The improvement of sunlight utilization is a fundamental approach for the construction of high‐efficiency quantum‐dot‐based solar cells (QDSCs). To boost light harvesting, cosensitized photoanodes are fabricated in this work by a sequential deposition of presynthesized Zn–Cu–In–Se (ZCISe) and CdSe quantum dots (QDs) on mesoporous TiO2 films via the control of the interactions between QDs and TiO2 films using 3‐mercaptopropionic acid bifunctional linkers. By the synergistic effect of ZCISe‐alloyed QDs with a wide light absorption range and CdSe QDs with a high extinction coefficient, the incident photon‐to‐electron conversion efficiency is significantly improved over single QD‐based QDSCs. It is found that the performance of cosensitized photoanodes can be optimized by adjusting the size of CdSe QDs introduced. In combination with titanium mesh supported mesoporous carbon as a counterelectrode and a modified polysulfide solution as an electrolyte, a champion power conversion efficiency up to 12.75% (Voc = 0.752 V, Jsc = 27.39 mA cm−2, FF = 0.619) is achieved, which is, as far as it is known, the highest efficiency for liquid‐junction QD‐based solar cells reported.
Advanced Materials – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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