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Small ; : e2310352, 2024 Feb 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38368257


Extensive research has focused on developing wide-bandgap metal compound-based passivating contacts as alternatives to conventional doped-silicon-layer-based passivating contacts to mitigate parasitic absorption losses in crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells. Herein, thermally-evaporated aluminum halides (AlX)-based electron-selective passivating contacts for c-Si solar cells are investigated. A low contact resistivity of 60.5 and 38.4 mΩ cm2 is obtained on the AlClx /n-type c-Si (n-Si) and AlFx /n-Si heterocontacts, respectively, thanks to the low work function of AlX. Power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 19.1% and 19.6% are achieved on proof-of-concept n-Si solar cells featuring a full-area AlClx /Al and AlFx /Al passivating contact, respectively. By further implementing an ultrathin SiO2 passivation interlayer and a pre-annealing treatment, the electron selectivity (especially the surface passivation) of AlX is significantly enhanced. Accordingly, a remarkable PCE of 21% is achieved on n-Si solar cells featuring a full-area SiO2 /AlFx /Al rear contact. AlFx -based electron-selective passivating contacts exhibit good thermal stability up to ≈400 °C and better long-term environmental stability. This work demonstrates the potential of AlFx -based electron-selective passivating contact for solar cells.

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces ; 8(23): 14671-7, 2016 Jun 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27219911


In this study, we present a novel application of thin magnesium fluoride films to form electron-selective contacts to n-type crystalline silicon (c-Si). This allows the demonstration of a 20.1%-efficient c-Si solar cell. The electron-selective contact is composed of deposited layers of amorphous silicon (∼6.5 nm), magnesium fluoride (∼1 nm), and aluminum (∼300 nm). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals a work function of 3.5 eV at the MgF2/Al interface, significantly lower than that of aluminum itself (∼4.2 eV), enabling an Ohmic contact between the aluminum electrode and n-type c-Si. The optimized contact structure exhibits a contact resistivity of ∼76 mΩ·cm(2), sufficiently low for a full-area contact to solar cells, together with a very low contact recombination current density of ∼10 fA/cm(2). We demonstrate that electrodes functionalized with thin magnesium fluoride films significantly improve the performance of silicon solar cells. The novel contacts can potentially be implemented also in organic optoelectronic devices, including photovoltaics, thin film transistors, or light emitting diodes.