Synthesis and characteristics of Tb-doped Y 2SiO 5 nanophosphors and luminescent layer for enhanced photovoltaic cell performance

Dong Kyun Yim, In Sun Cho, Sangwook Lee, Chae Hyun Kwak, Dong Hoe Kim, Jung Kun Lee, Kug Sun Hong

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Nanophosphors based on green emitting terbium doped yttrium silicates with the general formula Y 2SiO 5:Tb 3+ with a size of 30∼60 nm were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The prepared nanophosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. It was found that the nanophosphors crystallize in an X 1-type monoclinic structure (P2 1/c) and absorb UV light from 220 to 300 nm which they then down-convert into visible-light (strong green emission at around 545 nm ( 5D 47F J)). As TiO 2-based dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit their maximum incident photon to current efficiency at around 500∼600 nm, the wavelength-modulation characteristics of the nanophosphors can be efficient for dye-sensitized solar cell systems. Therefore, the Y 2SiO 5:Tb 3+ nanophosphors were introduced into a TiO 2-based dye-sensitized solar cell and their effects on the performance of the solar cell were investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8748-8753
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Down Conversion
  • Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
  • Nano Phosphor
  • Photovoltaic
  • Yttrium Silicate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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