Solar Devices: Fundamentals, Materials, Design, and Fabrication

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical and Molecular Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2024) | Viewed by 116

Special Issue Editors

Linacre College, Oxford University, Oxford OX1 3JA, UK
Interests: phase transformations and phase equilibria; nanoscience; exciton and charge transport; photovoltaics
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Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, 2713 Doha, Qatar
Interests: nanomaterials; perovskite solar cells; functional semiconductors; nanophotonics; automated labs
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The harvesting and subsequent transformation of solar energy are some of the key components of the “green energy” concept. The current Special Issue, "Solar Devices: Fundamentals, Materials, Design, and Fabrication", in Applied Sciences intends to collect the most recent findings and developments in solar energy research. We hope to attract contributions dealing with the fundamental question of solar light absorption by materials, with the processes of charge and exciton transport covered, and with questions surrounding novel material development and solar device design and fabrication answered.

Recently, much interest has been garnered regarding organic–inorganic perovskite materials as some of the most promising bases for solar devices with superior optoelectronic characteristics, easy manufacturing, and high efficiency. This Special Issue aims to present a thorough overview of the most recent advancements in perovskite solar cells. Contributions from researchers and experts in the field will explore novel approaches toward improving the performance and stability of perovskite solar cells, addressing critical challenges that prevent their commercialization.

Besides the fundamental issues of light harvesting and charge separation, the scope of subjects covered by this Special Issue includes synthesizing novel materials, interface engineering, device architectural optimization, and incorporating solar cells into various solar energy harvesting systems. There will also be research on tandem solar cells, scalable manufacturing techniques, and hybrid perovskite materials. By highlighting the advancements in perovskite solar cell research, this Special Issue aims to foster a deeper understanding of the underlying principles governing the efficiency and stability of these devices. Moreover, it seeks to accelerate the transition toward sustainable and efficient solar energy conversion technologies, contributing to the global effort toward combatting climate change and achieving a greener future.

Dr. Victor Burlakov
Dr. Yasser Hassan
Guest Editors

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  • solar energy harvesting
  • exciton and charge transport
  • optoelectronic properties of materials and interfaces
  • interface engineering
  • solar device design and fabrication
  • perovskite solar cells
  • tandem solar cells
  • hybrid perovskites
  • solar cell stability, scalable fabrication

Published Papers

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