Publications of Pierre Colson
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See detailStraightforward prediction of the Ni1−xO layers stoichiometry by using optical and electrochemical measurements
Manceriu, Laura ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege; Maho, Anthony ULiege et al

in Journal of Physics : D Applied Physics (2017), 50

In this study, we propose a straightforward method for x determination in sub-stoichiometric nickel oxide (Ni1−xO) films prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis on fluor-tin oxide (FTO) substrates by ... [more ▼]

In this study, we propose a straightforward method for x determination in sub-stoichiometric nickel oxide (Ni1−xO) films prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis on fluor-tin oxide (FTO) substrates by varying the post-deposition thermal treatment. The Ni3+ concentration, the flat band potential (Φfb) and the open circuit potential (Voc) were determined by electrochemical impedance analysis in aqueous media and correlated to the transmission of Ni1−xO films. An x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study was also performed to quantify the amount of Ni3+ in the films and compare it with the one determined by electrochemical analysis. The electrochromic behavior of the Ni1−xO films in non-aqueous electrolyte was investigated as well. With increasing Ni3+ concentration the films became more brownish and more conductive, both Voc and Φfb values increased. Calibration curves of transmission at 550 nm or open circuit potential versus carrier concentration were plotted and allowed the prediction of x in an unknown Ni1−xO sample. The Ni1−xO films characterized by the highest Ni3+ concentration have a darker colored state but lower transmission modulation, due to their reduced specific surface and increased crystallinity. [less ▲]

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See detailInverse opal photoanodes: preparation and optical properties
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Spronck, Gilles ULiege; Baron, Damien ULiege et al

Conference (2017, March 01)

Perovskite compounds, used either in mesoscopic or planar solar cells, have allowed preparing highly efficient solid-state devices (>20%). In this study, we propose to design photoanodes with photonic ... [more ▼]

Perovskite compounds, used either in mesoscopic or planar solar cells, have allowed preparing highly efficient solid-state devices (>20%). In this study, we propose to design photoanodes with photonic structure in order to modulate light interaction. The periodic structure of porosity could add specific optical properties likely to increase light harvesting and reduce reflexion losses. Besides, current efficiencies reported for mesoscopic perovskite solar cells using an inorganic porous scaffold are slightly lower than those reported for planar perovskite cells mainly due to issues in perovskite infiltration. The control of the porous network architecture in terms of pore organization, size and connectivity could overcome this limitation. TiO2/perovskite and perovskite-only photoanodes with an inverse opal porous structure are prepared from templating techniques, using polystyrene beads as structuring agent. The photoanode microstructure is further characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray diffraction (XRD). In parallel, light interaction is modeled in order to find the best compromise in terms of photonic architecture (pore size, organization, thickness…). [less ▲]

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See detailSurfactant-assisted USP deposition of WO3 electrochromic thin films on various TCO-glass substrates
Maho, Anthony ULiege; Nicolay, Sylvain; Manceriu, Laura ULiege et al

Conference (2016, August 31)

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See detailRadio-frequency magnetron sputtering: a versatile tool for CdSe quantum dots depositions with controlled properties
Dahi, Abdellatif; Colson, Pierre ULiege; Jamin, Claire et al

in Journal of Material and Environmental Sciences (2016), 7(7), 2277-2287

CdSe nanoparticles are of great interest for many applications. However, their size, shape, and aggregation are still difficult to control by the conventional synthesis methods. Here, we report on the ... [more ▼]

