Silicon nanohole photovoltaic cells

Y. Q. Zhao, K. K. Leung, Y. Chen, C. Surya, C. K. Feng, Y. F. Chen, D. M. Chen, H. Shen, B. J. Zhang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Citation (Scopus)


We report fabrication of silicon nanohole radial p-n junction solar cells (SCs) using thermal annealing of silver films with metal-catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE). A balanced approach between the cost and controllability of the nanostructure fabrication is used to manufacture the silicon SCs. Based on our experimental results, the size and distribution of the nanoholes can be controlled by varying the thickness of the Ag films and the temperature for thermal annealing. In this work, we performed investigations on the dependencies of the device properties on the nanohole size. Detailed structural information for the silicon nanohole SCs was provided by TEM measurement. Our experimental results indicate substantial improvements in the cell efficiency for our devices compared to reported values for random nanostructure SCs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgram - 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2011Jun 24 2011

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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