Welcome to the Photovoltaic Solar Cell Materials - Design, Fabrication and Testing Call for Papers


Photovoltaic Solar Cell Materials — Design, Fabrication and Testing

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Guest Editors

Maria Antonietta Loi

University of Groningen


Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena

Georgia Institute of Technology


Hongxia Wang

Queensland University of Technology


Shuxia Tao

Eindhoven University of Technology


David P. Fenning

University of California
San Diego USA


Graeme Blake

University of Groningen


Background and Scope

This collection is aimed at providing a platform for materials scientists, physicists, chemists, engineers and interdisciplinary researchers who work on the design, characterisation and testing of photovoltaic solar cells to increase our understanding and potentially improve device performance and stability, whatever their environmental setting (whether for rooftop integrated systems, power stations, vehicles or standalone systems).

We welcome submissions in all aspects of photovoltaic materials for solar cells, to reflect the breadth of the field. From materials synthesis, interface science, device optimization and computational studies, we encourage primary research that addresses the reliability and reproducibility of photovoltaic devices and their testing in real world environments. We also strongly welcome submissions reporting replication studies or negative results as long as the study design is appropriate and rigorously conducted.

This Call for Papers will attract a diverse range of contributions that promises to help increase the general understanding of researchers beyond their own specialist areas of expertise...”

— Graeme Blake, Guest Editor

From our Guest Editor, Graeme Blake:

“Solar cell research is becoming increasingly broad. Advances in this technology therefore require a multidisciplinary approach where researchers working on the development of basic materials, on device fabrication and engineering, and on testing procedures, are able to understand each other and work together towards overcoming the main challenges in the field.

This Call for Papers will attract a diverse range of contributions that promises to help increase the general understanding of researchers beyond their own specialist areas of expertise and thus lead to collaborative work towards the development of stable, environmentally benign solar cells with improved efficiency.”

Example Topics

Materials characterization for solar cell devices*

Polymer synthesis for organic solar cells and molecular engineering for electronic tunability

Solar cell fabrication techniques

Environmental effects on solar cell stability and protective coatings

Development of robust testing procedures

Computational studies reporting the modelling, design and expected efficiencies of stable photovoltaic devices

Materials degradation and stability limitations

Stability requirements for industry and extreme environment applications

Nanotechnology, nanomaterials and nanostructure for stable photovoltaic solar cells

Flexible energy conversion materials

Interface engineering

Transparent substrates

* e.g. Perovskites, organic solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, Si-based photovoltaics, quantum dots, hybrid materials, single or multijunction, polycrystalline, amorphous and crystalline thin-films, CZTS(Se) based thin film solar cells, nanocrystals, etc.

Spin coating, printing, coating, roll-to-roll, etc.

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