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

Abstract

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 - [Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences]
Anna M. Cieślak,,
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, Mariia V. Pavliuk - [Angstrom Laboratory]
Mariia V. Pavliuk,,
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, Luca D'Amario - [Angstrom Laboratory]
Luca D'Amario,,
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, Mohamed Abdellah - [Angstrom Laboratory]
Mohamed Abdellah,,
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, Kamil Sokołowski - [Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences]
Kamil Sokołowski,,
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, Urszula Rybinska - [Angstrom Laboratory]
Urszula Rybinska,,
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, Daniel L.A. Fernandes - [Angstrom Laboratory]
Daniel L.A. Fernandes,,
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, Michał K. Leszczyński - [Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences]
Michał K. Leszczyński,,
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, Fikret Mamedov - [Angstrom Laboratory]
Fikret Mamedov,,
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, Ahmed M. El-Zhory - [Angstrom Laboratory]
Ahmed M. El-Zhory,,
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Journal seriesNano Energy, ISSN 2211-2855
Issue year2016
Vol30
Pages187-192
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
ASJC Classification2208 Electrical and Electronic Engineering; 2500 General Materials Science; 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
DOIDOI:10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.09.045
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211285516304177
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)45
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ScoreMinisterial score = 45.0, 03-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 45.0, 03-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 20; WoS Citations = 12; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.942; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 12.343 (2) - 2016=12.924 (5)
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