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Semiconductor nanowires: a platform for exploring limits and concepts for nano-enabled solar cells

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Over the past decade extensive studies of single semiconductor nanowire and nanowire array photovoltaic devices have explored the potential of these materials as platforms for a new generation of efficient and cost-effective solar cells. This feature review discusses strategies for implementation of semiconductor nanowires in solar energy applications, including advances in complex nanowire synthesis and characterization, fundamental insights from characterization of devices, utilization and control of the unique optical properties of nanowires, and new strategies for assembly and scaling of nanowires into diverse arrays that serve as a new paradigm for advanced solar cells.

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The article was received on 25 Nov 2012, accepted on 16 Jan 2013 and first published on 16 Jan 2013


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24182C
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2013,6, 719-733
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    Semiconductor nanowires: a platform for exploring limits and concepts for nano-enabled solar cells

    T. J. Kempa, R. W. Day, S. Kim, H. Park and C. M. Lieber, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 719
    DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24182C

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