Diana C Iza

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The need for sustainable power generation has encouraged research into a variety of photovoltaic materials and structures, with a greater emphasis being placed on a balance between performance and cost. The stability of many semiconducting oxides relative to other inexpensive solar cell technologies, such as organic [ 1 ] and dye-sensitized [ 2 ] cells,(More)
Large-area free-standing arrays of TiO(2) nanorods and nanotubes were selectively synthesized on transparent conducting indium tin oxide substrates using sol-gel electrophoresis and anodic alumina (AAO) thin film templates. The effect of sol-gel ageing on the growth of TiO(2) was explained, providing a tailored ability to produce nanotubes and nanorods. An(More)
With particular focus on bulk heterojunction solar cells incorporating ZnO nanorods, we study how different annealing environments (air or Zn environment) and temperatures impact on the photoluminescence response. Our work gives new insight into the complex defect landscape in ZnO, and it also shows how the different defect types can be manipulated. We have(More)
We introduce hybrid solar cells with an architecture consisting of an electrodeposited ZnO nanorod array (NRA) coated with a conformal thin layer (<50 nm) of organic polymer-fullerene blend and a quasi-conformal Ag top contact (Thin/NR). We have compared the performance of Thin/NR cells to conventional hybrid cells in which the same NRAs are completely(More)
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