Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Themed collection Advances in Solar Energy Conversion

15 items
Editorial

Advances in solar energy conversion

Guest Editors Jinlong Gong, Can Li, and Michael R. Wasielewski introduce this themed issue on solar energy conversion.

Graphical abstract: Advances in solar energy conversion
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Imperfections and their passivation in halide perovskite solar cells

Perovskite solar cells to date are made of polycrystalline films which contain a high density of defects. Imperfection passivation to reduce non-radiative recombination and suppress ion migration could improve device efficiency and device stability.

Graphical abstract: Imperfections and their passivation in halide perovskite solar cells
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Phthalocyanines and porphyrinoid analogues as hole- and electron-transporting materials for perovskite solar cells

Stable macrocyclic compounds based on phthalocyanines and porphyrins as hole- and electron-transporting materials for perovskite solar cells are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Phthalocyanines and porphyrinoid analogues as hole- and electron-transporting materials for perovskite solar cells
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Open Access Review Article

Artificial photosynthesis: opportunities and challenges of molecular catalysts

This review emphasizes the significance of molecular catalysts in artificial photosynthesis, and discusses the opportunities, challenges and future of molecular catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Artificial photosynthesis: opportunities and challenges of molecular catalysts
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Toward practical solar hydrogen production – an artificial photosynthetic leaf-to-farm challenge

This review provides insight into the different aspects and challenges associated with the realization of sustainable solar hydrogen production systems on a practical large scale.

Graphical abstract: Toward practical solar hydrogen production – an artificial photosynthetic leaf-to-farm challenge
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Thin film photoelectrodes for solar water splitting

This review provides a comprehensive overview of the fabrication, development and application of thin-film photoelectrodes.

Graphical abstract: Thin film photoelectrodes for solar water splitting
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Perovskite precursor solution chemistry: from fundamentals to photovoltaic applications

The perovskite precursor solution chemistry is of paramount importance for well-controlled nucleation/crystal growth in solution-processed perovskite solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Perovskite precursor solution chemistry: from fundamentals to photovoltaic applications
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Single-crystal silicon-based electrodes for unbiased solar water splitting: current status and prospects

This review describes recent developments of single-crystal silicon (Si) as the photoelectrode material for solar water splitting, including the promising strategies to obtain highly efficient and stable single-crystal Si-based photoelectrodes for hydrogen evolution and water oxidation, as well as the future development of spontaneous solar water splitting with single-crystal Si-based tandem cells.

Graphical abstract: Single-crystal silicon-based electrodes for unbiased solar water splitting: current status and prospects
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Rational design of yolk–shell nanostructures for photocatalysis

Yolk–shell structures provide an ideal platform for the rational regulation and effective utilization of charge carriers because of their void space and large surface areas. Furthermore, the efficiency of charge behavior in every step can be further improved by many strategies. This review describes the synthesis of yolk–shell structures and their effect for the enhancement of heterogeneous photocatalysis.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of yolk–shell nanostructures for photocatalysis
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Progress on ternary oxide-based photoanodes for use in photoelectrochemical cells for solar water splitting

Advancements made in the development of ternary oxide-based photoanodes for use in water splitting photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Progress on ternary oxide-based photoanodes for use in photoelectrochemical cells for solar water splitting
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

The value of enzymes in solar fuels research – efficient electrocatalysts through evolution

Enzymes which evolved more than 2 billion years ago set exceptional standards for electrocatalysts being sought today.

Graphical abstract: The value of enzymes in solar fuels research – efficient electrocatalysts through evolution
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Two-dimensional-related catalytic materials for solar-driven conversion of COx into valuable chemical feedstocks

This review summarizes recent development relating to 2D materials and their derivatives for solar-driven CO2 reduction by H2O or H2, as well as CO hydrogenation (via the water gas shift reaction or Fischer–Tropsch synthesis) to produce valuable products (especially hydrocarbons, alcohols and aromatics).

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional-related catalytic materials for solar-driven conversion of COx into valuable chemical feedstocks
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Recent developments in heterogeneous photocatalysts for solar-driven overall water splitting

Overall water splitting based on particulate photocatalysts is an easily constructed and cost-effective technology for the conversion of abundant solar energy into clean and renewable hydrogen energy on a large scale.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in heterogeneous photocatalysts for solar-driven overall water splitting
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Review Article

Photothermal therapy and photoacoustic imaging via nanotheranostics in fighting cancer

The development, perspectives, and challenges of photothermal therapy (PTT) and photoacoustic imaging (PAI) via nanotheranostics for combating cancer.

Graphical abstract: Photothermal therapy and photoacoustic imaging via nanotheranostics in fighting cancer
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
Tutorial Review

Collaboration between experiment and theory in solar fuels research

As the challenges in science increase in scope and interdisciplinarity, collaboration becomes increasingly important.

Graphical abstract: Collaboration between experiment and theory in solar fuels research
From the themed collection: Advances in Solar Energy Conversion
15 items

About this collection

Developing sustainable energy resources is one of the most urgent missions for human beings since the increasing energy demand is in drastic conflict with the limited global fossil fuel storage. Among various types of sustainable energy resources, solar energy is considered to be promising owing to its inexhaustibility, universality, high capacity, and environmental benignancy. However, solar irradiation in nature is decentralized, fluctuant, and intermittent. Therefore, the effective utilization of solar energy in a clean, economic, and convenient way remains grand challenge. 
Solar energy could be utilized primarily through photothermal, photovoltaic and photocatalytic approaches. The photoelectrochemical conversion of solar energy into chemical energy and fuels, by means of artificial photosynthesis, photodegradation of dyes, and photocatalytic chemical synthesis, could realize the application of solar energy in a variety of fields.
This themed issue on Advances in Solar Energy Conversion brings together some of the world's foremost experts to discuss current research and future prospects in this area. The topic of the issue focuses on, but is not limited to, advanced design, fabrication, characterization of components of photo-conversion cells, materials, processes and technologies.

Spotlight

Advertisements