Silver nanoparticles on zinc oxide: An approach to plasmonic PV solar cell

Mohammad Kamal Hossain, Qasem Ahmed Drmosh, Fahhad Al Harabi, Nouar Tabet

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Efficient light management in solar cells can be achieved by incorporating plasmonic nanoscatterers that support surface plasmons: excitations of conduction electrons at the interface/surface. As known, light trapping increases the amount of light absorbed by "bouncing" the light within the cell, giving it a chance to be absorbed thereby increasing the absorption and scattering cross-section. The challenge is to fabricate these plasmonic nanoparticles in cost-effective method as well as without hampering optical, electrical and topographical properties of underneath layers. Here in this report a simple two step method was adopted to fabricate silver nanoparticles on zinc oxide followed by topographic and elemental analysis thereof. Numerical calculation was carried out to elucidate optical scattering of silver nanoparticles of various sizes as well as that of dimer. Near-electric field distribution of single silver nanoparticles and dimer along with the individual component of electric field was simulated by finite different time domain analysis. Using the benefit of increased scattering cross-section and ease of such nanoparticles fabrication, a cell configure is proposed herewith.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanomaterials
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Technology and Applications
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783038350989
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)1022-6680
ISSN (Electronic)1662-8985



  • Nanoparticles
  • Plasmonics
  • Post-treatment
  • Silver
  • Solar cell
  • Sputtering
  • ZnO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Hossain, M. K., Drmosh, Q. A., Al Harabi, F., & Tabet, N. (2014). Silver nanoparticles on zinc oxide: An approach to plasmonic PV solar cell. In Nanomaterials: Science, Technology and Applications (pp. 280-285). (Advanced Materials Research; Vol. 938). Trans Tech Publications Ltd.