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  1. Nitrogen-doped graphene as transparent counter electrode for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Guiqiang; Fang, Yanyan; Lin, Yuan; Xing, Wei; Zhuo, Shuping

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► NG sheets are prepared through a hydrothermal reduction of graphite oxide. ► The transparent NG counter electrodes of DSCs are fabricated at room temperature. ► Transparent NG electrode exhibits excellent catalytic activity for the reduction of I{sub 3}{sup −}. ► The DSC with NG electrode achieves a comparable efficiency to that of the Pt-based cell. ► The efficiency of rear illumination is about 85% that of front illumination. -- Abstract: Nitrogen-doped graphene sheets are prepared through a hydrothermal reduction of graphite oxide in the presence of ammonia and applied to fabricate the transparent counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells. The atomic percentage of nitrogen in doped graphene sample is about 2.5%, and the nitrogen bonds display pyridine and pyrrole-like configurations. Cyclic voltammetry studies demonstrate a much higher electrocatalytic activity toward I{sup −}/I{sub 3}{sup −} redox reaction for nitrogen-doped graphene, as compared with pristine graphene. The dye-sensitized solar cell with this transparent nitrogen-doped graphene counter electrode shows conversion efficiencies of 6.12% and 5.23% corresponding to front-side and rear-side illumination, respectively. Meanwhile, the cell with a Pt counter electrode shows a conversion efficiency of 6.97% under the same experimental condition. These promising results highlight the potential application of nitrogen-doped graphene in cost-effective, transparent dye-sensitized solar cells.

  2. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells with transparent cobalt selenide alloy counter electrodes

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Zhao, Zhiyuan; Zhu, Ling; Yu, Liangmin

    2015-06-01

    High power conversion efficiency and cost-effectiveness are two persistent objectives for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Electricity generation from either front or rear side of a bifacial DSSC has been considered as a facile avenue of bringing down the cost of solar-to-electric conversion. Therefore, the fabrication of a transparent counter electrode (CE) with a high electrocatalytic activity is a prerequisite to realize this goal. We present here the feasibility of utilizing transparent cobalt selenide (Co-Se) binary alloy counter electrode for bifacial DSSC application, in which binary Co-Se alloy electrode is synthesized by a mild solution strategy and the cell device is irradiated by either front or rear side. Due to the high optical transparency, charge-transfer ability, and electrocatalytic activity, maximum front and rear efficiencies of 8.30% and 4.63% are recorded under simulated air mass 1.5 (AM1.5) irradiation, respectively. The impressive efficiency along with fast start-up, multiple start capability, and simple preparation highlights the potential application of cost-effective and transparent Co-Se alloy CE in robust bifacial DSSCs.

  3. Transparent metal selenide alloy counter electrodes for high-efficiency bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; Liu, Juan; He, Benlin; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-12-22

    The exploration of cost-effective and transparent counter electrodes (CEs) is a persistent objective in the development of bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Transparent counter electrodes based on binary-alloy metal selenides (M-Se; M=Co, Ni, Cu, Fe, Ru) are now obtained by a mild, solution-based method and employed in efficient bifacial DSSCs. Owing to superior charge-transfer ability for the I(-) /I3 (-) redox couple, electrocatalytic activity toward I3 (-) reduction, and optical transparency, the bifacial DSSCs with CEs consisting of a metal selenide alloy yield front and rear efficiencies of 8.30 % and 4.63 % for Co0.85 Se, 7.85 % and 4.37 % for Ni0.85 Se, 6.43 % and 4.24 % for Cu0.50 Se, 7.64 % and 5.05 % for FeSe, and 9.22 % and 5.90 % for Ru0.33 Se in comparison with 6.18 % and 3.56 % for a cell with an electrode based on pristine platinum, respectively. Moreover, fast activity onset, high multiple start/stop capability, and relatively good stability demonstrate that these new electrodes should find applications in solar panels. PMID:25358619

  4. Highly transparent metal selenide counter electrodes for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Pinjiang; Tang, Qunwei

    2016-06-01

    Creation of transparent counter electrode (CE) electrocatalysts for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is a persistent objective for reducing cost of photovoltaic conversion. We present here the experimental realization of highly transparent CuSe CEs by a mild solution method for liquid-junction bifacial DSSCs. The resultant CuSe CEs show superior electrocatalytic activity toward I3- reduction reaction. By optimizing the pH values in synthesizing CuSe electrodes, the maximal front efficiency of 6.21% and rear efficiency of 4.72% are recorded on the corresponding bifacial DSSC. Both catalytic activity and photovoltaic performances can be further elevated by alloying CuSe with Co or Fe, yielding promising efficiencies of 7.81% and 5.38% under front and rear irradiations, respectively.

  5. Transparent nickel selenide alloy counter electrodes for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells exceeding 10% efficiency.

