Na-Mediated Stoichiometry Control of FeS2 Thin Films: Suppression of Nanoscale S-Deficiency and Improvement of Photoresponse

Dong Gwon Moon, Tanka Raj Rana, Shanza Rehan, Syed Dildar Haider Naqvi, Yasir Siddique, Sang Min Lee, Seung Kyu Ahn, Yong Soo Cho, Sejin Ahn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Citations (Scopus)


Control of the constituent phase and stoichiometry of iron pyrite (FeS2) is a prerequisite for high-performance photovoltaic devices based on this material. If the pyrite contains sulfur-deficiency-related secondary phases which have a metallic character and a high possibility of coexistence in pyrite films, then significant carrier recombination is expected. In this work, the beneficial role of Na in suppressing the formation of nanoscale or amorphous sulfur-deficient secondary phases is reported with experimental evidence, leading to a higher phase purity for solution-processed pyrite films. The potential reduction of charge recombination via these metallic secondary phases results in significant improvements in both the photopotential and photocurrent intensity of Na-modified pyrite films compared with reference samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43244-43251
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was conducted under the framework of the Research and Development Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Research (B9-2415). This work was also financially supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of Korea (20173010013340).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Na-Mediated Stoichiometry Control of FeS2 Thin Films: Suppression of Nanoscale S-Deficiency and Improvement of Photoresponse'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this