Solution processed solar cell as an emerging solar energy conversion technique

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High efficient and cost-effective solar cells are of paramount importance to harvest abundant and clean solar energy. Among various techniques, solution processed solar cells have emerged as the promising candidates for the next generation of solar cells. In this talk, three types of solution processed solar cells, inorganic (quantum dot sensitized solar cells, copper zinc tin sulfide solar cells), organic (polymer, small molecule), and hybrid (dye sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cell), will be discussed for their architectures and working principles. The management of the discrepancy between optical absorption scale (micrometer) and charge transport scale (nanometer) are crucial for the device efficiency. Common approaches adopted to address this problem through rational interface engineering will be delineated. At the last part of the talk, solar cells research carried out in FIU will be presented.



Dr. Mengjin Yang obtained his bachelor degree at Chongqing University (China) in 2005, master degree at Tsinghua University (China) in 2008, and Ph.D in materials science from University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Since 2012, he works as a postdoc research associate at Florida International University. Research interest: 1-D/2-D nanostructure materials for optoelectronics, solution processed solar cell, functional oxide materials and carbon materials.

The event is free and open to the public. Undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to attend!