Depleted-heterojunction colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics employing low-cost electrical contacts

Ratan Debnath, Mark T. Greiner, Illan J. Kramer, Armin Fischer, Jiang Tang, D. Aaron R. Barkhouse, Xihua Wang, Larissa Levina, Zheng-Hong Lu, Edward H. Sargent

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With an aim to reduce the cost of depleted-heterojunction colloidal quantum dot solar cells, we describe herein a strategy that replaces costly Au with a low-cost Ni-based Ohmic contact. The resultant devices achieve 3.5% Air Mass 1.5 power conversion efficiency. Only by incorporating a 1.2-nm-thick LiF layer between the PbS quantum dot film and Ni, we were able to prevent undesired reactions and degradation at the metal-semiconductor interface. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)023109
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 15 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-I1-009-21
Acknowledgements: R. Debnath would like to acknowledge the financial support through e8 scholarship. This publication was based on work supported in part by Award No. KUS-I1-009-21, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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