CoS nanorod arrays with different lenghth used in CdS sensitized ZnO solar cells



Well aligned CoS NRAs with different length have been grown on ITO substrates by a simple chemical method without any catalyst. The morphology properties of the as grown CoS nanostructures were investigated by SEM and TEM images. From the SEM results measured from the tilt-view, with the reaction time increasing, the length of CoS nanorods increased. However these CoS(6) NRAs partially aggregated, which will decrease the surface area of CoS NRAs. The optimized photovoltaic performance with a Voc of 0.66 V, a Jsc of 1.96 mA/cm2, an FF of 0.43, and a η of 0.64 % is obtained from the device based on CoS(4) ANRAs electrode. Although the quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) with CoS NRAs show smaller η values than that of the QDSSC with sputtered Pt counter electrode, the CoS material will be an efficient alternative for the Pt electrode due to its excellent catalytic ability and low cost.


Co3O4 Chemical Bath Deposition Method Transmission Electron Micrographs Image High Resolution Transmission Electron Micrographs Counter Electrode Material 



The authors acknowledge financial support from National Programs for High Technology Research and Development of China (Item No. 2013AA032202), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11204104, 61178074, 61475063, 61308095, 61378085 and 11254001), Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (No. NCET-13-0824), Program for the Development of Science and Technology of Jilin province (Item Nos. 201205078), the Twentieth Five-Year Program for Science and Technology of Education Department of Jilin Province (Item No. 20140147), Program for the Master Students’ Scientific and Innovative Research of Jilin Normal University (Item No. 2013022).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yunfei Sun
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lili Yang
    • 2
  • Maobin Wei
    • 2
  • Gang Chen
    • 2
  • Guangbo Che
    • 2
  • Jinghai Yang
    • 2
  • Zhe Wang
    • 3
  • Zhiyuan Gao
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Information TechnologyJilin Normal UniversitySipingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry of the Ministry of EducationJilin Normal UniversitySipingChina
  3. 3.Songyuan Binjiang Middle SchoolSongyuanChina

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