Date of Award
Mohammad A. Matin, Ph.D.
MEMS, Microfabrication, NEMS, Photoelectrochemical, Solar cell, Wet etching
This thesis presents fabrication and characterization of a small scale photoelectro-chemical (PEC) solar cell.
The cell consists of a p-type silicon cathode with an etched micro-cavity that houses the zinc chloride electrolyte solution, and the cavity is covered by a sheet of zinc acting as the anode. The cell operates using a semiconductor-electrolyte junction instead of the p-n junction of a conventional solid state solar cell. The silicon electrode is fabricated by controlled wet etching so that the bottom of the micro-cavity becomes a very thin membrane, which allows photons to penetrate and reach the semiconductorelectrolyte interface for the generation of excess electron-hole pairs. The separation of the excess charge carriers by the junction built-in electric field results in a photopotential across the semiconductor-electrolyte junction.
Silicon electrodes with different membrane sizes were successfully fabricated in the Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS) lab at the University of Denver. The electrical characteristics of the PEC solar cells were obtained and will be discussed in this thesis.
Li, Xin, "Fabrication and Characterization of Small Scale Photo-Electro-Chemical Solar Cells" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 375.
Received from ProQuest