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  1. Morphology Control in co-evaporated bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Kovacik, P; Assender, HE; Watt, AAR

    2013-01-01

    Bulk heterojunction solar cells made by vacuum co-evaporation of polythiophene (PTh) and fullerene (C60) are reported and the blend morphology control through donor-acceptor composition and post-situ annealing demonstrated. Co-deposited heterojunctions are shown to generate about 60% higher photocurrents than their thickness-optimized PTh/C60 planar heterojunction counterparts. Furthermore, by annealing the devices post-situ the power conversion efficiency is improved by as much as 80%. UV-vi...

  2. Studies of bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Cossel, Raquel; McIntyre, Max; Tzolov, Marian

    We are studying bulk heterojunction solar cells that were fabricated using a mixture of PCPDTBT and PCBM­C60. The impedance data of the cells in dark responded like a simple RC circuit. The value of the dielectric constant derived from these results is consistent with the values reported in the literature for these materials. We are showing that the parallel resistance in the equivalent circuit of linear lump elements can be interpreted using the DC current­voltage measurements. The impedance spectra under light illumination indicated the existence of additional polarization. This extra feature can be described by a model that includes a series RC circuit in parallel with the equivalent circuit for a device in dark. The physical interpretation of the additional polarization is based on photo­generated charges getting trapped in wells, which have a characteristic relaxation time corresponding to the observed break frequency in the impedance spectra. We have studied the influence of the anode and cathode interface on this phenomena, either by using different interface materials, or by depositing the metal electrode while the substate is heated.

  3. Polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Organic solar cells have the potential to be low-cost and efficient solar energy converters, with a promising energy balance. They are made of carbon-based semiconductors, which exhibit favourable light absorption and charge generation properties, and can be manufactured by low temperature processes such as printing from solvent-based inks, which are compatible with flexible plastic substrates or even paper. In this review, we will present an overview of the physical function of organic solar cells, their state-of-the-art performance and limitations, as well as novel concepts to achieve a better material stability and higher power conversion efficiencies. We will also briefly review processing and cost in view of the market potential.

  4. Spin-cast bulk heterojunction solar cells: A dynamical investigation

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    Chou, Kang Wei

    2013-02-22

    Spin-coating is extensively used in the lab-based manufacture of organic solar cells, including most of the record-setting solution-processed cells. We report the first direct observation of photoactive layer formation as it occurs during spin-coating. The study provides new insight into mechanisms and kinetics of bulk heterojunction formation, which may be crucial for its successful transfer to scalable printing processes. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Comparison of recombination models in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Recombination in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells is the key loss mechanism, and it directly affects characteristic parameters such as power conversion efficiency, short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage, and fill factor. However, which recombination mechanism dominates the loss in organic materials is unclear at present. In this work, we simulate state-of-art BHJ solar cells using five recombination models, including direct recombination, Langevin recombination, charge transfer state recombination, trap-assisted recombination, and recombination via tail. All processes are strongly dependent on charge carrier mobility and exhibit a similar recombination distribution in active layer. For high mobilities, all models present a similar behavior along with the increased mobilities, whereas, there are slight differences in open-circuit voltage between trap/tail model and other ones at lower mobilities, resulting from the interaction between photo-carriers and dark-carriers

  6. Hybrid tandem solar cells with depleted-heterojunction quantum dot and polymer bulk heterojunction subcells

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    Kim, Taesoo

    2015-10-01

    We investigate hybrid tandem solar cells that rely on the combination of solution-processed depleted-heterojunction colloidal quantum dot (CQD) and bulk heterojunction polymer:fullerene subcells. The hybrid tandem solar cell is monolithically integrated and electrically connected in series with a suitable p-n recombination layer that includes metal oxides and a conjugated polyelectrolyte. We discuss the monolithic integration of the subcells, taking into account solvent interactions with underlayers and associated constraints on the tandem architecture, and show that an adequate device configuration consists of a low bandgap CQD bottom cell and a high bandgap polymer:fullerene top cell. Once we optimize the recombination layer and individual subcells, the hybrid tandem device reaches a VOC of 1.3V, approaching the sum of the individual subcell voltages. An impressive fill factor of 70% is achieved, further confirming that the subcells are efficiently connected via an appropriate recombination layer. © 2015.

  7. Anomalous charge storage exponents of organic bulk heterojunction solar cells.

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    Nair, Pradeep; Dwivedi, Raaz; Kumar, Goutam; Dept of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay Team

    2013-03-01

    Organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) devices are increasingly being researched for low cost solar energy conversion. The efficiency of such solar cells is dictated by various recombination processes involved. While it is well known that the ideality factor and hence the charge storage exponents of conventional PN junction diodes are influenced by the recombination processes, the same aspects are not so well understood for organic solar cells. While dark currents of such devices typically show an ideality factor of 1 (after correcting for shunt resistance effects, if any), surprisingly, a wide range of charge storage exponents for such devices are reported in literature alluding to apparent concentration dependence for bi-molecular recombination rates. In this manuscript we critically analyze the role of bi-molecular recombination processes on charge storage exponents of organic solar cells. Our results indicate that the charge storage exponents are fundamentally influenced by the electrostatics and recombination processes and can be correlated to the dark current ideality factors. We believe that our findings are novel, and advance the state-of the art understanding on various recombination processes that dictate the performance limits of organic solar cells. The authors would like to thank the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN) and the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE), IIT Bombay for computational and financial support

  8. Bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells based on merocyanine colorants

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    Kronenberg, Nils M.; Lademann, Hans W.A.; Meerholz, Klaus [Department fuer Chemie, Universitaet zu Koen (Germany); Buerckstuemmer, Hannah; Tulyakova, Elena V.; Deppisch, Manuela; Wuerthner, Frank [Institut fuer Organische Chemie, Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    To take advantage of the full potential of organic Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells, there is a need to explore new materials. We introduced merocyanines dyes (MCs) as a new class of electron donor materials for the application in solution-processed BHJ solar cells. MCs are traditional low-molecular colorants that are widely applied in textile coloration, for printing purposes, and nonlinear optics. Due to their structure, consisting of an electron-donating and an electron-accepting subunit, they possess high absorption coefficients which is favorable for the use in solar cells. The vast variety of the MC synthesis allows for a variation of the absorption properties in a wide range and a tuning of the solar cell absorption to the emission spectrum of the sun. Another advantage of MCs compared to some long-wavelength absorbing polymers is the relatively low HOMO-energy (down to -6.0 eV), which is beneficial for large open-circuit voltages. We tested various different MC-dyes in the application as donor compound in BHJ solar cells in combination with the soluble C{sub 60} derivative PCBM. Power conversion efficiencies up to 2.1% under standard illumination and 2.7% at reduced intensities were achieved.

  9. Structural order in additive processed bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Rogers, James Thomas

    Considerable academic and industrial efforts have been dedicated to resolving scientific and technological issues associated with the fabrication of efficient plastic solar cells via solution deposition techniques. The most successful strategy used to generate solution processable devices implements a two component donor-acceptor type system composed of a (p-type) narrow bandgap conjugated polymer donor blended with a (n-type) fullerene acceptor. Due to the limited exciton diffusion lengths (~10 nm) inherent to these materials, efficient photoinduced charge generation requires heterojunction formation (i.e. donor/acceptor interfaces) in close proximity to the region of exciton generation. Maximal charge extraction therefore requires that donor and acceptor components form nanoscale phase separated percolating pathways to their respective electrodes. Devices exhibiting these structural characteristics are termed bulk heterojunction devices (BHJ). Although the BHJ architecture highlights the basic characteristics of functional donor-acceptor type organic solar cells, device optimization requires internal order within each phase and proper organization relative to the substrate in order to maximize charge transport efficiencies and minimize charge carrier recombination losses. The economic viability of BHJ solar cells hinges upon the minimization of processing costs; thus, commercially relevant processing techniques should generate optimal structural characteristics during film formation, eliminating the need for additional post deposition processing steps. Empirical optimization has shown that solution deposition using high boiling point additives (e.g. octanedithiol (ODT)) provides a simple and widely used fabrication method for maximizing the power conversion efficiencies of BHJ solar cells. This work will show using x-ray scattering that a small percentage of ODT (~2%) in chlorobenzene induces the nucleation of polymeric crystallites within 2 min of deposition

  10. Fabrication of Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells on Flexible Substrates

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    Calderon, Gabriel; Merced-Sanabria, Milzaida; Carradero-Santiago, Carolyn; Vedrine-Pauléus, Josee

    2015-03-01

    The active layer for the organic solar cells fabricated is composed of P3HT:PCBM, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as electron donor and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester(PCBM) as electron acceptor. These polymers were used due to their promising characteristics for devices such as bulk heterojunction solar devices. We used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates, a highly flexible plastic, with indium tin oxide (ITO) as the transparent conducting anode for the device, and UV lithography technique to pattern the ITO; this is to facilitate multiple devices on a single substrate. The fabrication process for pattern transfer incorporates developing and etching processes. We diluted the HCl and DI water to etch out the ITO. PEDOT:PSS and active layer of P3HT:PCBM were deposited on (3.0 sq-cm) patterned of ITO/PET by spin coating method. The cathode was thermally evaporated with Al. We characterized the device using a sourcemeter. We also simulated portions of the device using PET on graphene as the substrate.

  11. Controlling Morphology and Molecular Packing of Alkane Substituted Phthalocyanine Blend Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells†

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    Jurow, Matthew J.; Hageman, Brian A.; DiMasi, Elaine; Nam, Chang-Yong; Pabon, Cesar; Charles T. Black; Drain, Charles Michael

    2012-01-01

    Systematic changes in the exocyclic substiution of core phthalocyanine platform tune the absorption properties to yield commercially viable dyes that function as the primary light absorbers in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells. Blends of these complementary phthalocyanines absorb a broader portion of the solar spectrum compared to a single dye, thereby increasing solar cell performance. We correlate grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering structural data with solar cell performan...

  12. Extraction of photo-generated charge carriers from polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Koster, LJA; Mihailetchi, VD; Blom, PWM; Heremans, PL; Muccini, M; Hofstraat, H

    2004-01-01

    Two models describing charge extraction from insulators have been used to interpret the experimental photocurrent data of 20:80 wt% blends of poly(2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene) (MDMO-PPV) and [6,6]phenyl C-61,-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) bulk heterojunction solar ce

  13. Determination of Physical Parameters in Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Using a Genetic Algorithm

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    Nishida, Kouhei; Oka, Masaki; Hase, Hiroyuki; Naito, Hiroyoshi

    A method is presented to extract the physical parameters of illuminated organic bulk-heterojunction solar cells based on genetic algorithms and Levenberg-Marquardt method. The solar cell model is the well known single diode equivalent circuit containing four components. The voltage dependence of the photocurrent in the organic solar cells due to electron and hole drift lengths is taken into account. The applicability of the present method is demonstrated by fitting current - voltage characteristics of poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and [6,6]- phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) bulk-heretojunction solar cells at different light intensities and annealing temperatures.

  14. Gold nanoparticles enhanced photocurrent in nanostructure-based bulk heterojunction solar cell

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    Long, Gen; Ching, Levine; Saqodi, Mostafa; Xu, Huizhong

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report a first hand study of enhanced photocurrent observed in nanostructure-based bulk heterojunction solar cell due to introduction of Au nanoparticles. The bulk heterojunction solar cell was fabricated using chemically synthesized narrow gap, IV-VI group semiconductor nanoparticles (PbS, ~3 nm), wide gap semiconductor ZnO nanowires (~1 μm length, ~50 nm diameter), and gold nanoparticles (~20 nm), by spin-coating method in N2-filled glove box. We have demonstrated that such a bulk heterojunction solar cell can be incorporated with metal nanoparticles (Au) to enhance solar device performance. Three types of solar cell devices were studied. An enhancement in the photocurrent due to introduction of Au nanoparticles was observed, compared to solar cell device without Au nanoparticles. The power conversion efficiency was also increased, possibly due to the plasmonic effects from Au nanoparticles. The fabrication procedures can be readily extended to other nanomaterial systems. Further optimization in the fabrication would be needed to realize high-efficient, stable solar cell devices.

  15. Effects of Germanium Tetrabromide Addition to Zinc Tetraphenyl Porphyrin / Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Atsushi Suzuki

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The effects of germanium tetrabromide addition to tetraphenyl porphyrin zinc (Zn-TPP/fullerene (C60 bulk heterojunction solar cells were characterized. The light-induced charge separation and charge transfer were investigated by current density and optical absorption. Addition of germanium tetrabromide inserted into active layer of Zn-TPP/C60 as bulk heterojunction had a positive effect on the photovoltaic and optical properties. The photovoltaic mechanism of the solar cells was discussed by experimental results. The photovoltaic performance was due to light-induced exciton promoted by insert of GeBr4 and charge transfer from HOMO of Zn-TPP to LUMO of C60 in the active layer.

  16. Investigating the role of efficiency enhancing interlayers for bulk heterojunction solar cells by scanning probe microscopy

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    DRIJKONINGEN, Jeroen; KESTERS, Jurgen; VANGERVEN, Tim; Bourgeois, Emilie; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk; Maes, Wouter; D'Haen, Jan; Manca, Jean

    2014-01-01

    Detailed optimization of the device architecture of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells is of crucial importance when eventually targeting commercial applications. It has been shown before that the efficiency of such devices can be increased significantly upon incorporation of an imidazolium-substituted polythiophene interlayer. The cause of this increase in efficiency was, however, still unclear and is investigated here by a combination of PeakForce Quantitative Nanomechanical Mapping...

  17. Morphology versus Vertical Phase Segregation in Solvent Annealed Small Molecule Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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    Alexander Kovalenko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The deep study of solvent annealed small molecules bulk heterojunction organic solar cells based on DPP(TBFu2 : PC60BM blend is carried out. To reveal the reason of the solvent annealing advantage over the thermal one, capacitance-voltage measurements were applied. It was found that controlling the vertical phase segregation in the solar cells a high fullerene population in the vicinity of the cathode could be achieved. This results in increase of the shunt resistance of the cell, thus improving the light harvesting efficiency.

  18. Incomplete Exciton Harvesting from Fullerenes in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Burkhard, George F.

    2009-12-09

    We investigate the internal quantum efficiencies (IQEs) of high efficiency poly-3-hexylthiophene:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) solar cells and find them to be lower at wavelengths where the PCBM absorbs. Because the exciton diffusion length in PCBM is too small, excitons generated in PCBM decay before reaching the donor-acceptor interface. This result has implications for most state of the art organic solar cells, since all of the most efficient devices use fullerenes as electron acceptors. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  19. Nanocomposite-Based Bulk Heterojunction Hybrid Solar Cells

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    Bich Phuong Nguyen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Photovoltaic devices based on nanocomposites composed of conjugated polymers and inorganic nanocrystals show promise for the fabrication of low-cost third-generation thin film photovoltaics. In theory, hybrid solar cells can combine the advantages of the two classes of materials to potentially provide high power conversion efficiencies of up to 10%; however, certain limitations on the current within a hybrid solar cell must be overcome. Current limitations arise from incompatibilities among the various intradevice interfaces and the uncontrolled aggregation of nanocrystals during the step in which the nanocrystals are mixed into the polymer matrix. Both effects can lead to charge transfer and transport inefficiencies. This paper highlights potential strategies for resolving these obstacles and presents an outlook on the future directions of this field.

  20. Self-assembled, nanowire network electrodes for depleted bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Lan, Xinzheng

    2013-01-06

    Herein, a solution-processed, bottom-up-fabricated, nanowire network electrode is developed. This electrode features a ZnO template which is converted into locally connected, infiltratable, TiO2 nanowires. This new electrode is used to build a depleted bulk heterojunction solar cell employing hybrid-passivated colloidal quantum dots. The new electrode allows the application of a thicker, and thus more light-absorbing, colloidal quantum dot active layer, from which charge extraction of an efficiency comparable to that obtained from a thinner, planar device could be obtained. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Solvent additive effects on small molecule crystallization in bulk heterojunction solar cells probed during spin casting

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    Pérez, Louis A.

    2013-09-04

    Solvent additive processing can lead to drastic improvements in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) in solution processable small molecule (SPSM) bulk heterojunction solar cells. In situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering is used to investigate the kinetics of crystallite formation during and shortly after spin casting. The additive is shown to have a complex effect on structural evolution invoking polymorphism and enhanced crystalline quality of the donor SPSM. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Development of Efficient and Stable Inverted Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ Solar Cells Using Different Metal Oxide Interfaces

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    Ivan Litzov

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Solution-processed inverted bulk heterojunction (BHJ solar cells have gained much more attention during the last decade, because of their significantly better environmental stability compared to the normal architecture BHJ solar cells. Transparent metal oxides (MeOx play an important role as the dominant class for solution-processed interface materials in this development, due to their excellent optical transparency, their relatively high electrical conductivity and their tunable work function. This article reviews the advantages and disadvantages of the most common synthesis methods used for the wet chemical preparation of the most relevant n-type- and p-type-like MeOx interface materials consisting of binary compounds AxBy. Their performance for applications as electron transport/extraction layers (ETL/EEL and as hole transport/extraction layers (HTL/HEL in inverted BHJ solar cells will be reviewed and discussed.

  3. “Electrical annealing” effect in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    The effect of electrical annealing treatment under different reverse bias on the performance of bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells based on poly(3-hexylthiophene): 6,6-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester is explored. After electrical annealing at − 6 V, the polymer solar cell exhibits a 7.77 mA/cm2 short circuit current density, a 0.53 fill factor, and a 0.63 V open circuit voltage. A corresponding efficiency of 2.59% was achieved. In comparison, solar cell without electrical annealing exhibits power conversion efficiency of 2.37%. This enhanced efficiency is attributed to the modified orientation of the polymer chains inside the photoactive layer that increases the mobility of charge carriers. In addition, after electrical annealing, the Al cathode will penetrate further into the active layer increases the contact area and reduces the contact resistance. This Al penetration was confirmed by the depth profile of atomic concentration in the X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. - Highlights: ► Electrical annealing improves performance of bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells. ► Enhanced efficiency attributed to modified orientation of polymer chains. ► Al penetration confirmed by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy depth profiles

  4. Polymer defect states modulate open-circuit voltage in bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Defect states influence the operation of organic solar cells altering transport, recombination, and energetic mechanisms. This work investigates how processing conditions induce morphology-related, electrically active defects in the donor polymer of bulk-heterojunction solar cells. Structural order is inferred from absorption and X-ray diffraction data, while defect density is determined from capacitance methods. A correlation is observed between the polymer nanocrystallite size, the defect concentration, and the output voltage. For the case of poly(3-hexylthiophene), processing that promote crystallinity is beneficial for the device performance as it decreases the defect density (energy disorder) that finally enlarges the maximum achievable open-circuit voltage. Defect states within the effective bandgap modulate the downshift of the hole Fermi level upon illumination that in turn establishes the achievable open-circuit voltage

  5. Polymer defect states modulate open-circuit voltage in bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Ripolles, Teresa S.; Guerrero, Antonio; Garcia-Belmonte, Germà, E-mail: garciag@uji.es [Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices Group, Departament de Física, Universitat Jaume I, ES-12071 Castelló (Spain)

    2013-12-09

    Defect states influence the operation of organic solar cells altering transport, recombination, and energetic mechanisms. This work investigates how processing conditions induce morphology-related, electrically active defects in the donor polymer of bulk-heterojunction solar cells. Structural order is inferred from absorption and X-ray diffraction data, while defect density is determined from capacitance methods. A correlation is observed between the polymer nanocrystallite size, the defect concentration, and the output voltage. For the case of poly(3-hexylthiophene), processing that promote crystallinity is beneficial for the device performance as it decreases the defect density (energy disorder) that finally enlarges the maximum achievable open-circuit voltage. Defect states within the effective bandgap modulate the downshift of the hole Fermi level upon illumination that in turn establishes the achievable open-circuit voltage.

  6. Plasmon-enhanced polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells with solution-processable Ag nanoparticles

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    YAN Qi-qi; QIN Wen-jing; WANG Chao; SONG Peng-fei; DING Guo-jing; YANG Li-ying; YIN Shou-gen

    2011-01-01

    We report the plasmon-enhanced polymer bulk-heterojunction solar cells with Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) obtained via chemical method.Here,the AgNPs films with different particle densities are introduced between the poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) poly (styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) buffer layer and the poly (3-hexythiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) layer.By improving the optical absorption of the active layer owing to the localized surface plasmons,the power conversion efficiency of the solar cells is increased compared with the control device.It is shown that the efficiency of the device increases with the density of AgNPs.For the device employing higher density,the resulted power conversion efficiency is found to increase from 2.89% to 3.38%,enhanced by 16.96%.

  7. Capacitance Voltage of P3HT:Graphene Nanocomposites Based Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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    Shakina Mohd Shariff, Nur; Mohamad Saad, Puteri Sarah; Rusop Mahmood, Mohamad

    2015-11-01

    After the discovery of conjugated polymer and bulk-heterojunction concept, organic solar cell has gain many interest in the photovoltaic world. The main problem for organic solar cells is that the power conversion efficiency (PCE) is still considered low even though it is much more low cost compared to inorganic solar cell such as Silicon (Si). Therefore, the objective of this research is to investigate the effect of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) thickness and concentration towards the capacitance voltage of the P3HT:Graphene solar cells. A simulation software called SCAPS is used in this research to simulate the effect on the solar cells. SCAPS is specialized for photovoltaic simulation studies. The solar cell's structure will be drawn inside the simulation and the parameters for each layers is inserted. The voltage range will be fixed and the capacitance voltage will be calculated by the software and all the results will be put into one graph. For thickness results, P3HT's layer at a thickness of 100nm has the lowest value of capacitance and clearly shows a peak at 0.86V. Where for the concentration, 1×1016 cm-3 is the only value that clearly shows there is the built-in voltage (Vbi) in the solar cells. Therefore, P3HT's thickness of 100 nm and concentration of 1×1016 cm-3 has the best overall results.

  8. Interfacial Characteristics of Efficient Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Fabricated on MoOx Anode Interlayers.

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    Jasieniak, Jacek J; Treat, Neil D; McNeill, Christopher R; de Villers, Bertrand J Tremolet; Della Gaspera, Enrico; Chabinyc, Michael L

    2016-05-01

    The role of the interface between an MoOx anode interlayer and a polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction is investigated. Processing differences in the MoOx induce large variations in the vertical stratification of the bulk heterojunction films. These variations are found to be inconsistent in predicting device performance, with a much better gauge being the quantity of polymer chemisorbed to the anode interlayer. PMID:26468898

  9. Ordered Nanopillar Structured Electrodes for Depleted Bulk Heterojunction Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Kramer, Illan J.

    2012-03-30

    A bulk heterojunction of ordered titania nanopillars and PbS colloidal quantum dots is developed. By using a pre-patterned template, an ordered titania nanopillar matrix with nearest neighbours 275 nm apart and height of 300 nm is fabricated and subsequently filled in with PbS colloidal quantum dots to form an ordered depleted bulk heterojunction exhibiting power conversion efficiency of 5.6%. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Interfacial Characteristics of Efficient Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Fabricated on MoOx Anode Interlayers

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    Jasieniak, Jacek J.; Treat, Neil D.; McNeill, Christopher R.; Tremolet de Villers, Bertrand J.; Gaspera, Enrico Della; Chabinyc, Michael L.

    2016-05-25

    The role of the interface between an MoOx anode interlayer and a polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction is investigated. Processing differences in the MoOx induce large variations in the vertical stratification of the bulk heterojunction films. These variations are found to be inconsistent in predicting device performance, with a much better gauge being the quantity of polymer chemisorbed to the anode interlayer.

  11. Charge transport and recombination dynamics in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Baumann, Andreas

    2011-08-02

    The charge transport in disordered organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is a crucial process affecting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the solar cell. With the need of synthesizing new materials for improving the power conversion efficiency of those cells it is important to study not only the photophysical but also the electrical properties of the new material classes. Thereby, the experimental techniques need to be applicable to operating solar cells. In this work, the conventional methods of transient photoconductivity (also known as ''Time-of-Flight'' (TOF)), as well as the transient charge extraction technique of ''Charge Carrier Extraction by Linearly Increasing Voltage'' (CELIV) are performed on different organic blend compositions. Especially with the latter it is feasible to study the dynamics - i.e. charge transport and charge carrier recombination - in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells with active layer thicknesses of 100-200 nm. For a well performing organic BHJ solar cells the morphology is the most crucial parameter finding a trade-off between an efficient photogeneration of charge carriers and the transport of the latter to the electrodes. Besides the morphology, the nature of energetic disorder of the active material blend and its influence on the dynamics are discussed extensively in this work. Thereby, the material system of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}butyric acid methyl ester (PC{sub 61}BM) serves mainly as a reference material system. New promising donor or acceptor materials and their potential for application in organic photovoltaics are studied in view of charge dynamics and compared with the reference system. With the need for commercialization of organic solar cells the question of the impact of environmental conditions on the PCE of the solar cells raises. In this work, organic BHJ solar cells exposed to synthetic air for finite duration are

  12. Utilizing Energy Transfer in Binary and Ternary Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells.

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    Feron, Krishna; Cave, James M; Thameel, Mahir N; O'Sullivan, Connor; Kroon, Renee; Andersson, Mats R; Zhou, Xiaojing; Fell, Christopher J; Belcher, Warwick J; Walker, Alison B; Dastoor, Paul C

    2016-08-17

    Energy transfer has been identified as an important process in ternary organic solar cells. Here, we develop kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) models to assess the impact of energy transfer in ternary and binary bulk heterojunction systems. We used fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy to determine the energy disorder and Förster radii for poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl), [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, 4-bis[4-(N,N-diisobutylamino)-2,6-dihydroxyphenyl]squaraine (DIBSq), and poly(2,5-thiophene-alt-4,9-bis(2-hexyldecyl)-4,9-dihydrodithieno[3,2-c:3',2'-h][1,5]naphthyridine-5,10-dione). Heterogeneous energy transfer is found to be crucial in the exciton dissociation process of both binary and ternary organic semiconductor systems. Circumstances favoring energy transfer across interfaces allow relaxation of the electronic energy level requirements, meaning that a cascade structure is not required for efficient ternary organic solar cells. We explain how energy transfer can be exploited to eliminate additional energy losses in ternary bulk heterojunction solar cells, thus increasing their open-circuit voltage without loss in short-circuit current. In particular, we show that it is important that the DIBSq is located at the electron donor-acceptor interface; otherwise charge carriers will be trapped in the DIBSq domain or excitons in the DIBSq domains will not be able to dissociate efficiently at an interface. KMC modeling shows that only small amounts of DIBSq (<5% by weight) are needed to achieve substantial performance improvements due to long-range energy transfer. PMID:27456294

  13. Criteria for validating polaron pair dissociation in polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Inche Ibrahim, M. L.

    2016-04-01

    The dissociation of polaron pairs into free charge carriers in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells is a fundamental step in generating photocurrent and is still in debate. In this study, we propose two simple criteria that can be used to test the validity of any polaron pair dissociation model for polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells. The first criterion states that the ratio of the bimolecular recombination current density to the maximum photocurrent density should increase as a function of applied voltage. The second criterion states that the ratio of the bimolecular recombination current density to the maximum photocurrent density at short circuit should not be larger than 1. We apply these criteria to test the validity of the widely used Onsager-Braun model by using the experimental current-voltage data of poly[2-methoxy-5-(3'-7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene] (OC1C10-PPV) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methylester (PCBM) based solar cells. We find that our numerical analysis is not suitable to employ these criteria. Our analytical analysis, on the other hand, clearly demonstrates that the Onsager-Braun model simply cannot fulfill the first criteria. The reason is because the polaron pair dissociation given by the Onsager-Braun model is too strongly influenced by the electric field (i.e., decreases too rapidly as the electric field decreases). The analysis provides a further evidence against the widely used Onsager-Braun model. The proposed criteria can help us to determine the correct model for polaron pair dissociation by serving as a guideline on how strongly the electric field is allowed to influence the polaron pair dissociation.

  14. Hydrogen-bonded oligothiophene rosettes with a benzodithiophene terminal unit: self-assembly and application to bulk heterojunction solar cells.

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    Ouchi, Hayato; Lin, Xu; Kizaki, Takahiro; Prabhu, Deepak D; Silly, Fabien; Kajitani, Takashi; Fukushima, Takanori; Nakayama, Ken-Ichi; Yagai, Shiki

    2016-06-14

    Benzodithiophene-functionalized oligothiophene with barbituric acid hydrogen-bonding unit self-assembles into nanoscopic structures via the formation of rosettes. The nanostructures show a power conversion efficiency of 3% upon mixing with PC61BM in bulk-heterojunction solar cells without thermal annealing. PMID:27251116

  15. Bulk heterojunction perovskite-PCBM solar cells with high fill factor

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    Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2016-03-01

    An inverted bulk heterojunction perovskite-PCBM solar cell with a high fill factor of 0.82 and a power conversion efficiency of up to 16.0% was fabricated by a low-temperature two-step solution process. The cells exhibit no significant photocurrent hysteresis and their high short-circuit current density, fill factor and efficiency are attributed to the advantageous properties of the active layer, such as its high conductivity and the improved mobility and diffusion length of charge carriers. In particular, PCBM plays a critical role in improving the quality of the light-absorbing layer by filling pinholes and vacancies between perovskite grains, resulting in a film with large grains and fewer grain boundaries.

  16. Pentacene–fullerene bulk-heterojunction solar cell: A computational study

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    We perform DFT/TDDFT calculations to study the optoelectronic properties of some pentacene-based organic molecules and their derivatives, which can serve as donor moiety when blended with fullerene acceptors in the bulk-heterojunction solar cell model. We are motivated by a recent experiment in which an unoptimized device was shown to have a good photovoltaic performance and we aim to further improve the efficiency of this device. We try to optimize the photovoltaic properties on the basis of a quantum-mechanical calculation of the frontier energy levels and of the absorption properties of individual molecules and of the molecule–fullerine composite. - Highlights: • Optoelectronic properties of pentacene–fullerene nanocomposites are presented. • Photovoltaic properties of the nanocomposites are predicted. • DFT/TDDFT results are in well agreement with available experimental results. • Calculated results give a direction for optimizing device performance

  17. Pentacene–fullerene bulk-heterojunction solar cell: A computational study

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    Pramanik, Anup [Department of Chemistry, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan 731235 (India); Sarkar, Sunandan [Department of Chemistry, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan 731235 (India); Dept. of Physical Chemistry, Palacký University, Olomouc (Czech Republic); Pal, Sougata [Department of Chemistry, University of Gour Banga, Malda 732103 (India); Sarkar, Pranab, E-mail: pranab.sarkar@visva-bharati.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan 731235 (India)

    2015-06-12

    We perform DFT/TDDFT calculations to study the optoelectronic properties of some pentacene-based organic molecules and their derivatives, which can serve as donor moiety when blended with fullerene acceptors in the bulk-heterojunction solar cell model. We are motivated by a recent experiment in which an unoptimized device was shown to have a good photovoltaic performance and we aim to further improve the efficiency of this device. We try to optimize the photovoltaic properties on the basis of a quantum-mechanical calculation of the frontier energy levels and of the absorption properties of individual molecules and of the molecule–fullerine composite. - Highlights: • Optoelectronic properties of pentacene–fullerene nanocomposites are presented. • Photovoltaic properties of the nanocomposites are predicted. • DFT/TDDFT results are in well agreement with available experimental results. • Calculated results give a direction for optimizing device performance.

  18. Effect of annealing on bulk heterojunction organic solar cells based on copper phthalocyanine and perylene derivative

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    Kim, Inho

    2012-02-01

    We investigated the effects of annealing on device performances of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells based on copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and N,N′-3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI-C6). Blended films of CuPc and PTCDI-C6 with annealing at elevated temperature were characterized by measuring optical absorption, photoluminescence, and X-ray diffraction. Enhanced molecular ordering and increments in domain sizes of donor and acceptor for the blended films were observed, and their influences on device performances were discussed. Annealing led to substantial improvements in photocurrent owing to enhanced molecular ordering and formation of percolation pathways. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Analytical Model for Voltage-Dependent Photo and Dark Currents in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available A physics-based explicit mathematical model for the external voltage-dependent forward dark current in bulk heterojunction (BHJ organic solar cells is developed by considering Shockley-Read-Hall (SRH recombination and solving the continuity equations for both electrons and holes. An analytical model for the external voltage-dependent photocurrent in BHJ organic solar cells is also proposed by incorporating exponential photon absorption, dissociation efficiency of bound electron-hole pairs (EHPs, carrier trapping, and carrier drift and diffusion in the photon absorption layer. Modified Braun’s model is used to compute the electric field-dependent dissociation efficiency of the bound EHPs. The overall net current is calculated considering the actual solar spectrum. The mathematical models are verified by comparing the model calculations with various published experimental results. We analyze the effects of the contact properties, blend compositions, charge carrier transport properties (carrier mobility and lifetime, and cell design on the current-voltage characteristics. The power conversion efficiency of BHJ organic solar cells mostly depends on electron transport properties of the acceptor layer. The results of this paper indicate that improvement of charge carrier transport (both mobility and lifetime and dissociation of bound EHPs in organic blend are critically important to increase the power conversion efficiency of the BHJ solar cells.

  20. Understanding the Effect of Unintentional Doping on Transport Optimization and Analysis in Efficient Organic Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Deledalle, Florent; Kirchartz, Thomas; Vezie, Michelle S.; Campoy-Quiles, Mariano; Shakya Tuladhar, Pabitra; Nelson, Jenny; Durrant, James R.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we provide experimental evidence of the effects of unintentional p-type doping on the performance and the apparent recombination dynamics of bulk-heterojunction solar cells. By supporting these experimental observations with drift-diffusion simulations on two batches of the same efficient polymer-fullerene solar cells with substantially different doping levels and at different thicknesses, we investigate the way the presence of doping affects the interpretation of optoelectroni...

  1. Sodium chloride methanol solution spin-coating process for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Liu, Tong-Fang; Hu, Yu-Feng; Deng, Zhen-Bo; Li, Xiong; Zhu, Li-Jie; Wang, Yue; Lv, Long-Feng; Wang, Tie-Ning; Lou, Zhi-Dong; Hou, Yan-Bing; Teng, Feng

    2016-08-01

    The sodium chloride methanol solution process is conducted on the conventional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells. The device exhibits a power conversion efficiency of up to 3.36%, 18% higher than that of the device without the solution process. The measurements of the active layer by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) indicate a slight phase separation in the vertical direction and a sodium chloride distributed island-like interface between the active layer and the cathode. The capacitance–voltage (C–V) and impedance spectroscopy measurements prove that the sodium chloride methanol process can reduce the electron injection barrier and improve the interfacial contact of polymer solar cells. Therefore, this one-step solution process not only optimizes the phase separation in the active layers but also forms a cathode buffer layer, which can enhance the generation, transport, and collection of photogenerated charge carriers in the device simultaneously. This work indicates that the inexpensive and non-toxic sodium chloride methanol solution process is an efficient one-step method for the low cost manufacturing of polymer solar cells. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2014JBZ009) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274063, 61377028, 61475014, and 61475017).

  2. Solution processable organic polymers and small molecules for bulk-heterojunction solar cells: A review

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    Solution processed bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs) have gained wide interest in past few years and are established as one of the leading next generation photovoltaic technologies for low cost power production. Power conversion efficiencies up to 6% and 6.5% have been reported in the literature for single layer and tandem solar cells, respectively using conjugated polymers. A recent record efficiency about 8.13% with active area of 1.13 cm2 has been reported. However Solution processable small molecules have been widely applied for photovoltaic (PV) devices in recent years because they show strong absorption properties, and they can be easily purified and deposited onto flexible substrates at low cost. Introducing different donor and acceptor groups to construct donor--acceptor (D--A) structure small molecules has proved to be an efficient way to improve the properties of organic solar cells (OSCs). The power conversion efficiency about 4.4 % has been reported for OSCs based on the small molecules. This review deals with the recent progress of solution processable D--A structure small molecules and discusses the key factors affecting the properties of OSCs based on D--A structure small molecules: sunlight absorption, charge transport and the energy level of the molecules.

  3. Performance improvement of organic bulk heterojunction solar cells by using dihydroxybenzene as additive

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    YAO Cong; YANG Li-ying; WANG Ya-ling; QIN Wen-jing; YIN Shou-gen; ZHANG Feng-ling

    2011-01-01

    We report the enhanced performance of organic solar cells (OSCs) based on regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)and methanofullerene [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blend by using dihydroxybenzene as additive in the active layer. The effect of the content of the additives on electrical characteristics of the device is studied. The device with 0.2 wt% dihydroxybenzene additive achieves the best power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.58% with Jsc of 12.5 mA/cm2, Voc of 0.65 V, and FF of 66.6% under simulated solar illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW/cm2), compared with the control device with PCE of 3.39% (35% improvement compared with the control device). The XRD measurement reveals that the addition of additives induces the crystallization of P3HT and establishes good inter-network to increase the contact area of donor and acceptor, and then helps charge to be effectively transferred to the electrode to reduce the chance of recombination. All evidences indicate that the dihydroxybenzene is likely to be a promising new type additive that can enhance the performance of organic bulk heterojunction solar cells.

  4. An analytical model for analyzing the current-voltage characteristics of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Arnab, Salman M.; Kabir, M. Z., E-mail: kabir@encs.concordia.ca [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, 1455 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 (Canada)

    2014-01-21

    An analytical model for analyzing the current-voltage (J-V) characteristics of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells is developed by incorporating exponential photon absorption, dissociation efficiency of bound electron-hole pairs (EHPs), carrier trapping, and carrier drift and diffusion in the photon absorption layer. Modified Braun's model is used to compute the electric field-dependent dissociation efficiency of the bound EHPs. The charge carrier concentrations and hence the photocurrent are calculated by solving the carrier continuity equation for both holes and electrons in the organic layer. The overall load current is calculated considering the actual solar spectrum and voltage dependent forward dark current. The model is verified by published experimental results. The efficiency of the P3HT:PCBM based solar cells critically depends on the dissociation of bound EHPs. On the other hand, cells made of a blend of the conjugated polymer (PCDTBT) with the soluble fullerene derivative (PCBM) show nearly unity dissociation efficiency, and their cell efficiency strongly depends on the charge collection efficiency. The effects of carrier lifetimes on the performance of PCDTBT solar cells have also been studied. The model is also used to investigate the effect of titanium oxide (TiO{sub x}) layer (at the back contact) on the J-V characteristics of PCDTBT solar cells. The results of this paper indicate that improvement of charge carrier transport in PCDTBT:PCBM blend and dissociation of bound EHPs in P3HT:PCBM blend are extremely important to increase the power conversion efficiency of the respective BHJ solar cells.

  5. An analytical model for analyzing the current-voltage characteristics of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    An analytical model for analyzing the current-voltage (J-V) characteristics of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells is developed by incorporating exponential photon absorption, dissociation efficiency of bound electron-hole pairs (EHPs), carrier trapping, and carrier drift and diffusion in the photon absorption layer. Modified Braun's model is used to compute the electric field-dependent dissociation efficiency of the bound EHPs. The charge carrier concentrations and hence the photocurrent are calculated by solving the carrier continuity equation for both holes and electrons in the organic layer. The overall load current is calculated considering the actual solar spectrum and voltage dependent forward dark current. The model is verified by published experimental results. The efficiency of the P3HT:PCBM based solar cells critically depends on the dissociation of bound EHPs. On the other hand, cells made of a blend of the conjugated polymer (PCDTBT) with the soluble fullerene derivative (PCBM) show nearly unity dissociation efficiency, and their cell efficiency strongly depends on the charge collection efficiency. The effects of carrier lifetimes on the performance of PCDTBT solar cells have also been studied. The model is also used to investigate the effect of titanium oxide (TiOx) layer (at the back contact) on the J-V characteristics of PCDTBT solar cells. The results of this paper indicate that improvement of charge carrier transport in PCDTBT:PCBM blend and dissociation of bound EHPs in P3HT:PCBM blend are extremely important to increase the power conversion efficiency of the respective BHJ solar cells

  6. Vacuum-free processed bulk heterojunction solar cells with E-GaIn cathode as an alternative to Al electrode

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    In this paper, the photovoltaic characteristics of bulk heterojunction solar cells employing an eutectic gallium–indium (EGaIn) alloy as a top metal contact which was coated by a simple and inexpensive brush-painting was investigated. The overall solar cell fabrication procedure was vacuum-free. As references, regular organic bulk heterojunction solar cells employing thermally evaporated Aluminum as a top metal contact were also fabricated. Inserting the ZnO layer between the active layer and the cathode electrodes (Al and EGaIn) improved the photovoltaic performance of the herein investigated devices. The power conversion efficiencies with and without EGaIn top electrodes were rather comparable. Hence, we have shown that the EGaIn, which is liquid at room temperature, can be used as a cathode. It allows an easy and rapid device fabrication that can be implemented through a vacuum free process. (paper)

  7. Optical modeling of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells based on squarine dye as electron donor

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    Kitova, S.; Stoyanova, D.; Dikova, J.; Kandinska, M.; Vasilev, A.; Angelova, S.

    2014-12-01

    The potentiality of a squarine dye (Sq1) for using as electron donor component in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (BHJ) has been studied from the optical point of view. The soluble n-type fullerene, (6,6)-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61MB) was chosen as acceptor. Optical modelling based on transfer matrix method was carried out to predict and improve photovoltaic performance of a BHJ device with blended Sq1/PC61MB active layer. The dependence of the absorption and the calculated maximum short circuit photocurrent (Jscmax) on the thickness of the active layer (dact), was investigated for two weight ratios of Sq1 and PC61MB. Thus, the optimal dact was calculated to be about 100 nm, which provides an efficient overlapping of the total absorption with solar spectrum in the range between 580 and 900 nm. Besides, it is found that the insertion of ZnO or C60 spacer layer shifts Jscmax peak to lower dact and significantly enhances Jscmax for active layers with dact < 50 nm, which is mainly due to improved light absorption by a factor of 5 to 10. Simultaneously, for dact <100 nm the optical effect of inserted PEDOT:PSS hole transporting layer is negligible.

  8. Modeling organic bulk-heterojunction solar cells: Parameter stability and photocurrent transients

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    Hausermann, Roger; Knapp, Evelyne; Moos, Michael; Reinke, Nils; Flatz, Thomas; Ruhstaller, Beat

    2010-03-01

    An opto-electronic device model for organic bulk-heterojunction solar cells is presented (setfos by fluxim). First, the optical in-coupling into a multilayer stack is calculated. From the photon absorption profile a charge-transfer (CT) exciton profile is derived. These CT-excitons are then dissociated according to the Onsager-Braun model. The resulting motion of electrons and holes is modeled considering both drift and diffusion. We analyze measurements on P3HT:PCBM based solar cells and derive a set of parameter values, including values for CT-exciton dissociation. The experiments are well described and the stability of the parameters under various conditions is tested. This includes the simulation of current-voltage curves, the dependence of the short-circuit current on the layer thickness, and transient photo-currents. It is shown that simulating the transient photo-current is particularly helpful in determining the values of electron and hole mobility. This highlights the need to measure transient photo-currents to extract device parameters such as mobilities and CT-exciton dissociation constants.[4pt] J. Appl. Phys. 106, 104507 (2009)

  9. P3HT/ZnO bulk-heterojunction solar cell sensitized by a perylene derivative

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    Wang, Mingqing; Wang, Xiaogong [Department of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2008-07-15

    In this work, a soluble perylene-derivative dye, N, N'-didodecyl-3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic diimide (PDI), was used to improve the photovoltaic performance of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/ZnO bulk heterojunction cells through blending with the composite. Results show that by incorporation of PDI in the P3HT/ZnO composite, the light absorption and exciton separation can be significantly improved. The photocurrent under white-light irradiation can be increased from 6.35 to 9.55 mA/cm{sup 2}. Solar decay experiment shows that V{sub OC} of the ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:ZnO:PDI/Al device decreases rapidly to almost zero in 1 h under persistent white-light illumination. After placing a 420 nm cutoff filter between the cell and the xenon lamp, the stability of the cell can be significantly improved. The device performance can maintain about 80% of the original value within 30 h and I{sub SC} degraded to zero after 142 h. The addition of PDI into the P3HT/ZnO device up to 5 wt% does not show observable effect on the solar cell decay behavior. (author)

  10. Structure–property relationships of oligothiophene–isoindigo polymers for efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Ma, Zaifei

    2014-01-01

    A series of alternating oligothiophene (nT)-isoindigo (I) copolymers (PnTI) were synthesized to investigate the influence of the oligothiophene block length on the photovoltaic (PV) properties of PnTI:PCBM bulk-heterojunction blends. Our study indicates that the number of thiophene rings (n) in the repeating unit alters both polymer crystallinity and polymer-fullerene interfacial energetics, which results in a decreasing open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the solar cells with increasing n. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) of P1TI:PCBM devices is limited by the absence of a significant driving force for electron transfer. Instead, blends based on P5TI and P6TI feature large polymer domains, which limit charge generation and thus Jsc. The best PV performance with a power conversion efficiency of up to 6.9% was achieved with devices based on P3TI, where a combination of a favorable morphology and an optimal interfacial energy level offset ensures efficient exciton separation and charge generation. The structure-property relationship demonstrated in this work would be a valuable guideline for the design of high performance polymers with small energy losses during the charge generation process, allowing for the fabrication of efficient solar cells that combine a minimal loss in Voc with a high Jsc. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  11. Electron and Hole Transport Layers: Their Use in Inverted Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells

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    Sandro Lattante

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ PSCs are very promising organic-based devices for low-cost solar energy conversion, compatible with roll-to-roll or general printing methods for mass production. Nevertheless, to date, many issues should still be addressed, one of these being the poor stability in ambient conditions. One elegant way to overcome such an issue is the so-called “inverted” BHJ PSC, a device geometry in which the charge collection is reverted in comparison with the standard geometry device, i.e., the electrons are collected by the bottom electrode and the holes by the top electrode (in contact with air. This reverted geometry allows one to use a high work function top metal electrode, like silver or gold (thus avoiding its fast oxidation and degradation, and eliminates the need of a polymeric hole transport layer, typically of an acidic nature, on top of the transparent metal oxide bottom electrode. Moreover, this geometry is fully compatible with standard roll-to-roll manufacturing in air and is less demanding for a good post-production encapsulation process. To date, the external power conversion efficiencies of the inverted devices are generally comparable to their standard analogues, once both the electron transport layer and the hole transport layer are fully optimized for the particular device. Here, the most recent results on this particular optimization process will be reviewed, and a general outlook regarding the inverted BHJ PSC will be depicted.

  12. Optical modeling of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells based on squarine dye as electron donor

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    The potentiality of a squarine dye (Sq1) for using as electron donor component in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (BHJ) has been studied from the optical point of view. The soluble n-type fullerene, (6,6)-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61MB) was chosen as acceptor. Optical modelling based on transfer matrix method was carried out to predict and improve photovoltaic performance of a BHJ device with blended Sq1/PC61MB active layer. The dependence of the absorption and the calculated maximum short circuit photocurrent (Jscmax) on the thickness of the active layer (dact), was investigated for two weight ratios of Sq1 and PC61MB. Thus, the optimal dact was calculated to be about 100 nm, which provides an efficient overlapping of the total absorption with solar spectrum in the range between 580 and 900 nm. Besides, it is found that the insertion of ZnO or C60 spacer layer shifts Jscmax peak to lower dact and significantly enhances Jscmax for active layers with dact < 50 nm, which is mainly due to improved light absorption by a factor of 5 to 10. Simultaneously, for dact <100 nm the optical effect of inserted PEDOT:PSS hole transporting layer is negligible

  13. Optimization of characteristics of the j-v bulk heterojunction organic solar cells based on polymer/fullerene

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    There are many models of optical and electrical that with them can be evaluated optical absorption and voltage - current properties in organic solar cells. Study of adsorption phenomena to an optical model and to achieve voltage-current characteristics is a new method for calculating the conversion efficiency that considered in this paper. In this study with this method is reviewed two bulk heterojunction structures based on polymer/fullerene and Power conversion efficiency in these structures has been compared with each other.

  14. Electrical conductivity of chlorophyll with poly thiophene thin film as a bulk heterojunction solar cell

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    Full text: In this work, electrical conductivity of the combinations mixture with different ratio of Poly thiophene (PT) and Chlorophyll (CHLO) thin film as a bulk heterojunction solar cell was studied. Spin coating technique was used to deposit the combination of PT and CHLO thin film on the Aurum (Au) layer which acts as a substrate. The optical characterization of thin film was measured using UV-Visible Spectrophotometer and four point probes were used to determine the film electrical properties in the dark and under the light. From the optical absorption study, the combination mixture between PT and CHLO altered the energy band gap of the thin film. The increasing of the mixture ratio of both solutions decreased the electrical conductivity in the dark and also under light. Under the light, the electrical conductivity of combine mixture shows the increasing with the increased of light intensity. The lowest mixture ratio shows the highest electrical conductivity ± 1.389 S/m under dark and increased with the increasing of the light intensity. (author)

  15. Ring substituents mediate the morphology of PBDTTPD-PCBM bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Warnan, Julien

    2014-04-08

    Among π-conjugated polymer donors for efficient bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell applications, poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene- thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD) polymers yield some of the highest open-circuit voltages (VOC, ca. 0.9 V) and fill-factors (FF, ca. 70%) in conventional (single-cell) BHJ devices with PCBM acceptors. In PBDTTPD, side chains of varying size and branching affect polymer self-assembly, nanostructural order, and impact material performance. However, the role of the polymer side-chain pattern in the intimate mixing between polymer donors and PCBM acceptors, and on the development of the BHJ morphology is in general less understood. In this contribution, we show that ring substituents such as furan (F), thiophene (T) and selenophene (S)-incorporated into the side chains of PBDTTPD polymers-can induce significant and, of importance, very different morphological effects in BHJs with PCBM. A combination of experimental and theoretical (via density functional theory) characterizations sheds light on how varying the heteroatom of the ring substituents impacts (i) the preferred side-chain configurations and (ii) the ionization, electronic, and optical properties of the PBDTTPD polymers. In parallel, we find that the PBDT(X)TPD analogs (with X = F, T, or S) span a broad range of power conversion efficiencies (PCEs, 3-6.5%) in optimized devices with improved thin-film morphologies via the use of 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO), and discuss that persistent morphological impediments at the nanoscale can be at the origin of the spread in PCE across optimized PBDT(X)TPD-based devices. With their high VOC ∼1 V, PBDT(X)TPD polymers are promising candidates for use in the high-band gap cell of tandem solar cells. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  16. Novel Terthiophene-Substituted Fullerene Derivatives as Easily Accessible Acceptor Molecules for Bulk-Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells

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    Filippo Nisic

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Five fulleropyrrolidines and methanofullerenes, bearing one or two terthiophene moieties, have been prepared in a convenient way and well characterized. These novel fullerene derivatives are characterized by good solubility and by better harvesting of the solar radiation with respect to traditional PCBM. In addition, they have a relatively high LUMO level and a low band gap that can be easily tuned by an adequate design of the link between the fullerene and the terthiophene. Preliminary results show that they are potential acceptors for the creation of efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells based on donor polymers containing thiophene units.

  17. Hole and electron extraction layers based on graphene oxide derivatives for high-performance bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Liu, Jun; Gao, Yunxiang; Yu, Dingshan; Dai, Liming [Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon, Department of Macromolecular, Science and Engineering, Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (United States); Xue, Yuhua [Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon, Department of Macromolecular, Science and Engineering, Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (United States); Institute of Advanced Materials for Nano-Bio Applications, School of Ophthalmology and Optometry, Wenzhou Medical College, Zhejiang 325027 (China); Durstock, Michael [Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, RXBP, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States)

    2012-05-02

    By charge neutralization of carboxylic acid groups in graphene oxide (GO) with Cs{sub 2}CO{sub 3} to afford Cesium-neutralized GO (GO-Cs), GO derivatives with appropriate modification are used as both hole- and electron-extraction layers for bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. The normal and inverted devices based on GO hole- and GO-Cs electron-extraction layers both outperform the corresponding standard BHJ solar cells. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Morphological Control of the Photoactive Layer in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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    Su, Yisong

    2011-07-23

    For its inherent advantages, such as lightweight, low cost, flexibility, and opportunity to cover large surface areas, organic solar cells have attracted more and more attention in both academia and industry. However, the efficiency of organic solar cell is still much lower than silicon solar cells, but steadily rising as it now stands above 8%. The architecture of bulk heterojunction solar cells can improve the performance of organic solar cell a lot, but these improvements are highly dependent on the morphology of photoactive layer. Therefore, by controlling the morphology of photoactive layer, most commonly composed of a P3HT donor polymer and PCBM small molecule, the performance of organic solar cells could be optimized. The use of solvent additives in the solution formulation is particularly interesting, because it is a low cost method of controlling the phase separation of the photoactive layer and possibly removing the need for subsequent thermal and solvent vapor annealing. However, the role of the solvent additive remains not well understood and much debate remains on the mechanisms by which it impacts phase separation. In the first part of this thesis, we investigate the role of the solvent additive on the individual components (solvent, donor and acceptor) of the solution and the photoactive layer both in the bulk solution, during solution-processing and in the post-processing solid state of the film. In the second part of this thesis, we investigate the role of the additive on the blended solution state and resulting thin film phase separation. Finally, we propose a new method of controlling phase separation based on the insight into the role of the solvent additive. In the first part, we used an additive [octandiethiol (OT)] in the solvent to help the aggregation of P3HT in the solution. From the UV-vis experiments, the crystallinity of P3HT in the solutions increased while it decreased in thin films with steady increase of additive concentration. This

  19. Morphology-Dependent Trap Formation in High Performance Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Beiley, Zach M.

    2011-06-28

    Bulk heterojunction solar cells (BHJs) based on poly[N-9″-hepta- decanyl-2,7-carbazole- alt -5,5-(4′,7′-di-2-thienyl-2′, 1′,3′-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT) can have internal quantum efficiencies approaching 100% but require active layers that are too thin to absorb more than ∼70% of the above band gap light. When the active layer thickness is increased so that the cell absorbs more light, the fi ll factor and open circuit voltage decrease rapidly, so that the overall power conversion efficiency decreases. We fi nd that hole-traps in the polymer, which we characterize using space-charge limited current measurements, play an important role in the performance of PCDTBT-based BHJs and may limit the active layer thickness. Recombination due to carrier trapping is not often considered in BHJs because it is not believed to be a dominant loss mechanism in the "fruit-fl y" P3HT system. Furthermore, we show that in contrast to P3HT, PCDTBT has only weak short-range molecular order, and that annealing at temperatures above the glass transition decreases the order in the π-π stacking. The decrease in structural order is matched by the movement of hole-traps deeper into the band gap, so that thermal annealing worsens hole transport in the polymer and reduces the efficiency of PCDTBTbased BHJs. These fi ndings suggest that P3HT is not prototypical of the new class of high efficiency polymers, and that further improvement of BHJ efficiencies will necessitate the study of high efficiency polymers with low structural order. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Electron density profile at the interfaces of bulk heterojunction solar cells and its implication on the S-kink characteristics

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    Gusain, Abhay; Singh, Surendra; Chauhan, A. K.; Saxena, Vibha; Jha, P.; Veerender, P.; Singh, Ajay; Varde, P. V.; Basu, Saibal; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.

    2016-02-01

    The efficiency of a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell critically depends upon quality of its interfaces. The imperfect interfaces can lead to S-kink in the current-voltage characteristics that reduce the efficiency of BHJ solar cells. In this letter, using PCDTBT:PCBM based BHJ solar cells, we demonstrate that non-destructive X-ray reflectivity is powerful technique to estimate the electron density profile across the BHJ solar cells. A direct correlation is observed between the enhanced electron density at PEDOT:PSS/PCDTBT:PCBM interface and appearance of S-kink in J-V characteristics, which is also supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Kelvin probe measurements.

  1. Bulk Heterojunction versus Diffused Bilayer: The Role of Device Geometry in Solution p-Doped Polymer-Based Solar Cells

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    Loiudice, Anna; Rizzo, Aurora; Biasiucci, Mariano; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2012-01-01

    We exploit the effect of molecular p-type doping of P3HT in diffused bilayer (DB) polymer solar cells. In this alternative device geometry, the p-doping is accomplished in solution by blending the F4-TCNQ with P3HT. The p-doping both increases the film conductivity and reduces the potential barrier at the interface with the electrode. This results in an excellent power conversion efficiency of 4.02%, which is an improvement of ∼48% over the p-doped standard bulk heterojunction ...

  2. Effect of Extended Extinction from Gold Nanopillar Arrays on the Absorbance Spectrum of a Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cell

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    Shu-Ju Tsai

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available We report on the effects of enhanced absorption/scattering from arrays of Au nanopillars of varied size and spacing on the spectral response of a P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction solar cell. Nanopillar array-patterned devices do show increased optical extinction within a narrow range of wavelengths compared to control samples without such arrays. The measured external quantum efficiency and calculated absorbance, however, both show a decrease near the corresponding wavelengths. Numerical simulations indicate that for relatively narrow nanopillars, the increased optical extinction is dominated by absorption within the nanopillars, rather than scattering, and is likely dissipated by Joule heating.

  3. Charge-carrier selective electrodes for organic bulk heterojunction solar cell by contact-printed siloxane oligomers

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    ‘Smart’ (or selective) electrode for charge carriers, both electrons and holes, in organic bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells using insertion layers made of hydrophobically-recovered and contact-printed siloxane oligomers between electrodes and active material has been demonstrated. The siloxane oligomer insertion layer has been formed at a given interface simply by conformally-contacting a cured slab of polydimethylsiloxane stamp for less than 100 s. All the devices, either siloxane oligomer printed at one interface only or printed at both interfaces, showed efficiency enhancement when compared to non-printed ones. The possible mechanism that is responsible for the observed efficiency enhancement has been discussed based on the point of optimum symmetry and photocurrent analysis. Besides its simplicity and large-area applicability, the demonstrated contact-printing technique does not involve any vacuum or wet processing steps and thus can be very useful for the roll-based, continuous production scheme for organic BHJ solar cells. - Highlights: • Carrier-selective insertion layer in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells • Simple contact-printing of siloxane oligomers improves cell efficiency. • Printed siloxane layer reduces carrier recombination at electrode surfaces. • Siloxane insertion layer works equally well at both electrode surfaces. • Patterned PDMS stamp shortens the printing time within 100 s

  4. Charge-carrier selective electrodes for organic bulk heterojunction solar cell by contact-printed siloxane oligomers

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    Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Khang, Dahl-Young, E-mail: dykhang@yonsei.ac.kr

    2015-08-31

    ‘Smart’ (or selective) electrode for charge carriers, both electrons and holes, in organic bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells using insertion layers made of hydrophobically-recovered and contact-printed siloxane oligomers between electrodes and active material has been demonstrated. The siloxane oligomer insertion layer has been formed at a given interface simply by conformally-contacting a cured slab of polydimethylsiloxane stamp for less than 100 s. All the devices, either siloxane oligomer printed at one interface only or printed at both interfaces, showed efficiency enhancement when compared to non-printed ones. The possible mechanism that is responsible for the observed efficiency enhancement has been discussed based on the point of optimum symmetry and photocurrent analysis. Besides its simplicity and large-area applicability, the demonstrated contact-printing technique does not involve any vacuum or wet processing steps and thus can be very useful for the roll-based, continuous production scheme for organic BHJ solar cells. - Highlights: • Carrier-selective insertion layer in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells • Simple contact-printing of siloxane oligomers improves cell efficiency. • Printed siloxane layer reduces carrier recombination at electrode surfaces. • Siloxane insertion layer works equally well at both electrode surfaces. • Patterned PDMS stamp shortens the printing time within 100 s.

  5. Photogeneration process in bulk heterojunction solar cell based on quaterthiophene and CdS nanoparticles

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    Benchaabane, Aida; Hamed, Zied Ben; Kouki, Fayçal; Zeinert, Andreas; Bouchriha, Habib

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, the blended systems composed of organic oligothiophenes and CdS nanoparticles were investigated through their optical and photoelectrical measurements for their potential applications in photovoltaic devices. The electrical and photoelectrical properties of the devices fabricated with the active layer sandwiched between the metal anode and the metal cathode have been reported. Dependence of the performance of this bulk heterojunction photovoltaic device on their composition has been investigated with respect to charge transport. The organic/inorganic interface area in bulk heterojunction is an important factor in the photovoltaic process. The incorporation of nanoparticles in the polymer matrix, for the purpose to fabricate hybrid inorganic-organic materials, could be a good alternative to enhance the charge generation process of free carriers. The J- V curves of the quaterthiophene (4T) and hybrid quaterthiophene/cadmium sulfide nanoparticles CdS show the important role played by the nanoparticles for energy conversion improvement. The experimental data were found to be in good agreement with a modified Braun-Onsager model.

  6. Study Phase Separation of Donor: Acceptor in Ink jet Printed Thin Films of Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells Using AFM Phase Imaging

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    In recent years, the organic solar cells have been intensively developed due to the ease and low cost fabrication process. The main component of organic solar cells is an active layer consisting of electron donor and acceptor materials. In bulk heterojunction structure, donor and acceptor are mixed and deposited as one layer [1,2]. (author)

  7. Spectral sensitivity dependence on the details of preparation for P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    The performance of bulk heterojunction P3HT :PCBM polymer solar cells is studied using current-voltage and spectral sensitivity measurements. Front transparent contacts of either ITO or a sputtered multilayer TiO2/Ag/TiO2 transparent conductive electrode are applied. Thin PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM polymer layers are deposited on these substrates by spin coating. The degradation of the solar cells is studied by subjecting them to UV irradiation. The obtained spectral sensitivity curves are analyzed in comparison with the optical absorption spectra of the transparent electrodes and active layers employed. It is observed that there is a pronounced dependence of the spectral sensitivity curves on the thermal treatment and UV irradiation applied to the solar cells. The performance of the multilayer TiO2/Ag/TiO2 transparent conductive electrodes is also studied in comparison with that of the ITO ones

  8. Spectroscopic investigation of charge injection process in the bulk-heterojunction P3HT:PCBM solar cell

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    The effect of charge injection in solar cells is usually difficult to examine although it is expected to highly affect the solar cell operation. The effect of charge injection on the operation of bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells made from blend films of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and methanofullerene (PCBM) is studied using a spectroscopic technique combined with modulation of applied bias, termed a device modulation (DM) spectroscopic technique. The DM measurements enable selective detection of spectroscopic signals from injected P3HT polarons. The voltage dependent-DM measurements in the dark condition reveal the starting point bias of charge injection (∝0 V) and the voltage-dependence of the polaron density, directly from the spectroscopic signals. The frequency dependence of DM signals in the dark condition demonstrates that a bimolecular recombination process dominates the loss mechanism for the injected polarons (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Effect of light incidence angle on optical absorption characteristics of low bandgap polymer-based bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Lee, Kwan-Yong; Park, Sun-Joo; Kim, Do-Hyun; Kim, Young-Joo

    2014-08-01

    The bulk heterojunction organic solar cell based on thieno[3,4-b]thiophene/benzodithiophene (PTB7) is one of an alternative candidate for traditional silicon-based solar cells owing to its advantages of ease of manufacture, low cost, and flexibility. Currently, many research studies of these devices focus on power conversion efficiency (PCE) enhancement with only normal sunlight incidence. In this study, we have experimentally verified that PCE markedly decreased from 5.51 to 3.47% as incidence angle was changed from 0 to 60°. Using the finite-difference time-domain method, we found that the degeneration of optical absorption is caused by the decreased electrical field intensity in the photoactive layer over the entire wavelength range due to the optical interference profile change. In addition, we confirmed that a higher incidence angle also results in unbalanced charge carrier transport characteristics, resulting in further decrease in solar cell efficiency.

  10. Recent Approaches to Controlling the Nanoscale Morphology of Polymer-Based Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Abdulra'uf Lukman Bola

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The need for clean, inexpensive and renewable energy has increasingly turned research attention towards polymer photovoltaic cells. However, the performance efficiency of these devices is still low in comparison with silicon-based devices. The recent introduction of new materials and processing techniques has resulted in a remarkable increase in power-conversion efficiency, with a value above 10%. Controlling the interpenetrating network morphology is a key factor in obtaining devices with improved performance. This review focuses on the influence of controlled nanoscale morphology on the overall performance of bulk-heterojunction (BHJ photovoltaic cells. Strategies such as the use of solvents, solvent annealing, polymer nanowires (NWs, and donor–acceptor (D–A blend ratios employed to control the active-layer morphologies are all discussed.

