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Title: Broadband anti-reflective and water-repellent coatings on glass substrates for self-cleaning photovoltaic cells

Graphical abstract: High performance broadband antireflective and water-repellent coatings were fabricated on glass substrates, which can improve the short-circuit current of solar cells as much as 6.6% in comparison with glass substrates without the coatings. - Highlights: • Broadband anti-reflective and water-repellent coatings were fabricated. • Transmittance increased to 99.0%, significantly higher than that of commercial solar glasses. • The performance of standard solar cells with the AR coating was enhanced as much as 6.6%. - Abstract: High performance broadband antireflective (AR) and water-repellent coatings were fabricated on glass substrates by assembly of silica nanoparticles and polyelectrolytes via the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique, followed by calcination and hydrophobic modification. A porous poly(diallyladimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)/20 nm SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (S-20) multilayer coating with AR property was prepared first. The maximum transmittance is as high as 99.0%, while that of the glass substrate is only 91.3%. After calcination and hydrophobic modification, the coating became water-repellent while maintaining the good AR property. Such water-repellent AR coatings can improve the short-circuit current of solar cells as much as 6.6% in comparison with glass substrates without the coatings. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the morphology and thickness of coatings. Transmission spectra andmore » reflection spectra were characterized by UV–vis spectrophotometer. The surface wettability was studied by a contact angle/interface system.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [3]
  1. Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory and Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongguancun Donglu 29, Haidianqu, Beijing 100190 (China)
  2. (China)
  3. Institute of Optoelectronics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22290462
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 48; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CALCINATION; COATINGS; GLASS; LAYERS; NANOSTRUCTURES; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; POROUS MATERIALS; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SILICA; SILICON OXIDES; SOLAR CELLS; SUBSTRATES; SURFACE PROPERTIES; WATER