Nanofibers as Promising Materials for New Generations of Solar Cells

  • Ahmed Esmail ShalanEmail author
  • Ahmed BarhoumEmail author
  • Ahmed Mourtada Elseman
  • Mohamed Mohamed Rashad
  • Mónica Lira-Cantú
Reference work entry


Various applications of nanotechnology have been intended to approach enhanced and efficient solar cell devices with more economically pathways. Effective systems for conversion cost, efficient solar energy storage systems, or solar energy on a large scale are created by efficient solar cells which improved using nanofiber (NF) materials. This chapter provides an overview of photovoltaic and solar cell devices (i.e., dye sensitize solar cells, organic solar cells, and perovskite solar cells) based on nanofibers (NFs) as a key element. Details about the main types of solar cells and their working principles and how engineered NFs are used for solar cells are discussed. The potential application of the three representative NF materials, i.e., metals and metal oxides, carbon, and conductive polymers, were reviewed. The future development of NFs toward next-generation solar cells is finally summarized.


Nanofibers Energy harvesting High efficiency Energy conversion Solar cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed Esmail Shalan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ahmed Barhoum
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ahmed Mourtada Elseman
    • 4
  • Mohamed Mohamed Rashad
    • 1
  • Mónica Lira-Cantú
    • 3
  1. 1.Electronic and Magnetic Materials Department, Advanced Materials DivisionCentral Metallurgical Research & Development Institute (CMRDI)CairoEgypt
  2. 2.Institut Européen des Membranes (IEMM, ENSCM UM CNRS UMR5635)MontpellierFrance
  3. 3.Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy GroupCatalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC, and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)BarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Electronic and Magnetic Laboratory, Advanced Materials DivisionCentral Metallurgical Research & Development Institute (CMRDI)CairoEgypt

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