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PHOTOVOLTAIC AND PHOTOSENSING DEVICES BASED ON ARRAYS OF ALIGNED NANOSTRUCTURES

United States Patent Application

20080006319
A1
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Photovoltaic cells and methods for making photovoltaic cells are provided. The photovoltaic cells include a photoactive layer which includes an array of elongated vertically aligned nanostructures. The nanostructures include at least a first and a second semiconducting material. The photovoltaic layer may also include a transparent insulating material which serves a passivation function.
Bettge, Martin (Urbana, IL), Burdin, Stephan (Mahomet, IL), MacLaren, Scott (Champaign, IL), Petrov, Ivan (Champaign, IL), Sammann, Ernie (Urbana, IL)
11/ 758,599
June 5, 2007
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract Number DEFG02-91-ER45439 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Government has certain rights in the invention.