A focus on solar photovoltaics

The RSC would like to share with you a collection of recent  journal articles and books in the area of solar photovoltaics.

You can read selected articles for free until the 31st October 2013 by clicking on the links below.

We hope that you enjoy the collection!

Did you know that the RSC has put together a webpage on solar photovoltaics, which brings together information on activities for scientists, policymakers, educators and young people? Take a look today…

We have also put together a collection of articles on solar fuels and artificial photosynthesis, which are also free until the end of October. You can view this collection here…

Reviews and Perspectives

FREE: Photosensitized electron transfer processes of nanocarbons applicable to solar cells
Francis D’Souza and Osamu Ito
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15201G, Tutorial Review

FREE: Novel nanostructures for next generation dye-sensitized solar cells
Nicolas Tétreault and Michael Grätzel
Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03242B, Perspective

FREE: Porphyrin-sensitized solar cells
Lu-Lin Li and Eric Wei-Guang Diau
Chem. Soc. Rev, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35257E, Review Article

FREE: Carbon nanotube-based heterostructures for solar energy applications
Lei Wang, Haiqing Liu, Robert M. Konik, James A. Misewich and Stanislaus S. Wong
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60088B, Review Article

FREE: Semiconductor nanowires: a platform for exploring limits and concepts for nano-enabled solar cells
Thomas J. Kempa, Robert W. Day, Sun-Kyung Kim, Hong-Gyu Park and Charles M. Lieber
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24182C, Review Article

FREE: Efficient photon management with nanostructures for photovoltaics
Bo Hua, Qingfeng Lin, Qianpeng Zhang and Zhiyong Fan
Nanoscale, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3NR01152F, Review Article

FREE: Plasmonic photocatalysts: harvesting visible light with noble metal nanoparticles
Peng Wang, Baibiao Huang, Ying Dai and Myung-Hwan Whangbo
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40823F, Perspective

FREE: Improvement of dye-sensitized solar cells toward the broader light harvesting of the solar spectrum
Suresh Kannan Balasingam, Minoh Lee, Man Gu Kang and Yongseok Jun
Chem. Commun., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2CC37616D, Feature Article

FREE: Nanostructured Titania: the current and future promise of Titania nanotubes
Kevin C. Schwartzenberg and Kimberly A. Gray
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY00538G, Perspective

That’s not all! Go to the bottom of this post to view more Reviews and Perspectives in this collection…

Original Research Articles

FREE: Low-temperature processed meso-superstructured to thin-film perovskite solar cells
James M. Ball, Michael M. Lee, Andrew Hey and Henry J. Snaith
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40810H, Communication

FREE: Tridentate cobalt complexes as alternative redox couples for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells
Kais Ben Aribia, Thomas Moehl, Shaik M. Zakeeruddin and Michael Grätzel
Chem. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2SC21401F, Edge Article

FREE: Spirally configured cis-stilbene/fluorene hybrids as bipolar, organic sensitizers for solar cell applications
Wei-Shan Chao, Ken-Hsien Liao, Chien-Tien Chen, Wei-Kai Huang, Chi-Ming Lan and Eric Wei-Guang Diau
Chem. Commun., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CC17079E, Communication

FREE: An ester-functionalized diketopyrrolopyrrole molecule with appropriate energy levels for application in solution-processed organic solar cells
Meirong Chen, Weifei Fu, Minmin Shi, Xiaolian Hu, Junying Pan, Jun Ling, Hangying Li and Hongzheng Chen
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00148A, Paper

FREE: An isoindigo and dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]silole copolymer for polymer solar cells
Romain Stalder, Caroline Grand, Jegadesan Subbiah, Franky So and John R. ReynoldsPolym. Chem., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00402F, Communication

FREE: Photoelectrical properties of Ag2S quantum dot-modified TiO2 nanorod arrays and their application for photovoltaic devices
Bingkun Liu, Dejun Wang, Yu Zhang, Haimei Fan, Yanhong Lin, Tengfei Jiang and Tengfeng XieDalton Trans., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2DT32031B, Paper

Again, you can see more original research articles in this collection at the bottom of this page.

