ZnO-nanorod arrays for solar cells with extremely thin sulfidic absorber

Abdelhak Belaidi, Th Dittrich, D. Kieven, J. Tornow, K. Schwarzburg, M. Kunst, N. Allsop, M. Ch Lux-Steiner, S. Gavrilov

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Solar cells with an extremely thin sulfidic absorber have been prepared by spray ion layer gas reaction (ILGAR) of In2S3 on ZnO-nanorod arrays. As transparent hole conductor, CuSCN was deposited on the coated ZnO nanorods by impregnation. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy was applied to characterize states contributing to excess carrier generation and charge separation. The charge-selective contact is formed at the In2S3/CuSCN interface region the states of which also contribute significantly to the photocurrent. The influence of annealing temperature and annealing time of the In2S3/CuSCN contact region on the open-circuit potential (VOC), short-circuit current (ISC) and fill factor (FF) was studied in detail. For solar cells based on ZnO-nanorod arrays (rod length 1.5 μm), efficiency of 2.8% is obtained at AM1.5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1036
Number of pages4
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Eta-solar cell
  • InS
  • ZnO-nanorod arrays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Belaidi, A., Dittrich, T., Kieven, D., Tornow, J., Schwarzburg, K., Kunst, M., Allsop, N., Lux-Steiner, M. C., & Gavrilov, S. (2009). ZnO-nanorod arrays for solar cells with extremely thin sulfidic absorber. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 93(6-7), 1033-1036. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2008.11.035