Carbon nanotube-amorphous silicon hybrid solar cell with improved conversion efficiency

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Research units

  • Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
  • St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University
  • Canatu Oy
  • Emitech Inc.
  • Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology


We report a hybrid solar cell based on single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) interfaced with amorphous silicon (a-Si). The high quality carbon nanotube network was dry transferred onto intrinsic a-Si forming Schottky junction for metallic SWNT bundles and heterojunctions for semiconducting SWNT bundles. The nanotube chemical doping and a-Si surface treatment minimized the hysteresis effect in current-voltage characteristics allowing an increase in the conversion efficiency to 1.5% under an air mass 1.5 solar spectrum simulator. We demonstrated that the thin SWNT film is able to replace a simultaneously p-doped a-Si layer and transparent conductive electrode in conventional amorphous silicon thin film photovoltaics.


Original languageEnglish
Article number185401
Pages (from-to)1-6
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • carbon nanotube, carbon nanotube - silicon heterojunction, heterojunction solar cell

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