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Nanotetrapods: quantum dot hybrid for bulk heterojunction solar cells

Furui Tan1, Shengchun Qu2*, Fumin Li1, Qiwei Jiang1, Chong Chen1, Weifeng Zhang1 and Zhanguo Wang2

Author Affiliations

1 Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Materials, Department of Physics and Electronics, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, Henan, People’s Republic of China

2 Key Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials Science, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:434  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-434

Published: 19 October 2013


Hybrid thin film solar cell based on all-inorganic nanoparticles is a new member in the family of photovoltaic devices. In this work, a novel and performance-efficient inorganic hybrid nanostructure with continuous charge transportation and collection channels is demonstrated by introducing CdTe nanotetropods (NTs) and CdSe quantum dots (QDs). Hybrid morphology is characterized, demonstrating an interpenetration and compacted contact of NTs and QDs. Electrical measurements show enhanced charge transfer at the hybrid bulk heterojunction interface of NTs and QDs after ligand exchange which accordingly improves the performance of solar cells. Photovoltaic and light response tests exhibit a combined optic-electric contribution from both CdTe NTs and CdSe QDs through a formation of interpercolation in morphology as well as a type II energy level distribution. The NT and QD hybrid bulk heterojunction is applicable and promising in other highly efficient photovoltaic materials such as PbS QDs.

HBH nanostructure; CdTe NTs; CdSe QDs