ECEN 4005

Special Topics Course

Photovoltaic Devices

Fall Semester 2015


Instructor:                 Sean Shaheen

                                    Office: ECOT 256



Lecture times:           M, W, F 11:00-11:50 am


Lecture room:           ECCR 139


Office hours:             TBD



Required                      Physics of Solar Cells, Jenny Nelson, Imperial College Press, 2003.

                                    (Available as a Kindle download from Amazon)


                                    + other readings and papers as assigned


Supplemental              Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts, Peter WŸrfel, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, 2009.


Organic Solar Cells: Theory, Experiment, and Device Simulation, Wolfgang Tress, Springer 2015.



Course description

EarthÕs surface is bathed in an average of 173,000 TW of solar power, an amount that vastly exceeds the average global consumption of 16 TW.  Yet, the global installed solar power conversion capacity is only ~0.15 TW.  In this course we will learn the science and technology of solar energy conversion materials and devices, with the aim of approaching solutions to the goal of impacting the global energy landscape with these new technologies.  The course emphasis will be on photovoltaic (PV) device physics and operation, rooted in the materials science of the particular materials system studied.


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