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The Physics of Solar Energy Conversion

Edited by: Juan Bisquert

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138584648
eBook ISBN: 9780429505874
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Research on advanced energy conversion devices such as solar cells has intensified in the last two decades. A broad landscape of candidate materials and devices were discovered and systematically studied for effective solar energy conversion and utilization. New concepts have emerged forming a rather powerful picture embracing the mechanisms and limitation to efficiencies of different types of devices. The Physics of Solar Energy Conversion introduces the main physico-chemical principles that govern the operation of energy devices for energy conversion and storage, with a detailed view of the principles of solar energy conversion using advanced materials.

Key Features include:

  • Highlights recent rapid advances with the discovery of perovskite solar cells and their development.
  • Analyzes the properties of organic solar cells, lithium ion batteries, light emitting diodes and the semiconductor materials for hydrogen production by water splitting.
  • Embraces concepts from nanostructured and highly disordered materials to lead halide perovskite solar cells
  • Takes a broad perspective and comprehensively addresses the fundamentals so that the reader can apply these and assess future developments and technologies in the field.
  • Introduces basic techniques and methods for understanding the materials and interfaces that compose operative energy devices such as solar cells and solar fuel converters.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction to Energy Devices Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Electrostatic and Thermodynamic Potentials of Electrons in Materials Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Voltage, Capacitors, and Batteries Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Work Functions and Injection Barriers Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Thermal Distribution of Electrons, Holes, and Ions in Solids Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Interfacial Kinetics and Hopping Transitions Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Chemical Capacitance Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Density of States in Disordered Inorganic and Organic Conductors Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Planar and Nanostructured Semiconductor Junctions Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Carrier Injection and Drift Transport Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Diffusion Transport Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Drift-Diffusion Transport Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Transport in Disordered Media Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Thin Film Transistors Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Space-Charge-Limited Transport Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Impedance and Capacitance Spectroscopies Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Blackbody Radiation and Light Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Light Absorption, Carrier Recombination, and Luminescence Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Optical Transitions in Organic and Inorganic Semiconductors Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Fundamental Model of a Solar Cell Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Recombination Current in the Semiconductor Diode Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Radiative Equilibrium in a Semiconductor Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Reciprocity Relations in Solar Cells and Fundamental Limits to the Photovoltage Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Charge Separation and Material Limits to the Photovoltage Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Operation of Solar Cells and Fundamental Limits to Their Performance Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Charge Collection in Solar Cells Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Spectral Harvesting and Photoelectrochemical Conversion Download PDF
Appendix Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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