physica status solidi (a)

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December 2013

Volume 210, Issue 12

Pages 2529–2768

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      Tailoring the efficiency of 3D wire-shaped photovoltaic cells (WPVCs) by functionalization of solid–liquid interfacial properties (Phys. Status Solidi A 12∕2013)

      Jin Yan, M. Jasim Uddin, Tarik J. Dickens, Deborah E. Daramola, David Olawale and Okenwa I. Okoli

      Article first published online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201370075

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      In the study by Jin Yan et al. (pp. 2535–2541), a novel three-dimensional (3D) wire-shaped photovoltaic cell (WPVC) is demonstrated. Carbon Nanotube Yarns (CNYs) are used to replace the metal-based counter electrode. The CNYs have outstanding functions on enriching the WPVCs, which can provide excellent interfacial and electrocatalytic properties. The counter electrode plays a key role in receiving electrons from the outer circuit and reducing the electrolyte redox mediator (I-/I3-). However, pure CNYs are proved to have a catalytic effect on the couple I-/I3-. Therefore, it is worth noting that, instead of Pt wires, Pt-coated CNYs can help cells maintain good flexibility and long lifetime when meeting the practical application. The WPVC shows an outstanding operational flexibility with efficient photovoltaic properties (e.g. fill factor above 0.8). These WPVCs are stable under different working environment. By using the 3D energy harvesting capability, the WPVCs provide up to 0.5830% energy conversion efficiency. Furthermore, according to their stabilities under various working environments, WPVCs have capabilities for future engineering application.

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      Nondestructively decorating surface textured silicon with nanorod arrays for enhancing light harvesting (Phys. Status Solidi A 12∕2013)

      Wenjing Dong, Chanyan Huang, Tiaoxing Wei, Yun Zhang, Kenan Zhang, Yan Sun, Xin Chen and Ning Dai

      Article first published online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201370076

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      Minimizing surface reflection is among the key issues for enhancing light collection and therefore increasing the conversion efficiency of solar irradiance to electric energy for photovoltaic (PV) cells. In the study by Dong et al. (pp. 2542–2549), the surface of textured silicon solar cells is nondestructively decorated with ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNAs) in order to harvest more light. Without surface destruction during atomic layer deposition and hydrothermal processes, the ZNA layers are directly grown on the upper surface of commercial silicon cells with textured surface coated with SiNx layer. The scanning electron microscopy images of crystalline silicon (c-Si) and multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) cells as well as those decorated with ZNAs show that their surfaces have different textured morphology, while the ZNA decorations are designed according to the varying textures of the c-Si and mc-Si cells. Accordingly, the surface reflections of both the decorated c-Si and mc-Si cells significantly reduce, which can be seen from the reflectance curves. Such antireflection decorations will open up more opportunities in feasible and compatible nonreflecting layers towards an optimal light harvesting for photoelectronic devices.

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      Article first published online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201370077

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      Contents (pages 2529–2533)

      Article first published online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201370078

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      Tailoring the efficiency of 3D wire-shaped photovoltaic cells (WPVCs) by functionalization of solid–liquid interfacial properties (pages 2535–2541)

      Jin Yan, M. Jasim Uddin, Tarik J. Dickens, Deborah E. Daramola, David Olawale and Okenwa I. Okoli

      Article first published online: 21 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330245

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      A novel 3D wire-shaped photovoltaic cell (WPVC) is demonstrated. Carbon Nanotube Yarns (CNYs) are used to replace the metal-based counter electrode. The CNYs provide excellent interfacial and electrocatalytic properties. The WPVC shows an outstanding operational flexibility with efficient photovoltaic properties (e.g. FF above 0.8). These WPVCs are stable under different working environment.

