Quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanowire-P3HT hybrid photovoltaics

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dc.contributor Kim, Seongsin
dc.contributor Nikles, David E.
dc.contributor.advisor Kung, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Harris, Nicholas Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:37:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:37:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001140
dc.identifier.other Harris_alatus_0004M_11354
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1617
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract A hybrid, nanostructured solar cell architecture has been designed, described, fabricated and characterized. ZnO nanowires were synthesized using thermal chemical vapor deposition to act as a high energy photon absorber scaffold and electron transport pathway. InP-ZnS core-shell quantum dots were attached to the nanowires via surface chemistry to act as a high-efficiency sensitizing absorption medium. A ligand exchange procedure was performed to cap the quantum dots with mercaptopropionic acid for improved adhesion to ZnO nanowires and improved electrical properties. Experimentation was performed to optimize the surface chemistry adhesion of the ligand exchange and quantum dot-nanowire adhesion. A thoroughly-filled P3HT matrix was drop coated selectively and annealed into the quantum dot sensitized nanowire array to serve as a hole capture and transport, absorption, and planarizing medium. Characterization was performed throughout device fabrication using SEM, TEM, XRD, PL spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and electrical measurements. A dense monolayer of quantum dots was deposited and imaged via HRTEM. PL quenching of quantum dots in P3HT was observed. The viability and advantages of quantum dot sensitization of a hybrid ZnO nanowire-P3HT hybrid were shown via PL, UV-Vis and device electrical measurements.
dc.format.extent 69 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Electrical engineering
dc.title Quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanowire-P3HT hybrid photovoltaics
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
etdms.degree.discipline Electrical and Computer Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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