How does a silar cdse film grow? Tuning the deposition steps to suppress interfacial charge recombination in solar cells

Matthew A. Becker, James G. Radich, Bruce A. Bunker, Prashant V. Kamat

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Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) is a popular method of depositing the metal chalcogenide semiconductor layer on the mesoscopic metal oxide films for designing quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) or extremely thin absorber (ETA) solar cells. While this deposition method exhibits higher loading of the light-absorbing semiconductor layer than direct adsorption of presynthesized colloidal quantum dots, the chemical identity of these nanostructures and the evolution of interfacial structure are poorly understood. We have now analyzed step-by-step SILAR deposition of CdSe films on mesoscopic TiO2 nanoparticle films using X-ray absorption near-edge structure analysis and probed the interfacial structure of these films. The film characteristics interestingly show dependence on the order in which the Cd and Se are deposited, and the CdSe-TiO2 interface is affected only during the first few cycles of deposition. Development of a SeO2 passivation layer in the SILAR-prepared films to form a TiO2/SeO 2/CdSe junction facilitates an increase in photocurrents and power conversion efficiencies of quantum dot solar cells when these films are integrated as photoanodes in a photoelectrochemical solar cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1575-1582
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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