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    • A modified high-temperature vapour deposition technique for fabricating CH$_3$NH$_3$PbI$_3$ thin films under an ambient atmosphere

      G MANOBALAJI M PANDIYARAJAN M SENTHILKUMAR S MOORTHY BABU

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      A modified two-step deposition technique was performed by vapour depositing methylammonium iodide (MAI) on lead iodide (PbI$_2$) films to fabricate good quality methylammonium lead iodide (MAPI) thin films under anambient atmosphere, and their properties were compared with conventional two-step solution processed MAPI thin films. Scanning electron microscopy results depicted that the MAI vapour-processed films have a uniform coverage and planar surface compared with the non-uniformly distributed granule-like morphology of the solution-processed MAPI film. X-ray diffraction results confirm that the vapour-processed films have better crystallinity compared to the conventional solutionprocessed MAPI thin films. An enhancement in the optical absorption and emission was observed for the vapour-processed films. The higher processing temperature of the modified-vapour deposition eliminates the effect of moisture during the ambient atmosphere processing of the MAPI films.

    • Copper indium sulphide:zinc sulphide (CIS:ZnS)-alloyed quantum dots as an eco-friendly absorber in solar cells

      M SENTHILKUMAR C IMLA MARY M PANDIYARAJAN G MANOBALAJI S MOORTHY BABU

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      Synthesis and characterization of less toxic copper indium zinc sulphide (CIS:ZnS)-alloyed quantum dots (QDs) were carried out and the ligand exchange process towards the efficiency enhancement in CIS:ZnS QD-sensitized solar cellwas demonstrated. The colloidal CIS:ZnS QDs were synthesized by an inexpensive heat up method with oleic acid as the capping ligand. The optical properties were analysed through ultraviolet–visible absorption and photoluminescence emission spectroscopy. The influence of the ligand exchange process on the CIS:ZnS QD-based solar cells was analysed with thefabrication of two batches of solar cells. The ligand exchange process was confirmed from Fourier transform infrared and thermogravimetric analyses. The QD-sensitized solar cells were fabricated using a CIS:ZnS QD-loaded titania photoanode and by employing copper sulphide as the counter electrode. The photovoltaic performance of the fabricated QD solar cells was analysed through photovoltaic characterization methods (current density–voltage characteristics of the devices under the simulated solar light conditions and external quantum efficiency measurements). The ligand-exchanged QD-loaded solar cells show enhanced power conversion efficiency compared to the long chain ligand-capped CIS:ZnS QD-sensitized solar cells.

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