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Journal of Nanophotonics

Broadband absorption enhancement in organic solar cells using refractory plasmonic ceramics
Author(s): Sara Magdi; Dengxin Ji; Qiaoqiang Gan; Mohamed A. Swillam
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Paper Abstract

We theoretically demonstrate absorption enhancement in organic solar cells (OSC) due to the incorporation of titanium nitride and zirconium nitride plasmonic nanostructures. Localizing light using plasmonic nanostructures has the potential to overcome the absorption limitations of OSC and improve their power conversion efficiency. Thus, using C-MOS compatible, cheap, and abundant materials, such as refractory plasmonics, for light trapping could facilitate their commercialization. This work shows that transition metal nitrides have comparable performance to Ag when placed as the nanopatterned back electrode. In addition, the effect of adding TiN nanoparticles and nanowires inside the active layer has been analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 January 2017
PDF: 10 pages
J. Nanophoton. 11(1) 016001 doi: 10.1117/1.JNP.11.016001
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 11, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Sara Magdi, American University in Cairo (AUC) (Egypt)
Dengxin Ji, University at Buffalo (United States)
Qiaoqiang Gan, University at Buffalo (United States)
Mohamed A. Swillam, American University in Cairo (AUC) (Egypt)
American University in Cairo (Egypt)

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