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Title: Optimization of P3HT : CdSe hybrid photovoltaic
Authors: Chua, Chong Kiat.
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Materials::Ecomaterials
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Excessive quantities of fossil fuel are being burnt to cope with the increasing demand of energy. By making use of this source of energy, environment degradation, depletion of ozone layer and increasing global climate becomes apparent. Hence the need for alternative clean and renewable energy sources is inevitable. Solar energy is one of the areas that is being explored intensively in recent years. Hybrid solar cells that consist of both organic and inorganic materials is a hot research topic currently. In this project, different effects and roles of pyridine as a co-solvent in ligand exchanged cadmium selenide (CdSe) and as synthesized CdSe are investigated. In addition, effects of thermal annealing on ligand exchanged P3HT:CdSe hybrid solar cells are also studied. Variables such as different volumetric concentration of pyridine as co-solvent and contact times between pyridine and CdSe were chosen for this study. Characterization techniques such as atomic force microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and solar cell testings are conducted to characterize and give an account for electrical performance in different degree in ligand exchange specimens. The result of this study shows that pyridine capped ligand exchanged CdSe nanorods display better solubility in the polymer matrix upon addition of pyridine as cosolvent. On the other hand, when pyridine is introduced into as-synthesized CdSe, it functions as a medium for ligand exchange process to take place. Lastly, thermal annealing provides enhanced cell performance only in as-synthesized CdSe samples when they undergo small degree of ligand exchange.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
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