12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Solution-processed CuSe Quantum Dots Photovoltaics

Presented by Dr. Nosipho MOLOTO on 15 Jul 2011 from 08:15 to 08:30
Type: Oral Presentation
Session: CMPMS1
Track: Track A - Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science


<p>There have been tremendous inputs into improving the efficiencies of nanostructure solar cells by extending their absorption wavelength to the near-infrared. This can potentially be achieved by using colloidal nanocrystal quantum dots as the light-harvesting material, as their optical band gap can be tuned to a desired range. Copper selenide is an interesting semiconductor with a bulk band gap of 1.39 eV. It has been shown to have good electrical conductivity properties. It is also used as a precursor for the preparation of CIDS solar cells. Herein, colloidal CuSe nanocrystals are synthesized using a modified solvothermal method and characterized with absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy, XRD and HRTEM. The resultant nanocrystals are then used as the active material in a Schottky and hybrid solar cell.

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Room: Parthenon

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