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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Systems, Facilities and Materials for Alternative Energy Sources


Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Boris Orel


Collecting of knowledge needed for controlling the operation of electrochemical photovoltaic systems and materials for their manufacturing.


Solar absorbers and solar collectors: materials, technologies.

Photoelectrochemical systems: basic principles of the operation of photoelectrochemical Gretzel type photovoltaic cell; the preparation of components – nanocrystalline transition metal oxides acting as photoanodes, ionic-redox electrolytes with nanocomposite structure acting as a “hole” transporting media, assembling of the cells, efficiency measurements and the evaluation of their stability.

Basic principles of the operation of the passive optical switching systems for light control in buildings: “smart” electrochromic windows, gasochromic systems and thermochromi and photochromic devices.

The preparation and functioning of materials exhibiting photocatalytic properties: nanoporous titan (IV) oxide with photocatalytic and superhydrophylic properties.

Course literature:

• U. Schubert, N.Huesing. Synthesis of Inorganic Materials. New York: Wiley-VCH (2000), 396 p., ISBN 3-527-29550X

• G.Gauglitz, T-Vo-Dinh (eds.). Handbook of Spectroscopy, Vol.1 and 2. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH (2003), ISBN 3-52729782-0

• C.G.Granqvist. Handbook of Inorganic Electrochromic Materials. Amsterdam: Elsevier (1995), 633 p., ISBN 0-44489930-8

• G.Hodes (ed.). Electrochemistry of Nanomaterials. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH (2001), 310 p., ISBN 3-527-29836-3

• Z.W.Wicks, F.N.Jones, S.P.Pappas: Organic Coatings , Science and Technology. New York: Wiley-Interscience (1999), 630 p., ISBN 0-471-24507-0

Significant publications and references:

E. Stathatos, P. Lianos, A. Vuk Šurca, , B. Orel. Optimization of a quasi-solid state dye-sensitized photoelectrochemic solar cell employing a ureasil/sulfolane gel electrolyte. Adv. funct. mater. (Print), 14,1, 45-48 (2004)

U. Lavrenčič Štangar, B. Orel, A. Šurca Vuk, G. Sagon, ..., P. Colomban, E. Stathatos, P. Lianos. In situ resonance Raman microspectroscopy of a solid-state dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cell. J. Electrochem. Soc., 149, 11, E413-E423 (2002)

E. Stathatos, P. Lianos, U. Lavrenčič Štangar, B.Orel: A high-performance solid-state dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cell employing a nanocomposite gel electrolyte made by the sol-gel route. Adv. mater. (Weinh.), 14, 5, 354-357 (2002)

Z. Crnjak Orel, B. Orel. Thermal stability and cross-linking studies of diisocyanate cured solar absorptance low-emittance paint coatings prepared via coil-coating process. Sol. energy mater. sol. cells., 36, 11-27 (1994)

A. Šurca Vuk, U. Opara Krašovec, B. Orel, P. Colomban. Electrochromic and ex situ IR and Raman spectroelectrochemical studies of LixInVO4 films charged/discharged in the 0 < x < 1 domain. J. Electrochem. Soc., 148 (6), H49-H60 (2001)


Seminar and oral exam, in which the candidate demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of the essential course content, and presents how this new knowledge can be included in his/her research project – in front of the course leader and postgraduate's project

Students obligations:

Seminar and oral exam.