Thermoplasmonic and Photothermal Metamaterials for Solar Energy Applications

Dongheok Shin, Gumin Kang, Prince Gupta, Saraswati Behera, Hyungsuk Lee, Augustine M. Urbas, Wounjhang Park, Kyoungsik Kim

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Abstract

Sunlight is one of the Earth's clean and sustainable natural energy resources, and extensive studies are conducted on the conversion of solar energy into electricity using photovoltaic (PV) devices. However, single-junction PV devices cannot break the theoretical efficiency limit known as the Shockley–Queisser limit that is caused by the sub-bandgap transmission and heat dissipation losses in semiconductors. Solar thermal conversion approaches may provide an alternative way to exceed this limit and enable more efficient use of solar light than that in PV devices. Recently, spectrally or thermally engineered metamaterials have attracted considerable attention for solar energy applications because of their excellent physical properties. The recent research progress in the development of these photothermal and thermoplasmonic metamaterials, along with their promising applications in solar thermophotovoltaics, radiative cooling, and solar desalination, is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800317
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Volume6
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep 18

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Metamaterials
solar energy
Solar energy
Energy resources
Desalination
Heat losses
cooling
Energy gap
Electricity
Physical properties
Earth (planet)
sunlight
Semiconductor materials
electricity
Cooling
resources
dissipation
physical properties
energy
Hot Temperature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Shin, Dongheok ; Kang, Gumin ; Gupta, Prince ; Behera, Saraswati ; Lee, Hyungsuk ; Urbas, Augustine M. ; Park, Wounjhang ; Kim, Kyoungsik. / Thermoplasmonic and Photothermal Metamaterials for Solar Energy Applications. In: Advanced Optical Materials. 2018 ; Vol. 6, No. 18.
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