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.

photovoltaics, light harvesting   photovoltaic

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