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Title: Photovoltaic devices based on high density boron-doped single-walled carbon nanotube/n-Si heterojunctions

A simple and easily processible photovoltaic device has been developed based on borondoped single-walled carbon nanotubes (B-SWNTs) and n-type silicon (n-Si) heterojunctions. The single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were substitutionally doped with boron atoms by thermal annealing, in the presence of B 2O 3. The samples used for these studies were characterized by Raman spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The fully functional solar cell devices were fabricated by airbrush deposition that generated uniform B-SWNT films on top of the n-Si substrates. The carbon nanotube films acted as exciton-generation sites, charge collection and transportation, while the heterojunctions formed between B-SWNTs and n-Si acted as charge dissociation centers. The current-voltage characteristics in the absence of light and under illumination, as well as optical transmittance spectrum are reported here. It should be noted that the device fabrication process can be made amenable to scalability by depositing direct and uniform films using airbrushing, inkjet printing, or spin-coating techniques.
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  1. Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (United States)
  2. Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (United States)
  3. ASRC Aerospace Corp., NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL (United States)
  4. Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (United States); Ecole d'Ingenieurs du CESI-EIA, La Couronne (France)
  5. National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Napoca (Romania)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Applied Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 109; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; carbon nanotubes doping; solar cells; boron; boron nanotubes; organic-inorganic; p-type single wall carbon nanotubes; n-type silicon
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