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, Charles M. Lieber

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Abstract

Over the past decade extensive studies of single semiconductor nanowire and nanowire array photovoltaic devices have explored the potential of these materials as platforms for a new generation of efficient and cost-effective solar cells. This feature review discusses strategies for implementation of semiconductor nanowires in solar energy applications, including advances in complex nanowire synthesis and characterization, fundamental insights from characterization of devices, utilization and control of the unique optical properties of nanowires, and new strategies for assembly and scaling of nanowires into diverse arrays that serve as a new paradigm for advanced solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-733
Number of pages15
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution

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