  11. P3HT/TiO{sub 2} bulk-heterojunction solar cell sensitized by a perylene derivative

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    Wang, Mingqing; Wang, Xiaogong [Department of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2007-11-23

    In this work, a new type of dye-sensitized bulk-heterojunction hybrid solar cells has been developed. The heterojunction films were prepared to contain poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), N,N'-diphenyl glyoxaline-3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic acid diacidamide (PDI) and TiO{sub 2}. In the architecture, TiO{sub 2} and P3HT were designed to act as the electron acceptor and donor. PDI was used as sensitizer to enhance the photon absorption. Results showed that by incorporation of PDI in the P3HT/TiO{sub 2} composite, the light absorption, exciton separation and photocurrent under white light were dramatically enhanced. Solar decay analyses showed that devices contained TiO{sub 2} required 12 h to obtain maximum current density and the addition of PDI did not affect the solar decay behavior and stability of device composed of P3HT/TiO{sub 2}. The devices of P3HT, P3HT/TiO{sub 2}, P3HT/TiO{sub 2}/PDI could work for 5, 42, 45 h under continuous white light illumination (100 mW/m{sup 2}) under the ambient condition. (author)

  12. Depleted Bulk Heterojunction Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics

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    Barkhouse, D. Aaron R.

    2011-05-26

    The first solution-processed depleted bulk heterojunction colloidal quantum dot solar cells are presented. The architecture allows for high absorption with full depletion, thereby breaking the photon absorption/carrier extraction compromise inherent in planar devices. A record power conversion of 5.5% under simulated AM 1.5 illumination conditions is reported. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Performance optimization studies of solution processed bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Ali, Bakhtyar

    2011-12-01

    Organic Solar Cells (OSCs), which rely on the concept of bulk-heterojunction, stand out due primarily to their simple construction, mechanical flexibility and exceptional ease of processing. These characteristics make them potential candidates to substitute for the expensive photovoltaic counterparts. Among other OSCs, devices containing poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl C61 butaric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as photo-active layer have shown promising results. However, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) is still lower than the required commercialization mark (˜10%). Devices with structure glass/ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/LiF/Al, annealed and un-annealed with device area ˜0.4 cm2 (unless otherwise stated), have been studied. An investigation of the device processing variables has led to the conclusion that the optimum loading of PCBM in the blend for optimum performance is in the range of 1:1 to 1:2. Characterization of the active layer with UV-vis absorption, PL spectra and XRD reveal that the addition of PCBM to P3HT matrix is detrimental for the self-organization of P3HT chains (crystallinity) and it also increases the resistivity. Similarly, 1,2 dichlorobenzene (DCB) has been found to be the best solvent among other solvents such as chloroform (CF) and chlorobenzene (CB), for optimum PCE. The rho(T) data from the samples (pristine P3HT and P3HT/PCBM blends) exhibit anisotropy in conduction where it follows the variable range hoping (VRH) in the lateral (parallel to film) and polaronic behavior in vertical (perpendicular to film) transport. The activation energy obtained from the fit to polaronic model is 329 meV for P3HT/ PCBM blend (1:1). Furthermore, the photovoltaic parameters extracted from a lumped circuit analysis of voltage and temperature dependence of photocurrent, JL(V), in P3HT/PCBM OSCs, completely describe the illuminated J-V data from far reverse bias to beyond the open circuit voltage (Voc). A simple model for carrier collection has been

  14. Performance enhancement of poly(3-hexylthiophene):methanofullerene bulk-heterojunction solar cells. : Section Title: Electrochemical, Radiational, and Thermal Energy Technology

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    Koster, L. Jan Anton; Mihailetchi, Valentin D.; Hummelen, Jan C.; Blom, Paul W. M.

    2006-01-01

    Using a newly developed device model we have studied the effect of controlled thermal annealing on charge transport and photogeneration in bulk-heterojunction solar cells made from blend films of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and methanofullerene (PCBM). With respect to the charge trans

  15. Influence of the isomeric composition of the acceptor on the performance of organic bulk heterojunction P3HT:bis-PCBM solar cells

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    Bouwer, R.K.M.; Wetzelaer, G.-J.A.H.; Blom, P.W.M.; Hummelen, J.C.

    2012-01-01

    We synthesized three isomeric subpopulations of bisadduct analogues of [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (bis-PCBM) via tether-directed control. Bulk heterojunction solar cells prepared using these isomers together with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) resulted in an increase of Jsc from 72.4

  16. Localized photovoltaic investigations on organic semiconductors and bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Newly synthesized organic electronics materials are often available in submicrogram amounts only. Photoelectrochemical scanning droplet cell microscopy is a powerful method that allows a comprehensive characterisation of such small amounts including oxidation, reduction potentials, doping, determination of charge carriers, band gap, charge capacity, over-oxidation sensitivity and many more. Localized photoelectrochemical characterization of the poly[4,8-bis-substituted-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b0]dithiophene-2, 6-diyl-alt-4-substituted-thieno [3,4-b] thiophene-2,6-diyl] (PBDTTT-c) and PBDTTT-c:PCBM bulk heterojunction was performed using photoelectrochemical scanning droplet cell microscopy (PE-SDCM). The optical properties and the real and imaginary part of the dielectric function, of the polymer were determined using spectroscopic ellipsometry. The photoelectrochemical characterizations were performed in a three and two electrode configuration of PE-SDCM under laser and white light illumination. The effect of illumination was characterized using dark/illumination sequences. The stability of the photocurrent was studied using longer term (600 s) illumination. Finally the effect of cell configuration and illumination conditions on the photovoltage was studied. (paper)

  17. Influence of optical interference and carrier lifetime on the short circuit current density of organic bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    You Hai-Long; Zhang Chun-Fu

    2009-01-01

    Based on simple analytical equations, short circuit current density (Jsc) of the organic bulk heterojunction solar cells has been calculated. It is found that the optical interference effect plays a very important role in the determination of JSC;and obvious oscillatory behaviour of Jsc was observed as a function of thickness. At the same time, the influence of JSC only increases the carrier lifetime on JSC also cannot be neglected. When the carrier lifetime is relatively short, at the initial stage and then decreases rapidly with the increase of active layer thickness. However, for a relatively long carrier lifetime, the exciton dissociation probability must be considered, and Jsc behaves wave-like with the increase of active layer thickness. The validity of this model is confirmed by the experimental results.

  18. A new terthiophene-thienopyrrolodione copolymer-based bulk heterojunction solar cell with high open-circuit voltage

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    Jo, Jang; Leong, Wei Lin; Yuen, Jonathan D.; Moon, Ji Sun; Heeger, Alan J. [Center for Polymers and Organic Solids, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5090 (United States); Pron, Agnieszka; Berrouard, Philippe; Leclerc, Mario [Department of Chemistry, Universite Laval, Quebec City, QC, G1V 0A6 (Canada)

    2012-11-15

    A new semiconducting polymer based on terthiophene-thienopyrrolodione alternating building blocks with a deep HOMO energy level (5.66 eV) is presented. The polymer is prepared by a direct heteroarylation polycondensation reaction, which is a low-cost and green alternative to the standard Stille coupling reaction and thus avoids any use of toxic stannyl derivatives. Integrating the polymer into bulk heterojunction solar cells with [6,6]-phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester ([70]PCBM) leads to a PCE of over 6% and a high open-circuit voltage of up to 0.94 V. To obtain these results a unique processing additive, 1-chloronaphthalene, is used, and a relatively low concentration of [70]PCBM is used in the blend solution. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Selective observation of photo-induced electric fields inside different material components in bulk-heterojunction organic solar cell

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    Chen, Xiangyu; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa, E-mail: iwamoto@pe.titech.ac.jp [Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1, S3-33 O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan)

    2014-01-06

    By using electric-field-induced optical second-harmonic generation (EFISHG) measurement at two laser wavelengths of 1000 nm and 860 nm, we investigated carrier behavior inside the pentacene and C{sub 60} component of co-deposited pentacene:C{sub 60} bulk-heterojunctions (BHJs) organic solar cells (OSCs). The EFISHG experiments verified the presence of two carrier paths for electrons and holes in BHJs OSCs. That is, two kinds of electric fields pointing in opposite directions are identified as a result of the selectively probing of SHG activation from C{sub 60} and pentacene. Also, under open-circuit conditions, the transient process of the establishment of open-circuit voltage inside the co-deposited layer has been directly probed, in terms of photovoltaic effect. The EFISHG provides an additional promising method to study carrier path of electrons and holes as well as dissociation of excitons in BHJ OSCs.

  20. Structure-induced resonant tail-state regime absorption in polymer: fullerene bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Pfadler, Thomas; Kiel, Thomas; Stärk, Martin; Werra, Julia F. M.; Matyssek, Christian; Sommer, Daniel; Boneberg, Johannes; Busch, Kurt; Weickert, Jonas; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we present resonant tail-state regime absorption enhanced organic photovoltaics. We combine periodically structured TiO2 bottom electrodes with P3HT-PCBM bulk-heterojunction solar cells in an inverted device configuration. The wavelength-scale patterns are transferred to the electron-selective bottom electrodes via direct laser interference patterning, a fast method compatible with roll-to-roll processing. Spectroscopic and optoelectronic device measurements suggest polarization-dependent absorption enhancement along with photocurrent generation unambiguously originating from the population of tail states. We discuss the effects underlying these absorption patterns with the help of electromagnetic simulations using the discontinuous Galerkin time domain method. For this, we focus on the total absorption spectra along with spatially resolved power loss densities. Our simulations stress the tunability of the absorption resonances towards arbitrary wavelength regions.

  1. Ambient Layer-by-Layer ZnO Assembly for Highly Efficient Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Eita, Mohamed Samir

    2015-02-04

    The use of metal oxide interlayers in polymer solar cells has great potential because metal oxides are abundant, thermally stable, and can be used in fl exible devices. Here, a layer-by-layer (LbL) protocol is reported as a facile, room-temperature, solution-processed method to prepare electron transport layers from commercial ZnO nanoparticles and polyacrylic acid (PAA) with a controlled and tunable porous structure, which provides large interfacial contacts with the active layer. Applying the LbL approach to bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells with an optimized ZnO layer thickness of H25 nm yields solar cell power-conversion effi ciencies (PCEs) of ≈6%, exceeding the effi ciency of amorphous ZnO interlayers formed by conventional sputtering methods. Interestingly, annealing the ZnO/PAA interlayers in nitrogen and air environments in the range of 60-300 ° C reduces the device PCEs by almost 20% to 50%, indicating the importance of conformational changes inherent to the PAA polymer in the LbL-deposited fi lms to solar cell performance. This protocol suggests a new fabrication method for solution-processed polymer solar cell devices that does not require postprocessing thermal annealing treatments and that is applicable to fl exible devices printed on plastic substrates.

  2. Understanding the Role of Additives in Improving the Performance of Polymer:Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Chen, Wei

    2014-03-01

    Solar cells based on the polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction (BHJ) represent one of the most promising technologies for next-generation solar energy conversion due to their low-cost and scalability. In the last fifteen years, research efforts have led to organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices with power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) ~ 12%, but these values are still insufficient for the devices to become widely marketable. To further improve solar cell performance, a thorough understanding of the complex processing-structure-performance relationships in OPV devices is required. Recently, the use of processing additives have been proved to be one of the most effective methods to tune the nanomorphology of polymer:fullerene active layer, as the incorporation of a small percentage of solvent additives results in a nearly doubling of device efficiency. However, the physics behind these improved performances by processing additives still remains unclear. In this work, by taking advantage of resonant soft x-ray scattering (RSoXS) and energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM), we have determined that the solvent additives induce the change in the formation mechanism of polymer:fullerene nanomorphologies in the process of film casting. Progress established in the course of these studies on structural and morphological characterizations will serve as the foundation for further improving the efficiency of polymer solar cells to realize their large-scale commercial use.

  3. Nanofiber-based bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells using coaxial electrospinning

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    Bedford, Nicholas M. [Nanoelectronics Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221 (United States); Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 45221 (United States); Dickerson, Matthew B.; Drummy, Lawrence F.; Koerner, Hilmar; Singh, Kristi M.; Vasudev, Milana C.; Durstock, Michael F.; Naik, Rajesh R. [Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, 45433 (United States); Steckl, Andrew J. [Nanoelectronics Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221 (United States)

    2012-09-15

    Nanofibers consisting of the bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic (BHJ-OPV) electron donor-electron acceptor pair poly(3-hexylthiophene):phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) are produced through a coaxial electrospinning process. While P3HT:PCBM blends are not directly electrospinnable, P3HT:PCBM-containing fibers are produced in a coaxial fashion by utilizing polycaprolactone (PCL) as an electrospinnable sheath material. Pure P3HT:PCBM fibers are easily obtained after electrospinning by selectively removing the PCL sheath with cyclopentanone (average diameter 120 {+-} 30 nm). These fibers are then incorporated into the active layer of a BHJ-OPV device, which results in improved short-circuit current densities, fill factors, and power-conversion efficiencies (PCE) as compared to thin-film devices of identical chemical composition. The best-performing fiber-based devices exhibit a PCE of 4.0%, while the best thin-film devices have a PCE of 3.2%. This increase in device performance is attributed to the increased in-plane alignment of P3HT polymer chains on the nanoscale, caused by the electrospun fibers, which leads to increased optical absorption and subsequent exciton generation. This methodology for improving device performance of BHJ-OPVs could also be implemented for other electron donor-electron acceptor systems, as nanofiber formation is largely independent of the PV material. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. The importance of fullerene percolation in the mixed regions of polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Bartelt, Jonathan A.

    2012-10-26

    Most optimized donor-acceptor (D-A) polymer bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells have active layers too thin to absorb greater than - 80% of incident photons with energies above the polymer\\'s band gap. If the thickness of these devices could be increased without sacrifi cing internal quantum effi ciency, the device power conversion effi ciency (PCE) could be signifi cantly enhanced. We examine the device characteristics of BHJ solar cells based on poly(di(2- ethylhexyloxy)benzo[1,2- b :4,5- b \\' ]dithiophene- co -octylthieno[3,4- c ]pyrrole-4,6- dione) (PBDTTPD) and [6,6]-phenyl-C 61 -butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) with 7.3% PCE and fi nd that bimolecular recombination limits the active layer thickness of these devices. Thermal annealing does not mitigate these bimolecular recombination losses and drastically decreases the PCE of PBDTTPD BHJ solar cells. We characterize the morphology of these BHJs before and after thermal annealing and determine that thermal annealing drastically reduces the concentration of PCBM in the mixed regions, which consist of PCBM dispersed in the amorphous portions of PBDTTPD. Decreasing the concentration of PCBM may reduce the number of percolating electron transport pathways within these mixed regions and create morphological electron traps that enhance charge-carrier recombination and limit device quantum effi ciency. These fi ndings suggest that (i) the concentration of PCBM in the mixed regions of polymer BHJs must be above the PCBM percolation threshold in order to attain high solar cell internal quantum effi ciency, and (ii) novel processing techniques, which improve polymer hole mobility while maintaining PCBM percolation within the mixed regions, should be developed in order to limit bimolecular recombination losses in optically thick devices and maximize the PCE of polymer BHJ solar cells. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co.

  5. Efficient polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells with n-type doped titanium oxide as an electron transport layer

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    We have reported a highly n-type doped solution-processed titanium metal oxide (TiOx) for use as an efficient electron-transport layer (ETL) in polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. When the metal ions (Ti) in TiOx are partially substituted by niobium (Nb), the charge carrier density increased, by an order of magnitude, because of the large electronegativity of Nb compared to that of Ti. Therefore, the work function (WF) of Nb-doped metal oxide (Nb-TiOx) decreases from 4.75 eV (TiOx) to 4.66 eV (Nb-TiOx), leading to an enhancement in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of BHJ solar cells with a Nb-TiOx ETL (from 7.99% to 8.40%). - Highlights: • Solution processable Nb-doped TiOx was developed by simple sol-gel synthesis. • Charge carrier density in TiOx is significantly increased by introducing Nb element. • The work function value of Nb-doped TiOx is reduced by introducing Nb element. • A charge recombination inside of PSC with Nb-TiOx was effectively suppressed

  6. Efficient polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells with n-type doped titanium oxide as an electron transport layer

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    Choi, Youna [Heeger Center for Advanced Material & Research Institute of Solar and Sustainable Energies, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Geunjin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Heejoo, E-mail: heejook@gist.ac.kr [Heeger Center for Advanced Material & Research Institute of Solar and Sustainable Energies, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sun Hee [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kwanghee, E-mail: klee@gist.ac.kr [Heeger Center for Advanced Material & Research Institute of Solar and Sustainable Energies, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-29

    We have reported a highly n-type doped solution-processed titanium metal oxide (TiO{sub x}) for use as an efficient electron-transport layer (ETL) in polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. When the metal ions (Ti) in TiO{sub x} are partially substituted by niobium (Nb), the charge carrier density increased, by an order of magnitude, because of the large electronegativity of Nb compared to that of Ti. Therefore, the work function (WF) of Nb-doped metal oxide (Nb-TiO{sub x}) decreases from 4.75 eV (TiO{sub x}) to 4.66 eV (Nb-TiO{sub x}), leading to an enhancement in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of BHJ solar cells with a Nb-TiO{sub x} ETL (from 7.99% to 8.40%). - Highlights: • Solution processable Nb-doped TiO{sub x} was developed by simple sol-gel synthesis. • Charge carrier density in TiO{sub x} is significantly increased by introducing Nb element. • The work function value of Nb-doped TiO{sub x} is reduced by introducing Nb element. • A charge recombination inside of PSC with Nb-TiO{sub x} was effectively suppressed.

  7. Simulation study of the losses and influences of geminate and bimolecular recombination on the performances of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    朱键卓; 祁令辉; 杜会静; 柴莺春

    2015-01-01

    We use the method of device simulation to study the losses and influences of geminate and bimolecular recombinations on the performances and properties of the bulk heterojunction organic solar cells. We find that a fraction of electrons (holes) in the device are collected by anode (cathode). The direction of the corresponding current is opposite to the direction of photocurrent. And the current density increases with the bias increasing but decreases as bimolecular recombination (BR) or geminate recombination (GR) intensity increases. The maximum power, short circuit current, and fill factor display a stronger dependence on GR than on BR. While the influences of GR and BR on open circuit voltage are about the same. Our studies shed a new light on the loss mechanism and may provide a new way of improving the efficiency of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells.

  8. Photoactive area modification in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells using optimization of electrochemically synthesized ZnO nanorods

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    Mehdi, Ahmadi; Sajjad Rashidi, Dafeh

    2015-11-01

    In this work, ZnO nanorod arrays grown by an electrochemical deposition method are investigated. The crucial parameters of length, diameter, and density of the nanorods are optimized over the synthesize process and nanorods growth time. Crystalline structure, morphologies, and optical properties of ZnO nanorod arrays are studied by different techniques such as x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, and UV-visible transmission spectra. The ZnO nanorod arrays are employed in an inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cell of Poly (3-hexylthiophene):[6-6] Phenyl-(6) butyric acid methyl ester to introduce more surface contact between the electron transporter layer and the active layer. Our results show that the deposition time is a very important factor to achieve the aligned and uniform ZnO nanorods with suitable surface density which is required for effective infiltration of active area into the ZnO nanorod spacing and make a maximum interfacial surface contact for electron collection, as overgrowing causes nanorods to be too dense and thick and results in high resistance and lower visible light transmittance. By optimizing the thickness of the active layer on top of ZnO nanorods, an improved efficiency of 3.17% with a high FF beyond 60% was achieved.

  9. Photoactive area modification in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells using optimization of electrochemically synthesized ZnO nanorods

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    Mehdi Ahmadi; Sajjad Rashidi Dafeh

    2015-01-01

    In this work, ZnO nanorod arrays grown by an electrochemical deposition method are investigated. The crucial parameters of length, diameter, and density of the nanorods are optimized over the synthesize process and nanorods growth time. Crystalline structure, morphologies, and optical properties of ZnO nanorod arrays are studied by different techniques such as x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, and UV–visible transmission spectra. The ZnO nanorod arrays are employed in an inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cell of Poly (3-hexylthiophene):[6-6] Phenyl-(6) butyric acid methyl ester to introduce more surface contact between the electron transporter layer and the active layer. Our results show that the deposition time is a very important factor to achieve the aligned and uniform ZnO nanorods with suitable surface density which is required for effective infiltration of active area into the ZnO nanorod spacing and make a maximum interfacial surface contact for electron collection, as overgrowing causes nanorods to be too dense and thick and results in high resistance and lower visible light transmittance. By optimizing the thickness of the active layer on top of ZnO nanorods, an improved efficiency of 3.17%with a high FF beyond 60%was achieved.

  10. The influence of microstructure on charge separation dynamics in organic bulk heterojunction materials for solar cell applications

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    Scarongella, Mariateresa

    2014-01-01

    Light-induced charge formation is essential for the generation of photocurrent in organic solar cells. In order to gain a better understanding of this complex process, we have investigated the femtosecond dynamics of charge separation upon selective excitation of either the fullerene or the polymer in different bulk heterojunction blends with well-characterized microstructure. Blends of the pBTTT and PBDTTPD polymers with PCBM gave us access to three different scenarios: either a single intermixed phase, an intermixed phase with additional pure PCBM clusters, or a three-phase microstructure of pure polymer aggregates, pure fullerene clusters and intermixed regions. We found that ultrafast charge separation (by electron or hole transfer) occurs predominantly in intermixed regions, while charges are generated more slowly from excitons in pure domains that require diffusion to a charge generation site. The pure domains are helpful to prevent geminate charge recombination, but they must be sufficiently small not to become exciton traps. By varying the polymer packing, backbone planarity and chain length, we have shown that exciton diffusion out of small polymer aggregates in the highly efficient PBDTTPD:PCBM blend occurs within the same chain and is helped by delocalization. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  11. Interplay Between Side Chain Pattern, Polymer Aggregation, and Charge Carrier Dynamics in PBDTTPD:PCBM Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Dyer-Smith, Clare

    2015-05-01

    Poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene–alt–thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD) polymer donors with linear side-chains yield bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of about 4% with phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) as the acceptor, while a PBDTTPD polymer with a combination of branched and linear substituents yields a doubling of the PCE to 8%. Using transient optical spectroscopy it is shown that while the exciton dissociation and ultrafast charge generation steps are not strongly affected by the side chain modifications, the polymer with branched side chains exhibits a decreased rate of nongeminate recombination and a lower fraction of sub-nanosecond geminate recombination. In turn the yield of long-lived charge carriers increases, resulting in a 33% increase in short circuit current (J sc). In parallel, the two polymers show distinct grazing incidence X-ray scattering spectra indicative of the presence of stacks with different orientation patterns in optimized thin-film BHJ devices. Independent of the packing pattern the spectroscopic data also reveals the existence of polymer aggregates in the pristine polymer films as well as in both blends which trap excitons and hinder their dissociation.

  12. The effect of annealing treatment on the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells with donor and acceptor different weight ratios

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    2009-01-01

    Bulk heterojunction organic solar cells(OSCs) based on the blend of poly(2-methoxy-5(2’-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene(MEH-PPV) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester(PCBM) with different weight ratios(from 1:3 to 1:5) have been fabricated and the effect of annealing treatment on the performance of OSCs has also been studied.Experimental results point to the best optimized doping concentration 1:4 for MEH-PPV:PCBM.Furthermore,it is found that the devices with annealing treatment at 150℃ with 8 min show better performance compared with the devices without treatment.The series resistance(Rs) is decreased,while the shunt resistance(Rsh) increased by nearly 1.5 times.The short-circuit current density(Jsc) and fill factor(FF) are improved by annealing treatment.As a result,the power conversion efficiency(PCE) of the devices increases from 0.49 % to 1.21 % with the ratio of 1:3 and from 1.09% to 1.42% with the ratio of 1:4.

  13. The effect of annealing treatment on the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells with donor and acceptor different weight ratios

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    SONG JingLu; XU Zheng; ZHANG FuJun; ZHAO SuLing; HU Tao; LI JunMing; LIU XiaoDong; YUE Xin; WANG YongSheng

    2009-01-01

    Bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (OSCs) based on the blend of poly(2-methoxy-5(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinyiene (MEH-PPV) and[6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) with different weight ratios (from 1:3 to 1:5) have been fabricated and the effect of annealing treatment on the performance of OSCs has also been studied.Experimental results point to the best optimized doping concentration 1:4 for MEH-PPV:PCBM.Furthermore,it is found that the devices with annealing treatment at 150℃ with 8 min show better performance compared with the devices without treatment.The series resistance (Rs) is decreased,while the shunt resistance (Rsh) increased by nearly 1.5 times.The short-circuit current density (Jsc) and fill factor (FF) are improved by annealing treatment.As a result,the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the devices increases from 0.49 % to 1.21 % with the ratio of 1:3 and from 1.09% to 1.42% with the ratio of 1:4.

  14. Efficient inverted bulk-heterojunction solar cells from low-temperature processing of amorphous ZnO buffer layers

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    Jagadamma, Lethy Krishnan

    2014-01-01

    In this report, we demonstrate that solution-processed amorphous zinc oxide (a-ZnO) interlayers prepared at low temperatures (∼100 °C) can yield inverted bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells that are as efficient as nanoparticle-based ZnO requiring comparably more complex synthesis or polycrystalline ZnO films prepared at substantially higher temperatures (150-400 °C). Low-temperature, facile solution-processing approaches are required in the fabrication of BHJ solar cells on flexible plastic substrates, such as PET. Here, we achieve efficient inverted solar cells with a-ZnO buffer layers by carefully examining the correlations between the thin film morphology and the figures of merit of optimized BHJ devices with various polymer donors and PCBM as the fullerene acceptor. We find that the most effective a-ZnO morphology consists of a compact, thin layer with continuous substrate coverage. In parallel, we emphasize the detrimental effect of forming rippled surface morphologies of a-ZnO, an observation which contrasts with results obtained in polycrystalline ZnO thin films, where rippled morphologies have been reported to improve efficiency. After optimizing the a-ZnO morphology at low processing temperature for inverted P3HT:PCBM devices, achieving a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of ca. 4.1%, we demonstrate inverted solar cells with low bandgap polymer donors on glass/flexible PET substrates: PTB7:PC71BM (PCE: 6.5% (glass)/5.6% (PET)) and PBDTTPD:PC71BM (PCE: 6.7% (glass)/5.9% (PET)). Finally, we show that a-ZnO based inverted P3HT:PCBM BHJ solar cells maintain ca. 90-95% of their initial PCE even after a full year without encapsulation in a nitrogen dry box, thus demonstrating excellent shelf stability. The insight we have gained into the importance of surface morphology in amorphous zinc oxide buffer layers should help in the development of other low-temperature solution-processed metal oxide interlayers for efficient flexible solar cells. This journal is

  15. Enhanced performance of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells upon graphene addition

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    Robaeys, Pieter, E-mail: pieter.robaeys@uhasselt.be; Dierckx, Wouter; Dexters, Wim; Spoltore, Donato; Drijkoningen, Jeroen [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University (Belgium); Bonaccorso, Francesco [Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Graphene Labs, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Bourgeois, Emilie; D' Haen, Jan; Haenen, Ken; Manca, Jean V.; Nesladek, Milos [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University (Belgium); IMOMEC, IMEC vzw (Belgium); Liesenborgs, Jori; Van Reeth, Frank [Expertise centre for Digital Media (EDM), Hasselt University (Belgium); Lombardo, Antonio; Ferrari, Andrea C. [Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge (United Kingdom)

    2014-08-25

    Graphene has potential for applications in solar cells. We show that the short circuit current density of P3HT (Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl):PCBM((6,6)-Phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester) solar cells is enhanced by 10% upon the addition of graphene, with a 15% increase in the photon to electric conversion efficiency. We discuss the performance enhancement by studying the crystallization of P3HT, as well as the electrical transport properties. We show that graphene improves the balance between electron and hole mobilities with respect to a standard P3HT:PCBM solar cell.

  16. On the Efficiency Limit of Conjugated Polymer:Fullerene-Based Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Scharber, Markus C

    2016-03-01

    The power conversion efficiency potential of eight high-performance polymer-fullerene blends is investigated. All studied absorbers show the typical organic solar cell losses limiting their performance to ≈13%. PMID:26757236

  17. Structural Factors That Affect the Performance of Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Vandewal, Koen

    2013-08-27

    The performance of polymer:fullerene solar cells is strongly affected by the active layer morphology and polymer microstructure. In this Perspective, we review ongoing research on how structural factors influence the photogeneration and collection of charge carriers as well as charge carrier recombination and the related open-circuit voltage. We aim to highlight unexplored research opportunities and provide some guidelines for the synthesis of new conjugated polymers for high-efficiency solar cells. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  18. Tuning the Properties of Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells by Adjusting Fullerene Size to Control Intercalation

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    Cates, Nichole C.

    2009-12-09

    We demonstrate that intercalation of fullerene derivatives between the side chains of conjugated polymers can be controlled by adjusting the fullerene size and compare the properties of intercalated and nonintercalated poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (pBTTT):fullerene blends. The intercalated blends, which exhibit optimal solar-cell performance at 1:4 polymer:fullerene by weight, have better photoluminescence quenching and lower absorption than the nonintercalated blends, which optimize at 1:1. Understanding how intercalation affects performance will enable more effective design of polymer:fullerene solar cells. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  19. Current-voltage characteristics of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells: connection between light and dark curves

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    Boix, Pablo P.; Guerrero, Antonio; Garcia-Belmonte, Germa; Bisquert, Juan [Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices Group, Departament de Fisica, Universitat Jaume I, ES-12071 Castello (Spain); Marchesi, Luis F. [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de, Eletroquimica e Ceramica (LIEC), Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (Brazil); Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices Group, Departament de Fisica, Universitat Jaume I, ES-12071 Castello (Spain)

    2011-11-15

    A connection is established between recombination and series resistances extracted from impedance spectroscopy and current-voltage curves of polythiophene:fullerene organic solar cells. Recombination is shown to depend exclusively on the (Fermi level) voltage, which allows construction of the current-voltage characteristics in any required conditions based on a restricted set of measurements. The analysis highlights carrier recombination current as the determining mechanism of organic solar cell performance. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Morphology versus vertical phase segregation in solvent annealed small molecule bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Kovalenko, A.; Stoyanova, V.; Pospisil, J.; Zhivkov, I.; Fekete, Ladislav; Karashanova, D.; Kratochvílová, Irena; Vala, M.; Weiter, M.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 2015, Oct (2015), s. 238981. ISSN 1110-662X R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-05095S; GA TA ČR TA04020156; GA MŠk LO1409 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : organic solar cells Subject RIV: JJ - Other Materials Impact factor: 1.563, year: 2014

  1. Simple, highly efficient vacuum-processed bulk heterojunction solar cells based on merocyanine dyes

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    Steinmann, Vera; Kronenberg, Nils M.; Lenze, Martin R.; Graf, Steven M.; Hertel, Dirk; Meerholz, Klaus [Department fuer Chemie, Universitaet Koeln, Luxemburger Strasse 116, 50939 Koeln (Germany); Buerckstuemmer, Hannah; Tulyakova, Elena V.; Wuerthner, Frank [Institut fuer Organische Chemie and Roentgen Research Center for Complex Material Systems, Universitaet Wuerzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2011-10-15

    In order to be competitive on the energy market, organic solar cells with higher efficiency are needed. To date, polymer solar cells have retained the lead with efficiencies of up to 8%. However, research on small molecule solar cells has been catching up throughout recent years and is showing similar efficiencies, however, only for more sophisticated multilayer device configurations. In this work, a simple, highly efficient, vacuum-processed small molecule solar cell based on merocyanine dyes - traditional colorants that can easily be mass-produced and purified - is presented. In the past, merocyanines have been successfully introduced in solution-processed as well as vacuum-processed devices, demonstrating efficiencies up to 4.9%. Here, further optimization of devices is achieved while keeping the same simple layer stack, ultimately leading to efficiencies beyond the 6% mark. In addition, physical properties such as the charge carrier transport and the cell performance under various light intensities are addressed. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. Structure–property relationships of oligothiophene–isoindigo polymers for efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Ma, Zaifei; Sun, Wenjun; Himmelberger, Scott;

    2014-01-01

    ) in the repeating unit alters both polymer crystallinity and polymer–fullerene interfacial energetics, which results in a decreasing open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the solar cells with increasing n. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) of P1TI:PCBM devices is limited by the absence of a significant driving force...... for electron transfer. Instead, blends based on P5TI and P6TI feature large polymer domains, which limit charge generation and thus Jsc. The best PV performance with a power conversion efficiency of up to 6.9% was achieved with devices based on P3TI, where a combination of a favorable morphology and an optimal...... for the fabrication of efficient solar cells that combine a minimal loss in Voc with a high Jsc....

  3. A mechanistic understanding of processing additive-induced efficiency enhancement in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Schmidt, Kristin

    2013-10-31

    The addition of processing additives is a widely used approach to increase power conversion efficiencies for many organic solar cells. We present how additives change the polymer conformation in the casting solution leading to a more intermixed phase-segregated network structure of the active layer which in turn results in a 5-fold enhancement in efficiency. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Enhancement of power conversion efficiency of bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells by plasmonic gold nanoparticles

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    Pfleger, Jiří; Tran, V. S.; Halašová, Klára; Kazim, Samrana; Šlouf, Miroslav

    Thessaloniki: Laboratory for Thin Films Nanosystems and Nanometrology, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2012. s. 80. [International Symposium on Flexible Organic Electronics /5./ - ISFOE12. 02.07.2012-05.07.2012, Thessaloniki] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP208/10/0941; GA MŠk 7E10040 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 247745 - FlexNet Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : nanoparticles * polymer * solar cells Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  5. Effect of ZnCdTe-Alloyed Nanocrystals on Polymer–Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Wang Yan; Hou Yanbing; Tang Aiwei; Feng Zhihui; Feng Bin; Li Yan; Teng Feng

    2009-01-01

    Abstract The photovoltaic properties of solar cell based on the blends of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexoxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV), fullerene (C60), and ZnCdTe-alloyed nanocrystals were investigated. Comparing the spectral response of photocurrent of the MEH-PPV:C60(+ZnCdTe) nanocomposite device with that of the devices based on MEH-PPV:C60and pristine MEH-PPV, one can find that the nanocomposite device exhibits an enhanced photocurrent. In comparing the composite devices with differe...

  6. CONTROLLING THE 3D NANOSCALE ORGANIZATION OF BULK HETEROJUNCTION POLYMER SOLAR CELLS

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    Svetlana S. Van Bavel; Erwan Sourty; Gijsbertus de With; Joachim Loos

    2009-01-01

    In this study,the three dimensional nanoscale organization in the photoactive layers of poly(3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT) and a methanofullerene derivative (PCBM) is revealed by transmission electron tomography.After annealing treatment,either at elevated temperature or during slow solvent evaporation,nanoscale interpenetrating networks are formed with high crystalline order and favorable concentration gradients of both components through the thickness of the photoactive layer.Such a tailored morphology accounts for the considerable increase of the power conversion efficiency in corresponding solar cell devices.

  7. Photovoltaic properties of bulk heterojunction solar cells with improved spectral coverage

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    The potential of dye sensitization of organic solar cells has been investigated. The electrical and photoelectrical properties of such devices have been studied. The architecture of the solar cell is based on spin-coated thin films of MEH-PPV sensitized with Hydrogen Phthalocyanine (PcH2) and Coumarin 343 dyes, which are sandwiched between indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass and aluminium electrodes. By adding PcH2 and Coumarin 343 to the MEH-PPV active layer the width of absorption spectrum increases drastically. Introduction of a methine unit (-CH=CH-) connecting the cyano (-CN) and carboxyl (-COOH) groups into the Coumarin 343 framework expanded the π - conjugated in the dye and thus resulted in a wide absorption in the visible region. The sensitization of the MEH-PPV thin film by PcH2 and Coumarin 343 dyes leads to photoluminescence (PL) enhancement whereas the incorporation of fullerene molecules (C6) in the blend, acting as electron acceptors, induces PL quenching due to the separation of the photogenerated charges. Photocurrent enhancement and increase of the open circuit voltage are induced by dye sensitization of MEH-PPV/C6 blends

  8. Effect of TiO2 Nanotubes on Polymer-Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    LI Yan; HOU Yan-Bing; JIN Hui; SHI Quan-Min; ZHANG Xiu-Long

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the photovoltaic properties of hybrid organic solar cell based on the blend of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2_-ethylhexoxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV), C60 and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes. In comparison of the composite devices with different TiO2:[MEH-PPV +C60] weight ratios of 1wt.% (D1-1), 2wt.% (D1-2),3wt.% (D1-3), 5wt.% (D1-4), 10wt.% (D1-5) and 20wt.% (D1-6), it is found that the device D1-3 exhibits the best performance. The conversion efficiency is improved by a factor of 3 compared with the MEH-PPV:C60 device.

  9. Analysis of Triplet Exciton Loss Pathways in PTB7:PC71BM Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Kraus, Hannes; Heiber, Michael C.; Väth, Stefan; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten; Sperlich, Andreas; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A strategy for increasing the conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics has been to increase the VOC by tuning the energy levels of donor and acceptor components. However, this opens up a new loss pathway from an interfacial charge transfer state to a triplet exciton (TE) state called electron back transfer (EBT), which is detrimental to device performance. To test this hypothesis, we study triplet formation in the high performing PTB7:PC71BM blend system and determine the impact of the morphology-optimizing additive 1,8-diiodoctane (DIO). Using photoluminescence and spin-sensitive optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements at low temperature, we find that TEs form on PC71BM via intersystem crossing from singlet excitons and on PTB7 via EBT mechanism. For DIO blends with smaller fullerene domains, an increased density of PTB7 TEs is observed. The EBT process is found to be significant only at very low temperature. At 300 K, no triplets are detected via ODMR, and electrically detected magnetic resonance on optimized solar cells indicates that TEs are only present on the fullerenes. We conclude that in PTB7:PC71BM devices, TE formation via EBT is impacted by fullerene domain size at low temperature, but at room temperature, EBT does not represent a dominant loss pathway. PMID:27380928

  10. Effect of ZnCdTe-Alloyed Nanocrystals on Polymer–Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Wang Yan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The photovoltaic properties of solar cell based on the blends of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexoxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene (MEH-PPV, fullerene (C60, and ZnCdTe-alloyed nanocrystals were investigated. Comparing the spectral response of photocurrent of the MEH-PPV:C60(+ZnCdTe nanocomposite device with that of the devices based on MEH-PPV:C60and pristine MEH-PPV, one can find that the nanocomposite device exhibits an enhanced photocurrent. In comparing the composite devices with different ZnCdTe:[MEH-PPV + C60] weight ratios of 10 wt% (D1–1, 20 wt% (D1–2, 40 wt% (D1–3, and 70 wt% (D1–4, it was found that the device D1–3exhibits the best performance. The power conversion efficiency (η is improved doubly compared with that of the MEH-PPV:C60device.

  11. Spray pyrolysed In2S3 thin films: A potential electron selective layer for large area inverted bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    In this paper, we report the results of investigations on the potential of spray pyrolysis technique in depositing electron selective layer over larger area for the fabrication of inverted bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells. The electron selective layer (In2S3) was deposited using spray pyrolysis technique and the linear heterojunction device thus fabricated exhibited good uniformity in photovoltaic properties throughout the area of the device. An MEH-PPV:PCBM inverted bulk-heterojunction device with In2S3 electron selective layer (active area of 3.25 x 3.25 cm2) was also fabricated and tested under indoor and outdoor conditions. From the indoor measurements employing a tungsten halogen lamp (50 mW/cm2 illumination), an open-circuit voltage of 0.41 V and a short-circuit current of 5.6 mA were obtained. On the other hand, the outdoor measurements under direct sunlight (74 mW/cm2) yielded an open-circuit voltage of 0.46 V and a short-circuit current of 9.37 mA. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Fabrication and Characterization of Fullerene-Based Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Porphyrin, CuInS2, Diamond and Exciton-Diffusion Blocking Layer

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Fullerene-based bulk heterojunction solar cells were fabricated, and the electronic and optical properties were investigated. C60 were used as n-type semiconductors, and porphyrin, CuInS2 and diamond were used as p-type semiconductors. An effect of exciton-diffusion blocking layer of perylene derivative on the solar cells between active layer and metal layer was also investigated. Optimized structures with the exciton-diffusion blocking layer improved conversion efficiencies. Electronic structures of the molecules were investigated by molecular orbital calculation, and energy levels of the solar cells were discussed. Nanostructures of the solar cells were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction, which indicated formation of mixed nanocrystals.

  13. Controlling solution-phase polymer aggregation with molecular weight and solvent additives to optimize polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Bartelt, Jonathan A.

    2014-03-20

    The bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell performance of many polymers depends on the polymer molecular weight (M n) and the solvent additive(s) used for solution processing. However, the mechanism that causes these dependencies is not well understood. This work determines how M n and solvent additives affect the performance of BHJ solar cells made with the polymer poly(di(2-ethylhexyloxy)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b\\']dithiophene-co- octylthieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD). Low M n PBDTTPD devices have exceedingly large fullerene-rich domains, which cause extensive charge-carrier recombination. Increasing the M n of PBDTTPD decreases the size of these domains and significantly improves device performance. PBDTTPD aggregation in solution affects the size of the fullerene-rich domains and this effect is linked to the dependency of PBDTTPD solubility on M n. Due to its poor solubility high M n PBDTTPD quickly forms a fibrillar polymer network during spin-casting and this network acts as a template that prevents large-scale phase separation. Furthermore, processing low M n PBDTTPD devices with a solvent additive improves device performance by inducing polymer aggregation in solution and preventing large fullerene-rich domains from forming. These findings highlight that polymer aggregation in solution plays a significant role in determining the morphology and performance of BHJ solar cells. The performance of poly(di(2-ethylhexyloxy) benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b\\']dithiophene-co-octylthieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD) bulk heterojunction solar cells strongly depends on the polymer molecular weight, and processing these bulk heterojunctions with a solvent additive preferentially improves the performance of low molecular weight devices. It is demonstrated that polymer aggregation in solution significantly impacts the thin-film bulk heterojunction morphology and is vital for high device performance. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of quinoxaline-based polymers for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    A series of quinoxaline (Qx)-based copolymers, poly[2,7-(9,9-bis(2-ethylhexyl)dibenzosilole)-alt-5,5-(5′, 8′-di-2-thienyl-2,3-bis(4-octyloxyl)phenyl)quinoxaline] (P1), poly[4,8-bis(2-ethylhexyloxy)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-alt-5,5-(5′, 8′-di-2-thienyl-2,3-bis(4-octyloxyl)phenyl)quinoxaline] (P2), and poly[4,4′-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]silole-alt-5,5-(5′, 8′-di-2-thienyl-2,3-bis(4-octyloxyl)phenyl)quinoxaline] (P3), were synthesized and characterized for use in polymer solar cells (PSCs). We describe the effects of the various donor segments on the optical, electrochemical, field-effect carrier mobilities, and photovoltaic characteristics of the resulting Qx-based copolymers. The results indicated that the donor units in the copolymers significantly influenced the band gap, electronic energy levels, carrier mobilities, and photovoltaic properties of the copolymers. The band gaps of the copolymers were 1.71–2.03 eV. Under optimized conditions, the Qx-based polymers showed power conversion efficiencies for the PSCs of 0.87–2.15% under AM 1.5 illumination (100 mW/cm2). Among the studied Qx-based copolymers, P2, which contained a benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene unit, showed a power conversion efficiency of 2.15% with a short circuit current of 7.06 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.67 V, and a fill factor of 0.46, under AM 1.5 illumination (100 mW/cm2). - Highlights: • A series of quinoxaline (Qx)-based copolymers were synthesized. • We described the effects of the donor segments on photovoltaic characteristics. • The Qx-based polymers showed power conversion efficiencys in the range 0.87–2.15%

  15. Interface and charge transport studies in organic solar cells based on P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunctions

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    Rujisamphan, Nopporn

    Interfaces and charge transport in organic solar cells based on P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunctions (BHJ) were studied. State-of-the-art TEM sample preparation techniques, including in-situ lift-out, were used with a dual focused ion beam (FIB) system on a typical device (ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/Al). Through bright field (BF) TEM micrographs a mixed layer between the Al electrode and the organic active layer (P3HT:PCBM) was clearly observed in both as-fabricated and annealed devices. The effect of Al contact resistance before and after annealing was studied using the vertical transmission line model (TLM). It was found that by annealing after Al evaporation, the contact resistivity decreased by 38%. Energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) clearly revealed a nanoscopic phase separation. From the EFTEM images, the average length and the diameter of P3HT fibrils were found to be approximately 70 nm and 15 nm, respectively. Combining the EFTEM, selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results, the number and spacing of the ordered polymer chains in P3HT fibrils were calculated. There were about 18 repeating units of P3HT perpendicular to the fibril, about 184 layers of pi-pi* stacking along the fibril and about 9 layers of interchain stacking within the fibril. Accompanied by cross-section samples prepared by the FIB technique, the vertical morphology of each phase was analyzed. By collecting 30 eV energy loss images, the phase separation in the blend of P3HT:PCBM was distinguishable. A higher P3HT concentration was observed at the top of the cell. The temperature dependent charge separation and charge transport were studied using modulated surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPV) on layers of P3HT, PCBM, and the blend. The unchanged character of the SPV spectra on the P3HT provides evidence that the mechanisms of charge separation, recombination and charge transport does not change qualitatively after cooling. It was

  16. Modeling of Open-Circuit Voltage of Phenyl-C61-Butyric Acid Methyl Ester-Like Based Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Ferreira, Rodrigo M; Batagin-Neto, Augusto; Lavarda, Francisco C

    2015-12-01

    New materials are currently being sought for use in active layers of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells, and computational modeling plays an important role in this search. Although open circuit voltage (V(oc)) is one of the fundamental quantities that determine the efficiency of a solar cell, there is no consensus on the best way to estimate this magnitude for new materials from calculations of the electronic structure. In this paper, we compare ways of predicting V(oc) values employing a diverse group of blends and conclude that it is possible to have a good prediction tool for organic solar cells based on phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) acceptor molecules. PMID:26682440

  17. Effect of ligand exchange of Cu2ZnSnS4 nanocrystals on the charge transport and photovoltaic performance of nanostructured depleted bulk heterojunction solar cell

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    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanocrystals combining the advantage of feasible solution-phase synthesis and processing are perceived as promising materials for application in efficient, low-cost photovoltaic technology. Herein, we have got surfactant-free CZTS nanocrystals by a novel ligand exchange method, and the obtained CZTS nanocrystals were deposited onto ZnO nanorod arrays to construct depleted bulk heterojunction solar cell. The all-inorganic CZTS nanocrystal solar cells demonstrated a remarkable improvement in Jsc (from 8.14 to 13.97 mA/cm2) and power conversion efficiency (from 1.83 to 3.34 %) compared with surfactant-capped CZTS nanocrystals. Using surface photovoltage spectrum, the influence of ligand exchange of CZTS nanocrystals on the charge transport and photovoltaic performance of the nanostructured CZTS solar cells was discussed

  18. Schottky diodes between Bi2S3 nanorods and metal nanoparticles in a polymer matrix as hybrid bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    We report the use of metal-semiconductor Schottky junctions in a conjugated polymer matrix as solar cells. The Schottky diodes, which were formed between Bi2S3 nanorods and gold nanoparticles, efficiently dissociated photogenerated excitons. The bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) devices based on such metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes in a polymer matrix therefore acted as an efficient solar cell as compared to the devices based on only the semiconductor nanorods in the polymer matrix or when gold nanoparticles were added separately to the BHJs. In the latter device, gold nanoparticles offered plasmonic enhancement due to an increased cross-section of optical absorption. We report growth and characteristics of the Schottky junctions formed through an intimate contact between Bi2S3 nanorods and gold nanoparticles. We also report fabrication and characterization of BHJ solar cells based on such heterojunctions. We highlight the benefit of using metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes over only inorganic semiconductor nanorods or quantum dots in a polymer matrix in forming hybrid BHJ solar cells

  19. Schottky diodes between Bi2S3 nanorods and metal nanoparticles in a polymer matrix as hybrid bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Saha, Sudip K.; Pal, Amlan J.

    2015-07-01

    We report the use of metal-semiconductor Schottky junctions in a conjugated polymer matrix as solar cells. The Schottky diodes, which were formed between Bi2S3 nanorods and gold nanoparticles, efficiently dissociated photogenerated excitons. The bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) devices based on such metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes in a polymer matrix therefore acted as an efficient solar cell as compared to the devices based on only the semiconductor nanorods in the polymer matrix or when gold nanoparticles were added separately to the BHJs. In the latter device, gold nanoparticles offered plasmonic enhancement due to an increased cross-section of optical absorption. We report growth and characteristics of the Schottky junctions formed through an intimate contact between Bi2S3 nanorods and gold nanoparticles. We also report fabrication and characterization of BHJ solar cells based on such heterojunctions. We highlight the benefit of using metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes over only inorganic semiconductor nanorods or quantum dots in a polymer matrix in forming hybrid BHJ solar cells.

  20. Schottky diodes between Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and metal nanoparticles in a polymer matrix as hybrid bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Saha, Sudip K.; Pal, Amlan J., E-mail: sspajp@iacs.res.in [Department of Solid State Physics, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2015-07-07

    We report the use of metal-semiconductor Schottky junctions in a conjugated polymer matrix as solar cells. The Schottky diodes, which were formed between Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and gold nanoparticles, efficiently dissociated photogenerated excitons. The bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) devices based on such metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes in a polymer matrix therefore acted as an efficient solar cell as compared to the devices based on only the semiconductor nanorods in the polymer matrix or when gold nanoparticles were added separately to the BHJs. In the latter device, gold nanoparticles offered plasmonic enhancement due to an increased cross-section of optical absorption. We report growth and characteristics of the Schottky junctions formed through an intimate contact between Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and gold nanoparticles. We also report fabrication and characterization of BHJ solar cells based on such heterojunctions. We highlight the benefit of using metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes over only inorganic semiconductor nanorods or quantum dots in a polymer matrix in forming hybrid BHJ solar cells.

  1. Simulation study of the losses and influences of geminate and bimolecular recombination on the performances of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Zhu, Jian-Zhuo; Qi, Ling-Hui; Du, Hui-Jing; Chai, Ying-Chun

    2015-10-01

    We use the method of device simulation to study the losses and influences of geminate and bimolecular recombinations on the performances and properties of the bulk heterojunction organic solar cells. We find that a fraction of electrons (holes) in the device are collected by anode (cathode). The direction of the corresponding current is opposite to the direction of photocurrent. And the current density increases with the bias increasing but decreases as bimolecular recombination (BR) or geminate recombination (GR) intensity increases. The maximum power, short circuit current, and fill factor display a stronger dependence on GR than on BR. While the influences of GR and BR on open circuit voltage are about the same. Our studies shed a new light on the loss mechanism and may provide a new way of improving the efficiency of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. A2012203016), the Science Fund from the Education Department of Hebei Province, China (Grant Nos. QN20131103 and Z2009114), the Doctor Foundation of Yanshan University, China (Grant No. B580), and the Young Teachers' Research Project of Yanshan University, China (Grant No. 13LGB028).

  2. Impact of the energy difference in LUMO and HOMO of the bulk heterojunctions components on the efficiency of organic solar cells

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    Derouiche, H. [ISSTE, Technopole de Borj-Cedria. B.P. 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Djara, V. [LPSE-FSTN, 2 Rue de la Houssiniere, BP 92208, Nantes Cedex 3, 44322 (France)

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    The characteristics of two bulk heterojunctions photovoltaic devices composed of zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) as electron donor and as electron acceptor, for which we used perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydrid (PTCDA) or 1,4-diaminoanthraquinone (1,4-DAAQ) having been studied. Organic semiconductor-blended films were formed by highvacuum co-evaporation. To study the properties of the different samples, the films were characterized by optical absorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements, and solar cell I-V measurements, AM1.5 (1000 W/m{sup 2}) irradiance. Theoretical and experimental results have shown that a better efficiency is obtained in blending ZnPc with PTCDA more than with 1,4-DAAQ. The offset of the band edges of highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) levels of the blended components will prove responsible for the improvement of all photovoltaic properties of the organic solar cells. (author)

  3. Thickness and concentration effect of P3HT in P3HT:graphene nanocomposites based bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Shariff, Nur Shakina Mohd; Saad, Puteri Sarah Mohamad; Affendi, Irma Hidayanti Halim; Mahmood, Mohamad Rusop; Shariffudin, Shafinaz Sobihana

    2016-07-01

    There has been an increasing interest towards organic solar cells after the discovery of conjugated polymer and bulk-heterojunction concept. Eventhough organic solar cells are less expensive than inorganic solar cells but the power conversion energy is still considered low. The main objective of this research is to investigate the effect of the P3HT's thickness and concentration towards the efficiency of the P3HT:Graphene solar cells. A simulation software that is specialize for photovoltaic called SCAPS is used in this research to simulate the effect on the solar cells. The solar cell's structure will be drawn inside the simulation and the parameters for each layers is inserted. The result such as the open circuit voltage (Voc), short circuit current density (Jsc), fill factor (FF) and efficiency (η) will be calculated by the software and all the results will be put into one graph. P3HT's thickness of 100 nm and concentration of 1×1016 cm-3 has the best overall results with an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 4.55 V, short circuit current density (Jsc) of 16.76 mA/cm2, fill factor (FF) of 19.70 % and efficiency (η) about 15.03 %. The conclusions from the results is that the thicker the active layer and the more higher the concentration, the higher the efficiency of the solar cells.

  4. Molecular packing and electronic processes in amorphous-like polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells with fullerene intercalation.

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    Xiao, Ting; Xu, Haihua; Grancini, Giulia; Mai, Jiangquan; Petrozza, Annamaria; Jeng, U-Ser; Wang, Yan; Xin, Xin; Lu, Yong; Choon, Ng Siu; Xiao, Hu; Ong, Beng S; Lu, Xinhui; Zhao, Ni

    2014-01-01

    The interpenetrating morphology formed by the electron donor and acceptor materials is critical for the performance of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaic (PV) cells. In this work we carried out a systematic investigation on a high PV efficiency (>6%) BHJ system consisting of a newly developed 5,6-difluorobenzo[c] thiadiazole-based copolymer, PFBT-T20TT, and a fullerene derivative. Grazing incidence X-ray scattering measurements reveal the lower-ordered nature of the BHJ system as well as an intermixing morphology with intercalation of fullerene molecules between the PFBT-T20TT lamella. Steady-state and transient photo-induced absorption spectroscopy reveal ultrafast charge transfer (CT) at the PFBT-T20TT/fullerene interface, indicating that the CT process is no longer limited by exciton diffusion. Furthermore, we extracted the hole mobility based on the space limited current (SCLC) model and found that more efficient hole transport is achieved in the PFBT-T20TT:fullerene BHJ as compared to pure PFBT-T20TT, showing a different trend as compared to the previously reported highly crystalline polymer:fullerene blend with a similar intercalation manner. Our study correlates the fullerene intercalated polymer lamella morphology with device performance and provides a coherent model to interpret the high photovoltaic performance of some of the recently developed weakly-ordered BHJ systems based on conjugated polymers with branched side-chain. PMID:24909640

  5. Effects of acetone-soaking treatment on the performance of polymer solar cells based on P3HT/PCBM bulk heterojunction

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    The improvement of the acetone-soaking treatment to the performance of polymer solar cells based on the P3HT/PCBM bulk heterojunction is reported. Undergoing acetone-soaking, the PCBM does not distribute uniformly in the vertical direction, a PCBM enrichment layer forms on the top of the active layer, which is beneficial to the collection of the carriers and blocking the inverting diffusion carriers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals that the PCBM weight ratio on the top of the active layer increases by 20% after the acetone-soaking treatment. Due to the nonuniform distribution of PCBM, the short-circuit current density, the open-circuit voltage, and the fill factor are enhanced significantly. Finally, the power conversion efficiency of the acetone-soaking device increases by 31% compared with the control device. (interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  6. Material profile influences in bulk-heterojunctions

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    Roehling, J.D.; Rochester, C.W.; Ro, H.W.; Wang, P.; Majewski, J; Batenburg, Joost; Arslan, I; Delongchamp, D.M.; Moulé, A.J.

    2014-01-01

    The morphology in mixed bulk-heterojunction films are compared using three different quantitative measurement techniques. We compare the vertical composition changes using high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy with electron tomography and neutron and x-ray reflectometry. The three measurement techniques yield qualitatively comparable vertical concentration measurements. The presence of a metal cathode during thermal annealing is observed to alter the fulleren...

  7. Synergistic Impact of Solvent and Polymer Additives on the Film Formation of Small Molecule Blend Films for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    McDowell, Caitlin

    2015-07-14

    The addition of polystyrene (PS), a typical insulator, is empirically shown to increase the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of a solution-deposited bulk heterojunction (BHJ) molecular blend film used in solar cell fabrication: p-DTS(FBTTh2)2/PC71BM. The performance is further improved by small quantities of diiodooctane (DIO), an established solvent additive. In this study, how the addition of PS and DIO affects the film formation of this bulk heterojunction blend film are probed via in situ monitoring of absorbance, thickness, and crystallinity. PS and DIO additives are shown to promote donor crystallite formation on different time scales and through different mechanisms. PS-containing films retain chlorobenzene solvent, extending evaporation time and promoting phase separation earlier in the casting process. This extended time is insufficient to attain the morphology for optimal PCE results before the film sets. Here is where the presence of DIO comes into play: its low vapor pressure further extends the time scale of film evolution and allows for crystalline rearrangement of the donor phase long after casting, ultimately leading to the best BHJ organization. In situ measurement shows that polystyrene (PS) and diiodooctane (DIO) additives promote donor crystallite formation synergistically, on different time scales, and through different mechanisms. PS-rich films retain solvent, promoting phase separation early in the casting process. Meanwhile, the low vapor pressure of DIO extends the time scale of film evolution and allows for crystalline rearrangement of the donor phase after casting. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Luminescent GdVO4:Sm3+ quantum dots enhance power conversion efficiency of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells by Förster resonance energy transfer

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    Bishnoi, Swati; Gupta, Vinay; Sharma, Chhavi; Haranath, D.; Naqvi, Sheerin; Kumar, Mahesh; Sharma, Gauri D.; Chand, Suresh

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we report enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from samarium-doped luminescent gadolinium orthovanadate (GdVO4:Sm3+) quantum dots (QDs) to polythieno[3,4-b]-thiophene-co-benzodithiophene (PTB7) polymer. The photoluminescence emission spectrum of GdVO4:Sm3+ QDs overlaps with the absorption spectrum of PTB7, leading to FRET from GdVO4:Sm3+ to PTB7, and significant enhancements in the charge-carrier density of excited and polaronic states of PTB7 are observed. This was confirmed by means of femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The FRET from GdVO4:Sm3+ QDs to PTB7 led to a remarkable increase in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PTB7:GdVO4:Sm3+:PC71BM ([6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester) polymer solar cells. The PCE in optimized ternary blend PTB7:GdVO4:Sm3+:PC71BM (1:0.1:1.5) is increased to 8.8% from 7.2% in PTB7:PC71BM. This work demonstrates the potential of rare-earth based luminescent QDs in enhancing the PCE of polymer solar cells.

  9. Effect of the Side Chains and Anode Material on Thermal Stability and Performance of Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells Using DPP(TBFu2 Derivatives as Donor Materials

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    Alexander Kovalenko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An optimized fabrication of bulk-heterojunction solar cells (BHJ SCs based on previously reported diketopyrrolopyrrole donor, ethyl-hexylated DPP(TBFu2, as well as two new DPP(TBFu2 derivatives with ethyl-hexyl acetate and diethyl acetal solubilizing side-chains and PC60BM as an acceptor is demonstrated. Slow gradual annealing of the solar cell causing the effective donor-acceptor reorganization, and as a result higher power conversion efficiency (PCE, is described. By replacing a hole transporting layer PEDOT:PSS with MoO3 we obtained higher PCE values as well as higher thermal stability of the anode contact interface. DPP(TBFu2 derivative containing ethyl-hexyl acetate solubilizing side-chains possessed the best as-cast self-assembly and high crystallinity. However, the presence of ethyl-hexyl acetate and diethyl acetal electrophilic side-chains stabilizes HOMO energy of isolated DPP(TBFu2 donors with respect to the ethyl-hexylated one, according to cyclic voltammetry.

  10. A novel fabrication of MEH-PPV/Al:ZnO nanorod arrays based ordered bulk heterojunction hybrid solar cells

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    Vertically aligned Al:ZnO nanorod arrays has been used as window layer in the fabrication of ordered bulk heterojuction hybrid solar cells. The utilization of the nanorod arrays will enhance the electron transport in vertical direction and also for light harvesting applications for high performance devices. The performance of this hybrid polymer/metal oxide photovoltaic devices based on MEH-PPV [poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene)] and oriented Al:ZnO nanorod arrays is studied. The Al:ZnO nanorod arrays with a diameter of about 70–80 nm and thickness of approximately 500 nm were successfully grown on Al:ZnO-coated ITO substrate by sonicated sol–gel immersion technique. The photovoltaic performance of a short-circuit current density of 5.320 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage of 195 mV and a fill factor of 27.71%, with a power conversion efficiency of about 0.287% under AM 1.5 illumination (100 mW/cm2). To the best of our knowledge, preparation of aligned Al:ZnO nanorod arrays for this type of solar cell fabrication has not been reported by any research group.

  11. High-efficiency hole extraction/electron-blocking layer to replace poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) in bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Hains, Alexander W.; Marks, Tobin J.

    2008-01-01

    An anode interfacial layer is reported for bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells to replace the commonly used poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). A poly[9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N-[4-(3-methylpropyl)]-diphenylamine] (TFB)+4,4'-bis[(p-trichlorosilylpropylphenyl)phenylamino]biphenyl (TPDSi2) blend is crosslinked, forming robust ˜10nm thick films covalently bound to indium tin oxide, which transport holes while blocking misdirected electrons. The thermal stability and photovoltaic performance metrics of TFB :TPDSi2-modified BHJ cells are significantly greater than those of cells fabricated in parallel with PEDOT:PSS or with no interfacial layer. For a poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxyl]-1,4-phenylene vinylene: methanofullerene[6 6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester cell, Voc=0.89V, Jsc=4.62mA/cm2, FF =54.4%, and ηp=2.23%.

  12. Predictive Mechanistic Model for the Electrical Impedance and Intensity-Modulated Photocurrent and Photovoltage Spectroscopic Responses of an Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell

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    Set, Ying Ting; Birgersson, Erik; Luther, Joachim

    2016-05-01

    We develop a predictive and mechanistic model for the intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopic (IMPS), intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopic (IMVS), and electrical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) responses of organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. Unlike the dominant analytical framework—equivalent circuit analysis—the model uses physical parameters that directly reflect the device's fundamental electronic mechanisms, eliminating the ambiguity associated with interpreting phenomenological parameters. Formulated in the frequency domain, the model is a computationally efficient tool for extracting parameters from the measured spectra. With a set of physical parameters representing a device, we predict the device's spectra (a) in techniques employing different methods of perturbing a device and (b) at different bias voltages and illumination intensities. The predicted spectra show good agreement with the measured ones. By quantifying the device's internal electric field and charge carrier concentration and relating them to the spectra, we determine that the IMPS responses at the short-circuit condition and the IMVS responses at the open-circuit condition directly reflect the charge carrier extraction and recombination, respectively. Furthermore, the EIS response indicates the device's recombination time scale at different bias voltages.

  13. P3HT:DiPBI bulk heterojunction solar cells: morphology and electronic structure probed by multiscale simulation and UV/vis spectroscopy.

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    Winands, Thorsten; Böckmann, Marcus; Schemme, Thomas; Ly, Phong-Minh Timmy; de Jong, Djurre H; Wang, Zhaohui; Denz, Cornelia; Heuer, Andreas; Doltsinis, Nikos L

    2016-02-17

    Coarse grained molecular dynamics simulations are performed for a mixture of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and diperylene bisimide (DiPBI). The effect of different annealing and cooling protocols on the morphology is investigated and the resulting domain structures are analyzed. In particular, π-stacked clusters of DiPBI molecules are observed whose size decreases with increasing temperature. Domain structure and diffusivity data suggest that the DiPBI subsystem undergoes an order → disorder phase transition between 700 and 900 K. Electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory are carried out after backmapping the coarse grained model onto an atomistic force field representation built upon first principles. UV/vis absorption spectra of the P3HT:DiPBI mixture are computed using time-dependent density functional linear response theory and recorded experimentally for a spin-coated thin film. It is demonstrated that the absorption spectrum depends sensitively on the details of the amorphous structure, thus providing valuable insight into the morphology. In particular, the results show that the tempering procedure has a significant influence on the material's electronic properties. This knowledge may help to develop effective processing routines to enhance the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells. PMID:26853376

  14. Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell with Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotubes in the Active Layer: Effect of Nanocomposite Synthesis Technique on Photovoltaic Properties

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    Godfrey Keru

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites of poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (N-CNTs have been synthesized by two methods; specifically, direct solution mixing and in situ polymerization. The nanocomposites were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray dispersive spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, photoluminescence spectrophotometry (PL, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and dispersive surface energy analysis. The nanocomposites were used in the active layer of a bulk heterojunction organic solar cell with the composition ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:N-CNTS:PCBM/LiF/Al. TEM and SEM analysis showed that the polymer successfully wrapped the N-CNTs. FTIR results indicated good π-π interaction within the nanocomposite synthesized by in situ polymerization as opposed to samples made by direct solution mixing. Dispersive surface energies of the N-CNTs and nanocomposites supported the fact that polymer covered the N-CNTs well. J-V analysis show that good devices were formed from the two nanocomposites, however, the in situ polymerization nanocomposite showed better photovoltaic characteristics.

