The Complete Physics of Solar Cells: Perovskites, Organics, and Photovoltaic Fundamentals, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Complete Physics of Solar Cells

Perovskites, Organics, and Photovoltaic Fundamentals, 1st Edition

By Juan Bisquert

CRC Press

504 pages | 213 Color Illus. | 269 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138584648
pub: 2020-06-19
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The conceptual picture of a solar cell has evolved in the last two decades, a broad landscape of candidate materials and devices were discovered and systematically studied and reported. New concepts and a rather powerful picture embracing very different types of devices has emerged from many discussions and sometimes also conceptual clashes. The Complete Physics of Solar Cells: The Fundamentals and Foundations of Perovskites introduces the main physico-chemical principles that govern the operation of energy devices.

The handbook presents an explanation of the operation of photovoltaic devices with a broad perspective that embraces concepts from nanostructured and highly disordered materials to highly efficient devices such as lead halide perovskite solar cells.

Additional features include:

  • Embraces concepts from nanostructured and highly disordered materials to lead halide perovskite solar cells.
  • Highlights recent rapid advances with the discovery of perovskite solar cells and their development.
  • Takes a broad perspective and comprehensively addresses the fundamentals so the reader can apply these and assess future developments and technologies in the field.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Energy Devices. Electrostatic and Thermodynamic Potentials of Electrons in Materials. Voltage, Capacitors, and Batteries.Work Functions and Injection Barriers. Thermal Distribution of Electrons, Holes, and Ions in Solids. Interfacial Kinetics and Hopping Transitions. The Chemical Capacitance. The Density of States in Disordered Inorganic and Organic Conductors. Planar and Nanostructured Semiconductor Junctions. Carrier injection and drift transport. Diffusion transport. Drift-diffusion transport. Transport in disordered media. Thin film transistors. Space charge limited transport. Impedance and capacitance spectroscopies.Blackbody radiation and light. Light absorption, carrier recombination and luminescence. Optical transitions in organic and inorganic semiconductors. Fundamental model of a solar cell. Recombination current in the semiconductor diode. Radiative equilibrium in a semiconductor. Reciprocity relations and the photovoltage. Basic operation of solar cells. Solar cell structures. Solar energy conversion concepts.

About the Author

Juan Bisquert (MSc in physics 1985, PhD 1992, Universitat de València) is a professor of applied physics at Universitat Jaume I de Castelló and the funding director of the Institute of Advanced Materials at UJI. The research work is in perovskite solar cells, nanostructured solar cells (including dye-sensitized solar cells, organic solar cells, quantum-dot sensitized solar cells), and water splitting with visible light and semiconductors (solar fuel converters). His most well- known work is about the mechanisms governing the operation of nanostructured and solution processed thin film solar cells. He has developed insights in the electronic processes in hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells, combining novel theory of semiconductor nanostructures, photoelectrochemistry, and systematic experimental demonstration. His contributions produced a broad range of concepts and characterization methods to analyze the operation of photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. He is a Senior Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. He has been distinguished several times in the list of ISI Highly Cited Researchers. Bisquert created nanoGe conferences and is the president of the Fundació Scito del País Valencià.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable