Nanostructured Solar Cells

Principles of new generation of solar cells (Ph.D. course)

1st semester, 1389-90
Schedule: Saturday, Wednesday 8:30-10:30

The first part of the course will be a review on physics of solar cells, including semiconductor physics and semiconductor electrochemistry. Dye sensitized solar cells will be discussed in detail, while other types of solar cells will also be presented, including polymer solar cells, quantum dot solar cells and thin film (CdTe and CIGS) solar cells. The emphasis will be on the physical principles. Part of the course will be taught by the students, chosen from the list below.

The main texts of the course are:
1. Handbook of photovoltaic science and engineering / edited by Antonio Luque and Steven Hegedus, Wiley 2003
2. Nanostructured and photoelectrochemical systems for solar photon conversion/ edited by Nozik and Archer, Imperial College Press 2008
3. Physics of Semiconductor Devices, S. M. Sze, K. K. Ng, Wiley 2007


1. Luminescnet concentrator/ solar cells (Feiz)
2. Thermodynamic limits to PV efficiency
3. New trends in silicon solar cells
4. High efficiency III-V solar cells (Shoq)
5. Multiple exciton generation in QDs (Borhanifar)
6. Donor-acceptor organic dyes for DSCs
7. Dye solar cell modules: challenges and approaches
8. New approaches towrds transparent conducting materials