Highly Efficient Inverted Structural Quantum Dot Solar Cells

Journal: Advanced Materials

Published: 2018-01-08

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201704882

Affiliations: 3

Authors: 8

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Joining the quantum dots



Scientists have developed an innovative technique for making better micro solar cells, opening the door for new applications from photodetectors to bioimaging devices, according to a study published in Advanced Materials.

Colloidal quantum dots are nanoscale semiconductor particles grown from a solution. They have attracted considerable attention due to their optical properties, tunability, and capacity for being coupled using simple, low-cost manufacturing processes.

Led by researchers from ShanghaiTech University, scientists have now produced an inverted structure quantum dot solar cell made from a nickel oxide layer that acts as the anode, and a layer of iodide combined with lead sulphide, which forms the cathode.

The design allows for a large insulating region between the layers that significantly increases the generated photocurrent, leading to quantum dot solar cells with an efficiency of nearly 10%. Further, it lays the foundations for higher efficiency devices.

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  1. Advanced Materials 30, 1704882 (2018). doi: 10.1002/adma.201704882
Institutions Share
ShanghaiTech University, China 0.92
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (SICCAS), CAS, China 0.04
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 0.04