• Supab Choopun

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    • Boron-doped MnTe semiconductor-sensitized ZnO solar cells

      Auttasit Tubtimtae Suwanna Sheangliw Kritsada Hongsith Supab Choopun

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      We studied the photovoltaic performance of boron-doped MnTe semiconductor-sensitized solar cells (B-doped MnTe SSCs). The B-doped MnTe semiconductor was grown on ZnO using two stages of the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. The two phases of B-doped semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs), i.e. MnTe and MnTe2 were observed with a diameter range of approximately 15–30 nm. The result of the energy conversion efficiency of the sample with boron doping was superior compared to that of an undoped sample, due to the substantial change in the short-circuit current density and the open-circuit voltage. In addition, plots of (𝛼 ℎ 𝜈)2 vs ℎ 𝜈 with band gaps of 1.30 and 1.27 eV were determined for the undoped and B-doped MnTe NPs, respectively. It can be noted that the boron doping effects with the change in the band gap and lead to an improvement in the crystalline quality and also intimate contact between the larger sizes of MnTe NPs. Hence, a noticeably improved photovoltaic performance resulted. However, this kind of semiconductor sensitizer can be further extended by experiments on yielding a higher power conversion efficiency and greater stability of the device.

    • Linkage modification of a zinc oxide photoelectrode prepared with polyethylene glycol for electron transport improvement in dye-sensitized solar cells


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      The purpose of this study is to synthesize ZnO aggregate films using simple precipitation with polymer modification for linkage improvement of the ZnO photoelectrode. The starting materials of zinc acetate solution and ammoniasolution were mixed under violent stirring conditions. A portion of the polymer (polyethylene glycol) was slowly added into the mixed solution to obtain the viscous ZnO precursor. The precursor was then coated onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate and annealed to form ZnO films. The scanning electron microscopy results revealed the formation of ZnO aggregates with flower-like microstructures. The appearance of Zn and O elements indicated a fair ZnO formation. The X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman shift confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure of the ZnO aggregates. For dye-sensitized solarcell (DSSC) application, power conversion efficiency was enhanced because of the improved photovoltaic characteristics including the open-circuit voltage, fill factor, series resistance, shunt resistances and recombination resistance, perhaps, dueto the large particle size of the ZnO aggregates and their flower-like microstructures. The flower-like microstructure likely acts as a bridge to link each ZnO particle. The flower-like microstructure plays the role of an express pathway in electron transport in the DSSC. Therefore, the ZnO aggregation with a flower-like microstructure has the potential to improve the electron transport for efficiency enhancement of a DSSC.

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