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Synthesis and photovoltaic property of fine and uniform Zn2SnO4 nanoparticles

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Abstract

Zn2SnO4 nanoparticles (NPs) with a narrow size distribution were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal route by controlling the crystallization process. The average size of NPs was 8 nm, and this was attributed to the formation of a hydroxy carbonate compound as an intermediate phase, which was demonstrated by the structural and elemental analyses. The fine size and visible-transparency of the synthesized NPs enabled the fabrication of transparent films for efficient photoelectrochemical devices. In particular, we demonstrated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) employing these transparent Zn2SnO4 photoelectrodes with a high energy conversion efficiency of 4.7%, which is mainly due to an improvement of light harvesting property.

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The article was received on 10 Aug 2011, accepted on 25 Oct 2011 and first published on 30 Nov 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11063B
Citation: Nanoscale, 2012,4, 557-562
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    Synthesis and photovoltaic property of fine and uniform Zn2SnO4 nanoparticles

    D. W. Kim, S. S. Shin, I. S. Cho, S. Lee, D. H. Kim, C. W. Lee, H. S. Jung and K. S. Hong, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 557
    DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11063B

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