You might be interested in these e-books from RSC Publishing…
(PDFs of the front matter, table of contents and first chapter are free to view.)

Building Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal Systems
Authors: Basant Agrawal, Gopal Nath Tiwari

Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Modules and Their Applications
Authors: Gopal Nath Tiwari, Swapnil Dubey

Also take a look at these exciting related themed issues, themed collections and Editor’s Choice selections…

Themed issue in Catalysis Science & Technology
Guest Editors: Kazunari Domen and Licheng Sun

Inorganic photophysics and photochemistry –Fundamentals and applications
Themed issue in Dalton Transactions
Guest Editors: Michael D. Ward and Julia Weinstein

Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage
Themed issue in Journal of Materials Chemistry
Guest Editors: K. Kalyanasundaram and Michael Grätzel

Editor’s Choice: Photovoltaic devices by Henry Snaith

Editor’s choice: Nanostructured polymer and dye-sensitized solar cells by Zhiqun Lin

Editor’s Choice: All-organic and hybrid photovoltaics by Chris McNeill

More Reviews and Perspectives

Photodeposition of metal sulfide quantum dots on titanium(IV) dioxide and the applications to solar energy conversion
Hiroaki Tada, Musashi Fujishima and Hisayoshi Kobayashi
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00211A, Critical Review

Morphology of all-polymer solar cells
Christopher R. McNeill
Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03071C, Perspective

Poly(3-hexylthiophene): synthetic methodologies and properties in bulk heterojunction solar cells
Assunta Marrocchi, Daniela Lanari, Antonio Facchetti and Luigi Vaccaro
Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22129B, Review Article

CZTS Nanocrystals: A promising approach for next generation thin film photovoltaics
Yang Yang, Huan-Ping Zhou, Wan-Ching Hsu, Hsin-Sheng Duan, Brion Bob, Wenbing Yang, Tze-bin Song and Chia-Jung Hsu
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE41627E, Review Article

Crystalline donor–acceptor conjugated polymers for bulk heterojunction photovoltaics
Jian-Ming Jiang, Mao-Chuan Yuan, K. Dinakaran, A. Hariharan and Kung-Hwa Wei J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00965J, Highlight

Routes to copper zinc tin sulfide Cu2ZnSnS4 a potential material for solar cells
Karthik Ramasamy, Mohammad A. Malik and Paul O’Brien
Chem. Commun., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CC30792H, Feature Article

Infrared colloidal lead chalcogenide nanocrystals: Synthesis, properties, and photovoltaic applications
Huiying Fu and Sai-Wing Tsang
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2NR11836J, Review Article

Recent advances in solar cells based on one-dimensional nanostructure arrays
Miao Yu, Yun-Ze Long, Bin Sun and Zhiyong Fan
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2NR30437F, Review Article

Conjugated polymer nanostructures for organic solar cell applications
Jiun-Tai Chen and Chain-Shu Hsu
Polym. Chem., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00275A, Review Article

Cycloruthenated sensitizers: improving the dye-sensitized solar cell with classical inorganic chemistry principles
Kiyoshi C. D. Robson, Paolo G. Bomben and Curtis P. Berlinguette
Dalton Trans., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2DT30825H, Perspective

Fluorine ions-mediated morphology control of anatase TiO2 with enhanced photocatalytic activity
Kangle Lv, Bei Cheng, Jiaguo Yu and Gang Liu
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CP23461K, Perspective

More Original Research Articles

Energy & Environmental Science

High-performance semi-transparent polymer solar cells possessing tandem structures
Chun-Chao Chen, Letian Dou, Jing Gao, Wei-Hsuan Chang, Gang Li and Yang Yang
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40860D, Paper

