction in the manufacturing cost. This sparked the development and optimization of new materials, new processing techniques, novel solar cell structures, advanced characterization methods, and improved device understanding of advanced silicon solar cells.

In this Special Issue, we aim to bring together up-to-date views of past and current developments in the field, with a particular focus on the most recent theoretical and experimental discoveries concerning topics such as novel materials, device structures, and fabrication techniques for silicon solar cells. We hope you opt to participate in this Special Issue by contributing original research articles or critical review papers. Topics of interest for publication include but at not limited to:

  • silicon heterojunction solar cells (a-Si/c-Si, organic/inorganic, Schottky, etc.);
  • carrier selective contacts;
  • high-efficiency silicon solar cells (PERC, HIT, IBC, etc.);
  • perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells;
  • thin crystalline silicon solar cells;
  • silicon nano/micro structures (black Si, nanowire, microwire, etc.);
  • novel passivation layers and techniques;
  • metal contacts and metallization techniques;
  • plasmonic and up/down conversion materials;
  • advanced characterization methods for silicon solar cells.

Dr. Han-Don Um
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • silicon heterojunction solar cells (a-Si/c-Si, organic/inorganic, Schottky, etc.)
  • carrier selective contacts
  • high-efficiency silicon solar cells (PERC, HIT, IBC, etc.)
  • perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells
  • thin crystalline silicon solar cells
  • silicon nano/micro structures (black Si, nanowire, microwire, etc.)
  • novel passivation layers and techniques
  • metal contacts and metallization techniques
  • plasmonic and up/down conversion materials
  • advanced characterization methods for silicon solar cells

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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