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Nano-structured Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

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Nano-structured materials have been extensively used in harvesting solar energy by way of solution processed thin film solar cell technologies such as organic solar cells, perovskite solar cells etc. For example, carbon based nanostructures such as graphene and carbon nanotubes have opened new possibilities to enhance solution processable thin film solar cells performances because of the very attractive electrical, mechanical and optical properties. Plasmonic nanostructured materials are another alternative that have contributed tremendously in the thin film solar cells. Significant research results have been reported on the use of carbon-based structures and plasmonic materials in the preparation of thin film organic solar cells, Perovskites, organic light emitting diodes, transistors, sensors etc. Optoelectronic properties control at the level of nanostructure has therefore become an important tool to increase the power conversion efficiency of solar cells.

The properties of nano-structured materials are highly attributed to size and shape. Consequently, several synthesis routes have been reported to achieve the necessary structures and properties for a given application. Low cost and environmentally friendly synthesis routes are highly needed to refine existing methods, as well as new procedures are required to achieve desirable sizes and structures to fully meet the required applications in thin film solar cells. The integration and optimization of nano-structures in the fabrication of devices require systematic processes and procedures for the realization of devices with increased performances.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Environmentally friendly synthesis of nano-structured organic
or/and inorganic materials with high conversion efficiency.
• Optimization of nano-materials for thin film solar cell application.
• Plasmonic nanostructures for efficient solar energy harvesting.
• Nano-structured materials as a mechanism to improve charge
transport in solution processed thin film solar cell.


Keywords: Conducting Polymers, Perovskite, Thin Film, Fullerene and Non-fullerene acceptors, Transparent Electrodes


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Nano-structured materials have been extensively used in harvesting solar energy by way of solution processed thin film solar cell technologies such as organic solar cells, perovskite solar cells etc. For example, carbon based nanostructures such as graphene and carbon nanotubes have opened new possibilities to enhance solution processable thin film solar cells performances because of the very attractive electrical, mechanical and optical properties. Plasmonic nanostructured materials are another alternative that have contributed tremendously in the thin film solar cells. Significant research results have been reported on the use of carbon-based structures and plasmonic materials in the preparation of thin film organic solar cells, Perovskites, organic light emitting diodes, transistors, sensors etc. Optoelectronic properties control at the level of nanostructure has therefore become an important tool to increase the power conversion efficiency of solar cells.

The properties of nano-structured materials are highly attributed to size and shape. Consequently, several synthesis routes have been reported to achieve the necessary structures and properties for a given application. Low cost and environmentally friendly synthesis routes are highly needed to refine existing methods, as well as new procedures are required to achieve desirable sizes and structures to fully meet the required applications in thin film solar cells. The integration and optimization of nano-structures in the fabrication of devices require systematic processes and procedures for the realization of devices with increased performances.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Environmentally friendly synthesis of nano-structured organic
or/and inorganic materials with high conversion efficiency.
• Optimization of nano-materials for thin film solar cell application.
• Plasmonic nanostructures for efficient solar energy harvesting.
• Nano-structured materials as a mechanism to improve charge
transport in solution processed thin film solar cell.


Keywords: Conducting Polymers, Perovskite, Thin Film, Fullerene and Non-fullerene acceptors, Transparent Electrodes


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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