Large-Scale Fabrication of Silicon Nanowires for Solar Energy Applications

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Title: 

Large-Scale Fabrication of Silicon Nanowires for Solar Energy Applications

Abstract: 

The development of silicon (Si) materials during past decades has boosted up the prosperity of the modern semiconductor industry. In comparison with the bulk-Si materials, Si nanowires (SiNWs) possess superior structural, optical, and electrical properties and have attracted increasing attention in solar energy applications. To achieve the practical applications of SiNWs, both large-scale synthesis of SiNWs at low cost and rational design of energy conversion devices with high efficiency are the prerequisite. This review focuses on the recent progresses in large-scale production of SiNWs, as well as the construction of high-efficiency SiNW-based solar energy conversion devices, including photovoltaic devices and photo- electrochemical cells. Finally, the outlook and challenges in this emerging field are presented.

Authors: 

Zhang, Bingchang; Jie, Jiansheng; Zhang, Xiujuan; Ou, Xuemei; Zhang, Xiaohong

DOI: 

Journal: 

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Year: 

2017

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