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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338088/functional-solid-additive-modified-pedot-pss-as-an-anode-buffer-layer-for-enhanced-photovoltaic-performance-and-stability-in-polymer-solar-cells
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Binrui Xu, Sai-Anand Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar Gopalan, Nallal Muthuchamy, Kwang-Pill Lee, Jae-Sung Lee, Yu Jiang, Sang-Won Lee, Sae-Wan Kim, Ju-Seong Kim, Hyun-Min Jeong, Jin-Beon Kwon, Jin-Hyuk Bae, Shin-Won Kang
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is most commonly used as an anode buffer layer in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, its hygroscopic and acidic nature contributes to the insufficient electrical conductivity, air stability and restricted photovoltaic (PV) performance for the fabricated PSCs. In this study, a new multifunctional additive, 2,3-dihydroxypyridine (DOH), has been used in the PEDOT: PSS buffer layer to obtain modified properties for PEDOT: PSS@DOH and achieve high PV performances...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337916/ag-incorporated-organic-inorganic-perovskite-films-and-planar-heterojunction-solar-cells
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Qi Chen, Lei Chen, Fengye Ye, Ting Zhao, Feng Tang, Adharsh Rajagopal, Zheng Jiang, Shenlong Jiang, Alex K-Y Jen, Yi Xie, Jinhua Cai, Liwei Chen
Controlled doping for adjustable material polarity and charge carrier concentration is the basis of semiconductor materials and devices, and it is much more difficult to achieve in ionic semiconductors (e.g. ZnO and GaN) than in covalent semiconductors (e.g. Si and Ge), due to the high intrinsic defect density in ionic semiconductors. The organic-inorganic perovskite material, which is frenetically being researched for applications in solar cells and beyond, is also an ionic semiconductor. Here we present the Ag-incorporated organic-inorganic perovskite films and planar heterojunction solar cells...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335285/graphene-and-carbon-quantum-dot-based-materials-in-photovoltaic-devices-from-synthesis-to-applications
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REVIEW
Sofia Paulo, Emilio Palomares, Eugenia Martinez-Ferrero
Graphene and carbon quantum dots have extraordinary optical and electrical features because of their quantum confinement properties. This makes them attractive materials for applications in photovoltaic devices (PV). Their versatility has led to their being used as light harvesting materials or selective contacts, either for holes or electrons, in silicon quantum dot, polymer or dye-sensitized solar cells. In this review, we summarize the most common uses of both types of semiconducting materials and highlight the significant advances made in recent years due to the influence that synthetic materials have on final performance...
August 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335226/improving-the-photocurrent-in-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cells-by-employing-alloy-pbxcd1-xs-quantum-dots-as-photosensitizers
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Chunze Yuan, Lin Li, Jing Huang, Zhijun Ning, Licheng Sun, Hans Ågren
Ternary alloy PbxCd1-xS quantum dots (QDs) were explored as photosensitizers for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). Alloy PbxCd1-xS QDs (Pb0.54Cd0.46S, Pb0.31Cd0.69S, and Pb0.24Cd0.76S) were found to substantially improve the photocurrent of the solar cells compared to the single CdS or PbS QDs. Moreover, it was found that the photocurrent increases and the photovoltage decreases when the ratio of Pb in PbxCd1-xS is increased. Without surface protecting layer deposition, the highest short-circuit current density reaches 20 mA/cm² under simulated AM 1...
May 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335225/enhancing-the-photocurrent-of-top-cell-by-ellipsoidal-silver-nanoparticles-towards-current-matched-gainp-gainas-ge-triple-junction-solar-cells
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Yiming Bai, Lingling Yan, Jun Wang, Lin Su, Zhigang Yin, Nuofu Chen, Yuanyuan Liu
A way to increase the photocurrent of top-cell is crucial for current-matched and highly-efficient GaInP/GaInAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells. Herein, we demonstrate that ellipsoidal silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with better extinction performance and lower fabrication temperature can enhance the light harvest of GaInP/GaInAs/Ge solar cells compared with that of spherical Ag NPs. In this method, appropriate thermal treatment parameters for Ag NPs without inducing the dopant diffusion of the tunnel-junction plays a decisive role...
