The course is based on the text book


Keynote Speakers
Juan Bisquert
Universitat Jaume I, Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) - Spain, ES

1. Electrons and holes in semiconductors.

Vacuum level, work function, Fermi levels, semiconductor junctions

2. Light interacting with semiconductors.

Light absorption, solar spectrum, recombination

3. Photovoltaic principles

General characteristics of solar energy conversion, and the physical limits to conversion efficiency

4. Basic device properties

Semiconductor diode. Selective contacts. Charge transport and collection


­čĆů Raffle prize: 3 books "The Physical Principles of Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Conversion" supported by Taylor and Francis.*

*The raffle will be made between the participants who respond to the survey and introduce the code given during the lecture.

Conference organizers
Bruno Ehrler
Physics of functional complex matter
Center for Nanophotonics, AMOLF, The Netherlands, NL
Elizabeth von Hauff
Physics and Astronomy
Vrije University (VU) Amsterdam, NL
Thomas Kirchartz
Forschungszentrum J├╝lich GmbH, DE, DE
Presentation Lecture

Welcome to the Lecture of Basis Concepts of Solar Energy Conversion from Prof. Juan Bisquert which is the starter to the Online School on Fundamentals of Emerging Solar Cells.

This lecture took place on February the 1st 2021 from 4pm CET.

The research on advanced energy conversion devices as solar cells has evolved been intense in the last two decades. A broad landscape of candidate materials and devices were discovered and systematically studied and reported for effective solar energy conversion and utilization. New concepts emerged forming and a rather powerful picture embracing the mechanisms and limitation to efficiencies of very different broad types of devices has emerged from many discussions and sometimes also as well as from conceptual clashes. This talk is based on the book Physics of Solar Energy Conversion that introduces the main physico-chemical principles that govern the operation of energy devices for energy conversion and storage, with a detailed view of the principles of solar energy conversion using advanced materials. The talk is focused on the fundamental description of photovoltaic operation, mainly on new technologies from organics to metal halide perovskites. We explain the basic properties of interaction of a semiconductor with light, the physical properties controlling the production of current and voltage, the diode model with selective contacts, and the factors that control the energy conversion efficiency of the solar cell devices.

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Discover more about the PVSCHOOL

This lecture is a previous of the Online School on Fundamentals of Emerging Solar Cells (PVSCHOOL) that will take place from 10th to 12th February. Click here to discover more

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