A theoretical study of new lead-free double perovskite semiconductors for photovoltaic applications

Neda Rahmani, Alireza Shabani, Jost Adam

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Searching for novel functional materials has attracted significant interest for the breakthrough in photovoltaics to tackle the prevalent energy crisis. Through density functional calculations, we evaluate the structural, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of new double perovskites Sn2MnTaO6 and Sn2FeTaO6 for potential photovoltaic applications. Our structural optimizations reveal a non-centrosymmetric distorted triclinic structure for the compounds. Using total energy calculations, antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic orderings are predicted as the magnetic ground states for Sn2MnTaO6 and Sn2FeTaO6, respectively. The empty d orbitals of Ta5+-3d0 and partially filled d orbitals of Mn/Fe are the origins of ferroelectricity and magnetism in these double perovskites resulting in the potential multiferroicity. The studied double perovskites have semiconducting nature and possess narrow band gaps of approximately 1.00 eV. The absorption coefficient (?) calculations showed that the value of ? in the visible region is in the order of 10^5 cm-1. The structural stability, suitable band gap, and high absorption coefficient values of proposed compounds suggest they could be good candidates for photovoltaic applications.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventEuropean Materials Research Society (E-MRS) 2022-Fall Meeting - Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 19. Sept 202223. Sept 2022


ConferenceEuropean Materials Research Society (E-MRS) 2022-Fall Meeting
LocationWarsaw University of Technology
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  • Density functional calculations
  • Double perovskites
  • Multiferroicity
  • Photovoltaic applications


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