Nanomaterials have emerged over the last several decades as the new building blocks to construct solar cell assemblies. The need to develop high efficiency and cost-effective materials for solar cells is growing and nanomaterials provide an opportunity for the development of new methods to approach solar energy conversion with a flexible and promising material platform.
Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications provides a review of the recent developments in the field of nanomaterials based solar cells. It has been reported that, the efficiency of nanomaterials in solar cells is dependent on their shape, size and structure. Therefore, this book reports on the developments in the synthesis and characterizations of these nanomaterials for solar cells. The book opens with a discussion of the fundamentals of nanomaterials for solar calls, including a discussion of life cycle assessments and characterization techniques. It then follows with a review of the various types of solar cells: Thin film; Metal-oxide, Nanowire, Nanorod and Nanoporous materials and concludes with nano-carbon materials. In addition, it includes a review of quantum dot sensitized, perovskite and polymer nanocomposites-based solar cells.
This book will be an invaluable resource for those working in this evolving field of nanomaterials and renewable energy.
- Well organized approach to the use of nanomaterials for solar cell applications
- Discusses the synthesis, characterization and applications of traditional and new materials
- Includes coverage of emerging nanomaterials such as graphene, graphene-derivatives and perovskites
Academics, researchers, Ph.D. students master’s 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 solar cells
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 sol 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. Electrolyte 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. Carbone-nanotubes based solar cells
21. Fullerenes-based solar cells
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Professor Thomas is the Director of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in Polymer Science and Engineering, Polymer Nanocomposites, Elastomers, Polymer Blends, Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Polymer Membranes, Green Composites and Nanocomposites, Nanomedicine and Green Nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas’s ground breaking inventions in polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bionanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for automotive, space, housing and biomedical fields. Professor Thomas has received a number of national and international awards which include: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Distinguished Professorship from Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, MRSI medal, CRSI medal and Sukumar Maithy award. He is in the list of most productive researchers in India and holds a position of No.5. Professor Thomas has published over 720 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 54 books published by Royal Society, Wiley, Wood head, Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer, Nova etc. He is the inventor of 4 patents. The h index of Prof. Thomas is 78 and has more than 26811 citations.Prof. Thomas has delivered over 300 Plenary/Inaugural and Invited lectures in national/international meetings over 30 countries. He has already supervised 74 Ph.D theses.
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
Department of Applied Chemistry, Univertsity of Johannesburg, South Africa
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
International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
Prof Samuel Oluwatobi Oluwafemi is at the Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, University of 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.