Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 33, 2017
Previous Article Next Article

Low-temperature-processed SnO2–Cl for efficient PbS quantum-dot solar cells via defect passivation

Author affiliations

Abstract

Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) exhibit extraordinary features due to their bandgap tunability and solution processing. Instead of the ZnO layer usually used as the electron transport layer (ETL) in CQD heterojunction devices, we developed, for the first time, tin dioxide (SnO2) as the ETL in colloidal quantum dot solar cells (QDSCs). Its wider bandgap and higher electron mobility, as well as appropriate band alignment with PbS QDs, could favor light absorption and photocarrier extraction. Our low-temperature processed SnO2 film could retain chlorine atoms (SnO2–Cl) to achieve interface passivation in QDSCs. Utilizing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide (EMII) as the absorber ligand, our superior device obtained a power conversion efficiency of 9.37%, which was 44% higher than that of a control device. Physical characterizations revealed that this remarkable improvement could be ascribed to the chlorine passivation of the SnO2/QD interface contact and to the EMII ligand passivation effect on the QD surface. Our newly developed ETL, along with an efficient interface passivation technique, is expected to enhance the performance of full solution-processed colloidal QDSCs.

Graphical abstract: Low-temperature-processed SnO2–Cl for efficient PbS quantum-dot solar cells via defect passivation

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 20 Jun 2017, accepted on 24 Jul 2017 and first published on 25 Jul 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05366E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 17240-17247
  •   Request permissions

    Low-temperature-processed SnO2–Cl for efficient PbS quantum-dot solar cells via defect passivation

    J. Khan, X. Yang, K. Qiao, H. Deng, J. Zhang, Z. Liu, W. Ahmad, J. Zhang, D. Li, H. Liu, H. Song, C. Cheng and J. Tang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 17240
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05366E

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements