Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128133378

Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications

1st Edition

Editors: Sabu Thomas El Hadji Mamour Sakho Nandakumar Kalarikkal Oluwatobi Samuel Oluwafemi Jihuai Wu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128133378
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2019
Page Count: 400
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Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications provides a review of recent developments in the field of nanomaterials based solar cells. It begins with a discussion of the fundamentals of nanomaterials for solar calls, including a discussion of lifecycle assessments and characterization techniques. Next, it reviews various types of solar cells, i.e., Thin film, Metal-oxide, Nanowire, Nanorod and Nanoporous materials, and more. Other topics covered include a review of quantum dot sensitized and perovskite and polymer nanocomposites-based solar cells. This book is an ideal resource for those working in this evolving field of nanomaterials and renewable energy.

Key Features

  • Provides a well-organized approach to the use of nanomaterials for solar cell applications
  • Discusses the synthesis, characterization and applications of traditional and new material
  • Includes coverage of emerging nanomaterials, such as graphene, graphene-derivatives and perovskites


Academics, researchers, master’s and Ph.D. students, industrialists and scientists (primarily in the field of material science, applied chemistry and applied physics). Professionals, researchers, industrial practitioners, graduate students, and senior undergraduates in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science and nanoscience and nanotechnology, who work in similar areas or are interested in the field of solar cells

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamental of nanomaterials for solar cells
1. Fundamentals of Solar Calls
2. Life Cycle Assessments of Photovoltaic Systems
3. Introduction of nanomaterials (Synthesis and applications)
4. Characterization techniques for nanomaterials

Part 2 Thin film solar cells
5. Silicon thin film solar cells
6. Thin-Film Solar Cells Based on inorganic Nanostructured CdS, CdTe, Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) CZTS Cu2S and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CuIGS)

Part 3 Metal oxide-based solar cells
7. TiO2 based dye sensitized solar cells
8. ZNO based Dye sensitized soar cells
9. SnO2 dye solar cells
10. Nb2O5 dye sensitized solar cells

Part 4 Nanowire, Nanorod and nanoporous materials-based solar cells
11. Silicon nanowire based solar cells
12. Nanowire-based dye sensitized solar cells
13. Nanorod-based dye sensitized solar cells

Part 5 Others
14. Quantum dots sensitized solar cells
15. Perovskite solar cells
16. Metal nanostructured for solar cells
17. Electrolytes for dye synthesized, quantum dots, and perovskite solar cells
18. Polymer nanocomposites-based solar cells

Part 6 Nano-carbon materials-based solar cells
19. Graphene-based solar cells
20. Carbon-nanotube based solar cells
21. Fullerenes-based solar cells


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About the Editor

Sabu Thomas

Professor Sabu Thomas is Professor of Polymer Science & Technology and Honorary Director of the International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, at the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. He is a prolific researcher, with 420 international papers, 6122 total citations, 2 patents, 18 books and a total of over 625 publications to his name, and is listed as one of the most productive researchers in India by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Prof. Thomas is a recognized authority in the field of polymer-based materials, and established the state-of-the-art lab in polymer science and nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University. He has been a visiting professor at many polymer research laboratories in Europe and Asia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

El Hadji Mamour Sakho

Dr. El Hadji Mamour Sakho received his PhD degree in Applied Physics from Mahatma Gandhi University, India in 2016. Currently he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, South Africa under the supervision of Prof. SO Oluwafemi His research focus is on the synthesis and characterization of graphene based hybrid materials for different applications such as solar cells, batteries, nonlinear optical applications, sensors, photocatalysts and polymer nanocomposites.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Applied Chemistry, Univertsity of Johannesburg, South Africa

Nandakumar Kalarikkal

Dr. Nandakumar Kalarikkal is an Associate Professor at School of Pure and Applied Physics and Joint Director of International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. His research activities involve applications of nanostructured materials, laser plasma, phase transitions, etc. He is the recipient of research fellowships and associateships from prestigious government organizations such as the Department of Science and Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of Government of India. He has active collaboration with national and international scientific institutions in India, South Africa, Slovenia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Australia and US. He has more than 130 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has also co-edited 9 books of scientific interest and co-authored many book chapters

Affiliations and Expertise

International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

Oluwatobi Samuel Oluwafemi

Prof Oluwatobi S Oluwafemi is an NRF rated researcher and actively involved in research in the area of nanotechnology. He is a Professor at the Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, South Africa. He has published many papers in internationally recognized journals and has presented at several professional meetings both local and internationally. He is a fellow of many professional bodies, a reviewer for many international journals, and has received many awards for his excellent work in material research both local and international. His current research interests include green synthesis and application of nanomaterials in medicine, water treatment and fabrication of device.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Applied Chemistry, Centre for Nanomaterials Science Research, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jihuai Wu

Jihuai WU is a Professor of Chemistry and Materials and the Vice-president at Huaqiao University, China. He obtained his Master degree in Materials in 1988 at Huaqiao University, China, and obtained his Ph. D. degree in Chemistry in 1999 at Fuzhou University, China. He then joined the Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University in 1988m and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 followed by Professor in 1998. He was appointed the director of the Institute in 1998 and the current position of Vice-president in 2004. He has more than 30 years of experience in research on different types of materials and devices, including color center laser materials and devices, superabsorbent polymers, photocatalytic intercalated nanomaterials, especially in the field of solar cell materials and devices. So far, he has published over 400 papers in international journals including Chem. Rev., Chem. Soc. Rev., Energy Environ. Sci., Adv. Mater., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Energy Mater., etc. The published papers have been cited more than 10000 times, and obtained an H-index of 50. He was named Elsevier China high cited scholar in 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively. He has supervised more than 50 doctoral and postgraduate researchers, obtained 23 authorized invent patents, and edited and authored several books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Huaqiao University

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