Special Issue "State-of-the-Art of Organic Photovoltaics (DSSCs, OPVs) and Perovskite Solar Cells (PSCs)"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2022 | Viewed by 1524

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alessio Dessì
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Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds ICCOM, Italian National Research Council, 50019 Rome, Italy
Interests: organic synthesis; photovoltaics; green chemistry; hydrogen production; dye-sensitized solar cells
Dr. Luigi Angelo Castriotta
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CHOSE- Centre for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy, Department of Electronics Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy
Interests: perovskite solar cells & modules; upscaling novel technologies; P1-P2-P3 processes for thin film PVs; XPS analysis; novel HTLs
Dr. Nicola Sangiorgi
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Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramic, National Research Council, 64-48018 Faenza, Italy
Interests: dye-sensitized solar cells; electrochemistry; photo-electrochemistry; impedance spectroscopy; low temperature deposition processes
Dr. Konstantinos Petridis
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Department of Electronic Engineering, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Crete, Greece
Interests: photonics; laser matter interactions; CW external cavity diode lasers; CW optical parametric oscillators; organic & perovskite solar cells & detectors
Dr. George Kakavelakis
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Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: perovskite solar cells; organic solar cells; carbon electrodes; printed electronics; solution processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the last twenty years, a deep sensibility towards environmental issues, especially concerning possible alternatives to the exploitation of polluting and non-renewable sources like oil and coal, has grown exponentially worldwide. Among renewable sources, solar energy seems to be the best option in terms of abundance, distribution, and cost to provide a sustainable energy supply for the world’s future. Therefore, photovoltaics has become a leading sector in research.

Among all the possible photovoltaic technologies, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and organic photovoltaic (OPVs) drew the attention of researchers and experts for their aesthetic properties, like color tunability and transparency, which make them a unique tool for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs). On the other side, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) literally invaded the photovoltaic sector within few years thanks to their high power conversion efficiencies, resembling those of silicon-based solar cells, and their low production cost.

The present Special Issue aims to collect original research papers or reviews which highlight the recent progress in the fields of DSSCs, OPVs and PSCs. We kindly invite authors to submit articles which cover topics such as the synthesis and characterization of new materials (photosensitizers, donor and acceptor molecules, semiconductor, perovskites and additives, electrolytes, hole-transport materials, counter-electrodes, and so on); the optimization of existing synthetic processes under a new, green, and sustainable perspective; as well as new possible applications of these photovoltaic technologies to real-case scenarios.

Dr. Alessio Dessì
Dr. Luigi Angelo Castriotta
Dr. Nicola Sangiorgi
Dr. Konstantinos Petridis
Dr. George Kakavelakis
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • dye-sensitized solar cells
  • organic photovoltaics
  • perovskite solar cells
  • solar energy
  • building-integrated photovoltaics
  • photosensitizer
  • donor/acceptor
  • redox couple
  • hole-transport material

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How to (Not) Make a Perovskite Solar Panel: A Step-by-Step Process
Processes 2022, 10(10), 1980; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr10101980 (registering DOI) - 01 Oct 2022
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To date, scientific research on perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and modules (PSMs) has been carried out for more than 10 years. What is still missing in the market potential of this technology is a complete description of the materials needed to connect and [...] Read more.
To date, scientific research on perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and modules (PSMs) has been carried out for more than 10 years. What is still missing in the market potential of this technology is a complete description of the materials needed to connect and fabricate PSMs in order to build a perovskite solar panel. Starting from the state-of-the-art perovskite solar modules, the material and design optimization using different substrates and architecture types, and ending in the lamination of the panel, this work focusses on the study of the feasibility of the fabrication of a perovskite solar panel. A complete description of all steps required will be provided in detail. Full article
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An Effective New Treatment of Fluoride-Containing Sludge Resulting from the Manufacture of Photovoltaic Cells
Processes 2021, 9(10), 1745; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9101745 - 29 Sep 2021
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The circular economy and maximization of environmental sustainability are increasingly becoming the vision and mission of companies competing in present-day global markets. In particular, in the energy sector, the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy has become the widespread mantra. [...] Read more.
The circular economy and maximization of environmental sustainability are increasingly becoming the vision and mission of companies competing in present-day global markets. In particular, in the energy sector, the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy has become the widespread mantra. One typical example is the deployment of devices which produce clean energy, such as solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels, wind generators, tidal stream generators, wave power generators, etc. These are undoubtedly generating clean energy, but their manufacture creates hazardous by-products, the disposal of which results in increased environmental pollution. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) is widely used in manufacturing of solar photovoltaic cells. In these processes, typically, crystalline silicon is precipitated from chlorosilanes, iodides, bromides and fluorides. Polluting by-products include deposition of a silicon film, formation of SiO2 powder and formation of toxic vapors of HF, SiH4 and PH3. Usually, these gaseous products are eliminated in a central scrubber, whose unwanted by-product consists in large quantities of hazardous fluorine-containing sludge. This article concerns an effective and inexpensive detoxification of fluorinated sludge, developed by the authors during research into the sludge collected from the scrubber of a PV cell manufacturing plant located in southern Italy. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Exploring different designs in thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine-based dyes to enhance divergent optical properties in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Authors: Alessio Dessì
Affiliation: Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds ICCOM, Italian National Research Council, 50019 Rome, Italy
Abstract: Abstract: Two novel organic sensitizers for DSSC (TP1 and TP2) based on the electron-poor thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine (TPz) π-bridge and the electron-rich bis(p-thiohexyl)triphenylamine were designed following two different approaches: the classical D-A-π-A design and a symmetric structure with double anchoring functions. Both compounds were prepared exploiting short synthetic paths based on direct arylation strategies and eventually one-pot desymmetrisation. The two novel dyes displayed opposite optical properties: TP1 a broad intense light absorption over the entire visible spectrum; TP2 a localized absorption peaked in the centre of the visible region, resulting in a pitch dark colouration and a green tone respectively. When assembling the photovoltaic devices, different electrolyte compositions and TiO2 layer transparencies were explored to enhance the divergent optical properties of the dyes. Power conversion efficiencies as high as 5.2% under full sun intensity were recorded for small test devices. The composition of the light transmitted through the TP2-containing transparent DSSC full devices fits well the human eye sensitivity spectrum, therefore TP2 satisfies well the requirements of transparency for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).

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