CdSe nanoparticles are of great interest for many applications. However, their size, shape, and aggregation are still difficult to control by the conventional synthesis methods. Here, we report on the synthesis of CdSe quantum dots (QDs), with an average diameter less than 10 nm, using radio-frequency magnetron sputtering (RFMS) on glass and silicon substrates at 25 °C. First, results show that a target-substrate distance of 13.5 cm and a chamber pressure of 2.2 .10-1 mbar were required to deposit a CdSe QDs layer on the substrates. The morphology and optical properties of CdSe QDs were then studied as a function of RF power and deposition time. The size of CdSe QDs increases with increasing both the RF power and the deposition time. UV-visible spectroscopy shows that the CdSe QDs layer deposited on the glass-substrate by RFMS has almost the same optical properties as the one obtained from commercial CdSe QDs solutions. In both cases, a shift of the characteristic absorption band of CdSe QDs towards the higher wavenumbers is observed with the QDs size increase. AFM confirms the success of CdSe QDs layer deposition by RFMS: CdSe QDs with a mean diameter of 7.5 ± 2 nm were observed for a RF power of 14 W, a chamber pressure of 2.2 .10-1 mbar, a target-substrate distance of 13.5 cm and a deposition time of 7.5 min (optimal values). With these parameters, the coverage of the substrate by the nano-objects is estimated at 25-30 % of the overall surface. [less ▲]

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See detailDeposition of electrochromic oxide films by surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis
Maho, Anthony ULiege; Denayer, Jessica; Bister, Geoffroy et al

Conference (2015, May)

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See detailSurface treatments for electrochromic glazing: toward reduced costs and optimal performances through ultrasonic spray pyrolysis
Maho, Anthony ULiege; Denayer, Jessica; Bister, Geoffroy et al

Conference (2015, May)

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See detailElucidating the opto-electrical properties of solid and hollow titania scattering layers for improvement of dye-sensitized solar cells
Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris; Henrist, Catherine ULiege; Spronck, Gilles ULiege et al

in Thin Solid Films (2015)

The light scattering method has been adapted in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) for optical absorption enhancement. In DSC's, particle-size of TiO2 should be inline with the scattering wavelength range ... [more ▼]

The light scattering method has been adapted in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) for optical absorption enhancement. In DSC's, particle-size of TiO2 should be inline with the scattering wavelength range. Scattering particles can be used either by forming a bilayer structure with TiO2 nanocrystalline film or into the bulk of TiO2 nanocrystalline film. For improving the DSCs performances these scattering layers aim to refract/reflect the incident light by extending the traveling distance of UV-Visible/near-IR light within the dye-sensitized TiO2 nanocrystalline film. In this work, the scattering layers with two different particle-sizes (~200 nm-solid and ~400 nm-hollow) were deposited as an additional layer on the top of dye-sensitized TiO2 nanocrystalline film and the morphological properties were studied. By using various opto-electrical characterization techniques, the influence of these scattering layers for two different classes of DSCs prepared from N3 (UV-Vis) and SQ2 (near-IR) dyes were investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear and nonlinear optical properties of functionalized CdSe quantum dots prepared by plasma sputtering and wet chemistry
Humbert, Christophe; Dahi, Abdellatif; Dalstein, Laetitia et al

in Journal of Colloid & Interface Science (2015), 445

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See detailInnovative materials improving energy efficiency of buildings
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Denayer, Jessica ULiege; Schrijnemakers, Audrey ULiege et al

Conference (2014, July 01)

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See detailSurfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of nickel oxide and lithium-doped nickel oxide thin films, towards electrochromic applications
Denayer, Jessica ULiege; Bister, Geoffroy; Simonis, Priscilla et al

in Applied Surface Science (2014), 321

Lithium-doped nickel oxide and undoped nickel oxide thin films have been deposited on FTO/glass substrates by a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The addition of polyethylene glycol in the ... [more ▼]

Lithium-doped nickel oxide and undoped nickel oxide thin films have been deposited on FTO/glass substrates by a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The addition of polyethylene glycol in the sprayed solution has led to improved uniformity and reduced light scattering compared to films made without surfactant. Furthermore, the presence of lithium ions in NiO films has resulted in improved electrochromic performances (coloration contrast and efficiency), but with a slight decrease of the electrochromic switching kinetics. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: study of the pore filling by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege et al

Poster (2013, September)

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials ... [more ▼]

