Nanostructured Solar Cells 1
سلول های خورشیدی نانوساختاری 1

Physics, Chemistry and phenomenology of the new generation nanostructured solar cells


Nima Taghavinia, Physics Department and Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Raheleh Mohammadpour, Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
and other invited lecturers for certain parts of the course
PhD Course, 3 unit
1st semester, 1392-93
Beginning of the class: Monday 25 Shahrivar 1392
Schedule: Saturday and Monday 10:30-12:00
Place: 2nd Flour, Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnoloy (West side of the university mosque)
Texts: Different texts will be used for different parts of the course. Some of the texts are as follows:
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
4. Hagfeldt, et al, Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, Chemical Review 110 (2010) 6595
Projects: A paper, related to the part of the course being taught is given to the students each week. The students present the paper through presentation in class or by writing reports. The download/upload of the reports is done through the course page in 

Syllabus of Nanostructured Solar Cells 1:

Broader context: Energy, Nanotechnology and the role of photovoltaic
Solar photons: Survey of solar light intensity and spectrum on the earth surface
Physics of solar cells: Introduction to semiconductors and the working principle of silicon solar cells
Dye sensitized solar cells: Structures, fabrication and working principles, transport in the mesoporous film, ion transport in the liquid electrolyte, Gel and solid state cells, Perovskite based solar cells
Characterization of solar cells: I-V tracing, Spectral response measurements, Measurement of transport/transfer properties (EIS, IMVS, IMPS), Transient spectroscopy methods
Organic solar cells: transport in organic semiconductors, conventional organic semiconductors, structure of organic cells, Mechanism of exciton generation/diffusion/dissociation
CIGS and CdTe thin film solar cells: Materials and fabrication issues, ink and print based cells, Physics of electron transport in thin film devices
High efficiency III-V Solar cells: State of the art, Configuration and materials issues, Energetics and physics of electron transfers
Colloidal quantum dot solar cells: State of the art, Physical principles, Multiple exciton generation

Syllabus of Nanostructured Solar Cells 2: 

Thermal solar absorbers: Emmisivity and absorption/emission equilibrium, Optical properties of composite films
Photon management: Reflectivity at the interfaces, Reighley and Mie scattering, Examples in dye solar cells, Plasmonics for photon management
Transport in disordered semiconductors: Drude model, Random walk transport in mesoporous media, transport in amorphous organic semiconductors
Solid-solid interface: Schottkey and p-n junctions, ohmic contacts
Electrochemical systems: Ionic transport, Interaction of ions and solvent, Electrochemical potential, Cell voltage
Solid-Liquid Interface: Adsorption, Helholtz double layer, Diffuse layer, Semiconductor space charge layer, Capacitance at the interface
Electron transfer at solid-Liquid interface: re-organization energy, Marcus theory, Gerischer model
Organic light emitting diodes (OLED): Structure and materials issues, Energetics and device performance, Transport in organic semiconductor, Modeling of transport in the device
Photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation: State of the art, Light absorption and e-h separation, reactions and process

* Nanostructured Solar Cells 1 is not requirement (pish niaz) of Nanostructured Solar Cells 2.