The impact of surface zinc vacancies on charge transfer and charge separation at donor/ZnO and acceptor/ZnO interfaces is identified via density functional theory calculations. The results show their effect to be related to the stronger internal electric field present near these vacancies. Thus, such surface defects can have a significant negative impact on the performance of hybrid solar cells using ZnO as electron acceptors.
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Acknowledgements: Office of Naval Research Global[N62909-15-1-2003]