Large-Scale Fabrication of Silicon Nanowires for Solar Energy Applications
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.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
American Chemical Society (ACS)
People’s Republic of China
National Basic Research Program of China [973 Program; 2013CB933500, 2016YFA0202400]; Major Research Plan of the National Natural Science Foundation of China ; National Natural Science Foundation of China [51373188, 61422403, 51672180, 51622306, 21673151]; Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology; Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD); 111 Project; Qing Lan Project