Lanthanide-Doped Upconverting Nanoparticles: Harvesting Light for Solar Cells

Authors

  • Dr. Rafik Naccache,

    1. Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, 1650 Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, QC, J3X 1S2 (Canada)
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  • Prof. Fiorenzo Vetrone,

    1. Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, 1650 Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, QC, J3X 1S2 (Canada)
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  • Prof. John A. Capobianco

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for NanoScience Research, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, QC, H4B 1R6 (Canada)
    • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for NanoScience Research, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, QC, H4B 1R6 (Canada)

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Abstract

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Nanoharvest on a big scale: The capacity to harvest near-infrared photons from the sun can greatly improve the efficiency of solar cells. Near-infrared excitation of upconverting nanoparticles results in the generation of visible emission and increasing the electrical output of a photovoltaic device.

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