Introduction to Quantum Dots and Solar Energy Conversion Devices

By Bryan W. Boudouris

Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Abstract

In this lecture, we describe the basics of what quantum dots are and how they can be applied to thin film photovoltaic technologies. In particular, we examine the unique properties of quantum dot materials and how these properties can be exploited by scientists and engineers to yield low-cost, light-weight solar modules capable of converting sunlight into electricity in a direct fashion.  Additionally, the basics of solar cell characterization and light absorption are detailed and related to the band gap of quantum dot materials.  Finally, the potential impact of solar technologies on the energy landscape of the United States is discussed.

This lecture is part of ENGR 132: Transforming Ideas to Innovation II.

 

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  • Bryan W. Boudouris (2014), "Introduction to Quantum Dots and Solar Energy Conversion Devices," https://nanohub.org/resources/21815.

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Introduction to Quantum Dots and Solar Energy Conversion Devices
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  • Energy Usage in the United States 3. Energy Usage in the United Sta… 328.19486152819485
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  • Potential Impact of Solar Energy Conversion 4. Potential Impact of Solar Ener… 400.73406740073409
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  • Different Wavelengths of Light Have Different Energies 5. Different Wavelengths of Light… 453.31998665332003
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  • Light Used is Important in QD-PV Characterization 6. Light Used is Important in QD-… 523.656990323657
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  • Amount of Atmosphere Affects Incoming Photons Available 7. Amount of Atmosphere Affects I… 603.97063730397065
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  • Quantum Dot Size Impacts the Band Gap Energy 8. Quantum Dot Size Impacts the B… 706.57323990657324
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  • Trade-offs Lead to the Shockley-Queisser Limit 9. Trade-offs Lead to the Shockle… 854.02068735402077
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