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Issue 9, 2012
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Recent advances in solar cells based on one-dimensional nanostructure arrays

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Abstract

As the demand for renewable energy resource is growing rapidly worldwide, a variety of energy materials and technologies are being developed. In this review, we aim to summarize recent developments in the state-of-the-art research on energy harvesting technologies such as thin-film Si or Ge, CdTe, GaAs, organic, hybrid, and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) utilizing one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials, mainly semiconductor nanowires, nanocones, nanotubes and nanofibers, which are prepared by vapor–liquid–solid method, colloidal lithography, template-guided growth, or electrospinning. Moreover, the future challenges (such as efficiency improvement and natural resource limitations) and prospects of nanostructured solar cells are proposed.

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Submitted
24 Feb 2012
Accepted
13 Mar 2012
First published
16 Mar 2012

Nanoscale, 2012,4, 2783-2796
Article type
Review Article

Recent advances in solar cells based on one-dimensional nanostructure arrays

M. Yu, Y. Long, B. Sun and Z. Fan, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 2783
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR30437F

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