Inorganic photovoltaics – Planar and nanostructured devices

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Ramanujam J, Verma A, Gonzalez-Diaz B, Guerrero-Lemus R, Del Canizo C, Garcia-Tabares E, Rey-Stolle I, Granek F, Korte L, Tucci M, Rath J, Singh UP, Todorov T, Gunawan O, Rubio S, Plaza JL, Dieguez E, Hoffmann B, Christiansen S, Cirlin GE
Journal: Progress in Materials Science
Publication year: 2016
Volume: 82
Pages range: 294-404
ISSN: 0079-6425



Since its invention in the 1950s, semiconductor solar cell technology has evolved in great leaps and bounds. Solar power is now being considered as a serious leading contender for replacing fossil fuel based power generation. This article reviews the evolution and current state, and potential areas of near future research focus, of leading inorganic materials based solar cells, including bulk crystalline, amorphous thin-films, and nanomaterials based solar cells. Bulk crystalline silicon solar cells continue to dominate the solar power market, and continued efforts at device fabrication improvements, and device topology advancements are discussed. III–V compound semiconductor materials on c-Si for solar power generation are also reviewed. Developments in thin-film based solar cells are reviewed, with a focus on amorphous silicon, copper zinc tin sulfide, cadmium telluride, as well as nanostructured cadmium telluride. Recent developments in the use of nano-materials for solar power generation, including silicon and gallium arsenide nanowires, are also reviewed.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Hoffmann, Björn
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Optik)

Additional Organisation
Graduiertenkolleg 1896/2 In situ Mikroskopie mit Elektronen, Röntgenstrahlen und Rastersonden
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum, Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy (CENEM)

External institutions with authors

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)
Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts (MPL) / Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
St. Petersburg Academic University
Texas A&M University
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
Universidad de La Laguna
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
Universiteit Utrecht (UU) / Utrecht University
Wroclaw Research Center EIT +

How to cite

Ramanujam, J., Verma, A., Gonzalez-Diaz, B., Guerrero-Lemus, R., Del Canizo, C., Garcia-Tabares, E.,... Cirlin, G.E. (2016). Inorganic photovoltaics – Planar and nanostructured devices. Progress in Materials Science, 82, 294-404.

Ramanujam, Jeyakumar, et al. "Inorganic photovoltaics – Planar and nanostructured devices." Progress in Materials Science 82 (2016): 294-404.


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