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Accelerating the development of new solar absorbers by photoemission characterization coupled with density functional theory

DOI: 10.1088/2515-7655/abebc9 DOI Help

Authors: Tim D. Veal (University of Liverpool) , David O. Scanlon (University College London; Diamond Light Source) , Robert Kostecki (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) , Elisabetta Arca (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Journal Of Physics: Energy , VOL 3

State: Published (Approved)
Published: March 2021

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Abstract: The expectation to progress towards Terawatts production by solar technologies requires continuous development of new materials to improve efficiency and lower the cost of devices beyond what is currently available at industrial level. At the same time, the turnaround time to make the investment worthwhile is progressively shrinking. Whereas traditional absorbers have developed in a timeframe spanning decades, there is an expectation that emerging materials will be converted into industrially relevant reality in a much shorter timeframe. Thus, it becomes necessary to develop new approaches and techniques that could accelerate decision-making steps on whether further research on a material is worth pursuing or not. In this review, we will provide an overview of the photoemission characterization methods and theoretical approaches that have been developed in the past decades to accelerate the transfer of emerging solar absorbers into efficient devices.

Journal Keywords: solar absorbers; x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; density functional theory; band alignment; solar cells

Diamond Keywords: Photovoltaics; Semiconductors

Subject Areas: Materials, Energy, Physics

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Added On: 09/07/2021 09:14


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