Special Issue: Smart Nanophotonics for Renewable Energy and Sustainability (2016)

Special issue: Smart nanophotonics for renewable energy and sustainability

Special issue: Smart nanophotonics for renewable energy and sustainability

This special issue on the topic of “Smart Nanophotonics for Renewable Energy and Sustainability” is a collection of invited papers highlighting recent advances in applications of light management to renewable energy problems. The manuscripts …

Colloidal nanocrystals for quality lighting and displays: milestones and recent developments

Colloidal nanocrystals for quality lighting and displays: milestones and recent developments

Recent advances in colloidal synthesis of nanocrystals have enabled high-quality high-efficiency light-emitting diodes, displays with significantly broader color gamut, and optically-pumped lasers spanning the whole visible regime. Here we review …

Solar thermophotovoltaics: reshaping the solar spectrum

Solar thermophotovoltaics: reshaping the solar spectrum

Recently, there has been increasing interest in utilizing solar thermophotovoltaics (STPV) to convert sunlight into electricity, given their potential to exceed the Shockley-Queisser limit. Encouragingly, there have also been several recent …

Plasmonic hot carrier dynamics in solid-state and chemical systems for energy conversion

Plasmonic hot carrier dynamics in solid-state and chemical systems for energy conversion

Surface plasmons provide a pathway to efficiently absorb and confine light in metallic nanostructures, thereby bridging photonics to the nano scale. The decay of surface plasmons generates energetic ‘hot’ carriers, which can drive chemical …

Advancing colloidal quantum dot photovoltaic technology

Advancing colloidal quantum dot photovoltaic technology

Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) are attractive materials for solar cells due to their low cost, ease of fabrication and spectral tunability. Progress in CQD photovoltaic technology over the past decade has resulted in power conversion efficiencies …

Nanophotonics-enabled smart windows, buildings and wearables

Nanophotonics-enabled smart windows, buildings and wearables

Design and production of spectrally smart windows, walls, roofs and fabrics has a long history, which includes early examples of applied nanophotonics. Evolving nanoscience has a special role to play as it provides the means to improve the …

Solar-Powered Plasmon-Enhanced Heterogeneous Catalysis

Solar-Powered Plasmon-Enhanced Heterogeneous Catalysis

Photocatalysis uses semiconductors to convert sunlight into chemical energy. Recent reports have shown that plasmonic nanostructures can be used to extend semiconductor light absorption or to drive direct photocatalysis with visible light at their …

Copercolating Networks: An Approach for Realizing High-Performance Transparent Conductors using Multicomponent Nanostructured Networks

Copercolating Networks: An Approach for Realizing High-Performance Transparent Conductors using Multicomponent Nanostructured Networks

Although transparent conductive oxides such as indium tin oxide (ITO) are widely employed as transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs) for applications such as touch screens and displays, new nanostructured TCEs are of interest for future …

Spectral light management for solar energy conversion systems

Spectral light management for solar energy conversion systems

Due to the inherent broadband nature of the solar radiation, combined with the narrow spectral sensitivity range of direct solar to electricity devices, there is a massive opportunity to manipulate the solar spectrum to increase the functionality …

Enhancing radiative energy transfer through thermal extraction

Enhancing radiative energy transfer through thermal extraction

Thermal radiation plays an increasingly important role in many emerging energy technologies, such as thermophotovoltaics, passive radiative cooling and wearable cooling clothes . One of the fundamental constraints in thermal radiation is the …

Heat meets light on the nanoscale

Heat meets light on the nanoscale

We discuss the state-of-the-art and remaining challenges in the fundamental understanding and technology development for controlling light-matter interactions in nanophotonic environments in and away from thermal equilibrium. The topics covered …