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Solar photovoltaic

Yun Lin, Yang Bai, Yanjun Fang, Zhaolai Chen, Shuang Yang, Xiaopeng Zheng, Shi Tang, Ye Liu, Jingjing Zhao, Jinsong Huang
Two-dimensional (2D) perovskites have been shown to be more stable than their three-dimensional (3D) counterparts due to the protection of the organic ligands. Herein a method is introduced to form 2D/3D stacking structures by the reaction of 3D perovskite with n-Butylamine (BA). Different from regular treatment with n-Butylammonium iodide (BAI) where 2D perovskite with various layers form, the reaction of BA with MAPbI3 only produce (BA)2PbI4, which has better protection due to more organic ligands in (BA)2PbI4 than the mixture of 2D perovskites...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Haejun Yu, Hye-In Yeom, Jong Woo Lee, Kisu Lee, Doyk Hwang, Juyoung Yun, Jaehoon Ryu, Jungsup Lee, Sohyeon Bae, Seong Keun Kim, Jyongsik Jang
The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has now exceeded 20%; thus, research focus has shifted to establishing the foundations for commercialization. One of the pivotal themes is to curtail the overall fabrication time, to reduce unit cost, and mass-produce PSCs. Additionally, energy dissipation during the thermal annealing (TA) stage must be minimized by realizing a genuine low-temperature (LT) process. Here, tin oxide (SnO2 ) thin films (TFs) are formulated at extremely high speed, within 5 min, under an almost room-temperature environment (<50 °C), using atmospheric Ar/O2 plasma energy (P-SnO2 ) and are applied as an electron transport layer of a "n-i-p"-type planar PSC...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
Zhiyuan Xu, Jingjing Shi, Muhammad Sohail Haroone, Wenpeng Chen, Shufang Zheng, Jun Lu
Due to the superiority of metal-doped ZnO compared to TiO2, the Zn-M (M = Al3+, Ga3+, Cr3+, Ti4+, Ce4+) mixed metal oxide solid solutions have been extensively studied for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications. In this work, a systematic research has proceeded for the preparation of a zinc-aluminum oxide semiconductor as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by a simple pyrolysis route with the Zn-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) as a precursor. The Zn-Al oxide solid solution has been applied for DSSCs as an electron acceptor, which is used to study the influence of different Al content and sintering temperature on the device efficiency...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Silvia Mariotti, Oliver S Hutter, Laurie J Phillips, Peter J Yates, Biswajit Kundu, Ken Durose
In this manuscript, the inorganic perovskite CsPbI2Br is investigated as a photovoltaic material that offers higher stability than the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials. It is demonstrated that CsPbI2Br does not irreversibly degrade to its component salts as in the case of methylammonium lead iodide but instead is induced (by water vapor) to transform from its metastable brown cubic (1.92 eV band gap) phase to a yellow phase having a higher band gap (2.85 eV). This is easily reversed by heating to 350 °C in a dry environment...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Munkhbayar Batmunkh, Aabhash Shrestha, Munkhjargal Bat-Erdene, Md Julker Nine, Cameron James Shearer, Christopher Gibson, Ashley Slattery, Sherif Tawfik, Michael Ford, Sheng Dai, Shizhang Qiao, Joseph George Shapter
Research into efficient synthesis, fundamental properties and potential applications of phosphorene is currently the subject of intense investigation. Herein, solution processed phosphorene or few-layer black phosphorus (FL-BP) sheets are prepared using microwave-exfoliation method and used in photoelectrochemical cells. Based on our experimental and theoretical (DFT) studies, we found that the FL-BP sheets can act as catalytically active sites and show excellent electrocatalytic activity for triiodide reduction in solar cells...
January 17, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Andrey Yu Sosorev, Dmitry Yu Godovsky, Dmitry Yu Paraschuk
The modeling of organic solar cells (OSCs) can provide a roadmap for their further improvement. Many OSC models have been proposed in recent years; however, the impact of the key intermediates from photons to electricity-hot charge-transfer (CT) states-on the OSC efficiency is highly ambiguous. In this study, we suggest an analytical kinetic model for OSC that considers a two-step charge generation via hot CT states. This hot kinetic model allowed us to evaluate the impact of different material parameters on the OSC performance: the driving force for charge separation, optical bandgap, charge mobility, geminate recombination rate, thermalization rate, average electron-hole separation distance in the CT state, dielectric permittivity, reorganization energy and charge delocalization...
January 18, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Deli Shen, Aiying Pang, Yafeng Li, Jie Dou, Mingdeng Wei
In this study, metal-organic frameworks, as an interfacial layer, were introduced into perovskite solar cells (PSCs) for the first time. An interface modified with the metal-organic framework ZIF-8 efficiently enhanced perovskite crystallinity and grain sizes, and the photovoltaic performance of the PSCs was significantly improved, resulting in a maximum PCE of 16.99%.