  15. Closed-form expressions correlating exciton transport and interfacial charge carrier generation with the donor/acceptor morphology in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells are frequently modeled with effective-medium device models; these models, however, do not resolve the relation between excitonic processes in the donor/acceptor (D/A) blend and the D/A morphology. In this context, we derive a simple analytical model to relate the interfacial exciton flux and the volumetric generation rate of interfacial electron–hole pairs with the morphological characteristics of a D/A blend. Our approach does not require explicit morphological information of the D/A blend, except for the specific interfacial area and the blending ratio between donor and acceptor materials, both of which can be assessed experimentally. The expressions are verified with numerical simulations based on randomly generated three-dimensional D/A morphologies – overall, good agreement is found. The analytical expressions developed in this paper can easily be integrated into existing effective-medium device models, allowing them to capture the effect of exciton transport and morphology on free charge carrier generation in more detail. These expressions potentially allow morphological features in a D/A blend to be optimized within a fast, 1D computational framework

  16. Organic hybrid planar-nanocrystalline bulk heterojunctions

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    A photosensitive optoelectronic device having an improved hybrid planar bulk heterojunction includes a plurality of photoconductive materials disposed between the anode and the cathode. The photoconductive materials include a first continuous layer of donor material and a second continuous layer of acceptor material. A first network of donor material or materials extends from the first continuous layer toward the second continuous layer, providing continuous pathways for conduction of holes to the first continuous layer. A second network of acceptor material or materials extends from the second continuous layer toward the first continuous layer, providing continuous pathways for conduction of electrons to the second continuous layer. The first network and the second network are interlaced with each other. At least one other photoconductive material is interspersed between the interlaced networks. This other photoconductive material or materials has an absorption spectra different from the donor and acceptor materials.

  17. The use of thermal initiator to make organic bulk heterojunction solar cells with a good percolation path

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    Tong, S. W.; Zhang, C. F.; Jiang, C. Y.; Ling, Q. D.; Kang, E. T.; Chan, D. S. H.; Zhu, Chunxiang

    2008-07-01

    A simple method is developed to make an interpenetrating network of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and fullerene (C60) by mixing P3HT solution with a thermal initiator 2,2'-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN). After mild annealing, the release of nitrogen from AIBN increases the roughness of P3HT dramatically. Significant photoluminescence quenching between the roughened donor P3HT and overlaying acceptor C60 is related to the significant increment of donor-acceptor interfacial areas. Based on this interpenetrated network of P3HT/C60, more than threefold increase in the photovoltaic efficiency of devices is achieved compared with bilayer structure. Fill factor is also improved, implying good percolation path in this heterojunction structure.

  18. X-Ray Nanoscopy of a Bulk Heterojunction

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    Skjønsfjell, Eirik Torbjørn Bakken; Van den Brande, Niko; Chavez Panduro, Elvia Anabela; Claessens, Raf; Guizar-Sicairos, Manuel; Van Mele, Bruno; Breiby, Dag Werner

    2016-01-01

    Optimizing the morphology of bulk heterojunctions is known to significantly improve the photovoltaic performance of organic solar cells, but available quantitative imaging techniques are few and have severe limitations. We demonstrate X-ray ptychographic coherent diffractive imaging applied to all-organic blends. Specifically, the phase-separated morphology in bulk heterojunction photoactive layers for organic solar cells, prepared from a 50:50 blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and thermally treated for different annealing times is imaged to high resolution. Moreover, using a fast-scanning calorimetry chip setup, the nano-morphological changes caused by repeated thermal annealing applied to the same sample could be monitored. X-ray ptychography resolves to better than 100 nm the phase-segregated domains of electron donor and electron acceptor materials over a large field of view within the active layers. The quantitative phase contrast images further allow us to estimate the local volume fraction of PCBM across the photovoltaically active layers. The volume fraction gradient for different regions provides insight on the PCBM diffusion across the depletion zone surrounding PCBM aggregates. Phase contrast X-ray microscopy is under rapid development, and the results presented here are promising for future studies of organic-organic blends, also under in situ conditions, e.g., for monitoring the structural stability during UV-Vis irradiation. PMID:27367796

  19. X-Ray Nanoscopy of a Bulk Heterojunction.

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    Nilesh Patil

    Full Text Available Optimizing the morphology of bulk heterojunctions is known to significantly improve the photovoltaic performance of organic solar cells, but available quantitative imaging techniques are few and have severe limitations. We demonstrate X-ray ptychographic coherent diffractive imaging applied to all-organic blends. Specifically, the phase-separated morphology in bulk heterojunction photoactive layers for organic solar cells, prepared from a 50:50 blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM and thermally treated for different annealing times is imaged to high resolution. Moreover, using a fast-scanning calorimetry chip setup, the nano-morphological changes caused by repeated thermal annealing applied to the same sample could be monitored. X-ray ptychography resolves to better than 100 nm the phase-segregated domains of electron donor and electron acceptor materials over a large field of view within the active layers. The quantitative phase contrast images further allow us to estimate the local volume fraction of PCBM across the photovoltaically active layers. The volume fraction gradient for different regions provides insight on the PCBM diffusion across the depletion zone surrounding PCBM aggregates. Phase contrast X-ray microscopy is under rapid development, and the results presented here are promising for future studies of organic-organic blends, also under in situ conditions, e.g., for monitoring the structural stability during UV-Vis irradiation.

  20. Driving vertical phase separation in a bulk-heterojunction by inserting a poly(3-hexylthiophene) layer for highly efficient organic solar cells

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    A desirable vertical phase separation of a bulk-heterojunction was achieved by inserting a P3HT layer between the blend layer and the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) layer. According to the high (PEDOT:PSS) and low (P3HT) surface energies of substrate, it might be possible to modulate the vertical phase separation in the bulk-heterojunction. The result of vertical phase separation was determined using time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectroscopy analysis. A controlled thickness of 50 nm for the inserted P3HT layer prevented undesirable light absorption and the power conversion efficiency of this condition was increased by 44% compared to that of a reference device.

  1. Modeling the increased efficiency due to light scattering effects in conjugated polymer/fullerene-based bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Purkrt, Adam; Špringer, Jiří; Poruba, Aleš; Vaněček, Milan; Goris, L.; Haenen, K.; Nesladek, M.; Vandewal, K.; Manca, J.; Vanderzande, D.

    Munich: WIP-Renewable Energies, 2005 - (Palz, W.; Ossenbrink, H.; Helm, P.), s. 362-365 ISBN 3-936338-19-1. [European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference /20./. Barcelona (ES), 06.06.2005-10.06.2005] R&D Projects: GA MŽP(CZ) SN/320/11/03 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : organic solar cell * light trapping * modeling Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  2. Continuous Flow Polymer Synthesis toward Reproducible Large-Scale Production for Efficient Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells.

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    Pirotte, Geert; Kesters, Jurgen; Verstappen, Pieter; Govaerts, Sanne; Manca, Jean; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk; Maes, Wouter

    2015-10-12

    Organic photovoltaics (OPV) have attracted great interest as a solar cell technology with appealing mechanical, aesthetical, and economies-of-scale features. To drive OPV toward economic viability, low-cost, large-scale module production has to be realized in combination with increased top-quality material availability and minimal batch-to-batch variation. To this extent, continuous flow chemistry can serve as a powerful tool. In this contribution, a flow protocol is optimized for the high performance benzodithiophene-thienopyrroledione copolymer PBDTTPD and the material quality is probed through systematic solar-cell evaluation. A stepwise approach is adopted to turn the batch process into a reproducible and scalable continuous flow procedure. Solar cell devices fabricated using the obtained polymer batches deliver an average power conversion efficiency of 7.2 %. Upon incorporation of an ionic polythiophene-based cathodic interlayer, the photovoltaic performance could be enhanced to a maximum efficiency of 9.1 %. PMID:26388210

  3. Effect of simultaneous electrical and thermal treatment on the performance of bulk heterojunction organic solar cell blended with organic salt

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    Sabri, Nasehah Syamin; Yap, Chi Chin; Yahaya, Muhammad [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Salleh, Muhamad Mat [Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2013-11-27

    This work presents the influence of simultaneous electrical and thermal treatment on the performance of organic solar cell blended with organic salt. The organic solar cells were composed of indium tin oxide as anode, poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]: (6,6)-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester: tetrabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate blend as organic active layer and aluminium as cathode. The devices underwent a simultaneous fixed-voltage electrical and thermal treatment at different temperatures of 25, 50 and 75 °C. It was found that photovoltaic performance improved with the thermal treatment temperature. Accumulation of more organic salt ions in the active layer leads to broadening of p-n doped regions and hence higher built-in electric field across thin intrinsic layer. The simultaneous electrical and thermal treatment has been shown to be able to reduce the electrical treatment voltage.

  4. Correlation between LUMO offset of donor/acceptor molecules to an open circuit voltage in bulk heterojunction solar cell

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    The correlation between the open circuit voltage and the LUMO offset of the donor and acceptor polymers in the bulkheterojunction solar cell was studied for three different thiophene derivatives. The HOMO levels of all the polymers in this investigation were chosen to be similar which results in close values of ΔEDA=EHOMOD−ELUMOA. However, the measured Voc was found to be increasing with decreasing value of the LUMO offset that exists between the donor polymer and fullerene.

  5. Optimizing P3HT/PCBM/MWCNT films for increased stability in polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    The effect of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on the properties of P3HT:PCBM based solar cells has been studied. The concentration of MWCNT was optimized at 0.2% and the concentration of P3HT:PCBM was increased from 20mg/ml to 30mg/ml to obtain highest efficiency. An increase in charge carrier mobility was also observed, which is attributed to high charge transport properties of MWCNT. The active layer was optically stable with respect to absorption, whereas the emission spectra revealed an increase in charge recombination with time. The solar cells doped with MWCNT exhibited increased stability as compared to undoped cells. - Highlights: • MWCNT doped P3HT:PCBM based solar cells are optimized for increased efficiency. • Degradation studies showed that MWCNT stabilizes the cell performance. • Mobility and basic device characteristics decreased with time. • Photoluminescence studies with time showed an increase in charge recombination. • Degradation for devices kept in air is faster as compared to the samples in vacuum

  6. Silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    2006-01-01

    The world of today must face up to two contradictory energy problems: on the one hand, there is the sharply growing consumer demand in countries such as China and India. On the other hand, natural resources are dwindling. Moreover, many of those countries which still possess substantial gas and oil supplies are politically unstable. As a result, renewable natural energy sources have received great attention. Among these, solar-cell technology is one of the most promising candidates. However, there still remains the problem of the manufacturing costs of such cells. Many attempts have been made

  7. Correlation between LUMO offset of donor/acceptor molecules to an open circuit voltage in bulk heterojunction solar cell

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    Mola, Genene Tessema, E-mail: mola@ukzn.ac.za [School of. Chemistry and Physics, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209 (South Africa); Abera, Newayemedhin [Addis Ababa University, Department of Physics, P.O. BOX 1176, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

    2014-07-15

    The correlation between the open circuit voltage and the LUMO offset of the donor and acceptor polymers in the bulkheterojunction solar cell was studied for three different thiophene derivatives. The HOMO levels of all the polymers in this investigation were chosen to be similar which results in close values of ΔE{sub DA}=E{sub HOMO}{sup D}−E{sub LUMO}{sup A}. However, the measured V{sub oc} was found to be increasing with decreasing value of the LUMO offset that exists between the donor polymer and fullerene.

  8. Influence of Surface Recombination on Charge-Carrier Kinetics in Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Nickel Oxide Interlayers

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    Wheeler, Scot; Deledalle, Florent; Tokmoldin, Nurlan; Kirchartz, Thomas; Nelson, Jenny; Durrant, James R.

    2015-08-01

    The choice of electrode for organic photovoltaics is known to be of importance to both device stability and performance, especially regarding the open-circuit voltage (VOC ). Here we show that the work function of a nickel oxide anode, varied using an O2 plasma treatment, has a considerable influence on the open-circuit voltage VOC of an organic solar cell. We probe recombination in the devices using transient photovoltage and charge extraction to determine the lifetime as a function of charge-carrier concentration and compare the experimental results with numerical drift-diffusion simulations. This combination of experiment and simulations allows us to conclude that the variations in VOC are due to a change in surface recombination, localized at the NiO anode, although only a small change in carrier lifetime is observed.

  9. Use of a commercially available nucleating agent to control the morphological development of solution-processed small molecule bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Sharenko, Alexander

    2014-08-12

    © the Partner Organisations 2014. The nucleating agent DMDBS is used to modulate the crystallization of solution-processed small molecule donor molecules in bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic (BHJ OPV) devices. This control over donor molecule crystallization leads to a reduction in optimized thermal annealing times as well as smaller donor molecule crystallites, and therefore more efficient devices, when using an excessive amount of solvent additive. We therefore demonstrate the use of nucleating agents as a powerful and versatile processing strategy for solution-processed, small molecule BHJ OPVs. This journal is

  10. The dependence of the cathode architecture on the photoactive layer morphology in bulk-heterojunction polymeric solar cells

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    Poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) have been chosen to prepare binary and ternary blend thin films. In the case of the binary blend thin films of P3HT:PCBM used as the photoactive layers, the LiF/Al cathode offered nearly the same power conversion efficiency (PCE) as bathocuproine (BCP) 2 nm Al−1 and BCP 10 nm Al−1 cathodes. While ternary blend thin films of P3HT:PCBM:PMMA were applied as the photoactive layers, the BCP 2 nm Al−1 cathode showed an increase of roughly 42% in the PCE relative to ternary blend thin film with LiF/Al and BCP 10 nm Al−1 cathodes. The vertical phase separation of P3HT and PCBM was found to be more suppressed in the ternary blend films than in the binary ones, due to the confinement of PMMA. The P3HT:PCBM:PMMA with the BCP 2 nm Al−1 cathode showed an increase of 20% in the PCE as compared to the binary thin film of P3HT:PCBM with the LiF/Al cathode. We provide some insights into the correlation between the morphology control of active layer and cathode structure, useful for the development of polymeric solar cells towards the commercialization. (paper)

  11. The Impact of Grain Alignment of the Electron Transporting Layer on the Performance of Inverted Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Banavoth, Murali

    2015-08-13

    This report presents a new strategy for improving solar cell power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) through grain alignment and morphology control of the ZnO electron transport layer (ETL) prepared by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The systematic control over the ETL\\'s grain alignment and thickness is shown, by varying the deposition pressure and operating substrate temperature during the deposition. Notably, a high PCE of 6.9%, short circuit current density (Jsc) of 12.8 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 910 mV, and fill factor of 59% are demonstrated using the poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b\\']dithiophene-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione):[6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester polymer blend with ETLs prepared at room temperature exhibiting oriented and aligned rod-like ZnO grains. Increasing the deposition temperature during the ZnO sputtering induces morphological cleavage of the rod-like ZnO grains and therefore reduced conductivity from 7.2 × 10-13 to ≈1.7 × 10-14 S m-1 and PCE from 6.9% to 4.28%. An investigation of the charge carrier dynamics by femtosecond (fs) transient absorption spectroscopy with broadband capability reveals clear evidence of faster carrier recombination for a ZnO layer deposited at higher temperature, which is consistent with the conductivity and device performance. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Effect of ligand exchange of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanocrystals on the charge transport and photovoltaic performance of nanostructured depleted bulk heterojunction solar cell

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    Zhang, Zhuo-Xi; Zhou, Zheng-Ji, E-mail: zzj@henu.edu.cn; Bai, Bing; Liu, Ming-Hua; Zhou, Wen-Hui; Kou, Dong-Xing; Wu, Si-Xin, E-mail: wusixin@henu.edu.cn [Henan University, Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education (China)

    2015-12-15

    Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) nanocrystals combining the advantage of feasible solution-phase synthesis and processing are perceived as promising materials for application in efficient, low-cost photovoltaic technology. Herein, we have got surfactant-free CZTS nanocrystals by a novel ligand exchange method, and the obtained CZTS nanocrystals were deposited onto ZnO nanorod arrays to construct depleted bulk heterojunction solar cell. The all-inorganic CZTS nanocrystal solar cells demonstrated a remarkable improvement in J{sub sc} (from 8.14 to 13.97 mA/cm{sup 2}) and power conversion efficiency (from 1.83 to 3.34 %) compared with surfactant-capped CZTS nanocrystals. Using surface photovoltage spectrum, the influence of ligand exchange of CZTS nanocrystals on the charge transport and photovoltaic performance of the nanostructured CZTS solar cells was discussed.

  13. Amorphous silicon crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Fahrner, Wolfgang Rainer

    2013-01-01

    Amorphous Silicon/Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells deals with some typical properties of heterojunction solar cells, such as their history, the properties and the challenges of the cells, some important measurement tools, some simulation programs and a brief survey of the state of the art, aiming to provide an initial framework in this field and serve as a ready reference for all those interested in the subject. This book helps to ""fill in the blanks"" on heterojunction solar cells. Readers will receive a comprehensive overview of the principles, structures, processing techniques and the curre

  14. Effect of the Phosphorus Gettering on Si Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Hyomin Park

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available To improve the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells, should be collected the excess carrier as much as possible. Therefore, minimizing the recombination both at the bulk and surface regions is important. Impurities make recombination sites and they are the major reason for recombination. Phosphorus (P gettering was introduced to reduce metal impurities in the bulk region of Si wafers and then to improve the efficiency of Si heterojunction solar cells fabricated on the wafers. Resistivity of wafers was measured by a four-point probe method. Fill factor of solar cells was measured by a solar simulator. Saturation current and ideality factor were calculated from a dark current density-voltage graph. External quantum efficiency was analyzed to assess the effect of P gettering on the performance of solar cells. Minority bulk lifetime measured by microwave photoconductance decay increases from 368.3 to 660.8 μs. Open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current density increase from 577 to 598 mV and 27.8 to 29.8 mA/cm2, respectively. The efficiency of solar cells increases from 11.9 to 13.4%. P gettering will be feasible to improve the efficiency of Si heterojunction solar cells fabricated on P-doped Si wafers.

  15. Film morphology effects on the electrical and optical properties of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells based on MEH-PPV/C60 composite

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    The influence of film morphology on the electrical behaviour of an MEH-PPV/C60 organic solar cells has been investigated. The dissociation of photogenerated charge pairs in composites of buckminsterfullerenes (C60) in a conjugated polymer matrix (MEH-PPV) forming dispersed heterojunctions was studied at low C60 acceptor concentrations to separate electron transfer from charge transport effects. The motivation of this study was to analyse the strong dependence of organic solar cell efficiencies on the morphology of the composite. Two effects controlling film morphology have been investigated; the first one being the influence of the fullerene concentration and the second one is the effect of the organic solvent used to deposit the photoactive layer. The sample morphology was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Photoluminescence (PL) experiments and current-voltage (I-V) measurements were performed on the deposited photovoltaic film to investigate the influence of dispersion on the charge transfer process between MEH-PPV and C60. An attempt to explain all the results will be presented

  16. Interface-engineering additives of poly(oxyethylene tridecyl ether) for low-band gap polymer solar cells consisting of PCDTBT:PCBM₇₀ bulk-heterojunction layers.

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    Huh, Yoon Ho; Park, Byoungchoo

    2013-01-14

    We herein report on the improved photovoltaic (PV) effects of using a polymer bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) layer that consists of a low-band gap electron donor polymer of poly(N-9'-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)) (PCDTBT) and an acceptor of [6,6]-phenyl C₇₁ butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM₇₀), doped with an interface-engineering surfactant additive of poly(oxyethylene tridecyl ether) (PTE). The presence of an interface-engineering additive in the PV layer results in excellent performance; the addition of PTE to a PCDTBT:PCBM₇₀ system produces a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.0%, which is much higher than that of a reference device without the additive (4.9%). We attribute this improvement to an increased charge carrier lifetime, which is likely to be the result of the presence of PTE molecules oriented at the interfaces between the BHJ PV layer and the anode and cathode, as well as at the interfaces between the phase-separated BHJ domains. Our results suggest that the incorporation of the PTE interface-engineering additive in the PCDTBT:PCBM₇₀ PV layer results in a functional composite system that shows considerable promise for use in efficient polymer BHJ PV cells. PMID:23389265

  17. Epitaxy-assisted creation of PCBM nanocrystals and its application in constructing optimized morphology for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells.

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    Li, Ligui; Lu, Guanghao; Li, Sijun; Tang, Haowei; Yang, Xiaoniu

    2008-12-11

    PCBM (a C60 derivative) is so far the most successful electron acceptor for bulk-heterojunction polymer photovoltaic (PV) cells. Here we present a novel method epitaxy-assisted creation of PCBM nanocrystals and their homogeneous distribution in the matrix using freshly cleaved mica sheet as the substrate. The highly matched epitaxy relationship between the unit cell of PCBM crystal and crystallographic (001) surface of mica induces abundant PCBM nuclei, which subsequently develop into nanoscale crystals with homogeneous dispersion in the composite film. Both the shape and size of these nanocrystals could be tuned via choosing the type of matrix polymer, film thickness, ratio of PCBM in the composite film, and annealing temperature. Thus, the obtained thin composite film is removed from the original mica substrate via the flotation technique and transferred to a real substrate for device completion. The success of this method has been verified by the substantially improved device performance, in particular the increased short-circuit current, which is heavily dependent on the morphology of the photoactive layer. Therefore, we have actually demonstrated a novel approach to construct preferred morphology for high-performance optoelectronic devices via resorting to other specific substrates which could induce the formation of this type morphology. PMID:19367916

  18. Organic bulk heterojunction photovoltaic structures: design, morphology and properties

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    Main approaches to the design of organic bulk heterojunction photovoltaic structures are generalized and systematized. Novel photovoltaic materials based on fullerenes, organic dyes and related compounds, graphene, conjugated polymers and dendrimers are considered. The emphasis is placed on correlations between the chemical structure and properties of materials. The effect of morphology of the photoactive layer on the photovoltaic properties of devices is analyzed. Main methods of optimization of the photovoltaic properties are outlined. The bibliography includes 338 references

  19. Chloroboron (III) subnaphthalocyanine as an electron donor in bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    In this work, chloroboron (III) subnaphthalocyanine (SubNc) was used as an electron donor, combined with a [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM) or fullerene C70 acceptor in bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells. In spite of the limited solubility of SubNc in organic solvents, the solution processed device exhibited an efficiency of 4.0% under 1 sun, AM1.5G solar irradiation at room temperature, and 5.0% at 80 ° C due to the temperature-dependence of the carrier mobilities. SubNc:C70 bulk heterojunctions were also fabricated via thermal co-evaporation, demonstrating an efficiency of 4.4%. This result shows that SubNc is a promising material for photovoltaic applications via various processing techniques, such as vacuum deposition and wet coating. (paper)

  20. Morphology control of a polythiophene-fullerene bulk heterojunction for enhancement of the high-temperature stability of solar cell performance by a new donor-acceptor diblock copolymer

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    A well defined diblock copolymer (P3HT-b-C60) based on regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was synthesized via two controlled polymerization steps and used as a compatibilizer for the P3HT/PCBM blend, which has widely been used as an active layer in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells. The addition of a small amount of P3HT-b-C60 results in not only the reduction of phase size of P3HT/PCBM blend but also the suppression of macrophase separation for long-time thermal annealing owing to the preferential location of the diblock copolymers at the interface between P3HT and PCBM phases. The morphology change with the annealing time is closely related to the change of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of solar cells: the PCE of P3HT/PCBM greatly decreases with increasing annealing time while the addition of P3HT-b-C60 significantly reduces the decrease of PCE for long-time thermal annealing.

  1. Visible Light Communication System Using an Organic Bulk Heterojunction Photodetector

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    Cristina de Dios

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available A visible light communication (VLC system using an organic bulk heterojunction photodetector (OPD is presented. The system has been successfully proven indoors with an audio signal. The emitter consists of three commercial high-power white LEDs connected in parallel. The receiver is based on an organic photodetector having as active layer a blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM. The OPD is opto-electrically characterized, showing a responsivity of 0.18 A/W and a modulation response of 790 kHz at −6 V.

  2. Photovoltage analysis of a heterojunction solar cell

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    Xiong Chao; Yao Ruo-He; Geng Kui-Wei

    2011-01-01

    According to the p-n junction model of Shockley, the relationship between the equilibrium carrier concentrations of n-type and p-type semiconductors on the edges of the depletion region of a p-n junction solar cell is analysed. The calculation results show that the photovoltage can exceed the built-in voltage for a special kind of heterojunction solar cell. When the photovoltage exceeds the built-in voltage under illumination, the dark current and the photocurrent are impeded by the peak of voltage barrier at the interface and the expression of the total Ⅰ-Ⅴ characteristic is given.

  3. Cohesion and device reliability in organic bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    Brand, Vitali

    2012-04-01

    The fracture resistance of P3HT:PC 60BM-based photovoltaic devices are characterized using quantitative adhesion and cohesion metrologies that allow identification of the weakest layer or interface in the device structure. We demonstrate that the phase separated bulk heterojunction layer is the weakest layer and report quantitative cohesion values which ranged from ∼1 to 20 J m -2. The effects of layer thickness, composition, and annealing treatments on layer cohesion are investigated. Using depth profiling and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy on the resulting fracture surfaces, we examine the gradient of molecular components through the thickness of the bulk heterojunction layer. Finally, using atomic force microscopy we show how the topography of the failure path is related to buckling of the metal electrode and how it develops with annealing. The research provides new insights on how the molecular design, structure and composition affect the cohesive properties of organic photovoltaics. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Determination of energy levels in organic bulk-heterojunction systems

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    Wetzstein, Holger; Krause, Stefan; Schoell, Achim; Reinert, Friedrich [Experimental Physics VII, Julius-Maximilians-University of Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Liedtke, Moritz; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten [Experimental Physics VI, Julius-Maximilians-University of Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    In order to improve the efficiency of electronic devices based on organic semiconducting materials the detailed knowledge about the exact position of the energy levels responsible for charge transport is crucial. The experimental determination is particularly complicated for bulk heterojunctions of p- and n-conducting materials in terms of sample preparation, film morphology and distinction of the different spectroscopic signatures. We investigated four promising materials for organic photovoltaic devices: the electron donor poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and the three electron acceptors [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61} butyric acid methyl ester (PC{sub 60}BM), its bisadduct analogue (bis- PC{sub 60}BM) and [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 71} butyric acid methyl ester (PC{sub 70}BM). Thin films of pristine materials as well as bulk heterojunction samples of P3HT:PC{sub 60}BM, P3HT:bis-PC{sub 60}BM and P3HT:PC{sub 70}BM were examined with respect to their valence levels using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS).

  5. Synergetic Enhancement of Device Efficiency in Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl/[6,6]-phenyl C61 Butyric Acid Methyl Ester Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells by Glycerol Addition in the Active Layer

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl(P3HT:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM is the widely used active layer for the bulk heterojunction solar cells. Annealing is essential for P3HT:PC60BM active layer, since it facilitates the creation of better network for the transfer of the charge carriers. However, the PC60BM in the active layer can crystallize excessively during annealing treatments and disrupt the favorable morphology by forming crystallites in micrometer ranges, thus reducing device efficiency. In this paper we used glycerol as an additive in the active layer. Due to high boiling point of glycerol, it makes slow drying of the active layer possible during the annealing. It thus gives enough time to both electron donor (P3HT and electron acceptor (PC60BM components of the active layer to self-organize and also restrict the crystal overgrowth of PC60BM. Further, the glycerol additive makes the active layer smoother, which may also improve adhesion between the electrode and the active layer. The devices with the pristine active layer showed a power conversion efficiency (PCE of about 2.1% and, with the addition of 30 vol% of glycerol in the active layer, the PCE value increased to 3%.

  6. 溶剂添加剂对体异质结太阳能电池的影响%The Influence of Solvent Additive on Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell

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    代科; 钟建; 高娟; 俞江涛; 张霖; 陈久乐

    2012-01-01

    Thanks to its high efficiency,bulk hetero-junction solar cell has drawn great at-tention. Additive DIO is applied to MEH-PPV:PCBM to improve the nanomorphology of the ac-tive layer. The short circuit current reaches the largest (JBC = 8. 74 mA/cm2) when the consisten-cy of DIO is 20 mg/ml,and the device efficiency the highest (PCE=2. 44%),55. 4% higher than that without DIO.%体异质结太阳电池因其高效率特点受到了研究者的极大关注.使用添加剂DIO应用于MEH-PPV:PCBM结构中,改善活性层形貌.最终得到了在DIO浓度为20 mg/ml的时候器件短路电流密度最大(Jsc=8.74 mA/cm2),器件效率最高(PCE=2.44%),相比没有使用DIO的情况效率提升了55.4%.

  7. Enhanced power conversion efficiency in bulk heterojunction solar cell based on new polyazomethine with vinylene moieties and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester by adding 10-camphorsulfonic acid

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    A polyazomethine (PPV-PAZ-DMB) containing vinylene and aliphatic side chains was synthesized by polycondensation method. The structure of polymer was characterized by means Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR), proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance (1H, 13C NMR) spectroscopy and the results show an agreement with the proposed structure. Photovoltaic properties of PPV-PAZ-DMB were studied by constructing bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells with the architecture ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PPV-PAZ-DMB:PCBM/Al, where ITO: indium tin oxide, PEDOT:PSS: poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate). Photovoltaic parameters were analyzed taking into account amount of [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) added to PPV-PAZ-DMB and presence of 10-camphorsulfonic acid (CSA) in active layer. With the weight ratio PPV-PAZ-DMB:PCBM of 1:3 and the presence of CSA, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the device reached 0.32% with open circuit voltage Voc = 0.47 V, short circuit current density Jsc = 2.91 mA/cm2 and fill factor (FF) 0.25 under simulated 100 mW/cm2 AM 1.5 G irradiation. It is showed that the PCE of device with CSA was 40 times higher than that of the device without CSA. Devices were additionally tested by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. An influence of CSA as a dopant on absorption wavelengths, energy gap and HOMO-LUMO levels was investigated

  8. Efficient Perovskite-organic Bulk Heterojunction Hybrid Integrated Solar Cells%高效钙钛矿-有机本体异质结杂化串联太阳能电池

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    唐彤; 左红文; 王亚凌; 秦文静; 曹焕奇; 杨利营; 姚聪; 葛子义; 印寿根

    2015-01-01

    An integrated perovskite/organic bulk-heterojunction ( BHJ) photovoltaic device was fabricated for effi-cient light harvesting and energy conversion. The structure of the solar cells consists of two photovoltaic layers, name-ly a methylammonium lead iodide ( CH3 NH3 PbI3 ) and poly ( 3-hexylthiophene ) ( P3HT ) blended with metha-nofullerene [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) organic BHJ active layer. The power conversion ef-ficiency (PCE) of 6. 54% was achieved in the integrated device with a Jsc of 19. 14 mA /cm2, a Voc of 0. 76 V, and a FF of 45. 0%. Compared to that of CH3 NH3 PbI3/PCBM planar device, the enhanced performance indicates that the BHJ film absorbs light and contributes to the current density of the device. Our research further demonstrates the compatibility and synergistic potential of the perovskite and organic bulk-heterojunction ( BHJ) photovoltaic device.%制备了一种有机铅卤钙钛矿-有机本体异质结杂化串联太阳能电池。采用紫外可见吸收光谱、原子力显微镜对薄膜形貌进行了表征。结果表明:有机本体异质结层可以有效改善钙钛矿的表面形貌,增强了可见光的吸收。优化后的串联结构电池的短路电流可达19.14 mA /cm2,开路电压为0.76 V,光电转换效率达到了6.54%。钙钛矿电池和有机本体异质结电池串联结构可以同时提高短路电流及填充因子,二者具有较好的相容性和协同作用。

  9. Improved charge transport in P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction PV cell under ambient environment

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    Bell, July T.; Mola, Genene T., E-mail: mola@ukzn.ac.za

    2014-03-15

    Enhanced current density has been observed from P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction solar cell after a well sonicated solution was diluted with fresh chloroform solvent. The preparation of the devices was carried out in a simple laboratory environment without glove box and clean room. As the result of such current surge in the devices the efficiency has risen more than double compared to those devices without dilution of the P3HT:PCBM solution. We have recorded an average power conversion efficiency of 4.02(5)% under this condition. This is an encouraging development toward achieving low cost organic photovoltaic devices.

  10. Inverted heterojunction solar cells incorporating fullerene/polythiophene composite core/shell nanorod arrays

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    We have fabricated inverted heterojunction solar cell devices incorporating [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester/poly(3-hexylthiophene) core/shell nanorod arrays by using an anodic alumina oxide template. The internal quantum efficiencies and external quantum efficiencies of these core/shell nanorod inverted solar cells were higher than those of the corresponding conventional inverted bulk heterojunction device. The optimized nanorod array structure had a high hole mobility that was over one order magnitude greater than that of the conventional bulk heterojunction structure, as determined by fitting the dark J-V curves into the space charge limited current model. The more efficient carrier transport of the device incorporating the core/shell nanorod arrays provided it with both a higher short-circuit current density and power conversion efficiency.

  11. Photovoltage analysis of a heterojunction solar cell

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    According to the p—n junction model of Shockley, the relationship between the equilibrium carrier concentrations of n-type and p-type semiconductors on the edges of the depletion region of a p—n junction solar cell is analysed. The calculation results show that the photovoltage can exceed the built-in voltage for a special kind of heterojunction solar cell. When the photovoltage exceeds the built-in voltage under illumination, the dark current and the photocurrent are impeded by the peak of voltage barrier at the interface and the expression of the total I—V characteristic is given. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  12. Modeling of Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Luppina, P.; Lugli, P.; Goodnick, S.

    2015-06-14

    Here we present modeling results on crystalline Si/amorphous Si (a-Si) heterojunction solar cells using Sentaurus including various models for defect states in the a-Si barriers, as well as explicit models for the ITO emitter contact. We investigate the impact of the band offsets and barrier heights of the a-Si/c-Si interface, particularly in terms of the open circuit voltage. It is also shown that the solar cell performance is sensitively dependent on the quality of the a-Si in terms of defect states and their distribution, particularly on the emitter side. Finally, we have investigate the role of tunneling and thermionic emission across the heterointerface in terms of transport from the Si to the ITO contact layer

  13. Modelling the current density increase due to the "light-trapping" effect in conjugated polymer/fullerene-based bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Purkrt, Adam; Špringer, Jiří; Poruba, Aleš; Vaněček, Milan; Goris, L.; Manca, J.

    Gent: Academia Press, 2007 - (Burgelman, M.), s. 133-139 ISBN 978-90-382-1109-1. [NUMOS International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of Thin Film Solar Cells. Gent (BE), 28.03.2007-30.03.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC510 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 19670 - ATHLET Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : solar cell * organic * simulation Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  14. Optimalization activity of ZnO NR/TiO2 NR-P3HT as an active layer based on hybrid bulk heterojunction on dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC)

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    Saputri, Liya Nikmatul Maula Zulfa; Ramelan, Ari Handono; Hanif, Qonita Awliya; Hasanah, Yesi Ihdina Fityatal; Prajanira, Lau Bekti; Wahyuningsih, Sayekti

    2016-04-01

    Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with metal inorganic and conjugated organic polymer mixture, ZnO NR/TiO2 NR-P3HT as an active layer based on hybrid bulk heterojunction has been studied. The hybrid material was used to optimize DSSC performs for better efficiency than only TiO2 as an electrode. Synthesis of TiO2 nanorods (NR) was conducted by ball milling 1000 rpm for 4 hours and strong base reaction by hydrothermal process at 120 °C overnight. And the ZnO NR was synthesized from Zn(NO3)2.4H2O precusor by hydrotermal process at 90 °C for 5 hours and calcined on various temperature s of 400, 600, and 800 °C. ZnO NR was coated into an Tndium Tin Oxide (TTO) glass to collecting electron s effectively, where TiO2 NR were incorporated with poly(3 -hexylthiophene) (P3HT) on various concentration s of 5, 10, 15 mg/mL to obtain a larger surface area. Material characterization were performed by X -Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Uv-Vis spectrophotometer. For an application of DSSC were measured by T-V Keithley Multimeter and the efficiency of DSSC at various P3HT's concentrations of 5, 10, 15 mg/mL were 7.44 × 10-3, 0.0114, 0.0104, respectively. The maximum efficiency of DSSC was showed when TiO2 NR-P3HT's concentration was 10 mg/mL.

  15. GaP/Si heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Saive, R.; Chen, C.; Emmer, H.; Atwater, H.

    2015-05-11

    Improving the efficiency of solar cells requires the introduction of novel device concepts. Recent developments have shown that in Si solar cell technology there is still room for tremendous improvement. Using the heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) approach 25.6 % power conversion efficiency was achieved. However, a-Si as a window and passivation layer comes with disadvantages as a-Si shows low conductivity and high parasitic absorption. Therefore, it is likely that using a crystalline material as window layer with high band gab and high mobility can further improve efficiency. We have studied GaP grown by MOCVD on Si with (001) and (112) orientation. We obtained crystalline layers with carrier mobility around 100 cm2/Vs and which passivate Si as confirmed by carrier lifetime measurements. We performed band alignment studies by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy yielding a valence band offset of 0.3 eV. Comparing this value with the Schottky-model leads to an interface dipole of 0.59 eV. The open circuit voltage increases with increasing doping and is consistent with the theoretical open circuit voltage deduced from work function difference and interface dipole. We obtain an open circuit voltage of 0.38 V for n-doped GaP with doping levels in the order of 10^17 1/cm^3. In our next steps we will increase the doping level further in order to gain higher open circuit voltage. We will discuss the implications of these findings for GaP/Si heterojunction solar cells.

  16. Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene-Pyrido[3,4-b]pyrazine Small-Molecule Donors for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Wolf, Jannic

    2016-01-22

    We report on the synthesis, material properties and BHJ solar cell characteristics of a set of π-conjugated small-molecule (SM) donors composed of benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene (BDT) and pyrido[3,4-b]pyrazine (PP) units – examining the perspectives of alkyl-substituted PP acceptor motifs in SM designs. In these systems (SM1-4), both the type of side chains derived from the PP motifs and the presence of ring-substituents on BDT critically impact (i) molecular packing, and (ii) thin-film morphologies and charge transport in BHJ solar cells. With the appropriate side-chain pattern, the ring-substituted analogue SM4 stands out: achieving efficiencies of ca. 6.5% with PC71BM, and fine-scale morphologies comparable to those obtained with some of the best-performing polymer donors in BHJ solar cells. 1H-1H DQ-SQ NMR analyses are used to examine the distinct self-assembly pattern of SM4, expected to factor into the development of the BHJ morphology.

  17. Solution-processed crystalline silicon double-heterojunction solar cells

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    Devkota, Ramesh; Liu, Qiming; Ohki, Tatsuya; Hossain, Jaker; Ueno, Keiji; Shirai, Hajime

    2016-02-01

    Crystalline silicon double-heterojunction solar cells were fabricated using Si/organic and Si/Cs2CO3 heterojunctions. The front heterojunction is formed by spin-coating conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethyenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) on n-type Czochralski (CZ) (100) silicon, which separates the photogenerated carriers and blocks the electron dark current while allowing the photocurrent to pass through. The rear heterojunction, formed by spin-coating Cs2CO3 and polyethylenimine (PEI) dissolved in 2-ethoxyethanol and Al metal evaporation, functions as a back surface field that reduces the hole dark current while allowing the electron photocurrent to pass through. The double-heterojunction device showed a power conversion efficiency of 12.7% under AM1.5G simulated solar light exposure.

  18. Squaraine Planar-Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Bin Fan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The photovoltaic performance of squaraine-based organic solar cells is investigated. Two squaraine derivatives with extraordinarily high extinction coefficients are used as electron donors in bilayer heterojunctions with fullerene C60 as electron acceptor. Due to the very strong squaraine absorption band in the red spectral domain, antibatic behavior due to light filtering is observed in the photocurrent spectrum for film thicknesses of 35 nm to 40 nm. At reduced film thicknesses of 20 nm, this filtering effect at maximum absorption can be alleviated and power conversion efficiencies under simulated AM 1.5 full sun irradiation of 0.59% and 1.01% are obtained for the two squaraine derivatives, respectively. The photovoltaic properties of these cells are investigated with respect to electrode materials and chemical doping.

  19. Nanotomography of organic heterojunction solar cells

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    The morphology of organic heterojunction solar cells based on blends of P3HT and PCBM is an important factor determining the power conversion efficiency. For a good charge carrier generation the interface between the two components should be as large as possible. Furthermore, bicontinuous networks of both components are required for an efficient charge carrier extraction. We investigate the three-dimensional structure of blends of P3HT and PCBM with Nanotomography based on scanning force microscopy (SPM). The specimen is ablated layer by layer using plasma etching and imaged with tapping mode SPM after each etching step. From the resulting series of images the three-dimensional structure is reconstructed. We will present first volume images of P3HT:PCBM blends and discuss the structure of the interface between donor and acceptor components in view of the charge generation efficiency.

  20. Impact of the Crystalline Packing Structures on Charge Transport and Recombination via Alkyl Chain Tunability of DPP-Based Small Molecules in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Song, Chang Eun; Kim, Yu Jin; Suranagi, Sanjaykumar R; Kini, Gururaj P; Park, Sangheon; Lee, Sang Kyu; Shin, Won Suk; Moon, Sang-Jin; Kang, In-Nam; Park, Chan Eon; Lee, Jong-Cheol

    2016-05-25

    A series of small compound materials based on benzodithiophene (BDT) and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) with three different alkyl side chains were synthesized and used for organic photovoltaics. These small compounds had different alkyl branches (i.e., 2-ethylhexyl (EH), 2-butyloctyl (BO), and 2-hexyldecyl (HD)) attached to DPP units. Thin films made of these compounds were characterized and their solar cell parameters were measured in order to systematically analyze influences of the different side chains of compounds on the film microstructure, molecular packing, and hence, charge-transport and recombination properties. The relatively shorter side chains in the small molecules enabled more ordered packing structures with higher crystallinities, which resulted in higher carrier mobilities and less recombination factors; the small molecule with the EH branches exhibited the best semiconducting properties with a power conversion efficiency of up to 5.54% in solar cell devices. Our study suggested that tuning the alkyl chain length of semiconducting molecules is a powerful strategy for achieving high performance of organic photovoltaics. PMID:27156705

  1. Reel-to-reel wet coating as an efficient up-scaling technique for the production of bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Blankenburg, Lars; Schultheis, Karin; Schache, Hannes; Sensfuss, Steffi; Schroedner, Mario [Thueringisches Institut fuer Textil- und Kunststoff-Forschung e.V., An-Institut der Technischen Universitaet Ilmenau, Breitscheidstrasse 97, D-07407 Rudolstadt (Germany)

    2009-04-15

    In this paper we report for the first time very promising results in up-scaling coating processes for thin flexible polymer solar cell (PSC) application. Two functional layers for PSC devices, the conducting poly- (3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate and the photoactive one (poly-3-hexylthiophene/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester), could be successfully prepared by continuous reel-to-reel (R2R) wet coating of low-viscosity solutions and dispersions on ITO-coated PET substrates. A laboratory coating machine (LBA-200) was used for R2R slot die coating (1-4 m/min). Out of this R2R-produced bilayer-system PSCs were accomplished and tested. Light power conversion efficiencies up to 1.7% under AM 1.5 illumination (100 mW/cm{sup 2}) could be obtained. (author)

  2. Innovative approaches to improve bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic device performance

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    Zhang, Ye

    In this thesis we studied the electrical properties of bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices fabricated using a variety of conjugated polymers, including regioregular P3HT, regiorandom P3HT, MEH-PPV and Mercedes, and several fullerene derivatives including [C61]PCBM, [C71]PCBM, bis-PCBM, Jalapeno and Habanero. We first optimized the fabrication recipe for P3HT/PCBM devices to yield a power conversion efficiency ˜3.5%, which is comparable to the reported state-of-the-art P3HT/PCBM device performance. We then fabricated OPV devices using alternative high LUMO fullerenes and a narrow bandgap/deep HOMO polymer to enhance OPV device performance and studied the electrical properties of these devices. Devices fabricated using P3HT/Jalapeno demonstrate a high efficiency ˜5%. Finally, we discovered an innovative spin-related method, which can potentially compliment the use of alternative donor/acceptor materials, to enhance OPV device performance. We doped the spin ½ radial Galvinoxyl into P3HT/PCBM devices and improved efficiency from 3.5% to 4%. Our experimental results suggest that the existence of Galvinoxyl at the P3HT/PCBM interface facilitates the exciton/polaron dissociation process, while Galvinoxyl molecules that are sparsely distributed in PCBM domains yield enhanced free charge carrier transport.

  3. Molecular Intercalation and Cohesion of Organic Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices

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    Bruner, Christopher

    2013-01-17

    The phase separated bulk heterojunction (BHJ) layer in BHJ polymer:fullerene organic photovoltaic devices (OPV) are mechanically weak with low values of cohesion. Improved cohesion is important for OPV device thermomechanical reliability. BHJ devices are investigated and how fullerene intercalation within the active layer affects cohesive properties in the BHJ is shown. The intercalation of fullerenes between the side chains of the polymers poly(3,3″′-didocecyl quaterthiophene) (PQT-12) and poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (pBTTT) is shown to enhance BHJ layer cohesion. Cohesion values range from ≈1 to 5 J m -2, depending on the polymer:fullerene blend, processing conditions, and composition. Devices with non-intercalated BHJ layers are found to have significantly reduced values of cohesion. The resulting device power conversion efficiencies (PCE) are also investigated and correlated with the device cohesion. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Electrochromic device and bulk heterojunction solar cell applications of poly 4,7-bis(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-5-yl)-2-dodecyl-2H-benzo[1,2,3]triaz ole (PBEBT)

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    Balan, Abidin; Baran, Derya; Toppare, Levent [Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Solar Energy Research and Development Center (GUeNAM), Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar [Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Physical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria)

    2010-10-15

    4,7-Bis(2,3-dihydrothieno [3,4-b] [1,4] dioxin-5-yl)-2-dodecyl-2H-benzo [1,2,3] triazole (BEBT) was polymerized both electrochemically (ePBEBT) and chemically (cPBEBT). Since chemical polymerization enabled a soluble polymer in common organic solvents, a single layer electrochromic device of ePBEBT was constructed. The polymer cPBEBT was also used in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells as the active layer in combination with a soluble fullerene derivative, 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)-propyl-1-1-phenyl-(6,6)C{sub 61} PCBM. (author)

  5. A Cost Roadmap for Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Louwen, A.; van Sark, W.G.J.H.M.; Schropp, Ruud; Faaij, A.

    2016-01-01

    Research and development of silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells has seen a marked increase since the recent expiry of core patents describing SHJ technology. SHJ solar cells are expected to offer various cost benefits compared to conventional crystalline silicon solar cells. This paper analyses

  6. Characterization of the polymer energy landscape in polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunctions with pure and mixed phases

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    Sweetnam, Sean

    2014-10-08

    Theoretical and experimental studies suggest that energetic offsets between the charge transport energy levels in different morphological phases of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunctions may improve charge separation and reduce recombination in polymer solar cells (PSCs). In this work, we use cyclic voltammetry, UV-vis absorption, and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy to characterize hole energy levels in the polymer phases of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunctions. We observe an energetic offset of up to 150 meV between amorphous and crystalline polymer due to bandgap widening associated primarily with changes in polymer conjugation length. We also observe an energetic offset of up to 350 meV associated with polymer:fullerene intermolecular interactions. The first effect has been widely observed, but the second effect is not always considered despite being larger in magnitude for some systems. These energy level shifts may play a major role in PSC performance and must be thoroughly characterized for a complete understanding of PSC function.

  7. Hybrid Perovskite/Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Hu, Yinghong; Schlipf, Johannes; Wussler, Michael; Petrus, Michiel L; Jaegermann, Wolfram; Bein, Thomas; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Docampo, Pablo

    2016-06-28

    Recently developed organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells combine low-cost fabrication and high power conversion efficiency. Advances in perovskite film optimization have led to an outstanding power conversion efficiency of more than 20%. Looking forward, shifting the focus toward new device architectures holds great potential to induce the next leap in device performance. Here, we demonstrate a perovskite/perovskite heterojunction solar cell. We developed a facile solution-based cation infiltration process to deposit layered perovskite (LPK) structures onto methylammonium lead iodide (MAPI) films. Grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments were performed to gain insights into the crystallite orientation and the formation process of the perovskite bilayer. Our results show that the self-assembly of the LPK layer on top of an intact MAPI layer is accompanied by a reorganization of the perovskite interface. This leads to an enhancement of the open-circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency due to reduced recombination losses, as well as improved moisture stability in the resulting photovoltaic devices. PMID:27228558

  8. Bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic based on polythiophene-polyelectrolyte carbon nanotube composites

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    Reyes-Reyes, M. [Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Alvaro Obregon 64, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Lopez-Sandoval, R. [Advanced Materials Department, IPICYT, Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi 78216 (Mexico); Liu, J.; Carroll, D.L. [Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (United States)

    2007-09-22

    It is shown that carbon nanotubes can be used to enhance carrier mobility for efficient removal of the charges in thin film polymer-conjugated/fullerene photovoltaic devices. The fabricated photovoltaic devices consist of poly(3-octylthiophene) (P3OT) polymer blended with undoped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and carbon nanotubes doped with nitrogen (CNx-MWNTs). Nanophase formation and dispersion problems associated with the use of carbon nanotubes in polymer devices were addressed through the generation of functional groups and electrostatic attaching of the polyelectrolyte poly(dimethyldiallylamine) chloride (PDDA) in both MWNTs and CNx-MWNT systems. The resultant nanophase was highly dispersed allowing for excellent bulk heterojunction formation. Our results indicate that CNx-MWNTs enhance the efficiency of P3OT solar cells in comparison with MWNTs. (author)

  9. Manipulating the Morphology of P3HT–PCBM Bulk Heterojunction Blends with Solvent Vapor Annealing

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    Verploegen, Eric

    2012-10-23

    Using grazing incidence X-ray scattering, we observe the effects of solvent vapors upon the morphology of poly(3-hexylthiophene)-phenyl-C 61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT-PCBM) bulk heterojunction thin film blends in real time; allowing us to observe morphological rearrangements that occur during this process as a function of solvent. We detail the swelling of the P3HT crystallites upon the introduction of solvent and the resulting changes in the P3HT crystallite morphology. We also demonstrate the ability for tetrahydrofuran vapor to induce crystallinity in PCBM domains. Additionally, we measure the nanoscale phase segregated domain size as a function of solvent vapor annealing and correlate this to the changes observed in the crystallite morphology of each component. Finally, we discuss the implications of the morphological changes induced by solvent vapor annealing on the device properties of BHJ solar cells. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  10. Efficiency Enhancement in Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Photovoltaic Cells Using ZrTiO4/Bi2O3 Metal-Oxide Nanocomposites

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Neppolian, B.; Shim, Hee-Sang;

    2010-01-01

    We report the effect of metal-oxide nanocomposites on the performance of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells. A photoactive layer composed of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was blended with a newly developed ZrTiO4/Bi2O3 (BITZ) metal...

  11. Insights into the nanoscale lateral and vertical phase separation in organic bulk heterojunctions via scanning probe microscopy

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    Chintala, R.; Tait, J. G.; Eyben, P.; Voroshazi, E.; Surana, S.; Fleischmann, C.; Conard, T.; Vandervorst, W.

    2016-02-01

    Solution processed polymer (donor) and fullerene (acceptor) bulk heterojunctions are widely used as the photo active layer in organic solar cells. Intimate mixing of these two materials is essential for efficient charge separation and transport. Identifying relative positions of acceptor and donor rich regions in the bulk heterojunction with nanometer scale precision is crucial in understanding intricate details of operation. In this work, a combination of Ar+2000 gas cluster ion beam and scanning probe microscopy is used to examine the lateral and vertical phase separation within regio-regular poly(3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT):phenyl-C60-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) bulk heterojunction. While the Ar+2000 gas cluster ion beam is used as a sputter tool to expose the underneath layers, scanning probe microscopy techniques are used to obtain two-dimensional (2D) electrical maps (with sub-2 nm lateral resolution). The electrical mapping is decoded to chemical composition, essentially producing lateral and vertical maps of phase separation. Thermal stress causes large PCBM-rich hillocks to form, and consequently affecting the balance of P3HT:PCBM heterojunctions, hence a negative impact on the efficiency of the solar cell. We further developed a method to analyze the efficiency of exciton dissociation based on the current maps and a loss of 20% in efficiency is observed for thermally degraded samples compared to fresh un-annealed samples.Solution processed polymer (donor) and fullerene (acceptor) bulk heterojunctions are widely used as the photo active layer in organic solar cells. Intimate mixing of these two materials is essential for efficient charge separation and transport. Identifying relative positions of acceptor and donor rich regions in the bulk heterojunction with nanometer scale precision is crucial in understanding intricate details of operation. In this work, a combination of Ar+2000 gas cluster ion beam and scanning probe microscopy is used to examine the

  12. Unusual charge transport and reduced bimolecular recombination in PDTSiTzTz:PC71BM bulk heterojunction blend

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    Solar cells with bulk heterojunction active layers containing donor-acceptor copolymer PDTSiTzTz exhibit persistent high fill factors with thicknesses up to 400 nm. Transport and recombination in a blend of PDTSiTzTz and fullerene derivative PC71BM is studied using lateral organic photovoltaic structures. This material system is characterized by carrier-concentration-dependent charge carrier mobilities, a strongly reduced bimolecular recombination factor, and a negative Poole–Frenkel coefficient. The analysis provides an explanation for the relatively thickness-independent fill factor behaviour seen in solar cells using the copolymer PDTSiTzTz. Cumulative insights from this copolymer can be employed for future organic photovoltaic material development, study of existing high performance bulk heterojunciton blends, and improved solar cell design. (paper)

  13. Investigation of Organic Solar Cells Based on Donor——A ccepter Heterojunction%Investigation of Organic Solar Cells Based onDonor——A ccepter Heterojunction

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    Gao Yinhao

    2008-01-01

    The single-l ayer structure and heterojunction structure organic solar cells based on copper phthalocyanine (CuPc),3,4,9,10-Perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) and fullerene C60 were fabricated to study their photovoltaic (PV) properties. The PV performance of heterojunction structure solar cells was improved compared with the single layer structure cell.This is due to the introduction of donor-acceptor heterojunction that both expands the absorption range and offers efficient excit on dissociation site.In heterojunction structure solar cells,the PV performance of device with C60 as acceptor has highly improved because C60 has longer diffusion length o f excitons.

  14. Effect of metal nanoparticles interfacial layer on bulk heterojunction PV cell

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    Podhájecká, Klára; Pfleger, Jiří

    Strasbourg: European Science Foundation, 2009. P3_80. [E-MRS 2009 Spring Meeting. 08.06.2009-12.06.2009, Strasbourg] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN100500652 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : metal nanoparticles * bulk heterojunction * photovoltaic cells Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  15. Characterization of the dominating bulk recombination in bulk-heterojunction blends using photoinduced absorption

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    Sandén, S.; Wilson, N. M.; Sandberg, O. J.; Ã-sterbacka, R.

    2016-05-01

    In this work we show how to clarify the dominating bulk recombination in organic solar cells by using photoinduced absorption. We show how to use the intensity and frequency dependence of the in-phase and quadrature signals to obtain the effective reaction order. For trap-assisted recombination, we can show using a multiple trapping and retrapping model with an exponential tail-state distribution that a temperature dependent reaction order is obtained which allows for determination of the characteristic energy of the exponential distribution of trap-states. In the model system pBTTT:PC60BM, we show that trap-assisted recombination is the dominating bulk recombination in 1:1 blends with a characteristic energy of the exponential trap distribution E c h = 44 ± 5 meV. The 1:4 blend, on the other hand, shows temperature independent behavior in good agreement with a dominating 2D Langevin bulk recombination.

  16. Study of interdigitated back contact silicon heterojunctions solar cells by two-dimensional numerical simulations

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    Silicon heterojunctions (SHJ) using thin layers of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) deposited at low temperature on a crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrate are good candidates for high efficiency solar cells. In spite of achieving more than 22% efficiencies, the standard double HJ solar cells are limited by optical absorption and reflection at the front surface. Because it could help to overcome those limitations, the potential use of interdigitated back contact silicon heterojunctions (IBC-SHJ) structure for solar cells needs to be studied. To achieve realistic IBC-SHJ modelling, we use ATLAS 2-D device simulation software that allows accurate bulk and interface defects modelling. We here focus on IBC-SHJ structure on p-type c-Si simulations varying the values of the following parameters: bulk lifetime, surface recombination velocity at both front and back surfaces, bulk thickness, density of defects at the a-Si:H/c-Si interface. The influence of these parameters has been tested by generating the current-voltage (I-V) and spectral response curves. Results indicate that the key parameters to achieve high efficiency are a high crystalline substrate quality, low surface recombination velocity especially at the front surface, and a low recombining a-Si:H/c-Si interface. The simulations show that efficiencies up to 24% can be achieved with textured IBC-SHJ solar cells.

  17. Understanding the morphology of solution processed fullerene-free small molecule bulk heterojunction blends.

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    Namepetra, Andrew; Kitching, Elizabeth; Eftaiha, Ala'a F; Hill, Ian G; Welch, Gregory C

    2016-05-14

    Bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) molecular blends prepared from small molecules based on diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) and perylene-diimide (PDI) chromophores have been studied using optical absorption, cyclic voltammetry, photoluminescence quenching, X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and current-voltage measurements. The results provided useful insights into the use of DPP and PDI based molecules as donor-acceptor composites for organic photovoltaic (OPV) applications. Beside optoelectronic compatibility, the choice of active layer processing conditions is of key importance to improve the performance of BHJ solar cells. In this context, post-production treatments, viz. thermal and solvent vapour annealing, and the use of 1,8-diiodooctane as a solvent additive were employed to optimize the morphology of blend films. X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy indicated that the aforementioned processing strategies led to non-optimal composite morphologies with significantly large crystallites in comparison to exciton diffusion lengths. Although the open circuit voltage of the OPV devices was satisfactory (0.78 V), it was anticipated that the bulky domains hamper charge dissociation and transport, which resulted in low photovoltaic performance. PMID:27087259

  18. [70] FULLERENE-BASED EFFICIENT BULK HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELLS%以C70衍生物为电子受体的高效聚合物固体薄膜太阳能电池

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    王藜; 徐苗; 应磊; 刘烽; 曹镛

    2008-01-01

    以PC[70]BM(phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester)取代PC[60]BM(phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester)作为电子受体材料,以MEH-PPV(poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene])为电子给体材料,制成了本体异质结(bulk heterojunction,BHJ)聚合物太阳能电池.MEH-PPV/PC[70]BM器件在AM1.5G(80 mW/cm2)模拟太阳光的光照条件下得到了3.42%的能量转换效率,短路电流值达到了6.07 mA/cm2,开路电压0.85 V,填充因子为53%.通过紫外可见吸收光谱和外量子效率的研究,发现PC[70]BM作为电子受体,对扩大光谱的吸收范围和增加活性层的吸收系数有明显的作用.同时比较了不同溶剂对该体系器件性能的影响.通过原子力显微镜(AFM)、光暗导I-V曲线等研究,分析了1,2-二氯苯有利于给体相和受体相的微相分离和载流子的传输的原因.

  19. Edge-Modified Phosphorene Nanoflake Heterojunctions as Highly Efficient Solar Cells.

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    Hu, Wei; Lin, Lin; Yang, Chao; Dai, Jun; Yang, Jinlong

    2016-03-01

    We propose to use edge-modified phosphorene nanoflakes (PNFs) as donor and acceptor materials for heterojunction solar cells. By using density functional theory based calculations, we show that heterojunctions consisting of hydrogen- and fluorine-passivated PNFs have a number of desired optoelectronic properties that are suitable for use in a solar cell. We explain why these properties hold for these types of heterojunctions. Our calculations also predict that the maximum energy conversion efficiency of these type of heterojunctions, which can be easily fabricated, can be as high as 20%, making them extremely competitive with other types of two-dimensional heterojunctions. PMID:26848505

  20. Monolayer MoS2 heterojunction solar cells

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    Tsai, Menglin

    2014-08-26

    We realized photovoltaic operation in large-scale MoS2 monolayers by the formation of a type-II heterojunction with p-Si. The MoS 2 monolayer introduces a built-in electric field near the interface between MoS2 and p-Si to help photogenerated carrier separation. Such a heterojunction photovoltaic device achieves a power conversion efficiency of 5.23%, which is the highest efficiency among all monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide-based solar cells. The demonstrated results of monolayer MoS 2/Si-based solar cells hold the promise for integration of 2D materials with commercially available Si-based electronics in highly efficient devices. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  1. Performance of spray deposited poly [N-9″-hepta-decanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4′,7′-di-2-thienyl-2′,1′, 3′-benzothiadiazole)]/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester blend active layer based bulk heterojunction organic solar cell devices

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    Bulk heterojunction organic solar cell devices were fabricated using the spray deposited poly [N-9″-hepta-decanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4′,7′-di-2-thienyl-2′,1′, 3′-benzothiadiazole)]/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester blend active layer. The spray coating parameters such as spraying time, substrate-nozzle distance for the deposition of active layers were analyzed. Optical absorption of the active layers was analyzed using UV–visible spectral studies in the wavelength range from 300 to 800 nm. The surface morphology of the active layers deposited with different parameters was examined using atomic force microscopy. Surface morphology of the active layers deposited with the substrate-nozzle distance of 20 cm and for 20 s shows smooth morphology with peak-valley value of 4 nm. The devices fabricated using the selected active layer show overall power conversion efficiency of 1.08%. - Graphical abstract: Current–voltage (J–V) characteristics of spray deposited PCDTBT:PC61BM active layer based solar cell device under illumination of AM 1.5 G, 100 mW/cm2. Highlights: ► Organic solar cells were fabricated using a spray deposited PCDTBT:PC61BM active layer. ► The active layers deposited with spray conditions show flat morphology. ► Using the selected active layers power conversion efficiency of 1.08% is obtained.

  2. Characterization of silicon heterojunctions for solar cells

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    Ankudinov Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Conductive-probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM measurements reveal the existence of a conductive channel at the interface between p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H and n-type crystalline silicon (c-Si as well as at the interface between n-type a-Si:H and p-type c-Si. This is in good agreement with planar conductance measurements that show a large interface conductance. It is demonstrated that these features are related to the existence of a strong inversion layer of holes at the c-Si surface of (p a-Si:H/(n c-Si structures, and to a strong inversion layer of electrons at the c-Si surface of (n a-Si:H/(p c-Si heterojunctions. These are intimately related to the band offsets, which allows us to determine these parameters with good precision.

  3. Theoretical investigation on heterojunction solar cell

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    The study of thin film solar cells has proved that the surface is rough. A two-dimensional method based on the integral equation technique to analyse thin film solar cells has been developed by DeMey et al. In this paper we present our analysis of a thin film solar cell using the above techniques. Variation of the minority carrier concentration, the saturation current and the junction current of the solar cell with surface roughness is presented. (author). 8 refs, 4 figs

  4. Carrier injection dynamics in heterojunction solar cells with bipolar molecule

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    Takahashi, Yosuke; Yonezawa, Kouhei [Graduate School of Pure and Applied Science, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8571 (Japan); Yasuda, Takeshi, E-mail: YASUDA.Takeshi@nims.go.jp, E-mail: moritomo.yutaka.gf@u.tsukuba.ac.jp [Photovoltaic Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Moritomo, Yutaka, E-mail: YASUDA.Takeshi@nims.go.jp, E-mail: moritomo.yutaka.gf@u.tsukuba.ac.jp [Graduate School of Pure and Applied Science, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8571 (Japan); Center for Integrated Research in Fundamental Science and Engineering (CiRfSE), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8571 (Japan)

    2015-03-23

    A boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc) is a bipolar molecule and is used in hetero-junction organic solar cells. Here, we investigated the carrier injection dynamics from the donor α-sexithiophene (6T) or acceptor C{sub 60} layers to the bipolar SubPc layer by means of the femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy. We observed gradual increase of the SubPc{sup –} (SubPc{sup +}) species within ≈300 ps. The increases are interpreted in terms of the exciton diffusion within the 6T (C{sub 60}) layer and subsequent electron (hole) injection at the interface. In 6T/SubPc heterojunction, the electron injection is observed even at 80 K. The robust electron injection is ascribed to the efficient charge separation within the 6T layer under photo exciation at 400 nm.

