Photovoltaic Solar Cells: Materials, Concepts and Devices

  • A. A. Ojo
  • W. M. Cranton
  • I. M. Dharmadasa


This chapter describes the characteristic structural and electrical properties of solid-state materials with emphasis on semiconductors, surfaces and interfaces, junctions, charge carrier transport mechanisms, electrical contacts and devices. An overview of semiconductor growth techniques is also included in this chapter for readers to familiarise with some of the terminologies that describe semiconductor/semiconductor (SS), metal/semiconductor (MS) or metal/insulator/semiconductor (MIS) structures. This chapter also includes a description of the concept of bandgap grading and next-generation solar cells.


Solid-state materials Semiconductor properties Photovoltaics Electrical contacts Shockley-Queisser theory Solar cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Ojo
    • 1
  • W. M. Cranton
    • 1
  • I. M. Dharmadasa
    • 1
  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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