Transparent conductive oxide films for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells

Umer Mehmood*, Mohammad Afzaal, Amir Al-Ahmed, Heather M. Yates, Abbas S. Hakeem, Haider Ali, Fahad A. Al-Sulaiman

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In this paper, atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) thin films of various thicknesses and dopant levels is reported. The deposited coatings are used to fabricate dye-sensitized solar cells, which exhibited reproducible power conversion efficiencies in excess of 10%. No surface texturing of FTOs or any additional treatment of dye-covered films is applied. In comparison, the use of commercial FTOs showed a lower cell efficiency of 7.11%. Detailed analysis showed that the cell efficiencies do not simply depend on the resistivity of FTOs but instead rely on a combination of carrier concentration, thickness, and surface roughness properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-524
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


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