The efficiency of various types of photovoltaic cells can be enhanced by the plasmonic effects of noble metal nanostructures. The talk will highlight the use of gold and silver nanoparticles for improving the efficiency of dye-sensitized, silicon and perovskite solar cells. The use of up-converting and down-shifting phosphor materials to act as solar spectrum converters and improve the spectral response of solar cells will also be discussed. The talk will also showcase the efforts being done at IIT Kanpur to improve the stability and reliability of organic solar cells (OSCs) with a view to realize OSC based products. Finally, the prospects of employing the fast emerging perovskite solar cells to form tandem architectures with the existing Si solar cells will be discussed.
Dr. Nikhil Chander has received his PhD from Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2015. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology Durgapur. Presently, he is working on improving stability/reliability of organic solar cells and developing organic solar cell based products at National Centre for Flexible Electronics, IIT Kanpur. He has been awarded the DST-INSPIRE faculty award in Engineering Sciences & Technology for the session 2015-II. His primary research interests are developing highly efficient and stable perovskite, organic and dye-sensitized solar cells, flexible solar cells and perovskite based tandem solar cells.