1 Bio-Based, Cellulosic-Cuins2 Nanocomposites For Optoelectronic Applications

Reishofer David, Rath Thomas, Ehmann Heike, Gspan Christian, Dunst Sebastian, Amenitsch Heinz, Plank Harald, Alonso Bruno, Belamie Emmanuel, Trimmel Gregor, Spirk Stefan
2018 Zenodo  
A generic approach to design optoelectronic devices using renewable biopolymers is demonstrated. As a proof of principle, a biopolymer/CuInS2 nanocomponent-based solar cell has been assembled by using a cellulose derivative with a reasonable life cycle performance, namely trimethylsilyl cellulose (TMSC). The solar cells are manufactured using a mixture of copper and indium xanthates as precursors, which decompose and form CIS nanoparticles within the biopolymer matrix during a thermal
more » ... which was investigated by in situ combined grazing incidence small and wide angle X-ray scattering experiments. The growth of the nanoparticles is thereby controlled by the TMSC matrix. The nanocrystals exhibit an average diameter of approx. 4 nm. Using this composite, it was possible to fabricate solar cells, generating current in a wide range of the solar spectrum and exhibiting power conversion efficiencies of ca. 1%.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.1465384 fatcat:v54pjq32orgnhpqqrxqu3y7eae