  5. Carrier injection dynamics in heterojunction solar cells with bipolar molecule

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    A boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc) is a bipolar molecule and is used in hetero-junction organic solar cells. Here, we investigated the carrier injection dynamics from the donor α-sexithiophene (6T) or acceptor C60 layers to the bipolar SubPc layer by means of the femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy. We observed gradual increase of the SubPc– (SubPc+) species within ≈300 ps. The increases are interpreted in terms of the exciton diffusion within the 6T (C60) layer and subsequent electron (hole) injection at the interface. In 6T/SubPc heterojunction, the electron injection is observed even at 80 K. The robust electron injection is ascribed to the efficient charge separation within the 6T layer under photo exciation at 400 nm

  6. Formation of P3KHT:PCBM bulk-heterojunction using orthogonal solvents by ultrasonic spray method

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    Bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) morphologies with pure domains and sharp interfaces can lead to a more pronounced photovoltaic performance in organic solar cells. In this paper we report the formation of bulk-heterojunction of P3KHT (poly [3-(sodium-6 hexanoate) thiophene-2, 5-diyl]) and PCBM (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) using orthogonal solvents by the ultrasonic spray method, which can lead to pure phases and sharp interfaces. P3KHT and PCBM are soluble in water and chlorobenzene respectively, which are orthogonal solvents. The modelling and simulation of the ultrasonic spray method is reported, and shows the possibility of formation of interconnecting phases of the two components in P3KHT:PCBM BHJ, formed using orthogonal solvents, if specific process parameters are chosen. The modelling and simulation also presents a way to determine optimum parameter space in an intermittent spray deposition method using orthogonal solvents. P3KHT:PCBM BHJ has been prepared using three different approaches. Significant photoluminescence quenching, suggesting efficient excitons separation before recombination has been observed in BHJ prepared by the ‘emulsion of solutions’ method. The study of the optical properties of P3KHT:PCBM BHJ suggests that the BHJ may contain bilayer type structures embedded in the BHJ morphology, which is further confirmed by complementary experiments. This new approach to preparing BHJ with pure phase domains and sharp donor/acceptor interfaces may find applications in optoelectronic devices such as organic thin-film transistors, photodetectors, organic light emitting diodes and organic solar cells. (paper)

  7. Morphology-dependent trap formation in bulk heterojunction photodiodes.

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    Shao, Guozheng; Rayermann, Glennis E; Smith, Eric M; Ginger, David S

    2013-04-25

    We show that local structural variation affects the rate of aging in nanostructured polymer solar cells by comparing time-resolved electrostatic force microscopy (trEFM) and conventional device measurements on model polymer blends. Specifically, we study photovoltaic devices made from 1:1 blends of the polyfluorene copolymers poly(9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-bis-N,N'-(4-butylphenyl)-bis-N,N'-phenyl-1,4-phenylene-diamine) (PFB) and poly(9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT). We photooxidize these films in situ using 365, 405, and 455 nm illumination under ambient conditions, with the wavelengths chosen to preferentially excite the different components. During photooxidation, we observe a faster loss of photocurrent generation from F8BT-rich domains, leaving the PFB-rich phases to show higher photoresponse even at wavelengths absorbed predominantly by F8BT. We propose that this effect is due to the more rapid degradation of PFB hole-transport pathways in the F8BT-rich regions, resulting in a loss of percolation pathways for hole transport in the F8BT-rich phase. PMID:23256510

  8. Photoanodic Hybrid Semiconductor–Molecular Heterojunction for Solar Water Oxidation

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    Joya, Khurram Saleem

    2015-06-29

    Inorganic photo-responsive semiconducting materials have been employed in photoelectrochemical(PEC) water oxidation devicesin pursuit of solar to fuel conversion.[1]The reaction kinetics in semiconductors is limited by poor contact at the interfaces, and charge transfer is impeded by surface defects and the grain boundaries.[2]It has shown that successful surface functionalization of the photo-responsive semiconducting materials with co-catalysts can maximize the charge separation, hole delivery and its effective consumption, and enhances the efficiency and performane of the PEC based water oxidation assembly.[3]We present here unique modification of photoanodic hematite (α-Fe2O3) and bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) with molecular co-catalysts for enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation (Figure 1). These hybrid inorganic–organometallic heterojunctions manifest impressive cathodic shifts in the onset potentials, and the photocurrent densities have been enhanced by > 90% at all potentials relative to uncatalyzed α-Fe2O3 or BiVO4, and other catalyst-semiconductor based heterojunctions.This is a novel development in the solar to fuel conversion field, and is crucially important for designing a tandem device where light interfere very little with the catalyst layer on top of semiconducting light absorber.

  9. High efficiency silicon nanohole/organic heterojunction hybrid solar cell

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    Hong, Lei [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A-STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); Wang, Xincai; Zheng, Hongyu [Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A-STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); He, Lining; Wang, Hao; Rusli, E-mail: yu.hy@sustc.edu.cn, E-mail: erusli@ntu.edu.sg [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Yu, Hongyu, E-mail: yu.hy@sustc.edu.cn, E-mail: erusli@ntu.edu.sg [South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen (China)

    2014-02-03

    High efficiency hybrid solar cells are fabricated based on silicon with a nanohole (SiNH) structure and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS). The SiNH structure is fabricated using electroless chemical etching with silver catalyst, and the heterojunction is formed by spin coating of PEDOT on the SiNH. The hybrid cells are optimized by varying the hole depth, and a maximum power conversion efficiency of 8.3% is achieved with a hole depth of 1 μm. The SiNH hybrid solar cell exhibits a strong antireflection and light trapping property attributed to the sub-wavelength dimension of the SiNH structure.

  10. High efficiency silicon nanohole/organic heterojunction hybrid solar cell

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    High efficiency hybrid solar cells are fabricated based on silicon with a nanohole (SiNH) structure and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS). The SiNH structure is fabricated using electroless chemical etching with silver catalyst, and the heterojunction is formed by spin coating of PEDOT on the SiNH. The hybrid cells are optimized by varying the hole depth, and a maximum power conversion efficiency of 8.3% is achieved with a hole depth of 1 μm. The SiNH hybrid solar cell exhibits a strong antireflection and light trapping property attributed to the sub-wavelength dimension of the SiNH structure

  11. Fabrication of CdTe/Si heterojunction solar cell

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    Bera, Swades Ranjan; Saha, Satyajit

    2016-01-01

    A simple cost effective method is preferred to grow nanoparticles of CdTe. Nanoparticles of CdTe are grown by simple chemical reduction route using EDA as capping agent and Sodium Borohydride as reducing agent. The grown nanoparticles are characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction, optical absorption, and photoluminescence study. From optical absorption study, the band-gap was found to be 2.46 eV. From TEM study, the average particle size was found to be within 8-12 nm which confirms the formation of CdTe nanoparticles. Pl spectra indicate the luminescence from surface states at 2.01 eV, which is less compared to the increased band-gap of 2.46 eV. The grown nanoparticles are used to fabricate a heterojunction of CdTe on P-Si by a spin coating technique for solar cell fabrication in a cost effective way. I-V characteristics of the grown heterojunction in dark as well as under light are measured. Efficiency and fill-factor of the device are estimated.

  12. Surface recombination analysis in silicon-heterojunction solar cells

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    Barrio, R.; Gandia, J.J.; Carabe, J.; Gonzalez, N.; Torres, I. [CIEMAT, Madrid (Spain); Munoz, D.; Voz, C. [Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-02-15

    The origin of this work is the understanding of the correlation observed between efficiency and emitter-deposition temperature in single silicon-heterojunction solar cells prepared by depositing an n-doped hydrogenated-amorphous-silicon thin film onto a p-type crystalline-silicon wafer. In order to interpret these results, surface-recombination velocities have been determined by two methods, i.e. by fitting the current-voltage characteristics to a theoretical model and by means of the Quasi-Steady-State Photoconductance Technique (QSSPC). In addition, effective diffusion lengths have been estimated from internal quantum efficiencies. The analysis of these data has led to conclude that the performance of the cells studied is limited by back-surface recombination rather than by front-heterojunction quality. A 12%-efficient cell has been prepared by combining optimum emitter-deposition conditions with back-surface-field (BSF) formation by vacuum annealing of the back aluminium contact. This result has been achieved without using any transparent conductive oxide. (author)

  13. The role of the hole-extraction layer in determining the operational stability of a polycarbazole:fullerene bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic device

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    Bovill, E.; Scarratt, N.; Griffin, J.; Buckley, A. R.; Lidzey, D. G., E-mail: d.g.lidzey@sheffield.ac.uk [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom); Yi, H.; Iraqi, A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7HF (United Kingdom); Kingsley, J. W. [Ossila Ltd., Kroto Innovation Centre, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ (United Kingdom)

    2015-02-16

    We have made a comparative study of the relative operational stability of bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices utilising different hole transport layers (HTLs). OPV devices were fabricated based on a blend of the polymer PCDTBT with the fullerene PC{sub 70}BM, and incorporated the different HTL materials PEDOT:PSS, MoO{sub x} and V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Following 620 h of irradiation by light from a solar simulator, we find that devices using the PEDOT:PSS HTL retained the highest efficiency, having a projected T{sub 80} lifetime of 14 500 h.

  14. InGaP Heterojunction Barrier Solar Cells

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    Welser, Roger E. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A new solar cell structure called a heterojunction barrier solar cell is described. As with previously reported quantum-well and quantum-dot solar cell structures, a layer of narrow band-gap material, such as GaAs or indium-rich InGaP, is inserted into the depletion region of a wide band-gap PN junction. Rather than being thin, however, the layer of narrow band-gap material is about 400-430 nm wide and forms a single, ultrawide well in the depletion region. Thin (e.g., 20-50 nm), wide band-gap InGaP barrier layers in the depletion region reduce the diode dark current. Engineering the electric field and barrier profile of the absorber layer, barrier layer, and p-type layer of the PN junction maximizes photogenerated carrier escape. This new twist on nanostructured solar cell design allows the separate optimization of current and voltage to maximize conversion efficiency.

  15. Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/C{sub 60} heterojunction solar cells: Implication of morphology on performance and ambipolar charge collection

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    Geiser, Alain [EPFL STI IMX LOMM, PH D2 464 Batiment PH, Station 3, CH 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Fan, Bin; Benmansour, Hadjar; Castro, Fernando; Heier, Jakob; Nueesch, Frank; Hany, Roland [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, Laboratory for Functional Polymers, Ueberlandstr. 129, CH 8600 Duebendorf (Switzerland); Keller, Beat; Mayerhofer, Karl Emanuel [Empa, Laboratory for Nanoscale Materials Science (Switzerland)

    2008-04-15

    The performance of heterojunction organic solar cells is critically dependent on the morphology of the donor and acceptor components in the active film. We report results of photovoltaic devices consisting of bilayers and bulk heterojunctions using poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and Buckminsterfullerene C{sub 60}. White light power efficiencies of {eta}{proportional_to}2.2% (bulk heterojunction) and 2.6% (bilayer) were measured after a thermal annealing step on completed devices. Optical and structural investigations on non-annealed bilayer thin films indicated a distinct porosity of the spin-coated polymer, which allows C{sub 60} to penetrate the P3HT layer and to touch the anode. This resulted for these bilayer solar cells in the experimental observation that electrons were collected predominantly at the cathode after photo-excitation of P3HT, but predominantly at the anode after C{sub 60} excitation. A morphological model to explain the ambipolar charge collection phenomenon is proposed. (author)

  16. Investigation of metal oxide/cuprous oxide heterojunction solar cells

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    Herion, J.; Neikisch, E.A.; Scharl, G.

    1980-12-01

    ZnO/Cu/sub 2/O heterojunction solar cells can be prepared by means of rf sputter deposition of In-doped ZnO layers on Cu/sub 2/O. The temperature at which ZnO is deposited is found to be of crucial importance for the photovoltaic performance of the cells. Maxima of the open-circuit voltage, the short-circuit current, and the dark resistance are observed for deposition temperatures between 230 and 240/sup 0/C. Auger sputter profiles show an oxygen depletion zone at the ZnO/Cu/sub 2/O interface which can be attributed to a very thin copper layer. The oxygen depletion and, correspondingly, the copper enrichment are apparently correlated with the photovoltaic effects. A relatively small copper enrichment has also been observed in CuO/Cu/sub 2/O cells. However, the nature of copper enrichment seems to be different in both types of cells.

  17. Effect of perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride layer as a hole blocking layer on photovoltaic performance of poly-vinylcarbazole: C{sub 60} bulk heterojunction thin films

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    Oku, Takeo, E-mail: oku@mat.usp.ac.jp; Nomura, Katsunori; Suzuki, Atsushi; Kikuchi, Kenji

    2012-01-31

    Thin film solar cells with a structure of poly(9-vinylcarbazole) and C{sub 60} bulk heterojunction were fabricated and characterized. The effects of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) as a hole blocking layer for the organic solar cells between active layer and metal layer were also investigated, and the optimized cell structures with PTCDA improved the short-circuit current density and fill factor up to twice values, which resulted in an increase of the conversion efficiency. Microstructure analysis was carried out by using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, which indicated the bulk nanocomposite structure Energy levels of the molecules were calculated, and the interfacial structure was discussed based on the experimental and calculated results.

  18. Depleted-Heterojunction Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Pattantyus-Abraham, Andras G.

    2010-06-22

    Colloidal quantum dot (CQD) photovoltaics combine low-cost solution processability with quantum size-effect tunability to match absorption with the solar spectrum. Rapid recent advances in CQD photovoltaics have led to impressive 3.6% AM1.5 solar power conversion efficiencies. Two distinct device architectures and operating mechanisms have been advanced. The first-the Schottky device-was optimized and explained in terms of a depletion region driving electron-hole pair separation on the semiconductor side of a junction between an opaque low-work-function metal and a p-type CQD film. The second-the excitonic device-employed a CQD layer atop a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) and was explained in terms of diffusive exciton transport via energy transfer followed by exciton separation at the type-II heterointerface between the CQD film and the TCO. Here we fabricate CQD photovoltaic devices on TCOs and show that our devices rely on the establishment of a depletion region for field-driven charge transport and separation, and that they also exploit the large bandgap of the TCO to improve rectification and block undesired hole extraction. The resultant depletedheterojunction solar cells provide a 5.1% AM1.5 power conversion efficiency. The devices employ infrared-bandgap size-effect-tuned PbS CQDs, enabling broadband harvesting of the solar spectrum. We report the highest opencircuit voltages observed in solid-state CQD solar cells to date, as well as fill factors approaching 60%, through the combination of efficient hole blocking (heterojunction) and very small minority carrier density (depletion) in the large-bandgap moiety. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  19. Controlled phase separation for efficient energy conversion in dye/polymer blend bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    Guo Xiaoyang; Bu Laju; Zhao Yun [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Xie Zhiyuan, E-mail: xiezy_n@ciac.jl.c [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Geng Yanhou; Wang Lixiang [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2009-06-30

    Low-cost photovoltaic energy conversion using conjugated polymers has achieved great improvement due to the invention of organic bulk heterojunction, in which the nanoscale phase separation of electron donor and acceptor favors realizing efficient charge separation and collection. We investigated the polymer photovoltaic cells using N, N'-bis(1-ethylpropyl)-3,4,9,10-perylene bis(tetracarboxyl diimide)/poly(3-hexyl thiophene) blend as an active layer. It is found that processing conditions for the blend films have major effects on its morphology and hence the energy conversion efficiency of the resulting devices. By optimizing the processing conditions, the sizes of donor/acceptor phase separation can be adjusted for realizing efficient charge separation and collection. The overall energy conversion efficiency of the photovoltaic cell processed with optimized conditions increases by nearly 40% compared to the normally spin-coated and annealed cell.

  20. The Improvement of Bulk-Heterojunction Order in Polymer Photovoltaic Device

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    YUAN Dan; CHEN Zhi-jian; XIAOLi-xin; MULi-ping; QU Bo; GONG Qi-huang

    2011-01-01

    The blend morphology and vertical arrangement are critical to the performance of organic bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic devices.In the present paper,the authors proposed a new annealing method that controis the blend morphology and vertical arrangement of two materials by means of simultaneously applying external electrical field and violet irradiation on the active layer of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) during annealing process.By using this annealing method,the power conversion efficiency increased by 36%,which was caused by vertical phased-separated blend of crystalline P3HT and PCBM and better charge extraction of electrodes.X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was measured to prove more fullerene derivatives at the organic/cathode interfaces by using this annealing method.The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and UV-Vis absorption spectrum analysis also revealed more ordered polymer crystallization.

  1. Tailor-Made Additives for Morphology Control in Molecular Bulk-Heterojunction Photovoltaics

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    Graham, Kenneth R.

    2013-01-09

    Tailor-made additives, which are molecules that share the same molecular structure as a parent molecule with only slight structural variations, have previously been demonstrated as a useful means to control crystallization dynamics in solution. For example, tailor-made additives can be added to solutions of a crystallizing parent molecule to alter the crystal growth rate, size, and shape. We apply this strategy as a means to predictably control morphology in molecular bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaic cells. Through the use of an asymmetric oligomer substituted with a bulky triisobutylsilyl end group, the morphology of BHJ blends can be controlled resulting in a near doubling (from 1.3 to 2.2%) in power conversion efficiency. The use of tailor-made additives provides promising opportunities for controlling crystallization dynamics, and thereby film morphologies, for many organic electronic devices such as photovoltaics and field-effect transistors. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  2. Solution-Processed Organic Solar Cells from Dye Molecules: An Investigation of Diketopyrrolopyrrole:Vinazene Heterojunctions

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    Walker, Bright

    2012-01-25

    Although one of the most attractive aspects of organic solar cells is their low cost and ease of fabrication, the active materials incorporated into the vast majority of reported bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells include a semiconducting polymer and a fullerene derivative, classes of materials which are both typically difficult and expensive to prepare. In this study, we demonstrate that effective BHJs can be fabricated from two easily synthesized dye molecules. Solar cells incorporating a diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based molecule as a donor and a dicyanoimidazole (Vinazene) acceptor function as an active layer in BHJ solar cells, producing relatively high open circuit voltages and power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) up to 1.1%. Atomic force microscope images of the films show that active layers are rough and apparently have large donor and acceptor domains on the surface, whereas photoluminescence of the blends is incompletely quenched, suggesting that higher PCEs might be obtained if the morphology could be improved to yield smaller domain sizes and a larger interfacial area between donor and acceptor phases. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  3. Wide-bandgap epitaxial heterojunction windows for silicon solar cells

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    Landis, Geoffrey A.; Loferski, Joseph J.; Beaulieu, Roland; Sekula-Moise, Patricia A.; Vernon, Stanley M.

    1990-01-01

    It is shown that the efficiency of a solar cell can be improved if minority carriers are confined by use of a wide-bandgap heterojunction window. For silicon (lattice constant a = 5.43 A), nearly lattice-matched wide-bandgap materials are ZnS (a = 5.41 A) and GaP (a = 5.45 A). Isotype n-n heterojuntions of both ZnS/Si and GaP/Si were grown on silicon n-p homojunction solar cells. Successful deposition processes used were metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MO-CVD) for GaP and ZnS, and vacuum evaporation of ZnS. Planar (100) and (111) and texture-etched - (111)-faceted - surfaces were used. A decrease in minority-carrier surface recombination compared to a bare surface was seen from increased short-wavelength spectral response, increased open-circuit voltage, and reduced dark saturation current, with no degradation of the minority carrier diffusion length.

  4. High-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells: Status and perspectives

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    De Wolf, S.

    2015-04-27

    Silicon heterojunction technology (HJT) uses silicon thin-film deposition techniques to fabricate photovoltaic devices from mono-crystalline silicon wafers (c-Si). This enables energy-conversion efficiencies above 21 %, also at industrial-production level. In this presentation we review the present status of this technology and point out recent trends. We first discuss how the properties of thin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films can be exploited to fabricate passivating contacts, which is the key to high- efficiency HJT solar cells. Such contacts enable very high operating voltages, approaching the theoretical limits, and yield small temperature coefficients. With this approach, an increasing number of groups are reporting devices with conversion efficiencies well over 20 % on n-type wafers, Panasonic leading the field with 24.7 %. Exciting results have also been obtained on p-type wafers. Despite these high voltages, important efficiency gains can still be made in fill factor and optical design. This requires improved understanding of carrier transport across device interfaces and reduced parasitic absorption in HJT solar cells. For the latter, several strategies can be followed: Short- wavelength losses can be reduced by replacing the front a-Si:H films with wider-bandgap window layers, such as silicon alloys or even metal oxides. Long-wavelength losses are mitigated by introducing new high-mobility TCO’s such as hydrogenated indium oxide, and also by designing new rear reflectors. Optical shadow losses caused by the front metalisation grid are significantly reduced by replacing printed silver electrodes with fine-line plated copper contacts, leading also to possible cost advantages. The ultimate approach to minimize optical losses is the implementation of back-contacted architectures, which are completely devoid of grid shadow losses and parasitic absorption in the front layers can be minimized irrespective of electrical transport requirements. The

  5. High-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells: Status and perspectives

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    De Wolf, S.; Geissbuehler, J.; Loper, P.; Martin de Nicholas, S.; Seif, J.; Tomasi, A.; Ballif, C.

    2015-05-11

    Silicon heterojunction technology (HJT) uses silicon thin-film deposition techniques to fabricate photovoltaic devices from mono-crystalline silicon wafers (c-Si). This enables energy-conversion efficiencies above 21 %, also at industrial-production level. In this presentation we review the present status of this technology and point out recent trends. We first discuss how the properties of thin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films can be exploited to fabricate passivating contacts, which is the key to high- efficiency HJT solar cells. Such contacts enable very high operating voltages, approaching the theoretical limits, and yield small temperature coefficients. With this approach, an increasing number of groups are reporting devices with conversion efficiencies well over 20 % on both-sides contacted n-type cells, Panasonic leading the field with 24.7 %. Exciting results have also been obtained on p-type wafers. Despite these high voltages, important efficiency gains can still be made in fill factor and optical design. This requires improved understanding of carrier transport across device interfaces and reduced parasitic absorption in HJT solar cells. For the latter, several strategies can be followed: Short-wavelength losses can be reduced by replacing the front a-Si:H films with wider-bandgap window layers, such as silicon alloys or even metal oxides. Long- wavelength losses are mitigated by introducing new high-mobility TCO’s such as hydrogenated indium oxide, and also by designing new rear reflectors. Optical shadow losses caused by the front metallization grid are significantly reduced by replacing printed silver electrodes with fine-line plated copper contacts, leading also to possible cost advantages. The ultimate approach to minimize optical losses is the implementation of back-contacted architectures, which are completely devoid of grid shadow losses and parasitic absorption in the front layers can be minimized irrespective of electrical

  6. Fabrication of c-Si:H(p)/c-Si(n) Heterojunction Solar Cells with Microcrystalline Emitters

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    ZHOU Bing-Qing; LIU Feng-Zhen; ZHANG Qun-Fang; XU Ying; ZHOU Yu-Qin; LIU Jin-Long; ZHU Mei-Fang

    2006-01-01

    The p-type microcrystalline silicon (fj,c-Si) on n-type crystalline silicon (c-Si) heterojunction solar cells is fabricated by radio-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (rf-PECVD). The effect of the pc-Si:H p-layers on the performance of the heterojunction solar cells is investigated. Optimum μcSi:H p-layer is obtained with hydrogen dilution ratio of 99.65%, rf-power of 0.08 W/cm2, gas phase doping ratio of 0.125%, and the p-layer thickness of 15 nm. We fabricate μc-Si:H(p)/c-Si(n) heterojunction solar cells without texturing and obtained an efficiency of 13.4%. The comparisons of the solar-cell performances using different surface passivation techniques are discussed.

  7. Infrared photocurrent response of charge-transfer exciton in polymer bulk heterojunction

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    We study the charge-transfer exciton absorption and photocurrent response in solution-processed bulk heterojunction based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) donor and (6,6)-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester acceptor in the near-infrared wavelength region. While the exciton absorption exists only for wavelength below 650 nm, direct generation of charge-transfer exciton formed between the donor and acceptor extends the absorption wavelength to 950 nm. For films with micrometer thickness, the photon-to-electron conversion efficiency is about 60% at 750 nm wavelength under reverse voltage bias and the photocurrent to dark current ratio is about 8.6 at 900 nm and remains 3.6 even at 1000 nm. Photodetector with high sensitivity covering exclusively the 650-1000 nm near infrared region can therefore be made without a low bandgap material. The charge-transfer exciton absorption coefficient and photocurrent sensitivity depend on the annealing condition which controls the donor-acceptor morphology

  8. Photovoltaic and Electroluminescence Characters in Hybrid ZnO and Conjugated Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Devices

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    LIU Jun-Peng; QU Sheng-Chun; XU Ying; CHEN Yong-Hai; ZENG Xiang-Bo; WANG Zhi-Jie; ZHOU Hui-Ying; WANG Zhan-Guo

    2007-01-01

    We report electroluminescence in hybrid ZnO and conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV) bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells. Photoluminescence quenching experimental results indicate that the ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer occurs from MDMO-PPV to ZnO under illumination. The ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer effect is induced because ZnO has an electron affinity about 1.2 eV greater than that of MDMO-PPV. Electron 'back transfer' can occur if the interfacial barrier between ZnO and MDMO-PPV can be overcome by applying a substantial electric field. Therefore, electroluminescence action due to the fact that the back transfer effect can be observed in the ZnO: MDMO-PPV devices since a forward bias is applied. The photovoltaic and electroluminescence actions in the same ZnO: MDMO-PPV device can be induced by different injection ways: photoinjection and electrical injection. The devices are expected to provide an opportunity for dual functionality devices with photovoltaic effect and electroluminescence character.

  9. Fabrication and characterization of DBM/p-Si heterojunction solar cell

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    Hybrid organic/inorganic solar cell was fabricated by depositing a thin film of p-N,N dimethylaminobenzylidenemalononitrile (DBM) onto p-Si substrate. DBM is a donor–acceptor disubstituted benzenes dye known as molecular rotors and highly polar molecular compounds. Its powder has a polycrystalline structure, while nano-crystallite rods are formed in the as-deposited film. The dark current density–voltage (J–V) characteristics of Au/DBM/p-Si/Al heterojunction device measured at different temperatures ranging from 291 to 353 K have been investigated. The operating conduction mechanisms, the series and shunt resistances, the rectification ratio, the ideality factor, the effective barrier height, and the total trap concentration were determined. The capacitance–voltage (C–V) characteristics indicated that the junction is of abrupt nature. The built-in voltage and the carrier concentration distributed through the depletion region were estimated. Under illumination, the DBM/p-Si cell showed photovoltaic properties and the photovoltaic parameters were evaluated. -- Highlights: ► The molecular rotors DBM dye can be used to manufacture D/A solar cells. ► Since D/A are situated in the DBM molecule, we ensure photoinduced D → A electron transfer. ► The DBM film is grown as nano-rods. ► The most of the DBM bulk of the cell contributes to the generation of external current.

  10. Fabrication and characterization of DBM/p-Si heterojunction solar cell

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    El-Nahass, M.M.; Kamel, M.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, 11757 Cairo (Egypt); Atta, A.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, 11757 Cairo (Egypt); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University, Taif, 888 Taif (Saudi Arabia); Huthaily, S.Y., E-mail: s_huthaily@yahoo.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Hodeidah University, Alduraihimi, 3114 Hodeidah (Yemen)

    2013-01-15

    Hybrid organic/inorganic solar cell was fabricated by depositing a thin film of p-N,N dimethylaminobenzylidenemalononitrile (DBM) onto p-Si substrate. DBM is a donor-acceptor disubstituted benzenes dye known as molecular rotors and highly polar molecular compounds. Its powder has a polycrystalline structure, while nano-crystallite rods are formed in the as-deposited film. The dark current density-voltage (J-V) characteristics of Au/DBM/p-Si/Al heterojunction device measured at different temperatures ranging from 291 to 353 K have been investigated. The operating conduction mechanisms, the series and shunt resistances, the rectification ratio, the ideality factor, the effective barrier height, and the total trap concentration were determined. The capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics indicated that the junction is of abrupt nature. The built-in voltage and the carrier concentration distributed through the depletion region were estimated. Under illumination, the DBM/p-Si cell showed photovoltaic properties and the photovoltaic parameters were evaluated. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The molecular rotors DBM dye can be used to manufacture D/A solar cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Since D/A are situated in the DBM molecule, we ensure photoinduced D {yields} A electron transfer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The DBM film is grown as nano-rods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The most of the DBM bulk of the cell contributes to the generation of external current.

  11. Interface Engineering of High Efficiency Organic-Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Yang, Lixia; Liu, Yaoping; Chen, Wei; Wang, Yan; Liang, Huili; Mei, Zengxia; Kuznetsov, Andrej; Du, Xiaolong

    2016-01-13

    Insufficient interface conformity is a challenge faced in hybrid organic-silicon heterojunction solar cells because of using conventional pyramid antireflection texturing provoking the porosity of interface. In this study, we tested alternative textures, in particular rounded pyramids and inverted pyramids to compare the performance. It was remarkably improved delivering 7.61%, 8.91% and 10.04% efficiency employing conventional, rounded, and inverted pyramids, respectively. The result was interpreted in terms of gradually improving conformity of the Ag/organic/silicon interface, together with the gradually decreasing serial resistance. Altogether, the present data may guide further efforts arising the interface engineering for mastering high efficient heterojunction solar cells. PMID:26701061

  12. 22.5% efficient silicon heterojunction solar cell with molybdenum oxide hole collector

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    Substituting the doped amorphous silicon films at the front of silicon heterojunction solar cells with wide-bandgap transition metal oxides can mitigate parasitic light absorption losses. This was recently proven by replacing p-type amorphous silicon with molybdenum oxide films. In this article, we evidence that annealing above 130 °C—often needed for the curing of printed metal contacts—detrimentally impacts hole collection of such devices. We circumvent this issue by using electrodeposited copper front metallization and demonstrate a silicon heterojunction solar cell with molybdenum oxide hole collector, featuring a fill factor value higher than 80% and certified energy conversion efficiency of 22.5%

  13. Simulation of a high-efficiency silicon-based heterojunction solar cell

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    Jian, Liu; Shihua, Huang; Lü, He

    2015-04-01

    The basic parameters of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells, such as layer thickness, doping concentration, a-Si:H/c-Si interface defect density, and the work functions of the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) and back surface field (BSF) layer, are crucial factors that influence the carrier transport properties and the efficiency of the solar cells. The correlations between the carrier transport properties and these parameters and the performance of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells were investigated using the AFORS-HET program. Through the analysis and optimization of a TCO/n-a-Si:H/i-a-Si:H/p-c-Si/p+-a-Si:H/Ag solar cell, a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 27.07% (VOC) 749 mV, JSC: 42.86 mA/cm2, FF: 84.33%) was obtained through simulation. An in-depth understanding of the transport properties can help to improve the efficiency of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells, and provide useful guidance for actual heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) solar cell manufacturing. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61076055), the Open Project Program of Surface Physics Laboratory (National Key Laboratory) of Fudan University (No. FDS-KL2011-04), the Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Key Innovation Team (No. 2011R50012), and the Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory (No. 2013E10022).

  14. Simulation of a high-efficiency silicon-based heterojunction solar cell

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    The basic parameters of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells, such as layer thickness, doping concentration, a-Si:H/c-Si interface defect density, and the work functions of the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) and back surface field (BSF) layer, are crucial factors that influence the carrier transport properties and the efficiency of the solar cells. The correlations between the carrier transport properties and these parameters and the performance of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells were investigated using the AFORS-HET program. Through the analysis and optimization of a TCO/n-a-Si:H/i-a-Si:H/p-c-Si/p+-a-Si:H/Ag solar cell, a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 27.07% (VOC) 749 mV, JSC: 42.86 mA/cm2, FF: 84.33%) was obtained through simulation. An in-depth understanding of the transport properties can help to improve the efficiency of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells, and provide useful guidance for actual heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) solar cell manufacturing. (paper)

  15. Simulation and optimization of the performance of organic photovoltaic cells based on capped copolymers for bulk heterojunctions

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    Mhamdi, A.; Boukhili, W.; Raissi, M.; Mahdouani, M.; Vignau, L.; Bourguiga, R.

    2016-08-01

    Recently many investigations have been done to improve the performance of solar cells photovoltaic. One of this devices developed is the Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells based on poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/[6, 6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blend which have been fabricated by spin-coating. It is known that the nanostructure of the active layer of this device has an important impact on the photovoltaic performances. In this work, we analyze the results obtained on solar cells using a copolymer P3HT-b-PS based on poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as a donor block and polystyrene (PS) as a soft block, their compatibility with the blend of P3HT/PCBM at various weight percentages (0%-5%). The addition of this weight percentage is in order to improve the performance of polymer solar cells. It has been demonstrated that the addition of a small amount of P3HT-b-PS (from 0.5%-1.5%) led to an increase in photovoltaic efficiency compared to devices made from P3HT/PCBM only. To study the impact of the added amount of the P3HT-b-PS on the performances of the fabricated organic cells, we used an equivalent circuit model based on single diode model with five photovoltaic parameters. Then, we extracted these physical parameters of the organic photovoltaic cells such as the saturation current density, the series and shunt resistances, the ideality factor and the photogenerated current density from the experimental characteristics (J-V) in the dark and under illumination. We proposed and developed the used procedure based on this model and we resolved the analytic equations of the density-current using the Lambert W-function. A good agreement between the theoretical model and the experimental data of electrical characteristics is obtained illustrating the enhancement of the addition of a small amount of P3HT-b-PS (≤1.5%) in the P3HT/PCBM blend on the characteristics of BHJ organic photovoltaic cells.

  16. Auger electron nanoscale mapping and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy combined with gas cluster ion beam sputtering to study an organic bulk heterojunction

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    The lateral and vertical distributions of organic p/n bulk heterojunctions for an organic solar cell device are, respectively, investigated using nanometer-scale Auger electron mapping and using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with Ar gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) sputtering. The concentration of sulfur, present only in the p-type material, is traced to verify the distribution of p-type (donor) and n-type (acceptor) materials in the blended structure. In the vertical direction, a considerable change in atomic sulfur concentration is observed using XPS depth profiling with Ar GCIB sputtering. In addition, Auger electron mapping of sulfur reveals the lateral 2-dimensional distribution of p- and n-type materials. The combination of Auger electron mapping with Ar GCIB sputtering should thereby allow the construction of 3-dimensional distributions of p- and n-type materials in organic photovoltaic cells

  17. Dipyrrolidinyl-substituted perylene diimide as additive for poly(3-hexylthiophene): [6,6]-Phenyl C61 butyric acid methylester bulk-heterojunction blends

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    The effects of the addition of 1,7-dipyrrolidinyl-substituted perylene diimide (1,7-PyPDI) to a traditional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methylester (PCBM) bulk-heterojunction blend on the performance of organic solar cells, are described. When the 1,7-PyPDI amount in the mixture is accurately tuned, the power conversion efficiency (η) of the 1,7-PyPDI-doped cells is enhanced compared to a reference non-doped device. Cells fabricated by spin-coating blends from chloroform solution with P3HT (monomer):PCBM:1,7-PyPDI molar ratio of 6.85:1:0.03 resulted in 39.6% higher power conversion efficiency than P3HT:PCBM blend. The efficiency improvement is attributed to possible photochemical interactions between the three components of the blend, which contribute to enhance the charge separation, and minimize the charge recombination processes. Moreover, the increased absorption and the microstructural implications induced by the introduction of 1,7-PyPDI contribute to explain the enhancement of the solar cell performance. - Highlights: • The solar cell active layer is doped with perylene derivative in different ratios. • The addition of the dopant significantly enhances the solar cell efficiency. • The possible role of the dopant in the heart of the solar cell is discussed

  18. Dipyrrolidinyl-substituted perylene diimide as additive for poly(3-hexylthiophene): [6,6]-Phenyl C61 butyric acid methylester bulk-heterojunction blends

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    Vivo, Paola, E-mail: paola.vivo@tut.fi [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Dubey, Rajeev; Lehtonen, Elina; Kivistö, Hannele [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Vuorinen, Tommi [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1300, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Lemmetyinen, Helge [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland)

    2013-12-02

    The effects of the addition of 1,7-dipyrrolidinyl-substituted perylene diimide (1,7-PyPDI) to a traditional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methylester (PCBM) bulk-heterojunction blend on the performance of organic solar cells, are described. When the 1,7-PyPDI amount in the mixture is accurately tuned, the power conversion efficiency (η) of the 1,7-PyPDI-doped cells is enhanced compared to a reference non-doped device. Cells fabricated by spin-coating blends from chloroform solution with P3HT (monomer):PCBM:1,7-PyPDI molar ratio of 6.85:1:0.03 resulted in 39.6% higher power conversion efficiency than P3HT:PCBM blend. The efficiency improvement is attributed to possible photochemical interactions between the three components of the blend, which contribute to enhance the charge separation, and minimize the charge recombination processes. Moreover, the increased absorption and the microstructural implications induced by the introduction of 1,7-PyPDI contribute to explain the enhancement of the solar cell performance. - Highlights: • The solar cell active layer is doped with perylene derivative in different ratios. • The addition of the dopant significantly enhances the solar cell efficiency. • The possible role of the dopant in the heart of the solar cell is discussed.

  19. Petascale Simulations of the Morphology and the Molecular Interface of Bulk Heterojunctions.

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    Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y; Seibers, Zach; Kumar, Rajeev; Matheson, Michael A; Ankner, John F; Goswami, Monojoy; Bhaskaran-Nair, Kiran; Shelton, William A; Sumpter, Bobby G; Kilbey, S Michael

    2016-07-26

    Understanding how additives interact and segregate within bulk heterojunction (BHJ) thin films is critical for exercising control over structure at multiple length scales and delivering improvements in photovoltaic performance. The morphological evolution of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blends that are commensurate with the size of a BHJ thin film is examined using petascale coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. Comparisons between two-component and three-component systems containing short P3HT chains as additives undergoing thermal annealing demonstrate that the short chains alter the morphology in apparently useful ways: they efficiently migrate to the P3HT/PCBM interface, increasing the P3HT domain size and interfacial area. Simulation results agree with depth profiles determined from neutron reflectometry measurements that reveal PCBM enrichment near substrate and air interfaces but a decrease in that PCBM enrichment when a small amount of short P3HT chains are integrated into the BHJ blend. Atomistic simulations of the P3HT/PCBM blend interfaces show a nonmonotonic dependence of the interfacial thickness as a function of number of repeat units in the oligomeric P3HT additive, and the thiophene rings orient parallel to the interfacial plane as they approach the PCBM domain. Using the nanoscale geometries of the P3HT oligomers, LUMO and HOMO energy levels calculated by density functional theory are found to be invariant across the donor/acceptor interface. These connections between additives, processing, and morphology at all length scales are generally useful for efforts to improve device performance. PMID:27299676

  20. The role of spin exchange in charge transfer in low-bandgap polymer: Fullerene bulk heterojunctions

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    Formation, relaxation and dynamics of polarons and methanofullerene anion radicals photoinitiated in poly[N-9″-hepta-decanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4′,7′-di-2-thienyl-2′,1′, 3′-benzothiadiazole)]:-[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCDTBT:PC61BM) bulk heterojunctions were studied mainly by light-induced EPR (LEPR) spectroscopy in wide photon energy and temperature ranges. Some polarons are pinned by spin traps whose number and depth are governed by the composite morphology and photon energy. The proximity of the photon energy and the polymer bandgap reduces the number of such traps, inhibits recombination of mobile charge carriers, and facilitates their mobility in polymer network. Spin relaxation and charge carrier dynamics were studied by the steady-state saturation method at wide range of temperature and photon energy. These processes were shown to be governed by spin exchange as well as by the photon energy. Charge transfer in the composite is governed by the polaron scattering on the lattice phonons of crystalline domains embedded into amorphous polymer matrix and its activation hopping between polymer layers. The energy barrier required for polaron interchain hopping exceeds that of its intrachain diffusion. Anisotropy of polaron dynamics in the PCDTBT:PC61BM composite is less than that of poly(3-alkylthiophenes)-based systems that evidences for better ordering of the former. Lorentzian shape of LEPR lines of both charge carriers, lower concentration of spin traps as well as behaviours of the main magnetic resonance parameters were explained by layer ordered morphology of polymer matrix

  1. The crystal structure of CdS-CdTe thin film heterojunction solar cells

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    Rogers, K.D.; Painter, J.D.; Healy, M.J.; Lane, D.W. [Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Mater. and Medical Sci.; Ozsan, M.E. [B.P. Solar Ltd., Middlesex (United Kingdom)

    1999-02-08

    A detailed structural analysis of electrodeposited CdS-CdTe thin film heterojunction solar cells was undertaken. X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry were used to provide stoichiometric and microcrystalline data at increasing depths through the CdTe and CdS films. A model of the nature and extent of interdiffusion caused by a post deposition anneal is developed. A region in both pre-annealed and post-annealed samples which possesses a significantly different microstructure to that of the bulk CdTe, was identified. Within this region a stoichiometric gradient occurs and the grain size and preferred orientation decrease with increasing depth. Maximum CdTe film stress (post anneal) is estimated to be 140 MPa close to the interface and a shift in optical band gap of 6 x 10{sup -3} eV was also determined from structural measurements. We provide evidence that sulphur diffusion into CdTe is structurally rather than thermodynamically limited within these systems. (orig.) 15 refs.

  2. Fluorene-based narrow-band-gap copolymers for red light- emitting diodes and bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    Mingliang SUN; Li WANG; Yangjun XIA; Bin DU; Ransheng LIU; Yong CAO

    2008-01-01

    A series of narrow band-gap conjugated copo-lymers (PFO-DDQ) derived from 9,9-dioctylfluorene (DOF) and 2,3-dimethyl-5,8-dithien-2-yl-quinoxalines (DDQ) is prepaid by the palladium-catalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction with the molar feed ratio of DDQ at around 1%,5%,15%,30% and 50%,respectively.The obtained polymers are readily soluble in common organic solvents.The solutions and the thin solid films of the copolymers absorb light from 300-590 nm with two absorbance.peaks at around 380 and 490 nm.The intens-ity of 490 nm peak increases with the increasing DDQ content in the polymers.Efficient energy transfer due to exciton trapping on narrow-band-gap DDQ sites has been observed.The PL emission consists exclusively of DDQ unit emission at around 591 643 nm depending on the DDQ content in solid film.The EL emission peaks are red-shifted from 580 nm for PFO-DDQ1 to 635 nm for PFO-DDQ50.The highest external quantum efficiency achieved with the device configuration ITO/PEDOT/ PVK/PFO-DDQt5/Ba/A1 is 1.33% with a luminous effi-ciency 1.54 cd/A.Bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells fabricated from composite films of PFO-DDQ30 copoly-mer and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as electron donor and electron acceptor,respect-ively in device configuration:ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PFO-DDQ30:PCBM/PFPNBr/Al shows power conversion effi-ciencies of 1.18% with open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.90 V and short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 2.66 mA/cm2 under an AM1.5 solar simulator (100 mW/cm2).The photocurrent response wavelengths of the PVCs based on PFO-DDQ30/PCBM blends covers 300-700 nm.This indicates that these kinds of low band-gap polymers are promising candidates for polymeric solar cells and red light-emitting diodes.

  3. Electroluminescence of a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cells after high energy irradiation

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    Ferrara, Manuela

    2009-11-24

    The crystalline silicon as absorber material will certainly continue to dominate the market for space applications of solar cells. In the contribution under consideration the applicability of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells in space has been tested by the investigation of the cell modification by high energy protons and comparing the results to the degradation of homojunction crystalline silicon reference cells. The investigated solar cells have been irradiated with protons of different energies and doses. For all investigated solar cells the maximum damage happens for an energy of about 1.7 MeV and is mainly due to the decrease of the effective minority carrier diffusion length in the crystalline silicon absorber. Simulations carried out by AFORS-HET, a heterojunction simulation program, also confirmed this result. The main degradation mechanism for all types of devices is the monotonically decreasing charge carrier diffusion length in the p-type monocrystalline silicon absorber layer. For the heterojunction solar cell an enhancement of the photocurrent in the blue wavelength region has been observed but only in the case of heterojunction solar cell with intrinsic a-Si:H buffer layer. Additionally to the traditional characterization techniques the electroluminescence technique used for monitoring the modifications of the heteroluminescence technique used for monitoring the modifications of the heterointerface between amorphous silicon and crystalline silicon in solar cells after proton irradiation. A direct relation between minority carrier diffusion length and electroluminescence quantum efficiency has been observed but also details of the interface modification could be monitored by this technique.

  4. Morphological Control for High Performance, Solution-Processed Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Eperon, Giles E.

    2013-09-09

    Organometal trihalide perovskite based solar cells have exhibited the highest efficiencies to-date when incorporated into mesostructured composites. However, thin solid films of a perovskite absorber should be capable of operating at the highest efficiency in a simple planar heterojunction configuration. Here, it is shown that film morphology is a critical issue in planar heterojunction CH3NH3PbI3-xCl x solar cells. The morphology is carefully controlled by varying processing conditions, and it is demonstrated that the highest photocurrents are attainable only with the highest perovskite surface coverages. With optimized solution based film formation, power conversion efficiencies of up to 11.4% are achieved, the first report of efficiencies above 10% in fully thin-film solution processed perovskite solar cells with no mesoporous layer. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Laterally Ordered Bulk Heterojunction of Conjugated Polymers : Nanoskiving a Jelly Roll

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    Lipomi, Darren J.; Chiechi, Ryan C.; Reus, William F.; Whitesides, George M.

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the fabrication of a nanostructured heterojunction of two conjugated polymers by a three-step process: i) spin-coating a multilayered film of the two polymers, ii) rolling the film into a cylinder (a ‘‘jelly roll’’) and iii) sectioning the film perpendicular to the axis of the r

  6. Recent Advances in Interface Engineering for Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells are considered as one of the most promising next-generation solar cells due to their advantages of low-cost precursors, high power conversion efficiency (PCE and easy of processing. In the past few years, the PCEs have climbed from a few to over 20% for perovskite solar cells. Recent developments demonstrate that perovskite exhibits ambipolar semiconducting characteristics, which allows for the construction of planar heterojunction (PHJ perovskite solar cells. PHJ perovskite solar cells can avoid the use of high-temperature sintered mesoporous metal oxides, enabling simple processing and the fabrication of flexible and tandem perovskite solar cells. In planar heterojunction materials, hole/electron transport layers are introduced between a perovskite film and the anode/cathode. The hole and electron transporting layers are expected to enhance exciton separation, charge transportation and collection. Further, the supporting layer for the perovskite film not only plays an important role in energy-level alignment, but also affects perovskite film morphology, which have a great effect on device performance. In addition, interfacial layers also affect device stability. In this review, recent progress in interfacial engineering for PHJ perovskite solar cells will be reviewed, especially with the molecular interfacial materials. The supporting interfacial layers for the optimization of perovskite films will be systematically reviewed. Finally, the challenges remaining in perovskite solar cells research will be discussed.

  7. Recent Advances in Interface Engineering for Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Yin, Wei; Pan, Lijia; Yang, Tingbin; Liang, Yongye

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells are considered as one of the most promising next-generation solar cells due to their advantages of low-cost precursors, high power conversion efficiency (PCE) and easy of processing. In the past few years, the PCEs have climbed from a few to over 20% for perovskite solar cells. Recent developments demonstrate that perovskite exhibits ambipolar semiconducting characteristics, which allows for the construction of planar heterojunction (PHJ) perovskite solar cells. PHJ perovskite solar cells can avoid the use of high-temperature sintered mesoporous metal oxides, enabling simple processing and the fabrication of flexible and tandem perovskite solar cells. In planar heterojunction materials, hole/electron transport layers are introduced between a perovskite film and the anode/cathode. The hole and electron transporting layers are expected to enhance exciton separation, charge transportation and collection. Further, the supporting layer for the perovskite film not only plays an important role in energy-level alignment, but also affects perovskite film morphology, which have a great effect on device performance. In addition, interfacial layers also affect device stability. In this review, recent progress in interfacial engineering for PHJ perovskite solar cells will be reviewed, especially with the molecular interfacial materials. The supporting interfacial layers for the optimization of perovskite films will be systematically reviewed. Finally, the challenges remaining in perovskite solar cells research will be discussed. PMID:27347923

  8. Bifacial Si Heterojunction-Perovskite Organic-Inorganic Tandem to Produce Highly Efficient Solar Cell

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    Asadpour, Reza; Chavali, Raghu V. K.; Khan, M. Ryyan; Alam, Muhammad A.

    2015-01-01

    As single junction thin-film technologies, both Si heterojunction (HIT) and Perovskite based solar cells promise high efficiencies at low cost. One expects that a tandem cell design with these cells connected in series will improve the efficiency further. Using a self-consistent numerical modeling of optical and transport characteristics, however, we find that a traditional series connected tandem design suffers from low Jsc due to band-gap mismatch and current matching constraints. It requir...

  9. Novel Semiconductor-Liquid Heterojunction Solar Cells Based on Cuprous Oxide and Iodine Electrolyte

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: •A novel Cu2O-electrolyte heterojunction solar cell was fabricated on a Cu foil substrate. •The novel solar cell was composed of a Cu2O electrode, electrolyte, and a Pt electrode. •A chemical oxidation method was used to fabricate coral-shaped Cu2O structures. •The influence of various iodine concentrations on device efficiency was studied. -- ABSTRACT: In this study, we report a novel cuprous oxide-electrolyte heterojunction solar cell fabricated on a copper foil substrate. A chemical oxidation method was used to fabricate a cuprous oxide electrode that was then combined with an electrolyte and platinum electrode to form a cuprous oxide-electrolyte heterojunction solar cell. Various analytic technologies were employed to characterize the cuprous oxide electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was employed to observe the surface morphology; energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the material properties; and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy was used to analyze the optical properties of the cuprous oxide. The results show that the particle size of the cuprous oxide ranged from approximately 1–2 μm, which agglomerated and formed coral-shaped structures with lengths and widths of 10–20 and 5–6 μm, respectively, and with absorption wavelengths of 300 to 640 nm. The cuprous oxide-electrolyte heterojunction solar cell was also characterized, and the influence of various iodine (I2) concentrations on device efficiency was studied. The results show that when the I2 concentration of the electrolyte was 10 mM, the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, fill factor, and device conversion efficiency of the cuprous oxide-electrolyte heterojunction solar cell were 3.52 mA/cm2, 0.64 V, 0.32, and 0.72%, respectively

  10. Development, characterization and modeling of interfaces for high efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Varache, Renaud

    2012-01-01

    The interface between amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and crystalline silicon (c-Si) is the building block of high efficiency solar cells based on low temperature fabrication processes. Three properties of the interface determine the performance of silicon heterojunction solar cells: band offsets between a-Si:H and c-Si, interface defects and band bending in c-Si. These three points are addressed in this thesis.First, an analytical model for the calculation of the band bending in c-Si is developed...

  11. Electronic properties of Mn-phthalocyanine–C{sub 60} bulk heterojunctions: Combining photoemission and electron energy-loss spectroscopy

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    Roth, Friedrich [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science/DESY, Notkestraße 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany); Herzig, Melanie; Knupfer, Martin [FW Dresden, P.O. Box 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Lupulescu, Cosmin [Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin (Germany); Darlatt, Erik; Gottwald, Alexander [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Abbestraße 2-12, D-10587 Berlin (Germany); Eberhardt, Wolfgang [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science/DESY, Notkestraße 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany); Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-11-14

    The electronic properties of co-evaporated mixtures (blends) of manganese phthalocyanine and the fullerene C{sub 60} (MnPc:C{sub 60}) have been studied as a function of the concentration of the two constituents using two supplementary electron spectroscopic methods, photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in transmission. Our PES measurements provide a detailed picture of the electronic structure measured with different excitation energies as well as different mixing ratios between MnPc and C{sub 60}. Besides a relative energy shift, the occupied electronic states of the two materials remain essentially unchanged. The observed energy level alignment is different compared to that of the related CuPc:C{sub 60} bulk heterojunction. Moreover, the results from our EELS investigations show that, despite the rather small interface interaction, the MnPc related electronic excitation spectrum changes significantly by admixing C{sub 60} to MnPc thin films.

  12. Dominance of interface chemistry over the bulk properties in determining the electronic structure of epitaxial metal/perovskite oxide heterojunctions

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    Chambers, Scott A.; Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Droubay, Timothy C.; Hepplestone, Steven; Sushko, Petr

    2015-06-09

    We show that despite very similar crystallographic properties and work function values in the bulk, epitaxial Fe and Cr metallizations on Nb:SrTiO3(001) generate completely different heterojunction electronic properties. Cr is Ohmic whereas Fe forms a Schottky barrier with a barrier height of 0.50 eV. This contrast arises because of differences in interface chemistry. In contrast to Cr [Chambers, S. A. et al., Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4001.], Fe exhibits a +2 oxidation state and occupies Ti sites in the perovskite lattice, resulting in negligible charge transfer to Ti, upward band bending, and Schottky barrier formation. The differences between Cr and Fe are understood by performing first-principles calculations of the energetics of defect formation which corroborate the observed interface chemistry and structure.

  13. Origin of the high open circuit voltage in planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells: Role of the reduced bimolecular recombination

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao; Wu, Chang-Qin

    2015-03-01

    The high open circuit voltage is an attractive feature for the currently popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells. In this paper, by employing the macroscopic device model simulation, we investigate its origin for the planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells. Based on the calculated current density-voltage characteristics, it is revealed that compared to the excitonic solar cells, the fast thermal-activated exciton dissociation in the bulk due to the small exciton binding energy may improve the short circuit current and the fill factor, but its beneficial role on the open circuit voltage is marginal. The most significant contribution for the open circuit voltage comes from the reduced bimolecular recombination. In the perovskites, with the recombination prefactor many orders of magnitude smaller than that based on the Langevin's theory, the internal charge density level is significantly enhanced and the density gradient is removed, leading to the high quasi-Fermi level splitting and thus the small open circuit voltage loss. For the nonradiative recombination pathway due to the deep trap states, it may induce significant loss of open circuit voltage as the trap density is high, while for the moderately low density its effect on the open circuit voltage is small and negligible.

  14. Mesoscopic CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 /TiO 2 Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Etgar, Lioz

    2012-10-24

    We report for the first time on a hole conductor-free mesoscopic methylammonium lead iodide (CH 3NH 3PbI 3) perovskite/TiO 2 heterojunction solar cell, produced by deposition of perovskite nanoparticles from a solution of CH 3NH 3I and PbI 2 in γ-butyrolactone on a 400 nm thick film of TiO 2 (anatase) nanosheets exposing (001) facets. A gold film was evaporated on top of the CH 3NH 3PbI 3 as a back contact. Importantly, the CH 3NH 3PbI 3 nanoparticles assume here simultaneously the roles of both light harvester and hole conductor, rendering superfluous the use of an additional hole transporting material. The simple mesoscopic CH 3NH 3PbI 3/TiO 2 heterojunction solar cell shows impressive photovoltaic performance, with short-circuit photocurrent J sc= 16.1 mA/cm 2, open-circuit photovoltage V oc = 0.631 V, and a fill factor FF = 0.57, corresponding to a light to electric power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.5% under standard AM 1.5 solar light of 1000 W/m 2 intensity. At a lower light intensity of 100W/m 2, a PCE of 7.3% was measured. The advent of such simple solution-processed mesoscopic heterojunction solar cells paves the way to realize low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  15. Application of a polymer heterojunction in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Using a blend heterojunction consisting of a C60 derivative, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as a charge carrier transfer medium to replace the I3-/I- redox electrolyte, a novel TiO2/dye/PCBM/P3HT dye-sensitized solar cell was fabricated and characterized. It was found that the P3HT/PCBM heterojunction widened the incident light harvest range from ultraviolet to visible light, and improved the photoelectrical response of the dye-sensitized solar cell. We investigated the influence of the PCBM/P3HT ratio and barrier layer on the photoelectric performance of the solar cell and proposed optimized preparation conditions. The optimized solar cell with a barrier layer and PCBM/P3HT ratio of 1:2 had a short circuit current density of 5.52 mA cm-2, an open circuit voltage of 0.87 V, a fill factor of 0.640 and a light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 3.09% under a simulated solar light irradiation of 100 mW cm-2.

  16. The influence of post-deposition annealing upon amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Mikolášek, Miroslav, E-mail: miroslav.mikolasek@stuba.sk [Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ilkovičova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia); Nemec, Michal; Kováč, Jaroslav [Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ilkovičova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia); Foti, Marina; Gerardi, Cosimo [IMS-R and D, STMicroelectronics, Stradale Primosole, 50, 95121 Catania (Italy); Mannino, Giovanni; Valenti, Luca; Lombardo, Salvatore [CNR-IMM, Zona Industriale, Ottava Strada, 5, 95121 Catania (Italy)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • We studied the impact of the thermal annealing on the silicon heterojunction solar cells. • Compared were samples deposited by ICP-CVD and PE-CVD methods. • Annealing up to 250 °C improves output performance of both solar cells. • Annealing above 250 °C increases defect states density at the interface and in the amorphous emitter. • Samples deposited by ICP-CVD shows better resistance against annealing. - Abstract: This paper presents a comparative study of the influence of post-deposition annealing on amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells deposited by ICP-CVD and PE-CVD techniques. Two major effects on the solar cell efficiency occur caused by thermal annealing. The first effect is a slight improvement of the performance on annealing up to 250 °C. The second effect, for annealing temperatures above 250 °C, reveals deterioration of the solar cell performance. It is suggested that both effects are related to thermally activated diffusion of hydrogen. For low annealing temperatures, diffusion of weakly bonded hydrogen allows to passivate the defects in the amorphous emitter and at the heterointerface. In the high temperature annealing region, outdiffusion of hydrogen is assumed to be responsible for an increase of defect states in the structures. The results indicate a better stability after high temperature treatment for the sample prepared by ICP-CVD technology.

  17. Application of a polymer heterojunction in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wu Jihuai, E-mail: jhwu@hqu.edu.c [Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education (China)] [Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021, Fujian (China); Yue Gentian; Xiao Yaoming; Ye Haifeng; Lin Jianming; Huang Miaoliang [Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education (China)] [Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021, Fujian (China)

    2010-08-01

    Using a blend heterojunction consisting of a C{sub 60} derivative, [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as a charge carrier transfer medium to replace the I{sub 3}{sup -}/I{sup -} redox electrolyte, a novel TiO{sub 2}/dye/PCBM/P3HT dye-sensitized solar cell was fabricated and characterized. It was found that the P3HT/PCBM heterojunction widened the incident light harvest range from ultraviolet to visible light, and improved the photoelectrical response of the dye-sensitized solar cell. We investigated the influence of the PCBM/P3HT ratio and barrier layer on the photoelectric performance of the solar cell and proposed optimized preparation conditions. The optimized solar cell with a barrier layer and PCBM/P3HT ratio of 1:2 had a short circuit current density of 5.52 mA cm{sup -2}, an open circuit voltage of 0.87 V, a fill factor of 0.640 and a light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 3.09% under a simulated solar light irradiation of 100 mW cm{sup -2}.

  18. Simulation of interdigitated back-contact silicon heterojunction solar cells with quantum transport model

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    Kamioka, Takefumi; Hayashi, Yutaka; Nakamura, Kyotaro; Ohshita, Yoshio

    2015-08-01

    A simulation of interdigitated back-contact silicon heterojunction (IBC-SHJ) solar cells was performed using a quantum transport model to consider the quantum effect at the crystalline/amorphous (c/a) heterojunction interface. It was found that the impact of the quantum effect on the open-circuit voltage is comparable to that of the interface defect density at the c/a interface, indicating the importance of implementation of the quantum model. The optimal back-contact design was also discussed from the viewpoint of mass production, in which the design rule is relaxed. The degradation of the conversion efficiency by widening the gap between the p- and n-aSi:H layers can be compensated by improving passivation quality at the c/a interface.

  19. Band alignment measurements at heterojunction interfaces in layered thin film solar cells & thermoelectrics

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    Fang, Fang

    2011-12-01

    combination of core levels and valence band ultraviolet photoemission spectra of the bulk materials as well as the heterojunction (Sb2Te 3/Bi2Te3), the VBO at p-type Sb2Te 3 and n-type Bi2Te3 is determined as 0.04 +/- 0.10 eV. Such a small energy offset is within the same magnitude of the thermal energy of kT, at room temperature. The motivation for the II-VI ZnTe-based thin film solar cell derives from the need to identify and overcome performance-limiting properties related to the processing of film deposition using close space sublimation (CSS). Chemical and electronic properties of the CSS grown ZnTe/ZnSe films were studied in x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and photoemission spectroscopy. Specifically, Se oxide was observed on the ZnSe surface, the removal of this oxide generated apparent offsets in the valence band and hence the alignment at the heterojunction energy diagram. Processing steps to mitigate oxidation yielded the best cells. Film structure was studied on the dependence of growth time; physical film damage is found during the initial stages when depositing ZnTe on a grown ZnSe film. Preliminary studies of films grown by evaporation and their characterizations are presented at last. In this thesis, a better understanding of the electronic structure at interfaces is built in two different thin film devices, and the resulting band energy diagram of the corresponding devices offered effective feedback in materials and device.The problem of energy equilibrium in the human body has received a great deal.

  20. Low temperature processed planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells employing silver nanowires as top electrode

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    Zhang, Jianhua; Li, Fushan; Yang, Kaiyu; Veeramalai, Chandrasekar Perumal; Guo, Tailiang

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we reported a low temperature processed planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell employing silver nanowires as the top electrode and ZnO nanoparticles as the electron transport layer. The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite was grown as the light absorber via two-step spin-coating technique. The as-fabricated perovskite solar cell exhibited the highest power conversion efficiency of 9.21% with short circuit current density of 19.75 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage of 1.02, and fill factor value of 0.457. The solar cell's performance showed negligible difference between the forward and reverse bias scan. This work paves a way for realizing low cost solution processable solar cells.

  1. RETRACTED: Advances in colloidal quantum dot solar cells: The depleted-heterojunction device

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    Kramer, Illan J.

    2011-08-01

    Colloidal quantum dot (CQD) photovoltaics combine low-cost solution processibility with quantum size-effect tunability to match absorption with the solar spectrum. Recent advances in CQD photovoltaics have led to 3.6% AM1.5 solar power conversion efficiencies. Here we report CQD photovoltaic devices on transparent conductive oxides and show that our devices rely on the establishment of a depletion region for field-driven charge transport and separation. The resultant depleted-heterojunction solar cells provide a 5.1% AM1.5 power conversion efficiency. The devices employ infrared-bandgap size-effect-tuned PbS colloidal quantum dots, enabling broadband harvesting of the solar spectrum. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  2. Advances in colloidal quantum dot solar cells: The depleted-heterojunction device

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    Colloidal quantum dot (CQD) photovoltaics combine low-cost solution processibility with quantum size-effect tunability to match absorption with the solar spectrum. Recent advances in CQD photovoltaics have led to 3.6% AM1.5 solar power conversion efficiencies. Here we report CQD photovoltaic devices on transparent conductive oxides and show that our devices rely on the establishment of a depletion region for field-driven charge transport and separation. The resultant depleted-heterojunction solar cells provide a 5.1% AM1.5 power conversion efficiency. The devices employ infrared-bandgap size-effect-tuned PbS colloidal quantum dots, enabling broadband harvesting of the solar spectrum.

  3. Characteristics of Polyaniline/Si Heterojunction Solar Cell By Electrochemical Dye Sensitization

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    ZHENG Jian-bang; REN Ju; HOU Chao-qi

    2005-01-01

    Using the electrochemical polymerization dye sensitization(ECDS) method, polyaniline (PAn),which is used as top region material in solar cells, is sensitized with direct blue dye(DS), and sensitized Al grid/DS-PAn/n-Si/Al heterojunction solar cells is prepared by ECDS. Influences of the ECDS on the absorption spectrum and the junction characteristics of the solar cell were discussed, and the output characteristics were measured. The results show that the absorption spectrum of the sensitized PAn films is much wider and stronger in Vis-range; the diode quality factor is about 6.3 and the height of latent barrier potential of p-n junction is 0.89 eV; the short-circuit current and the conversion efficiency of sensitized DSPAn/Si heterojunction solar cells are greatly improved, which the short-circuit current can increase 6 times,the fill factor is 57% and the efficiency can reach 1.42% under the illumination of 37.2 W/m2 , respectively.

