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Photovoltaics / Solar Cells

The energy received on earth by the sun in one hour is equivalent to the energy consumed by the world in a year. Photovoltaic solar cells convert this solar energy into electricity in a sustainable way compared to fossil fuels.

Solar cells can be made of semiconductors, polymers, dyes and phosphors. Organic as well as organic/inorganic approaches are currently followed.

Research is focussed on materials that absorb a wider part of the solar spectrum, while improving the electronic transport at a low cost. In addition, charge mobility and stability are challenges especially for dye-sensitised and perovskite solar cells.

Solar cell materials can be assessed by spectral and temporal fluorescence spectroscopy using the products offered by Edinburgh Instruments.

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Author Year Title Journal Vol. Pages Instrument
Quinten A. Akkerman et al. 2017 Strongly emissive perovskite nanocrystal inks for high-voltage solar cells Nature Energy 2 16194
Jinhyung Park et al. 2016 Efficient eco-friendly inverted quantum dot sensitized solar cells Journal of Materials Chemistry A 4 827-837
Haiping He et al. 2016 Exciton localization in solution-processed organolead trihalide perovskites Nature Communications 7 10896
Like Huanga et al. 2016 Efficient planar perovskite solar cells without a high temperature processed titanium dioxide electron transport layer Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 149 1-8
Jamie C. Wang et al. 2015 Modulating Electron Transfer Dynamics at Dye–Semiconductor Interfaces via Self-Assembled Bilayers The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119(7) 3502-3508
Bilel Louahem M’Sabah et al. 2015 Amplification of light collection in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells via the antenna effect through supramolecular assembly Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17 9910-9918
Linlin Liu et al. 2015 Near-infrared quantum cutting in Nd^3+ and Yb^3+ Doped BaGd_2ZnO_5 phosphors Optical Materials Express 5 756-763
De-Chao Yu et al. 2015 Multi-photon quantum cutting in Gd2O2S:Tm3+ to enhance the photo-response of solar cells Light: Science & Applications 4 e344
Mohammad Mahdi Tavakoli et al. 2015 Quasi Core/Shell Lead Sulfide/Graphene Quantum Dots for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Physical Chemistry C 119 18886-18895
Gozde Murat Saltan et al. 2015 Novel organic dyes based on phenyl-substituted benzimidazole for dye sensitized solar cells Materials Chemistry and Physics 163 387-393