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Research papers are invited for Special Issue “Silicon and Graphene Based Materials and Related Devices”

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Special Issue “Silicon and Graphene-Based Materials and Related Devices”

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section “Inorganic Crystalline Materials“.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 17 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Haider Ali E-Mail Website

Guest Editor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
Interests: silicon; solar cells; recombination; wafer cleaning; heterojunctions; carrier-selective contacts (CSCs); contact resistivity

Dr. Shahzada Qamar Hussain E-Mail Website

Guest Editor

COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus, Pakistan
Interests: light trapping; transparent conductive oxide; thin-film solar cells; silicon heterojunction solar cells; carrier-selective contacts solar cells

Dr. Archana Sinha E-Mail Website

Guest Editor

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA
Interests: silicon photovoltaics; cell and module degradation; accelerated testing; material characterization; encapsulants; reliability

Dr. Michelle Vaqueiro Contreras E-Mail Website

Guest Editor

University of New South Wales, Australia
Interests: silicon photovoltaics; semiconductors; graphene; characterization; defects

Dr. Anamaria Moldovan E-Mail Website

Guest Editor

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany
Interests: silicon solar cells; selective passivated contacts (HJT, TOPCon); surface and interface structuring; conditioning and characterization; thin film analysis
Dr. Hisham Nasser E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
GÜNAM, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Interests: passivating contacts; silicon heterojunctions; metal oxides; light trapping; ALD

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Silicon-based solar cell devices and modules currently occupy a lion’s share of the photovoltaics (PV) market and this trend has been forecasted to continue for the foreseeable future. Given that the sun provides a limitless source of renewable energy, conversion of this solar energy into electricity using solar cells is the key to a sustainable energy outlook in the near future and beyond. To take a step in that direction, significant progress has been made in the development of efficient and cost-effective silicon-based solar cells in recent years. Keeping this in mind, this Special Issue aims to provide a platform to everyone for reporting recent advances in the development of high-performance silicon PV devices and modules.

We invite researchers to contribute original research articles, review papers, and short communications related to all aspects of silicon PV. This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • development and characterization of silicon-based solar cells and devices;
  • characterization of passivation materials and passivated contacts for high-efficiency silicon solar cells;
  • advanced characterization of silicon PV materials using XRD, SEM, EDS, EELS, TEM, HAADF-STEM, SIMS, RBS, etc.;
  • advances in surface preparation and cleaning of Silicon wafers for PV applications;
  • silicon PV modules: degradation, loss, and reliability studies;
  • spatially resolved measurements for investigating various losses occurring in silicon-based solar cells, and device simulations to help improve the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells.

Dr. Haider Ali
Dr. Shahzada Qamar Hussain
Dr. Archana Sinha
Dr. Michelle Vaqueiro Contreras
Dr. Anamaria Moldovan
Dr. Hisham Nasser
Guest Editors


Manuscript Submission Information


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.



  • Silicon
  • Graphene
  • Solar Cells
  • Recombination
  • Wafer cleaning
  • Heterojunctions
  • Carrier-selective contacts (CSCs)
  • Contact resistivity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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