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials. However, in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, optimal TiO2 films thickness is limited to a few microns allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiency. In order to overcome this limitation, high surface area templated films are investigated as alternative to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructural properties (porosity, crystallinity) as well as effect on the dye loading and Spiro-OMeTAD (2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)9,9'-spirobifluorene) solid electrolyte filling. Different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atmospheric poroellipsometry (AEP) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis.) have been used to describe the microstructural features of the films. Besides, we have implemented Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) as an innovative non-destructive tool to characterize the hole transporting materials infiltration. Templated films show dye loading more than two times higher than nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing and solid electrolyte infiltration up to 88%. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh Performance DSSC Based on Semiconducting Oxides Prepared Through Soft Chemistry Processes
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Schrijnemakers, Audrey ULiege; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege et al

Conference (2013, July)

DSSCs have been reported by O’Regan and Grätzel in the early nineties as a very promising alternative to conventional photovoltaic silicon devices. Main benefits of these cells are their low cost as well ... [more ▼]

DSSCs have been reported by O’Regan and Grätzel in the early nineties as a very promising alternative to conventional photovoltaic silicon devices. Main benefits of these cells are their low cost as well as their mild manufacturing process. In most of the specific literature, DSSCs are made of TiO2 films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing of anatase nanoparticles paste. However, due to the random organization of the nanoparticles, pore accessibility by the dye and electrolyte could be incomplete. Moreover, some anatase crystallites could suffer from a lack of connectivity, leading to electron transfer issues. The strategy adopted by our group to improve photovoltaic efficiencies involves a templating-assisted process allowing the preparation of highly porous layers with well-ordered and accessible pores as well as improved crystallites connectivity. The main goal is to increase the film surface area and to perfectly control the mesostructure in order to maximize the adsorption of active dye and the electrolyte infiltration inside the porous network. This talk especially focuses on the templating-assisted synthesis of TiO2 and ZnO semiconducting layers used as photoelectrode in DSSCs. Besides, due to the surface area improvement as well as the perfect control of the pore organization and the pore size, the templating strategy can be an effective solution to overcome light harvesting and solid electrolyte filling limitations encountered in solid-state DSSCs. Special effort is paid to the tuning of the TiO2 and ZnO semiconducting layers mesostructure in order to match with solid-state DSSC applications. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: study of the pore filling by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege et al

Poster (2013, July)

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes with a thickness of 10-15 µm. However, in solid-state DSSCs, TiO2 films thickness is limited to few µm allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to a poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiencies. In order to overcome this limitation, templated-assisted dip-coating techniques are used to obtain thin films with high surface area. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructure properties (porosity, crystallinity) and impact on the dye loading and solid electrolyte filling. As-obtained templated films have been compared to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor blade or screen printing as reference. Different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atmospheric poroellipsometry (AEP) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis.) have been used to describe the microstructural features of the films. Solid electrolyte infiltration has been extensively investigated by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS). Finally, templated films were evaluated as photoelectrode in solid-state DSSCs and compared to nanoparticles layers. [less ▲]

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See detailStudies on the Influence of Different Grain-sized Titania Scattering Layers for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege; Henrist, Catherine ULiege; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege et al

Poster (2013, July)

The efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are boosted up to 12% by NIR light harvesting dyes and with the usage of scattering layer in the device preparation.The importance of Titania ... [more ▼]

The efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are boosted up to 12% by NIR light harvesting dyes and with the usage of scattering layer in the device preparation.The importance of Titania scattering layers was studied as a part of this work. These scattering layers were prepared from two different grain-sizes (100 nm & 500 nm) for SQ2-NIR and N3-UV/Vis DSCs. The 100 nm grain-sized Titania paste was commercially supplied and 500 nm grain-sized Titania paste was prepared according to literature. The morphological and structural properties of these bigger grain-sized Titania layers were deliberated by using and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-Ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The influence of these bigger grain-sized Titania scattering layers in SQ2-NIR and N3-UV/Vis DSCs were expounded by using various electro-optical characterization techniques such as light I-V, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) shown in Figure 1 and external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements. The importance of understanding the influence of these bigger grain-sized scattering Titania layers could pave a way for future design and optimizing of DSCs for increasing the amount of light harvesting. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term stability of TiO2 templated multilayer films used as high efficiency photoelectrode in liquid DSSCs
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULiege; Henrist, Catherine ULiege et al

