Oligo- and polythiophene/ZnO hybrid nanowire solar cells

Alejandro L. Briseno, Thomas W. Holcombe, Akram I. Boukai, Erik C. Garnett, Steve W. Shelton, Jean J.M. Fréchet, Peidong Yang*

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We demonstrate the basic operation of an organic/inorganic hybrid single nanowire solar cell. End-functionalized oligoand polythiophenes were grafted onto ZnO nanowires to produce p-n heterojunction nanowires. The hybrid nanostructures were characterized via absorption and electron microscopy to determine the optoelectronic properties and to probe the morphology at the organic/inorganic interface. Individual nanowire solar cell devices exhibited well-resolved characteristics with efficiencies as high as 0.036 % ,J sc = 0.32 mA/cm2, Voc = 0.4 V, and a FF = 0.28 under AM 1.5 illumination with 100 mW/cm2 light intensity. These individual test structures will enable detailed analysis to be carried out in areas that have been difficult to study in bulk heterojunction devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-340
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 13 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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