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Advanced Materials in PV Technologies and Zero Energy Buildings

Call for Papers

Challenges related to energy saving, new clean fuels, solar energy gain, high efficiency in energy conversion and storage, and environmental sustainability drove researchers into interdisciplinary efforts. Materials science and engineering outcomes play an important role in the above sectors. Recent advancements cover many technologies associated to cost-effective energy conversion and performance, new materials for photovoltaic (PV) cells and buildings, sensor technologies, clean environment, and so forth. The main feature of this boost reflects on the manufacturing of new materials with special properties per each case, while diversified system configurations of transdisciplinary nature have been elaborated with very promising results.

This special issue aims to collect original research papers on new and advanced materials. The focus will be on special product designs entailing physical and spectral selective properties, structural characteristics, manufacturing processes, experimental set ups, test results versus simulation model prediction, improvements in optical and power performance especially in new PV cells, and technologies as well as Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB). Review papers are also acceptable when they describe the current state of the art as, for example, new materials for ZEB, new generation of PV cells, ageing of PV cell materials including defect identification techniques, and systems engineering.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • New materials and properties for energy conversion/storage
  • Spectral selective properties (SSP) for PV cells materials
  • Materials with changing SSP under various environmental conditions
  • Advanced materials and their properties to improve ZEB performance
  • Nanocoating technologies and test results
  • Nanoparticles properties and nanoinsulating materials
  • New (bio)sensor materials, devices, and engineering
  • New materials to sustain clean environment
  • Organic/inorganic semiconductors and organic PV cells
  • Perovskites, graphene coatings, manufacturing systems, and performance data
  • PV cell degradation, internal and external factors, annealing, and (self-) healing
  • Ageing diagnostics: defect identification technologies and prognosis
  • Internal processes related to various PV defects
  • New encapsulation materials, improved engineering processes, and stability issues

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 13 April 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • S. Kaplanis, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Patra, Greece

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