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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/10408436.2019.1708700

Recent progress in bismuth ferrite-based thin films as a promising photovoltaic material

04 Mar 2021-Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences (Taylor & Francis)-Vol. 46, Iss: 2, pp 83-108
Abstract: Application of ferroelectric oxides in photovoltaic devices has been revived by the emergence of bismuth ferrite thin films, a lead-free perovskite with a narrow bandgap (∼2.7 eV) and high ...

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Topics: Bismuth ferrite (70%), Perovskite (structure) (55%), Thin film (53%)
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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1039/C4EE03523B
Abstract: The application of ferroelectric materials (i.e. solids that exhibit spontaneous electric polarisation) in solar cells has a long and controversial history. This includes the first observations of the anomalous photovoltaic effect (APE) and the bulk photovoltaic effect (BPE). The recent successful application of inorganic and hybrid perovskite structured materials (e.g. BiFeO3, CsSnI3, CH3NH3PbI3) in solar cells emphasises that polar semiconductors can be used in conventional photovoltaic architectures. We review developments in this field, with a particular emphasis on the materials known to display the APE/BPE (e.g. ZnS, CdTe, SbSI), and the theoretical explanation. Critical analysis is complemented with first-principles calculation of the underlying electronic structure. In addition to discussing the implications of a ferroelectric absorber layer, and the solid state theory of polarisation (Berry phase analysis), design principles and opportunities for high-efficiency ferroelectric photovoltaics are presented.

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Topics: Anomalous photovoltaic effect (59%), Photovoltaics (58%), Cadmium telluride photovoltaics (52%) ... read more

222 Citations


Open access
07 Jul 2017-
Topics: Shear stress (52%), Ferroelectricity (51%)

24 Citations


Open accessJournal Article
Abstract: We compute the bulk photovoltaic effect (BPVE) in BiFeO(3) using first-principles shift current theory, finding good agreement with experimental results. Furthermore, we reconcile apparently contradictory observations: by examining the contributions of all photovoltaic response tensor components and accounting for the geometry and ferroelectric domain structure of the experimental system, we explain the apparent lack of BPVE response in striped polydomain samples that is at odds with the significant response observed in monodomain samples. We reveal that the domain-wall-driven response in striped polydomain samples is partially mitigated by the BPVE, suggesting that enhanced efficiency could be obtained in materials with cooperative rather than antagonistic interaction between the two mechanisms.

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11 Citations


Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.NANTOD.2020.101062
Huilin Li1, Fumin Li1, Zhitao Shen1, Su-Ting Han2  +5 moreInstitutions (3)
01 Apr 2021-Nano Today
Abstract: Increasing environmental crises caused by exploring and using fossil fuels have compelled human being to develop innovative technologies to utilize renewable and sustainable energy sources. For this purpose, photovoltaic conversion of solar energy into electricity with solar cells is a promising and attracting way in that solar energy is clean and inexhaustible. Nowadays, the bottleneck in the application of solar cells on a large scale to sustainable energy generation still lies in lacking an efficient, stable and low-cost materials system for photon-to-electricity conversion. Perovskite materials are a class of materials widely applied in solar cells. Many evidences showed that the perovskite materials have both ferroelectric and photovoltaic properties, offering a special system called photoferroelectric materials. A built-in electric field established in these materials due to the ferroelectric property is more helpful for the separation of e-h pairs and enhancing the power conversion efficiency during photovoltaic process in solar cells. Here, we review the recent photoferroelectric perovskite solar cells (PPSCs). After giving a brief description of the structure and property of photoferroelectric perovskite materials, the device structures, working principles and characterization of PPSCs are introduced, followed by the state-of-the-art advances and the insights for the PPSCs based on oxide and halide perovskite materials. Finally, the main challenges in developing efficient PPSCs are discussed.

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Topics: Photovoltaic system (59%), Solar energy (59%), Renewable energy (53%)

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1021/JA809598R
Abstract: Two organolead halide perovskite nanocrystals, CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3, were found to efficiently sensitize TiO2 for visible-light conversion in photoelectrochemical cells. When self-assembled on mesoporous TiO2 films, the nanocrystalline perovskites exhibit strong band-gap absorptions as semiconductors. The CH3NH3PbI3-based photocell with spectral sensitivity of up to 800 nm yielded a solar energy conversion efficiency of 3.8%. The CH3NH3PbBr3-based cell showed a high photovoltage of 0.96 V with an external quantum conversion efficiency of 65%.

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Topics: Perovskite solar cell (58%), Methylammonium halide (57%), Energy conversion efficiency (55%) ... read more

13,033 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1107/S0021889811038970
Koichi Momma1, Fujio Izumi1Institutions (1)
Abstract: VESTA is a three-dimensional visualization system for crystallographic studies and electronic state calculations. It has been upgraded to the latest version, VESTA 3, implementing new features including drawing the external mor­phology of crystals; superimposing multiple structural models, volumetric data and crystal faces; calculation of electron and nuclear densities from structure parameters; calculation of Patterson functions from structure parameters or volumetric data; integration of electron and nuclear densities by Voronoi tessellation; visualization of isosurfaces with multiple levels; determination of the best plane for selected atoms; an extended bond-search algorithm to enable more sophisticated searches in complex molecules and cage-like structures; undo and redo in graphical user interface operations; and significant performance improvements in rendering isosurfaces and calculating slices.

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Topics: Visualization (53%)

10,557 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1126/SCIENCE.1080615
Jian Wang1, Jeffrey B. Neaton2, Haimei Zheng1, Valanoor Nagarajan1  +10 moreInstitutions (5)
14 Mar 2003-Science
Abstract: Enhancement of polarization and related properties in heteroepitaxially constrained thin films of the ferroelectromagnet, BiFeO3, is reported. Structure analysis indicates that the crystal structure of film is monoclinic in contrast to bulk, which is rhombohedral. The films display a room-temperature spontaneous polarization (50 to 60 microcoulombs per square centimeter) almost an order of magnitude higher than that of the bulk (6.1 microcoulombs per square centimeter). The observed enhancement is corroborated by first-principles calculations and found to originate from a high sensitivity of the polarization to small changes in lattice parameters. The films also exhibit enhanced thickness-dependent magnetism compared with the bulk. These enhanced and combined functional responses in thin film form present an opportunity to create and implement thin film devices that actively couple the magnetic and ferroelectric order parameters.

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Topics: Bismuth ferrite (63%), Thin film (55%), Ferroelectricity (54%) ... read more

5,020 Citations


Open accessBookDOI: 10.1002/0470068329
13 Oct 2006-
Topics: Semiconductor device (52%)

3,851 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1002/ADMA.200802849
Gustau Catalan1, James F. Scott1Institutions (1)
26 Jun 2009-Advanced Materials
Abstract: BiFeO3 is perhaps the only material that is both magnetic and a strong ferroelectric at room temperature. As a result, it has had an impact on the field of multiferroics that is comparable to that of yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) on superconductors, with hundreds of publications devoted to it in the past few years. In this Review, we try to summarize both the basic physics and unresolved aspects of BiFeO3 (which are still being discovered with several new phase transitions reported in the past few months) and device applications, which center on spintronics and memory devices that can be addressed both electrically and magnetically.

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3,149 Citations