On the role of intermixed phases in organic photovoltaic blends
Paul Westacott, John R. Tumbleston, Safa Shoaee, Sarah Fearn, James H. Bannock, James B. Gilchrist, Sandrine Heutz, John deMello, Martin Heeney, Harald Ade, James Durrant, David S. McPhail and Natalie Stingelin
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE41821A, Paper

Organic dye-sensitized solar cells with a cobalt redox couple: influences of π-linker rigidification and dye–bath solvent selection
Ning Cai, Renzhi Li, Yinglin Wang, Min Zhang and Peng Wang
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23592G, Paper

Disentangling the impact of side chains and fluorine substituents of conjugated donor polymers on the performance of photovoltaic blends
Liqiang Yang, John R. Tumbleston, Huaxing Zhou, Harald Ade and Wei You
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23235A, Paper

Improving the long-term stability of PBDTTPD polymer solar cells through material purification aimed at removing organic impurities
William R. Mateker, Jessica D. Douglas, Clément Cabanetos, I. T. Sachs-Quintana, Jonathan A. Bartelt, Eric T. Hoke, Abdulrahman El Labban, Pierre M. Beaujuge, Jean M. J. Fréchet and Michael D. McGehee
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE41328D, Paper

5.2% Efficient PbS Nanocrystal Schottky Solar Cells
Claudia Piliego, Loredana Protecescu, Satria Zulkarnaen Bisri, Maksym Kovalenko and Maria Antonietta Loi
Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE41479E, Paper

Journal of Materials Chemistry A

Effects of ZnO film growth route and nanostructure on electron transport and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells
Constance Magne, Thomas Moehl, Mathieu Urien, Michael Grätzel and Thierry Pauporté
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00674J, Paper

Highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cell with an electrostatic spray deposited upright-standing boron-doped ZnO (BZO) nanoporous nanosheet-based photoanode
Khalid Mahmood and Seung Bin Park
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3TA10587C, Paper

One-step ammonia hydrothermal synthesis of single crystal anatase TiO2 nanowires for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells
Xiao Yu, Hai Wang, Yong Liu, Xiang Zhou, Baojun Li, Ling Xin, Yu Zhou and Hui Shen
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00494A, Paper

Novel D–π–A structured porphyrin dyes with diphenylamine derived electron-donating substituents for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells
Sung Ho Kang, In Taek Choi, Min Soo Kang, Yu Kyung Eom, Myong Jong Ju, Ji Yeoun Hong, Hong Seok Kang and Hwan Kyu Kim
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3TA01128C, Paper

New alkylthienyl substituted benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-based polymers for high performance solar cells
Bo Liu, Xuewen Chen, Yuehui He, Yongfang Li, Xinjun Xu, Lu Xiao, Lidong Li and Yingping Zou
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00474G, Paper

Chemical Science

Joint electrical, photophysical and computational studies on D-π-A dye sensitized solar cells: the impacts of dithiophene rigidification
Mingfei Xu, Min Zhang, Mariachiara Pastore, Renzhi Li, Filippo De Angelis and Peng Wang
Chem. Sci., 2012, DOI:10.1039/C2SC00973K, Edge Article

Fullerene crystallisation as a key driver of charge separation in polymer/fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells
Fiona C. Jamieson, Ester Buchaca Domingo, Thomas McCarthy-Ward, Martin Heeney, Natalie Stingelin and James R. Durrant
Chem. Sci., 2012,DOI:10.1039/C1SC00674F, Edge Article

Role of trace impurities in the photovoltaic performance of solution processed small-molecule bulk heterojunction solar cells
Wei Lin Leong, Gregory C. Welch, Loren G. Kaake, Christopher J. Takacs, Yanming Sun, Guillermo C. Bazan and Alan J. Heeger
Chem. Sci., 2012,DOI:10.1039/C2SC20157G, Edge Article

