Non-resonant metal-oxide metasurfaces for efficient perovskite solar cells

Mohammad I. Hossain, Nivedita Yumnam, Wayesh Qarony, Alberto Salleo, Veit Wagner, Dietmar Knipp, Yuen H. Tsang

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The short-circuit current density and energy conversion efficiency of single-junction perovskite and perovskite/perovskite tandem solar cells can be increased by photon management. In this study, optical metasurfaces were investigated as potential light trapping structures oppose to commonly used pyramidal surface textures. Herein, metal oxide-based non-resonant metasurfaces were investigated as potential light-trapping structures in perovskite solar cells. The zinc oxide nanowire-based building blocks of the metasurface can be prepared by a templated electrodeposition through a mask of resist. The phase of the incident light can be controlled by the edge length of the subwavelength large zinc oxide nanowires. An array of zinc oxide nanowires was prepared and characterized in the current study. Three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) optical simulations were used to compare solar cells covered with non-resonant metasurfaces with commonly used light trapping structures. As compared to the solar cells covered with zinc oxide pyramid surface texture, solar cells with the integrated non-resonant metasurfaces exhibit almost identical quantum efficiencies and short-circuit current densities. Investigations of such metasurfaces will not only improve the photon absorption in perovskite solar cells but also reveal a pathway to make high-efficiency next-generation solar cells. Detailed guidelines for the realization of non-resonant metal oxide metasurfaces will be provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-577
Number of pages8
JournalSolar Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Light-trapping
  • Metal oxides
  • Non-resonant metasurface
  • Perovskite
  • Solar cell
  • Tandem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science


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