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Journal of Photonics for Energy Special Section Calls for Papers

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Calls for Papers:

Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

Tandem Junction Solar Cells


Special Series on Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

Guest Editors:

Yang Yang

Yang Yang
University of California at Los Angeles
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
420 Westwood Plaza Drive
Los Angeles, California 90095
E-mail: yangy@ucla.edu

Ana Flavia Nogueira

Ana Flavia Nogueira
University of Campinas
Chemistry Institute
P.O. Box 6154, 13083-970
Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
E-mail: anaflavia@iqm.unicamp.br

Call for Papers: This special series of JPE will center on the science and technology of perovskite-based (CH3NH3)PbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) solar cells, which have recently gained a lot of attention due to their superior performance, reaching high power conversion efficiencies (~20%) and putting them in direct competition with their silicon-based analogues. Some of the advantages related to this solar cell technology are due to their long electron-hole diffusion lengths (>1 µm), broad light absorption from visible to near-infrared, tunability of their absorption spectra via molecular engineering (using different ligands), good solubility in organic solvents, and high charge electron and hole carrier mobilities. The ambipolar transport nature of the light-harvesting layer allows their assembly in several configurations (e.g. mesoporous and planar configurations).

In spite of their quickly achieved high efficiencies, several fundamental issues have not been fully addressed, such as the nature and dynamics of the photo-excited species, the influence of the film morphology on their performance, size and crystallinity of the perovskite precursors, the roles played by the interfaces and contacts, hysteresis effects, and long term stability (e.g. water sensitivity), just to list a few.

This call for papers is open to all interested applicants that have original and not yet published scientific work, or would like to write a short review article highlighting recent advances in the last 2-3 years in the area of perovskite-based solar cells.

Manuscripts due 31 December 2016.


Tandem Junction Solar Cells

Guest Editors:

Fatima Toor Fatima Toor
University of Iowa
College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
E-mail: fatima-toor@uiowa.edu
Arthur Onno Arthur Onno
University College London
Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department
London WC1E 7JE, United Kingdom
E-mail: arthur.onno.13@ucl.ac.uk

Call for Papers: This special section of the Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) will center on high-efficiency tandem solar cell designs. Examples of research in this area includes but is not limited to the following:

Ultra-high-efficiency (>40%) tandem structures for space and high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) applications

  • III-V multijunction solar cells
  • innovative materials for high-bandgap (>2eV) top cells and 1eV middle/bottom cells (high material quality AlGaInP, dilute nitrides, quantum well superlattices, etc.)
  • lattice-matched and metamorphic growth techniques
  • application of quantum dots to multijunction architectures, etc.

Low-cost approaches to high-efficiency (>30%) tandem cells

  • hybrid III-V/Si tandem cells (through epitaxy, wafer bonding, or mechanical stacking)
  • hybrid perovskite/Si tandem cells
  • low-cost growth techniques for III-V multijunctions (vapor phase epitaxy, high-growth-rate MOCVD)

Modeling of tandem architectures

  • optimal design of tandem cells
  • impact of luminescent efficiency and luminescent coupling
  • simulation of tunnel junction and contact architecture (2, 3, or 4-terminal devices)

Novel approaches to tandem structures

  • spectral splitting
  • PV mirrors

Characterization of tandem architectures

  • characterization techniques of individual subcells
  • outdoor measurement of tandem cells.

This call for papers is open to all interested applicants to submit original research and review articles describing advances into each of these fundamental processes in high-efficiency photovoltaic conversion.

Manuscripts due 15 January 2017.


Published Special Sections:

Solar Fuels Photocatalysis (January-March 2017)
Guest Editors: Jeremy Pietron and Roland Marschall

Hot Carrier Energy Harvesting and Conversion (October-December 2016)
Guest Editors: Jeremy Munday and Qiaoqiang Gan

Solid-State Lighting: Photonics and Technologies (2015)
Guest Editors: Nelson Tansu and Franky So

Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells (2015)
Guest Editors: Ana Flavia Nogueira and Garry Rumbles

Nanophotonics and Plasmonics for Solar Energy Harvesting and Conversion (2015)
Guest Editor: Deirdre O'Carroll

Solution-Processable Organic Solar Cells (2015)
Guest Editors: Christoph J. Brabec and Tayebeh Ameri

Organic Photovoltaics (2012)
Guest Editors: Christoph Brabec, Paul Lane, and Zakya H. Kafafi

Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (2012)
Guest Editors: Franky So and Chihaya Adachi

High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications (2012)
Guest Editor: Kaitlyn VanSant

Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems (2012)
Guest Editors: Neelkanth G. Dhere, John H. Wohlgemuth, and Kevin Lynn

Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (2011)
Guest Editors: Franky So and Chihaya Adachi

Organic Photovoltaics (2011)
Guest Editors: Christoph Brabec, Paul Lane, and Zakya H. Kafafi

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