Quantum dot enabled photovoltaic cells

We combine fundamental studies of the photophysics of semiconductor quantum dots adsorbed on surfaces with realizations of new designs for third-generation photovoltaic cells incorporating quantum dots.

We have introduced several new designs for a hybrid quantum-dot - dye sensitized cells. Properly designed quantum dots have also been shown to photoinduce a dipole, leading to modification of the band alignment in sensitized cells. More recently, we have begun working with methylammonium and cesium lead halide perovskite materials and their hybrids with colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals for photovoltaic applications.

Recent publications

  1. T. Udayabhaskararao, M. Kazes, L. Houben, H. Lin, D. Oron, “Nucleation, growth and structural transformations of perovskite nanocrystals”, Chem. Mater. 29, 1302 (2017).

  2. S. Luo, M. Kazes, H. Lin, D. Oron, “Strain induced Type-II band alignment control in CdSe nanoplatelets / ZnS sensitized solar cells”, J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 11136 (2017).

  3. Y. Rakita, O. Bar-Elli, E. Meirzadeh, H. Kaslasi, Y. Peleg, G. Hodes, I. Lubomirsky, D. Oron, D. Ehre, D. Cahen, "Tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3 is ferroelectric",  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, E5504 (2017).

  4. J. Han, X. Yin, H. Nan, Y. Zhou, J. Li, D. Oron, H. Lin, “Enhancing the performance of perovskite solar cells by hybridizing SnS quantum dots with CH3NH3PbI3”, Small 1700953 (2017).

  5. T. Udaybhaskararao, L. Houben, H. Cohen, M. Menahem, I. Pinkas, L. Avram, T. Wolf, A. Teitelboim, M. Leskes, O. Yaffe, D. Oron, M. Kazes “A mechanistic study of phase change in perovskites NCs driven by ligand passivation”, Chem Mater. 30, 84 (2018).

  6. D. R. Ceratti, Y. Rakita, L. Cremonesi, R. Tenne, V. Kalchenko, M. Elbaum, D. Oron, M. A. C. Potenza, G. Hodes, D. Cahen, “Self-healing inside APbBr3 halide perovskite crystals”, Advanced Materials 30, 1706273 (2018).

  7. J. Han, S. Luo, X. Yin, Y. Zhou, H. Nan, J. Li, X. Li, D. Oron, H. Shen, H. Lin, “Hybrid PbS Quantum-Dot-in-Perovskite for High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cell”, Small 1801016 (2018).