The symposium will cover materials that can assist solar photovoltaic collectors to attain higher power-conversion efficiency through the use of novel electronic structure and/or innovative optical processes. The symposium will be interdisciplinary in nature, fusing the work of materials researchers from physical, chemical and computational backgrounds to the theme of Advanced and Highly Efficient Photovoltaic Devices. Abstracts will cover basic photovoltaic material and practical device research, as well as computer modelling and simulation and theoretical development of photovoltaic device concepts. Abstracts at all stages of development are welcome, from demonstrations of working prototype devices, development of component materials or predicted performance of advanced structures. It is anticipated that abstracts will fall into three categories:
- Electronic materials for highly efficient photovoltaic devices. This category includes multi-junction solar cells, rapid deposition techniques for III-V semiconductors and hybrid silicon based tandem solar cells as well as candidate materials for intermediate band solar cells and multiple exciton generation.
- Optical materials for highly efficient photovoltaic devices. Concentration technologies beyond conventional geometrical optics, such as nanophotonic or plasmonic structures and rectenna devices, spectral shaping such as singlet fission and schemes for controlling emissivity of solar cells.
- Thermal materials for highly efficient photovoltaic devices. This includes hot carrier solar cells as well as thermionic converters.