Co3O4 based all-oxide PV: A numerical simulation analyzed combinatorial material science study

Koushik Majhi, Luca Bertoluzzi, David A. Keller, Hannah Noa Barad, Adam Ginsburg, Assaf Y. Anderson, Rosario Vidal, Pilar Lopez-Varo, Iván Mora-Sero, Juan Bisquert, Arie Zaban

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Abstract

Here we investigate the impact of four different metal back contacts on the photovoltaic (PV) performance of Co3O4 thin film all-oxide photovoltaic cells. A combinatorial TiO2|Co3O4 heterojunction thin film device library was made with thickness gradients for both metal oxide layers. Grids of four different metal back contacts were then deposited on top of these layers. A significant effect of the metal back contacts on the final photoconversion performance has been observed by combinatorial PV measurements. We analyze these results via advanced numerical simulations and different scenarios in order to explain the recombination mechanisms at the different back contacts. We conclude that the nature of the back contact material controls the density of surface states and, therefore, the undesirable surface recombination at the absorber-back contact interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9053-9060
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume120
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 May 2016

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