Special Issue "Innovation of Electrodes in Next-Generation Solar Cells"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Van-Duong Dao
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Faculty of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Phenikaa University, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Interests: nanohybrid materials; energy devices; energy storages; solar cells; photocatalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Next-generation solar cells such as dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells, etc. have become the most promising photovoltaic technologies to supply renewable green energy. Counter electrodes for next-generation solar cells have an important role in improving the energy-conversion efficiency of photovoltaic devices. There are various types of counter electrode catalysts for next-generation solar cells, including metal, metal compounds, carbon materials, nanohybrid materials, polymers, composites, etc. This Special Issue aims to provide a discussion of the design and synthesis of the catalysts, the characterization and stability of the devices, as well as calculations of catalytic activity, electrical conductivity of counter electrodes. We welcome submissions in the form of full papers, communications, and reviews. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, preparation, theoretical calculation, and stability evaluation of counter-electrode catalysts.
  • Low-cost counter-electrode catalysts of next-generation solar cells.
  • Commercial applications of next-generation solar cells.
  • Green technologies in next-generation solar cells.
  • Other applications of electrode catalysts in energy storage, sustainability, fuel cells, hydrogen production, solar-driven steam generation and photocatalysis.

Prof. Dr. Van-Duong Dao
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • Quantum-dot-sensitized solar cell
  • Perovskite solar cell
  • Counter electrode
  • Carbon materials
  • Nanohybrid materials
  • Green technology
  • Electrode catalysts.

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Titanium Nitride Nanodonuts Synthesized from Natural Ilmenite Ore as a Novel and Efficient Thermoplasmonic Material
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(1), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11010076 - 31 Dec 2020
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Nanostructures of titanium nitride (TiN) have recently been considered as a new class of plasmonic materials that have been utilized in many solar energy applications. This work presents the synthesis of a novel nanostructure of TiN that has a nanodonut shape from natural [...] Read more.
Nanostructures of titanium nitride (TiN) have recently been considered as a new class of plasmonic materials that have been utilized in many solar energy applications. This work presents the synthesis of a novel nanostructure of TiN that has a nanodonut shape from natural ilmenite ore using a low-cost and bulk method. The TiN nanodonuts exhibit strong and spectrally broad localized surface plasmon resonance absorption in the visible region centered at 560 nm, which is well suited for thermoplasmonic applications as a nanoscale heat source. The heat generation is investigated by water evaporation experiments under simulated solar light, demonstrating excellent solar light harvesting performance of the nanodonut structure. Full article
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