Poster (2013, March)

To our knowledge, the stability results reported in the literature only concern cells made from classical doctor-bladed or screen-printed nanoparticles films. This study focuses on the comparison of the ... [more ▼]

To our knowledge, the stability results reported in the literature only concern cells made from classical doctor-bladed or screen-printed nanoparticles films. This study focuses on the comparison of the long-term stability of these cells with DSSCs working with templated mesoporous films. Indeed, the increased surface area of templated films could lead to a faster degradation of the resulting cells. In accordance with IEC:1646:1996 standard tests, light soaking test at 45°C has been applied to determine the cells stability under prolonged illumination. Moreover, thermal stress in the dark has been applied. Unfortunately, due to the sealing material heat resistance, thermal stress test was only performed at 45°C. [less ▲]

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See detailNanostructuration induced by self-organization of polystyrene nanospheres as a template for the controlled growth of functional materials
Colson, Pierre ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2011)

In the last few years, nanosphere lithography emerged as an inexpensive, material specific and high-output nanostructure fabrication process to manufacture arrays of periodic structures. The goal of this ... [more ▼]

In the last few years, nanosphere lithography emerged as an inexpensive, material specific and high-output nanostructure fabrication process to manufacture arrays of periodic structures. The goal of this thesis was centered on both parts of the nanosphere lithography process, namely first the optimization of monolayer colloidal masks prepared by spin coating of monodisperse polystyrene (PS) nanospheres and secondly the use of these masks to develop new attractive applications in various fields. In order to assess the quality of the manufactured colloidal crystal masks, we developed a computerized image analysis procedure (Matlab) based on SEM micrographs. We successfully performed the different stages of the image analysis in such a way to discriminate and identify each nanosphere. As a quantification of order in the self-organized nanospheres, we chose to determine the percentage of hexacoordinated nanospheres by computing the distances between each of them. We applied experimental design to spin coating to evaluate the efficiency of this method to extract and model the relationships between the experimental parameters and the degree of ordering in the particles monolayers. We identified adequate spin coating parameters to synthesize large defect-free domains, reaching up to 200 μm2, which is the highest value ever reported for samples prepared by spin coating. Statistical analysis highlighted that rapid substrate acceleration and high rotation rates are necessary to get large, well-ordered areas. We also studied the surfactant concentration usually added to the beads suspension or the use of reactive ion etching (RIE) process to modify the masks. By using PS nanosphere templates (490 nm or 250 nm diameter), we successfully manufactured large arrays of L10-Fe50Pt50 and Co nanotriangles with uniform sizes. In addition to crystallographic and microstructural characterizations, we evaluated the magnetic properties of the nanostructures both from a qualitative (MFM) and quantitative (SQUID) point of view. The magnetic stability of the single-domain FePt nanodots was evidenced by focused MOKE analysis. This is of major importance for further use in magnetic storage applications and has never been reported yet. The soft magnetic Co nanodots displayed either single domain or vortex domains states, depending on the magnetization direction. The MOKE hysteresis loops revealed an increased coercive field compared with thin films. This is probably due to a specific magnetization reversal process caused by the shape of the nanodots. Oxide nanostructures were then manufactured. The polystyrene templates (490 nm diameter) were used for the guided hydrothermal growth of well-aligned ZnO nanowires. The control of the spacing between the nanowires combined with high c-axis preferred orientation led to higher dye loading values compared with continuous unpatterned films. This was undoubtedly attributed to an increased accessible surface area due to the patterning. Moreover, the increased roughness due to the patterning induced a higher water contact angle compared with an unpatterned ZnO nanowire array. Reversible superhydrophylicity to hydrophobicity was observed and controlled by successive UV illumination and O2 annealing. The achievements attained in this work have brought a significant contribution to the field of nano- and microfabrication. New pathways were opened for interesting future work with respect to continued fundamental and applied research. [less ▲]

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