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    1. Nondestructively decorating surface textured silicon with nanorod arrays for enhancing light harvesting (pages 2542–2549)

      Wenjing Dong, Chanyan Huang, Tiaoxing Wei, Yun Zhang, Kenan Zhang, Yan Sun, Xin Chen and Ning Dai

      Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330178

    2. Size effect of SiO2 on enhancing thermoelectric properties of Cu1.8S (pages 2550–2555)

      Liang Zou, Bo-Ping Zhang, Zhen-Hua Ge, Chao Gao, Dai-Bing Zhang and Yao-Chun Liu

      Article first published online: 15 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330185

    3. Effect of thermal annealing on electrical and optical properties of Ba-doped SrCu2O2 thin films on glass substrates (pages 2569–2574)

      Afzal Khan, Carmen Jiménez, Odette Chaix-Pluchery, Hervé Roussel and Jean-Luc Deschanvres

      Article first published online: 12 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330011

    4. Magnetostructural phase transition in Ga-doped MnNiGe compounds (pages 2575–2578)

      Y. G. Shi, L. S. Xu, X. G. Zhou, Z. Y. Chen, T. F. Zheng and D. N. Shi

      Article first published online: 12 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330071

    5. Oxide precipitate nucleation at 300 °C in low resistivity n-type Czochralski Si (pages 2592–2599)

      Xinpeng Zhang, Maosen Fu, Xiangyang Ma, Deren Yang and Jan Vanhellemont

      Article first published online: 17 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201329221

    6. Excitation energy transfer in porous silicon/laser dye composites (pages 2617–2621)

      Vytenis Pranculis, Irena Šimkienė, Marius Treideris and Vidmantas Gulbinas

      Article first published online: 9 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201329299

    7. Thermoelectric properties of Ag2Sb2Ge46 − xDyxTe50 alloys with high power factor (pages 2628–2637)

      E. M. Levin, R. Hanus, M. Hanson, W. E. Straszheim and K. Schmidt-Rohr

      Article first published online: 19 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330217

    8. Ferromagnetism in post-annealed sputtered Cr-doped In2O3 thin films (pages 2644–2649)

      Yassine Ait-El-Aoud, Mark C. Hickey, Adil-Gerai Kussow and Alkim Akyurtlu

      Article first published online: 24 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201228780

    9. Effects of ZrO2 interphase on mechanical and microwave absorbing properties of SiCf/SiC composites (pages 2668–2673)

      Yimin Shi, Fa Luo, Donghai Ding, Jia Gui, Wancheng Zhou and Dongmei Zhu

      Article first published online: 4 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330018

    10. Broadband dielectric properties of onion-like carbon/polyurethane composites (pages 2683–2688)

      Jan Macutkevic, Juras Banys, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Sergei Moseenkov and Olga Shenderova

      Article first published online: 4 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330257

    11. Influence of Ni and Au/Ni catalysts on GaN nanowire growth (pages 2689–2692)

      Danna Zhao, Hui Huang, Haibo Wu, Mingkun Ren, Huichao Zhu, Yan Liu and Baojuan Sun

      Article first published online: 4 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330211

    12. Preparation and study of thermoelectric properties of fine grains GdxZn1−xO (pages 2693–2698)

      Thi Ngoc Ha Le, Frances Hou, Thi Thanh Xuan Vo, Quoc Nghi Pham, David Berardan and Nita Dragoe

      Article first published online: 8 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201329140

    13. In situ excimer laser irradiation as cleaning tool for solid phase epitaxy of laser crystallized polycrystalline silicon thin films (pages 2729–2735)

      Ingmar Höger, Thomas Schmidt, Anja Landgraf, Martin Schade, Annett Gawlik, Gudrun Andrä, Hartmut S. Leipner and Fritz Falk

      Article first published online: 20 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330056

    14. Application of wet powder spraying for anode supported solid oxide fuel cell with a perovskite SrTi0.98Nb0.02O3–δ anode (pages 2736–2741)

      Pawel Gdaniec, Jakub Karczewski, Beata Bochentyn, Maria Gazda, Sebastian Molin, Piotr Jasinski, Andrzej Krupa and Boguslaw Kusz

      Article first published online: 20 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201329199

    15. Neutron-irradiation effect on the electrical characteristics of amorphous silicon carbide and nitrogen-doped silicon carbide films prepared by PECVD technology (pages 2756–2761)

      Jozef Huran, Pavol Boháček, Valery N. Shvetsov, Alexander P. Kobzev, Angela Kleinová, Sergey B. Borzakov, Ladislav Hrubčín, Mária Sekáčová and Nikolay I. Balalykin

      Article first published online: 21 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330248

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      Information for authors (pages 2767–2768)

      Article first published online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201370080

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