January 17, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Jong Baek Park, Mehmet Isik, Hea Jung Park, In Hwan Jung, David Mecerreyes, Do-Hoon Hwang
Interfacial layers play a critical role in building up the ohmic contact between the electrodes and functional layers in organic photovoltaic solar cells. These layers are based on either inorganic oxides (ZnO, TiO2) or water-soluble organic polymers such as poly[(9,9-dioctyl-2,7-fluorene)-alt-(9,9-bis(3'-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorene)] (PFN) and polyethylenimine ethoxylated (PEIE). In this work, we have developed a series of novel poly(ionic liquid) non-conjugated block copolymers for improving the performance of inverted organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) by acting as work function modifiers of indium tin oxide (ITO) cathode...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Biplab Ghosh, Bo Wu, Hemant Kumar Mulmudi, Claude Guet, Klaus Weber, Tze Chien Sum, Subodh G Mhaisalkar, Nripan Mathews
Lead (Pb) halide perovskites have attracted tremendous attention in recent years due to their rich optoelectronic properties, which have resulted in more than 22% power conversion efficient photovoltaics. Nevertheless, Pb-metal toxicity remains a huge hurdle for extensive applications of these compounds. Thus, alternative compounds with similar optoelectronic properties need to be developed. Bismuth possesses similar electronic structure as that of lead with the presence of ns2 electrons that exhibit rich structural variety as well as interesting optical and electronic properties...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Puja Pradhan, Puruswottam Aryal, Dinesh Attygalle, Abdel-Rahman Ibdah, Prakash Koirala, Jian Li, Khagendra P Bhandari, Geethika K Liyanage, Randy J Ellingson, Michael J Heben, Sylvain Marsillac, Robert W Collins, Nikolas J Podraza
Real time spectroscopic ellipsometry (RTSE) has been applied for in-situ monitoring of the first stage of copper indium-gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin film deposition by the three-stage co-evaporation process used for fabrication of high efficiency thin film photovoltaic (PV) devices. The first stage entails the growth of indium-gallium selenide (In1-xGax)₂Se₃ (IGS) on a substrate of Mo-coated soda lime glass maintained at a temperature of 400 °C. This is a critical stage of CIGS deposition because a large fraction of the final film thickness is deposited, and as a result precise compositional control is desired in order to achieve the optimum performance of the resulting CIGS solar cell...
January 16, 2018: Materials
Sholeh Kazemifard, Leila Naji, Faramarz Afshar Taromi
Ternary blend (TB) strategy has been considered as an effective method to enhance the photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). Here, we report on TB-based PSCs containing two donor materials; poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and Rhodamine B (RhB) laser organic dye, and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) as an acceptor. The influence of RhB weight percentage and injection volume was extensively studied. To gain insight into the influences of RhB on the photovoltaic performance of PSCs, physicochemical and optical properties of TBs were compared with those of BHJ binary blend as a standard...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Zhenghui Luo, Haijun Bin, Tao Liu, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Yankang Yang, Cheng Zhong, Beibei Qiu, Guanghao Li, Wei Gao, Dongjun Xie, Kailong Wu, Yanming Sun, Feng Liu, Yongfang Li, Chuluo Yang
A novel small molecule acceptor MeIC with a methylated end-capping group is developed. Compared to unmethylated counterparts (ITCPTC), MeIC exhibits a higher lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) level value, tighter molecular packing, better crystallites quality, and stronger absorption in the range of 520-740 nm. The MeIC-based polymer solar cells (PSCs) with J71 as donor, achieve high power conversion efficiency (PCE), up to 12.54% with a short-circuit current (JSC ) of 18.41 mA cm-2 , significantly higher than that of the device based on J71:ITCPTC (11...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Qingsen Zeng, Xiaoyu Zhang, Xiaolei Feng, Siyu Lu, Zhaolai Chen, Xue Yong, Simon A T Redfern, Haotong Wei, Haiyu Wang, Huaizhong Shen, Wei Zhang, Weitao Zheng, Hao Zhang, John S Tse, Bai Yang
Cesium-based trihalide perovskites have been demonstrated as promising light absorbers for photovoltaic applications due to their superb composition stability. However, the large energy losses (Eloss ) observed in inorganic perovskite solar cells has become a major hindrance impairing the ultimate efficiency. Here, an effective and reproducible method of modifying the interface between a CsPbI2 Br absorber and polythiophene hole-acceptor to minimize the Eloss is reported. It is demonstrated that polythiophene, deposited on the top of CsPbI2 Br, can significantly reduce electron-hole recombination within the perovskite, which is due to the electronic passivation of surface defect states...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Fatih Ongul, Sureyya Aydin Yuksel, Cagdas Allahverdi, Sinem Bozar, Mehmet Kazici, Serap Gunes
