Photovoltaic Performance of Phase-Pure Orthorhombic BiSI Thin-Films

Devendra Tiwari, Fabiola Cardoso-Delgado, Dominic Alibhai, Maia Mombru, David J. Fermin

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A single-precursor solution approach is developed for depositing stoichiometric BiSI thin films featuring pure paraelectric orthorhombic (Pnam) phase. The compact and homogeneous films are composed of flake-shaped grains oriented antiplanar to the substrate and display a sharp optical transition corresponding to a bandgap of 1.57 eV. Optical and Raman signatures of the thin films are rationalized using the quasiparticle G 0W 0@PBE0 and density functional perturbation theory calculations. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy revealed n-type doping with valence and conduction band edges located at 4.6 and 6.2 eV below vacuum level, respectively. Planar BiSI solar cells are fabricated with the architecture: Glass/FTO/SnO 2/BiSI/F8/Au, where F8 is poly(9,9-di-n-octylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl), showing record conversion efficiency of 1.32% under AM 1.5 illumination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3878-3885
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Energy Materials
Issue number5
Early online date22 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


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