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Quantum Dot Solar Cells Based on CdSe-Assembled Titania Semiconductors

  • Chien-Tsung Wang (a1) and Chung-Hsiao Yeh (a2)

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In the study, semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) of CdSe nanocrystals have been demonstrated effective as the light energy harvesting assemblies in solar cells. Colloidal CdSe QDs were synthesized by the one-pot approach and linked through a surface modifier onto titania (TiO2) nanoparticles. The TiO2-CdSe composite, while employed as the photoanode in a photoelectrochemical apparatus, exhibited a higher photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (3-fold) than the TiO2 alone, and also a higher stability for photocurrent generation, according to photocurrent transient responses. The optical absorbance and photoluminescence of the CdSe colloid showed a blue shift in the absorption edge with decreasing the particle size (band energy gap shifts from 2.0 to 2.19 eV), suggesting a quantum size effect. The CdSe particle size was determined up to 5 nm by a transmission electron microscopy. A scheme describing the charge carrier rectification for the coupled semiconductor system is proposed.

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Quantum Dot Solar Cells Based on CdSe-Assembled Titania Semiconductors

  • Chien-Tsung Wang (a1) and Chung-Hsiao Yeh (a2)

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