Superhydrophobic Al-doped ZnO nanorods-based electrically conductive and self-cleanable antireflecting window layer for thin film solar cell

Do Hoon Kim, Ji Hyeon Park, Tae Il Lee, Jae Min Myoung

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Abstract

A simple strategy, based on the Al-doped ZnO nanorods (NRs), to get an antireflective, self-cleanable and electrical conductive window layer for the thin film solar cell was demonstrated. The length and diameter of Al-doped ZnO NRs were optimized by controlling Al precursor concentration and growth time and an average reflectance of 2.9% was achieved. Al-doped ZnO NRs simultaneously having the rugged surface morphology with the micrometer-and nanometer-scale roughness also exhibited superhydrophobicity and extremely small water contact angle (WCA) hysteresis below Δ1°after treatment of hydrophobic self-assembled monolayer (SAM). Finally, in spite of the existence of the SAM, the enhancement of the electrical contact with silver from Schottky to Ohmic for various Al doping concentrations was confirmed. Self-cleanable and electrically conductive antireflecting layer introduced in this work would be expected to increase photovoltaic efficiency in a thin film solar cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume150
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the World-Class 300 Project R&D Program (10043221) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy , Republic of Korea and by the LG Display Academic Industrial Cooperation Program ( 2014-11-1905 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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