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The Use of Organic Electronics and Soft Nanomaterials in Solar Energy Technology

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 8 May 2024 | Viewed by 1388

Special Issue Editors

Department of Physics, Koya University, Kurdistan Region—F.R., Koya 44023, Iraq
Interests: organic electronics; solar energy; metamaterials
Dr. Peshawa O. Amin
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Charmo Center for Research, Training and Consultancy, Charmo University, Kurdistan Region—F.R., Chamchamal 46023, Iraq
Interests: organic electronics; photovoltaic applications; nanotechnology and nanodevices; polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic nanomaterials and organic electronics are contributing significantly to the production of cost-effective sources of renewable power over a large area with a reduced environmental impact. Despite tremendous efforts to propose different inorganic materials for the production of photovoltaic (PV) devices that are capable of efficiently harvesting solar energy, organic nanomaterials are of great importance for cultivating and diversifying soft materials’ applications in photovoltaic technology.

This Special Issue aims to provide a platform with which researchers may present new research findings and reviews of significant works in the field of organic electronics and soft nanomaterials that serve in the development of solar energy technology and address the critical issues in solar power generation, and PV design and assessment. We are particularly interested in papers presenting the latest achievements and current problems in organic electronics and soft nanomaterials for solar energy technology and that propose corresponding solutions to key technical challenges in the utilization of solar power, pointing out future directions for the sustainable development of solar power generation technology.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Organic solar cells, devices, materials, and simulation;
  • Nanomaterials and polymers for solar energy harvesting;
  • modeling, simulation, optimization, and performance assessment of organic electronic devices;
  • Solar energy storage technologies;
  • Solar-based hybrid PV/T systems;
  • Solar in technological applications;
  • Semi-transparent organic solar cells;
  • Solar applications in buildings;
  • Maximum power point trackers;
  • Reconfiguration of solar PV systems;
  • Parameter estimation of PV cells and modules;
  • PV design and sizing;
  • Nanomaterial selection and optimization for solar cells;
  • Synthesis of nanomaterials for solar cells.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Fahmi Fariq Muhammadsharif
Dr. Peshawa O. Amin
Guest Editors

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  • nanomaterials
  • nanostructures
  • organic materials
  • solar energy
  • PV design
  • PV sizing
  • solar cell modeling
  • PV parameters
  • solar cell parameters
  • organic solar cells
  • semitransparent organic solar cells
  • MPPT

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A Review of the Improvements in the Performance and Stability of Ternary Semi-Transparent Organic Solar Cells: Material and Architectural Approaches
Sustainability 2023, 15(16), 12442; - 16 Aug 2023
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 1146
In the past decade, considerable efforts have been made to develop semi-transparent organic solar cells (ST-OSCs). Different materials and architectures were examined with the aim of commercializing these devices. Among these, the use of ternary active layers demonstrated great promise for the development [...] Read more.
In the past decade, considerable efforts have been made to develop semi-transparent organic solar cells (ST-OSCs). Different materials and architectures were examined with the aim of commercializing these devices. Among these, the use of ternary active layers demonstrated great promise for the development of efficient semi-transparent organic solar cells with the potential for future applications, including but not limited to self-powered greenhouses and powered windows. Researchers seek alternative solutions to trade-off between the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and average visible transmittance (AVT) of ST-OSCs, with photoactive materials being the key parameters that govern both (PCE) and (AVT), as well as device stability. Several new organic materials, including polymers and small molecules, were synthesized and used in conjunction with a variety of techniques to achieve semi-transparent conditions. In this review paper, we look at the working principle and key parameters of semi-transparent organic solar cells, as well as the methods that have been used to improve the performance and stability of ternary-based semi-transparent organic solar cells. The main approaches were concluded to be spectral enhancement and increments in the transparency of the active layer through band gap tuning, utilizing novel organic semi-conductors, optical engineering, and the design architecture of the active layers. Full article
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