美国化学会志(JACS)2013-09-05 2:57 AM

A Quasi-Quantum Well Sensitized Solar Cell with Accelerated Charge Separation and Collection - Journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS Publications)

Semiconductor-sensitized solar cell (SSSC) represents a new generation of device aiming to achieve easy fabrication and cost-effective performance. However, the power of the semiconductor sensitizers has not been fully demonstrated in SSSC, making it actually overshadowed by dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). At least part of the problem is related to the inefficient charge separation and severe recombination with the current technologies, which calls on rethinking about how to better engineer the semiconductor sensitizer structure in order to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE). Herein we report on using for the first time a quasi-quantum well (QW) structure (ZnSe/CdSe/ZnSe) as the sensitizer, which is quasi-epitaxially deposited on ZnO tetrapods. Such a novel photoanode architecture has attained 6.20% PCE, among the highest reported to date for this type of SSSCs. Impedance spectra have revealed that the ZnSe/CdSe/ZnSe QW structure has a transport resistance only a quarter that of, but a recombination resistance twice that of the ZnSe/CdSe heterojunction (HJ) structure, yielding much longer electron diffusion length, consistent with the resulting higher photovoltage, photocurrent, and fill factor. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy indicates dramatically reduced electron transfer from ZnO to the QW sensitizer, a feature which is conducive to charge separation and collection. This study together with the impedance spectra and intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopies supports a core/shell two-channel transport mechanism in this type of solar cells and further suggests that the electron transport along sensitizer can be considerably accelerated by the QW structure employed.

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