Isotype Heterojunction Solar Cells Using n-Type Sb2Se3 Thin Films

Theodore D.C. Hobson, Laurie J. Phillips, Oliver S. Hutter, Huw Shiel, Jack E.N. Swallow, Christopher N. Savory, Pabitra K. Nayak, Silvia Mariotti, Bhaskar Das, Leon Bowen, Leanne A.H. Jones, Thomas J. Featherstone, Matthew J. Smiles, Mark A. Farnworth, Guillaume Zoppi, Pardeep K. Thakur, Tien Lin Lee, Henry J. Snaith, Chris Leighton, David O. ScanlonVinod R. Dhanak, Ken Durose, Tim D. Veal, Jonathan D. Major

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The carrier-type of the emerging photovoltaic Sb2Se3 was evaluated for both thin films and bulk crystals via a range of complementary techniques. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), hot probe, Hall effect, and surface photovoltage spectroscopy showed films and crystals synthesized from the Sb2Se3 granulate material to be n-type with chlorine identified as an unintentional n-type dopant via secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis. The validity of chlorine as a dopant was confirmed by the synthesis of intrinsic crystals from metallic precursors and subsequent deliberate n-type doping by the addition of MgCl2. Chlorine was also shown to be a substitutional n-type shallow dopant by density functional theory calculations. TiO2/Sb2Se3 n-n isotype heterojunction solar cells with 7.3% efficiency are subsequently demonstrated, with band alignment analyzed via XPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2621-2630
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 24 2020

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Funding Information:
Funding for the work was provided by EPSRC via EP/N014057/1, EP/L01551X/1, EP/P02484X/1, and EP/R513271/1. We acknowledge Diamond Light Source for time on Beamline I09 under Proposal No. SI21431-1. The uses of the UCL Legion, Myriad, and Grace High Performance Computing Facilities (Legion@UCL, Myriad@UCL, and Grace@UCL) are acknowledged in the production of this work. Computational work was also performed on the ARCHER UK National Supercomputing Service, via our membership of the UK’s HEC Materials Chemistry Consortium, funded by EPSRC (EP/L000202). Work at the University of Minnesota was supported by the customers of Xcel Energy through a grant from the renewable development fund. Data files related to the project are available from or from the corresponding author.

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