May 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335208/the-influence-of-fluorination-on-nano-scale-phase-separation-and-photovoltaic-performance-of-small-molecular-pc71bm-blends
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Zhen Lu, Wen Liu, Jingjing Li, Tao Fang, Wanning Li, Jicheng Zhang, Feng Feng, Wenhua Li
To investigate the fluorination influence on the photovoltaic performance of small molecular based organic solar cells (OSCs), six small molecules based on 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (BT), and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) as core and fluorinated phenyl (DFP) and triphenyl amine (TPA) as different terminal units (DFP-BT-DFP, DFP-BT-TPA, TPA-BT-TPA, DFP-DPP-DFP, DFP-DPP-TPA, and TPA-DPP-TPA) were synthesized. With one or two fluorinated phenyl as the end group(s), HOMO level of BT and DPP based small molecular donors were gradually decreased, inducing high open circuit voltage for fluorinated phenyl based OSCs...
April 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334660/preparation-and-photovoltaic-properties-of-cds-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cell-based-on-zinc-tin-mixed-metal-oxides
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Jiupeng Cao, Yifan Zhao, Yatong Zhu, Xiaoyu Yang, Peng Shi, Hongdi Xiao, Na Du, Wanguo Hou, Genggeng Qi, Jianqiang Liu
The present study reports a new type of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) using the zinc tin mixed metal oxides (MMO) as the anode materials, which were obtained from the layered double hydroxide (LDH) precursor. The successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method is applied to deposit CdS quantum dots. The effects of sensitizing cycles on the performance of CdS QDSSC are studied. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are used to identify the surface profile and crystal structure of the mixed metal oxides anode...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333391/high-performance-nonfullerene-polymer-solar-cells-based-on-imide-functionalized-wide-bandgap-polymers
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Baobing Fan, Kai Zhang, Xiao-Fang Jiang, Lei Ying, Fei Huang, Yong Cao
High-performance nonfullerene polymer solar cells (PSCs) are developed by integrating the nonfullerene electron-accepting material 3,9-bis(2-methylene-(3-(1,1-dicyanomethylene)-indanone))-5,5,11,11-tetrakis(4-hexylphenyl)-dithieno[2,3-d:2',3'-d']-s-indaceno[1,2-b:5,6-b']dithiophne) (ITIC) with a wide-bandgap electron-donating polymer PTzBI or PTzBI-DT, which consists of an imide functionalized benzotriazole (TzBI) building block. Detailed investigations reveal that the extension of conjugation can affect the optical and electronic properties, molecular aggregation properties, charge separation in the bulk-heterojunction films, and thus the overall photovoltaic performances...
March 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325048/photoinduced-single-and-multiple-electron-dynamics-processes-enhanced-by-quantum-confinement-in-lead-halide-perovskite-quantum-dots
#9
Dayton Jon Vogel, Andrei Kryjevski, Talgat M Inerbaev, Dmitri S Kilin
Methyl-ammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3) is a promising material for photovoltaic devices. A modification of the MAPbI3 into confined nanostructures is expected to further increase efficiency of solar energy conversion. Photo-excited dynamic processes in a MAPbI3 quantum dot (QD) have been modeled by many-body perturbation theory and nonadiabatic dynamics. A photoexcitation is followed by either exciton cooling (EC), its radiative (RR) or non-radiative recombination (NRR), or multi-exciton generation (MEG) processes...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323409/high-quality-lavo3-films-as-solar-energy-conversion-material
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Hai-Tian Zhang, Matthew J Brahlek, Xiaoyu Ji, Shiming Lei, Jason Lapano, John W Freeland, Venkatraman Gopalan, Roman Engel-Herbert
Mott insulating oxides and their heterostructures have recently been identified as potential photovoltaic materials with favorable absorption properties and an intrinsic built-in electric field that can efficiently separate excited electron-hole pairs. At the same time, they are predicted to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit due to strong electron-electron interaction present. Despite these premises a high concentration of defects commonly observed in Mott insulating films acting as recombination centers can derogate the photovoltaic conversion efficiency...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323352/efficient-semitransparent-solar-cells-with-high-nir-responsiveness-enabled-by-a-small-bandgap-electron-acceptor
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Feng Liu, Zichun Zhou, Cheng Zhang, Jianyun Zhang, Qin Hu, Thomas Vergote, Feng Liu, Thomas P Russell, Xiaozhang Zhu
Inspired by the remarkable promotion of power conversion efficiency (PCE), commercial applications of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) can be foreseen in near future. One of the most promising applications is semitransparent (ST) solar cells that can be utilized in value-added applications such as energy-harvesting windows. However, the single-junction STOPVs utilizing fullerene acceptors show relatively low PCEs of 4%-6% due to the limited sunlight absorption because it is a dilemma that more photons need to be harvested in UV-vis-near-infrared (NIR) region to generate high photocurrent, which leads to the significant reduction of device transparency...
