Themed collection Solar energy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graphene based new energy materials
This review summarizes recent advances in the synthesis and applications of graphene based materials for energy storage and conversion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
nanotube arrays hybrid system for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting
Water splitting using bacteriorhodopsin/TiO2 nanotubes hybrid electrode
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.
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.
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.
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