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Performance enhancement of InAs quantum dots solar cells by using nanostructured antireflection coating with hydrophobic properties

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Yahia F. Makableh

King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, P.O. Box 928125, Amman 11190, Jordan

Ahmad I. Nusir, Haley Morris, Kelly McKenzie, Omar Manasreh

University of Arkansas, Department of Electrical Engineering, 800 W. Dickson Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, United States

J. Nanophoton. 10(4), 046018 (Dec 21, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JNP.10.046018
History: Received August 15, 2016; Accepted November 29, 2016
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Abstract.  Enhancement of the performance of an InAs quantum dots (QDs) solar cell was investigated by using a nanostructured antireflection coating with hydrophobic properties. The surface modification was performed by growing ZnO nanoneedles on top of an InAs QDs solar cell’s surface, then the nanoneedles’ hydrophobicity treatment was achieved by using stearic acid. The QDs solar cell’s performance remarkably improved by 50% as noticed in the power conversion efficiency, external quantum efficiency, and spectral response after the surface modification. Additionally, the contact angle of the hydrophobic surface was found to be 153 deg.

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Yahia F. Makableh ; Ahmad I. Nusir ; Haley Morris ; Kelly McKenzie and Omar Manasreh
"Performance enhancement of InAs quantum dots solar cells by using nanostructured antireflection coating with hydrophobic properties", J. Nanophoton. 10(4), 046018 (Dec 21, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.10.046018


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