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Li, Ru; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-11-01

    In the current work, we report a series of bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that provide power conversion efficiencies of more than 10% from bifacial irradiation. The device comprises an N719-sensitized TiO2 anode, a transparent nickel selenide (Ni-Se) alloy counter electrode (CE), and liquid electrolyte containing I(-)/I3(-) redox couples. Because of the high optical transparency, electron conduction ability, electrocatalytic activity of Ni-Se CEs, as well as dye illumination, electron excitation and power conversion efficiency have been remarkably enhanced. Results indicate that incident light from a transparent CE has a compensation effect to the light from the anode. The impressive efficiency along with simple preparation of the cost-effective Ni-Se alloy CEs highlights the potential application of bifacial illumination technique in robust DSSCs. PMID:25185939

  6. Fully printable transparent monolithic solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell with mesoscopic indium tin oxide counter electrode.

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    Yang, Ying; Ri, Kwangho; Rong, Yaoguang; Liu, Linfeng; Liu, Tongfa; Hu, Min; Li, Xiong; Han, Hongwei

    2014-09-01

    We present a new transparent monolithic mesoscopic solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell based on trilamellar films of mesoscopic TiO2 nanocrystalline photoanode, a ZrO2 insulating layer and an indium tin oxide counter electrode (ITO-CE), which were screen-printed layer by layer on a single substrate. When the thickness of the ITO-CE was optimized to 2.1 μm, this very simple and fully printable solid-state DSSC with D102 dye and spiro-OMeTAD hole transport materials presents efficiencies of 1.73% when irradiated from the front side and 1.06% when irradiated from the rear side under a standard simulated sunlight condition (AM 1.5 Global, 100 mW cm(-2)). Higher parameters could be expected with a better transparent mesoscopic counter electrode and hole conductor for the printable monolithic mesoscopic solid-state DSSC. PMID:25030303

  7. Cost-effective, transparent iron selenide nanoporous alloy counter electrode for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Liu, Juan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Yu, Liangmin

    2015-05-01

    Pursuit of cost-effective and efficient counter electrodes (CEs) is a persistent objective for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We present here the design of transparent Fe-Se nanoporous alloy CEs for bifacial DSSC applications. Due to the superior charge-transfer ability for I-/I3- redox couples, electrocatalytic reduction toward I3- species, and optical transparency in visible-light region, the bifacial DSSC with FeSe alloy electrode yields maximum front and rear efficiencies of 9.16% and 5.38%, respectively. A fast start-up, high multiple start capability, and good stability of the FeSe alloy CE demonstrate the potential applications in driving solar panels. The impressive efficiency along with simple preparation of the cost-effective Fe-Se nanoporous alloy CEs highlights their potential application in robust bifacial DSSCs.

  8. Electrophoretic deposition of transparent MoS2-graphene nanosheet composite films as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Lin, Jeng-Yu; Chan, Chien-Yi; Chou, Shu-Wei

    2013-02-18

    A transparent MoS(2)-graphene nanosheet (GNS) nanocomposite counter electrode (CE) was incorporated into a Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC). The DSC assembled with the transparent MoS(2)-GNS CE therefore exhibited an impressive photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5.81%, up to 93% of that obtained using the conventional Pt CE (6.24%). PMID:23321629

  9. Highly compliant transparent electrodes

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    Shian, Samuel; Diebold, Roger M.; McNamara, Alena; Clarke, David R.

    2012-08-01

    Adaptive optical devices based on electric field induced deformation of dielectric elastomers require transparent and highly compliant electrodes to conform to large shape changes. Electrical, optical, and actuation properties of acrylic elastomer electrodes fabricated with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been evaluated. Based on these properties, a figure of merit is introduced for evaluating the overall performance of deformable transparent electrodes. This clearly indicates that SWCNTs outperform AgNWs. Under optimal conditions, optical transparency as high as 91% at 190% maximum actuation strain is readily achievable using SWCNT electrodes.

  10. Electrochromic counter electrode

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    Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Pitts, J. Roland; Jorgensen, Gary J.

    2005-02-22

    The present invention discloses an amorphous material comprising nickel oxide doped with tantalum that is an anodically coloring electrochromic material. The material of the present invention is prepared in the form of an electrode (200) having a thin film (202) of an electrochromic material of the present invention residing on a transparent conductive film (203). The material of the present invention is also incorporated into an electrochromic device (100) as a thin film (102) in conjunction with a cathodically coloring prior art electrochromic material layer (104) such that the devices contain both anodically coloring (102) and cathodically coloring (104) layers. The materials of the electrochromic layers in these devices exhibit broadband optical complimentary behavior, ionic species complimentary behavior, and coloration efficiency complimentary behavior in their operation.

  11. A facile synthesis of bimetallic AuPt nanoparticles as a new transparent counter electrode for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Dao, Van-Duong; Choi, Youngwoo; Yong, Kijung; Larina, Liudmila L.; Shevaleevskiy, Oleg; Choi, Ho-Suk

    2015-01-01

    This study first reports the synthesis of AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles (AuPt-BNPs) on an FTO glass substrate using dry plasma reduction (DPR) and its application as an alternative transparent counter electrode (CE) for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) operated under bi-side illumination. DPR is an economically feasible and ecologically sustainable method. The formation of ultrafine crystalline AuPt-BNPs on an FTO substrate is confirmed through TEM, HRTEM with HAADF-STEM and HAADF-STEM-EDS analyses. The mechanism for controlling the size, mono-dispersity, and areal number density of nanoparticles on the substrate surface is suggested. The CE fabricated with AuPt-BNPs exhibits a high electro-catalytic activity without losing the optical transmittance of the FTO substrate. The QDSC employing the AuPt-BNP electrode reaches efficiencies of 2.4% under front-side illumination and 2.2% under back-side illumination. Bi-side illumination yields an efficiency of 3.4%, which is comparable to an efficiency of 3.7% obtained for the QDSC with the state-of-the-art CE.

