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Research Article Open Access

Ba-ZnS passivation layer for improved performance of quantum dot sensitized solar cells


 Deepti R. Kulkarni1, Narasimha H. Ayachit1*, Raviraj M. Kulkarni2


1Department of Physics, Rani Channamma University, Belagavi-591156, Karntaka, INDIA

2Department of Chemistry, KLS Gogte Institute of Technology (Autonomous), Affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University, Udyambag, Belagavi-590008, Karnataka, India

Adv. Mater. Proc., 2018, 3 (3), 181-183

DOI: 10.5185/amp.2018/017

Publication Date (Web):05 March 2018

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We report an inexpensive TiO2 based quantum dot solar cell (QDSSC) with improved power conversion efficiency prepared by simple techniques. Barium doped zinc sulfide has been successfully deposited on cadmium sulfide quantum dots (QDs) by simple successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. The Barium doped zinc sulfide is utilized as a passivation layer in the QDSSC, which helped in better charge separation. The copper sulfide (Cu2S) and reduced graphene oxide deposited on FTO was used as a counter electrode. The developed QDSSC showed superior performance
when tested with AM 1.5 solar simulator using sulfide/Polysulfide electrolyte. The photoconversion efficiency of FTO/TiO2/CdS/BaZnS/Cu2S-Graphene oxide  is better than that  of FTO/TiO2 /CdS/ZnS/Cu2S-Reduced Graphene oxide. Copyright © 2018 VBRI Press.


TiO2, ZnS, passivation layer, solar cells, quantum dot.