Solution Processed Single-Phase Cu2SnS3 films: Structure and Photovoltaic Performance

Devendra Tiwari, Tristan Koehler, Reiner Klenk, David Fermin

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High quality microcrystalline tetragonal p-Cu2SnS3 (CTS) films are prepared by spin-coating a single precursor of metal salts and thiourea on to 5 x 5 cm2 Mo substrates. The best of solar cells completed on these films with a substrate configuration: glass/Mo/CTS/CdS/i-ZnO/Al:ZnO/Ni-Al and a total area of 0.5 cm2 displays an open-circuit voltage of 200 mV, fill factor of 34.5 %, short circuit current density of 27.6 mA/cm2 and power conversion efficiency of 1.9 % under simulated AM1.5 illumination. This the best performance reported for such solar architecture obtained by solution processing, with dispersion below 20% for 24 devices. For the first time, the key factors limiting CTS device efficiency are quantitatively established based on temperature dependent current-voltage curves and impedance spectroscopy, namely: (i) carrier recombination at the CTS/CdS interface, (ii) MoS2 non-Ohmic back contact, formed due to sulfurization of the top Mo layer, with a barrier height up to 216 ± 14 meV and (iii) the presence of two trap levels with activation energies 41 ± 0.4 meV vacancy and 206 ± 7 meV. The shallower trap is linked Cu vacancies, while the deeper trap is associated with Sn in Cu antisite defects based on DFT supercell calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-906
Number of pages8
JournalSustainable Energy and Fuels
Early online date27 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


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