Effect of bulky groups in ruthenium heteroleptic sensitizers on dye sensitized solar cell performance
Miguel García-Iglesias, Laia Pellejà, Jun-Ho Yum, David González-Rodríguez, Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin, Michael Grätzel, John N. Clifford, Emilio Palomares, Purificación Vázquez and Tomás Torres
Chem. Sci., 2012, DOI:10.1039/C2SC00953F, Edge Article

Polymer Chemistry

New low-bandgap polymetallaynes of platinum functionalized with a triphenylamine-benzothiadiazole donor–acceptor unit for solar cell applications
Qiwei Wang and Wai-Yeung Wong
Polym. Chem., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C0PY00273A, Paper

Synthesis and photovoltaic properties of copolymers of carbazole and thiophene with conjugated side chain containing acceptor end groups
Zhi-Guo Zhang, Haijun Fan, Jie Min, Siyuan Zhang, Jing Zhang, Maojie Zhang, Xia Guo, Xiaowei Zhan and Yongfang Li
Polym. Chem., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00119A, Paper

Chemical Communications

Towards flexibility: metal free plastic cathodes for dye sensitized solar cells
Shahzada Ahmad, Elisa Dell’Orto, Jun-Ho Yum, Florian Kessler, Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin and Michael Grätzel
Chem. Commun., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CC35038F, Communication

Hydroxyethyl and Ester Co-functionalized Imidazolium Iodide for Highly Efficient Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Zhongsheng Wang, Juan Li, Hong Wang and Gang Zhou
Chem. Commun, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44940H, Communication


Silver front electrode grids for ITO-free all printed polymer solar cells with embedded and raised topographies, prepared by thermal imprint, flexographic and inkjet roll-to-roll processes
Jong-Su Yu, Inyoung Kim, Jung-Su Kim, Jeongdai Jo, Thue T. Larsen-Olsen, Roar R. Søndergaard, Markus Hösel, Dechan Angmo, Mikkel Jørgensen and Frederik C. Krebs
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2NR31508D, Paper

Nanopatterned conductive polymer films as a Pt, TCO-free counter electrode for low-cost dye-sensitized solar cells
Jeong Kwon, Veerappan Ganapathy, Young Hun Kim, Kyung-Deok Song, Hong-Gyu Park, Yongseok Jun, Pil J. Yoo and Jong Hyeok Park
Nanoscale, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3NR01294H, Paper

Novel hollow mesoporous 1D TiO2 nanofibers as photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials
Xiang Zhang, Velmurugan Thavasi, S G Mhaisalkar and Seeram Ramakrishna
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2NR11251E, Paper

Open-ended TiO2 nanotubes formed by two-step anodization and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells
Cho-Tung Yip, Min Guo, Haitao Huang, Limin Zhou, Yu Wang and Chuanjun Huang
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2NR11317A, Communication

Cataysis Science & Technology

Fabrication of CuInS2 and Cu(In, Ga) S-2 thin films by a facile spray pyrolysis and their photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical properties
Ikeda, Shigeru; Nonogaki, Midori; Septina, Wilman; et al.
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00020F

Dalton Transactions

Random nanowires of nickel doped TiO2 with high surface area and electron mobility for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells
P. S. Archana, E. Naveen Kumar, C. Vijila, S. Ramakrishna, M. M. Yusoff and R. Jose
Dalton Trans., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31775C, Paper

Panchromatic ruthenium sensitizer based on electron-rich heteroarylvinylene π-conjugated quaterpyridine for dye-sensitized solar cells
Alessandro Abbotto, Frederic Sauvage, Claudia Barolo, Filippo De Angelis, Simona Fantacci, Michael Graetzel, Norberto Manfredi, Chiara Marinzi and Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin
Dalton Trans., DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01190H, Paper

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Efficient solar water oxidation using photovoltaic devices functionalized with earth-abundant oxygen evolving catalysts
Vito Cristino, Serena Berardi, Stefano Caramori, Roberto Argazzi, Stefano Carli, Laura Meda, Alessandra Tacca and Carlo Alberto Bignozzi
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52237G, Paper

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