Photovoltaic Materials

  • Yifan Wang
  • Hailin Cong
  • Bing YuEmail author
Reference work entry


Solar cells (SCs), also named as photovoltaics (PVs), which can turn solar energy into electricity, have been regarded as promising candidates for renewable sources and have drawn considerable attention in the past decades. Photovoltaic materials are semiconducting materials which can absorb light and generate electricity. They are one of the determinants of the performances of SCs. According to different PV materials, SCs can be mainly classified into three categories: the first one is silicon-based SCs, including monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, and amorphous silicon; second is inorganic compounds-based SCs, with PV materials of gallium arsenide (GaAs), cadmium telluride (CdTe), cadmium sulfide (CdS), copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), and copper indium selenide (CIS), etc.; and the third is organic materials-based SCs, which include dye-sensitized SCs (DSSCs) and organic SCs (OSCs). Nowadays, a newly emerging kind of PV materials has raised huge concern among scientists, that is, the perovskite SCs. In this chapter, a brief review of the above different PV materials is given and their future potentials in PV markets are predicted.



This work is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21574072, 21375069, 21675091, 21404065), the Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scientists of Shandong Province (JQ201403), the TaishanYoung Scholar Program of Shandong Province (tsqn20161027), the Key Research and Development Project of Shandong Province (2016GGX102028, 2016GGX102039), the Project of Shandong Province Higher Educational Science and Technology Program (J15LC20), the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars of State Education Ministry (20111568), the People’s Livelihood Science and Technology Project of Qingdao (166257nsh, 173378nsh), the Innovation Leader Project of Qingdao (168325zhc), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2017 M612199), the Postdoctoral Scientific Research Foundation of Qingdao, and the First Class Discipline Project of Shandong Province.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical Materials and Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringQingdao UniversityQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Laboratory for New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, College of Materials Science and EngineeringQingdao UniversityQingdaoChina

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