  4. Cross Kelvin force microscopy and conductive atomic force microscopy studies of organic bulk heterojunction blends for local morphology and electrical behavior analysis

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    Villeneuve-Faure, C., E-mail: Christina.villeneuve@laplace.unvi-tlse.fr [LAPLACE, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France); UPS, INPT, Université de Toulouse, LCC 31077 Toulouse (France); Le Borgne, D. [LAPLACE, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France); UPS, INPT, Université de Toulouse, LCC 31077 Toulouse (France); LCC-CNRS, 205 route de Narbonne, F-31077 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Bedel-Pereira, E.; Séguy, I. [UPS, INPT, Université de Toulouse, LCC 31077 Toulouse (France); LAAS-CNRS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche, 31077 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Moineau Chane-Ching, K. I.; Hernandez-Maldonado, D. [UPS, INPT, Université de Toulouse, LCC 31077 Toulouse (France); LCC-CNRS, 205 route de Narbonne, F-31077 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France)

    2015-02-07

    Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic devices performances depend on the relative organization and physical properties of the electron-donor and -acceptor materials. In this paper, BHJs of poly(3-hexyl-thiophene) (P3HT) associated with an electron acceptor material, 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)-propyl-1-phenyl[6,6]C6 (PCBM) or [Ni(4dodpedt){sub 2}], are studied in terms of morphology, ordering, and electrical properties. First, comparison between the two BHJs performed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman characterizations shows that P3HT structuration is improved by blending with [Ni(4dodpedt){sub 2}]. Then, the relationship between charges trapping, electrical properties, and film morphology is investigated using conductive AFM and Kelvin Force Microscopy. Measurements in dark condition and under solar cell simulator provide complementary information on electrical phenomena in these organic nanostructures. Finally, time dependent measurement highlights the influence of charges stacking on conduction. Specifically, we demonstrate that charge accumulation initiated by illumination remains valid after switching off the light, and induces the modification in current versus voltage characteristic of P3HT: PCBM blend. Finally, we observe a current increasing which can be attributed to the energy barrier decreasing due to charges trapping in PCBM.

  5. Silicon heterojunction solar cells: Optimization of emitter and contact properties from analytical calculation and numerical simulation

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    Highlights: ► We relate the open circuit voltage and the band-bending in crystalline silicon. ► We calculate the band-bending in the crystalline part of a silicon heterojunction. ► The band-bending is strongly influenced by the work function and density of states. ► A high defect density in the amorphous silicon emitter increases the band bending. ► A high defect density reduces the impact of the contact on the open circuit voltage. -- Abstract: The key constituent of silicon heterojunction solar cells, the amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction (a-Si:H/c-Si), offers a high open-circuit voltage (Voc) potential providing that both the interface defect passivation and the band bending in the c-Si absorber are sufficient. We detail here analytical calculations of the equilibrium band bending in c-Si (ψc-Si) in Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO)/a-Si:H emitter/c-Si absorber structures. We studied the variation of some electronic parameters (density of states, work function) according to relevant experimental values. This study introduces a discussion on the optimization of the doped emitter layer in relation with the work function of the TCO. In particular, we argue on the advantage of having a highly defective (p)a-Si:H emitter layer that maximizes ψc-Si and reduces the influence of the TCO on Voc

  6. p-type Mesoscopic Nickel Oxide/Organometallic Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Kuo-Chin Wang; Jun-Yuan Jeng; Po-Shen Shen; Yu-Cheng Chang; Eric Wei-Guang Diau; Cheng-Hung Tsai; Tzu-Yang Chao; Hsu-Cheng Hsu; Pei-Ying Lin; Peter Chen; Tzung-Fang Guo; Ten-Chin Wen

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we present a new paradigm for organometallic hybrid perovskite solar cell using NiO inorganic metal oxide nanocrystalline as p-type electrode material and realized the first mesoscopic NiO/perovskite/[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) heterojunction photovoltaic device. The photo-induced transient absorption spectroscopy results verified that the architecture is an effective p-type sensitized junction, which is the first inorganic p-type, metal oxide contact ...

  7. Amorphous silicon oxide window layers for high-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Seif, Johannes Peter; Descoeudres, Antoine; Filipic, Miha; Smole, Franc; Topic, Marko; Holman, Zachary Charles; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-01-01

    In amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells, optical losses can be mitigated by replacing the amorphous silicon films by wider bandgap amorphous silicon oxide layers. In this article, we use stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon and amorphous silicon oxide as front intrinsic buffer layers and show that this increases the short-circuit current density by up to 0.43 mA/cm2 due to less reflection and a higher transparency at short wavelengths. Additionally, high open-circuit volt...

  8. Influences of Low Energy Ion Implantation on Properties of Polyaniline/Si Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    WU Chang-jiang; ZHENG Jian-bang; LI En-pu

    2005-01-01

    Ion implantation may favorably modify the properties ofpolyaniline/Si heterojunction solar cells fabricated by the electrochemical method. Influences of the implantation on the absorption spectrum and the thermal stability were discussed and output properties were measured. The results show that the absorption spectrum of the polyaniline films modified by ion implantation is much wider; its pyrolytic temperature increases by 40℃, and the polyaniline/Si cell efficiency increases 18 and 3 times under the illumination of 10.92 and 37.2 W/m2, respectively.

  9. a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cells on SiSiC ceramic substrates

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    LI Xudong; XU Ying; CHE Xiaoqi

    2006-01-01

    Silicon thin-film solar cells are considered to be one of the most promising cells in the future for their potential advantages, such as low cost, high efficiency, great stability, simple processing, and none-pollution. In this paper, latest progress on poly-crystalline silicon solar cells on ceramic substrates achieved by our group was reported. Rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition (RTCVD) was used to deposited poly-crystalline silicon thin films, and the grains of as-grown film were enlarged by Zone-melting Recrystallization (ZMR). As a great changein cell's structure, traditional diffused pn homojunction was replaced by a-Si/c-Si heterojunction, which lead is to distinct improvement in cell's efficiency.A conversion efficiency of 3.42% has been achieved on 1cm2 a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cell ( Isc =16.93 mA, Voc =310.9 mV, FF =06493, AM =1.5 G,24 ℃), while the cell with diffused homojunction only gotan efficiency of 0.6%. It indicates that a-Si emitter formed at low temperature might be more suitable for thin film cell on ceramics.

  10. Laser Induced Forward Transfer for front contact improvement in silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Highlights: • LIFT technique is investigated to improve heterojunction HJ solar cells. • Doped silicon films are adequate precursors for LIFT application in HJ cells. • LIFT leads to a reduction of the series resistance of a-Si HJ diodes. • LIFT allows the improvement of the front contact resistance in a-Si HJ solar cells. - Abstract: In this work the Laser Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) technique is investigated to create n-doped regions on p-type c-Si substrates. The precursor source of LIFT consisted in a phosphorous-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon layer grown by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) onto a transparent substrate. Transfer of the doping atoms occurs when a sequence of laser pulses impinging onto the doped layer propels the material toward the substrate. The laser irradiation not only transfers the doping material but also produces a local heating that promotes its diffusion into the substrate. The laser employed was a 1064 nm, lamp-pumped system, working at pulse durations of 100 and 400 ns. In order to obtain a good electrical performance a comprehensive optimization of the applied laser fluency and number of pulses was carried out. Subsequently, arrays of n + p local junctions were created by LIFT and the resulting J–V curves demonstrated the formation of good quality n+ regions. These structures were finally incorporated to enhance the front contact in conventional silicon heterojunction solar cells leading to an improvement of conversion efficiency

  11. Laser Induced Forward Transfer for front contact improvement in silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Colina, M., E-mail: monicacolinb@gmail.com; Morales-Vilches, A.; Voz, C.; Martín, I.; Ortega, P.; Orpella, A.; López, G.; Alcubilla, R.

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • LIFT technique is investigated to improve heterojunction HJ solar cells. • Doped silicon films are adequate precursors for LIFT application in HJ cells. • LIFT leads to a reduction of the series resistance of a-Si HJ diodes. • LIFT allows the improvement of the front contact resistance in a-Si HJ solar cells. - Abstract: In this work the Laser Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) technique is investigated to create n-doped regions on p-type c-Si substrates. The precursor source of LIFT consisted in a phosphorous-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon layer grown by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) onto a transparent substrate. Transfer of the doping atoms occurs when a sequence of laser pulses impinging onto the doped layer propels the material toward the substrate. The laser irradiation not only transfers the doping material but also produces a local heating that promotes its diffusion into the substrate. The laser employed was a 1064 nm, lamp-pumped system, working at pulse durations of 100 and 400 ns. In order to obtain a good electrical performance a comprehensive optimization of the applied laser fluency and number of pulses was carried out. Subsequently, arrays of n + p local junctions were created by LIFT and the resulting J–V curves demonstrated the formation of good quality n+ regions. These structures were finally incorporated to enhance the front contact in conventional silicon heterojunction solar cells leading to an improvement of conversion efficiency.

  12. High efficiency solar cells combining a perovskite and a silicon heterojunction solar cells via an optical splitting system

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    Uzu, Hisashi, E-mail: Hisashi.Uzu@kaneka.co.jp, E-mail: npark@skku.edu; Ichikawa, Mitsuru; Hino, Masashi; Nakano, Kunihiro; Meguro, Tomomi; Yamamoto, Kenji [Kaneka Corporation, 5-1-1, Torikai-Nishi, Settsu, Osaka 566-0072 (Japan); Hernández, José Luis [Kaneka Belgium N.V., Nijverheidsstraat 16, 2260 Westerlo-Oevel (Belgium); Kim, Hui-Seon; Park, Nam-Gyu, E-mail: Hisashi.Uzu@kaneka.co.jp, E-mail: npark@skku.edu [School of Chemical Engineering and Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, 300 Cheoncheon-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-05

    We have applied an optical splitting system in order to achieve very high conversion efficiency for a full spectrum multi-junction solar cell. This system consists of multiple solar cells with different band gap optically coupled via an “optical splitter.” An optical splitter is a multi-layered beam splitter with very high reflection in the shorter-wave-length range and very high transmission in the longer-wave-length range. By splitting the incident solar spectrum and distributing it to each solar cell, the solar energy can be managed more efficiently. We have fabricated optical splitters and used them with a wide-gap amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cell or a CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite solar cell as top cells, combined with mono-crystalline silicon heterojunction (HJ) solar cells as bottom cells. We have achieved with a 550 nm cutoff splitter an active area conversion efficiency of over 25% using a-Si and HJ solar cells and 28% using perovskite and HJ solar cells.

  13. High efficiency solar cells combining a perovskite and a silicon heterojunction solar cells via an optical splitting system

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    We have applied an optical splitting system in order to achieve very high conversion efficiency for a full spectrum multi-junction solar cell. This system consists of multiple solar cells with different band gap optically coupled via an “optical splitter.” An optical splitter is a multi-layered beam splitter with very high reflection in the shorter-wave-length range and very high transmission in the longer-wave-length range. By splitting the incident solar spectrum and distributing it to each solar cell, the solar energy can be managed more efficiently. We have fabricated optical splitters and used them with a wide-gap amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cell or a CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell as top cells, combined with mono-crystalline silicon heterojunction (HJ) solar cells as bottom cells. We have achieved with a 550 nm cutoff splitter an active area conversion efficiency of over 25% using a-Si and HJ solar cells and 28% using perovskite and HJ solar cells

  14. Silicon heterojunction solar cells obtained by Hot-Wire CVD

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    Muñoz Cervantes, Delfina

    2008-01-01

    El elevado coste de producción de los módulos de silicio cristalino (c-Si) dificulta el progreso de la industria fotovoltaica como una alternativa viable para la producción de energía limpia. Por esta razón, los fabricantes de células solares buscan diferentes alternativas para conseguir la deseada reducción de costes. Una opción es reducir el grosor de las obleas (

  15. Solvent Vapor Treatment Effects on Poly(3-hexylthiophene Thin Films and its Application for Interpenetrating Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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    Masanori Ozaki

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The solvent vapor treatment (SVT for poly(3-hexylthiophene (PAT6 films and its application to interpenetrating heterojunction organic solar cells have been studied. It was found that SVT could improve the crystallinity and electrical characteristics of the PAT6 films. We fabricated organic solar cells with an interpenetrating structure of PAT6 and fullerenes utilizing the SVT process, and discuss the improved performance of the solar cells by taking the film crystallinity, optical properties, and morphology into consideration.

  16. Depth profiling sulphur in bulk CdTe and {CdTe}/{CdS} thin film heterojunctions

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    Lane, D. W.; Conibeer, G. J.; Romani, S.; Healy, M. J. F.; Rogers, K. D.

    1998-03-01

    Polycrystalline CdTeCdS heterojunction solar cells are a possible candidate for the low cost, high efficiency conversion of solar energy. The formation of an intermediate CdS xTe 1- x layer during a high temperature annealing stage is believed to increase optical absorption and decrease cell efficiency. S diffusion in single crystal CdTe has been investigated by NRA using the 32S (d,p o) 33S nuclear reaction, at a deuteron energy of 2 MeV. Details of the NRA depth profiling procedure are given, which was found to be relatively straightforward and suitable for use on a small Van de Graaff accelerator. The resulting diffusion parameters are compared to those obtained by SIMS using a Cs + primary ion beam, examining negative secondary ions. The diffusion coefficients were found to be 1.1 × 10 -15cm 2 s -1 at 450°C and ˜8 × 10 -15cm -1 s at 550°C. S diffusion in thin films was also investigated by 2 MeV 4He + RBS on annealed polycrystalline CdSCdTe multilayers.

  17. Degradation mechanism for planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Yamamoto, Kouhei; Furumoto, Yoshikazu; Shahiduzzaman, M.; Kuwabara, Takayuki; Takahashi, Kohshin; Taima, Tetsuya

    2016-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials have recently emerged as a promising cost- and energy-efficient light absorber material for photovoltaic applications. Unfortunately, perovskite solar cells have a problem with decreasing power conversion efficiency owing to their degradation in air. To clarify the cause of the degradation of perovskite solar cells, we exposed deposited CH3NH3PbI3 and HC(NH2)2PbI3 films to an O2 or (H2O+N2) atmosphere condition. Analysis of these films revealed that a large energy band gap was observed as a result of the influence of the H2O molecule in CH3NH3PbI3 and HC(NH2)2PbI3. Under the (H2O+N2) atmosphere condition, the existence of CH3NH3I and HC(NH2)2I molecules was found to affect the morphology and as well as the crystalline diffraction peak. The resultant perovskite crystalline structure was degraded by H2O molecules under the air exposure condition.

  18. Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells: Temperature Impact on Passivation and Performance

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    Seif, J.; Krishnamani, G.; Demaurex, B.; Martin de Nicholas, S.; Holm, N.; Ballif, C.; De Wolf, S.

    2015-03-23

    Photovoltaic devices deployed in the field can reach operation temperatures (T) as high as 90 °C [1]. Hence, their temperature coefficients (TC1) are of great practical importance as they determine their energy yield. In this study we concentrate on T-related lifetime variations of amorphous/crystalline interfaces and study their influence on the TCs of the individual solar cell parameters. We find that both the open-circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor (FF) are influenced by these lifetime variations. However, this is only a minor effect compared to the dominant increase of the intrinsic carrier density and the related increase in dark saturation current density. Additionally, in this paper we will show that the TCVoc does not depend solely on the initial value of the Voc [2, 3], but that the structure of the device has to be considered as well.

  19. Physical aspects of a-Si:H/c-Si hetero-junction solar cells

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    We report on the basic properties of amorphous/crystalline hetero-junctions (a-Si:H/c-Si), their effects on the recombination of excess carriers and its influence on the a-Si:H/c-Si hetero-junction solar cells. For that purpose we measured the gap state density distribution of thin a-Si:H layers and determined its dependence on deposition temperature and doping by an improved version of near-UV-photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the Fermi level position in the a-Si:H and the valence band offset were directly measured. In combination with interface sensitive methods such as surface photovoltage analysis and our numerical simulation program AFORS-HET, we found an optimum in wafer pretreatment, doping and deposition temperature for efficient a-Si:H/c-Si solar cells without an i-type a-Si:H buffer layer. We reached at maximum 19.8% certified efficiency by a deposition at 210 deg. C with an emitter doping of 2000 ppm of B2H6 on a well cleaned pyramidally structured c-Si(n) wafer

  20. Additive to regulate the perovskite crystal film growth in planar heterojunction solar cells

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    We reported a planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell fabricated from MAPbI3−xClx perovskite precursor solution containing 1-chloronaphthalene (CN) additive. The MAPbI3−xClx perovskite films have been characterized by UV-vis, SEM, XRD, and steady-state photoluminescence (PL). UV-vis absorption spectra measurement shows that the absorbance of the film with CN additive is significantly higher than the pristine film and the absorption peak is red shift by 30 nm, indicating the perovskite film with additive possessing better crystal structures. In-situ XRD study of the perovskite films with additive demonstrated intense diffraction peaks from MAPbI3−xClx perovskite crystal planes of (110), (220), and (330). SEM images of the films with additive indicated the films were more smooth and homogenous with fewer pin-holes and voids and better surface coverage than the pristine films. These results implied that the additive CN is beneficial to regulate the crystallization transformation kinetics of perovskite to form high quality crystal films. The steady-state PL measurement suggested that the films with additive contained less charge traps and defects. The planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells fabricated from perovskite precursor solution containing CN additive demonstrated 30% enhancement in performance compared to the devices with pristine films. The improvement in device efficiency is mainly attributed to the good crystal structures, more homogenous film morphology, and also fewer trap centers and defects in the films with the additive

  1. Applied research on 2-6 compound materials for heterojunction solar cells

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    Bube, R. H.

    1975-01-01

    Several II-VI heterojunctions show promise for photovoltaic conversion of solar energy. The three of greatest interest are p-CdTe/n-CdS, p-CdTe/n-ZnSe, and p-ZnTe/n-CdSe. Several p-CdTe/n-CdS heterojunction cells have been prepared by close spaced transport deposition of p-CdTe on single crystal n-CdS, and by two source vacuum evaporation of n-CdS on single crystal p-CdTe. Both types of cells, in an experimental stage, are quite comparable, exhibiting values of quantum efficiency between 0.5 and 0.9, open circuit voltages between 0.50 and 0.66 V, fill factors between 0.4 and 0.6, and solar efficiencies up to 4 percent. Cells of p-ZnTe/n-CdSe have also been made by close spaced vapor transport deposition of n-CdSe on single crystal p-ZnTe.

  2. Efficiency Enhancement of Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells via Photon Management Using Graphene Quantum Dot as Downconverters

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    Tsai, Meng-Lin

    2015-12-16

    By employing graphene quantum dots (GQDs), we have achieved a high efficiency of 16.55% in n-type Si heterojunction solar cells. The efficiency enhancement is based on the photon downconversion phenomenon of GQDs to make more photons absorbed in the depletion region for effective carrier separation, leading to the enhanced photovoltaic effect. The short circuit current and the fill factor are increased from 35.31 to 37.47 mA/cm2 and 70.29% to 72.51%, respectively. The work demonstrated here holds the promise for incorporating graphene-based materials in commercially available solar devices for developing ultra-high efficiency photovoltaic cells in the future.

  3. The Compromise Condition for High Performance of the Single Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Youngseok Lee

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available For optimum performance of the hydrogenated amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon (a-Si : H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells, featuring a doping concentration, localized states, as well as thickness of emitter layer are crucial, since Fermi level, surface passivated quality, and light absorption have to be compromised themselves. For this purpose, the effect of both doping concentration and thickness of emitter layer was investigated. It was found that with gas phase doping concentration and emitter layer thickness of 3% and 7 nm, solar cell efficiency in excess of 14.6% can be achieved. For high gas phase doping concentration, the degradation of open-circuit voltage as well as cell efficiency was obtained due to the higher disorder in the emitter layer. The heavily doped along with thicker in thickness of emitter layer results in light absorption on short wavelength, then diminishing short-circuit current density.

  4. Improving efficiency of silicon heterojunction solar cells by surface texturing of silicon wafers using tetramethylammonium hydroxide

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    Wang, Liguo; Wang, Fengyou; Zhang, Xiaodan; Wang, Ning; Jiang, Yuanjian; Hao, Qiuyan; Zhao, Ying

    2014-12-01

    Texturing of silicon surfaces is an effective method for improving the efficiency of silicon solar cells. Etching by using tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) is more attractive than other texturing processes because TMAH is non-toxic, and high-quality anisotropic features can be realized without any metal ion contaminants. In this study, TMAH texturing conditions are varied to optimize the surface morphology of silicon wafers. Excellent optical properties are obtained. This is because of the formation of pyramidal structures with different random sizes but uniform shapes; in fact, when the optimal etching conditions (2% TMAH, 10% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) at 80 °C) are used, the reflectance is only 10.7%. In comparison with NaOH texturing, the TMAH process described here yields smaller pyramids with smoother (111) facets, leading to improved performance in silicon heterojunction solar cells, with a conversion efficiency of 17.8%.

  5. Light-induced EPR study of charge transfer in P3HT/bis-PCBM bulk heterojunctions

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    Krinichnyi, Victor I.; Yudanova, Eugenia I.

    2011-06-01

    Radical pairs, polarons and fullerene anion radicals photoinduced by photons with energy of 1.98 - 2.73 eV in bulk heterojunctions formed by poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) with bis(1-[3-(methoxycarbonyl)propyl]-1-phenyl)-[6.6]C62 (bis-PCBM) fullerene derivative have been studied by direct light-induced EPR (LEPR) method in a wide temperature range. A part of photoinduced polarons are pinned in trap sites which number and depth are governed by an ordering of the polymer/fullerene system and energy of initiating photons. It was shown that dynamics and recombination of mobile polarons and counter fullerene anion radicals are governed by their exchange- and multi-trap assisted diffusion. Relaxation and dynamics parameters of both the charge carriers were determined separately by the steady-state saturation method. These parameters are governed by structure and conformation of the carriers' microenvironment as well as by the energy of irradiating photons. Longitudinal diffusion of polarons was shown to depend on lattice phonons of crystalline domains embedded into an amorphous polymer matrix. The energy barrier required for polaron interchain hopping is higher than that its intrachain diffusion. Pseudorotation of fullerene derivatives in a polymer matrix was shown to follow the activation Pike model.

  6. Solution-processed tBu4-ZnPc:C61 bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells

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    Bekalé, Laurent; Barazzouk, Saïd; Sakai, Nobuya; Murakami, Takurou; Miyoshi, Kozo; Miyasaka, Tsutomu; Hotchandani, Surat

    2016-03-01

    A bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic cell employing tetra-tert-butyl zinc phthalocyanine as electron donor and [6,6]-phenyl C61-buturic acid methyl ester as electron acceptor has been fabricated. The effect of TiOx cathode interlayer, the weight ratio of donor:acceptor in the photoactive layer, and the thermal annealing of photoactive layer on the performance of the cells were investigated. The results show that the insertion of TiOx layer leads to an increase in the photocurrent density of the cells by 11 times compared to those without cathode interlayer. Atomic force microscopy images reveal the formation of well-connected percolated pathways for each phase separated component (donor and acceptor) upon annealing of the film at 150 °C. An important aspect of the present BHJ photovoltaic cell is that it has been obtained by simple wet processes, and most of the fabrication steps have been carried out in ambient air without the use of a glove box.

  7. High-efficiency bulk heterojunction memory devices fabricated using organometallic halide perovskite:poly(N-vinylcarbazole) blend active layers.

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    Wang, Cheng; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Bin; Liu, Shanshan; Chen, Qibin; Cao, Yaming; Sun, Sai

    2016-01-14

    A solution-processed organometallic halide perovskite-based bulk heterojunction (BHJ) memory device with a configuration of indium-doped tin oxide (ITO)/CH3NH3PbI3:PVK/Al has been successfully fabricated. Under a threshold voltage of -1.57 V, this device shows a nonvolatile write-once read-many-times (WORM) memory effect, with a maximum ON/OFF current ratio exceeding 10(3). In contrast, the ITO/CH3NH3PbI3/Al device showed only conductor characteristics, while the PVK-based device exhibited insulator behavior. Upon being subjected to voltages, an interesting filamentary nature of the CH3NH3PbI3:PVK film was also observed in situ at the microscopic nanometer level using a conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) technique with a device configuration of Si/Pt/CH3NH3PbI3:PVK/Pt. The mechanism associated with the memory effect is discussed. The electric-field-induced intermolecular charge transfer effect between CH3NH3PbI3 and PVK, and the possible conformational ordering of the PVK side-chains/backbone under an applied bias voltage, may cause the electrical conductivity switching and WORM effect in the reported BHJ device. PMID:26645358

  8. Top-down prepared silicon nanocrystals and a conjugated polymer-based bulk heterojunction: Optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications

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    Blends consisting of doped silicon nanocrystals (Si-ncs) and two conjugated polymers (poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(methoxy ethylexyloxy phenylenevinilene) (MEH PPV)) with improved photostability were fabricated. We show that a top-down approach by electrochemical etching is suitable for preparing doped (boron and phosphorus) freestanding and surfactant-free Si-ncs. The doping of Si-ncs was confirmed by low temperature photoluminescence and electron spin resonance analysis. It is demonstrated that such Si-ncs can be successfully used for the fabrication of room temperature photoluminescent and photosensitive blends. We argue that the luminescence and transport properties of the blends are controlled by the Si-ncs properties and could be assigned to quantum confinement of excitons in nanocrystalites with an energy band gap of ∼2 eV. Furthermore, the blending of doped Si-ncs in both conjugated polymers led to the establishment of a bulk heterojunction between the Si-ncs and polymer. The difference in electron affinity and ionization potential between nanocrystals and polymer dissociated the excitons. Those blends showed increased carrier transport and photoconductivity under ambient conditions. It was found that introduction of less defective p-type doped Si-ncs significantly improved overall photostability of the blend. The Si-ncs non-toxicity and easy integration into well-established silicon technologies might bring considerable benefit for hybrid optoelectronic and photovoltaic device development.

  9. Hybrid organic-inorganic heterojunctions for photovoltaic applications

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    Dietmüller, Roland

    2012-01-01

    Hybrid organic-inorganic bulk heterojunction solar cells based on silicon nanocrystals (Si-nc) have been realized and investigated. A photo-induced charge transfer could be demonstrated in composites made of silicon nanocrystals and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) or [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) via light-induced electron spin resonance measurements. With bulk heterojunction solar cells made of P3HT/Si-nc composites in a sandwich structure, open-circuit voltages of up to 0....

  10. Highly-Efficient Charge Separation and Polaron Delocalization in Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunctions: A Comparative Multi-Frequency EPR & DFT Study

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    Niklas, Jens; Mardis, Kristy L.; Banks, Brian P.; Grooms, Gregory M.; Sperlich, Andreas; Dyakonov, Vladimir; Beaupré, Serge; Leclerc, Mario; Xu, Tao; Yu, Luping; Poluektov, Oleg G.

    2016-01-01

    delocalization of the positive polaron on the polymer donor is an important reason for the efficient charge separation in bulk heterojunction systems as it minimizes the wasteful process of charge recombination. The combination of advanced EPR spectroscopy and DFT is a powerful approach for investigation of light-induced charge dynamics in organic photovoltaic materials. PMID:23670645

  11. Relation between photovoltaic characteristics and acceptor concentration at the interface of indium oxide/indium phosphide heterojunction solar cell

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    Photovoltaic characteristics of a heterojunction solar cell composed of reactively evaporated indium oxide (In2O3) film and single crystalline p-type indium phosphide (InP) was found to depend on acceptor concentration at the interface. The value of acceptor concentration was preferable to be high to obtain a high performance cell because larger open-circuit voltage can be obtained due to decrease of diode saturation current of the cell with the increase of the acceptor concentration. The acceptor concentration of the cell was increased by annealing during forming an ohmic contact. The increase of acceptor concentration by annealing thought to be able to explain in terms of out diffusion of the interstitial zinc atoms in InP bulk. Further, the value of acceptor concentration is modified by substrate heating during deposition of transparent and conductive In2O3 film. In order to produce a high performance cell, low substrate temperature (200 deg C) was preferable during deposition of In2O3 (Authors)

  12. Simulation of Hetero-junction (GaInP/GaAs Solar Cell Using AMPS-1D

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    Dennai Benmoussa

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Photovoltaic conversion is the direct conversion of electromagnetic energy into electrical energy continuously. This electromagnetic energy is the most solar radiation. In this work we performed a computer modelling using AMPS 1D optimization of hetero-junction solar cells GaInP / GaAs configuration for p/n. We studied the influence of the thickness the base layer in the cell offers on the open circuit voltage, the short circuit current and efficiency.

  13. Simulation of Hetero-junction (GaInP/GaAs) Solar Cell Using AMPS-1D

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    Dennai Benmoussa; M. Boukais; H. Benslimane

    2016-01-01

    Photovoltaic conversion is the direct conversion of electromagnetic energy into electrical energy continuously. This electromagnetic energy is the most solar radiation. In this work we performed a computer modelling using AMPS 1D optimization of hetero-junction solar cells GaInP / GaAs configuration for p/n. We studied the influence of the thickness the base layer in the cell offers on the open circuit voltage, the short circuit current and efficiency.

  14. Anode interfacial tuning via electron-blocking/hole-transport layers and indium tin oxide surface treatment in bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells

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    Hains, Alexander W.; Liu, Jun; Martinson, Alex B.F.; Irwin, Michael D.; Marks, Tobin J. [Department of Chemistry and the Materials Research Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (United States)

    2010-02-22

    The effects of anode/active layer interface modification in bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells is investigated using poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and/or a hole-transporting/electron-blocking blend of 4,4'-bis[(p-trichlorosilylpropylphenyl)-phenylamino]biphenyl (TPDSi{sub 2}) and poly[9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N-[4-(3-methylpropyl)]-diphenylamine] (TFB) as interfacial layers (IFLs). Current-voltage data in the dark and AM1.5G light show that the TPDSi{sub 2}:TFB IFL yields MDMO-PPV:PCBM OPVs with substantially increased open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}), power conversion efficiency, and thermal stability versus devices having no IFL or PEDOT:PSS. Using PEDOT:PSS and TPDSi{sub 2}:TFB together in the same cell greatly reduces dark current and produces the highest V{sub oc} (0.91 V) by combining the electron-blocking effects of both layers. ITO anode pre-treatment was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to understand why oxygen plasma, UV ozone, and solvent cleaning markedly affect cell response in combination with each IFL. O{sub 2} plasma and UV ozone treatment most effectively clean the ITO surface and are found most effective in preparing the surface for PEDOT:PSS deposition; UV ozone produces optimum solar cells with the TPDSi{sub 2}:TFB IFL. Solvent cleaning leaves significant residual carbon contamination on the ITO and is best followed by O{sub 2} plasma or UV ozone treatment. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  15. Analysis of InAs-Si heterojunction nanowire tunnel FETs: Extreme confinement vs. bulk

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    Carrillo-Nuñez, Hamilton; Luisier, Mathieu; Schenk, Andreas

    2015-11-01

    Extremely narrow and bulk-like p-type InAs-Si nanowire TFETs are studied using (i) a full-band and atomistic quantum transport simulator based on the sp3d5s∗ tight-binding model and (ii) a drift-diffusion TCAD tool. As (iii) option, a two-band model and the WKB approximation have been adapted to work in heterostructures through a careful choice of the imaginary dispersion. It is found that for ultra-scaled InAs-Si nanowire TFETs, the WKB approximation and the quantum transport results agree very well, suggesting that the former could be applied to larger hetero-TFET structures and considerably reduce the simulation time while keeping a high accuracy.

  16. Interfacial Engineering for Highly Efficient-Conjugated Polymer-Based Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices

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    Alex Jen; David Ginger; Christine Luscombe; Hong Ma

    2012-04-02

    The aim of our proposal is to apply interface engineering approach to improve charge extraction, guide active layer morphology, improve materials compatibility, and ultimately allow the fabrication of high efficiency tandem cells. Specifically, we aim at developing: i. Interfacial engineering using small molecule self-assembled monolayers ii. Nanostructure engineering in OPVs using polymer brushes iii. Development of efficient light harvesting and high mobility materials for OPVs iv. Physical characterization of the nanostructured systems using electrostatic force microscopy, and conducting atomic force microscopy v. All-solution processed organic-based tandem cells using interfacial engineering to optimize the recombination layer currents vi. Theoretical modeling of charge transport in the active semiconducting layer The material development effort is guided by advanced computer modeling and surface/ interface engineering tools to allow us to obtain better understanding of the effect of electrode modifications on OPV performance for the investigation of more elaborate device structures. The materials and devices developed within this program represent a major conceptual advancement using an integrated approach combining rational molecular design, material, interface, process, and device engineering to achieve solar cells with high efficiency, stability, and the potential to be used for large-area roll-to-roll printing. This may create significant impact in lowering manufacturing cost of polymer solar cells for promoting clean renewable energy use and preventing the side effects from using fossil fuels to impact environment.

  17. Effect of CdS modification on photoelectric properties of TiO2/PbS quantum dots bulk heterojunction

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    Shi, Xin; Xu, Jianping; Shi, Shaobo; Zhang, Xiaosong; Li, Shubin; Wang, Chang; Wang, Xueliang; Li, Linlin; Li, Lan

    2016-06-01

    TiO2/PbS(CdS) quantum dots (QDs) bulk heterojunction has been fabricated by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method via alternate deposition of PbS and CdS QDs. In comparison with TiO2/PbS heterojunction, the incident photon to current conversion efficiency was increased almost 50% in the visible region. Meantime, the short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage were enhanced 200% and 35% respectively. The influence mechanism of CdS is related to reduction of trap state density at TiO2/PbS interface and PbS QDs surface by the discussion of the dark current density-voltage curves, the transient photocurrent response curves and the electrochemical impedance spectra spectroscopy (EIS).

  18. Inductively coupled hydrogen plasma processing of AZO thin films for heterojunction solar cell applications

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    Highlights: • A high-density plasma reactor of inductively coupled plasma source is used in this work. • The conductivity and transmittance can be enhanced simultaneously in the hydrogen process. • The formation of additional donors and passivation due to the hydrogen plasma processing. • The photovoltaic improvement due to the improved AZO layer and hetero-interface quality in the solar cells. - Abstract: Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films deposited by means of RF magnetron sputtering were processed in a low frequency inductively coupled plasma of H2, aiming at heterojunction (HJ) solar cell applications. A variety of characterization results show that the hydrogen plasma processing exerts a significant influence on the microstructures, electrical and optical properties of the AZO films. The incorporation of hydrogen under the optimum treatment simultaneously promoted the transmittance and conductivity due to the hydrogen associated passivation effect on the native defects and the formation of shallow donors in the films, respectively. A p-type c-Si based HJ solar cell with a front AZO contact was also treated in as-generated non-equilibrium hydrogen plasma and the photovoltaic performance of the solar cell was prominently improved. The underlying mechanism was discussed in terms of the beneficial impacts of high-density hydrogen plasma on the properties of AZO itself and the hetero-interfaces involved in the HJ structure (interface defect and energy band configuration)

  19. Inductively coupled hydrogen plasma processing of AZO thin films for heterojunction solar cell applications

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    Zhou, H.P. [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, School of Energy Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2006 Xiyuan Ave, West High-Tech Zone, Chengdu, Sichuan 611731 (China); Plasma Sources and Application Center, NIE, and Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 637616 Singapore (Singapore); Xu, S., E-mail: shuyan.xu@nie.edu.sg [Plasma Sources and Application Center, NIE, and Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 637616 Singapore (Singapore); Zhao, Z. [School of Microelectronics and Solid-state electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, No.4, Section 2, North Jianshe Rd, Chengdu 610054 (China); Xiang, Y., E-mail: Xiang@uestc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, School of Energy Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2006 Xiyuan Ave, West High-Tech Zone, Chengdu, Sichuan 611731 (China); Institute of Electronic and Information Engineering in Dongguan,UESTC, Dongguan 523808, Guangdong (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • A high-density plasma reactor of inductively coupled plasma source is used in this work. • The conductivity and transmittance can be enhanced simultaneously in the hydrogen process. • The formation of additional donors and passivation due to the hydrogen plasma processing. • The photovoltaic improvement due to the improved AZO layer and hetero-interface quality in the solar cells. - Abstract: Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films deposited by means of RF magnetron sputtering were processed in a low frequency inductively coupled plasma of H{sub 2}, aiming at heterojunction (HJ) solar cell applications. A variety of characterization results show that the hydrogen plasma processing exerts a significant influence on the microstructures, electrical and optical properties of the AZO films. The incorporation of hydrogen under the optimum treatment simultaneously promoted the transmittance and conductivity due to the hydrogen associated passivation effect on the native defects and the formation of shallow donors in the films, respectively. A p-type c-Si based HJ solar cell with a front AZO contact was also treated in as-generated non-equilibrium hydrogen plasma and the photovoltaic performance of the solar cell was prominently improved. The underlying mechanism was discussed in terms of the beneficial impacts of high-density hydrogen plasma on the properties of AZO itself and the hetero-interfaces involved in the HJ structure (interface defect and energy band configuration)

  20. Photoprecursor Approach Enables Preparation of Well-Performing Bulk-Heterojunction Layers Comprising a Highly Aggregating Molecular Semiconductor.

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    Suzuki, Mitsuharu; Yamaguchi, Yuji; Takahashi, Kohei; Takahira, Katsuya; Koganezawa, Tomoyuki; Masuo, Sadahiro; Nakayama, Ken-ichi; Yamada, Hiroko

    2016-04-01

    Active-layer morphology critically affects the performance of organic photovoltaic cells, and thus its optimization is a key toward the achievement of high-efficiency devices. However, the optimization of active-layer morphology is sometimes challenging because of the intrinsic properties of materials such as strong self-aggregating nature or low miscibility. This study postulates that the "photoprecursor approach" can serve as an effective means to prepare well-performing bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) layers containing highly aggregating molecular semiconductors. In the photoprecursor approach, a photoreactive precursor compound is solution-deposited and then converted in situ to a semiconducting material. This study employs 2,6-di(2-thienyl)anthracene (DTA) and [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester as p- and n-type materials, respectively, in which DTA is generated by the photoprecursor approach from the corresponding α-diketone-type derivative DTADK. When only chloroform is used as a cast solvent, the photovoltaic performance of the resulting BHJ films is severely limited because of unfavorable film morphology. The addition of a high-boiling-point cosolvent, o-dichlorobenzene (o-DCB), to the cast solution leads to significant improvement such that the resulting active layers afford up to approximately 5 times higher power conversion efficiencies. The film structure is investigated by two-dimensional grazing-incident wide-angle X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and fluorescence microspectroscopy to demonstrate that the use of o-DCB leads to improvement in film crystallinity and increase in charge-carrier generation efficiency. The change in film structure is assumed to originate from dynamic molecular motion enabled by the existence of solvent during the in situ photoreaction. The unique features of the photoprecursor approach will be beneficial in extending the material and processing scopes for the development of organic thin-film devices. PMID

  1. In situ morphology studies of the mechanism for solution additive effects on the formation of bulk heterojunction films

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    Richter, Lee J.

    2014-09-29

    The most successful active film morphology in organic photovoltaics is the bulk heterojunction (BHJ). The performance of a BHJ arises from a complex interplay of the spatial organization of the segregated donor and acceptor phases and the local order/quality of the respective phases. These critical morphological features develop dynamically during film formation, and it has become common practice to control them by the introduction of processing additives. Here, in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) studies of the development of order in BHJ films formed from the donor polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) and acceptor phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester under the influence of two common additives, 1,8-octanedithiol and 1-chloronaphthalene, are reported. By comparing optical aggregation to crystallization and using GISAXS to determine the number and nature of phases present during drying, two common mechanisms by which the additives increase P3HT crystallinity are identified. Additives accelerate the appearance of pre-crystalline nuclei by controlling solvent quality and allow for extended crystal growth by delaying the onset of PCBM-induced vitrification. The glass transition effects vary system-to-system and may be correlated to the number and composition of phases present during drying. Synchrotron X-ray scattering measurements of nanoscale structure evolution during the drying of polymer-fullerene photovoltaic films are described. Changes in the number and nature of phases, as well as the order within them, reveals the mechanisms by which formulation additives promote structural characteristics leading to higher power conversion efficiencies.

  2. Explicit analytical modeling of the low frequency a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction capacitance: Analysis and application to silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Maslova, O.; Brézard-Oudot, A.; Gueunier-Farret, M.-E.; Alvarez, J.; Kleider, J.-P.

    2015-09-01

    We develop a fully analytical model in order to describe the temperature dependence of the low frequency capacitance of heterojunctions between hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and crystalline silicon (c-Si). We demonstrate that the slope of the capacitance-temperature (C-T) curve is strongly enhanced if the c-Si surface is under strong inversion conditions compared to the usually assumed depletion layer capacitance. We have extended our analytical model to integrate a very thin undoped (i) a-Si:H layer at the interface and the finite thickness of the doped a-Si:H layer that are used in high efficiency solar cells for the passivation of interface defects and to limit short circuit current losses. Finally, using our calculations, we analyze experimental data on high efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells. The transition from the strong inversion limited behavior to the depletion layer behavior is discussed in terms of band offsets, density of states in a-Si:H, and work function of the indium tin oxide (ITO) front electrode. In particular, it is evidenced that strong inversion conditions prevail at the c-Si surface at high temperatures down to 250 K, which can only be reproduced if the ITO work function is larger than 4.7 eV.

  3. Explicit analytical modeling of the low frequency a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction capacitance: Analysis and application to silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Maslova, O. [Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Miusskaya sq., 4, Moscow 125047 (Russian Federation); GeePs (Group of electrical engineering of Paris), CNRS UMR 8507, CentraleSupélec, Univ Paris-Sud, Sorbonne Universités-UPMC Univ Paris 06, 11 rue Joliot-Curie, Plateau de Moulon, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Brézard-Oudot, A.; Gueunier-Farret, M.-E.; Alvarez, J.; Kleider, J.-P. [GeePs (Group of electrical engineering of Paris), CNRS UMR 8507, CentraleSupélec, Univ Paris-Sud, Sorbonne Universités-UPMC Univ Paris 06, 11 rue Joliot-Curie, Plateau de Moulon, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)

    2015-09-21

    We develop a fully analytical model in order to describe the temperature dependence of the low frequency capacitance of heterojunctions between hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and crystalline silicon (c-Si). We demonstrate that the slope of the capacitance-temperature (C-T) curve is strongly enhanced if the c-Si surface is under strong inversion conditions compared to the usually assumed depletion layer capacitance. We have extended our analytical model to integrate a very thin undoped (i) a-Si:H layer at the interface and the finite thickness of the doped a-Si:H layer that are used in high efficiency solar cells for the passivation of interface defects and to limit short circuit current losses. Finally, using our calculations, we analyze experimental data on high efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells. The transition from the strong inversion limited behavior to the depletion layer behavior is discussed in terms of band offsets, density of states in a-Si:H, and work function of the indium tin oxide (ITO) front electrode. In particular, it is evidenced that strong inversion conditions prevail at the c-Si surface at high temperatures down to 250 K, which can only be reproduced if the ITO work function is larger than 4.7 eV.

  4. Explicit analytical modeling of the low frequency a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction capacitance: Analysis and application to silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    We develop a fully analytical model in order to describe the temperature dependence of the low frequency capacitance of heterojunctions between hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and crystalline silicon (c-Si). We demonstrate that the slope of the capacitance-temperature (C-T) curve is strongly enhanced if the c-Si surface is under strong inversion conditions compared to the usually assumed depletion layer capacitance. We have extended our analytical model to integrate a very thin undoped (i) a-Si:H layer at the interface and the finite thickness of the doped a-Si:H layer that are used in high efficiency solar cells for the passivation of interface defects and to limit short circuit current losses. Finally, using our calculations, we analyze experimental data on high efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells. The transition from the strong inversion limited behavior to the depletion layer behavior is discussed in terms of band offsets, density of states in a-Si:H, and work function of the indium tin oxide (ITO) front electrode. In particular, it is evidenced that strong inversion conditions prevail at the c-Si surface at high temperatures down to 250 K, which can only be reproduced if the ITO work function is larger than 4.7 eV

  5. Nc-Si Thin Film Deposited at Low Temperature and Nc-Si Heterojunction Solar Cell

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    赵占霞; 崔容强; 孟凡英; 于化丛; 周之斌

    2004-01-01

    This paper reported some results about intrinsic nanocrystalline silicon thin films deposited by high frequency (HF) sputtering on p-type c-Si substrates at low temperature. Samples were examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared absorption, and ellipsometry. XRD measurements show that this film has a new microstructure, which is different from the films deposited by other methods. The ellipsometry result gives that the optical band gap of the film is about 2.63 eV. In addition, the n-type nc-Si ∶ H/p-type c-Si heterojunction solar cell, which has open circuit voltage (Uoc) of 558 mV and short circuit current intensity (Isc) of 29 mA/cm2, was obtained based on the nanocrystalline silicon thin film. Irradiated under AM1.5, 100 mW/cm2 light intensity, the Uoc, Isc, and FF can keep stable for 10 h.

  6. Chemical synthesis of p-type nanocrystalline copper selenide thin films for heterojunction solar cells

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    Nanocrystalline thin films of copper selenide have been grown on glass and tin doped-indium oxide substrates using chemical method. At ambient temperature, golden films have been synthesized and annealed at 200 deg. C for 1 h and were examined for their structural, surface morphological and optical properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry techniques, respectively. Cu2-xSe phase was confirmed by XRD pattern and spherical grains of 30 ± 4 - 40 ± 4 nm in size aggregated over about 130 ± 10 nm islands were seen by SEM images. Effect of annealing on crystallinity improvement, band edge shift and photoelectrochemical performance (under 80 mW/cm2 light intensity and in lithium iodide electrolyte) has been studied and reported. Observed p-type electrical conductivity in copper selenide thin films make it a suitable candidate for heterojunction solar cells

  7. Mesoscopic CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Etgar, Lioz; Gao, Peng; Xue, Zhaosheng; Peng, Qin; Chandiran, Aravind Kumar; Liu, Bin; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, Michael

    2012-01-01

    We report for the first time on a hole conductor-free mesoscopic methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell, produced by deposition of perovskite nanoparticles from a solution of CH3NH3I and PbI2 in γ-butyrolactone on a 400 nm thick film of TiO2 (anatase) nanosheets exposing (001) facets. A gold film was evaporated on top of the CH3NH3PbI3 as a back contact. Importantly, the CH3NH3PbI3 nanoparticles assume here simultaneous...

  8. Indium tin oxide and indium phosphide heterojunction nanowire array solar cells

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    Heterojunction solar cells were formed with a position-controlled InP nanowire array sputtered with indium tin oxide (ITO). The ITO not only acted as a transparent electrode but also as forming a photovoltaic junction. The devices exhibited an open-circuit voltage of 0.436 V, short-circuit current of 24.8 mA/cm2, and fill factor of 0.682, giving a power conversion efficiency of 7.37% under AM1.5 G illumination. The internal quantum efficiency of the device was higher than that of the world-record InP cell in the short wavelength range

  9. PbS/Cd3P2 quantum heterojunction colloidal quantum dot solar cells

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    Here, we demonstrated the quantum heterojunction colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells employing the PbS CQDs/Cd3P2 CQDs architecture in which both the p-type PbS and n-type Cd3P2 CQD layers are quantum-tunable and solution-processed light absorbers. We synthesized well-crystallized and nearly monodispersed tetragonal Cd3P2 CQDs and then engineered their energy band alignment with the p-type PbS by tuning the dot size and hence the bandgap to achieve efficient light absorbing and charge separation. We further optimized the device through the Ag-doping strategy of PbS CQDs that may leverage an expanded depletion region in the n-layer, which greatly enhances the photocurrent. The resulting devices showed an efficiency of 1.5%. (paper)

  10. Bifacial Si Heterojunction-Perovskite Organic-Inorganic Tandem to Produce Highly Efficient Solar Cell

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    Asadpour, Reza; Khan, M Ryyan; Alam, Muhammad A

    2015-01-01

    As single junction thin-film technologies, both Si heterojunction (HIT) and Perovskite based solar cells promise high efficiencies at low cost. One expects that a tandem cell design with these cells connected in series will improve the efficiency further. Using a self-consistent numerical modeling of optical and transport characteristics, however, we find that a traditional series connected tandem design suffers from low Jsc due to band-gap mismatch and current matching constraints. It requires careful thickness optimization of Perovskite to achieve any noticeable efficiency gain. Specifically, a traditional tandem cell with state-of-the-art HIT (24%) and Perovskite (20%) sub-cells provides only a modest tandem efficiency of ~25%. Instead, we demonstrate that a bifacial HIT/Perovskite tandem design decouples the optoelectronic constraints and provides an innovative path for extraordinary efficiencies. In the bifacial configuration, the same state-of the-art sub-cells achieve a normalized output of 33%, exceed...

  11. Additive to regulate the perovskite crystal film growth in planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Song, Xin; Sun, Po; Chen, Zhi-Kuan, E-mail: wlma@suda.edu.cn, E-mail: iamzkchen@njtech.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) and Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), National Jiangsu Synergistic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials, Nanjing Tech University, 30 South Puzhu Road, Nanjing 211816 (China); Wang, Weiwei; Ma, Wanli, E-mail: wlma@suda.edu.cn, E-mail: iamzkchen@njtech.edu.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, 199 Ren' ai Road, Suzhou 215123 (China)

    2015-01-19

    We reported a planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell fabricated from MAPbI{sub 3−x}Cl{sub x} perovskite precursor solution containing 1-chloronaphthalene (CN) additive. The MAPbI{sub 3−x}Cl{sub x} perovskite films have been characterized by UV-vis, SEM, XRD, and steady-state photoluminescence (PL). UV-vis absorption spectra measurement shows that the absorbance of the film with CN additive is significantly higher than the pristine film and the absorption peak is red shift by 30 nm, indicating the perovskite film with additive possessing better crystal structures. In-situ XRD study of the perovskite films with additive demonstrated intense diffraction peaks from MAPbI{sub 3−x}Cl{sub x} perovskite crystal planes of (110), (220), and (330). SEM images of the films with additive indicated the films were more smooth and homogenous with fewer pin-holes and voids and better surface coverage than the pristine films. These results implied that the additive CN is beneficial to regulate the crystallization transformation kinetics of perovskite to form high quality crystal films. The steady-state PL measurement suggested that the films with additive contained less charge traps and defects. The planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells fabricated from perovskite precursor solution containing CN additive demonstrated 30% enhancement in performance compared to the devices with pristine films. The improvement in device efficiency is mainly attributed to the good crystal structures, more homogenous film morphology, and also fewer trap centers and defects in the films with the additive.

  12. Full Printable Processed Mesoscopic CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Heterojunction Solar Cells with Carbon Counter Electrode

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    Ku, Zhiliang; Rong, Yaoguang; Xu, Mi; Liu, Tongfa; Han, Hongwei

    2013-01-01

    A mesoscopic methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell is developed with low-cost carbon counter electrode (CE) and full printable process. With carbon black/spheroidal graphite CE, this mesoscopic heterojunction solar cell presents high stability and power conversion efficiency of 6.64%, which is higher than that of the flaky graphite based device and comparable to the conventional Au version.

  13. Amorphous silicon carbide heterojunction solar cells on p-type substrates

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    The performance of silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells is discussed in this paper in regard to their dependence on the applied amorphous silicon layers, their thicknesses and surface morphology. The emitter system investigated in this work consists of an n-doped, hydrogenized, amorphous silicon carbide a-SiC:H(n) layer with or without a pure, hydrogenized, intrinsic, amorphous silicon a-Si:H(i) intermediate layer. All solar cells were fabricated on p-type FZ-silicon and feature a high-efficiency backside consisting of a SiO2 passivation layer and a diffused local boron back surface field, allowing us to focus only on the effects of the front side emitter system. The highest solar cell efficiency achieved within this work is 18.5%, which is one of the highest values for SHJ-solar cells using p-type substrates. A dependence of the passivation quality on the surface morphology was only observed for solar cells including an a-Si:H(i) layer. It could be shown that the fill factor suffers from a reduction due to a reduced pseudo fill factor for emitter thicknesses below 11 nm due to a lower passivation quality and/or a higher potential for shunting thorough the a-Si emitter to the crystalline wafer with the conductive indium tin oxide layer. Furthermore, the influence of a variation of the doping gas flow (PH3) during the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of the doped amorphous silicon carbide a-SiC:H(n) on the solar cell current-voltage characteristic-parameter has been investigated. We could demonstrate that a-SiC:H(n) shows in principle the same dependence on PH3-flow as pure a-Si:H(n).

  14. a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction front- and back contacts for silicon solar cells with p-type base

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    Rostan, Philipp Johannes

    2010-07-01

    inherent a-Si:H/c-Si band offset distribution with a low conduction band offset and a large valence band offset is disadvantageous for p-c-Si heterojunction solar cells if compared to their n-c-Si counterparts. A calculation of the saturation current densities of the cell's emitter, bulk and back contact demonstrates that the n-a-Si:H/p-c-Si emitter suffers from a low built-in potential. Modelling of the back contact based on the charge carrier transport equations shows that the insertion of an i-a-Si:H layer with a thickness d {>=} 3 nm (that is mandatory for a high surface passivation quality) leads to a series resistance that is critical for usage in a solar cell. The model mainly ascribes the high back contact resistance to the large valence band offset at the heterojunction. (orig.)

  15. Investigation of silicon heterojunction solar cells by photoluminescence under DC-bias

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    Courtois Guillaume

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Photoluminescence measurements on solar cells are usually carried out under open-circuit conditions. We report here on an innovative approach, in which the samples are simultaneously illuminated and DC-biased, so that the luminescence can be monitored under several operating points, that is to say several injection levels, ranging from short-circuit conditions to the light-emitting regime of the device. The experiments were performed on in-house made c-Si/a-Si:H heterojunction solar cells illuminated by a continuous green laser diode and positively biased. The luminescence spectra obtained this way were compared to those obtained with no light excitation source, which corresponds to usual electroluminescence mode and dark J(V. Firstly, the obtained luminescence spectra have shown the expected exponential dependence on the applied voltage. Furthermore, given that the amplitude of the emitted luminescence is proportional to the radiative recombination rate, this approach enables to indirectly characterise the non-radiative recombination phenomena. In the case of HJ solar cells with intrinsic thin layers processed on high quality FZ-wafers, non-radiative recombination is dominated by the defects at the c-Si/a-Si:H interface. The luminescence measurements presented here therefore give information on the quality of the surface passivation. An estimation of the interface defect density was achieved by comparing our experimental results with modelling.

  16. Highly efficient hybrid solar cells based on an octithiophene-gaas heterojunction

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    Ackermann, J.; Videlot, C.; El Kassmi, A.; Fages, F. [Laboratoire des Materiaux Moleculaires et des Biomateriaux, GCOM2 CNRS UMR 6114, Faculte des Sciences de Luminy, Case 901, 163 avenue de Luminy, F-13288 Marseille Cedex 09 (France); Guglielmetti, R. [Laboratoire de Chimie et Materiaux Organiques-Modelisation, GCOM2 CNRS UMR 6114, Faculte des Sciences de Luminy, Case 901, 163 avenue de Luminy, F-13288 Marseille Cedex 09 (France)

    2005-05-01

    We report a new type of hybrid heterojunction solar cell based on rod-like octithiophene (8T) as the organic p-type semiconductor and GaAs(111) as the inorganic n-type semiconductor. By using a semitransparent gold layer as the front contact deposited onto the 8T films, solar-energy conversion efficiencies of up to 4.2 % could be obtained. The reduction in the contact resistance at the Au/8T interface induced by iodine doping is found to be a very crucial factor for the high efficiency. Furthermore, we demonstrate that hybrid solar cells can be successfully used to investigate the photovoltaic properties of organic semiconductors in detail. By means of external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements, the influence of film morphology on the photocurrent collection length in 8T films is studied. The results show that, in hybrid solar cells using highly ordered microcrystalline 8T films, an active contribution of the organic-layer semiconductor to the total photocurrent exists. A very large photocurrent collection length of up to 100 nm has been estimated from EQE measurements, indicating that exciton diffusion is very efficient in microcrystalline 8T. On the other hand, the use of nanocrystalline 8T leads to high photocurrent losses in the organic part of the hybrid solar cell. The strong influence of the film morphology on the photocurrent collection in 8T is attributed to a reduction in the exciton diffusion length due to a high trap density in nanocrystalline 8T films. Thus, our results reveal the importance of high crystalline order for obtaining efficient photocurrent collection in 8T films. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  17. Low temperature back-surface-field contacts deposited by hot-wire CVD for heterojunction solar cells

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    Munoz, D. [Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Grup de Recerca en Micro i Nanotecnologies, Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona 08034 (Spain)], E-mail: delfina@eel.upc.edu; Voz, C.; Martin, I.; Orpella, A.; Alcubilla, R. [Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Grup de Recerca en Micro i Nanotecnologies, Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona 08034 (Spain); Villar, F.; Bertomeu, J.; Andreu, J. [CeRMAE-Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Diagonal 647, Barcelona 08028 (Spain); Roca-i-Cabarrocas, P. [LPICM-Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS 91128 Palaiseau (France)

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    The growing interest in using thinner wafers (< 200 {mu}m) requires the development of low temperature passivation strategies for the back contact of heterojunction solar cells. In this work, we investigate low temperature deposited back contacts based on boron-doped amorphous silicon films obtained by Hot-Wire CVD. The influence of the deposition parameters and the use of an intrinsic buffer layer have been considered. The microstructure of the deposited thin films has been comprehensively studied by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry in the UV-visible range. The effective recombination velocity at the back surface has been measured by the Quasi-Steady-State Photoconductance technique. Complete double-side heterojunction solar cells (1 cm{sup 2}) have been fabricated and characterized by External Quantum Efficiency and current-voltage measurements. Total-area conversion efficiencies up to 14.5% were achieved in a fully low temperature process (< 200 deg. C)

  18. Investigating the effect of carbon nanotube diameter and wall number in carbon nanotube/silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Tom Grace; LePing Yu; Christopher Gibson; Daniel Tune; Huda Alturaif; Zeid Al Othman; Joseph Shapter

    2016-01-01

    Suspensions of single-walled, double-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were generated in the same solvent at similar concentrations. Films were fabricated from these suspensions and used in carbon nanotube/silicon heterojunction solar cells and their properties were compared with reference to the number of walls in the nanotube samples. It was found that single-walled nanotubes generally produced more favorable results; however, the double and multi-walled nanotube films used in...

  19. Interface Engineering of Organic Schottky Barrier Solar Cells and Its Application in Enhancing Performances of Planar Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Jin, Fangming; Su, Zisheng; Chu, Bei; Cheng, Pengfei; Wang, Junbo; Zhao, Haifeng; Gao, Yuan; Yan, Xingwu; Li, Wenlian

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we describe the performance of organic Schottky barrier solar cells with the structure of ITO/molybdenum oxide (MoOx)/boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc)/bathophenanthroline (BPhen)/Al. The SubPc-based Schottky barrier solar cells exhibited a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 2.59 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 1.06 V, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.82% under simulated AM1.5 G solar illumination at 100 mW/cm2. Device performance was substantially enhanced by simply inserting thin organic hole transport material into the interface of MoOx and SubPc. The optimized devices realized a 180% increase in PCE of 2.30% and a peak Voc as high as 1.45 V was observed. We found that the improvement is due to the exciton and electron blocking effect of the interlayer and its thickness plays a vital role in balancing charge separation and suppressing quenching effect. Moreover, applying such interface engineering into MoOx/SubPc/C60 based planar heterojunction cells substantially enhanced the PCE of the device by 44%, from 3.48% to 5.03%. Finally, we also investigated the requirements of the interface material for Schottky barrier modification.

  20. Interface Engineering of Organic Schottky Barrier Solar Cells and Its Application in Enhancing Performances of Planar Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Jin, Fangming; Su, Zisheng; Chu, Bei; Cheng, Pengfei; Wang, Junbo; Zhao, Haifeng; Gao, Yuan; Yan, Xingwu; Li, Wenlian

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we describe the performance of organic Schottky barrier solar cells with the structure of ITO/molybdenum oxide (MoOx)/boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc)/bathophenanthroline (BPhen)/Al. The SubPc-based Schottky barrier solar cells exhibited a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 2.59 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 1.06 V, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.82% under simulated AM1.5 G solar illumination at 100 mW/cm2. Device performance was substantially enhanced by simply inserting thin organic hole transport material into the interface of MoOx and SubPc. The optimized devices realized a 180% increase in PCE of 2.30% and a peak Voc as high as 1.45 V was observed. We found that the improvement is due to the exciton and electron blocking effect of the interlayer and its thickness plays a vital role in balancing charge separation and suppressing quenching effect. Moreover, applying such interface engineering into MoOx/SubPc/C60 based planar heterojunction cells substantially enhanced the PCE of the device by 44%, from 3.48% to 5.03%. Finally, we also investigated the requirements of the interface material for Schottky barrier modification. PMID:27185635

  1. Effects of Different Solvents on the Planar Hetero-junction Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Lin Shunquan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3 films on the planar hetero-junction perovskite solar cells (PHJ-PSCs are fabricated by “two-steps” process with the wet spin-coating method. The precursor (PbI2 solutions are compounded with 4 types of solvents: N-Methyl Pyrrolidone (NMP, γ-butyrolactone (GBL, Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO and N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF. All the solutions have the same concentration. The influences of different precursor solvents to the micro-structures of CH3NH3PbI3 films and device performance are studied. Atomic force microscopy (AFM and scanning electron microscope (SEM are used to characterize the CH3NH3PbI3 films. The results indicate that the CH3NH3PbI3 film using DMF solvent possesses more rough morphology and thickest thickness. The monolithic PHJ-PSCs devices based on DMF solvent are tested under a standard one sun of simulated solar irradiation (AM1.5. The results show that the open-circuit voltage (Voc reaches 872mV, the short-circuit current (Jsc reaches 9.35mA/cm2, the filling factor(FF is 0.62 and the photo-current conversion efficiency (PCE is 5.05%. DMF is the best one among these 4 types of solvents for PHJ-PSCs.

  2. Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells Using AlOx and Plasma-Immersion Ion Implantation

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    Yu-Hsien Lin

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum oxide (AlOx and plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII were studied in relation to passivated silicon heterojunction solar cells. When aluminum oxide (AlOx was deposited on the surface of a wafer; the electric field near the surface of wafer was enhanced; and the mobility of the carrier was improved; thus reducing carrier traps associated with dangling bonds. Using PIII enabled implanting nitrogen into the device to reduce dangling bonds and achieve the desired passivation effect. Depositing AlOx on the surface of a solar cell increased the short-circuit current density (Jsc; open-circuit voltage (Voc; and conversion efficiency from 27.84 mA/cm2; 0.52 V; and 8.97% to 29.34 mA/cm2; 0.54 V; and 9.68%; respectively. After controlling the depth and concentration of nitrogen by modulating the PIII energy; the ideal PIII condition was determined to be 2 keV and 10 min. As a result; a 15.42% conversion efficiency was thus achieved; and the Jsc; Voc; and fill factor were 37.78 mA/cm2; 0.55 V; and 0.742; respectively.

  3. Heterojunction Diodes and Solar Cells Fabricated by Sputtering of GaAs on Single Crystalline Si

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    Santiago Silvestre

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This work reports fabrication details of heterojunction diodes and solar cells obtained by sputter deposition of amorphous GaAs on p-doped single crystalline Si. The effects of two additional process steps were investigated: A hydrofluoric acid (HF etching treatment of the Si substrate prior to the GaAs sputter deposition and a subsequent annealing treatment of the complete layered system. A transmission electron microscopy (TEM exploration of the interface reveals the formation of a few nanometer thick SiO2 interface layer and some crystallinity degree of the GaAs layer close to the interface. It was shown that an additional HF etching treatment of the Si substrate improves the short circuit current and degrades the open circuit voltage of the solar cells. Furthermore, an additional thermal annealing step was performed on some selected samples before and after the deposition of an indium tin oxide (ITO film on top of the a-GaAs layer. It was found that the occurrence of surface related defects is reduced in case of a heat treatment performed after the deposition of the ITO layer, which also results in a reduction of the dark saturation current density and resistive losses.

