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Si Hybrid Solar Cells with 13% Efficiency via Concurrent Improvement in Optical and Electrical Properties by Employing Graphene Quantum Dots

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posted on 26.01.2016, 00:00 by Meng-Lin Tsai, Wan-Rou Wei, Libin Tang, Hung-Chih Chang, Shih-Hsiang Tai, Po-Kang Yang, Shu Ping Lau, Lih-Juann Chen, Jr-Hau He
By employing graphene quantum dots (GQDs) in PEDOT:PSS, we have achieved an efficiency of 13.22% in Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells. The efficiency enhancement is based on concurrent improvement in optical and electrical properties by the photon downconversion process and the improved conductivity of PEDOT:PSS via appropriate incorporation of GQDs. After introducing GQDs into PEDOT:PSS, the short circuit current and the fill factor of rear-contact optimized hybrid cells are increased from 32.11 to 36.26 mA/cm2 and 62.85% to 63.87%, respectively. The organic–inorganic hybrid solar cell obtained herein holds the promise for developing photon-managing, low-cost, and highly efficient photovoltaic devices.