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.
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 materials 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 I Fundamental of Nanomaterials for Solar Cells 1
1. Fundamentals of solar cells
2. Life-cycle assessment of photovoltaic systems
3. Introduction to nanomaterials: synthesis and applications
4. Characterization techniques for nanomaterials
Part II Metal oxide-based solar cells
5. TiO2-based dye-sensitized solar cells
6. ZnO-based dye-sensitized solar cells
7. SnO2 dye-sensitized solar cells
8. Nb2O5 dye-sensitized solar cells
Part III Nanowire, nanorod and nanoporous materials-based solar
9. Silicon nanowire-based solar cells
Part IV Others
10. Nanorod-based dye sensitized solar cells
11. Quantum dots for solar cell applications
12. Perovskite solar cells
13. Metal nanostructures for solar cells
14. Electrolyte for dye-sensitized, quantum dots, and perovskite solar cells
15. Polymer nanocomposites for solar cells: research trends and perspectives
Part V Nano-carbon materials-based solar cells
16. Graphene and carbon nanotube-based solar cells
17. Fullerene-based solar cells
18. Metal-assisted chemical etching based nanostructured
Prof. Sabu Thomas, an outstanding Alumnus of IIT, Kharagpur, is one of India’s most renowned scientists in the area of Polymers. After completing his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur (1984-1987), he joined MG University as a Lecturer in 1997 and later became its Vice Chancellor. He has taken up a large number of visiting assignments abroad. Under his leadership, the University has been ranked 713th by TIMES, 30th in NIRF and the best University inKerala. He has supervised 120 Ph.D. students, authored 1,300 publications and edited 150 books earning him a H-index of 112 and 60,000 citations. He has received Honoris Causa degrees from Russia and France and obtained grants amounting to Rs. 30 crores for research funding from India and abroad. He has been ranked 114th in the list of the world’s best scientists and 2nd in India by the Stanford University Ranking in Polymers. He was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. Considering his excellent contributions in teaching, research and administration, Prof. Thomas is the best candidate for the outstanding Alumnus award of IIT KGP.
Affiliations and Expertise
Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Director of the School of Energy Materials, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, 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
Dr. Nandakumar Kalarikkal is an Associate Professor at the School of Pure and Applied Physics and Joint Director
of the 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, and phase transitions. 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 the Government of India. He has active collaborations with national and international scientific institutions in India, South Africa, Slovenia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, and the United States. He has more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He also co-edited nine books of scientific interest and co-authored many book chapters.
Affiliations and Expertise
Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Director and Chair, School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Samuel Oluwatobi Oluwafemi
Professor Oluwafemi is a fully-fledged academic that is involved in Teaching & Learning, Research, Community Engagement, staff and student mentorship among many other activities. His research interest is in the synthesis of binary, ternary and quaternary semiconductor nanomaterial and nanostructures such as quantum dots, metal nanomaterials, core-shells, doped nanostructures and polymer nanocomposites for different applications which includes biological, (basically for cancer treatment ie imaging, labelling, drug delivery photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy), optical (development of optical devices), environmental (sensing and determination of environmental pollutants), nanotoxicology and water treatment. He is also involved in the indigenous knowledge system (IKS) for value added chain using different South African medicinal plants. This involves isolation, extraction, biological activity testing, and synthesis of nanomaterial using the plant extract and packaging for pharmaceutical purposes.
Affiliations and Expertise
Department of Applied Chemistry, Centre for Nanomaterials Science Research, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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.