Physical and chemical aspects of the study of clusters, nanostructures and nanomaterials
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The microstructure of polymer functional coatings with silver nanoparticles for solar cells

A.A. Kravtsov1,2, O.V. Devitskiy1,2, D.S. Kuleshov2, A.S. Pashchenko1

1 Federal Research Centre The Southern Scientific Centre of The Russian Academy of Sciences
2 North Caucasus Federal University

DOI: 10.26456/pcascnn/2020.12.617

Original article

Abstract: Within the framework of this study, functional polymer coatings with silver nanoparticles were obtained on the surface of silicon solar cells. The size of the nanoparticles used to create the coatings was ~100 nm. For the first time, the microstructure of the obtained coatings was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. It was shown that nanoparticles have a sufficiently high and uniform distribution density in the coating. In the coatings obtained using the drying method, that there are single defects in the form of the absence of a film. These defects are presumably due to differences in microrelief on the surface of solar cells and can be eliminated by reapplying the film. Experimental studies of the quantum yield of photoconverters have shown that functional coatings based on polymers with silver nanoparticles can significantly improve the characteristics of silicon solar cells.

Keywords: olar cells, silver nanoparticles, functional coatings, microstructure, polyvinyl butyral, morphology, plasmon resonance, efficiency increase, quantum yield

  • Aleksandr A. Kravtsov – Ph. D., Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Nanoheterostructures for Microwave Electronics and Photonics, Federal Research Centre The Southern Scientific Centre of The Russian Academy of Sciences, Researcher of the Scientific and Educational Center for Photovoltaics and Nanotechnology North Caucasus Federal University
  • Oleg V. Devitskiy – Ph. D., Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Nanoheterostructures for Microwave Electronics and Photonics, Federal Research Centre The Southern Scientific Centre of The Russian Academy of Sciences, Senior Researcher of the Scientific and Educational Center for Photovoltaics and Nanotechnology North Caucasus Federal University
  • Dmitry S. Kuleshov – Engineer of the research laboratory of physical and chemical methods of analysis of the scientific laboratory complex of clean zones, North Caucasus Federal University
  • Alexander S. Pashchenko – Ph. D., Leading Researcher of the Laboratory of Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Nanoheterostructures for Microwave Electronics and Photonics, Federal Research Centre The Southern Scientific Centre of The Russian Academy of Sciences

Reference:

Kravtsov, A.A. The microstructure of polymer functional coatings with silver nanoparticles for solar cells / A.A. Kravtsov, O.V. Devitskiy, D.S. Kuleshov, A.S. Pashchenko // Physical and chemical aspects of the study of clusters, nanostructures and nanomaterials. – Tver: TSU, 2020. — I. 12. — P. 617-627. DOI: 10.26456/pcascnn/2020.12.617. (In Russian).

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