  4. Numerical study of metal oxide hetero-junction solar cells with defects and interface states

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    Further to our previous work on ideal metal oxide (MO) hetero-junction solar cells, a systematic simulation has been carried out to investigate the effects of defects and interface states on the cells. Two structures of the window/absorber (WA) and window/absorber/voltage-enhancer (WAV) were modelled with defect concentration, defect energy level, interface state (ISt) density and ISt energy level as parameters. The simulation showed that the defects in the window layer and the voltage-enhancer layer have very limited effects on the performance of the cells, but those in the absorption layer have profound effects on the cell performance. The interface states at the W/A interface have a limited effect on the performance even for a density up to 1013 cm−2, while those at the A/V interface cause the solar cell to deteriorate severely even at a low density of lower than 1 × 1011 cm−2. It also showed that the back surface field (BSF) induced by band gap off-set in the WAV structure loses its function when defects with a modest concentration exist in the absorption layer and does not improve the open voltage at all. (paper)

  5. Semiconductor heterojunctions

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    Sharma, B L

    1974-01-01

    Semiconductor Heterojunctions investigates various aspects of semiconductor heterojunctions. Topics covered include the theory of heterojunctions and their energy band profiles, electrical and optoelectronic properties, and methods of preparation. A number of heterojunction devices are also considered, from photovoltaic converters to photodiodes, transistors, and injection lasers.Comprised of eight chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the theory of heterojunctions and a discussion on abrupt isotype and anisotype heterojunctions, along with graded heterojunctions. The reader is then

  6. Characterization of Transition Metal Oxide/Silicon Heterojunctions for Solar Cell Applications

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    Luis G. Gerling

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available During the last decade, transition metal oxides have been actively investigated as hole- and electron-selective materials in organic electronics due to their low-cost processing. In this study, four transition metal oxides (V2O5, MoO3, WO3, and ReO3 with high work functions (>5 eV were thermally evaporated as front p-type contacts in planar n-type crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells. The concentration of oxygen vacancies in MoO3−x was found to be dependent on film thickness and redox conditions, as determined by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Transfer length method measurements of oxide films deposited on glass yielded high sheet resistances (~109 Ω/sq, although lower values (~104 Ω/sq were measured for oxides deposited on silicon, indicating the presence of an inversion (hole rich layer. Of the four oxide/silicon solar cells, ReO3 was found to be unstable upon air exposure, while V2O5 achieved the highest open-circuit voltage (593 mV and conversion efficiency (12.7%, followed by MoO3 (581 mV, 12.6% and WO3 (570 mV, 11.8%. A short-circuit current gain of ~0.5 mA/cm2 was obtained when compared to a reference amorphous silicon contact, as expected from a wider energy bandgap. Overall, these results support the viability of a simplified solar cell design, processed at low temperature and without dopants.

  7. Correlation of Interfacial Transportation Properties of CdS/CdTe Heterojunction and Performance of CdTe Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Guanggen Zeng; Jingquan Zhang; Wenwu Wang; Lianghuan Feng

    2015-01-01

    The light and dark output performances of CdS/CdTe solar cells made by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) were investigated to elucidate the transportation properties of carriers at CdS/CdTe heterojunction interface. It has been found that the interfacial transportation properties were relatively sensitive to variations of the characteristics of heterojunction due to the series resistance and shunting effects. For the high quality cell with 12.1% efficiency, narrow depletion region of ~1.1 micron...

  8. Nanostructured Organic Solar Cells

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    Radziwon, Michal Jędrzej; Rubahn, Horst-Günter; Madsen, Morten

    Recent forecasts for alternative energy generation predict emerging importance of supporting state of art photovoltaic solar cells with their organic equivalents. Despite their significantly lower efficiency, number of application niches are suitable for organic solar cells. This work reveals...... the principles of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells fabrication as well as summarises major differences in physics of their operation....

  9. Opto-electronic properties of a TiO2/PS/mc-Si heterojunction based solar cell

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    Janene, N.; Ghrairi, N.; Allagui, A.; Alawadhi, H.; Khakani, M. A. El; Bessais, B.; Gaidi, M.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, we show the results of our investigation on the photoelectric properties of heterojunction solar cells based on Au/PS/mc-Si/Al and Au/TiO2/PS/mc-Si/Al structures. Porous silicon (PS) were prepared by an electrochemical etching process with different values of current density. The surface porosity was found to increase with the increase of current density. Pulsed laser deposition was used to deposit 80 nm TiO2 thin films. Surface morphology and structural properties of TiO2/PS were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). An enhancement of the electrical properties of the TiO2/PS/mc-Si heterojunction was observed after coating with TiO2. As a consequence, the solar cell efficiencies increased from 1.4% for the uncoated PS/mc-Si structure to 5% for the TiO2 coated one. Impedance spectroscopy confirmed the passivation effect of TiO2 through the improvement of the elaborated cells' electron lifetime and the formation of a TiO2/PS/Au heterojunction with the appearance of a second semi-circle in the Nyquist plot.

  10. Pyramidal texturing of silicon surface via inorganic-organic hybrid alkaline liquor for heterojunction solar cells

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    Wang, Fengyou; Zhang, Xiaodan; Wang, Liguo; Jiang, Yuanjian; Wei, Changchun; Zhao, Ying

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate a new class of silicon texturing approach based on inorganic (sodium hydroxide, NaOH) and organic (tetramethylammonium hydroxide, TMAH) alkaline liquor etching processes for photovoltaic applications. The first stage of inorganic alkaline etching textures the silicon surface rapidly with large pyramids and reduces the cost. The subsequent organic alkaline second-etching improves the coverage of small pyramids on the silicon surface and strip off the metallic contaminants produced by the first etching step. In addition, it could smoothen the surface of the pyramids to yield good morphology. In this study, the texturing duration of both etching steps was controlled to optimize the optical and electrical properties as well as the surface morphology and passivation characteristics of the silicon substrates. Compared with traditional inorganic NaOH texturing, this hybrid process yields smoother (111) facets of the pyramids, fewer residual Na+ ions on the silicon surface, and a shorter processing period. It also offers the advantage of lower cost compared with the organic texturing method based on the use of only TMAH. We applied this hybrid texturing process to fabricate silicon heterojunction solar cells, which showed a remarkable improvement compared with the cells based on traditional alkaline texturing processes.

  11. Optimization of laser-firing processes for silicon-heterojunction solar-cell back contacts

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    One of the key steps to achieve high efficiencies in amorphous/crystalline silicon photovoltaic structures is to design low-ohmic-resistance back contacts with good passivation in the rear part of the cell. A well known approach to achieve this goal is to use laser-fired contact (LFC) processes in which a metal layer is fired through the dielectric to define good contacts with the semiconductor. However, and despite the fact that this approach has demonstrated to be extremely successful, there is still enough room for process improvement with an appropriate optimization. In this paper, a study focused on the optimal adjustment of the irradiation parameters to produce laser-fired contacts in a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells is presented. We used samples consisting of crystalline-silicon (c-Si) wafers together with a passivation layer of intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H(i)) deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical deposition (PECVD). Then, an aluminum layer was evaporated on both sides, the thickness of this layer varied from 0.2 to 1 μm in order to identify the optimal amount of Al required to create an appropriate contact. A q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser source, λ = 532 nm, was used to locally fire the aluminum through the thin a-Si:H(i)-layers to form the LFC. The effects of laser fluences were analyzed using a comprehensive morphological and electrical characterization.

  12. Optimization of laser-firing processes for silicon-heterojunction solar-cell back contacts

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    Sanchez-Aniorte, I., E-mail: mi.sanchez@upm.es [Centro Laser UPM, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ctra. de Valencia Km 7.3, 28031 Madrid (Spain); Barrio, R., E-mail: rocio.barrio@ciemat.es [Renewable Energy Division, CIEMAT. Av. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Casado, A. [Renewable Energy Division, CIEMAT. Av. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Morales, M. [Centro Laser UPM, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ctra. de Valencia Km 7.3, 28031 Madrid (Spain); Carabe, J.; Gandia, J.J. [Renewable Energy Division, CIEMAT. Av. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Molpeceres, C. [Centro Laser UPM, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ctra. de Valencia Km 7.3, 28031 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-09-15

    One of the key steps to achieve high efficiencies in amorphous/crystalline silicon photovoltaic structures is to design low-ohmic-resistance back contacts with good passivation in the rear part of the cell. A well known approach to achieve this goal is to use laser-fired contact (LFC) processes in which a metal layer is fired through the dielectric to define good contacts with the semiconductor. However, and despite the fact that this approach has demonstrated to be extremely successful, there is still enough room for process improvement with an appropriate optimization. In this paper, a study focused on the optimal adjustment of the irradiation parameters to produce laser-fired contacts in a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells is presented. We used samples consisting of crystalline-silicon (c-Si) wafers together with a passivation layer of intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H(i)) deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical deposition (PECVD). Then, an aluminum layer was evaporated on both sides, the thickness of this layer varied from 0.2 to 1 {mu}m in order to identify the optimal amount of Al required to create an appropriate contact. A q-switched Nd:YVO{sub 4} laser source, {lambda} = 532 nm, was used to locally fire the aluminum through the thin a-Si:H(i)-layers to form the LFC. The effects of laser fluences were analyzed using a comprehensive morphological and electrical characterization.

  13. Laser Induced Forward Transfer for front contact improvement in silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Colina, M.; Morales-Vilches, A.; Voz, C.; Martín, I.; Ortega, P.; Orpella, A.; López, G.; Alcubilla, R.

    2015-05-01

    In this work the Laser Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) technique is investigated to create n-doped regions on p-type c-Si substrates. The precursor source of LIFT consisted in a phosphorous-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon layer grown by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) onto a transparent substrate. Transfer of the doping atoms occurs when a sequence of laser pulses impinging onto the doped layer propels the material toward the substrate. The laser irradiation not only transfers the doping material but also produces a local heating that promotes its diffusion into the substrate. The laser employed was a 1064 nm, lamp-pumped system, working at pulse durations of 100 and 400 ns. In order to obtain a good electrical performance a comprehensive optimization of the applied laser fluency and number of pulses was carried out. Subsequently, arrays of n + p local junctions were created by LIFT and the resulting J-V curves demonstrated the formation of good quality n+ regions. These structures were finally incorporated to enhance the front contact in conventional silicon heterojunction solar cells leading to an improvement of conversion efficiency.

  14. Temperature dependent competition between different recombination channels in organic heterojunction solar cells

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    A modification of the Shockley–Queisser theory for organic heterojunctions is presented with a special focus on constellations, where a linear extrapolation of the temperature dependence of the open circuit voltage results in the optical gap of the absorber rather than in the intermolecular charge transfer (CT) gap. We demonstrate that, depending on the electronic coupling strength between donor and acceptor molecules, either singlet or CT recombination is dominant in different temperature regimes. The different regimes are separated by a transition temperature that is usually well above room temperature (RT). However, in the case of small energy level offset and weak electronic coupling, it can be around 300 K or even below. We point out that a linear extrapolation of the open circuit voltage V oc towards 0 K for measured temperatures larger than the transition temperature results in a photovoltaic gap that is close to the optical gap, whereas for values below the transition temperature the CT gap will be extracted. We show that for α-sexithiophene (6T)/diindenoperylene (DIP) solar cells heating the substrate during 6T deposition leads to a molecular configuration at the interface where the coupling between donor and acceptor molecules is strongly reduced. This leads to a transition temperature well below RT which is confirmed by temperature dependent electroluminescence measurements. By comparing the temperature dependent spectra of high temperature and RT grown 6T/DIP solar cells to the spectra of the individual materials, the different contributions from the CT gap and the optical gap are separated. (paper)

  15. Harnessing light energy with a planar transparent hybrid of graphene/single wall carbon nanotube/n-type silicon heterojunction solar cell

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    Chen, Leifeng; Yu, Hua; Zhong, Jiasong;

    2015-01-01

    The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of a solar cell fabricated by a simple electrophoretic method with a planar transparent hybrid of graphenes (GPs) and single wall carbon nanotubes (SCNTs)/n-type silicon heterojunction was significantly increased compared to GPs/n-Si and SCNTs/n-Si solar cells...

  16. A composite light-harvesting layer from photoactive polymer and halide perovskite for planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Wang, Heming; Rahaq, Yaqub; Kumar, Vikas

    2016-01-01

    A new route for fabrication of photoactive materials in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells is presented in this report. Photoactive materials by blending a semiconductive conjugated polymer with an organolead halide perovskite were fabricated for the first time. The composite active layer was then used to make planar heterojunction solar cells with the PCBM film as the electron-acceptor. Photovoltaic performance of solar cells was investigated by J-V curves and external quantum efficiency spectra. We demonstrated that the incorporation of the conjugated photoactive polymer into organolead halide perovskites did not only contribute to the generation of charges, but also enhance stability of solar cells by providing a barrier protection to halide perovskites. It is expected that versatile of conjugated semi-conductive polymers and halide perovskites in photoactive properties enables to create various combinations, forming composites with advantages offered by both types of photoactive materials. PMID:27411487

  17. A composite light-harvesting layer from photoactive polymer and halide perovskite for planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Wang, Heming; Rahaq, Yaqub; Kumar, Vikas

    2016-07-01

    A new route for fabrication of photoactive materials in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells is presented in this report. Photoactive materials by blending a semiconductive conjugated polymer with an organolead halide perovskite were fabricated for the first time. The composite active layer was then used to make planar heterojunction solar cells with the PCBM film as the electron-acceptor. Photovoltaic performance of solar cells was investigated by J-V curves and external quantum efficiency spectra. We demonstrated that the incorporation of the conjugated photoactive polymer into organolead halide perovskites did not only contribute to the generation of charges, but also enhance stability of solar cells by providing a barrier protection to halide perovskites. It is expected that versatile of conjugated semi-conductive polymers and halide perovskites in photoactive properties enables to create various combinations, forming composites with advantages offered by both types of photoactive materials.

  18. A composite light-harvesting layer from photoactive polymer and halide perovskite for planar heterojunction solar cells.

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    Wang, Heming; Rahaq, Yaqub; Kumar, Vikas

    2016-01-01

    A new route for fabrication of photoactive materials in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells is presented in this report. Photoactive materials by blending a semiconductive conjugated polymer with an organolead halide perovskite were fabricated for the first time. The composite active layer was then used to make planar heterojunction solar cells with the PCBM film as the electron-acceptor. Photovoltaic performance of solar cells was investigated by J-V curves and external quantum efficiency spectra. We demonstrated that the incorporation of the conjugated photoactive polymer into organolead halide perovskites did not only contribute to the generation of charges, but also enhance stability of solar cells by providing a barrier protection to halide perovskites. It is expected that versatile of conjugated semi-conductive polymers and halide perovskites in photoactive properties enables to create various combinations, forming composites with advantages offered by both types of photoactive materials. PMID:27411487

  19. Application of heterojunction to Si-based solar cells using photonic nanostructures coupled with vertically aligned Ge quantum dots

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    Takahashi, Isao; Hoshi, Yusuke; Tayagaki, Takeshi; Oikawa, Takafumi; Ohdaira, Keisuke; Usami, Noritaka

    2015-08-01

    We have recently developed a new structure for solar cells that consists of photonic nanostructures coupled with vertically aligned Ge quantum dots on a crystalline Si substrate. For the fabrication of a solar cell device, a heterojunction with a-Si:H was chosen because its processing temperature is less than 200 °C, at which point Ge atoms cannot diffuse into Si layers. In this study, we developed a guideline for the most appropriate cell structures to take advantage of the Ge layer by fabricating heterojunction solar cells with various structures. As a result, we confirmed that the carriers absorbed in Ge quantum dots contributed output current when Ge quantum dots are fabricated on the pn-junction side. Hence, the presence of built-in potential in a Ge dot layer was found to be necessary to extract the carriers generated in the Ge layer. In addition, carrier transport in Ge quantum dots is improved under conditions of reverse bias. Therefore, the electrical field in the Ge layer is a key parameter to improve solar cell performance in our proposed structure.

  20. Built-in voltage of organic bulk heterojuction p-i-n solar cells measured by electroabsorption spectroscopy

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    We investigate the influence of the built-in voltage on the performance of organic bulk heterojuction solar cells that are based on a p-i-n structure. Electrical doping in the hole and the electron transport layer allows to tune their work function and hence to adjust the built-in voltage: Changing the doping concentration from 0.5 to 32 wt% induces a shift of the work function towards the transport levels and increases the built-in voltage. To determine the built-in voltage, we use electroabsorption spectroscopy which is based on an evaluation of the spectra caused by a change in absorption due to an electric field (Stark effect). For a model system with a bulk heterojunction of BF-DPB and C60, we show that higher doping concentrations in both the electron and the hole transport layer increase the built-in voltage, leading to an enhanced short circuit current and solar cell performance

  1. Built-in voltage of organic bulk heterojuction p-i-n solar cells measured by electroabsorption spectroscopy

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the influence of the built-in voltage on the performance of organic bulk heterojuction solar cells that are based on a p-i-n structure. Electrical doping in the hole and the electron transport layer allows to tune their work function and hence to adjust the built-in voltage: Changing the doping concentration from 0.5 to 32 wt% induces a shift of the work function towards the transport levels and increases the built-in voltage. To determine the built-in voltage, we use electroabsorption spectroscopy which is based on an evaluation of the spectra caused by a change in absorption due to an electric field (Stark effect. For a model system with a bulk heterojunction of BF-DPB and C60, we show that higher doping concentrations in both the electron and the hole transport layer increase the built-in voltage, leading to an enhanced short circuit current and solar cell performance.

  2. Titanium dioxide/silicon hole-blocking selective contact to enable double-heterojunction crystalline silicon-based solar cell

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    In this work, we use an electron-selective titanium dioxide (TiO2) heterojunction contact to silicon to block minority carrier holes in the silicon from recombining at the cathode contact of a silicon-based photovoltaic device. We present four pieces of evidence demonstrating the beneficial effect of adding the TiO2 hole-blocking layer: reduced dark current, increased open circuit voltage (VOC), increased quantum efficiency at longer wavelengths, and increased stored minority carrier charge under forward bias. The importance of a low rate of recombination of minority carriers at the Si/TiO2 interface for effective blocking of minority carriers is quantitatively described. The anode is made of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) heterojunction to silicon which forms a hole selective contact, so that the entire device is made at a maximum temperature of 100 °C, with no doping gradients or junctions in the silicon. A low rate of recombination of minority carriers at the Si/TiO2 interface is crucial for effective blocking of minority carriers. Such a pair of complementary carrier-selective heterojunctions offers a path towards high-efficiency silicon solar cells using relatively simple and near-room temperature fabrication techniques

  3. 19.2% Efficient InP Heterojunction Solar Cell with Electron-Selective TiO2 Contact

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    Yin, Xingtian; Battaglia, Corsin; Lin, Yongjing; Chen, Kevin; Hettick, Mark; Zheng, Maxwell; Chen, Cheng-Ying; Kiriya, Daisuke; Javey, Ali

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate an InP heterojunction solar cell employing an ultrathin layer (∼10 nm) of amorphous TiO2 deposited at 120 °C by atomic layer deposition as the transparent electron-selective contact. The TiO2 film selectively extracts minority electrons from the conduction band of p-type InP while blocking the majority holes due to the large valence band offset, enabling a high maximum open-circuit voltage of 785 mV. A hydrogen plasma treatment of the InP surface drastically improves the long-w...

  4. Low temperature characteristic of ITO/SiO x /c-Si heterojunction solar cell

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    Du, H. W.; Yang, J.; Li, Y.; Gao, M.; Chen, S. M.; Yu, Z. S.; Xu, F.; Ma, Z. Q.

    2015-09-01

    Based on the temperature-dependent measurements and the numerical calculation, the temperature response of the photovoltaic parameters for a ITO/SiO x /c-Si heterojunction solar cell have been investigated in the ascending sorting of 10-300 K. Under unique energy concentrated photon irradiation with the wavelength of 405 nm and power density of 667 mW cm-2, it was found that the short-circuit current (I SC) was nonlinearly increased and the open-circuit voltage (V OC) decreased with temperature. The good passivation of the ITO/c-Si interface by a concomitant SiO x buffer layer leads to the rare recombination of carriers in the intermediate region. The inversion layer model indicated that the band gap of c-silicon was narrowed and the Fermi level of n-type silicon (E\\text{F}n ) tended to that of the intrinsic Fermi level (E\\text{F}i ) (in the middle of band gap) with the increase of the temperature, which lessened the built-in voltage (V D) and thus the V OC. However, the reduction by 90% of V OC is attributed to the shift of E\\text{F}n in c-silicon rather than the energy band narrowing. Through the analysis of the current-voltage relationship and the data fitting, we infer that the series resistance (R s) is not responsible for the increase of I SC, but the absorption coefficient and the depletion-width of c-silicon are the causes of the enhancing I SC. Mostly, the interaction of the photon-generated excess ‘cold hole’ and the acoustic phonon in n-Si would influence the variation of I ph or I SC with temperature.

  5. Plasma-initiated rehydrogenation of amorphous silicon to increase the temperature processing window of silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Shi, Jianwei; Boccard, Mathieu; Holman, Zachary

    2016-07-01

    The dehydrogenation of intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) at temperatures above approximately 300 °C degrades its ability to passivate silicon wafer surfaces. This limits the temperature of post-passivation processing steps during the fabrication of advanced silicon heterojunction or silicon-based tandem solar cells. We demonstrate that a hydrogen plasma can rehydrogenate intrinsic a-Si:H passivation layers that have been dehydrogenated by annealing. The hydrogen plasma treatment fully restores the effective carrier lifetime to several milliseconds in textured crystalline silicon wafers coated with 8-nm-thick intrinsic a-Si:H layers after annealing at temperatures of up to 450 °C. Plasma-initiated rehydrogenation also translates to complete solar cells: A silicon heterojunction solar cell subjected to annealing at 450 °C (following intrinsic a-Si:H deposition) had an open-circuit voltage of less than 600 mV, but an identical cell that received hydrogen plasma treatment reached a voltage of over 710 mV and an efficiency of over 19%.

  6. Design and fabrication of a SiOx/ITO double-layer anti-reflective coating for heterojunction silicon solar cells

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    Zhang, D.; Digdaya, A.; Santbergen, R.; Van Swaaij, R.A.C.M.M.; Zeman, M. [Photovoltaic Materials and Devices, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5031, 2600 GA Delft (Netherlands); Bronsveld, P.; Van Roosmalen, J.A.M.; Weeber, A.W. [ECN Solar Energy, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands)

    2013-10-15

    In this contribution optical simulations of both flat and textured heterojunction silicon solar cells are presented and verified experimentally. Using Advanced Semiconductor Analysis (ASA) software, we optimize a double-layer anti-reflective (AR) coating, which has an additional SiOx film on the top of the existing indium tin oxide (ITO) coating. Our approach is based on maximizing the absorbance of the crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafer, which is strongly correlated with the solar cell's short circuit current (Jsc). Our simulations show that for a flat heterojunction silicon solar cell c-Si absorbance can increase by using a double-layer AR coating instead of a single-layer AR coating. As predicted by the simulations, experimental devices show corresponding Jsc increase, leading to the increase of the solar cell efficiency. On a textured heterojunction silicon solar cell the incident light travels an oblique path through the AR coating and we use an advanced ray-tracing model to optimize the single and double-layer AR coating for this case. Our simulations show that for the textured heterojunction silicon solar cell, reflection losses are lower but parasitic absorption losses in the ITO and amorphous silicon layers play a more important role. Using a double-layer AR coating not only reduces reflection losses further, but because a thinner ITO layer can be used it also reduces parasitic absorption losses. Experimentally, our textured heterojunction silicon solar cell with a double-layer AR coating shows that the Jsc (active area) of 40.5 mA/cm{sup 2} and an efficiency of 19.0%.

  7. Amorphous Silicon Carbide Passivating Layers to Enable Higher Processing Temperature in Crystalline Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu [Arizona State Univ., Mesa, AZ (United States); Holman, Zachary [Arizona State Univ., Mesa, AZ (United States)

    2015-04-06

    "Very efficient crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells have been demonstrated when thin layers of intrinsic and doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) are used for passivation and carrier selectivity in a heterojunction device. One limitation of this device structure is the (parasitic) absorption in the front passivation/collection a-Si:H layers; another is the degradation of the a-Si:H-based passivation upon temperature, limiting the post-processes to approximately 200°C thus restricting the contacting possibilities and potential tandem device fabrication. To alleviate these two limitations, we explore the potential of amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H), a widely studied material in use in standard a-Si:H thin-film solar cells, which is known for its wider bandgap, increased hydrogen content and stronger hydrogen bonding compared to a-Si:H. We study the surface passivation of solar-grade textured n-type c-Si wafers for symmetrical stacks of 10-nm-thick intrinsic a-SiC:H with various carbon content followed by either p-doped or n-doped a-Si:H (referred to as i/p or i/n stacks). For both doping types, passivation (assessed through carrier lifetime measurements) is degraded by increasing the carbon content in the intrinsic a-SiC:H layer. Yet, this hierarchy is reversed after annealing at 350°C or more due to drastic passivation improvements upon annealing when an a-SiC:H layer is used. After annealing at 350°C, lifetimes of 0.4 ms and 2.0 ms are reported for i/p and i/n stacks, respectively, when using an intrinsic a-SiC:H layer with approximately 10% of carbon (initial lifetimes of 0.3 ms and 0.1 ms, respectively, corresponding to a 30% and 20-fold increase, respectively). For stacks of pure a-Si:H material the lifetimes degrade from 1.2 ms and 2.0 ms for i/p and i/n stacks, respectively, to less than 0.1 ms and 1.1 ms (12-fold and 2-fold decrease, respectively). For complete solar cells using pure a-Si:H i/p and i/n stacks, the open-circuit voltage (Voc

  8. Roles of binding energy and diffusion length of singlet and triplet excitons in organic heterojunction solar cells

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    The influence of binding energy and diffusion length on the dissociation of excitons in organic solids is studied. The binding energy and excitonic Bohr radius of singlet and triplet excitons are calculated and compared using the dissociation energy of 0.3 eV, which is provided by the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital offset in heterojunction organic solar cells. A relation between the diffusion coefficient and diffusion length of singlet and triplet excitons is derived using the Foerster and Dexter transfer processes and are plotted as a function of the donor-acceptor separation. The diffusion length reduces nearly to a zero if the distance between donor and acceptor is increased to more than 1.5 nm. It is found that the donor-acceptor separation needs to be ≤ 1.5 nm for easy dissociation on singlet excitons leading to better conversion efficiency in heterojunction organic solar cells. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Roles of binding energy and diffusion length of singlet and triplet excitons in organic heterojunction solar cells

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    Narayan, Monishka Rita [Centre for Renewable Energy and Low Emission Technology, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909 (Australia); Singh, Jai [School of Engineering and IT, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909 (Australia)

    2012-12-15

    The influence of binding energy and diffusion length on the dissociation of excitons in organic solids is studied. The binding energy and excitonic Bohr radius of singlet and triplet excitons are calculated and compared using the dissociation energy of 0.3 eV, which is provided by the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital offset in heterojunction organic solar cells. A relation between the diffusion coefficient and diffusion length of singlet and triplet excitons is derived using the Foerster and Dexter transfer processes and are plotted as a function of the donor-acceptor separation. The diffusion length reduces nearly to a zero if the distance between donor and acceptor is increased to more than 1.5 nm. It is found that the donor-acceptor separation needs to be {<=} 1.5 nm for easy dissociation on singlet excitons leading to better conversion efficiency in heterojunction organic solar cells. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Effect of annealing on silicon heterojunction solar cells with textured ZnO:Al as transparent conductive oxide

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    Roca i Cabarrocas P.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available We report on silicon heterojunction solar cells using textured aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al as a transparent conductive oxide (TCO instead of flat indium tin oxide. Double side silicon heterojunction solar cell were fabricated by radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition on high life time N-type float zone crystalline silicon wafers. On both sides of these cells we have deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering ZnO:Al layers of thickness ranging from 800 nm to 1400 nm. These TCO layers were then textured by dipping the samples in a 0.5% hydrochloric acid. External quantum efficiency as well as I-V under 1 sun illumination measurements showed an increase of the current for the cells using textured ZnO:Al. The cells were then annealed at 150 °C, 175 °C and 200 °C during 30 min in ambient atmosphere and characterized at each annealing step. The results show that annealing has no impact on the open circuit voltage of the devices but that up to a 175 °C it enhances their short circuit current, consistent with an overall enhancement of their spectral response. Our results suggest that ZnO:Al is a promising material to increase the short circuit current (Jsc while avoiding texturing the c-Si substrate.

  11. Construction of flexible photoelectrochemical solar cells based on ordered nanostructural BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunction films.

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    Fang, Mingqing; Jia, Huimin; He, Weiwei; Lei, Yan; Zhang, Lizhi; Zheng, Zhi

    2015-05-28

    Ordered 2D nanostructural BiOI nanoflake arrays decorated with Bi2S3 nanospheres have been designed and in situ fabricated for the first time, to form BiOI/Bi2S3 bulk heterojunctions through a soft chemical route. A modified successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was developed to fabricate BiOI nanoflake arrays on flexible ITO/PET substrates at room temperature. The degree of transformation of BiOI to Bi2S3 was controlled through the adjustment of exposure time of the BiOI/ITO substrate to thioacetamide (TAA) aqueous solution. The morphologies of BiOI, BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunctions and Bi2S3 films were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) patterns, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The presence of Bi2S3 was further validated through Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Especially, photoelectrochemical measurements demonstrated that such a Bi2S3 decorated BiOI photoanode based cell exhibits significant augments of short-circuit current density (Jsc) and incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE, 3 times higher than the pure BiOI photoanode), attributable to the stronger photo-absorption and better photogenerated charge carrier separation and transport efficiency. The surface photovoltage (SPV) measurements further confirmed the importance of BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunctions in such PEC cells. This solution-based process directly on flexible ITO offers the promise for low-cost, large-area, roll-to-roll application of the manufacturing of the third generation thin-film photovoltaic devices. PMID:25941684

  12. Formation of BaSi2 heterojunction solar cells using transparent MoOx hole transport layers

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    Heterojunction solar cells that consist of 15 nm thick molybdenum trioxide (MoOx, x < 3) as a hole transport layer and 600 nm thick unpassivated or passivated n-BaSi2 layers were demonstrated. Rectifying current-voltage characteristics were observed when the surface of BaSi2 was exposed to air. When the exposure time was decreased to 1 min, an open circuit voltage of 200 mV and a short circuit current density of 0.5 mA/cm2 were obtained under AM1.5 illumination. The photocurrent density under a reverse bias voltage of −1 V reached 25 mA/cm2, which demonstrates the significant potential of BaSi2 for solar cell applications

  13. Realization of dual-heterojunction solar cells on ultra-thin ∼25 μm, flexible silicon substrates

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    Onyegam, Emmanuel U.

    2014-04-14

    Silicon heterojunction (HJ) solar cells with different rear passivation and contact designs were fabricated on ∼ 25 μ m semiconductor-on-metal (SOM) exfoliated substrates. It was found that the performance of these cells is limited by recombination at the rear-surface. Employing the dual-HJ architecture resulted in the improvement of open-circuit voltage (Voc) from 605 mV (single-HJ) to 645 mV with no front side intrinsic amorphous silicon (i-layer) passivation. Addition of un-optimized front side i-layer passivation resulted in further enhancement in Voc to 662 mV. Pathways to achieving further improvement in the performance of HJ solar cells on ultra-thin SOM substrates are discussed. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

  14. An Organic D-π-A Dye for Record Efficiency Solid-State Sensitized Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Cai, Ning

    2011-04-13

    The high molar absorption coefficient organic D-π-A dye C220 exhibits more than 6% certified electric power conversion efficiency at AM 1.5G solar irradiation (100 mW cm-2) in a solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell using 2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-dimethoxyphenylamine)-9,9′- spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD) as the organic hole-transporting material. This contributes to a new record (6.08% by NREL) for this type of sensitized heterojunction photovoltaic device. Efficient charge generation is proved by incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency spectra. Transient photovoltage and photocurrent decay measurements showed that the enhanced performance achieved with C220 partially stems from the high charge collection efficiency over a wide potential range. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  15. Current enhancement of aluminum doped ZnO/n-Si isotype heterojunction solar cells by embedding silver nanoparticles.

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    Yun, Juhyung; Kim, Joondong; Kojori, Hossein Shokri; Kim, Sung Jim; Tong, Chong; Anderson, Wayne A

    2013-08-01

    To improve Plasmonic energy harvesting, the Al doped ZnO (AZO) and Si heterojunction was studied for plasmonic photovoltaic applications. Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were embedded in AZO, resulting in direct energy absoption from Ag NPs, positioned close to the junction. This structure has a benefit of avoiding highly doped lossy layers of conventional solar cell structures. Al doped ZnO (AZO) was deposited on n-Si substrate by dual beam sputtering method to fabricate AZO/Si heterojunction solar cells. AZO provides a transparent current spreading effect and rectifying junction with n type silicon (Si). Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were embedded in AZO film (240-270 nm thick) with a sandwich-like structure. The position of Ag NPs in the AZO film was controlled to be located at 10, 20 and 40 nm distance from the Si absorber layer. Fabricated solar cells show improved performance in terms of the short circuit current (J(sc)) and the quantum efficiency (QE). Finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations were carried out to investigate the QE enhancement and optimize photocurrent gain under an AM1.5G solar spectrum. In calculation, absorption enhancement is maximized when Ag NPs are located close to the Si layer in the range of 10-40 nm. Experimentally, 20 nm distance of Ag NPs from the Si showed the best performance with 0.36 V of open circuit voltage (V(oc)), 28.3 mA/cm2 of J(sc) and 5.91% of coversion efficiency. The QE showed 15% of enhancement around lambda = 435 nm and 5-10% of enhancement within lambda = 600-1000 nm. PMID:23882792

  16. Improvement of the SiOx passivation layer for high-efficiency Si/PEDOT:PSS heterojunction solar cells.

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    Sheng, Jiang; Fan, Ke; Wang, Dan; Han, Can; Fang, Junfeng; Gao, Pingqi; Ye, Jichun

    2014-09-24

    Interfacial properties currently hinder the performance of Si/organic heterojunction solar cells for an alternative to high-efficiency and low-cost photovoltaics. Here, we present a simple and repeatable wet oxidation method for developing the surface passivation layer, SiOx, on the Si surface for the fabrication of high-efficiency Si/poly(3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) heterojunction solar cells. The uniform and dense SiOx thin layer introduced by the oxidizing aqueous solution of H2O2 or HNO3 provided the better surface passivation and stronger wettability of the Si surface, compared to those in the native oxide case. These two types of progress helped create a lower defect density at the Si/PEDOT:PSS interface and thus a high-quality p-n junction with a lower interface recombination velocity. As a result, the HNO3-oxidized device displayed better performance with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11%, representing a 28.96% enhancement from the PCE of 8.53% in the native oxide case. The effects on the performance of the Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells of the wet oxidation treatment procedure, including the differences in surface roughness and wettability of the Si substrate, the quality and thickness of the SiOx, etc., were explored extensively. Such a simple and controllable oxidizing treatment could be an effective way to promote the interfacial properties that are an important cornerstone for more efficient Si/organic hybrid solar cells. PMID:25157634

  17. Self-Organized One-Dimensional TiO2 Nano tube/Nano wire Array Films for Use in Excitonic Solar Cells

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    We review the use of self-assembled, vertically oriented one-dimensional (1 D) titania nano wire and nano tube geometries in several third-generation excitonic solar cell designs including those based upon bulk heterojunction, ordered heterojunction, Forester resonance energy transfer (FRET), and liquid-junction dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)

  18. Self-Organized One-Dimensional TiO2 Nanotube/Nanowire Array Films for Use in Excitonic Solar Cells: A Review

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    Ningzhong Bao; Xinjian Feng; Grimes, Craig A.

    2012-01-01

    We review the use of self-assembled, vertically oriented one-dimensional (1D) titania nanowire and nanotube geometries in several third-generation excitonic solar cell designs including those based upon bulk heterojunction, ordered heterojunction, Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), and liquid-junction dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

  19. Study of charge separation and interface formation in a single nanorod CdS–CuxS heterojunction solar cell using Kelvin probe force microscopy

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    In the present investigation, Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) is used to study the charge separation, shift in Fermi level position and interfacial depletion region formation in a single cadmium sulfide (CdS)–copper sulfide (CuxS) nanorod heterojunction fabricated using hydrothermal synthesis and a topotaxial conversion reaction. A detailed analysis of KPFM images in the dark shows work function (or Fermi energy) values of CdS and CuxS regions consistent with the energy band diagram of the CdS–CuxS junction. Under illumination, Fermi energy levels of both the CuxS and CdS shift away from the vacuum level by 0.2 and 0.4 eV, respectively, which is very different from the behaviour expected in the case of a bulk p–n junction. The existence of interfacial regions topographically placed between ITO–CdS and CdS–CuxS with intermediate work function values as well as the observed narrowing of the work function spread under illumination are important for understanding the fundamental process of charge separation and junction formation in semiconductor nanorod solar cells. (paper)

  20. Impact of carrier recombination on fill factor for large area heterojunction crystalline silicon solar cell with 25.1% efficiency

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    Adachi, Daisuke; Hernández, José Luis; Yamamoto, Kenji

    2015-12-01

    We have achieved a certified 25.1% conversion efficiency in a large area (151.9 cm2) heterojunction (HJ) crystalline Si (c-Si) solar cell with amorphous Si (a-Si) passivation layer. This efficiency is a world record in a both-side-contacted c-Si solar cell. Our high efficiency HJ c-Si solar cells are investigated from the standpoint of the effective minority carrier lifetime (τe), and the impact of τe on fill factor (FF) is discussed. The τe measurements of our high efficiency HJ c-Si solar cells reveal that τe at an injection level corresponding to an operation point of maximum power is dominated by the carrier recombination at the a-Si/c-Si interface. By optimization of the process conditions, the carrier recombination at the a-Si/c-Si interface is reduced, which leads to an improvement of the FF by an absolute value of 2.7%, and a conversion efficiency of 25.1% has been achieved. These results indicate that the reduction of carrier recombination centers at the a-Si/c-Si interface should be one of the most crucial issues for further improvement of FF even in the HJ c-Si solar cells with efficiency over 25%.

  1. Recent Approaches to Controlling the Nanoscale Morphology of Polymer-Based Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Abdulra'uf Lukman Bola; Habibun Nabi Muhammad Ekramul Mahmud; Rosiyah Yahya; Wasiu Adebayo Hammed

    2013-01-01

    The need for clean, inexpensive and renewable energy has increasingly turned research attention towards polymer photovoltaic cells. However, the performance efficiency of these devices is still low in comparison with silicon-based devices. The recent introduction of new materials and processing techniques has resulted in a remarkable increase in power-conversion efficiency, with a value above 10%. Controlling the interpenetrating network morphology is a key factor in obtaining devices with im...

  2. High-Permittivity Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Interlayers for High-Performance Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells.

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    Kesters, Jurgen; Govaerts, Sanne; Pirotte, Geert; Drijkoningen, Jeroen; Chevrier, Michèle; Van den Brande, Niko; Liu, Xianjie; Fahlman, Mats; Van Mele, Bruno; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk; Manca, Jean; Clément, Sébastien; Von Hauff, Elizabeth; Maes, Wouter

    2016-03-16

    Conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) interfacial layers present a powerful way to boost the I-V characteristics of organic photovoltaics. Nevertheless, clear guidelines with respect to the structure of high-performance interlayers are still lacking. In this work, impedance spectroscopy is applied to probe the dielectric permittivity of a series of polythiophene-based CPEs. The presence of ionic pendant groups grants the formation of a capacitive double layer, boosting the charge extraction and device efficiency. A counteracting effect is the diminishing affinity with the underlying photoactive layer. To balance these two effects, we found copolymer structures containing nonionic side chains to be beneficial. PMID:26927416

  3. Solution-Processed Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Silyl End-Capped Sexithiophene

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    Jung Hei Choi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We fabricated solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs using substituted two sexithiophenes, a,w-bis(dimethyl-n-octylsilylsexithiophene (DSi-6T and a,w-dihexylsexithiophene (DH-6T, as electron donors, and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM as an electron acceptor. Solution-processed OPVs using DH-6T and DSi-6T showed good photovoltaic properties in spite of their poor solubility. The best performance was observed on DSi-6T : PCBM 1 : 5 (w/w blend cell with an open circuit voltage (Voc of 0.63 V, short circuit current density (Jsc of 1.34 mA/cm2, fill factor (FF of 55%, and power conversion efficiency of 0.44% under AM 1.5 G illumination. Although DH-6T has higher hole mobility than DSi-6T, the DSi-6T : PCBM blend cell showed higher hole mobility than DH-6T : PCBM cell. Therefore, DSi-6T cell showed higher device performance than DH-6T cell due to its silyl substitutions, which lead to the increase of the solubility. The incorporation of solution-processed TiO2 interfacial layer in the DSi-6T : PCBM devices significantly enhances FF due to the reduced charge recombination near active layer/Al interface.

  4. Organic bulk heterojunction solar cells: from single cell towards flexible photovoltaic module.

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    Aernouts, Tom

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    Verschillende geo-politieke conflicten, maar ook vele natuurrampen maken duidelijk dat er zowel economisch als ecologisch een grote nood is om w erk te maken van duurzamere methodes voor de opwekking van energie. Er z ijn al heel wat technologieën beschikbaar om dit te verwezenlijken en no g andere worden verder ontwikkeld of onderzocht. De verwachtingen zijn d at fotovoltaische omzetting van het overvloedig beschikbare zonlicht in onmiddellijk bruikbare electriciteit binnen enkele tientallen...

  5. Measuring the complete cross-cell carrier mobility distributions in bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Seifter, Jason; Sun, Yanming; Choi, Hyosung; Lee, Byoung Hoon; Heeger, Alan

    2015-03-01

    Carbon nanotube-enabled, vertical, organic field effect transistors (CN-VFETs) based on the small molecule dinaphtho[2,3-b:2',3'-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT) have demonstrated high current, low-power operation suitable for driving active matix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) displays. This performance is achieved without the need for costly high-resolution patterning, despite the low mobility of the organic semiconductor, by employing sub-micron channel widths, defined in the vertical devices by the thickness of the semiconducting layer. Replacing the thermally evaporated small molecule semiconductor with a solution-processed polymer would possibly further simplify the fabrication process and reduce manufacturing cost. Here we investigate several polymer systems as wide bandgap semiconducting channel layers for potentially air stable and transparent CN-VFETs. The field effect mobility and optical transparency of the polymer layers are determined, and the performance and air stability of CN-VFET devices are measured. A. S. gratefully acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation under DMR-1156737.

  6. Effect of emitter layer doping concentration on the performance of a silicon thin film heterojunction solar cell

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    Zhang Lei; Shen Hong-Lie; Yue Zhi-Hao; Jiang Feng; Wu Tian-Ru; Pan Yuan-Yuan

    2013-01-01

    A novel type of n/i/i/p heterojunction solar cell with a-Si:H(15 nm)/a-Si:H(10 nm)/epitaxial c-Si(47 μm)/epitaxial c-Si(3 μm) structure is fabricated by using the layer transfer technique,and the emitter layer is deposited by hot wire chemical vapour deposition.The effect of the doping concentration of the emitter layer Sd (Sd=PH3/(PH3+SiH4+H2)) on the performance of the solar cell is studied by means of current density-voltage and external quantum efficiency.The results show that the conversion efficiency of the solar cell first increases to a maximum value and then decreases with Sd increasing from 0.1% to 0.4%.The best performance of the solar cell is obtained at Sd =0.2% with an open circuit voltage of 534 mV,a short circuit current density of 23.35 mA/cm2,a fill factor of 63.3%,and a conversion efficiency of 7.9%.

  7. Effect of emitter layer doping concentration on the performance of a silicon thin film heterojunction solar cell

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    A novel type of n/i/i/p heterojunction solar cell with a-Si:H(15 nm)/a-Si:H(10 nm)/ epitaxial c-Si(47 μm)/epitaxial c-Si(3 μm) structure is fabricated by using the layer transfer technique, and the emitter layer is deposited by hot wire chemical vapour deposition. The effect of the doping concentration of the emitter layer Sd (Sd=PH3/(PH3+SiH4+H2)) on the performance of the solar cell is studied by means of current density—voltage and external quantum efficiency. The results show that the conversion efficiency of the solar cell first increases to a maximum value and then decreases with Sd increasing from 0.1% to 0.4%. The best performance of the solar cell is obtained at Sd = 0.2% with an open circuit voltage of 534 mV, a short circuit current density of 23.35 mA/cm2, a fill factor of 63.3%, and a conversion efficiency of 7.9%. (condensed matter: structural, mechanical, and thermal properties)

  8. Engineering Schottky Contacts in Open-Air Fabricated Heterojunction Solar Cells to Enable High Performance and Ohmic Charge Transport

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    Hoye, Robert L.Z.; Heffernan, Shane; Ievskaya, Yulia; Sadhanala, Aditya; Flewitt, Andrew; Friend, Richard H.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Musselman, Kevin P.

    2014-01-01

    The efficiencies of open-air processed Cu2O/Zn1–x Mg x O heterojunction solar cells are doubled by reducing the effect of the Schottky barrier between Zn1–x Mg x O and the indium tin oxide (ITO) top contact. By depositing Zn1–x Mg x O with a long band-tail, charge flows through the Zn1–x Mg x O/ITO Schottky barrier without rectification by hopping between the sub-bandgap states. High current densities are obtained by controlling the Zn1–x Mg x O thickness to ensure that the Schottky barrier i...

  9. Spontaneous Polarization and Bulk Photovoltaic Effect Driven by Polar Discontinuity in LaFeO3 /SrTiO3 Heterojunctions

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    Nakamura, M.; Kagawa, F.; Tanigaki, T.; Park, H. S.; Matsuda, T.; Shindo, D.; Tokura, Y.; Kawasaki, M.

    2016-04-01

    Structurally coherent and chemically abrupt interfaces formed between polar and nonpolar perovskite oxides provide an ideal platform for examining the purely electronic reconstruction known as the polar catastrophe and the emergence of mobile or bound charges at the interface. The appearance of mobile charges induced by the polar catastrophe is already established in the LaAlO3 /SrTiO3 heterojunctions. Although not experimentally verified, the polar catastrophe can also lead to the emergence of spontaneous polarization. We report that thin films of originally nonpolar LaFeO3 grown on SrTiO3 are converted to polar as a consequence of the polar catastrophe. The induced spontaneous polarization evokes photovoltaic properties distinct from conventional p -n junctions, such as a switching of the photocurrent direction by changing the interfacial atomic sequence. The control of the bulk polarization by engineering the interface demonstrated here will expand the possibilities for designing and realizing new polar materials with photovoltaic functions.

  10. Integration of CdSe/CdSexTe1-x Type-II Heterojunction Nanorods into Hierarchically Porous TiO2 Electrode for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion

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    Lee, Sangheon; Flanagan, Joseph C.; Kang, Joonhyeon; Kim, Jinhyun; Shim, Moonsub; Park, Byungwoo

    2015-12-01

    Semiconductor sensitized solar cells, a promising candidate for next-generation photovoltaics, have seen notable progress using 0-D quantum dots as light harvesting materials. Integration of higher-dimensional nanostructures and their multi-composition variants into sensitized solar cells is, however, still not fully investigated despite their unique features potentially beneficial for improving performance. Herein, CdSe/CdSexTe1-x type-II heterojunction nanorods are utilized as novel light harvesters for sensitized solar cells for the first time. The CdSe/CdSexTe1-x heterojunction-nanorod sensitized solar cell exhibits ~33% improvement in the power conversion efficiency compared to its single-component counterpart, resulting from superior optoelectronic properties of the type-II heterostructure and 1-octanethiol ligands aiding facile electron extraction at the heterojunction nanorod-TiO2 interface. Additional ~32% enhancement in power conversion efficiency is achieved by introducing percolation channels of large pores in the mesoporous TiO2 electrode, which allow 1-D sensitizers to infiltrate the entire depth of electrode. These strategies combined together lead to 3.02% power conversion efficiency, which is one of the highest values among sensitized solar cells utilizing 1-D nanostructures as sensitizer materials.

  11. Si nanowires organic semiconductor hybrid heterojunction solar cells toward 10% efficiency.

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    He, Lining; Jiang, Changyun; Wang, Hao; Lai, Donny; Rusli

    2012-03-01

    High-efficiency hybrid solar cells are fabricated using a simple approach of spin coating a transparent hole transporting organic small molecule, 2,2',7,7'-Tetrakis-(N,N-di-4-methoxyphenylamino)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) on silicon nanowires (SiNWs) arrays prepared by electroless chemical etching. The characteristics of the hybrid cells are investigated as a function of SiNWs length from 0.15 to 5 μm. A maximum average power conversion efficiency of 9.92% has been achieved from 0.35 μm length SiNWs cells, despite a 12% shadowing loss and the absence of antireflective coating and back surface field enhancement. It is found that enhanced aggregations in longer SiNWs limit the cell performance due to increased series resistance and higher carrier recombination in the shorter wavelength region. The effects of the Si substrate doping concentrations on the performance of the cells are also investigated. Cells with higher substrate doping concentration exhibit a significant drop in the incident photons-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) in the near infrared region. Nevertheless, a promising short circuit current density of 19 mA/cm(2) and IPCE peak of 57% have been achieved for a 0.9 μm length SiNWs cell fabricated on a highly doped substrate with a minority-carrier diffusion length of only 15 μm. The results suggest that such hybrid cells can potentially be realized using Si thin films instead of bulk substrates. This is promising towards realizing low-cost and high-efficiency SiNWs/organic hybrid solar cells. PMID:22391479

  12. Correlation of Interfacial Transportation Properties of CdS/CdTe Heterojunction and Performance of CdTe Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Guanggen Zeng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The light and dark output performances of CdS/CdTe solar cells made by close-spaced sublimation (CSS were investigated to elucidate the transportation properties of carriers at CdS/CdTe heterojunction interface. It has been found that the interfacial transportation properties were relatively sensitive to variations of the characteristics of heterojunction due to the series resistance and shunting effects. For the high quality cell with 12.1% efficiency, narrow depletion region of ~1.1 microns and large electric field intensity of ~1.3 V/μm allow the sufficient energy-band bending close to CdS layer at CdS/CdTe heterojunction, which changes the carrier transportation mechanism from emission to diffusion and leads to the optimal rectifying characteristics with small dark saturation current density ~6.4 × 10−10 A/cm2. As a result, the schematic diagram of heterojunction band structure corresponding to various performances of solar cells has also been presented.

  13. How High Local Charge Carrier Mobility and an Energy Cascade in a Three-Phase Bulk Heterojunction Enable >90% Quantum Efficiency

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    Burke, Timothy M.

    2013-12-27

    Charge generation in champion organic solar cells is highly efficient in spite of low bulk charge-carrier mobilities and short geminate-pair lifetimes. In this work, kinetic Monte Carlo simulations are used to understand efficient charge generation in terms of experimentally measured high local charge-carrier mobilities and energy cascades due to molecular mixing. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Optical and electronic proprieties of thin films based on (Z-5-(4-chlorobenzylidene-3-(2-ethoxyphenyl-2 thioxothiazolidin-4-one, (CBBTZ and possible application as exciton-blocking layer in heterojunction organic solar cells

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    Morsli M.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, organic thin film solar cells with structures based on CuPc/C60 bulk heterojunctions, have been fabricated and characterized. The effect of introducing an exciton blocking layer (EBL between the active layer and the metal layer in the solar cell was investigated. For that (Z-5-(4-chlorobenzylidene-3-(2-ethoxyphenyl-2-thioxothiazolidin-4-one, that we called (CBBTZ has been synthesized, characterized and probed as EBL. It was shown that optimized structures containing EBLs resulted in an improvement in solar cell conversion efficiencies. The energy levels corresponding to the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO of the CBBTZ have been determined from the first oxidation and reduction potential respectively, using cyclic voltametric (CV measurements. From CV curves, CBBTZ in dichloromethane showed a one electron reversible reduction and oxidation waves. The values of its HOMO and LUMO have been estimated to be 6.42 eV and 3.42 eV respectively. Such values show that CBBTZ could be probed as EBL in organic solar cells based on the ED/EA couple copper phthalocyanine(CuPc/fullerene (C60. The photovoltaic solar cells have been obtained by sequential deposition under vacuum of the different films where their thicknesses were measured in situ by a quartz monitor. When obtained, the averaged efficiency of the cells using the CBBTZ is higher than that achieved without EBL layer.

  15. Strategies for optimizing organic solar cells. Correlation between morphology and performance in DCV6T-C{sub 60} heterojunctions

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    Wynands, David

    2011-02-04

    This work investigates organic solar cells made of small molecules. Using the material system {alpha}{omega}-bis(dicyanovinylene)-sexithiophene (DCV6T)-C{sub 60} as model, the correlation between the photovoltaic active layer morphology and performance of the solar cell is studied. The chosen method for controlling the layer morphology is applying different substrate temperatures (T{sub sub}) during the deposition of the layer. In neat DCV6T layers, substrate heating induces higher crystallinity as is shown by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The absorption spectrum displays a more distinct fine structure, a redshift of the absorption peaks by up to 11 nm and a significant increase of the low energy absorption band at T{sub sub}=120 C compared to T{sub sub}=30 C. Contrary to general expectations, the hole mobility as measured in field effect transistors and with the method of charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (CELIV) does not increase in samples with higher crystallinity. In mixed layers, investigations by AFM and UV-Vis spectroscopy reveal a stronger phase separation induced by substrate heating, leading to larger domains of DCV6T. This is indicated by an increased grain size and roughness of the topography, the increase of the DCV6T luminescence signal, and the more distinct fine structure of the DCV6T related absorption. Based on the results of the morphology analysis, the effect of different substrate temperatures on the performance of solar cells with flat and mixed DCV6T-C{sub 60} heterojunctions is investigated. In flat heterojunction solar cells, a slight increase of the photocurrent by about 10% is observed upon substrate heating, attributed to the increase of DCV6T absorption. In mixed DCV6T:C{sub 60} heterojunction solar cells, much more pronounced enhancements are achieved. By varying the substrate temperature from -7 C to 120 C, it is shown that the stronger phase separation upon substrate heating facilitates the

  16. Low cost back contact heterojunction solar cells on thin c-Si wafers. integrating laser and thin film processing for improved manufacturability

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    Hegedus, Steven S. [Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States)

    2015-09-08

    An interdigitated back contact (IBC) Si wafer solar cell with deposited a-Si heterojunction (HJ) emitter and contacts is considered the ultimate single junction Si solar cell design. This was confirmed in 2014 by both Panasonic and Sharp Solar producing IBC-HJ cells breaking the previous record Si solar cell efficiency of 25%. But manufacturability at low cost is a concern for the complex IBC-HJ device structure. In this research program, our goals were to addressed the broad industry need for a high-efficiency c-Si cell that overcomes the dominant module cost barriers by 1) developing thin Si wafers synthesized by innovative, kerfless techniques; 2) integrating laser-based processing into most aspects of solar cell fabrication, ensuring high speed and low thermal budgets ; 3) developing an all back contact cell structure compatible with thin wafers using a simplified, low-temperature fabrication process; and 4) designing the contact patterning to enable simplified module assembly. There were a number of significant achievements from this 3 year program. Regarding the front surface, we developed and applied new method to characterize critical interface recombination parameters including interface defect density Dit and hole and electron capture cross-section for use as input for 2D simulation of the IBC cell to guide design and loss analysis. We optimized the antireflection and passivation properties of the front surface texture and a-Si/a-SiN/a-SiC stack depositions to obtain a very low (< 6 mA/cm2) front surface optical losses (reflection and absorption) while maintaining excellent surface passivation (SRV<5 cm/s). We worked with kerfless wafer manufacturers to apply defect-engineering techniques to improve bulk minority-carrier lifetime of thin kerfless wafers by both reducing initial impurities during growth and developing post-growth gettering techniques. This led insights about the kinetics of nickel, chromium, and dislocations in PV-grade silicon and to

  17. Low cost back contact heterojunction solar cells on thin c-Si wafers. Integrating laser and thin film processing for improved manufacturability

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    Hegedus, Steven S. [Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States)

    2015-09-08

    An interdigitated back contact (IBC) Si wafer solar cell with deposited a-Si heterojunction (HJ) emitter and contacts is considered the ultimate single junction Si solar cell design. This was confirmed in 2014 by both Panasonic and Sharp Solar producing IBC-HJ cells breaking the previous record Si solar cell efficiency of 25%. But manufacturability at low cost is a concern for the complex IBC-HJ device structure. In this research program, our goals were to addressed the broad industry need for a high-efficiency c-Si cell that overcomes the dominant module cost barriers by 1) developing thin Si wafers synthesized by innovative, kerfless techniques; 2) integrating laser-based processing into most aspects of solar cell fabrication, ensuring high speed and low thermal budgets ; 3) developing an all back contact cell structure compatible with thin wafers using a simplified, low-temperature fabrication process; and 4) designing the contact patterning to enable simplified module assembly. There were a number of significant achievements from this 3 year program. Regarding the front surface, we developed and applied new method to characterize critical interface recombination parameters including interface defect density Dit and hole and electron capture cross-section for use as input for 2D simulation of the IBC cell to guide design and loss analysis. We optimized the antireflection and passivation properties of the front surface texture and a-Si/a-SiN/a-SiC stack depositions to obtain a very low (< 6 mA/cm2) front surface optical losses (reflection and absorption) while maintaining excellent surface passivation (SRV<5 cm/s). We worked with kerfless wafer manufacturers to apply defect-engineering techniques to improve bulk minority-carrier lifetime of thin kerfless wafers by both reducing initial impurities during growth and developing post-growth gettering techniques. This led insights about the kinetics of nickel, chromium, and dislocations in PV-grade silicon and to

  18. The simulation of physical mechanism for HTM-free perovskite organic lead iodide planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Recently, organo-metal halide perovskites have attracted much attention from the scientific community because of their successful application in the absorber layer of low-cost solar cells. For the further improvement of the performance of such cells, a thorough understanding of the influence of the material properties on the working mechanism of a device is very necessary and important. In this study, two-dimensional modeling of hole transport material free planar heterojunction solar cells was performed, in which electromagnetic simulation was directly linked to carrier transport calculations. An optimum absorber thickness of 200 nm was reproduced in the simulation at carrier diffusion length of 100 nm, in good agreement with previous experiments. This optimum thickness increased with the increase of diffusion length, and an efficiency of about 11% was obtained at 300 nm with a diffusion length of 300 nm. Finally, it was demonstrated that the relatively low efficiency of such solar cells was directly related to the low short-circuit photocurrent density (J SC) and the low open-circuit voltage (V OC) due to the insufficient absorption of the long-wavelength region and the nearly intrinsic doping concentration, respectively. (paper)

  19. Atomic layer deposition precursor step repetition and surface plasma pretreatment influence on semiconductor–insulator–semiconductor heterojunction solar cell

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    Talkenberg, Florian, E-mail: florian.talkenberg@ipht-jena.de; Illhardt, Stefan; Schmidl, Gabriele; Schleusener, Alexander; Sivakov, Vladimir [Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Albert-Einstein-Str. 9, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Radnóczi, György Zoltán; Pécz, Béla [Centre for Energy Research, Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Konkoly-Thege Miklós u. 29-33, H-1121 Budapest (Hungary); Dikhanbayev, Kadyrjan; Mussabek, Gauhar [Department of Physics and Engineering, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, 71 al-Farabi Ave., 050040 Almaty (Kazakhstan); Gudovskikh, Alexander [Nanotechnology Research and Education Centre, St. Petersburg Academic University, Russian Academy of Sciences, Hlopina Str. 8/3, 194021 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2015-07-15

    Semiconductor–insulator–semiconductor heterojunction solar cells were prepared using atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The silicon surface was treated with oxygen and hydrogen plasma in different orders before dielectric layer deposition. A plasma-enhanced ALD process was applied to deposit dielectric Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on the plasma pretreated n-type Si(100) substrate. Aluminum doped zinc oxide (Al:ZnO or AZO) was deposited by thermal ALD and serves as transparent conductive oxide. Based on transmission electron microscopy studies the presence of thin silicon oxide (SiO{sub x}) layer was detected at the Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface. The SiO{sub x} formation depends on the initial growth behavior of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and has significant influence on solar cell parameters. The authors demonstrate that a hydrogen plasma pretreatment and a precursor dose step repetition of a single precursor improve the initial growth behavior of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and avoid the SiO{sub x} generation. Furthermore, it improves the solar cell performance, which indicates a change of the Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface states.

  20. Atomic layer deposition precursor step repetition and surface plasma pretreatment influence on semiconductor–insulator–semiconductor heterojunction solar cell

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    Semiconductor–insulator–semiconductor heterojunction solar cells were prepared using atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The silicon surface was treated with oxygen and hydrogen plasma in different orders before dielectric layer deposition. A plasma-enhanced ALD process was applied to deposit dielectric Al2O3 on the plasma pretreated n-type Si(100) substrate. Aluminum doped zinc oxide (Al:ZnO or AZO) was deposited by thermal ALD and serves as transparent conductive oxide. Based on transmission electron microscopy studies the presence of thin silicon oxide (SiOx) layer was detected at the Si/Al2O3 interface. The SiOx formation depends on the initial growth behavior of Al2O3 and has significant influence on solar cell parameters. The authors demonstrate that a hydrogen plasma pretreatment and a precursor dose step repetition of a single precursor improve the initial growth behavior of Al2O3 and avoid the SiOx generation. Furthermore, it improves the solar cell performance, which indicates a change of the Si/Al2O3 interface states

  1. Development of LASER fired contacts on silicon heterojunction solar cells for the application to rear contact structures

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    Munoz, D.; Desrues, T.; Ribeyron, P.J. [INES-CEA, Le Bourget du Lac (France); Orpella, A.; Martin, I.; Voz, C.; Alcubilla, R. [Grup de Recerca en Micro i Nanotecnologies, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-04-15

    In this work, we present our progress in contacting both doped and undoped a-Si:H layers using a LASER tool and show some applications for three different HJ solar cell designs: standard (p-type), rear emitter (n-type) and back contact (n-type). First, we have fabricated 25 cm{sup 2} standard and rear emitter double heterojunction (DHJ) solar cells on planar 1-5 {omega}.cm n-type FZ c-Si wafers using intrinsic instead of the p-doped a-Si:H layers. The influence of the different parameters of the LASER firing (pitch, number of pulses and energy) has been deeply studied to find optimized conditions. Solar cells have been obtained systematically with reasonable efficiencies although we have observed that the V{sub oc} is limiting the efficiency. Finally, we have also performed the Laser Fired Contacts (LFC) on lowly-doped (p) a-Si:H layers to compare the results obtained. We have observed that the LFC of the rear emitter contact enhances both short circuit current and fill factor while keeping the same V{sub oc} (646 mV). This leads to a 0.8% absolute increase of the cell efficiency. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Effect of relative humidity on crystal growth, device performance and hysteresis in planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Gangishetty, Mahesh K.; Scott, Robert W. J.; Kelly, Timothy L.

    2016-03-01

    Due to the hygroscopic nature of organolead halide perovskites, humidity is one of the most important factors affecting the efficiency and longevity of perovskite solar cells. Although humidity has a long term detrimental effect on device performance, it also plays a key role during the initial growth of perovskite crystals. Here we demonstrate that atmospheric relative humidity (RH) plays a key role during the formation of perovskite thin films via the sequential deposition technique. Our results indicate that the RH has a substantial impact on the crystallization process, and hence on device performance. SEM and pXRD analysis show an increase in crystallite size with increasing humidity. At low RH, the formation of small cubic crystallites with large gaps between them is observed. The presence of these voids adversely affects device performance and leads to substantial hysteresis in the device. At higher RH, the perovskite crystals are larger in size, with better connectivity between the crystallites. This produced efficient planar heterojunction solar cells with low hysteresis. By careful control of the RH during the cell fabrication process, efficiencies of up to 12.2% are reached using P3HT as the hole-transport material.Due to the hygroscopic nature of organolead halide perovskites, humidity is one of the most important factors affecting the efficiency and longevity of perovskite solar cells. Although humidity has a long term detrimental effect on device performance, it also plays a key role during the initial growth of perovskite crystals. Here we demonstrate that atmospheric relative humidity (RH) plays a key role during the formation of perovskite thin films via the sequential deposition technique. Our results indicate that the RH has a substantial impact on the crystallization process, and hence on device performance. SEM and pXRD analysis show an increase in crystallite size with increasing humidity. At low RH, the formation of small cubic crystallites

  3. Indium-tin oxide films obtained by DC magnetron sputtering for improved Si heterojunction solar cell applications

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    Gu, Jin-Hua; Si, Jia-Le; Wang, Jiu-Xiu; Feng, Ya-Yang; Gao, Xiao-Yong; Lu, Jing-Xiao

    2015-11-01

    The indium-tin oxide (ITO) film as the antireflection layer and front electrodes is of key importance to obtaining high efficiency Si heterojunction (HJ) solar cells. To obtain high transmittance and low resistivity ITO films by direct-current (DC) magnetron sputtering, we studied the impacts of the ITO film deposition conditions, such as the oxygen flow rate, pressure, and sputter power, on the electrical and optical properties of the ITO films. ITO films of resistivity of 4×10-4 Ω·m and average transmittance of 89% in the wavelength range of 380-780 nm were obtained under the optimized conditions: oxygen flow rate of 0.1 sccm, pressure of 0.8 Pa, and sputtering power of 110 W. These ITO films were used to fabricate the single-side HJ solar cell without an intrinsic a-Si:H layer. However, the best HJ solar cell was fabricated with a lower sputtering power of 95 W, which had an efficiency of 11.47%, an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.626 V, a filling factor (FF) of 0.50, and a short circuit current density (Jsc) of 36.4 mA/cm2. The decrease in the performance of the solar cell fabricated with high sputtering power of 110 W is attributed to the ion bombardment to the emitter. The Voc was improved to 0.673 V when a 5 nm thick intrinsic a-Si:H layer was inserted between the (p) a-Si:H and (n) c-Si layer. The higher Voc of 0.673 V for the single-side HJ solar cell implies the excellent c-Si surface passivation by a-Si:H. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2011AA050501).

