Colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics

Susanna M. Thon*, Edward H. Sargent

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Colloidal quantum dot solar cells offer the possibility of combining low-cost, low-temperature solution-processing with efficient photon harvesting over the entire solar spectrum. Their quantum size effect tunability offers a path to tandem and triple-junction cells. The first solution-processed infrared solar cells were reported in 2005; the latest devices offer greater than 5% AM1.5 PCE and many paths remain for further improvement to 10% and beyond. We will review the field and its prospects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThin Film Solar Technology III
StatePublished - 2011
EventThin Film Solar Technology III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2011Aug 22 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceThin Film Solar Technology III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Colloidal quantum dots
  • Materials chemistry
  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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