March 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322051/exploring-the-photovoltaic-performance-of-all-inorganic-ag2pbi4-pbi2-blends
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Lyubov A Frolova, Denis V Anokhin, Alexey A Piryazev, Sergey Yurevich Luchkin, Nadezhda N Dremova, Pavel A Troshin
We present all-inorganic photoactive material composed of Ag2PbI4 and PbI2, which shows unexpectedly good photovoltaic performance in planar junction solar cells delivering the external quantum efficiencies of ~60% and light power conversion efficiencies of ~3.9%. The revealed characteristics are among the best reported so far for metal halides with non-perovskite crystal structure. This result highlights a big potential of further exploration of this family of compounds aimed at the development of new generation of materials for efficient and sustainable photovoltaic technologies...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322045/9-73-efficiency-nonfullerene-all-organic-small-molecule-solar-cells-with-absorption-complementary-donor-and-acceptor
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Haijun Bin, Yankang Yang, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Long Ye, Masoud Ghasemi, Shanshan Chen, Yindong Zhang, Chunfeng Zhang, Chenkai Sun, Ling-Wei Xue, Changduk Yang, Harald Ade, Yongfang Li
In the last two years, polymer solar cells (PSCs) developed quickly with n-type organic semiconductor (n-OSs) as acceptor. In contrast, the research progress of nonfullerene organic solar cells (OSCs) with organic small molecule as donor and the n-OS as acceptor lags behind. Here, we synthesized a D-A structured medium bandgap organic small molecule H11 with bithienyl-benzodithiophene (BDT) as central donor unit and fluorobenzotriazole as acceptor unit, and achieved a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 9...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317382/effects-on-photovoltaic-performance-of-dialkyloxy-benzothiadiazole-copolymers-by-varying-the-thienoacene-donor
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Gururaj P Kini, Sora Oh, Zaheer Abbas, Shafket Rasool, Muhammad Jahandar, Chang Eun Song, Sang Kyu Lee, Won Suk Shin, Won-Wook So, Jong-Cheol Lee
A series of four donor-acceptor alternating copolymers based on dialkyloxy-benzothiadiazole (ROBT) as an acceptor and thienoacenes as a donor units were synthesized and tested for polymer solar cells (PSCs). These new polymers had different donor units with varied electron-donating ability (thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (TT), dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]thiophene (DTT), benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene (BDT) and naphtha[1,2-b:5,6-b']dithiophene (NDT)) in the polymer backbone. To understand the effect of these thienoacenes on the optoelectronic and photovoltaic properties of the copolymers, we systematically analyzed and compared energy levels, crystallinity, morphology, charge recombination and charge carrier mobility in the resulting polymers...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317371/high-performance-near-infrared-luminescent-solar-concentrators
#15
Raquel Rondão, Ana Frias, Sandra Correia, Lianshe Fu, Verónica de Zea Bermudez, Paulo André, Rute A S Ferreira, Luis D Carlos
Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) appear as candidates to enhance the performance of photovoltaic (PV) cells and contribute to reduce the size of PV systems, decreasing, therefore, the amount of material needed, and thus the cost associated with energy conversion. One way to maximize the devices performance is to explore near infrared (NIR)-emitting centers, resonant with the maximum optical response of the most common Si-based PV cells. Nevertheless, very few examples in the literature demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating LSCs emitting in the NIR region...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314360/optimization-of-the-surface-structure-on-black-silicon-for-surface-passivation
#16
Xiaojie Jia, Chunlan Zhou, Wenjing Wang
