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Title: Photoelectrochemical characterization of Bi2S3 thin films deposited by modified chemical bath deposition
Authors: Ahire, R R
Sharma, R P
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: H01C17/14
Abstract: For the photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar cell, the prime requirement is that photoelectrode/ photoanode should have bandgap close to the maximum in the visible spectrum. Bismuth sulphide (Bi2S3) is challenging material because of its mid-way bandgap (Eg = 1.74 eV) and absorption coefficient of the order of 104 cm-1. In the present investigation, bismuth sulphide (Bi2S3) thin films of thickness about 0.14 mm have been prepared by using modified chemical bath deposition method onto glass and fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate under optimized conditions. The films are annealed at 200ºC for 2 h in air. It is found that deposited films turn from amorphous to polycrystalline after annealing. The Bi2S3/NaOH-S-Na2S/C cell has been fabricated by using Bi2S3 annealed films and their photoelectrochemical performance has been studied. It is found that Bi2S3 films are photoactive. However, conversion efficiency is low (0.056%) due to low series and high shunts resistance of Bi2S3 films.
Page(s): 140-144
ISSN: 0975-1017 (Online); 0971-4588 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEMS Vol.13(2) [April 2006]

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