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Adv Mater. 2011 Jan 11;23(2):198-215. doi: 10.1002/adma.201002410.

Silicon nanowires for photovoltaic solar energy conversion.

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  • 1Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, P. R. China.


Semiconductor nanowires are attracting intense interest as a promising material for solar energy conversion for the new-generation photovoltaic (PV) technology. In particular, silicon nanowires (SiNWs) are under active investigation for PV applications because they offer novel approaches for solar-to-electric energy conversion leading to high-efficiency devices via simple manufacturing. This article reviews the recent developments in the utilization of SiNWs for PV applications, the relationship between SiNW-based PV device structure and performance, and the challenges to obtaining high-performance cost-effective solar cells.

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