(Invited) Impact of Indiumand Gallium Doping on the Photovoltaic Performance of CdSe Quantum Dot Hybrid Solar Cells

Tuesday, 26 May 2015: 14:40
Lake Erie (Hilton Chicago)
R. Scott, A. Kirkeminde, M. Gong, J. Totleben, S. Ren (University of Kansas), C. Tuinenga, C. Lewis, H. Luo, D. Higgins, and V. Chikan (Kansas State University)
Colloidal CdSe quantum dots show great promise for fabrication of hybrid solar cells with enhanced power conversion efficiency, yet controlling the doping on the atomic length scale is challenging. Here, we demonstrate that gallium-, indium-, tin-doped CdSe quantum dots show significantly improved conductivity and charge carrier density, and also temperature dependent behavior. Furthermore, the doped CdSe hybrid solar cells greatly enhance photocurrent and photovoltage, in which the gallium doped CdSe quantum dots and P3HT bi-layer heterojunction solar cells leads to a maximum power conversion efficiency of 2.0% at elevated temperatures under AM 1.5 solar illumination. All the doped samples exhibit inverted temperature dependent power conversion of the photovoltaic cells, which could be effectively utilized in solar concentrators. The approach presented can be applied to a wide range of doped quantum dots and polymer hybrids and is compatible with solution processing, thereby offering a general tactic for improving the efficiency of quantum dot based solar cells.