All-carbon nanotube diode and solar cell statistically formed from macroscopic network

Albert G. Nasibulin, Adinath M. Funde, Ilya V. Anoshkin, Igor A. Levitsky

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    Schottky diodes and solar cells are statistically created in the contact area between two macroscopic films of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) at the junction of semiconducting and quasi-metallic bundles consisting of several high quality tubes. The n-doping of one of the films allows for photovoltaic action, owing to an increase in the built-in potential at the bundle-to-bundle interface. Statistical analysis demonstrates that the Schottky barrier device contributes significantly to the I-V characteristics, compared to the p-n diode. The upper limit of photovoltaic conversion efficiency has been estimated at ∼20%, demonstrating that the light energy conversion is very efficient for such a unique solar cell. While there have been multiple studies on rectifying SWNT diodes in the nanoscale environment, this is the first report of a macroscopic all-carbon nanotube diode and solar cell. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2800-2809
    Number of pages10
    JournalNano Research
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2015


    • all-carbon nanotube solar cell
    • carbon nanotube bundles
    • carbon nanotube diode
    • Schottky diode


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