Facile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applications

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Title:
Facile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applications
Authors:
Lim, Yee-Fun; Choi, Joshua J.; Hanrath, Tobias
Abstract:
CuO is an earth-abundant, nontoxic, and low band-gap material; hence it is an attractive candidate for application in solar cells. In this paper, a synthesis of CuO nanocrystals by a facile alcohothermal route is reported. The nanocrystals are dispersible in a solvent mixture of methanol and chloroform, thus enabling the processing of CuO by solution. A bilayer solar cell comprising of CuO nanocrystals and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) achieved a power conversion efficiency of 0.04%, indicating the potential of this material for light-harvesting applications.
Citation:
Lim Y-F, Choi JJ, Hanrath T (2012) Facile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applications. Journal of Nanomaterials 2012: 1–6. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/393160.
Publisher:
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journal:
Journal of Nanomaterials
Issue Date:
2012
DOI:
10.1155/2012/393160
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1687-4110; 1687-4129
Sponsors:
This work was funded by the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. The authors thank Dr. Jacek Jasieniak (CSIRO, Australia) for inspiration for the copper oxide synthesis and helpful comments on the paper, William Baumgardner and John Grazul for assistance with TEM imaging, and Dr. Maura Weathers for assistance with XRD. Device fabrication and testing was performed partly in the laboratory of Professor George Malliaras, while nanocrystal characterization was done using equipment in the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), Cornell Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), Cornell Nanoscale Science & Technology Facility (CNF), and the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. Y. F. Lim acknowledges a research fellowship from A*STAR, Singapore. J. J. Choi acknowledges support from NSF IGERT fellowship.
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dc.contributor.authorLim, Yee-Funen
dc.contributor.authorChoi, Joshua J.en
dc.contributor.authorHanrath, Tobiasen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-23T13:52:04Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-23T13:52:04Zen
dc.date.issued2012en
dc.identifier.citationLim Y-F, Choi JJ, Hanrath T (2012) Facile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applications. Journal of Nanomaterials 2012: 1–6. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/393160.en
dc.identifier.issn1687-4110en
dc.identifier.issn1687-4129en
dc.identifier.doi10.1155/2012/393160en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/596995en
dc.description.abstractCuO is an earth-abundant, nontoxic, and low band-gap material; hence it is an attractive candidate for application in solar cells. In this paper, a synthesis of CuO nanocrystals by a facile alcohothermal route is reported. The nanocrystals are dispersible in a solvent mixture of methanol and chloroform, thus enabling the processing of CuO by solution. A bilayer solar cell comprising of CuO nanocrystals and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) achieved a power conversion efficiency of 0.04%, indicating the potential of this material for light-harvesting applications.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was funded by the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. The authors thank Dr. Jacek Jasieniak (CSIRO, Australia) for inspiration for the copper oxide synthesis and helpful comments on the paper, William Baumgardner and John Grazul for assistance with TEM imaging, and Dr. Maura Weathers for assistance with XRD. Device fabrication and testing was performed partly in the laboratory of Professor George Malliaras, while nanocrystal characterization was done using equipment in the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), Cornell Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), Cornell Nanoscale Science & Technology Facility (CNF), and the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. Y. F. Lim acknowledges a research fellowship from A*STAR, Singapore. J. J. Choi acknowledges support from NSF IGERT fellowship.en
dc.publisherHindawi Publishing Corporationen
dc.rightsThis is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en
dc.titleFacile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applicationsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Nanomaterialsen
dc.contributor.institutionCornell University, Ithaca, United Statesen
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