In this article, the various methods used to prepare semiconductor nanocrystals with quantum confined properties including colloidal quantum dot synthesis, successive ionic-layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR), chemical bath deposition (CBD) and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) are reviewed. Device working principles and the state-of-the-art of the main solar cell architectures employing semiconductor nanocrystals are discussed. Finally, we present several of our own studies from the last number of years that concern investigations of charge recombination reactions in solar cells employing semiconductor nanocrystals.
Quantum dot based molecular solar cells
Coord. Chem. Rev. 2014, 263-264, 53-64.