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Investigation on Photovoltaic Performance based on Matchstick-Like Cu2S–In2S3Heterostructure Nanocrystals and Polymer

Aiwei Tang1, Feng Teng1, Yan Wang1, Yanbing Hou1*, Wei Han2, Luoxin Yi2 and Mingyuan Gao2*

Author Affiliations

1 Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing JiaoTong University, Beijing, 100044, People’s Republic of China

2 Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhong Guan Cun, Bei Yi Jie 2, Beijing, 100080, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2008, 3:502-507  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9187-4

Published: 25 October 2008


In this paper, we synthesized a novel type II cuprous sulfide (Cu2S)–indium sulfide (In2S3) heterostructure nanocrystals with matchstick-like morphology in pure dodecanethiol. The photovoltaic properties of the heterostructure nanocrystals were investigated based on the blends of the nanocrystals and poly(2-methoxy-5-(2′-ethylhexoxy)-p-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV). In comparison with the photovoltaic properties of the blends of Cu2S or In2S3nanocrystals alone and MEH-PPV, the power conversion efficiency of the hybrid device based on blend of Cu2S–In2S3and MEH-PPV is enhanced by ~3–5 times. This improvement is consistent with the improved exciton dissociation or separation and better charge transport abilities in type II heterostructure nanocrystals.

Photovoltaic performance; Heterostructure nanocrystals; Cu2S–In2S3; MEH-PPV; Charge-transfer