Solar Cells: Materials Beyond Silicon

  • Soumyo Chatterjee
  • Uttiya Dasgupta
  • Amlan J. Pal
Conference paper


Considering India’s inability to produce semiconductor grade silicon and correspondingly manufacturing of silicon solar cell modules, the prospects of other upcoming materials in third-generation solar cells have been discussed. Our outlook on solar cells based on conjugated organics, nanostructures of compound semiconductors, hybrids between two types of semiconductors, oxides, and newly-found organic-inorganic perovskites has been presented.


Materials beyond silicon for solar cells Conjugated organics Inorganic nanostructured materials Organic-inorganic hybrids Perovskites Balance between conversion efficiency and manufacturing cost 



SC acknowledges DST INSPIRE Fellowship [IF140158]. UD acknowledges CSIR Junior Research Fellowship No. 09/080(0843)/2012-EMR-I (Roll No. 519699). The authors also acknowledge financial assistance from SERIIUS, DST, and DeitY projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soumyo Chatterjee
    • 1
  • Uttiya Dasgupta
    • 1
  • Amlan J. Pal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Solid State PhysicsIndian Association for the Cultivation of ScienceJadavpur, KolkataIndia

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