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Prospects of graphene electrodes in photovoltaics
Author(s): Yasin Khatami; Wei Liu; Jiahao Kang; Kaustav Banerjee
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Paper Abstract

Transparent conductors (TCs) are becoming extremely popular in many different electronic applications such as touch panels, displays, light emitting devices, light sensors and solar cells. The commonly used electrode in these applications is Indium Tin Oxide (ITO). However, the cost of ITO is increasing rapidly due to the limited supply of Indium. Other issues such as lack of flexibility and cost of the deposition process make ITO less favorable in transparent electrode applications. Graphene has been under exploration as an alternative material for TC applications in the recent years. Graphene based TCs have been shown experimentally to exhibit promising electrical and optical properties. In this paper, the prospects of graphene for transparent conductors in photovoltaics are discussed. The recent advancements in this field as well as the theoretical predictions and possible pathways for improvements are presented. In the process section, we discuss methods to synthesize few-layer graphene (FLG) with high quality in a controllable manner.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8824, Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion IV, 88240T (25 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2026581
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Yasin Khatami, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Wei Liu, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Jiahao Kang, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Kaustav Banerjee, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8824:
Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion IV
Oleg V. Sulima; Gavin Conibeer, Editor(s)

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