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Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128133378, 9780128133385

Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications

1st Edition

Editors: Sabu Thomas El Hadji Mamour Sakho Nandakumar Kalarikkal Samuel Oluwatobi Oluwafemi Jihuai Wu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128133378
eBook ISBN: 9780128133385
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 12th June 2019
Page Count: 760
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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 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



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About the Editors

Sabu Thomas

Sabu Thomas is Vice Chancellor and Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. He is the author or co-author of over 1000 papers that have been cited over 47,000 times, holds 3 patents, has supervised over 100 PhDs, and has authored or edited over 100 books. His research interests include polymer blends, fiber-filled polymer composites, particulate filled polymer composites, ageing and degradation, and more.

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

Nandakumar Kalarikkal

Prof. Nandakumar Kalarikkal is currently Director at the International and Inter-University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Director and Chair at the School of Pure and Applied Physics, at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. His research covers synthesis, characterization and application of various nanomaterials, LASER-matter interactions, ion irradiation effects on different novel materials, and phase transitions. Prof. Kalarikkal has received several national and international recognitions, including the CNRS Professorship at Université Claude Bernard Lyon, France, Visiting Professorship from the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France, Visiting Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India, and Guest Scientist at the Leibniz-Institut fur Polymerforchung Dresden, Germany. He has also been an invited speaker or keynote speaker at several international conferences. Prof. Kalarikkal has published more than 190 peer-reviewed research papers, 16 book chapters, 15 edited books, and has four patents. He has guided students in 18 PhD theses, 8 MPhil theses, and 25 master’s theses.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and 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

Prof. Oluwafemi is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 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 biomedical and environmental applications. 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, synthesis of nanomaterials using plant extracts for pharmaceutical purposes. Prof. Oluwafemi has published over 170 publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals, peer-reviewed book chapters and books. He has received many international and local accolades such as: inclusion in the Marquis American Who’s Who in the World 28th Edition -2011 (under science category), CV Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers, Erudite Professorship by the Government of Kerala, India, Research Roll of Honour (university of Zululand), Erudite Visiting Professor by the government of Kerala India, Visiting Professorship award by Tohoku University, Japan and Visiting Professorship by Covenant University Nigeria.

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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