In this study, the high quality CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) capped with stearic acid were synthesized in a solvent and then purified four times by using the precipitation and redissolution process. The average size of the synthesized CdSe NCs was determined ~3.0nm via transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurement and their corresponding optical band edge energy was also calculated as ~2.1eV using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy. The bulk heterojunction (BHJ) hybrid solar cells based on a ternary system including P3HT, PCBM and CdSe NCs at different weight concentrations (0wt%, 0...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Pei Cheng, Rui Wang, Jingshuai Zhu, Wenchao Huang, Sheng-Yung Chang, Lei Meng, Pengyu Sun, Hao-Wen Cheng, Meng Qin, Chenhui Zhu, Xiaowei Zhan, Yang Yang
Recently, a new type of active layer with a ternary system has been developed to further enhance the performance of binary system organic photovoltaics (OPV). In the ternary OPV, almost all active layers are formed by simple ternary blend in solution, which eventually leads to the disordered bulk heterojunction (BHJ) structure after a spin-coating process. There are two main restrictions in this disordered BHJ structure to obtain higher performance OPV. One is the isolated second donor or acceptor domains. The other is the invalid metal-semiconductor contact...
January 10, 2018: Advanced Materials
Yuan Chen, Qing Liu, Han Lin, Xiaohong Yan
According to the spectral distribution of solar radiation at the earth's surface, under the excitation region of 1150 to 1350 nm, the up-conversion luminescence of Tm3+ ions was investigated. The emission bands were matched well with the spectral response region of silicon solar cells, achieved by Tm3+ ions single-doped yttrium fluoride (YF3 ) phosphor, which was different from the conventional Tm3+ /Yb3+ ion couple co-doped materials. Additionally, the similar emission bands of Tm3+ ions were achieved under excitation in the ultraviolet region...
January 9, 2018: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
Yu Bi, Santanu Pradhan, Shuchi Gupta, Mehmet Zafer Akgul, Alexandros Stavrinadis, Gerasimos Konstantatos
Developing low-cost photovoltaic absorbers that can harvest the short-wave infrared (SWIR) part of the solar spectrum, which remains unharnessed by current Si-based and perovskite photovoltaic technologies, is a prerequisite for making high-efficiency, low-cost tandem solar cells. Here, infrared PbS colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells employing a hybrid inorganic-organic ligand exchange process that results in an external quantum efficiency of 80% at 1.35 µm are reported, leading to a short-circuit current density of 34 mA cm-2 and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 7...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Materials
Deyu Liu, Junyi Wang, Chunyang Gu, Yonghai Li, Xichang Bao, Renqiang Yang
Two series of new polymers with medium and wide bandgaps to match fullerene (PC71 BM) and fullerene-free 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']dithiophene (ITIC) acceptors are designed and synthesized, respectively. For constructing the key donor building blocks, the effective symmetry-breaking strategy is employed. Two common aromatic rings (thiophene and benzene) are chosen as one side substituted groups in the asymmetric benzodithiophene (BDT) monomers...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Materials
Yalong Xu, Jianyu Yuan, Jianxia Sun, Yannan Zhang, Xufeng Ling, Haihua Wu, Guobing Zhang, Junmei Chen, Yongjie Wang, Wanli Ma
A widely applicable doping design for emerging nonfullerene solar cells would be an efficient strategy in order to further improve device photovoltaic performance. Herein, a family of compound TBAX (TBA= tetrabutylammonium, X = F, Cl, Br, or I, containing Lewis base anions are considered as efficient n-dopants for improving polymer-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs) performance. In all cases, significantly increased fill factor (FF) and slightly increased short-circuit current density (Jsc) are observed, leading to a best PCE of 7...
January 9, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Bin Meng, Yi Ren, Jun Liu, Frieder Jäkle, Lixiang Wang
p-π conjugation with embedded heteroatoms offers unique opportunities to tune the electronic structure of conjugated polymers. Here, we report a new approach to highly electron-deficient p-π conjugated polymers based on triarylboranes, demonstrate their n-type behavior and explore device applications. By combining alternating [2,4,6-tris(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]di(thien-2-yl)borane (FBDT) and electron-deficient isoindigo (IID)/pyridine-flanked diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPPPy) units, we achieve low-lying lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) and highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy levels, high electron mobilities and broad absorptions in the visible region...
January 3, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
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