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The effect of surface plasmon resonance on the photovoltaic properties of CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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W. I. Sandamali,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Physics

National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hanthana Road, Kandy

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G. K. R. Senadeera ,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Physics

National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hanthana Road, Kandy

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M. A. K. L. Dissanayake,

National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hanthana Road, Kandy, LK
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T. Jaseetharan,

National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hanthana Road, Kandy, LK
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Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Sammanthurai
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V. P. S. Perera,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Physics
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J. C. N. Rajendra,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Physics
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Navaratnasamy Karthikeyan,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Physics
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L. A. Wijenayaka

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Chemistry
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Abstract

Use of surface plasmon resonance effect of the Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) towards the photophysical properties of CdS quantum dot sensitized TiO2 based solar cells (QDSSCs) was investigated under the illumination of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5). Depositions of CdS on TiO2 electrodes were carried out by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method with optimized ten cycles. Current voltage characteristics of QDSSCs fabricated with optimum amount of Ag NPs (0.2 % w/v) in TiO2 showed ~ 26% increment in the power conversion efficiency from 1.09 to 1.37%. Surface morphological studies of photoanodes were carried out with scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transition electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray measurements (EDX). The existence of spherical shape Ag nanoparticles in TiO2 with an average particle size of 35 nm was confirmed by EDX analysis. The estimated average size of the TiO2 and CdS particles appears to be around 40 nm and 4.2 nm respectively.
How to Cite: Sandamali, W.I., Senadeera, G.K.R., Dissanayake, M.A.K.L., Jaseetharan, T., Perera, V.P.S., Rajendra, J.C.N., Karthikeyan, N. and Wijenayaka, L.A., 2021. The effect of surface plasmon resonance on the photovoltaic properties of CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells. Sri Lankan Journal of Physics, 22(1), pp.71–79. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljp.v22i1.8095
Published on 09 Jul 2021.
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