Course Syllabus: Solar Cell Materials and Devices - MSE 320

Course Information


Comprehensive Course Description

320 Solar Cell Materials and Devices course is an elective course for MSc./PhD. students offered from Material Science and Engineering Department. The students interested in solar cells, solar technology and fundamentals behind solar cells from other departments can take the course by registering to the course.
The objective of this course is to provide an insight into the fundamentals of solar cells and describe the manufacturing processes of different types of photovoltaics (PV). Throughout the course, students will learn physical principles of solar irradiation and solar cell operation. Emerging concepts of polymer, hybrid and quantum-dot-based solar cells will be described including device physics, manufacturing and technological development.

The principles and materials addressed in this lecture will be useful for a wide range of applications such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, thermoelectrics and transistors.


Course Description from Program Guide

This course will provide the students with an up-to-date basic knowledge of the physical and chemical principles of materials used in solar cells of various kinds including but not limited to technologies such as: 1) silicon-based solar cells, 2) CIGS, CIS and other inorganic thin film solar cells, 3) multijunction solar cells, 4) nanoparticles and quantum dots solar cells, 5) organic and hybrid solar cells and 6) thermal and concentrator solar power generation.


Goals and Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide an insight into the fundamentals of solar cells and describe the manufacturing processes of different types of photovoltaics (PV). Throughout the course, students will learn physical principles of solar irradiation and solar cell operation. Emerging concepts of polymer, hybrid and quantum-dot-based solar cells will be described including device physics, manufacturing and technological development.


Required Knowledge

This course is elective and no prerequisite course. However, knowledge on physical chemistry, semiconductor physics and thermodynamics is beneficial to understand the concepts that will be addressed during the semester.‚Äč