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Recent Advances in Materials for Emerging Solar Cells

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 April 2024) | Viewed by 243

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Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism, National Research Council (IMEM-CNR), Parco Area Delle Scienze 37/A, 43124 Parma, Italy
Interests: photovoltaic systems; thin film solar cells; physical vapour deposition; pulsed electron deposition; abundant inorganic absorbers
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Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism, National Research Council (IMEM-CNR), Parco Area Delle Scienze 37/A, 43124 Parma, Italy
Interests: thin films, transparent conductive oxide; inorganic solar cells; pulsed electron deposition; magnetron sputtering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Solar photovoltaics (PV) has become a strategic technology to mitigate climate change and enable ecological transition towards a carbon-free system. The astonishing growth of silicon-based PV technology suggests that the theoretical goal of 75 TWp installed worldwide by 2050 may be achievable. Given this high renewable demand in the coming years, there is a plenty room for a mix of PV technologies, and emerging materials, as small-molecule absorbers or In-free inorganic thin-films, whose production requires less energy and less raw material consumption than Si, could be competitive even for its scalability.

This Special Issue will rapidly publish original and review contributions on the recent advances in theoretical and experimental research of new molecular materials for solar energy and novel architecture concepts for thin-film cells.

Since IJMS is a journal of molecular science, Synthesis, properties’ characterization and application of materials should focus on molecular research; theoretical studies should offer new insights into the understanding of experimental results or suggest new experimentally testable hypotheses.

The following topics are subject to particular interest:

  • All-Small-Molecules organic solar cells
  • Molecular charge transport layers in perovskite solar cells
  • II–IV–N2 Compounds
  • Antimony/Bismuth Chalcogenides and Chalcohalides
  • Earth-abundant and non-toxic absorbers

This Special Issue is supervised by Dr. Stefano Rampino, Dr. Francesco Pattini and assisted by our Topical Advisory Panel Member Prof. Roberto Jakomin.

Dr. Stefano Rampino
Dr. Francesco Pattini
Guest Editors

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  • photovoltaics
  • materials
  • solar cells
  • perovskite
  • thin film
  • efficiency
  • electrical characterization
  • absorber
  • transparent conductive oxide
  • charge transport layer

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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