  4. Indium-tin oxide films obtained by DC magnetron sputtering for improved Si heterojunction solar cell applications

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    谷锦华; 司嘉乐; 王九秀; 冯亚阳; 郜小勇; 卢景霄

    2015-01-01

    The indium–tin oxide (ITO) film as the antireflection layer and front electrodes is of key importance to obtaining high efficiency Si heterojunction (HJ) solar cells. To obtain high transmittance and low resistivity ITO films by direct-current (DC) magnetron sputtering, we studied the impacts of the ITO film deposition conditions, such as the oxygen flow rate, pressure, and sputter power, on the electrical and optical properties of the ITO films. ITO films of resistivity of 4×10−4Ω·m and average transmittance of 89%in the wavelength range of 380–780 nm were obtained under the optimized conditions:oxygen flow rate of 0.1 sccm, pressure of 0.8 Pa, and sputtering power of 110 W. These ITO films were used to fabricate the single-side HJ solar cell without an intrinsic a-Si:H layer. However, the best HJ solar cell was fabricated with a lower sputtering power of 95 W, which had an efficiency of 11.47%, an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.626 V, a filling factor (FF) of 0.50, and a short circuit current density (Jsc) of 36.4 mA/cm2. The decrease in the performance of the solar cell fabricated with high sputtering power of 110 W is attributed to the ion bombardment to the emitter. The Voc was improved to 0.673 V when a 5 nm thick intrinsic a-Si:H layer was inserted between the (p) a-Si:H and (n) c-Si layer. The higher Voc of 0.673 V for the single-side HJ solar cell implies the excellent c-Si surface passivation by a-Si:H.

  5. Carbon Nanotube-Silicon Nanowire Heterojunction Solar Cells with Gas-Dependent Photovoltaic Performances and Their Application in Self-Powered NO2 Detecting

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    Jia, Yi; Zhang, Zexia; Xiao, Lin; Lv, Ruitao

    2016-06-01

    A multifunctional device combining photovoltaic conversion and toxic gas sensitivity is reported. In this device, carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes are used to cover onto silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays to form heterojunction. The porous structure and large specific surface area in the heterojunction structure are both benefits for gas adsorption. In virtue of these merits, gas doping is a feasible method to improve cell's performance and the device can also work as a self-powered gas sensor beyond a solar cell. It shows a significant improvement in cell efficiency (more than 200 times) after NO2 molecules doping (device working as a solar cell) and a fast, reversible response property for NO2 detection (device working as a gas sensor). Such multifunctional CNT-SiNW structure can be expected to open a new avenue for developing self-powered, efficient toxic gas-sensing devices in the future.

  6. Carbon Nanotube-Silicon Nanowire Heterojunction Solar Cells with Gas-Dependent Photovoltaic Performances and Their Application in Self-Powered NO2 Detecting.

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    Jia, Yi; Zhang, Zexia; Xiao, Lin; Lv, Ruitao

    2016-12-01

    A multifunctional device combining photovoltaic conversion and toxic gas sensitivity is reported. In this device, carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes are used to cover onto silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays to form heterojunction. The porous structure and large specific surface area in the heterojunction structure are both benefits for gas adsorption. In virtue of these merits, gas doping is a feasible method to improve cell's performance and the device can also work as a self-powered gas sensor beyond a solar cell. It shows a significant improvement in cell efficiency (more than 200 times) after NO2 molecules doping (device working as a solar cell) and a fast, reversible response property for NO2 detection (device working as a gas sensor). Such multifunctional CNT-SiNW structure can be expected to open a new avenue for developing self-powered, efficient toxic gas-sensing devices in the future. PMID:27299654

  7. p-Type Transparent Conducting Oxide/n-Type Semiconductor Heterojunctions for Efficient and Stable Solar Water Oxidation.

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    Chen, Le; Yang, Jinhui; Klaus, Shannon; Lee, Lyman J; Woods-Robinson, Rachel; Ma, Jie; Lum, Yanwei; Cooper, Jason K; Toma, Francesca M; Wang, Lin-Wang; Sharp, Ian D; Bell, Alexis T; Ager, Joel W

    2015-08-01

    Achieving stable operation of photoanodes used as components of solar water splitting devices is critical to realizing the promise of this renewable energy technology. It is shown that p-type transparent conducting oxides (p-TCOs) can function both as a selective hole contact and corrosion protection layer for photoanodes used in light-driven water oxidation. Using NiCo2O4 as the p-TCO and n-type Si as a prototypical light absorber, a rectifying heterojunction capable of light driven water oxidation was created. By placing the charge separating junction in the Si using a np(+) structure and by incorporating a highly active heterogeneous Ni-Fe oxygen evolution catalyst, efficient light-driven water oxidation can be achieved. In this structure, oxygen evolution under AM1.5G illumination occurs at 0.95 V vs RHE, and the current density at the reversible potential for water oxidation (1.23 V vs RHE) is >25 mA cm(-2). Stable operation was confirmed by observing a constant current density over 72 h and by sensitive measurements of corrosion products in the electrolyte. In situ Raman spectroscopy was employed to investigate structural transformation of NiCo2O4 during electrochemical oxidation. The interface between the light absorber and p-TCO is crucial to produce selective hole conduction to the surface under illumination. For example, annealing to produce more crystalline NiCo2O4 produces only small changes in its hole conductivity, while a thicker SiOx layer is formed at the n-Si/p-NiCo2O4 interface, greatly reducing the PEC performance. The generality of the p-TCO protection approach is demonstrated by multihour, stable, water oxidation with n-InP/p-NiCo2O4 heterojunction photoanodes. PMID:26161845

  8. Sequentially Different AB Diblock and ABA Triblock Copolymers as P3HT:PCBM Interfacial Compatibilizers for Bulk-Heterojunction Photovoltaics.

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    Fujita, Hiroyuki; Michinobu, Tsuyoshi; Fukuta, Seijiro; Koganezawa, Tomoyuki; Higashihara, Tomoya

    2016-03-01

    The P3HT:PCBM (P3HT = poly(3-hexylthiophene, PCBM = phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells using the AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers (A = polystyrene derivative with donor-acceptor units (PTCNE) and B = P3HT) as compatibilizers were fabricated. Under the optimized blend ratio of the block copolymer, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) was enhanced. This PCE enhancement was clearly related to the increased short-circuit current (J(sc)) and fill factor (FF). The incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE) measurement suggested that the P3HT crystallinity was improved upon addition of the block copolymers. The increased P3HT crystallinity was consistent with the increased photovoltaic parameters, such as J(sc), FF, and consequently the PCE. The surface energies of these block copolymers suggested their thermodynamically stable location at the interface of P3HT:PCBM, showing the efficient compatibilizing performance, resulting in enlarging and fixing the interfacial area and suppressing the recombination of the generated carriers. Grazing incidence X-ray scattering (GIXS) results confirmed the superior compatibilizing performance of the ABA triblock copolymer when compared to the AB diblock copolymer by the fact that, after blending the ABA triblock copolymer in the P3HT:PCBM system, the enhanced crystallinity of matrix P3HT was observed in the excluded areas of the less-aggregated PCBM domains, changing the P3HT crystalline domain orientation from "edge-on" to "isotropic". This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first sequential effect (AB vs ABA) of the block copolymers on the compatibilizing performances based on BHJ OPV device systems. PMID:26864393

  9. Self-assembly graphitic carbon nitride quantum dots anchored on TiO2 nanotube arrays: An efficient heterojunction for pollutants degradation under solar light.

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    Su, Jingyang; Zhu, Lin; Geng, Ping; Chen, Guohua

    2016-10-01

    In this study, an efficient heterojunction was constructed by anchoring graphitic carbon nitride quantum dots onto TiO2 nanotube arrays through hydrothermal reaction strategy. The prepared graphitic carbon nitride quantum dots, which were prepared by solid-thermal reaction and sequential dialysis process, act as a sensitizer to enhance light absorption. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that the charge transfer and separation in the formed heterojunction were significantly improved compared with pristine TiO2. The prepared heterojunction was used as a photoanode, exhibiting much improved photoelectrochemical capability and excellent photo-stability under solar light illumination. The photoelectrocatalytic activities of prepared heterojunction were demonstrated by degradation of RhB and phenol in aqueous solution. The kinetic constants of RhB and phenol degradation using prepared photoelectrode are 2.4 times and 4.9 times higher than those of pristine TiO2, respectively. Moreover, hydroxyl radicals are demonstrated to be dominant active radicals during the pollutants degradation. PMID:27232727

  10. Demonstration of solar-blind AlxGa1−xN-based heterojunction phototransistors

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    Al0.4Ga0.6N/Al0.65Ga0.35N heterojunction phototransistors have been fabricated from the epi-structure grown by low-pressure metal organic chemical vapor deposition on c-plane sapphire substrates. P-type conductivity of the AlGaN base layer was realized by using indium surfactant-assisted Mg-delta doping method. Regrowth technique was used to suppress the Mg memory effect on the n-type emitter. The fabricated devices with a 150-μm-diameter active area exhibited a bandpass spectral response between 235 and 285 nm. Dark current was measured to be less than 10 pA for bias voltages below 2.0 V. A high optical gain of 1.9 × 103 was obtained at 6 V bias

  11. Bulk GaAs as a solar neutrino detector

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    A GaAs detector may offer the unique possibility to independently study neutrino properties and solar physics. The ability to measure the flux of p-p, 7Be and pep solar neutrinos would allow one to approach a solution of the 'solar neutrino problem', i.e. the explanation of the significant deficit in observed capture rate of solar neutrinos. A large GaAs solar neutrino detector would allow to measure parameters for possible Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein neutrino oscillations with unprecedented precision. A model-independent test for sterile neutrinos is also possible. A direct measurement of the temperature profile of the Sun center appears feasible. A GaAs detector would also provide the ability to observe neutral current interactions in addition to addressing a wide range of other interesting physics. In order to measure the p-p, pep and 7Be neutrinos a detector is required with low threshold (< 350 keV), good energy resolution (< 2 keV) and low background. A GaAs solid-state detector could meet the listed requirements. A large GaAs detector would be composed of approximately 40,000 intrinsic GaAs crystals, each weighting 3.2 kg. Such a detector would have a mass of 125 ton and would contain 60 ton of Ga occupying a volume of roughly 3 m on one side. Previous efforts by many groups have resulted in producing very small detectors with reasonably good resolution. However, it has thus far proved impossible to make large detectors with good resolution. Thus, a solar neutrino detector such as the one described above is obviously very ambitious, but the scientific motivation is sufficiently high that we have begun a research and development program with the goal of determining the technical feasibility of constructing large GaAs crystals with the requisite electronic properties to serve as particle detectors

  12. Optoelectronic transport properties in amorphous/crystalline silicon solar cell heterojunctions measured by frequency-domain photocarrier radiometry: Multi-parameter measurement reliability and precision studies

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    A theoretical one-dimensional two-layer linear photocarrier radiometry (PCR) model including the presence of effective interface carrier traps was used to evaluate the transport parameters of p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and n-type crystalline silicon (c-Si) passivated by an intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon (i-layer) nanolayer. Several crystalline Si heterojunction structures were examined to investigate the influence of the i-layer thickness and the doping concentration of the a-Si:H layer. The experimental data of a series of heterojunction structures with intrinsic thin layers were fitted to PCR theory to gain insight into the transport properties of these devices. The quantitative multi-parameter results were studied with regard to measurement reliability (uniqueness) and precision using two independent computational best-fit programs. The considerable influence on the transport properties of the entire structure of two key parameters that can limit the performance of amorphous thin film solar cells, namely, the doping concentration of the a-Si:H layer and the i-layer thickness was demonstrated. It was shown that PCR can be applied to the non-destructive characterization of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells yielding reliable measurements of the key parameters

  13. Performance improvement of P3HT/TiO2 coaxial heterojunction polymer solar cells by introducing a CdS interface modifier

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    Coaxial heterojunction polymer solar cells consisting of vertical aligned crystalline TiO2 nanotube arrays transferred onto FTO-coated glass and ordered interpenetrating poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) have been fabricated through interface sensitization of CdS quantum dots on TiO2 nanotube walls. The performances of structurally identical polymer solar cells with and without CdS quantum dots sensitization were investigated and compared. The sensitized P3HT/CdS-TiO2 cell demonstrated an open-circuit photovoltage of 0.72 V and a short-circuit current of 8.29 mA/cm2 while the P3HT/TiO2 cell was 0.41 V and 5.64 mA/cm2. The efficiency of this sensitized cell represents a more than four-fold improvement compared to the non-sensitized cell. By probing the charge transport characteristics at interfaces and the mechanism of photoelectric conversion, it is found the moderately interfacial CdS QDs plays the role of assisting charge separation and suppression of back recombination at interfaces, which accounts for the observed enhanced Jsc and Voc in photovoltaic performance. - Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of the Au/P3HT/CdS-TiO2/FTO coaxial heterojunction polymer solar cell and its photovoltaic property compared with Au/P3HT/TiO2/FTO cell. Highlights: ► CdS QDs sensitized P3HT/TiO2 solid coaxial heterojunction solar cells are fabricated. ► The Voc of such sensitized polymer solar cell reaches the value as high as 0.72 V. ► 4.5 times higher PCE obtains as compared with the non-sensitized cell. ► The dominate roles of CdS QDs sensitization on the PCE enhancement are investigated.

  14. Optical electric fields as wavelength function within active layer of graphene/Si heterojunction solar cell – An analysis

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    The optical electric field characteristics of graphene/Si heterojunction thin film solar cell as the function of wavelength photons incident have modeled and calculated. There is ITO/TiO2/C-Si/TiO2 device configuration in which p-n junction represented by C-Si and viewed as active layer for excited electrons production. The dependent of such electric field on wavelength can be understood by solving scattering matrix obtained from the interface matrix and layer matrix operation, in this report we have calculated the electric field distribution for several active layer thickness (dAL) conditions and each of them examined in the cases of x position are equal to zero, half and full of dAL while for the entire taking into account we used 250 – 840 nm wavelength range. However, this calculation is restricted by idealization assumption such as the complex refraction index is doesn’t change significantly by the thickness in hundred nanometer range, linear optical response described by scalar refraction complex index and the interface are parallel and flat compared to the wavelength of the light

  15. Engineering Schottky contacts in open-air fabricated heterojunction solar cells to enable high performance and ohmic charge transport.

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    Hoye, Robert L Z; Heffernan, Shane; Ievskaya, Yulia; Sadhanala, Aditya; Flewitt, Andrew; Friend, Richard H; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Musselman, Kevin P

    2014-12-24

    The efficiencies of open-air processed Cu2O/Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O heterojunction solar cells are doubled by reducing the effect of the Schottky barrier between Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O and the indium tin oxide (ITO) top contact. By depositing Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O with a long band-tail, charge flows through the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O/ITO Schottky barrier without rectification by hopping between the sub-bandgap states. High current densities are obtained by controlling the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O thickness to ensure that the Schottky barrier is spatially removed from the p-n junction, allowing the full built-in potential to form, in addition to taking advantage of the increased electrical conductivity of the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O films with increasing thickness. This work therefore shows that the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O window layer sub-bandgap state density and thickness are critical parameters that can be engineered to minimize the effect of Schottky barriers on device performance. More generally, these findings show how to improve the performance of other photovoltaic system reliant on transparent top contacts, e.g., CZTS and CIGS. PMID:25418326

  16. Bifacial Si heterojunction-perovskite organic-inorganic tandem to produce highly efficient ( ηT * ˜ 33%) solar cell

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    Asadpour, Reza; Chavali, Raghu V. K.; Ryyan Khan, M.; Alam, Muhammad A.

    2015-06-01

    As single junction photovoltaic (PV) technologies, both Si heterojunction (HIT) and perovskite based solar cells promise high efficiencies at low cost. Intuitively, a traditional tandem cell design with these cells connected in series is expected to improve the efficiency further. Using a self-consistent numerical modeling of optical and transport characteristics, however, we find that a traditional series connected tandem design suffers from low J S C due to band-gap mismatch and current matching constraints. Specifically, a traditional tandem cell with state-of-the-art HIT ( η = 24 % ) and perovskite ( η = 20 % ) sub-cells provides only a modest tandem efficiency of η T ˜ 25%. Instead, we demonstrate that a bifacial HIT/perovskite tandem design decouples the optoelectronic constraints and provides an innovative path for extraordinary efficiencies. In the bifacial configuration, the same state-of-the-art sub-cells achieve a normalized output of ηT * = 33%, exceeding the bifacial HIT performance at practical albedo reflections. Unlike the traditional design, this bifacial design is relatively insensitive to perovskite thickness variations, which may translate to simpler manufacture and higher yield.

  17. Radiation effect on the optical and electrical properties of CdSe(In)/p-Si heterojunction photovoltaic solar cells

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    M. Ashry; S. Fares

    2012-01-01

    The efficiency and radiation resistance of solar cells are graded.They are then fabricated in the form of n-CdeSe(In)/p-Si heterojunction cells by electron beam evaporation of a stoichiomteric mixture of CdSe and In to make a thin film on a p-Si single crystal wafer with a thickness of 100 μm and a resistivity of ~ 1.5Ω·cm at a temperature of 473 K.The short-circuit current density (jsc),open-circuit voltage (Voc),fill factor (ff) and conversion efficiency (η) under 100 mW/cm2 (AM1) intensity,are 20 mA/cm2,0.49 V,0.71 and 6% respectively.The cells were exposed to different electron doses (electron beam accelerator of energy 1.5 MeV,and beam intensity 25 mA).The cell performance parameters are measured and discussed before and after gamma and electron beam irradiation.

  18. Heterojunction PbS Nanocrystal Solar Cells with Oxide Charge-Transport Layers

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    Hyun, Byung-Ryool

    2013-12-23

    Oxides are commonly employed as electron-transport layers in optoelectronic devices based on semiconductor nanocrystals, but are relatively rare as hole-transport layers. We report studies of NiO hole-transport layers in PbS nanocrystal photovoltaic structures. Transient fluorescence experiments are used to verify the relevant energy levels for hole transfer. On the basis of these results, planar heterojunction devices with ZnO as the photoanode and NiO as the photocathode were fabricated and characterized. Solution-processed devices were used to systematically study the dependence on nanocrystal size and achieve conversion efficiency as high as 2.5%. Optical modeling indicates that optimum performance should be obtained with thinner oxide layers than can be produced reliably by solution casting. Roomerature sputtering allows deposition of oxide layers as thin as 10 nm, which enables optimization of device performance with respect to the thickness of the charge-transport layers. The best devices achieve an open-circuit voltage of 0.72 V and efficiency of 5.3% while eliminating most organic material from the structure and being compatible with tandem structures. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  19. The Effect of Molecular Structure and Environment on the Miscibility and Diffusivity in Polythiophene-Methanofullerene Bulk Heterojunctions: Theory and Modeling with the RISM Approach

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    Alexander E. Kobryn

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Although better means to model the properties of bulk heterojunction molecular blends are much needed in the field of organic optoelectronics, only a small subset of methods based on molecular dynamics- and Monte Carlo-based approaches have been hitherto employed to guide or replace empirical characterization and testing. Here, we present the first use of the integral equation theory of molecular liquids in modelling the structural properties of blends of phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM with poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and a carboxylated poly(3-butylthiophene (P3BT, respectively. For this, we use the Reference Interaction Site Model (RISM with the Universal Force Field (UFF to compute the microscopic structure of blends and obtain insight into the miscibility of its components. Input parameters for RISM, such as optimized molecular geometries and charge distribution of interaction sites, are derived by the Density Functional Theory (DFT methods. We also run Molecular Dynamics (MD simulation to compare the diffusivity of the PCBM in binary blends with P3HT and P3BT, respectively. A remarkably good agreement with available experimental data and results of alternative modelling/simulation is observed for PCBM in the P3HT system. We interpret this as a step in the validation of the use of our approach for organic photovoltaics and support of its results for new systems that do not have reference data for comparison or calibration. In particular, for the less-studied P3BT, our results show that expectations about its performance in binary blends with PCBM may be overestimated, as it does not demonstrate the required level of miscibility and short-range structural organization. In addition, the simulated mobility of PCBM in P3BT is somewhat higher than what is expected for polymer blends and falls into a range typical for fluids. The significance of our predictive multi-scale modelling lies in the insights it offers into nanoscale

  20. The effects of CdCl sub 2 on the electronic properties of molecular-beam epitaxially grown CdTe/CdS heterojunction solar cells

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    Ringel, S.A.; Smith, A.W.; MacDougal, M.H.; Rohatgi, A. (School of Electrical Engineering and Microelectronics Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (US))

    1991-07-15

    Significant improvements in CdTe/CdS solar cell efficiency are commonly observed as a result of a postdeposition CdCl{sub 2} dip followed by a 400 {degree}C heat treatment during cell processing which increases CdTe grain size. In this paper, we investigate the electronic mechanisms responsible for CdCl{sub 2}-induced improvement in cell performance along with possible performance-limiting defects resulting from this process in molecular-beam epitaxy-grown polycrystalline CdTe/CdS solar cells. Current density-voltage-temperature ({ital J}-{ital V}-{ital T}) analysis revealed that the CdCl{sub 2} treatment changes the dominant current transport mechanism from interface recombination/tunneling to depletion region recombination, suggesting a decrease in the density and dominance of interface states due to the CdCl{sub 2} treatment. It is shown that the change in transport mechanism is associated with (a) an increase in heterojunction barrier height from 0.56 to 0.85 eV, (b) a decrease in dark leakage current from 4.7{times}10{sup {minus}7} A/cm{sup 2} to 2.6{times}10{sup {minus}9} A/cm{sup 2} and, (c) an increase in cell {ital V}{sub oc} from 385 to 720 mV. The CdCl{sub 2} also improved the optical response of the cell. Substantial increases in the surface photovoltage and quantum efficiency accompanied by a decrease in the bias dependence of the spectral response in the CdCl{sub 2}-treated structures indicate that the CdCl{sub 2} treatment improves carrier collection from the bulk as well as across the heterointerface. However, deep level transient spectroscopy measurements detected a hole trap within the CdTe depletion region of the CdCl{sub 2}-treated devices at {ital E}{sub {ital v}} + 0.64 eV which is attributed to the formation of {ital V}{sub Cd}-related defects during the annealing process after the CdCl{sub 2} dip.

  1. The effects of CdCl2 on the electronic properties of molecular-beam epitaxially grown CdTe/CdS heterojunction solar cells

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    Ringel, S. A.; Smith, A. W.; MacDougal, M. H.; Rohatgi, A.

    1991-07-01

    Significant improvements in CdTe/CdS solar cell efficiency are commonly observed as a result of a postdeposition CdCl2 dip followed by a 400 °C heat treatment during cell processing which increases CdTe grain size. In this paper, we investigate the electronic mechanisms responsible for CdCl2-induced improvement in cell performance along with possible performance-limiting defects resulting from this process in molecular-beam epitaxy-grown polycrystalline CdTe/CdS solar cells. Current density-voltage-temperature (J-V-T) analysis revealed that the CdCl2 treatment changes the dominant current transport mechanism from interface recombination/tunneling to depletion region recombination, suggesting a decrease in the density and dominance of interface states due to the CdCl2 treatment. It is shown that the change in transport mechanism is associated with (a) an increase in heterojunction barrier height from 0.56 to 0.85 eV, (b) a decrease in dark leakage current from 4.7×10-7 A/cm2 to 2.6×10-9 A/cm2 and, (c) an increase in cell Voc from 385 to 720 mV. The CdCl2 also improved the optical response of the cell. Substantial increases in the surface photovoltage and quantum efficiency accompanied by a decrease in the bias dependence of the spectral response in the CdCl2-treated structures indicate that the CdCl2 treatment improves carrier collection from the bulk as well as across the heterointerface. However, deep level transient spectroscopy measurements detected a hole trap within the CdTe depletion region of the CdCl2-treated devices at Ev + 0.64 eV which is attributed to the formation of VCd-related defects during the annealing process after the CdCl2 dip. J-V-T analysis demonstrated that this trap is the probable source of dominant recombination in the CdCl2-treated cells. An inverse correlation was found between the density of the Ev + 0.64 eV trap and cell Voc, suggesting that the heat treatment with CdCl2 may eventually limit the CdTe/CdS cell performance unless the

  2. Simulation analysis of the effects of a back surface field on a p-a-Si:H/n-c-Si/n+-a-Si:H heterojunction solar cell

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    Hu Yuehui; Zhang Xiangwen; Qu Minghao; Wang Lifu; Zeng Tao; Xie Yaojiang

    2009-01-01

    In order to investigate the effects of a back surface field (BSF) on the performance of a p-doped amorphous silicon (p-a-Si:H)/n-doped crystalline silicon (n-c-Si) solar cell, a heterojunction solar cell with a p-a-Si:H/nc-Si/n+-a-Si:H structure was designed. An n+-a-Si:H film was deposited on the back of an n-c-Si wafer as the BSF.The photovoltaic performance of p-a-Si:H/n-c-Si/n+-a-Si:H solar cells were simulated. It was shown that the BSF of the p-a-Si:H/n-c-Si/n+-a-Si:H solar cells could effectively inhibit the decrease of the cell performance caused by interface states.

  3. Formamidinium lead trihalide: a broadly tunable perovskite for efficient planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Eperon, GE; Stranks, SD; Menelaou, C.; Johnston, MB; Herz, LM; Snaith, HJ

    2014-01-01

    Perovskite-based solar cells have attracted significant recent interest, with power conversion efficiencies in excess of 15% already superceding a number of established thin-film solar cell technologies. Most work has focused on a methylammonium lead trihalide perovskites, with a bandgaps of ∼1.55 eV and greater. Here, we explore the effect of replacing the methylammonium cation in this perovskite, and show that with the slightly larger formamidinium cation, we can synthesise formamidinium le...

  4. Degradation of bulk diffusion length in CZ silicon solar cells

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    Reiss, J.H.; King, R.R.; Mitchell, K.W. [Siemens Solar Industries, Camarillo, CA (United States)

    1995-08-01

    Commercially-produced, unencapsulated, CZ silicon solar cells can lose 3 to 4% of their initial efficiency after exposure to light. After this initial, rapid ( < 30 min.) decrease, the cell power output remains stable. The cell performance recovers in a matter of hours in the dark at room temperature, and degrades again under light exposure. The different conditions under which CZ silicon cells degrade, and the reverse process, annealing, are characterized with the methods of spectral response and current-voltage (I-V) measurements. Iron impurities are a possible cause of this effect.

  5. Application of PECVD for bulk and surface passivation of high efficiency silicon solar cells

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    Krygowski, T.; Doshi, P.; Cai, L.; Doolittle, A.; Rohatgi, A. [Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)

    1995-08-01

    Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) passivation of bulk and surface defects has been shown to be an important technique to improve the performance of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) and single crystalline silicon solar cells. In this paper, we report the status of our on-going investigation into the bulk and surface passivation properties of PECVD insulators for photovoltaic applications. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate the ability of PECVD films to passivate the front (emitter) surface, bulk, and back surface by proper tailoring of deposition and post-PECVD annealing conditions.

  6. Using a low-temperature carbon electrode for preparing hole-conductor-free perovskite heterojunction solar cells under high relative humidity

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    Liu, Zhiyong; Shi, Tielin; Tang, Zirong; Sun, Bo; Liao, Guanglan

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate the application of a low-temperature carbon counter electrode with good flexibility and high conductivity in fabricating perovskite solar cells. A modified two-step method was used for the deposition of nanocrystalline CH3NH3PbI3 under high relative humidity. The carbon counter electrode was printed on a perovskite layer directly, with different sizes of graphite powder being employed. The interfacial charge transfer and transport in solar cells were investigated through photoluminescence and impedance measurements. We find that the existence of nano-graphite powder in the electrode has a noticeable influence on the back contact and cell performance. The prepared devices of hole-conductor-free perovskite heterojunction solar cells without encapsulation exhibit advantageous stability in air in the dark, with the optimal power conversion efficiency reaching 6.88%. This carbon counter electrode has the features of low-cost and low-temperature preparation, giving it potential for application in the large-scale flexible fabrication of perovskite solar cells in the future.We demonstrate the application of a low-temperature carbon counter electrode with good flexibility and high conductivity in fabricating perovskite solar cells. A modified two-step method was used for the deposition of nanocrystalline CH3NH3PbI3 under high relative humidity. The carbon counter electrode was printed on a perovskite layer directly, with different sizes of graphite powder being employed. The interfacial charge transfer and transport in solar cells were investigated through photoluminescence and impedance measurements. We find that the existence of nano-graphite powder in the electrode has a noticeable influence on the back contact and cell performance. The prepared devices of hole-conductor-free perovskite heterojunction solar cells without encapsulation exhibit advantageous stability in air in the dark, with the optimal power conversion efficiency reaching 6.88%. This carbon

  7. Improved Heterojunction Quality in Cu2O-based Solar Cells Through the Optimization of Atmospheric Pressure Spatial Atomic Layer Deposited Zn1-xMgxO.

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    Ievskaya, Yulia; Hoye, Robert L Z; Sadhanala, Aditya; Musselman, Kevin P; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2016-01-01

    Atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition (AP-SALD) was used to deposit n-type ZnO and Zn1-xMgxO thin films onto p-type thermally oxidized Cu2O substrates outside vacuum at low temperature. The performance of photovoltaic devices featuring atmospherically fabricated ZnO/Cu2O heterojunction was dependent on the conditions of AP-SALD film deposition, namely, the substrate temperature and deposition time, as well as on the Cu2O substrate exposure to oxidizing agents prior to and during the ZnO deposition. Superficial Cu2O to CuO oxidation was identified as a limiting factor to heterojunction quality due to recombination at the ZnO/Cu2O interface. Optimization of AP-SALD conditions as well as keeping Cu2O away from air and moisture in order to minimize Cu2O surface oxidation led to improved device performance. A three-fold increase in the open-circuit voltage (up to 0.65 V) and a two-fold increase in the short-circuit current density produced solar cells with a record 2.2% power conversion efficiency (PCE). This PCE is the highest reported for a Zn1-xMgxO/Cu2O heterojunction formed outside vacuum, which highlights atmospheric pressure spatial ALD as a promising technique for inexpensive and scalable fabrication of Cu2O-based photovoltaics. PMID:27500923

  8. Theoretical maximum efficiency of solar energy conversion in plasmonic metal-semiconductor heterojunctions.

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    Cushing, Scott K; Bristow, Alan D; Wu, Nianqiang

    2015-11-28

    Plasmonics can enhance solar energy conversion in semiconductors by light trapping, hot electron transfer, and plasmon-induced resonance energy transfer (PIRET). The multifaceted response of the plasmon and multiple interaction pathways with the semiconductor makes optimization challenging, hindering design of efficient plasmonic architectures. Therefore, in this paper we use a density matrix model to capture the interplay between scattering, hot electrons, and dipole-dipole coupling through the plasmon's dephasing, including both the coherent and incoherent dynamics necessary for interactions on the plasmon's timescale. The model is extended to Shockley-Queisser limit calculations for both photovoltaics and solar-to-chemical conversion, revealing the optimal application of each enhancement mechanism based on plasmon energy, semiconductor energy, and plasmon dephasing. The results guide application of plasmonic solar-energy harvesting, showing which enhancement mechanism is most appropriate for a given semiconductor's weakness, and what nanostructures can achieve the maximum enhancement. PMID:26497739

  9. High-performance inverted planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells based on a solution-processed CuOx hole transport layer

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    Sun, Weihai; Li, Yunlong; Ye, Senyun; Rao, Haixia; Yan, Weibo; Peng, Haitao; Li, Yu; Liu, Zhiwei; Wang, Shufeng; Chen, Zhijian; Xiao, Lixin; Bian, Zuqiang; Huang, Chunhui

    2016-05-01

    During the past several years, methylammonium lead halide perovskites have been widely investigated as light absorbers for thin-film photovoltaic cells. Among the various device architectures, the inverted planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells have attracted special attention for their relatively simple fabrication and high efficiencies. Although promising efficiencies have been obtained in the inverted planar geometry based on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) sulfonic acid (PEDOT:PSS) as the hole transport material (HTM), the hydrophilicity of the PEDOT:PSS is a critical factor for long-term stability. In this paper, a CuOx hole transport layer from a facile solution-processed method was introduced into the inverted planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells. After the optimization of the devices, a champion PCE of 17.1% was obtained with an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.99 V, a short-circuit current (Jsc) of 23.2 mA cm-2 and a fill factor (FF) of 74.4%. Furthermore, the unencapsulated device cooperating with the CuOx film exhibited superior performance in the stability test, compared to the device involving the PEDOT:PSS layer, indicating that CuOx could be a promising HTM for replacing PEDOT:PSS in inverted planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells.During the past several years, methylammonium lead halide perovskites have been widely investigated as light absorbers for thin-film photovoltaic cells. Among the various device architectures, the inverted planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells have attracted special attention for their relatively simple fabrication and high efficiencies. Although promising efficiencies have been obtained in the inverted planar geometry based on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) sulfonic acid (PEDOT:PSS) as the hole transport material (HTM), the hydrophilicity of the PEDOT:PSS is a critical factor for long-term stability. In this paper, a CuOx hole transport layer from a

  10. Core/Shell heterojunction nanowire solar cell fabricated by lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition method

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    Ghosh, Somnath

    2012-01-01

    Lithographically Patterned NW Electrodeposition (LPNE) is a new technique for preparing NWs that was developed by Prof. Erik Menke while he was doing his research in Penner group in 2006. Here, we discuss some of the common problems in state of the art solar cell technology and how we can effectively use LPNE to make next generation Core/Shell NW based solar cells and NIR photodetectors. The first step in the process is the synthesis of Au/PbSe and Au/copper indium diselenide (CIS) core/shell...

  11. Three-terminal heterojunction bipolar transistor solar cell for high-efficiency photovoltaic conversion

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    Martí, A.; De Luque, A.

    2015-01-01

    Here we propose, for the first time, a solar cell characterized by a semiconductor transistor structure (n/p/n or p/n/p) where the base–emitter junction is made of a high-bandgap semiconductor and the collector is made of a low-bandgap semiconductor. We calculate its detailed-balance efficiency limit and prove that it is the same one than that of a double-junction solar cell. The practical importance of this result relies on the simplicity of the structure that reduces the number of layers th...

  12. Three-terminal heterojunction bipolar transistor solar cell for high-efficiency photovoltaic conversion

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    Martí Vega, Antonio; Luque López, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    Here we propose, for the first time, a solar cell characterized by a semiconductor transistor structure (n/p/n or p/n/p) where the base-emitter junction is made of a high-bandgap semiconductor and the collector is made of a low-bandgap semiconductor. We calculate its detailed-balance efficiency limit and prove that it is the same one than that of a double-junction solar cell. The practical importance of this result relies on the simplicity of the structure that reduces the number of layers th...

  13. Investigation of solar cells based on nCdS-pInP heterojunction

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    Photoelectrical despondencies of nCdS-pInP solar cells, as a function of electro physical parameters, crystallographic orientation of InP substrate and of the deposition duration of the nCdS epitaxial for layer are presented. It was established that the maximum value of the efficiency of solar energy into electrical one is obtained for the holes concentration in in the substrate of 2x1016 cm-3, crystallographic orientation (100) and layer growth duration of 25 min. The hetero structure parameters influencing the named dependencies are determined. (authors)

  14. Low-temperature high-mobility amorphous IZO for silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Morales-Masis, M.; de Nicolas, S.M.; Holovský, Jakub; De Wolf, S.; Ballif, C.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 5, č. 5 (2015), s. 1340-1347. ISSN 2156-3381 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05053S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : solar cells * amorphous * ITO * TCO Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.165, year: 2014

  15. Organic solar cells: Going green

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    Luo, Guoping; Wu, Hongbin

    2016-02-01

    High-performance polymer solar cells are normally processed with halogenated solvents, which are toxic and hazardous. Now, high power-conversion efficiency in bulk-heterojunction devices is achieved by using a non-toxic hydrocarbon solvent through an environmentally friendly processing route.

  16. Efficient perovskite solar cells based on low-temperature solution-processed (CH3NH3)PbI3 perovskite/CuInS2 planar heterojunctions

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    CHEN Chong; Li, Chunxi; Li, Fumin; Wu, Fan; Tan, Furui; Zhai, Yong; Zhang, Weifeng

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the solution-processed CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) planar heterojunction solar cells with Al2O3 as a scaffold were fabricated at a temperature as low as 250°C for the first time, in which the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass instead of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass was used as the light-incidence electrode and the solution-processed CuInS2 layer was prepared to replace the commonly used TiO2 layer in previously reported perovskite-...

  17. High-performance solar-blind ultraviolet photodetector based on electrospun TiO2-ZnTiO3 heterojunction nano- wires

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    Haining Chong[1,2; Guodong Wei[2; Huilin Hou[2; Huijun Yang[1; Minghui Shang[2; Fengmei Gao[2; Weiyou Yang[2; Guozhen Shen[3

    2015-01-01

    High-performance solar-blind UV (ultraviolet) photodetectors (PDs) based on low-dimension semiconducting nanostructures with high sensitivity, excellent cycle stability, and the ability to operate in harsh environments are critical for solar observations, space communication, UV astronomy, and missile tracking. In this study, TiO2-ZnTiO3 heterojunction nanowire-based PDs are successfully developed and used to detect solar-blind UV light. A photoconductive analysis indicates that the fabricated PDs are sensitive to UV illumination, with high sensitivity, good stability, and high reproducibility. Further analysis indicates that the rich existence of grain boundaries within the TiO2-ZnTiO3 nanowire can greatly decrease the dark current and recombination of the electron-hole pairs and thereby significantly increase the device's photosensitivity, spectra responsivity (1.1 ~ 106), and external quantum efficiency (4.3 ~ 108 %). Moreover, the PDs exhibit good photodetective performance with fast photoresponse and recovery and excellent thermal stability at temperatures as high as 175 ℃. According to these results, TiO2-ZnTiO3 heterojunction nanowires exhibit great potential for applications in high-performance optical electronics and PDs, particularly next-generation photodetectors with the ability to operate in harsh environments.

  18. Power Spectral Density of Fluctuations of Bulk and Thermal Speeds in the Solar Wind

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    Šafránková, J.; Němeček, Z.; Němec, F.; Přech, L.; Chen, C. H. K.; Zastenker, G. N.

    2016-07-01

    This paper analyzes solar wind power spectra of bulk and thermal speed fluctuations that are computed with a time resolution of 32 ms in the frequency range of 0.001–2 Hz. The analysis uses measurements of the Bright Monitor of the Solar Wind on board the Spektr-R spacecraft that are limited to 570 km s‑1 bulk speed. The statistics, based on more than 42,000 individual spectra, show that: (1) the spectra of bulk and thermal speeds can be fitted by two power-law segments; (2) despite their large variations, the parameters characterizing frequency spectrum fits computed on each particular time interval are very similar for both quantities; (3) the median slopes of the bulk and thermal speeds of the segment attributed to the MHD scale are ‑1.43 and ‑1.38, respectively, whereas they are ‑3.08 and ‑2.43 in the kinetic range; (4) the kinetic range slopes of bulk and thermal speed spectra become equal when either the ion density or magnetic field strength are high; (5) the break between MHD and kinetic scales seems to be controlled by the ion β parameter; (6) the best scaling parameter for bulk and thermal speed variations is a sum of the inertial length and proton thermal gyroradius; and (7) the above conclusions can be applied to the density variations if the background magnetic field is very low.

  19. Yttrium-substituted nanocrystalline TiO 2 photoanodes for perovskite based heterojunction solar cells

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    Qin, Peng

    2014-01-01

    We report the use of Y3+-substituted TiO2 (0.5%Y-TiO2) in solid-state mesoscopic solar cells, consisting of CH3NH3PbI3 as the light harvester and spiro-OMeTAD as the hole transport material. A power conversion efficiency of 11.2% under simulated AM 1.5 full sun illumination was measured. A 15% improvement in the short-circuit current density was obtained compared with pure TiO2, due to the effect of Y3+ on the dimensions of perovskite nanoparticles formed on the semiconductor surface, showing that the surface modification of the semiconductor is an effective way to improve the light harvesters\\' morphology and electron transfer properties in the solid-state mesoscopic solar cells. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  20. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic investigation of silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Holovský, Jakub; De Wolf, S.; Jiříček, Petr; Ballif, C.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 86, č. 7 (2015), "073108-1"-"073108-6". ISSN 0034-6748 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05053S; GA MŠk 7E12029; GA MŠk(CZ) LM2011026 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 283501 - FAST TRACK Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : FTIR * ATR * solar cells Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.614, year: 2014

  1. Investigation of p-type nanocrystalline silicon emitters for silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Highlights: • P-nc-Si:H films were prepared by B2H6 doping in PECVD system. • Properties of nc-Si:H films show strong dependence on RH, Bs and film thickness. • The 20 nm thick nc-Si film with σd of 0.005 S/cm and Xc of 43.89% was obtained. • FF of SHJ solar cells was significantly improved with increasing the p-nc-Si layer thickness. • The SHJ solar cell with high FF of 74.28% and η of 16.63% was obtained. - Abstract: P-type hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (p-nc-Si:H) films were prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at 200 °C, using diborane (B2H6) diluted in hydrogen to a concentration of 1% as the doping gas. The influence of hydrogen dilution, boron doping and layer thickness on the structural, optical and electronic properties of nc-Si:H films was systematically studied by transmission, Raman, small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies. The 20 nm thick nc-Si film with dark conductivity of 0.005 S/cm and crystalline volume fraction of 43.89% was obtained. By employing p-nc-Si:H as emitter layers, SHJ solar cells were fabricated. It was found that fill factor (FF) was significantly improved with increasing the p-layer thickness from 10 to 20 nm. Moreover, the SHJ solar cell with Voc of 576 mV, Jsc of 34.49 mA/cm2, FF of 74.28%, and η of 16.63% was obtained

  2. Efficient organometal trihalide perovskite planar-heterojunction solar cells on flexible polymer substrates

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    Docampo, Pablo; Ball, James M.; Darwich, Mariam; Eperon, Giles E.; Snaith, Henry J.

    2013-11-01

    Organometal trihalide perovskite solar cells offer the promise of a low-cost easily manufacturable solar technology, compatible with large-scale low-temperature solution processing. Within 1 year of development, solar-to-electric power-conversion efficiencies have risen to over 15%, and further imminent improvements are expected. Here we show that this technology can be successfully made compatible with electron acceptor and donor materials generally used in organic photovoltaics. We demonstrate that a single thin film of the low-temperature solution-processed organometal trihalide perovskite absorber CH3NH3PbI3-xClx, sandwiched between organic contacts can exhibit devices with power-conversion efficiency of up to 10% on glass substrates and over 6% on flexible polymer substrates. This work represents an important step forward, as it removes most barriers to adoption of the perovskite technology by the organic photovoltaic community, and can thus utilize the extensive existing knowledge of hybrid interfaces for further device improvements and flexible processing platforms.

  3. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer

  4. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu; Holman, Zachary C. [School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-5706 (United States)

    2015-08-14

    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer.

  5. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu; Holman, Zachary C.

    2015-08-01

    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer.

  6. A way for studying the impact of PEDOT:PSS interface layer on carrier transport in PCDTBT:PC71BM bulk hetero junction solar cells by electric field induced optical second harmonic generation measurement

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    Electric-field-induced optical second-harmonic generation (EFISHG) measurement was employed to study the impact of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) interface layer on the carrier transport mechanism of the PCDTBT:PC71BM bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). We revealed that the electric fields in the PCDTBT and PC71BM were allowed to be measured individually by choosing fundamental laser wavelengths of 1000 nm and 1060 nm, respectively, in dark and under illumination. The results showed that the direction of the internal electric fields in the PCDTBT:PC71BM BHJ layer is reversed by introducing the PEDOT:PSS layer, and this results in longer electron transport time in the BHJ layer. We conclude that TR-EFISHG can be used as a novel way for studying the impact of interfacial layer on the transport of electrons and holes in the bulk-heterojunction OSCs

  7. A way for studying the impact of PEDOT:PSS interface layer on carrier transport in PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM bulk hetero junction solar cells by electric field induced optical second harmonic generation measurement

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    Ahmad, Zubair, E-mail: zubairtarar@um.edu.my; Abdullah, Shahino Mah; Sulaiman, Khaulah [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre (LDMRC), Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Taguchi, Dai; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa [Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 O-Okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan)

    2015-04-28

    Electric-field-induced optical second-harmonic generation (EFISHG) measurement was employed to study the impact of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) interface layer on the carrier transport mechanism of the PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). We revealed that the electric fields in the PCDTBT and PC{sub 71}BM were allowed to be measured individually by choosing fundamental laser wavelengths of 1000 nm and 1060 nm, respectively, in dark and under illumination. The results showed that the direction of the internal electric fields in the PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM BHJ layer is reversed by introducing the PEDOT:PSS layer, and this results in longer electron transport time in the BHJ layer. We conclude that TR-EFISHG can be used as a novel way for studying the impact of interfacial layer on the transport of electrons and holes in the bulk-heterojunction OSCs.

  8. Low-Temperature TiOx Compact Layer for Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Zonghao; Chen, Qi; Hong, Ziruo; Zhou, Huanping; Xu, Xiaobao; De Marco, Nicholas; Sun, Pengyu; Zhao, Zhixin; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Yang, Yang

    2016-05-01

    Here, we demonstrate an effective low-temperature approach to fabricate a uniform and pinhole-free compact TiO2 layer for enhancing photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells. TiCl4 was used to modify TiO2 for efficient charge generation and significantly reduced recombination loss. We found that a TiO2 layer with an appropriate TiCl4 treatment possesses a smooth surface with full coverage of the conductive electrode. Further studies on charge carrier dynamics confirmed that the TiCl4 treatment improves the contact of the TiO2/perovskite interface, facilitating charge extraction and suppressing charge recombination. On the basis of the treatment, we improved the open circuit voltage from 1.01 V of the reference cell to 1.08 V, and achieved a power conversion efficiency of 16.4%. PMID:27058279

  9. Electrodeposited copper front metallization for silicon heterojunction solar cells: materials and processes

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    Geissbühler, J.; Martin de Nicolas, S.; Faes, A.; Lachowicz, A.; Tomasi, A.; Paviet-Salomon, B.; Lachenal, D.; Papet, P.; Badel, N.; Barraud, L.; Descoeudres, A.; Despeisse, M.; De Wolf, S.; Ballif, C.

    2014-10-20

    Even though screen-printing of low-temperature silver paste remains the state-of-the-art technique for the front-metallization of SHJ solar cells, recent studies have demonstrated large efficiency improvements when copper-electroplated contacts are used instead of screen-printed ones. However, due to the new materials and the new processes introduced by this technique, it is crucial to individually investigate their compatibility with the SHJ cell structure. In this study, we present a detailed analysis of how the performances of SHJ devices may be modified by these new materials and processes. First, effects on the amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) passivation have been studied for various processes such as DI water rinsing, dips in a copper removal solution and direct evaporation of copper on the a-Si:H. Finally, copper electroplating technique has been adapted in order to be applied to more complex cell structures such as high-efficiency IBC-SHJ.

  10. Correlation between the fine structure of spin-coated PEDOT:PSS and the photovoltaic performance of organic/crystalline-silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Funda, Shuji; Ohki, Tatsuya; Liu, Qiming; Hossain, Jaker; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Ueno, Keiji; Shirai, Hajime

    2016-07-01

    We investigated the relationship between the fine structure of spin-coated conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films and the photovoltaic performance of PEDOT:PSS crystalline-Si (PEDOT:PSS/c-Si) heterojunction solar cells. Real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry revealed that there were two different time constants for the formation of the PEDOT:PSS network. Upon removal of the polar solvent, the PEDOT:PSS film became optically anisotropic, indicating a conformational change in the PEDOT and PSS chain. Polarized Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflection absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy measurements also indicated that thermal annealing promoted an in-plane π-conjugated Cα = Cβ configuration attributed to a thiophene ring in PEDOT and an out-of-plane configuration of -SO3 groups in the PSS chain with increasing composition ratio of oxidized (benzoid) to neutral (quinoid) PEDOT, Iqui/Iben. The highest power conversion efficiency for the spin-coated PEDOT:PSS/c-Si heterojunction solar cells was 13.3% for Iqui/Iben = 9-10 without employing any light harvesting methods.

  11. Chemical Bath Deposition of p-Type Transparent, Highly Conducting (CuS)x:(ZnS)1-x Nanocomposite Thin Films and Fabrication of Si Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Xu, Xiaojie; Bullock, James; Schelhas, Laura T; Stutz, Elias Z; Fonseca, Jose J; Hettick, Mark; Pool, Vanessa L; Tai, Kong Fai; Toney, Michael F; Fang, Xiaosheng; Javey, Ali; Wong, Lydia Helena; Ager, Joel W

    2016-03-01

    P-type transparent conducting films of nanocrystalline (CuS)x:(ZnS)1-x were synthesized by facile and low-cost chemical bath deposition. Wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to evaluate the nanocomposite structure, which consists of sub-5 nm crystallites of sphalerite ZnS and covellite CuS. Film transparency can be controlled by tuning the size of the nanocrystallites, which is achieved by adjusting the concentration of the complexing agent during growth; optimal films have optical transmission above 70% in the visible range of the spectrum. The hole conductivity increases with the fraction of the covellite phase and can be as high as 1000 S cm(-1), which is higher than most reported p-type transparent materials and approaches that of n-type transparent materials such as indium tin oxide (ITO) and aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) synthesized at a similar temperature. Heterojunction p-(CuS)x:(ZnS)1-x/n-Si solar cells were fabricated with the nanocomposite film serving as a hole-selective contact. Under 1 sun illumination, an open circuit voltage of 535 mV was observed. This value compares favorably to other emerging heterojunction Si solar cells which use a low temperature process to fabricate the contact, such as single-walled carbon nanotube/Si (370-530 mV) and graphene/Si (360-552 mV). PMID:26855162

  12. Environment-oriented life cycle analysis of bulk materials, applied in solar cell systems

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    In the solar cell technology several bulk materials (glass, steel, aluminium, concrete, copper, zinc and synthetic materials) are applied intensively. By means of a life cycle analysis (LCA) the environmental effects and bottlenecks of the use of these materials is investigated in this report. Also attention is paid to the options to reduce the environmental effects of photovoltaic (PV) systems by changing processes and/or by redesign of the PV systems. Two systems are studied: solar cells, integrated in pitched roofs, and solar cells on the ground in solar cell arrays. The study is focused on the use of bulk materials in the solar module, the cables and the supporting construction. After brief introductions on the environment-oriented LCA method, the standard construction of PV modules and the principles of solar cells, an overview is given of the present and future material input for the above-mentioned PV-systems. Next, attention is paid to the energy consumption and the most important emissions of the production of the bulk materials. Based on these data three environmental effect scores of the PV systems are calculated and analyzed: the energy consumption, the greenhouse effect or global warming equivalent, and the acidifying effect or acidification equivalent. Also a fourth effect, for which the so-called environmental indicator human toxicity is defined, is described. By means of this indicator the hazardous effects for the public health can be indicated. The sum of the four indicators is a measure for the environmental profile of the roof PV-system and the ground PV-array system. Recommendations are given by which the systems and their environmental profiles can be improved. 29 figs., 50 tabs., 5 appendices, refs

  13. Photovoltaic Properties in Interpenetrating Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells Utilizing MoO3 and ZnO Charge Transport Buffer Layers

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    Tetsuro Hori

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Organic thin-film solar cells with a conducting polymer (CP/fullerene (C60 interpenetrating heterojunction structure, fabricated by spin-coating a CP onto a C60 deposit thin film, have been investigated and demonstrated to have high efficiency. The photovoltaic properties of solar cells with a structure of indium-tin-oxide/C60/ poly(3-hexylthiophene (PAT6/Au have been improved by the insertion of molybdenum trioxide (VI (MoO3 and zinc oxide charge transport buffer layers. The enhanced photovoltaic properties have been discussed, taking into consideration the ground-state charge transfer between PAT6 and MoO3 by measurement of the differential absorption spectra and the suppressed contact resistance at the interface between the organic and buffer layers.

  14. Bulk and surface contributions to enhanced solar-cell performance induced by aluminium alloying

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    Loelgen, P.; Bisschop, F.J. (FOM-Instituut voor Atoom- en Molecuulfysica, Amsterdam (Netherlands)); Sinke, W.C.; Steeman, R.A. (Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN), Petten (Netherlands)); Verhoef, L.A.; Michiels, P.P.; Van Zolingen, R.J.C. (R S Renewable Energy Systems, Amsterdam (Netherlands))

    1991-11-01

    Use was made of the Light Beam Induced Current Decay technique to study Al-alloying effects in semi-crystalline Si solar cells. With this technique one is able to separate the minority-carrier diffusion length in the Si bulk and the effective back-surface recombination velocity. An increase in diffusion length of about 30% was measured, as well as a reduction of the effective back-surface recombination velocity to {<=} 10{sup 3} cm/s after Al-alloying. We investigated the effects of various processing conditions on both recombination mechanisms. Consequences for low-cost Si solar cell design are discussed. 8 figs., 1 tab., 9 refs.

  15. Degradation of a-Si:H Solar Cells: New Evidence for a Bulk Effect

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    N. Wyrsch; Shah, A

    1994-01-01

    Well defined sequences of non-uniform and uniform degradation steps are applied on several high quality bifacial p-i-n solar cells with different thicknesses of the intrinsic layer. This procedure allows one to separate interface and bulk effects in the degradation of a-Si:H solar cells, or more precisely to separate the influence of the modification of the internal electric field profile (due mainly to effect near the interface) from that of an increase in the deep defect density in the bul...

  16. Fullerene-Based Photoactive Layers for Heterojunction Solar Cells: Structure, Absorption Spectra and Charge Transfer Process

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    Yuanzuo Li

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structure and optical absorption spectra of polymer APFO3, [70]PCBM/APFO3 and [60]PCBM/APFO3, were studied with density functional theory (DFT, and the vertical excitation energies were calculated within the framework of the time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT. Visualized charge difference density analysis can be used to label the charge density redistribution for individual fullerene and fullerene/polymer complexes. The results of current work indicate that there is a difference between [60]PCBM and [70]PCBM, and a new charge transfer process is observed. Meanwhile, for the fullerene/polymer complex, all calculations of the twenty excited states were analyzed to reveal all possible charge transfer processes in depth. We also estimated the electronic coupling matrix, reorganization and Gibbs free energy to further calculate the rates of the charge transfer and the recombination. Our results give a clear picture of the structure, absorption spectra, charge transfer (CT process and its influencing factors, and provide a theoretical guideline for designing further photoactive layers of solar cells.

  17. The demonstration of a highly efficient SiGe Type-II hetero-junction solar cell with an optimal stress design

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    Highly efficient surface-textured SiGe-based solar cell with top surface trench structure and optimized SiGe/Si type-II hetero-junction design is proposed. The surface-textured structure results in a significant reduction of the surface reflectance from 32% to ∼ 10% in the visible light region with an obvious photonic crystal effect, which can be simulated by finite differential time domain calculations. By varying the top surface trench spacing, broadband antireflection can be realized and total absorption rate greatly enhanced. Moreover, SiGe/Si hetero-structure substrate has also been implemented to enhance the solar cell efficiency by an additional 3% in this work, not only due to the originally higher absorption rate in the SiGe-based material but also due to the enhanced SiGe/Si type-II hetero-structure substrate design. The offset and discontinuousness of the energy band between the Si substrate and the strained Si0.9Ge0.1 type-II hetero-junction structure resulted in higher local electron-hole carrier concentration, which is confined in the Si cap and SiGe quantum well structure, and the longer non-radiative Auger carrier recombination lifetime as measured by femtosecond transient absorption measurements. The integration of these two key technologies-nano-level surface trench structure and optimization of the SiGe/Si type-II hetero-structure, led to highly efficient (∼ 18% for the stable production and 21% for the peak record) nano-surface textured SiGe-based solar cell being achieved and demonstrated in this work. - Highlights: • Highly efficient solar cell. • Surface structure design. • SiGe type II junction

  18. Heterojunction properties of electrodeposited CdTe/CdS solar cells

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    Rakhshani, A. E.

    2001-10-01

    Solar cells of p-CdTe/n-CdS structure with a conversion efficiency of 10%±1% (AM1 spectrum, 127 mW/cm2 irradiance) were prepared by electrodeposition of CdTe on CdS-coated conducting glass. CdS was coated by chemical bath deposition. The tin-oxide conducting glass was prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique. The current-voltage, capacitance-voltage, photocurrent-voltage, photocurrent spectroscopy, and photoinduced current transient spectroscopy measurements proved to be powerful tools for the characterization of junction. The concentration of donors and acceptors in both sides of the junction are comparable, in the range of 1016cm-3. The cell built-in potential is 1.20 V from which 0.65 V drops across the depletion width of CdTe. From the analysis of experimental data to construct the energy band diagram, it becomes evident that an electric dipole layer must exist at the CdTe/CdS interface. The presence of this layer is associated with a discontinuity of electrostatic potential at the interface by 0.28 V and a conduction-band spike of 64 meV. The conduction-band spike and an interfacial recombination center are accountable for the collection losses of photogenerated carriers. The recombination center that is likely related to the interstitial cadmium defect is energetically located 0.63 eV below the conduction-band edge and has a capture cross section of 8.8×10-12 cm2. 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Towards optical optimization of planar monolithic perovskite/silicon-heterojunction tandem solar cells

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    Albrecht, Steve; Saliba, Michael; Correa-Baena, Juan-Pablo; Jäger, Klaus; Korte, Lars; Hagfeldt, Anders; Grätzel, Michael; Rech, Bernd

    2016-06-01

    Combining inorganic–organic perovskites and crystalline silicon into a monolithic tandem solar cell has recently attracted increased attention due to the high efficiency potential of this cell architecture. Promising results with published efficiencies above 21% have been reported so far. To further increase the device performance, optical optimizations enabling device related guidelines are highly necessary. Here we experimentally show the optical influence of the ITO thickness in the interconnecting layer and fabricate an efficient monolithic tandem cell with a reduced ITO layer thickness that shows slightly improved absorption within the silicon sub-cell and a stabilized power output of 17%. Furthermore we present detailed optical simulations on experimentally relevant planar tandem stacks to give practical guidelines to reach efficiencies above 25%. By optimizing the thickness of all functional and the perovskite absorber layers, together with the optimization of the perovskite band-gap, we present a tandem stack that can yield ca 17.5 mA cm‑ 2 current in both sub-cells at a perovskite band-gap of 1.73 eV including losses from reflection and parasitic absorption. Assuming that the higher band-gap of the perovskite absorber directly translates into a higher open circuit voltage, the perovskite sub-cell should be able to reach a value of 1.3 V. With that, realistic efficiencies above 28% are within reach for planar monolithic tandem cells in which the thickness of the perovskite top-cell and the perovskite band-gap are highly optimized. When applying light trapping schemes such as textured surfaces and by reducing the parasitic absorption of the functional layers, for example in spiro-OMeTAD, this monolithic tandem can overcome 30% power conversion efficiency.

  20. AC characterization of bulk organic solar cell in the dark and under illumination

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    Highlights: • A study of organic bulk photovoltaic (PV) solar cell. • Current–voltage characteristics in the dark and under illumination. • AC measurements, both under illumination and in the dark conditions. • Equivalent AC circuit. • Effective lifetime assigned with electron–hole recombination and diffusion time of the electron was estimated. - Abstract: Impedance spectroscopy has been used widely to evaluate the transport processes in photovoltaic, mainly based on inorganic semiconductors, structures – solar cells. The aim of this research was to characterize improved organic bulk photovoltaic (PV) solar cells exploiting this method. Progress in technology of investigated organic solar cell involves the use of an active layer based on low band gap type of polymer. The organic PV cell with front transparent electrode and rear metal electrode and active layer produced by Konarka Technologies was analyzed by electrical DC and AC measurements. Current–voltage (I–V) characteristics in the dark and under illumination were measured and basic PV parameters were calculated. AC measurements, both under illumination and in the dark conditions, were processed in order to identify electronic behavior using equivalent AC circuit which was suggested by fitting of measured impedance data. Circuit with the best correlation to measured data is analyzed in details. Voltage and frequency dependences of fitted equivalent circuit components and calculated parameters are explained and presented in the paper

  1. Thermocleavable Materials for Polymer Solar Cells with High Open Circuit Voltage-A Comparative Study

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    Tromholt, Thomas; Gevorgyan, Suren; Jørgensen, Mikkel;

    2009-01-01

    The search for polymer solar cells giving a high open circuit voltage was conducted through a comparative study of four types of bulk-heterojunction solar cells employing different photoactive layers. As electron donors the thermo-cleavable polymer poly-(3-(2-methylhexyloxycarbonyl)dithiophene) (P3...

  2. Study of an Amorphous Silicon Oxide Buffer Layer for p-Type Microcrystalline Silicon Oxide/n-Type Crystalline Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells and Their Temperature Dependence

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    Full Text Available Intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (i-a-SiO:H films were used as front and rear buffer layers in crystalline silicon heterojunction (c-Si-HJ solar cells. The surface passivity and effective lifetime of these i-a-SiO:H films on an n-type silicon wafer were improved by increasing the CO2/SiH4 ratios in the films. Using i-a-SiO:H as the front and rear buffer layers in c-Si-HJ solar cells was investigated. The front i-a-SiO:H buffer layer thickness and the CO2/SiH4 ratio influenced the open-circuit voltage (Voc, fill factor (FF, and temperature coefficient (TC of the c-Si-HJ solar cells. The highest total area efficiency obtained was 18.5% (Voc=700 mV, Jsc=33.5 mA/cm2, and FF=0.79. The TC normalized for this c-Si-HJ solar cell efficiency was −0.301%/°C.

  3. An easy-to-fabricate low-temperature TiO{sub 2} electron collection layer for high efficiency planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Conings, B.; Baeten, L.; Jacobs, T.; Dera, R.; D’Haen, J.; Manca, J.; Boyen, H.-G. [Instituut voor Materiaalonderzoek, Universiteit Hasselt, Wetenschapspark 1, 3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium)

    2014-08-01

    Organometal trihalide perovskite solar cells arguably represent the most auspicious new photovoltaic technology so far, as they possess an astonishing combination of properties. The impressive and brisk advances achieved so far bring forth highly efficient and solution processable solar cells, holding great promise to grow into a mature technology that is ready to be embedded on a large scale. However, the vast majority of state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells contains a dense TiO{sub 2} electron collection layer that requires a high temperature treatment (>450 °C), which obstructs the road towards roll-to-roll processing on flexible foils that can withstand no more than ∼150 °C. Furthermore, this high temperature treatment leads to an overall increased energy payback time and cumulative energy demand for this emerging photovoltaic technology. Here we present the implementation of an alternative TiO{sub 2} layer formed from an easily prepared nanoparticle dispersion, with annealing needs well within reach of roll-to-roll processing, making this technology also appealing from the energy payback aspect. Chemical and morphological analysis allows to understand and optimize the processing conditions of the TiO{sub 2} layer, finally resulting in a maximum obtained efficiency of 13.6% for a planar heterojunction solar cell within an ITO/TiO{sub 2}/CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3-x}Cl{sub x}poly(3-hexylthiophene)/Ag architecture.

  4. An easy-to-fabricate low-temperature TiO2 electron collection layer for high efficiency planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Organometal trihalide perovskite solar cells arguably represent the most auspicious new photovoltaic technology so far, as they possess an astonishing combination of properties. The impressive and brisk advances achieved so far bring forth highly efficient and solution processable solar cells, holding great promise to grow into a mature technology that is ready to be embedded on a large scale. However, the vast majority of state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells contains a dense TiO2 electron collection layer that requires a high temperature treatment (>450 °C), which obstructs the road towards roll-to-roll processing on flexible foils that can withstand no more than ∼150 °C. Furthermore, this high temperature treatment leads to an overall increased energy payback time and cumulative energy demand for this emerging photovoltaic technology. Here we present the implementation of an alternative TiO2 layer formed from an easily prepared nanoparticle dispersion, with annealing needs well within reach of roll-to-roll processing, making this technology also appealing from the energy payback aspect. Chemical and morphological analysis allows to understand and optimize the processing conditions of the TiO2 layer, finally resulting in a maximum obtained efficiency of 13.6% for a planar heterojunction solar cell within an ITO/TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3-xClxpoly(3-hexylthiophene)/Ag architecture

  5. Influence of air exposure duration and a-Si capping layer thickness on the performance of p-BaSi2/n-Si heterojunction solar cells

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    Takabe, Ryota; Yachi, Suguru; Du, Weijie; Tsukahara, Daichi; Takeuchi, Hiroki; Toko, Kaoru; Suemasu, Takashi

    2016-08-01

    Fabrication of p-BaSi2(20nm)/n-Si heterojunction solar cells was performed with different a-Si capping layer thicknesses (da-Si) and varying air exposure durations (tair) prior to the formation of a 70-nm-thick indium-tin-oxide electrode. The conversion efficiencies (η) reached approximately 4.7% regardless of tair (varying from 12-150 h) for solar cells with da-Si = 5 nm. In contrast, η increased from 5.3 to 6.6% with increasing tair for those with da-Si = 2 nm, in contrast to our prediction. For this sample, the reverse saturation current density (J0) and diode ideality factor decreased with tair, resulting in the enhancement of η. The effects of the variation of da-Si (0.7, 2, 3, and 5 nm) upon the solar cell performance were examined while keeping tair = 150 h. The η reached a maximum of 9.0% when da-Si was 3 nm, wherein the open-circuit voltage and fill factor also reached a maximum. The series resistance, shunt resistance, and J0 exhibited a tendency to decrease as da-Si increased. These results demonstrate that a moderate oxidation of BaSi2 is a very effective means to enhance the η of BaSi2 solar cells.

