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Perspective

Upconverter solar cells: materials and applications

Photon upconversion of sunlight for solar cells is reviewed and the possibilities to increase the efficiencies of the upconverter materials are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Upconverter solar cells: materials and applications
Perspective

Organic solar cells: A new look at traditional models

This Perspective discusses areas where organic solar cell behavior diverges from traditional models, including geminate pair recombination illustrated here.

Graphical abstract: Organic solar cells: A new look at traditional models
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Perspective

Biomimetic strategies for solar energy conversion: a technical perspective

This article reviews recent advancements in biomimetic pathways for solar energy conversion, with a focus on water-splitting catalysis and photoelectrochemical cells.

Graphical abstract: Biomimetic strategies for solar energy conversion: a technical perspective
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Perspective

Stretchable, elastic materials and devices for solar energy conversion

This Perspective reviews recent progress in stretchable, elastic materials and devices for the utilization of solar energy for off-grid applications.

Graphical abstract: Stretchable, elastic materials and devices for solar energy conversion
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Perspective

Artificial photosynthetic systems. Using light and water to provide electrons and protons for the synthesis of a fuel

This review presents the current advances in light-driven water oxidation catalysts in the field of artificial photosynthesis.

Graphical abstract: Artificial photosynthetic systems. Using light and water to provide electrons and protons for the synthesis of a fuel
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Perspective

Dye-sensitized solar cell redox shuttles

The role of redox shuttles in dye-sensitized solar cells, DSSCs, is presented, with an emphasis on how the shuttle's properties affect photovoltaic performance, in addition to a critical literature review on attempts to use outersphere redox shuttles to replace the ubiquitous triiodide/iodide shuttle.

Graphical abstract: Dye-sensitized solar cell redox shuttles
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Review Article

Tandem polymer photovoltaic cells—current status, challenges and future outlook

In this article we discuss the challenges in fabrication, design and characterization of polymer tandem cells and approaches taken to overcome these challenges.

Graphical abstract: Tandem polymer photovoltaic cells—current status, challenges and future outlook
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Review Article

Graphene based new energy materials

This review summarizes recent advances in the synthesis and applications of graphene based materials for energy storage and conversion.

Graphical abstract: Graphene based new energy materials
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Communication

Interface design to improve stability of polymer solar cells for potential space applications

Transient-photovoltage measurements reveal the science behind achieving more radiation-hard polymer solar cells for space applications.

Graphical abstract: Interface design to improve stability of polymer solar cells for potential space applications
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Communication

Non-covalent doping of graphitic carbon nitride polymer with graphene: controlled electronic structure and enhanced optoelectronic conversion

Fused hybrid: graphene was used as a “dopant” for semiconductors in band-structure engineering via π–π stacking interaction.

Graphical abstract: Non-covalent doping of graphitic carbon nitride polymer with graphene: controlled electronic structure and enhanced optoelectronic conversion
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Communication

A visible light water-splitting cell with a photoanode formed by codeposition of a high-potential porphyrin and an iridium water-oxidation catalyst

A high-potential zinc porphyrin and an iridium water-oxidation catalyst are combined to prepare a photoanode for a visible light water-splitting cell.

Graphical abstract: A visible light water-splitting cell with a photoanode formed by codeposition of a high-potential porphyrin and an iridium water-oxidation catalyst
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Communication

Photo-assisted water oxidation with cobalt-based catalyst formed from thin-film cobalt metal on silicon photoanodes

Integrating chemical electrocatalysts for water splitting and photoanode materials is longstanding challenge to achieve light-assisted water oxidation and is an attractive paradigm for the generation of solar fuels. In this work we use a silicon photoanode substrate for processing cobalt metal thin films to form a cobalt-based water oxidation catalyst (Co–Pi). The Co–Pi loaded electrodes show 100× improvement over the bare silicon photoanodes.

Graphical abstract: Photo-assisted water oxidation with cobalt-based catalyst formed from thin-film cobalt metal on silicon photoanodes
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Communication

High-performance Si microwire photovoltaics

Cu-catalyzed vapor–liquid–solid growth and surface passivation techniques produce crystalline Si microwires of sufficient material quality for high-performance photovoltaics with >17% efficiency potential.

Graphical abstract: High-performance Si microwire photovoltaics
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

The OE-A OPV demonstrator anno domini 2011

Roll-to-roll manufacture of OPV and integration into credit card sized flashlights for the OE-A demonstrate that large numbers (10 000 units) can be prepared in high technical yield.

Graphical abstract: The OE-A OPV demonstrator anno domini 2011
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

A novel high-performance photovoltaic–thermoelectric hybrid device

A novel photovoltaic–thermoelectric hybrid device based on a dye-sensitized solar cell is presented with an overall efficiency of 13.8%.

Graphical abstract: A novel high-performance photovoltaic–thermoelectric hybrid device
From the themed collection: Thermoelectrics
Paper

The mechanism behind the beneficial effect of light soaking on injection efficiency and photocurrent in dye sensitized solar cells

Successful recipes can rest unexplained for decades while novelty rules the roost. We redress one such anomaly in photoelectrochemical photovoltaics.

Graphical abstract: The mechanism behind the beneficial effect of light soaking on injection efficiency and photocurrent in dye sensitized solar cells
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

Roles of thermally-induced vertical phase segregation and crystallization on the photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction inverted polymer solar cells

Vertical phase segregation has been found to play a minor role compared to nanoscale crystallinity on the performance of inverted polymeric solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Roles of thermally-induced vertical phase segregation and crystallization on the photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction inverted polymer solar cells
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

Planar dye-sensitized photovoltaics through cavity mode enhancement

Resonant cavity coupling enables unity roughness DSSCs to reach 17% IPCE and 1.0 V under polarized monochromatic, prism-coupled illumination.

Graphical abstract: Planar dye-sensitized photovoltaics through cavity mode enhancement
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

Bacteriorhodopsin/TiO2 nanotube arrays hybrid system for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting

Water splitting using bacteriorhodopsin/TiO2 nanotubes hybrid electrode

Graphical abstract: Bacteriorhodopsin/TiO2 nanotube arrays hybrid system for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

Mesoscopic titania solar cells with the tris(1,10-phenanthroline)cobalt redox shuttle: uniped versus biped organic dyes

We scrutinize the impact of the anchoring group number of organic dyes on the optoelectric features of dye-sensitized solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Mesoscopic titania solar cells with the tris(1,10-phenanthroline)cobalt redox shuttle: uniped versus biped organic dyes
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

Photo-assisted electrodeposition of cobalt–phosphate (Co–Pi) catalyst on hematite photoanodes for solar water oxidation

Photo-assisted electrodeposition of Co–Pi electrocatalyst onto mesostructured α-Fe2O3 photoanodes improves solar water oxidation.

Graphical abstract: Photo-assisted electrodeposition of cobalt–phosphate (Co–Pi) catalyst on hematite photoanodes for solar water oxidation
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

Highly active cobalt phosphate and borate based oxygen evolving catalysts operating in neutral and natural waters

A cobalt catalyst operating at high current and in natural waters is promising for renewable energy storage technologies.

Graphical abstract: Highly active cobalt phosphate and borate based oxygen evolving catalysts operating in neutral and natural waters
From the themed collection: Solar energy
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