Graphene-based Derivative As Interfacial Layer in Graphene/n-si Schottky Barrier Solar Cells

Graphene-based Derivative As Interfacial Layer in Graphene/n-si Schottky Barrier Solar Cells

Andrea GnisciGiuliana Faggio Giacomo Messina Laura Lancellotti Eugenia Bobeico Paola Delli Veneri Andrea Capasso Theodoros Dikonimos Nicola Lisi 

Department of Information Engineering, Infrastructures, and Sustainable Energy, University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria 89124, Italyn

ENEA, Portici Research Center, Portici, Naples 80055, Italy

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Republic of Korea

ENEA, DTE PCU IPSE, Casaccia Research Centre, Rome 00123, Italy

Corresponding Author Email:
19 March 2018
22 May 2018
30 September 2018
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In Schottky barrier solar cell (SBSC), the interface between absorber and front electrode plays a vital role for reducing the dark current, blocking the majority carriers injected into the electrode at forward bias, reducing surface recombination and passivating the silicon surface. In this respect, the addition of interfacial layer between the semiconductor absorber and the metal electrode can reflect into an improvement of the device performance.

Here we combine n-type crystalline silicon with stacks of graphene and graphene-based derivative (GBD) layers with different properties, in order to realize efficient SBSCs. Graphene layers with different structure, work function and electrical conductivity, were obtained by varying the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) parameters: conductive graphene films were grown at 1070 °C, GBD interfacial layers at 790 °C. The stacked structures were fabricated by the multiple transfer of these films. The films and the stacks were characterized by Raman spectroscopy. The device with the GBD interlayer (acting as hole transport layer) exhibits promising performances in terms of external quantum efficiency (EQE) and power conversion efficiency (PCE, ~5 %). Doping treatments with nitric acid vapor was performed and improved the cell PCE up to 6.7 %.


CVD graphene, graphene-based derivative, photovoltaics, Raman spectroscopy, solar cell

1. Introduction
2. Experimental Section
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusion

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