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Recent developments in the photophysics of single-walled carbon nanotubes for their use as active and passive material elements in thin film photovoltaics

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Abstract

The search for environmentally clean energy sources has spawned a wave of research into the use of carbon nanomaterials for photovoltaic applications. In particular, research using semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes has undergone dramatic transformations due to the availability of high quality samples through colloidal separation techniques. This has led to breakthrough discoveries on how energy and charge transport occurs in these materials and points to applications in energy harvesting. We present a review of the relevant photophysics of carbon nanotubes that dictate processes important for integration as active and passive material elements in thin film photovoltaics. Fundamental processes ranging from light absorption and internal conversion to exciton transport and dissociation are discussed in detail from both a spectroscopic and a device perspective. We also give a perspective on the future of these fascinating materials to be used as active and passive material elements in photovoltaics.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in the photophysics of single-walled carbon nanotubes for their use as active and passive material elements in thin film photovoltaics

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The article was received on 09 May 2013, accepted on 04 Jul 2013 and first published on 05 Jul 2013


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52752B
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 14896-14918
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    Recent developments in the photophysics of single-walled carbon nanotubes for their use as active and passive material elements in thin film photovoltaics

    M. S. Arnold, J. L. Blackburn, J. J. Crochet, S. K. Doorn, J. G. Duque, A. Mohite and H. Telg, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 14896
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52752B

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