Ultra long-lived electron-hole separation within water-soluble colloidal ZnO nanocrystals: prospective applications for solar energy production

Anna M. Cieślak , Mariia V. Pavliuk , Luca D'Amario , Mohamed Abdellah , Kamil Sokołowski , Urszula Rybinska , Daniel L.A. Fernandes , Michał K. Leszczyński , Fikret Mamedov , Ahmed M. El-Zhory , Jens Föhlinger , Alena Budinská , Małgorzata Wolska-Pietkiewicz , Leif Hammarström , Janusz Lewiński , Jacinto Sá


Zinc oxide was one of the first semiconductors used in dye-sensitized solar cells but its instability in aqueous media precludes its use for large-scale applications. Herein, we report on a novel ZnO nanocrystal material derived by an organometallic approach that is simultaneously stable and soluble in water due to its carboxylate oligoethylene glycol shell strongly anchored to the inorganic core by the head groups. The resulting unique inorganic core-organic shell interface also stabilizes the photo-generated hole, leading to a dramatic slowing down of charge recombination, which otherwise is a major hurdle in using nanostructured ZnO.
Author Anna M. Cieślak
Anna M. Cieślak,,
, Mariia V. Pavliuk
Mariia V. Pavliuk,,
, Luca D'Amario
Luca D'Amario,,
, Mohamed Abdellah
Mohamed Abdellah,,
, Kamil Sokołowski
Kamil Sokołowski,,
, Urszula Rybinska
Urszula Rybinska,,
, Daniel L.A. Fernandes
Daniel L.A. Fernandes,,
, Michał K. Leszczyński
Michał K. Leszczyński,,
, Fikret Mamedov
Fikret Mamedov,,
, Ahmed M. El-Zhory
Ahmed M. El-Zhory,,
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Journal seriesNano Energy, ISSN 2211-2855
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishWater-soluble colloidal ZnO nanocrystals; Ultra long-lived electron-hole separation; Advanced laser based spectroscopy; Solar energy production prospectus
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211285516304177
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)45
ScoreMinisterial score = 45.0, 28-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 45.0, 28-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 12.343 (2) - 2016=12.924 (5)
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