A review on the role of materials science in solar cells

Nilofar Asim, Kamaruzzaman Sopian, Shideh Ahmadi, Kasra Saeedfar, M. A. Alghoul, Omidreza Saadatian, Saleem H. Zaidi

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Abstract

The demand for energy of modern society is constantly increasing. The desire for environmental-friendly alternative energy resources with the least dependency on fossil fuels is growing. Solar energy is an important technology for many reasons and is worthy of urgent attention. Indeed, it has experienced rapid growth over the last few years. It is expected to become truly main stream when the breakeven of high performance is achieved and its cost becomes comparable with other energy sources. Various approaches have been proposed to enhance the efficiency of solar cells. This paper reviews some current initiatives and critical issues on the efficiency improvement of solar cells from the material sciences and chemistry perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5834-5847
Number of pages14
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

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Keywords

  • Chemistry
  • Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Solar cells

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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A review on the role of materials science in solar cells. / Asim, Nilofar; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Ahmadi, Shideh; Saeedfar, Kasra; Alghoul, M. A.; Saadatian, Omidreza; Zaidi, Saleem H.

In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 16, No. 8, 10.2012, p. 5834-5847.

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Asim, Nilofar ; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman ; Ahmadi, Shideh ; Saeedfar, Kasra ; Alghoul, M. A. ; Saadatian, Omidreza ; Zaidi, Saleem H. / A review on the role of materials science in solar cells. In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2012 ; Vol. 16, No. 8. pp. 5834-5847.
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