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A study of shape optimization on the metallic nanoparticles for thin-film solar cells

Shiwei Zhou1*, Xiaodong Huang1, Qing Li2 and Yi Min Xie1*

Author affiliations

1 Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials, School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne 3001, Australia

2 School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

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Citation and License

Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:447  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-447

Published: 29 October 2013


The shape of metallic nanoparticles used to enhance the performance of thin-film solar cells is described by Gielis' superformula and optimized by an evolutionary algorithm. As a result, we have found a lens-like nanoparticle capable of improving the short circuit current density to 19.93 mA/cm2. Compared with a two-scale nanospherical configuration recently reported to synthesize the merits of large and small spheres into a single structure, the optimized nanoparticle enables the solar cell to achieve a further 7.75% improvement in the current density and is much more fabrication friendly due to its simple shape and tolerance to geometrical distortions.