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New Concepts in Solar Cells :

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Editor : Prakash R. Somani and M. Umeno

Scheduled Publication : March 2011

ISBN : 978-81-906027-4-7

* This book has been included in our ELCB program.


Status : Inviting Authors

Aim and Scope :

Since the discovery of photovoltaic effect by Sir Alexandre Edmond Becquerel in 1839, tremendous amount of progress has been made in the area of solar cells. Silicon (Si), GaAs, CIGS etc. based solar cells are developed and commercialized. Multijunction solar cells are fabricated for achieving higher efficiencies. An efficiency of 41 % is already realized [W. Guter et al., APL 94 (2009) 223504] and Researchers have now started talking about achieving efficiencies of 50 % [Super high efficiency solar cell workshop, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan, 28 Feb. 2009]. Silicon is still a dominated material for solar cell market for various reasons. Inspite of tremendous efforts by acedemia and industry and also supportive government policies, photovoltaic (solar cell) technology is not yet fully penetrated into common mans life due to its high cost.

In the recent years, efforts are directed towards realization of low cost solar cells while retaining respectable efficiency. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC), Donor-acceptor solar cells by using pi-conjugated conducting polymers and fullerene and / or carbon nanotubes, solar cells using small molecular weight organic materials, organic-inorganic heterojunction solar cells, Inorganic solar cells etc. are some of the important concepts developed. Efforts are also directed towards commercialization of such cells. Nanotechnology is playing an important role for this development.

Via this book, it is thought to consolidate all important information and know-how available on such recent developments in the area of (non-silicon) solar cells. Following themes are suitable (but not limited to) for book chapter contributions

* Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC)
* Organic Solar Cells (Small molecular weight)
* Organic Solar Cells (Conducting Polymer)
* Organic-Inorganic Heterojunction Solar Cells
* CdS/CdTe based Solar Cells
* CIGS based Solar Cells
* Thin film solar cells
* New and Novel Concepts in non-silicon solar cells.
* Materials, their synthesis and characterization for Solar Cells
* Flexible Solar Cells
* Integration of solar Cells with Textile, Tiles etc.
* Photovoltaics with nanocomposites

This book is expected to serve as an important information source for Researchers, Scientists, Professors by providing them information about the current state-of-the-art in the respective fields. It is also expected to stimulate interest in students, young researchers and new-commers to this field. Each book chapter / article is written by an expert in this field.

For details, please contact Editor (E mail :

Readership :

It is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary book specifically focused on "New Concepts in Solar Cells". This book can be used as a Text book as well as a Reference book. This book is a valuable source for scientists, graduate students, researchers, and other professionals working / interested in new generation solar cells, Electrochemistry, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Physics, and Chemistry.

Editors Representative work related to this area :

Solid state dye photovoltaic cells using opal inverse TiO2 films.
Prakash R. Somani *,  C. Dionigi, M. Murga, D. Palles, P. Nozar, G. Ruani.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 87/1-4 (2005) 513. (Times Cited > 19).
ScienceDirect TOP 25 Hottest Articles (April – June 2005).

Nanostructured hydrogenated amorphous carbon films doped with nitrogen on p-Si
Prakash R. Somani *, A. Yoshida, R. A. Afre, S. Adhikari, T. Soga, M. Umeno.
Physica Status Solidi (a) 203/8 (2006) 1982. (Times Cited > 5).

Concept and demonstration of all organic Gratzel solar cell (Dye Sensitized Solar Cell).
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno, A. Sato.
Applied Physics Letters 89 (2006) 083501. (Times Cited >5)
TOP 50 most downloaded Articles (September 2006).

Improving photovoltaic response of poly(3-hexylthiophene)/n-Si heterojunction by incorporating double wall carbon nanotubes.
S. P. Somani,
Prakash R. Somani *, E. Flahaut, M. Umeno.
Applied Physics Letters 89 (2006) 223505.
(Times Cited > 2)

Improving photovoltaic response of poly(3-octylthiophene)/n-Si heterojunction by incorporating double wall carbon nanotubes.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, E. Flahaut, M. Umeno.
Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 185708.
(Times Cited > 20)

Towards organic thick film solar cells : Three dimensional bulk heterojunction organic thick film solar cell using fullerene single crystal nanorods.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Applied Physics Letters 91 (2007) 173503.
(Times Cited >10)
TOP 20 most downloaded Articles (Octomber 2007).

Double wall carbon nanotubes incorporated donor-acceptor type organic photovoltaic devices using poly(3-octylthiophene) and fullerene (C60).
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, E. Flahaut, G. Kalita, M. Umeno.
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (Special Issue on Molecular Electronics and Bioelectronics) 47/2 (2008) 1219. (Times Cited > 3)

Carbon nanotubes incorporation : A new route to improve the performance of organic-inorganic heterojunction solar cells.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Diamond and Related Materials 17 (2008) 585. (Times Cited > 3)

Application of metal nanoparticles decorated carbon nanotubes in photovoltaics.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
Applied Physics Letters 93 (2008) 033315. (Times Cited > 3)

Application of carbon nanotubes in photovoltaic energy conversion.
Prakash R. Somani *, S. P. Somani, M. Umeno.
in "Carbon Nanotubes : Multifunctional Materials" Edited by P. R. Somani and M. Umeno, Applied Science Innovations Pvt. Ltd., India, January 2009, 144 - 165.