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Sustainable Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2023) | Viewed by 1676

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Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: color chemistry; light harvesting systems using DSCs; nanomaterials; functional dyes; sensors; solar cells; hole transport materials for perovskite solar cells; optoelectronic dyes; conductive polymers; photobiological hydrogen production; ionic liquids; dyes for photodynamic therapy; textile and polymer colouration; high performance organic dyes and pigments; photoresponsive materials; coating with dyes and pigments; medicinal chemistry; environmental chemistry and organic pollutants; biotechnology; polymer nanocomposites

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1. Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique, Matériaux et Environnement, Faculty of Science and Technology, University Moulay Ismail of Meknes, B.P. 509 Boutalamine, Errachidia, Morocco
2. Centre régional des Métiers de l’Education et de la Formation, BP 8, Errachidia, Morocco
Interests: cover conductive polymers and oligomers; solar energy conversion; density functional theory calculations; computational materials science; cheminformatics and computational chemistry

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Co-Guest Editor
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha 61413, Saudi Arabia
Interests: colour chemistry; high performance organic dyes and pigments; organic synthesis of heterocyclic compounds as precursor for dyes; environmental chemistry and organic pollutants; nanochemistry; sensors; sustainable materials for solar energy

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Guest Editor Assistant
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Jeddah, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
Interests: organic synthesis; material science; hole transport materials engineering; organic dyes; phenothiazine chromophores; coupling reactions; donor acceptor designs; perovskite solar cells; dye-sensitized solar cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Affordable and clean energy is listed as the 7th of 17 goals proposed by the United Nations to transform our world with sustainable development. Human beings desire sustainability due to a rapidly changing global climate and numerous environmental issues. Solar energy conversion to electricity or valuable materials is a fascinating area of research and development. The use of biodegradable organic dyes or small organic molecules to fabricate dye-sensitized solar cells and organic solar cells has recently attracted tremendous interest among scientists, owing to their potential application in different shapes with flexibility. On the other hand, Perovskite solar cells are a competitive option that has recently been on the upsurge due to their ease of fabrication and high power conversion efficiency. The rapid development of these technologies over recent decades has necessitated the design and fabrication of efficient hole transport materials that promote the power conversion efficiency of energy devices. Furthermore, the use of sustainable nanomaterials and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for the catalytic desalination of water, carbon dioxide reduction, water splitting, and photodegradation of organic pollutants strive for clean energy and a better environment. Finally, it is a prerequisite to developing energy storage systems to deliver power at any time of the year and with any shape of the device. In this regard, batteries, supercapacitors, and hydrogen fuel storage systems are all in need of further development. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit original research papers, review articles, and short communications to this Special Issue. Both experimental and theoretical contributions are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Reda M. El-Shishtawy
Prof. Dr. Si Mohamed Bouzzine
Dr. Fatimah Ali M. Al-Zahrani
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Dr. Laila M. Nhari
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  • organic solar cells
  • dye-sensitized solar cells
  • hole transport materials
  • perovskite solar cells
  • TD-density functional theory
  • MOFs
  • nanomaterial
  • photocatalytic desalination of water
  • photocatalytic water splitting
  • photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutant
  • batteries
  • supercapacitors

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The Impact of TPA Auxiliary Donor and the π-Linkers on the Performance of Newly Designed Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Computational Investigation
by Si Mohamed Bouzzine, Alioui Abdelaaziz, Mohamed Hamidi, Fatimah A. M. Al-Zahrani, Mohie E. M. Zayed and Reda M. El-Shishtawy
Materials 2023, 16(4), 1611; - 15 Feb 2023
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The efficiency of the newly designed dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) containing triphenylamine, diphenylamine (TPA), phenothiazine, and phenoxazine as donors and triazine, phenyl with D1-D2-π-linker-π-(A)2 architecture has been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent (TD-DFT) methods. These [...] Read more.
The efficiency of the newly designed dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) containing triphenylamine, diphenylamine (TPA), phenothiazine, and phenoxazine as donors and triazine, phenyl with D1-D2-π-linker-π-(A)2 architecture has been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent (TD-DFT) methods. These methods were used to investigate the geometrical structures, electronic properties, absorption, photovoltaic properties, and chemical reactivity. Furthermore, the calculated results indicate that different architectures can modify the energy levels of HOMO and LUMO and reduce the energy gap. The absorption undergoes a redshift displacement. This work aims at calculating the structural geometries and the electronic and optical properties of the designed dyes. Furthermore, the dye adsorption characteristics, such as the optoelectronic properties and the adsorption energies in the TiO2 clusters, were calculated with counterpoise correction and discussed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage)
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