Black silicon shows excellent anti-reflection and thus is extremely useful for photovoltaic applications. However, its high surface recombination velocity limits the efficiency of solar cells. In this paper, the effective minority carrier lifetime of black silicon is improved by optimizing metal-catalyzed chemical etching (MCCE) method, using an Al2O3 thin film deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) as a passivation layer. Using the spray method to eliminate the impact on the rear side, single-side black silicon was obtained on n-type solar grade silicon wafers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306282/mesoscopic-free-path-of-nonthermalized-photogenerated-carriers-in-a-ferroelectric-insulator
#17
Zongquan Gu, Dominic Imbrenda, Andrew L Bennett-Jackson, Matthias Falmbigl, Adrian Podpirka, Thomas C Parker, Daniel Shreiber, Mathew P Ivill, Vladimir M Fridkin, Jonathan E Spanier
We show how finite-size scaling of a bulk photovoltaic effect-generated electric field in epitaxial ferroelectric insulating BaTiO_{3}(001) films and a photo-Hall response involving the bulk photovoltaic current reveal a large room-temperature mean free path of photogenerated nonthermalized electrons. Experimental determination of mesoscopic ballistic optically generated carrier transport opens a new paradigm for hot electron-based solar energy conversion, and for facile control of ballistic transport distinct from existing low-dimensional semiconductor interfaces, surfaces, layers, or other structures...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303938/modulated-ch3nh3pbi3-xbrx-film-for-efficient-perovskite-solar-cells-exceeding-18
#18
Yongguang Tu, Jihuai Wu, Zhang Lan, Xin He, Jia Dong, Jinbiao Jia, Panfeng Guo, Jianming Lin, Miaoliang Huang, Yunfang Huang
The organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite layer is a crucial factor for the high performance perovskite solar cell (PSC). We introduce CH3NH3Br in the precursor solution to prepare CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx hybrid perovskite, and an uniform perovskite layer with improved crystallinity and apparent grain contour is obtained, resulting in the significant improvement of photovoltaic performance of PSCs. The effects of CH3NH3Br on the perovskite morphology, crystallinity, absorption property, charge carrier dynamics and device characteristics are discussed, and the improvement of open circuit voltage of the device depended on Br doping is confirmed...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303801/ultrathin-al2o3-interface-achieving-an-11-46-efficiency-in-planar-n-si-pedot-pss-hybrid-solar-cells
#19
Yoon-Ho Nam, Jae-Won Song, Min-Joon Park, Abdul Sami, Jung-Ho Lee
Hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaic devices consisting of poly(3,4-etyhlenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and n-type silicon have recently been investigated for their cost-efficiency and ease of fabrication. We demonstrate that the insertion of an ultrathin Al2O3 layer between n-Si and PEDOT:PSS significantly improves photovoltaic performance in comparison to the conventional interfacial oxide employing SiO2. A power-conversion efficiency of 11.46% was recorded at the optimal Al2O3 thickness of 2...
April 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300259/-d-%C3%AF-a-2-%C3%AF-d-a-type-ferrocenyl-bisthiazole-linked-triphenylamine-based-molecular-systems-for-dssc-synthesis-experimental-and-theoretical-performance-studies
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Ramesh Maragani, Rajneesh Misra, M S Roy, Manish Kumar Singh, Ganesh D Sharma
We have designed and synthesized ferrocenyl (donor) bisthiazole linked triphenylamine (donor) based donor-π-acceptor-π-donor-acceptor (D-π-A)2-π-D-A type dyes D1 and D2 by using Pd-catalyzed Sonogashira cross-coupling and Knoevenagel condensation reactions. Their photophysical, electrochemical and computational studies reveal strong donor-acceptor interaction. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on D1 and D2 exhibit power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of 6.33% and 5.03%, respectively. The higher PCE value of the D1 based DSSC is attributed to its enhanced short-circuit current (Jsc) and open-circuit current (Voc) and fill factor (FF) values because of the strong binding of the anchoring cyanoacrylic acid with the TiO2 surface as compared to the dicyanovinyl unit in D2...
March 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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