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Broadband absorption enhancement in organic solar cells using refractory plasmonic ceramics

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Sara Magdi

American University in Cairo (AUC), Nanotechnology Program, AUC Avenue New Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Dengxin Ji, Qiaoqiang Gan

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Department of Electrical Engineering, Buffalo, New York, United States

Mohamed A. Swillam

American University in Cairo (AUC), Nanotechnology Program, AUC Avenue New Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

American University in Cairo, Department of Physics, AUC Avenue New Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

J. Nanophoton. 11(1), 016001 (Jan 06, 2017). doi:10.1117/1.JNP.11.016001
History: Received August 20, 2016; Accepted November 29, 2016
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Abstract.  We theoretically demonstrate absorption enhancement in organic solar cells (OSC) due to the incorporation of titanium nitride and zirconium nitride plasmonic nanostructures. Localizing light using plasmonic nanostructures has the potential to overcome the absorption limitations of OSC and improve their power conversion efficiency. Thus, using C-MOS compatible, cheap, and abundant materials, such as refractory plasmonics, for light trapping could facilitate their commercialization. This work shows that transition metal nitrides have comparable performance to Ag when placed as the nanopatterned back electrode. In addition, the effect of adding TiN nanoparticles and nanowires inside the active layer has been analyzed.

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Sara Magdi ; Dengxin Ji ; Qiaoqiang Gan and Mohamed A. Swillam
"Broadband absorption enhancement in organic solar cells using refractory plasmonic ceramics", J. Nanophoton. 11(1), 016001 (Jan 06, 2017). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.11.016001


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