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Title: The role of Sb in solar cell material Cu 2ZnSnS 4

Abstract

In this paper, based on first-principles calculations we report a possible mechanism of the efficiency improvement of the Sb-doped Cu 2ZnSnS 4 (CZTS) solar cells from the Sb-related defect point of view. Different from Sb in CuInSe 2 which substituted the Cu atomic site and acted as group-13 elements on the Cu-poor growth condition, we find out that Sb prefers to substitute Sn atomic site and acts as group-14 elements on the Cu-poor growth condition in CZTS. At low Sb concentration, Sb Sn produces a deep defect level which is detrimental for the solar cell application. At high Sb concentration, Sb 5s states form an isolated half-filled intermediate band at 0.5 eV above the valence band maximum which will increase the photocurrent as well as the solar cell efficiency.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [2];  [3]
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei (China)
  2. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei (China); Univ. of Science and Technology of China, Hefei (China)
  3. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
OSTI Identifier:
1346866
Report Number(s):
NETL-PUB-21032
Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488; JMCAET
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Materials Chemistry. A
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 14; Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488
Publisher:
Royal Society of Chemistry
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Zhang, Xiaoli, Han, Miaomiao, Zeng, Zhi, and Duan, Yuhua. The role of Sb in solar cell material Cu2ZnSnS4. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1039/C7TA01090G.
Zhang, Xiaoli, Han, Miaomiao, Zeng, Zhi, & Duan, Yuhua. The role of Sb in solar cell material Cu2ZnSnS4. United States. doi:10.1039/C7TA01090G.
Zhang, Xiaoli, Han, Miaomiao, Zeng, Zhi, and Duan, Yuhua. Fri . "The role of Sb in solar cell material Cu2ZnSnS4". United States. doi:10.1039/C7TA01090G. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1346866.
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title = {The role of Sb in solar cell material Cu2ZnSnS4},
author = {Zhang, Xiaoli and Han, Miaomiao and Zeng, Zhi and Duan, Yuhua},
abstractNote = {In this paper, based on first-principles calculations we report a possible mechanism of the efficiency improvement of the Sb-doped Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) solar cells from the Sb-related defect point of view. Different from Sb in CuInSe2 which substituted the Cu atomic site and acted as group-13 elements on the Cu-poor growth condition, we find out that Sb prefers to substitute Sn atomic site and acts as group-14 elements on the Cu-poor growth condition in CZTS. At low Sb concentration, SbSn produces a deep defect level which is detrimental for the solar cell application. At high Sb concentration, Sb 5s states form an isolated half-filled intermediate band at 0.5 eV above the valence band maximum which will increase the photocurrent as well as the solar cell efficiency.},
doi = {10.1039/C7TA01090G},
journal = {Journal of Materials Chemistry. A},
number = 14,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {3}
}

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