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Keywords:

  • atomic layer deposition;
  • colloidal quantum dots;
  • depleted bulk heterojunction;
  • interface recombination;
  • thin film photovoltaics

Abstract

Interface recombination was studied in colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics. Optimization of the TiO2-PbS interface culminated in the introduction of a thin ZnO buffer layer deposited with atomic layer deposition. Transient photovoltage measurements indicated a nearly two-fold decrease in the recombination rate around 1 sun operating conditions. Improvement to the recombination rate led to a device architecture with superior open circuit voltage (VOC) and photocurrent extraction. Overall a 10% improvement in device efficiency was achieved with Voc enhancements up to 50 mV being realized.