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Quantum dots for Luminescent Solar Concentrators

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Abstract

There is a great need for solar cell based energy resources due to the rapid growth in price of fossil fuels and the great danger of increasing greenhouse effect caused by carbon dioxide emission. Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSCs) offer a very useful and promising approach to improve solar energy harvesting and increase the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. In this feature article, we review the progress on the utilisation of semiconducting nanocrystals or quantum dots (QDs) in LSCs. We consider basic operating principles and parameters of LSCs, requirements of QD characteristics theoretical modelling, design and main approaches for fabrication of QD-based LSCs. Finally, we provide a brief outlook on the future development of this research area, particularly preparation of new core–shell QD structures and creation of second-generation LSC devices for the future solar cell market.

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The article was received on 16 Apr 2012, accepted on 11 Jun 2012 and first published on 05 Jul 2012


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM32366D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 16687-16697
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    Quantum dots for Luminescent Solar Concentrators

    F. Purcell-Milton and Y. K. Gun'ko, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 16687
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM32366D

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