  6. Nanostructured TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 heterojunction solar cells employing spiro-OMeTAD/Co-complex as hole-transporting material

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    Noh, Jun Hong

    2013-01-01

    For using 2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N′-di-p- methoxyphenylamine)-9,9′-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD) as a hole conductor in solar cells, it is necessary to improve its charge-transport properties through electrochemical doping. With the aim of fabricating efficient mesoscopic TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 heterojunction solar cells, we used tris[2-(1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-4-tert- butylpyridine)cobalt(iii) tris(bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide)] (FK209) as a p-dopant for spiro-OMeTAD. The mixture of spiro-OMeTAD, FK209, lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Li-TFSI), and 4-tert-butylpyridine (TBP) exhibited significantly higher performance than mixtures of pristine spiro-OMeTAD, spiro-OMeTAD, and FK209, and spiro-OMeTAD, Li-TFSI, and TBP. Such a synergistic effect between the Co-complex and Li-TFSI in conjunction with spiro-OMeTAD effectively improved the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the fabricated solar cells. As a result, we achieved PCE of 10.4%, measured under standard solar conditions (AM 1.5G, 100 mW cm-2). © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  7. An easy-to-fabricate low-temperature TiO2 electron collection layer for high efficiency planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    B. Conings

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Organometal trihalide perovskite solar cells arguably represent the most auspicious new photovoltaic technology so far, as they possess an astonishing combination of properties. The impressive and brisk advances achieved so far bring forth highly efficient and solution processable solar cells, holding great promise to grow into a mature technology that is ready to be embedded on a large scale. However, the vast majority of state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells contains a dense TiO2 electron collection layer that requires a high temperature treatment (>450 °C, which obstructs the road towards roll-to-roll processing on flexible foils that can withstand no more than ∼150 °C. Furthermore, this high temperature treatment leads to an overall increased energy payback time and cumulative energy demand for this emerging photovoltaic technology. Here we present the implementation of an alternative TiO2 layer formed from an easily prepared nanoparticle dispersion, with annealing needs well within reach of roll-to-roll processing, making this technology also appealing from the energy payback aspect. Chemical and morphological analysis allows to understand and optimize the processing conditions of the TiO2 layer, finally resulting in a maximum obtained efficiency of 13.6% for a planar heterojunction solar cell within an ITO/TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3-xClxpoly(3-hexylthiophene/Ag architecture.

  8. Using a low-temperature carbon electrode for preparing hole-conductor-free perovskite heterojunction solar cells under high relative humidity.

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    Liu, Zhiyong; Shi, Tielin; Tang, Zirong; Sun, Bo; Liao, Guanglan

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate the application of a low-temperature carbon counter electrode with good flexibility and high conductivity in fabricating perovskite solar cells. A modified two-step method was used for the deposition of nanocrystalline CH3NH3PbI3 under high relative humidity. The carbon counter electrode was printed on a perovskite layer directly, with different sizes of graphite powder being employed. The interfacial charge transfer and transport in solar cells were investigated through photoluminescence and impedance measurements. We find that the existence of nano-graphite powder in the electrode has a noticeable influence on the back contact and cell performance. The prepared devices of hole-conductor-free perovskite heterojunction solar cells without encapsulation exhibit advantageous stability in air in the dark, with the optimal power conversion efficiency reaching 6.88%. This carbon counter electrode has the features of low-cost and low-temperature preparation, giving it potential for application in the large-scale flexible fabrication of perovskite solar cells in the future. PMID:26660267

  9. Fabrication of the CuO/Cu2O heterojunction using an electrodeposition technique for solar cell applications

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    Thin films of n-type cuprous oxide (Cu2O) were potentiostatically electrodeposited on a Ti substrate in an acetate bath. Cu2O thin films were annealed at 500 °C for 30 min in air for growing p-type cupric oxide (CuO) thin films. n-Cu2O thin films were potentiostatically electrodeposited in an acetate bath on Ti/CuO electrodes in order to fabricate the p-CuO/n-Cu2O heterojunction. The structural, morphological and optoelectronic properties of the CuO/Cu2O heterojunction were studied using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron micrographs (SEMs) and dark and light current–voltage characteristics. XRD and SEM reveal that well-covered single phase polycrystalline Cu2O thin film on the Ti/CuO electrode can be possible at the deposition potential of −550 mV versus the saturated calomel electrode (SCE) in an acetate bath. Photovoltaic characteristics further established the formation of the CuO/Cu2O heterojunction

  10. Photocatalytic activities of ultra-small β-FeOOH and TiO{sub 2} heterojunction structure under simulated solar irradiation

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    Chowdhury, Mahabubur, E-mail: chowdhurym@cput.ac.za; Ntiribinyange, Mary; Nyamayaro, Kudzanai; Fester, Veruscha

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Ultra small β-FeOOH with TiO{sub 2} in heterojunction showed good photocatalytic activity under simulated solar irradiation. • Significant improvement of photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO{sub 2}. • The as prepared catalyst decoloured industrial textile effluent within 30 min. - Abstract: Photocatalytic performance of β-FeOOH/TiO{sub 2} heterojunction structure, created from ultra-small β-FeOOH nanorods (2–6 nm diameter) and spherical anatase phase of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (∼100 nm), is reported in this study. Three different β-FeOOH mol% of (2, 5 and 10%) β-FeOOH/TiO{sub 2} composite was prepared. 5% β-FeOOH/TiO{sub 2} composite material showed the highest photocatalytic activity. XRD, high temperature XRD, FTIR, TEM, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) were used to characterise the prepared catalyst. The developed catalyst showed excellent photocatalytic activity in photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) than β-FeOOH and TiO{sub 2} under simulated solar irradiation. Two commercial metal complex dyes and real textile effluent were efficiently photodegraded under identical conditions. The developed catalyst exhibited good recyclability without the need of sintering. No significant loss in efficiency was observed during the recycling cycle. These characteristics highlight the potential application of the developed photocatalyst in textile effluent treatment via photocatalysis. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was attributed to the relative energy band positions and very good electron, e{sup −} and hole, h{sup +} conduction ability of TiO{sub 2} and β-FeOOH particles respectively.

  11. Influence of n-doped μc-Si:H back surface field layer with micro growth in crystalline-amorphous silicon heterojunction solar cells.

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    Kim, Sangho; Dao, Vinh Ai; Shin, Chonghoon; Balaji, Nagarajan; Yi, Junsin

    2014-12-01

    The back surface field (BSF) plays an important role for the efficiency of the heterojunction intrinsic thin-film (HIT) solar cell. In this paper, the effect of thickness variation in n-type micro crystalline BSF layer was investigated by Raman and spectroscopy ellipsometry. As we increase the crystalline volume fraction (X(c)) from 6% to 59%, the open circuit voltage (V(oc)) increases from 573 to 696 mV with increase in fill factor from 59% to 71%. However, we observed that V(oc) and FF are decreased over 59% X(c) of n-type μc-Si:H BSF layer. It seems that higher X(c) micro layer include lots of defects. The quantum efficiency (QE) measurements were demonstrated on optimized thickness of n-doped micro BSF layer. In the long wavelengths region, the QE slightly increases with increasing the n-type μc-Si:H BSF layer thickness from 10 to 40 nm because of BSF effect, whereas the QE decreases when n-type μc-Si:H BSF layer thickness increases from 40 to 120 nm due to defects in the layer. The performance of heterojunction solar cell device was improved with the optimized thickness on n-doped micro BSF layer the best photo voltage parameters of the device were found to be V(oc) of 696 mV, short-circuit current density of 36.09 mA/cm2 and efficiency of 18.06% at n-doped micro BSF layer thickness of 40 nm. PMID:25971047

  12. Heterojunction of Zinc Blende/Wurtzite in Zn1-xCdxS Solid Solution for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Generation: X-ray Absorption/Diffraction Approaches.

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    Hsu, Ying-Ya; Suen, Nian-Tzu; Chang, Chung-Chieh; Hung, Sung-Fu; Chen, Chi-Liang; Chan, Ting-Shan; Dong, Chung-Li; Chan, Chih-Chieh; Chen, San-Yuan; Chen, Hao Ming

    2015-10-14

    In the past decade, inorganic semiconductors have been successfully demonstrated as light absorbers in efficient solar water splitting to generate chemical fuels. Pseudobinary semiconductors Zn1-xCdxS (0≤x≤1) have exhibited a superior photocatalytic reactivity of H2 production from splitting of water by artificial solar irradiation without any metal catalysts. However, most studies had revealed that the extremely high efficiency with an optimal content of Zn1-xCdxS solid solution was determined as a result of elevating the conduction band minimum (CBM) and the width of bandgap. In addition to corresponding band structure and bandgap, the local crystal structure should be taken into account as well to determine its photocatalytic performance. Herein, we demonstrated the correlations between the photocatalytic activity and structural properties that were first studied through synchrotron X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The crystal structure transformed from zinc blende to coexisted phases of major zinc blende and minor wurtzite phases at a critical point. The heterojunction formed by coexistence of zinc blende and wurtzite phases in the Zn1-xCdxS solid solution can significantly improve the separation and migration of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Besides, X-ray absorption spectra and UV-vis spectra revealed that the bandgap of the Zn0.45Cd0.55S sample extended into the region of visible light because of the incorporation of Cd element in the sample. These results provided a significant progress toward the realization of the photoelectrochemical mechanism in heterojunction between zinc blende and wurtzite phases, which can effectively separate the charge-carriers and further suppress their recombination to enhance the photocatalytic reactivity. PMID:26402651

  13. Effect of solvent additives and P3HT on PDTSTTz/PCBM-based bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Ergete, Assegid; Sabir, Fedlu K.; Li, Yongfang; Yohannes, Teketel

    2015-01-01

    In this investigation, photovoltaic (PV) parameters improvements in poly[2,6-(4,4‧-bis(2-ethylhexyl)dithieno[3,2-b:2‧,3‧-d]silole)-alt-5,5‧-(3,6-bis[4-(2-ethylhexyl)thienyl-2-yl]-s-tetrazine] and fullerene derivative [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PDTSTTz:PCBM) blend were made through solvent additives and secondary donor addition. Short carbon chain solvent additives such as iodomethane (IMe), iodoethane (IEt), iodobutane (IBu), and diiodomethane (DIMe) were used. The results have shown that the short circuit current density (Jsc), as well as power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PDTSTTz:PCBM blend cell increased with the increase in length of carbon chains of the additives. IBu, with relatively the longest carbon chain, has better performance-improving impact than IMe (with the shortest carbon chain). The same trend was observed for fill factor. The other PV parameter, open circuit voltages (Voc), did not show significant change following these solvent additives. The effect of a secondary (additional) donor on the PDTSTTz/PCBM system was investigated by adding different proportions of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT). Because P3HT (secondary donor) and PDTSTTz (hosting donor) complement each other in light absorption, the PDTSTTz/PCBM system containing an optimum proportion of P3HT could provide a wider range of light absorption, and as a result it exhibited a higher short circuit current (11.08 mA/cm2) and then a PCE of 2.42%.

  14. Efficient small molecule bulk heterojunction solar cells with high fill factors via pyrene-directed molecular self-assembly

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    Lee, Olivia P.

    2011-10-21

    Efficient organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials are constructed by attaching completely planar, symmetric end-groups to donor-acceptor electroactive small molecules. Appending C2-pyrene as the small molecule end-group to a diketopyrrolopyrrole core leads to materials with a tight, aligned crystal packing and favorable morphology dictated by π-π interactions, resulting in high power conversion efficiencies and high fill factors. The use of end-groups to direct molecular self-assembly is an effective strategy for designing high-performance small molecule OPV devices. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Peculiarity of Two Thermodynamically-Stable Morphologies and Their Impact on the Efficiency of Small Molecule Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Nuradhika Herath; Sanjib Das; Jong K. Keum; Jiahua Zhu; Rajeev Kumar; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; James F. Browning; Kai Xiao; Gong Gu; Pooran Joshi; Sean Smith; Valeria Lauter

    2015-01-01

    Structural characteristics of the active layers in organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices play a critical role in charge generation, separation and transport. Here we report on morphology and structural control of p-DTS(FBTTh2)2:PC71BM films by means of thermal annealing and 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) solvent additive processing, and correlate it to the device performance. By combining surface imaging with nanoscale depth-sensitive neutron reflectometry (NR) and X-ray diffraction, three-dimensional m...

  16. Peculiarity of Two Thermodynamically-Stable Morphologies and Their Impact on the Efficiency of Small Molecule Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Herath, Nuradhika; Das, Sanjib; Keum, Jong K; Zhu, Jiahua; Kumar, Rajeev; Ivanov, Ilia N; Sumpter, Bobby G; Browning, James F; Xiao, Kai; Gu, Gong; Joshi, Pooran; Smith, Sean; Lauter, Valeria

    2015-01-01

    Structural characteristics of the active layers in organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices play a critical role in charge generation, separation and transport. Here we report on morphology and structural control of p-DTS(FBTTh2)2:PC71BM films by means of thermal annealing and 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) solvent additive processing, and correlate it to the device performance. By combining surface imaging with nanoscale depth-sensitive neutron reflectometry (NR) and X-ray diffraction, three-dimensional morphologies of the films are reconstituted with information extending length scales from nanometers to microns. DIO promotes the formation of a well-mixed donor-acceptor vertical phase morphology with a large population of small p-DTS(FBTTh2)2 nanocrystals arranged in an elongated domain network of the film, thereby enhancing the device performance. In contrast, films without DIO exhibit three-sublayer vertical phase morphology with phase separation in agglomerated domains. Our findings are supported by thermodynamic description based on the Flory-Huggins theory with quantitative evaluation of pairwise interaction parameters that explain the morphological changes resulting from thermal and solvent treatments. Our study reveals that vertical phase morphology of small-molecule based OPVs is significantly different from polymer-based systems. The significant enhancement of morphology and information obtained from theoretical modeling may aid in developing an optimized morphology to enhance device performance for OPVs. PMID:26315070

  17. BiOI/TiO2-nanorod array heterojunction solar cell: Growth, charge transport kinetics and photoelectrochemical properties

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    Highlights: • BiOI/TiO2 photoanodes were fabricated by a simple solvothermal/hydrothermal method. • BiOI/TiO2 (PVP) showed a 13-fold increase in photocurrent density compared to TiO2. • Charge transport kinetics within the BiOI/TiO2 heterojunctions are discussed. - Abstract: A series of BiOI/TiO2-nanorod array photoanodes were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass using a simple two-step solvothermal/hydrothermal method. The effects of the hydrothermal process, such as TiO2 nanorod growth time, BiOI concentration and the role of surfactant, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), on the growth of BiOI, were investigated. The heterojunctions were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV–vis absorbance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The photoelectrochemical properties of the as-grown junctions, such as linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) behavior, photocurrent response and incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) under Xenon lamp illumination, are presented. The cell with BiOI/TiO2 (PVP) as photoanode can reach a short current density (Jsc) of 0.13 mA/cm2 and open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.46 V vs. Ag/AgCl under the irradiation of a 300 W Xenon lamp. Compared to bare TiO2, the IPCE of BiOI/TiO2 (PVP) increased 4–5 times at 380 nm. Furthermore, the charge transport kinetics within the heterojunction is also discussed

  18. Zn2SnO4-SnO2 heterojunction nanocomposites for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: → The ZTO-SnO2 based DSSC shows superior photovoltaic performance than single phase ZTO or Pm-ZTO-SnO2 (physical mixture of ZTO and SnO2 nanoparticles having the same ZTO/SnO2 composition) based DSSC. → The obvious improvement in the photovoltaic performance is mainly ascribed to the efficient injected electrons transfer between the two materials via heterojunctions and consequent suppress the recombination. - Abstract: Zn2SnO4-SnO2 heterojunction nanocomposites (ZTO-SnO2) with high mass amount of ZTO were synthesized by a two-step technique. The route involves firstly the synthesis of monodispersed ZnSn(OH)6 nanocubes with a 50-60 nm edge length as precursors by simple coprecipitation of Na2SnO3.3H2O and ZnCl2 aqueous solution, assisted by ultrasonic treatment and then followed by calcination of the precursors at 800 deg. C under N2 atmosphere. The as-synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Heterojunction between ZTO and SnO2 nanoparticle was confirmed by the electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) elemental mapping and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM). The photovoltaic performance of the ZTO-SnO2 based DSSC was examined by measuring the J-V curves both in dark and under illumination. The results show that the ZTO-SnO2 based DSSC exhibits superior photovoltaic performance as compared to the single phase ZTO based DSSCs. Under illumination of AM 1.5 simulated sunlight (100 mW/cm2), the open circuit voltage of the cell based on ZTO-SnO2 is 706 mV, the short-current density is 2.85 mA/cm2, and the efficiency is 1.29% which is increased by 43% from 0.90% to 1.29% compared with pure ZTO. The formation of the heterojunctions between ZTO and SnO2 nanoparticles is believed to reduce the recombination between injected electrons and redox I-/I3- and improve the performance of the DSSC.

  19. Optical and Recombination Losses in Thin Film Solar Cells Based on Heterojunctions n-ZnS (n-CdS) / p-CdTe with Current Collecting Contacts ITO and ZnO

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    O.A. Dobrozhan; A.S. Opanasyuk; V.V. Grynenko

    2014-01-01

    The optical and recombination losses in auxiliary and absorbing layers of solar cells based on heterojunctions n-ZnS / p-CdTe and n-CdS / p-CdTe with current collecting front sublayers ITO and ZnO were determined. As a result, spectral dependence of light transmittance (T) of solar cells, taking into account its reflections from the boundaries of the contacting materials and in case of absorption in the auxiliary layers of solar cells was calculated. The influence of optical and recombination...

  20. Fabrication of pixilated architecture large panel organic flexible solar cell by reducing bulk electrical resistance

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    Panag, Jasmeet Singh

    This study investigates experimentally the photovoltaic behavior and performance of a new pixilated architecture of large organic photovoltaic panels made of a large array of high-aspect ratio three-dimensional pillars surrounded by a matrix of polymer photoactive material. A least addressed problem in organic and thin-film solar cells is the high bulk resistance of cathodic and anodic layers that result in drastic reduction of currents and power conversion efficiency (PCE). For such panels to be practical and commercially competitive, this huge bulk-resistance has to be minimized as much as possible. In this study, therefore, we introduce a new novel architecture that essentially compartmentalizes large panels into smaller modules that are connected to each other in a parallel fashion. In this architecture, the metal cathode layer is applied on the top as a series of lines whereas the anodic layer is independently connected to the pixilated cells at the bottom. As a result, these modules act like independent pixel cells wherein the damage from process and operation is limited individual pixel cells. The factors considered in validating the pixilated architecture presented here consisted of effect of number of pixels on efficiency and bulk electrical resistance. In addition, the study shows that pixilated architecture offers more uniform photoactive layers, and hence better photovoltaic performance because of the compartmentalization.

  1. Organic-inorganic heterojunction with P3HT and n-type 6H-SiC: Determination of the band alignment and photovoltaic properties

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    Dietmueller, Roland; Nesswetter, Helmut; Schoell, Sebastian; Hauer, Benedikt; Sharp, Ian David; Stutzmann, Martin [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    The exact band alignment in organic/inorganic semiconductor heterojunctions is influenced by a variety of properties and difficult to predict. For the organic/inorganic heterojunction made of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and n-type 6H-SiC, the band alignment is determined via current-voltage measurements. For this purpose a model equivalent circuit, combining a thermionic emission diode and space-charge limited current effects, is proposed which describes the behavior of the heterojunction very well. From the fitting parameters, the interface barrier height of 1.1 eV between the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of P3HT and the Fermi level of 6H-SiC can be determined. In addition from the maximum open circuit voltage of the diodes, a distance of 0.9 eV between the HOMO of P3HT and the conduction band (CB) of 6H-SiC can be deduced. These two values determine the Fermi level of 6H-SiC, which is about 120 meV below the CB, relative to the HOMO and LUMO of P3HT. The 6H-SiC/P3HT heterojunction exhibits an open circuit voltage of 0.55 eV at room temperature, which would make such a heterojunction a promising candidate for bulk heterojunction hybrid solar cells with 6H-SiC nanoparticles.

  2. Patterns of efficiency and degradation of composite polymer solar cells

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    Jeranko, T; Tributsch, H; Sariciftci, NS; Hummelen, JC

    2004-01-01

    Bulk-heterojunction plastic solar cells (PSC) produced from a conjugated polymer, poly(2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyl-oxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MDMO-PPV), and a methanofullerene [6,6]-phenyl C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) were investigated using photocurrent imaging techniques to determi

  3. Bipolar polaron pair recombination in polymer/fullerene solar cells

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    Kupijai, Alexander J.; Behringer, Konstantin M.; Schaeble, Florian G.;

    2015-01-01

    We present a study of the rate-limiting spin-dependent charge-transfer processes in different polymer/fullerene bulk-heterojunction solar cells at 10 K. Observing central spin-locking signals in pulsed electrically detected magnetic resonance and an inversion of Rabi oscillations in multifrequency...

  4. Market to facilitate wind and solar energy integration in the bulk power supply

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    Milligan, Michael [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Soeder, Lennart [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden); Holttinen, Hannele [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland); Clark, Charlton [U.S. Department of Energy Washington, DC (United States); Pineda, Ivan [European Wind Energy Association, Brussels (Belgium); Collaboration: IEA Task 25 collaboration

    2012-07-01

    Wind and solar power will give rise to challenges in electricity markets regarding flexibility, capacity adequacy, and the participation of wind and solar generators to markets. Large amounts of wind power will have impacts on bulk power system markets and electricity prices. If the markets respond to increased wind power by increasing investments in low-capital-cost/high-marginal-cost power, the average price may remain in the same range. However, the experiences so far from Denmark, Germany, Spain, and Ireland are that the average market prices decreased because of wind power. This reduction in price may result in additional revenue insufficiency, which may be corrected with a capacity market; however, capacity markets are difficult to design. Further, the flexibility attributes of the capacity need to be considered. Markets facilitating wind and solar integration will include possibilities for trading close to delivery (either by shorter gate closure times or intraday markets). Time steps chosen for markets can enable more flexibility to be assessed. Experience from 5- and 10-minute markets has been encouraging. (orig.)

  5. Band alignment at organic-inorganic heterojunctions between P3HT and n-type 6H-SiC.

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    Dietmueller, Roland; Nesswetter, Helmut; Schoell, Sebastian J; Sharp, Ian D; Stutzmann, Martin

    2011-11-01

    The exact band alignment at organic/inorganic semiconductor heterojunctions is influenced by a variety of properties and is difficult to predict. For organic/inorganic bilayer heterojunctions made of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and n-type 6H-SiC, the band alignment is determined via current-voltage measurements. For this purpose, a model equivalent circuit, combining thermionic emission and space-charge-limited current effects, is proposed which describes the behavior of the heterojunction very well. From the fitting parameters, an interface barrier height of 1.1 eV between the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of P3HT and the conduction band (CB) of 6H-SiC is determined. In addition, from the maximum open circuit voltage of 6H-SiC/P3HT diodes, a difference of 0.9 eV between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of P3HT and the CB of 6H-SiC is deduced. These two values determine the alignment of the energy bands of 6H-SiC relative to the HOMO and LUMO of P3HT. The 6H-SiC/P3HT bilayer heterojunction exhibits an open circuit voltage of ~0.5 V at room temperature, which makes such a materials system a potential candidate for bulk heterojunction hybrid solar cells with 6H-SiC nanoparticles. PMID:21936559

  6. Evolution of a Native Oxide Layer at the a-Si:H/c-Si Interface and Its Influence on a Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cell.

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    Liu, Wenzhu; Meng, Fanying; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Liu, Zhengxin

    2015-12-01

    The interface microstructure of a silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cell was investigated. We found an ultrathin native oxide layer (NOL) with a thickness of several angstroms was formed on the crystalline silicon (c-Si) surface in a very short time (∼30 s) after being etched by HF solution. Although the NOL had a loose structure with defects that are detrimental for surface passivation, it acted as a barrier to restrain the epitaxial growth of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) during the plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The microstructure change of the NOL during the PECVD deposition of a-Si:H layers with different conditions and under different H2 plasma treatments were systemically investigated in detail. When a brief H2 plasma was applied to treat the a-Si:H layer after the PECVD deposition, interstitial oxygen and small-size SiO2 precipitates were transformed to hydrogenated amorphous silicon suboxide alloy (a-SiO(x):H, x ∼ 1.5). In the meantime, the interface defect density was reduced by about 50%, and the parameters of the SHJ solar cell were improved due to the post H2 plasma treatment. PMID:26565116

  7. InGaP/GaAs heterojunction photosensor powered by an on-chip GaAs solar cell for energy harvesting

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    Than, Phuc Hong; Uchida, Kazuo; Makino, Takahiro; Ohshima, Takeshi; Nozaki, Shinji

    2016-04-01

    In this study, an InGaP/GaAs heterojunction phototransistor (HPT) and a GaAs solar cell were monolithically integrated into an HPT epitaxial wafer, and the battery-free operation of the HPT was demonstrated for energy harvesting. Although the thickness and doping condition of the layers were optimized for the HPT performance, but not for the solar cell performance, the obtained short-circuit current was high enough to operate the InGaP/GaAs HPT in a two-terminal (2T) configuration. A collector photocurrent of 0.63 mA was obtained when the energy-harvesting InGaP/GaAs 2T-HPT was exposed to white light with a power density of 35 mW/cm2, and it linearly increased with the power density. For a potential application of the energy-harvesting InGaP/GaAs HPT as a photosensor in space, the device was irradiated with electrons of 1 MeV energy and 1015 cm-2 fluence. No significant degradation of the fabricated energy-harvesting 2T-HPT after the high-energy electron irradiation guarantees its battery-free operation in space.

  8. Efficiency enhancement using a Zn1‑ x Ge x -O thin film as an n-type window layer in Cu2O-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Nishi, Yuki; Miyata, Toshihiro

    2016-05-01

    Efficiency enhancement was achieved in Cu2O-based heterojunction solar cells fabricated with a zinc–germanium-oxide (Zn1‑ x Ge x -O) thin film as the n-type window layer and a p-type Na-doped Cu2O (Cu2O:Na) sheet prepared by thermally oxidizing Cu sheets. The Ge content (x) dependence of the obtained photovoltaic properties of the heterojunction solar cells is mainly explained by the conduction band discontinuity that results from the electron affinity difference between Zn1‑ x Ge x -O and Cu2O:Na. The optimal value of x in Zn1‑ x Ge x -O thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition was observed to be 0.62. An efficiency of 8.1% was obtained in a MgF2/Al-doped ZnO/Zn0.38Ge0.62-O/Cu2O:Na heterojunction solar cell.

  9. Solution-processed efficient CdTe nanocrystal/CBD-CdS hetero-junction solar cells with ZnO interlayer

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    CdTe nanocrystal (NC)/CdS p–n hetero-junction solar cells with an ITO/ZnO-In/CdS/CdTe/MoOx/Ag-inverted structure were prepared by using a layer-by-layer solution process. The CdS thin films were prepared by chemical bath deposition on top of ITO/ZnO-In and were found to be very compact and pin-hole free in a large area, which insured high quality CdTe NCs thin-film formation upon it. The device performance was strongly related to the CdCl2 annealing temperature and annealing time. Devices exhibited power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.08 % following 400 °C CdCl2 annealing for 5 min, which was a good efficiency for solution processed CdTe/CdS NC-inverted solar cells. By carefully designing and optimizing the CdCl2-annealing conditions (370 °C CdCl2 annealing for about 15 min), the PCE of such devices showed a 21 % increase, in comparison to 400 °C CdCl2-annealing conditions, and reached a better PCE of 3.73 % while keeping a relatively high VOC of 0.49 V. This PCE value, to the best of our knowledge, is the highest PCE reported for solution processed CdTe–CdS NC solar cells. Moreover, the inverted solar cell device was very stable when kept under ambient conditions, less than 4 % degradation was observed in PCE after 40 days storage

  10. Demonstration of solar-blind Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N-based heterojunction phototransistors

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    Zhang, Lingxia; Tang, Shaoji; Liu, Changshan; Li, Bin; Wu, Hualong; Wang, Hailong [School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Wu, Zhisheng [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Jiang, Hao, E-mail: stsjiang@mail.sysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); School of Microelectronics, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2015-12-07

    Al{sub 0.4}Ga{sub 0.6}N/Al{sub 0.65}Ga{sub 0.35}N heterojunction phototransistors have been fabricated from the epi-structure grown by low-pressure metal organic chemical vapor deposition on c-plane sapphire substrates. P-type conductivity of the AlGaN base layer was realized by using indium surfactant-assisted Mg-delta doping method. Regrowth technique was used to suppress the Mg memory effect on the n-type emitter. The fabricated devices with a 150-μm-diameter active area exhibited a bandpass spectral response between 235 and 285 nm. Dark current was measured to be less than 10 pA for bias voltages below 2.0 V. A high optical gain of 1.9 × 10{sup 3} was obtained at 6 V bias.

  11. Enhanced solar energy conversion in Au-doped, single-wall carbon nanotube-Si heterojunction cells

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    2013-01-01

    The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of single-wall carbon nanotube (SCNT)/n-type crystalline silicon heterojunction photovoltaic devices is significantly improved by Au doping. It is found that the overall PCE was significantly increased to threefold. The efficiency enhancement of photovoltaic devices is mainly the improved electrical conductivity of SCNT by increasing the carrier concentration and the enhancing the absorbance of active layers by Au nanoparticles. The Au doping can lead to an increase of the open circuit voltage through adjusting the Fermi level of SCNT and then enhancing the built-in potential in the SCNT/n-Si junction. This fabrication is easy, cost-effective, and easily scaled up, which demonstrates that such Au-doped SCNT/Si cells possess promising potential in energy harvesting application. PMID:23663755

  12. Influences of bulk and surface recombinations on the power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells

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    Xie, Ziang; Sun, Shuren; Yan, Yu; Wang, Wei; Qin, Laixiang; Qin, G. G.

    2016-07-01

    For a novel kind of solar cell (SC) material, it is critical to estimate how far the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of the SCs made of it can go. In 2010 Han and Chen proposed the equation for the ultimate efficiency of SCs without considering the carrier recombination η un. η un is capable of estimating the theoretical upper limits of the SC efficiencies and has attracted much attention. However, carrier recombination, which is one of the key factors influencing the PCEs of the SCs, is ignored in the equation for η un. In this paper, we develop a novel equation to calculate the ultimate efficiency for the SCs, η ur, which considers both the bulk and the surface carrier recombinations. The novel equation for η ur can estimate how much the bulk and the surface carrier recombinations influence the PCEs of the SCs. Moreover, with η ur we can estimate how much PCE improvement space can be gained only by reducing the influence of the carrier recombination to the least. The perovskite organometal trihalide SCs have attracted tremendous attention lately. For the planar CH3NH3PbI3 SCs, in the material depth range from 31.25–2000 nm, we apply the equation of η ur to investigate how the bulk and the surface carrier recombinations affect PCE. From a typically reported PCE of 15% for the planar CH3NH3PbI3 SC, using the equation of η ur, it is concluded that by reducing the influence of carrier recombination to the least the improvement of PCE is in the range of 17–30%.

  13. The roles of bulk and interfacial molecular orientations in determining the performance of organic bilayer solar cells

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    Ngongang Ndjawa, Guy O.

    2014-09-09

    Molecular orientation plays a significant role in determining the performance of small molecule solar cells. Key photovoltaic processes in these cells are strongly dependent on how the molecules are oriented in the active layer. We isolate contributions arising from the bulk molecular orientations vs. those from interfacial orientations in ZnPc/C60 bilayer systems and we probe these contributions by comparing device pairs in which only the bulk or the interface differ. By controlling the orientation in the bulk the current can be strongly modulated, whereas controlling the interfacial molecular orientation and degree of intermixing mediate the voltage.

  14. Preparation of born-doped a-SiC:H thin films by ICP-CVD method and to the application of large-area heterojunction solar cells.

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    Jeong, Chaehwan; Kim, Young-Back; Lee, Suk-Ho; Kim, Jin Hyeok

    2010-05-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) film has been widely used as an emitter p layer in solar cells. For the better p layer, wide optical bandgap, and high electrical conductivity should be obtained from the effective method. We prepared the boron-doped a-SiC:H thin films using inductively coupled plasma chemical vapor deposition (ICP-CVD) method and characteristics on the small-area (2 cm x 2 cm) as well as the large-area films (diameter of 100 mm) were shown on it. As a substrate, the n-type (100) oriented CZ c-Si (5.5 approximately 6.5 omega x cm, 650 microm) wafers were used and cleaned by using the reduced RCA method. A silane (SiH4) of 99.999% purity, H2 and 60% hydrogen diluted ethylene (C2H4) was used as source gas for the deposition of intrinsic a-SiC:H films, and then diborane (B2H6), as the doping gas, is added to C2H4 and SiH4/H2 during the deposition of films. The uniformity of thickness and optical bandgap from large-area as-dep. films was at 1.8% and 0.3%, respectively. Heterojunction solar cell with 2 wt%-AZO/p-a-SiC:H/i-a-Si:H/c-Si/Ag structure was fabricated and characterized with diameter of 152.3 mm in this large-area ICP-CVD system. Conversion efficiency of 9.123% was achieved with a practical area of 100 mm x 100 mm, which can show the potentials to the fabrication of the large-area solar cell using ICP-CVD method. PMID:20358948

  15. A statistical approach for the optimization of indium tin oxide films used as a front contact in amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Highlights: • The number of experiments was reduced by approximately 90% using Taguchi design. • The optimal condition of ITO films was obtained by Grey relational analysis. • Substrate temperature is dominant effect on opto-electrical properties of ITO films. • Using the optimal ITO films, the solar cell efficiency was absolutely increased by 1.750%. - Abstract: In heterojunction silicon with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) solar cells, the excellent opto-electrical properties of indium tin oxide (ITO) front contact play a critical role in attaining high efficiency. Therefore, in this study, we present and demonstrate an effective statistic approach based on combining Taguchi method and Grey relational analysis for the optimization of ITO films. A reduction in the number of experiments by approximately 90% is obtained by the Taguchi method through an orthogonal array. The reproduction of the effect of process parameters on single performance characteristic, however, is still ensured. In addition, an excellent trade-off between electrical and optical properties of ITO films was attained within the selected range of parameters by Grey relational analysis at power density of 0.685 W/cm2, working pressure of 0.4 Pa, substrate temperature of 200 °C, and post-annealing temperature of 200 °C in 30 min. Under optimal condition, the ITO films showed lowest electrical resistivity of 1.978 × 10−4 Ω cm, and highest transmittance of 90.322%. The HIT solar cells using these ITO films as a front contact show highest efficiency of 16.616%, yielding a 1.750% absolute increase in efficiency compared to using ITO films with the initial condition. Furthermore, the analysis of variance (ANOVA) is determined to define the process parameters which have a dominant effect on the electrical and optical properties of ITO films. Based on ANOVA, we found that the substrate temperature was a key parameter which critically affects the opto-electrical properties of ITO films

  16. Photovoltaic properties of ZnO/CdTe heterojunctions prepared by spray pyrolysis

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    An extended investigation has been made of the electrical and photovoltaic properties of heterojunctions prepared by spray-pyrolysis deposition of thin ZnO films on single-crystal p-type CdTe. The principal experimental variables were the substrate temperature and the postdeposition temperature for annealing in H2. Under actual sunlight the optimum cell showed an open-circuit voltage of 0.54 V, a short-circuit current of 19.5 mA/cm2, and a solar efficiency (referred to the active area) of 8.8%, the highest value obtained to date for an authentic heterojunction on CdTe. The nature of the forward transport mechanism has been investigated, and a tunneling model in which bulk and interface deep traps control the forward characteristics is shown to provide good correlation with the experimental data

  17. Coarsening of one-step deposited organolead triiodide perovskite films via Ostwald ripening for high efficiency planar-heterojunction solar cells.

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    Zhu, Weidong; Bao, Chunxiong; Wang, Yangrunqian; Li, Faming; Zhou, Xiaoxin; Yang, Jie; Lv, Bihu; Wang, Xiaoyong; Yu, Tao; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-05-01

    Large organolead triiodide perovskite (OTP) grains with little intragranular defects are beneficial to minimize carrier recombination, hence boosting cell performance. However, OTP films deposited by the widely used one-step spin-coating route are usually composed of small grains, because the poor thermal stability of OTP inherently restricts the processing window (temperature, time) during the film preparation, thus limiting grain coarsening in the film. Herein, the remarkable grain coarsening via Ostwald ripening in one-step deposited OTP films has been successfully realized by a facile and effective post-synthesis high-temperature heating treatment assisted with spin-coated CH3NH3I. By systematically investigating the heating treatment parameters, a high-quality OTP film with an enlarged average grain size from ∼280 nm to 1.2 μm, greatly enhanced crystallinity, and excellent stoichiometry is achieved. Benefiting from such improved features, this modified film shows significantly reduced defect states corresponding to the decrease of recombination centers, as well as enhanced carrier transport and injection properties, which lead to the dramatically boosted efficiency from 14.54% to 16.88% for planar-heterojunction solar cells. More importantly, the improved OTP film quality provides the possibility of thickening the absorber layer of cells to realize more sufficient absorption without serious aggravation of charge recombination. By further optimizing the thickness of the coarsened OTP films, highly efficient cells with relatively excellent reproducibility and an optimal efficiency of 19.24% are achieved. PMID:27064445

  18. Study and Simulation of the Heterojunction Thin Film Solar Cell a-Si(n)/a-Si(i)/c-Si(p)/a-Si(i)/a-Si(p)

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    Toufik, Zarede; Hamza, Lidjici; Mohamed, Fathi; Achour, Mahrane

    2016-05-01

    In this article, we present a study based on numerical simulation of the electrical characteristics of a thin-film heterojunction solar cell (a-Si(n)/a-Si(i)/c-Si(p)/a-Si(i)/a-Si(p)), using the automat for simulation of hetero-structures (AFORS-Het) software. This cell is composed of four main layers of silicon (Si): (i) 5 nm amorphous silicon doped n, (ii) 100 μm crystalline silicon (substrate) doped p, (iii) 5 nm amorphous silicon doped p, and (iv) 3 nm amorphous silicon intrinsic. This cell has a front and rear metal contact of aluminum and zinc oxide (ZnO) front layer transparent conductive oxide of 80 nm thickness. The simulations were performed at conditions of "One Sun" irradiation with air mass 1.5 (AM1.5), and under absolute temperature T = 300 K. The simulation results have shown a high electrical conversion efficiency of about 30.29% and high values of open circuit voltage V oc = 779 mV. This study has also shown that the studied cell has good quality light absorption on a very broad spectrum.

  19. Potential application of mono/bi-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) sheet as an efficient transparent conducting electrode in silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Chaudhary, Rimjhim; Patel, Kamlesh; Sinha, Ravindra K.; Kumar, Sanjeev; Tyagi, Pawan K.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we have simulated the structure of n-type MoS2/silicon heterojunction solar cell and studied its function under different conditions. The optimization of parameters of the cell's layer has been carried out by using AFORS-HET software. In the present study, MoS2 has been considered as 3-D in nature instead of the reported 2-D nature. In order to ensure the formation of Schottky junction, electric contact has been made along the c-axis to collect the minority charge carriers. After optimizing the various parameters of n-type single layer MoS2, power efficiency of 12.44% has been achieved at the room temperature, which has further decreased to 9.042% as the layer number has increased up to 40. Furthermore, after optimizing the parameters of silicon wafer maximum efficiency of 16.4% has been achieved. Temperature dependence of the cell performance has also been studied and the maximum efficiency has been achieved at 300 K. In the present study, we have demonstrated that n-type ultrathin layer of MoS2 can be used as an excellent transparent conducting electrode.

  20. ZnxCd1-xS as a heterojunction partner for CuIn1-xGaxS2 thin film solar cells

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    Zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnxCd1-xS) heterojunction partner layer prepared with chemical bath deposition (CBD) has exhibited better blue photon response and higher current densities due to its higher bandgap than that of conventional cadmium sulfide (CdS) layer for CuIn1-xGaxS2 (CIGS2) solar cells. CIGS2/ZnxCd1-xS devices have also shown higher open circuit voltage, Voc indicating improved junction properties. A conduction band offset has been observed by J-V curves at various temperatures indicating that still higher Voc can be obtained by optimizing the conduction band offset. This contribution discusses the effect of variation of parameters such as concentration of compounds, pH of solution and deposition time during CBD on device properties and composition and crystallinity of film. Efficiencies comparable to CIGS2/CdS devices have been achieved for CIGS2/ZnxCd1-xS devices

  1. New Insights into the Molecular Dynamics of P3HT:PCBM Bulk Heterojunction: A Time-of-Flight Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering Study.

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    Guilbert, Anne A Y; Zbiri, Mohamed; Jenart, Maud V C; Nielsen, Christian B; Nelson, Jenny

    2016-06-16

    The molecular dynamics of organic semiconductor blend layers are likely to affect the optoelectronic properties and the performance of devices such as solar cells. We study the dynamics (5-50 ps) of the poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT): phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blend by time-of-flight quasi-elastic neutron scattering, at temperatures in the range 250-360 K, thus spanning the glass transition temperature region of the polymer and the operation temperature of an OPV device. The behavior of the QENS signal provides evidence for the vitrification of P3HT upon blending, especially above the glass transition temperature, and the plasticization of PCBM by P3HT, both dynamics occurring on the picosecond time scale. PMID:27192930

  2. Correlation between dynamic parameters and device performance of organic solar cells

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    Kniepert, Juliane

    2015-01-01

    Organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells based on polymer:fullerene blends are a promising alternative for a low-cost solar energy conversion. Despite significant improvements of the power conversion efficiency in recent years, the fundamental working principles of these devices are yet not fully understood. In general, the current output of organic solar cells is determined by the generation of free charge carriers upon light absorption and their transport to the electrodes in competiti...

  3. Enhancement of Efficiency of a Solar Cell Fabricated on Black Si Made by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Reactive Ion Etching Process: A Case Study of a n-CdS/p-Si Heterojunction Cell.

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    Katiyar, Ajit K; Mukherjee, S; Zeeshan, M; Ray, Samit K; Raychaudhuri, A K

    2015-10-28

    We show that a significant enhancement of solar cell efficiency can be achieved in cells fabricated on black Si made using inductively coupled plasma-reactive ion etching (ICP-RIE). The ICP-RIE-fabricated black Si results in an array of vertically oriented defect-free Si nanocones (average height ∼150 nm; apex diameter ∼25 nm) exhibiting an average reflectance ≤2% over most of the relevant solar spectral range. The enabling role of the ultralow reflectance of the nanostructured black Si has been demonstrated using a heterojunction solar cell fabricated by depositing a n-type CdS film on p-Si nanocones followed by a transparent conducting coating of Al-doped ZnO (AZO). The fabricated n-CdS/p-Si heterojunction exhibits promising power conversion efficiency close to 3%, up from a mere efficient 0.15% for a similar cell fabricated on a planar Si. The effect of the fabrication process for the black Si on solar cell performance has been investigated through the measurements of carrier lifetime and surface recombination velocity. The accompanying model and simulation analysis shows that the conical structure leads to the effective dielectric constant varying smoothly from the value of the air at the top to the value of Si at the base over the length of the nanocone, leading to a substantial reduction of its reflectance. PMID:26451949

  4. 细致平衡理论计算CdS/CdTe异质结太阳电池的极限转换效率%DETAIL BALANCE LIMIT OF EFFICIENCY OF CdS/CdTe HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELLS

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    熊超; 陈磊; 袁洪春; 姚若河

    2013-01-01

    Based on detailed balance theory and considered the barriers at interface of heterojunction,which result from the band offset and block photon-generated carriers transport,a photoelectric conversion model for heterojunction solar cells was established.The problem of the limit efficiency of heterojunction solar cells was solved using the detailed balance theory.A method to realize the Ⅰ-Ⅴ characteristics of the CdS/CdTe heterojunction solar cells under the illumination and the limit conversion efficiency of CdS/CdTe solar cells was proposed in this article.Under the illumination,the Ⅰ-Ⅴ characteristics and maximum conversion efficiency are closely related to the built-in barrier of the CdS/CdTe solar cells.It is shown that a theoretical efficiency limit of 29% can be achieved for CdS/CdTe heterojunction solar cells under AM1.5 illumination.Considering the typical parameters of CdS and CdTe,the maximum conversion efficiency of 25% can be achieved.Analysis of the reality of the efficiency is not high and the feasibility of improving conversion efficiency of the CdS/CdTe heterojunction solar cells.%在细致平衡理论基础上,针对异质结电池在结处由于能带不连续而形成载流子运动势垒可能对光生载流子的运输存在阻碍作用,建立异质结太阳电池的光电转换模型,解决了细致平衡理论无法计算异质结太阳电池极限效率的问题,推导出CdS/CdTe异质结太阳电池光照下的Ⅰ-Ⅴ特性表达式以及最大光电转换效率的求法.指出电池的Ⅰ-Ⅴ特性以及最大转换效率与电池的内建势垒密切相关,并求出在理想情况AM1.5的光照下CdS/CdTe异质结太阳电池最大转换效率可达29%;考虑到CdS和CdTe的典型参数后,计算出其最大转换效率可达25%.分析了现实中电池效率不高的原因,并指出实现电池转换效率提高的可行性.

  5. 两种异质结太阳能电池聚合物供体材料的设计与理论性质%Theory Design of Two Polymer Donors for Organic Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    刘小锐; 陈春香; 何荣幸; 申伟; 李明

    2012-01-01

    organic solar cell.Therefore,we can infer that PBnDT-6CNTAZ may be a potential donor material of bulk heterojunction solar cells.The present calculated results demonstrated a first attempt of providing a theoretical model for the introduction of electron-deficient groups in copolymer donors.These results may provide a structural guideline for optimizing chemical construction of copolymer donors to improve the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells.Our computational models and conclusions can be applied to design and predict other new polymer donors.%模拟了以苯并噻吩作为富电子基团分别与1H-benzo[d][1,2,3]triazole和1H-benzo[d][1,2,3]triazole-6-carbonitrile作为缺电子基团构成的两种聚合物太阳能电池供体材料(PBnDT-HTAZ,PBnDT-6CNTAZ)及PC60BM为受体材料的理论性质.利用DFT理论分析了两种聚合物的电子和光物理性质,通过Marcus理论研究了供-受体化合物在供受体界面的电荷转移性质和供体聚合物的空穴迁移能力.计算结果表明:供体聚合物具有强而宽的吸收,并且具有强的分子内电子转移和从电子供体到电子受体的分子间电子转移,对应的复合物都具有较小的激子束缚能;与PBnDT-HTAZ相比,设计的供体PBnDT-6CNTAZ,由于引入了强吸电性的氰基而具有更大的开路电压和更好的抗氧化能力,另外,在供受体界面具有更好的电荷转移特性,并且在供体中具有相对大的空穴迁移速率.因此,可以推断得知引入氰基的PBnDT-6CNTAZ是一种潜在的更好的太阳能电池供体材料.

  6. Study on the performances of SnS heterojunctions by numerical analysis

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    Highlights: • The photovoltaic properties of SnS heterojunctions were studied by numerical method. • The window/SnS and SnS/c-Si heterojunctions showed distinct photovoltaic properties. • The effects of the heterojunction structure were researched. • The ZnS/SnS heterojunction exhibited the highest conversion efficiency. • The photovoltaic properties of ZnS/SnS heterojunction were further optimized. - Abstract: The semiconducting SnS heterojunctions have been used as solar cell structure. In an effort to study the photovoltaic properties of different SnS heterojunctions, in this work, the CdS/SnS, ZnS/SnS, ZnO/SnS, a-Si/SnS, and SnS/c-Si heterojunctions were studied by numerical analysis. The calculated results show that the ZnS/SnS heterojunction has the highest conversion efficiency. The SnS thin film has different roles depending on another material. The heterojunction structure will affect the window and absorption properties. The less absorption in the window layer and the less photo-generated carrier barrier in the heterojunction interface will lead to the improved photovoltaic properties. The photovoltaic properties can be further enhanced by adjusting the thickness. The calculated results provide a guide to the design and fabrication of SnS heterojunction solar cells

  7. Fabrication and study of organic solar cells composed of P3HT/PCBM blend with monolayers of P(VDF-TrFE)

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    Carrasco, Hector; Vedrine, Josee; Luis Rosa Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    Organic polymeric materials that are conducting provide an added facility in device fabrication, particularly in solar cell applications. In this work, we study the electrical and morphological properties of bulk hetero-junction solar cells fabricated with poly (3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric-acid-methyl ester (PCBM) blends, when a monolayer of the ferroelectric polymer poly[(vinylidenefluoride-co-trifluoroethylene] [P(VDF-TrFE)] is deposited between ITO conductor and bulk heterojunction. The bulk heterojunction and ferroelectric films are annealed at 140 °C under vacuum atmosphere to improve their crystallinity, which may assist in enhanced charge transfer. We measure device photovoltaic properties with changing blend thickness, while keeping the ferroelectric layer constant.. The current-voltage characteristics are measured and compared for the different film thicknesses. AFM techniques are used to analyze their morphological and conductive properties.

  8. Charge separation at disordered semiconductor heterojunctions from random walk numerical simulations.

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    Mandujano-Ramírez, Humberto J; González-Vázquez, José P; Oskam, Gerko; Dittrich, Thomas; Garcia-Belmonte, Germa; Mora-Seró, Iván; Bisquert, Juan; Anta, Juan A

    2014-03-01

    Many recent advances in novel solar cell technologies are based on charge separation in disordered semiconductor heterojunctions. In this work we use the Random Walk Numerical Simulation (RWNS) method to model the dynamics of electrons and holes in two disordered semiconductors in contact. Miller-Abrahams hopping rates and a tunnelling distance-dependent electron-hole annihilation mechanism are used to model transport and recombination, respectively. To test the validity of the model, three numerical "experiments" have been devised: (1) in the absence of constant illumination, charge separation has been quantified by computing surface photovoltage (SPV) transients. (2) By applying a continuous generation of electron-hole pairs, the model can be used to simulate a solar cell under steady-state conditions. This has been exploited to calculate open-circuit voltages and recombination currents for an archetypical bulk heterojunction solar cell (BHJ). (3) The calculations have been extended to nanostructured solar cells with inorganic sensitizers to study, specifically, non-ideality in the recombination rate. The RWNS model in combination with exponential disorder and an activated tunnelling mechanism for transport and recombination is shown to reproduce correctly charge separation parameters in these three "experiments". This provides a theoretical basis to study relevant features of novel solar cell technologies. PMID:24448680

  9. Structural, electronic and transport properties of armorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunctions

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    Schulze, Tim Ferdinand

    2011-06-15

    application of established concepts for the physical description of a-Si:H in the following chapters. Further, the impact of the PECVD deposition parameters on the properties of the resulting layers is explored and discussed. Next, the lineup of the electronic bands at the heterojunction is elucidated in devicerelevant a-Si:H/c-Si heterostructures. To this end, a novel method combining photoelectron spectroscopy and surface photovoltage measurements is developed and employed. It is found that upon widening the a-Si:H optical band gap by controlling its hydrogen content, predominantly the valence band offset is increasing while the conduction band offset stays constant. The significance of the valence band offset for solar cell operation and possible pathways for tailoring the electronic properties of the heterojunction are discussed. In the last chapter, the microscopic properties of the a- Si:H layers are linked with the resulting passivation of c-Si surface states, which limit the obtainable open-circuit-voltage in a heterojunction solar cell. It is found that in case of ideal processing, the heterojunction does not possess particular properties but can be described by the a-Si:H bulk properties projected onto the actual heterojunction. The principal limit of c-Si surface passivation follows naturally, as does the explanation of passivation degradation effects from the metastability inherent to a-Si:H. The amorphous network has the propensity to adapt upon changes in externally controllable parameters like the Fermi energy. (orig.)

  10. Interfacial barrier height modification of indium tin oxide/a-Si:H(p) via control of density of interstitial oxygen for silicon heterojunction solar cell application

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    An indium tin oxide (ITO) film with low carrier concentration (n), high mobility (μ) and high work function (ΦITO) is a beneficial material for the front electrode in heterojunction silicon (HJ) solar cells due to its low free-carrier absorption in the near-infrared wavelength and low Schottky barrier height at the ITO/emitter-layer front contact. This low free-carrier absorption as well as the low Schottky barrier height increase the open-circuit voltage (Voc) and the short-circuit current density (Jsc), which in turn increases the overall cell efficiency (η). Hence, ITO films with lower n, higher μ and higher ΦITO were prepared by controlling the density of the interstitial oxygen [Oi] in the films and used as anti-reflection electrodes in HJ solar cells. With increasing [Oi] in the ITO, the preferential orientation of the (222) crystalline plane became more dominant. The ΦITO and μ increased from 4.87 eV and 38.9 cm2 V−1 s−1 to 5.04 eV and 48.79 cm2 V−1 s−1, respectively, whereas n decreased from 4.7 × 1020 cm−3 to 2.8 × 1020 cm−3. We attribute these changes to the chemisorbed oxygen into the ITO films, while the decrease of n is due to the ability of interstitial oxygen to capture electron, and the increase of μ is due to the reduction in free-carrier scattering. These ITO films were used to fabricate HJ solar cells. As [Oi] in the ITO film increased, the device performance improved and the best cell performance was obtained with Voc of 714 mV, Jsc 34.79 mA/cm2 and η of 17.82%. By computer simulation, we found that the higher ΦITO and μ but lower n were responsible for the enhanced cell performance. The cell performance, however, deteriorated due to poor film properties when [Oi] exceeded concentration limit from 3.2 × 1020 cm−3. - Highlights: • The carrier concentration (n) decreases with increasing interstitial oxygen ([Oi]). • The Hall mobility (μ) and the work function (ΦITO) increases with increasing ([Oi]. • High μ and

  11. Effects of bath composition on the morphology of electroless-plated Cu electrodes for hetero-junctions with intrinsic thin layer solar cell

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    Lee, Woon Young [Surface Technology R& BD Group, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Gaetbeol-ro 156, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Yu Jin [Surface Technology R& BD Group, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Gaetbeol-ro 156, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Yonsei University, Yonsei-ro 50, Seodaemun-Gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Min Hyung, E-mail: minhyung@kitech.re.kr [Surface Technology R& BD Group, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Gaetbeol-ro 156, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-31

    The morphology of an electroless-plated Cu electrode was investigated as a function of bath composition. To enhance the selectivity of Cu electrode deposition on the surface of an indium tin oxide layer, a Ti/Cu multi-layer was deposited as a Cu electrode seed layer by physical vapor deposition, and then electroless plating was performed using various complexing agents and a surfactant. The degree of selectivity was effectively influenced by the type of complexing agent. The electroless plating solution containing N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis(2-hydroxypropyl)ethylenediamine (THPED) as complexing agent showed excellent selective growth of the Cu electrode as compared to the solution containing ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. Even though THPED led to better selective growth of the electroless-plated Cu electrode, the aspect ratio of electrode lateral growth was about 2.7 times that of vertical growth. By adding a nonionic surfactant, the ratio between vertical growth rate and lateral growth rate was improved about 4.6 times. The Cu–THPED electroless plating with nonionic surfactant provided a drastic decrease in lateral growth rate, compared with the Cu–THPED electroless plating bath excluding nonionic surfactant. The Cu–THPED solution including nonionic surfactant is a promising composition of electroless plating solution for the clear selective plating of Cu electrodes on hetero-junctions with intrinsic thin layer solar cells. - Highlights: • Selective electroless plating (SEP) depends on binding strength of complexing agent. • The SEP was performed using Cu-N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis(2-hydroxypropyl)ethylenediamine. • A surfactant is able to remove hydrogen bubbles on Cu electrode surface. • The growth of Cu electrode was improved in vertical direction by adding surfactant.

  12. Thermodynamic efficiency limit of molecular donor-acceptor solar cells and its application to diindenoperylene/C{sub 60}-based planar heterojunction devices

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    Gruber, Mark; Wagner, Julia; Hoermann, Ulrich; Opitz, Andreas; Bruetting, Wolfgang [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Augsburg, Universitaetsstr.1, 86135 Augsburg (Germany); Klein, Konrad; Stutzmann, Martin [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall 4, 85748 Garching (Germany)

    2012-09-15

    In organic photovoltaic (PV) cells, the well-established donor-acceptor (D/A) concept enabling photo-induced charge transfer between two partners with suitable energy level alignment has proven extremely successful. Nevertheless, the introduction of such a heterojunction is accompanied with additional energy losses as compared to an inorganic homojunction cell, owing to the presence of a charge-transfer (CT) state at the D/A interface. Based on the principle of detailed balance, a modified Shockley-Queisser theory is developed including the essential effects of interfacial CT states, that allows for a quantitative assessment of the thermodynamic efficiency limits of molecular D/A solar cells. Key parameters, apart from the optical gap of the absorber material, entering the model are the energy (E{sub CT}) and relative absorption strength ({alpha}{sub CT}) of the CT state. It is demonstrated how the open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}) and thus the power conversion efficiency are affected by different parameter values. Furthermore, it is shown that temperature dependent device characteristics can serve to determine the CT energy, and thus the upper limit of V{sub OC} for a given D/A combination, as well as to quantify non-radiative recombination losses. The model is applied to diindenoperylene (DIP)-based photovoltaic devices, with open-circuit voltages between 0.9 and 1.4 V, depending on the partner, that have recently been reported. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Effects of bath composition on the morphology of electroless-plated Cu electrodes for hetero-junctions with intrinsic thin layer solar cell

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    The morphology of an electroless-plated Cu electrode was investigated as a function of bath composition. To enhance the selectivity of Cu electrode deposition on the surface of an indium tin oxide layer, a Ti/Cu multi-layer was deposited as a Cu electrode seed layer by physical vapor deposition, and then electroless plating was performed using various complexing agents and a surfactant. The degree of selectivity was effectively influenced by the type of complexing agent. The electroless plating solution containing N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis(2-hydroxypropyl)ethylenediamine (THPED) as complexing agent showed excellent selective growth of the Cu electrode as compared to the solution containing ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. Even though THPED led to better selective growth of the electroless-plated Cu electrode, the aspect ratio of electrode lateral growth was about 2.7 times that of vertical growth. By adding a nonionic surfactant, the ratio between vertical growth rate and lateral growth rate was improved about 4.6 times. The Cu–THPED electroless plating with nonionic surfactant provided a drastic decrease in lateral growth rate, compared with the Cu–THPED electroless plating bath excluding nonionic surfactant. The Cu–THPED solution including nonionic surfactant is a promising composition of electroless plating solution for the clear selective plating of Cu electrodes on hetero-junctions with intrinsic thin layer solar cells. - Highlights: • Selective electroless plating (SEP) depends on binding strength of complexing agent. • The SEP was performed using Cu-N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis(2-hydroxypropyl)ethylenediamine. • A surfactant is able to remove hydrogen bubbles on Cu electrode surface. • The growth of Cu electrode was improved in vertical direction by adding surfactant

  14. Structure and thickness dependence of p-n heterojunction solar cells based on copper phthalocyanine and perylene pigments

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    The p-n junction solar cells consisting of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and perylenetetra caboxylic-acid dibenzimidazole (PV) show stronger structure and thickness dependence. The devices with the structure of ITO/CuPc/PV/Ag possess better properties than devices with the structure ITO/PV/CuPc/Au. The reason is because the absorption peak of PV is located just in the absorption window of CuPc, which makes the CuPc/PV structures have higher absorption efficiency than the PV/CuPc structures. It is a fact that the photo-absorbance near the p-n interface determines all the properties of the solar cell, which is the active centre of the devices. The length of the active centre is centred in the p-n interface within a 24 nm region. The thickness dependence further enhanced the conclusions. Moreover, in different structures the thickness dependence follows different rules because of the difference in absorbed photons in the active centre of the solar cells

  15. Investigation of optical spacer layers from solution based precursors for polymer solar cells using X-ray reflectometry

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    Andersen, Philip Hvidthøft Delff; Skårhøj, Jakob; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel;

    2009-01-01

    Optical spacer layers based on titaniumalkoxide precursor solutions were prepared by spin-coating on top of bulk heterojunction layers based on poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methylester (PCBM). Models and experiment have shown that the performance of polymer solar cells...

  16. Thermally reactive Thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole based copolymers for high photochemical stability in polymer solar cells

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    Helgesen, Martin; Vesterager Madsen, Morten; Andreasen, Birgitta;

    2011-01-01

    New thermally reactive copolymers based on dithienylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole (DTZ) and silolodithiophene (SDT) have been synthesized and explored in bulk heterojunction solar cells as mixtures with [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). In thin films the polymers had optical band gaps in...

  17. Bulk heterojunctions based on native polythiophene

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    Gevorgyan, Suren; Krebs, Frederik C

    2008-01-01

    derivatives [60]PCBM or [70]PCBM were prepared. The films were subjected to temperatures of 200 degrees C whereby P3MHOCT is converted to the more rigid and insoluble poly-3-carboxydithiophene (P3CT); films subjected to a temperature of 3 10 degrees C lead to decarboxylation of P3CT giving native...

  18. Characterization and Modeling of CdS/CdTe Heterojunction Thin-Film Solar Cell for High Efficiency Performance

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    Fatima Buny; Hamid Fardi

    2013-01-01

    Device simulation is used to investigate the current-voltage efficiency performance in CdTe/CdS photovoltaic solar cell. The role of several limiting factors such as back contact Schottky barrier and its relationship to the doping density and layer thickness is examined. The role of surface recombination velocity at back contact interface and extended CdTe layer is included. The base CdS/CdTe experimental device used in this study shows an efficiency of 16-17%. Simulation analysis is used to ...

  19. Application of highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube-arrays in heterojunction dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Paulose, Maggie; Shankar, Karthik; Varghese, Oomman K.; Mor, Gopal K.; Grimes, Craig A.

    2006-06-01

    Highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays are made by potentiostatic anodization of a titanium film in a fluoride containing electrolyte. Here we describe the application of this unique material architecture in both front-side and back-side illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The back-side illuminated solar cells are based on the use of 6.2 µm long (110 nm pore diameter, 20 nm wall thickness) highly-ordered nanotube-array films made by anodization of a 250 µm thick Ti foil in a KF electrolyte. Front-side illuminated solar cells use a negative electrode composed of optically transparent nanotube arrays, approximately 3600 nm in length (46 nm pore diameter, 17 nm wall thickness), grown on a fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrate by anodic oxidation of a previously deposited RF-sputtered titanium thin film in a HF electrolyte. After crystallization by oxygen annealling the nanotube-arrays are treated with TiCl4 to enhance photocurrent amplitudes. The arrays are then sensitized by a self-assembled monolayer of bis(tetrabutylammonium)-cis-(dithiocyanato)-N, N'- bis(4-carboxylato-4'-carboxylic acid-2, 2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) (commonly called 'N719'). Superior photoresponse is obtained using acetonitrile as the dye solvent. Voltage decay measurements indicate that the highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube-arrays, in comparison with nanoparticulate systems, provide excellent pathways for electron percolation with superior electron lifetimes. The front-side illuminated DSSCs, show a typical AM 1.5 photocurrent of 10.3 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage of 0.84 V, 0.54 fill factor, and 4.7% efficiency although the transparent nanotube-array negative electrode is only 360 nm thick. The back-side illuminated DSSCs show an AM 1.5 short-circuit current density of 10.6 mA cm-2, 0.82 V open circuit potential and a 0.51 fill factor yielding a solar conversion efficiency of 4.4%.

  20. Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Yengel, Emre

    2010-01-01

    Bulk heterojunction organic solar cells have recently drawn tremendous attention because of their technological advantages for actualization of large-area and cost effective fabrication. Two important criteria of these cells are efficiency and cost. The research in this dissertation focuses on the enhancement of these criteria with two different approaches. In the first approach, power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic devices is enhanced by introducing Deoxyribonucleic acids DNA ...