Metallic glass (MG) assists electrical contact of screen-printed silver electrodes and leads to comparable electrode performance to that of electroplated electrodes. For high electrode performance, MG needs to be infiltrated into nanometer-scale cavities between Ag particles and reacts with them. Here, we show that the MG in the supercooled state can fill the gap between Ag particles within a remarkably short time due to capillary effect. The flow behavior of the MG is revealed by computational fluid dynamics and density funtional theory simulation. Also, we suggest the formation mechanism of the Ag electrodes, and demonstrate the criteria of MG for higher electrode performance. Consequently, when Al 85 Ni 5 Y 8 Co 2 MG is added in the Ag electrodes, cell efficiency is enhanced up to 20.30% which is the highest efficiency reported so far for screen-printed interdigitated back contact solar cells. These results show the possibility for the replacement of electroplating process to screen-printing process.
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We would like to thank Hyoeng Ki Kim and Min Chul Song for solar cell fabrication (Samsung SDI CO. LTD). K. R. Lim, W. T. Kim, D. H. Kim and J. Eckert acknowledge the support by the Global Research Laboratory Program of the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
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