  12. Transparent electrode for optical switch

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    Goldhar, Julius; Henesian, Mark A.

    1986-01-01

    A low pressure gas electrode utilizing ionized gas in a glow discharge regime forms a transparent electrode for electro-optical switches. The transparent electrode comprises a low pressure gas region on both sides of the crystal. When the gas is ionized, e.g., by a glow discharge in the low pressure gas, the plasma formed is a good conductor. The gas electrode acts as a highly uniform conducting electrode. Since the plasma is transparent to a high energy laser beam passing through the crystal, the electrode is a transparent electrode. A crystal exposed from two sides to such a plasma can be charged up uniformly to any desired voltage. The plasma can be created either by the main high voltage pulser used to charge up the crystal or by auxiliary discharges or external sources of ionization. A typical configuration utilizes 10 torr argon in the discharge region adjacent to each crystal face.

  13. 3 D single-walled carbon nanotube/graphene aerogels as pt-free transparent counter electrodes for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ma, Jie; Li, Cheng; Yu, Fei; Chen, Junhong

    2014-12-01

    3D single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT)/graphene aerogel (NGS) was synthesized and used as an alternative to platinized fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). An island-like structure formed on the FTO using the spin-coating method, leading to a transmittance (49.86 % at 671 nm). The resulting NGS-based counter electrodes (CEs) exhibited excellent power conversion efficiency (PCE) (8.31 %) compared to Pt (7.56 %). Surprisingly, PCE increased to 9.64 % under assisted by a mirror; The excellent performance of DSSCs can be attributed to the high electrical conductivity and good electrocatalytic activity induced by the SWCNTs and the excellent catalytic properties of graphene, coupled with the 3D structure with a larger surface area and good surface hydrophilicity for increased electrolyte-electrode interactions and electrolyte/reactant diffusion. Hence, our results demonstrate that 3D-NGS materials have considerable potential for DSSC-related applications and merit further investigation. PMID:25351578

  14. Optical impedance transformer for transparent conducting electrodes

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    Wang, Ken X.; Piper, Jessica R.; Fan, Shanhui

    2014-09-01

    We present a practical and robust concept to bypass the typical trade-off between optical transparency and electrical conductivity of transparent conducting electrodes. A transparent conducting electrode serves to transmit photons and conduct electrons, and the frequencies of the corresponding optical and dc electric fields differ by at least 12 orders of magnitude. Therefore, we could engineer the optical electric field to influence the optical property, which is not intrinsic, of the transparent electrode without sacrificing its electrical performance. For a given light power input, the optical impedance transformer reduces the loss in a transparent electrode by raising the refractive index of its surrounding medium. The concept of optical impedance transformer can be realized by nanocone arrays, and we use it to design nanophotonic structures that provide broadband and omnidirectional reduction of optical loss in an ultrathin graphene electrode. In addition, the concept applies to thicker or nanostructured transparent electrodes. The results are verified against first-principles full-field electromagnetic simulations.

  15. Manipulating nanowire assembly for flexible transparent electrodes.

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    Liu, Jian-Wei; Wang, Jin-Long; Wang, Zhi-Hua; Huang, Wei-Ran; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2014-12-01

    Manipulating nanowire assembly could help the design of hierarchical structures with unique functionalities. Herein, we first report a facile solution-based process under ambient conditions for co-assembling two kinds of nanowires which have suitable composition and functionalities, such as Ag and Te nanowires, for the fabrication of flexible transparent electrodes. Then Te nanowires can be etched away easily, leaving Ag nanowire networks with controllable pitch. By manipulating the assembly of Ag and Te nanowires, we can precisely tailor and balance the optical transmittance and the conductivity of the resulting flexible transparent electrodes. The network of Ag nanowires which have tunable pitch forms a flexible transparent conducting electrode with an averaged transmission of up to 97.3 % and sheet resistances as low as 2.7 Ω/sq under optimized conditions. The work provides a new way for tailoring the properties of nanowire-based devices. PMID:25283948

  16. Metal Ion Intercalated graphitic as Transparent Electrodes

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    Wan, Jiayu; Bao, Wenzhong; Gu, Feng; Fuhrer, Michael; Hu, Liangbing; UMD Team

    To best utilize the performance of graphene based transparent electrodes, we novelized Li-ion intercalation in graphene, and achieved highest performance of carbon based transparent electrodes. Transmission as high as 91.7% with a sheet resistance of 3.0 ohm/sq is achieved for 19-layer LiC6, significantly higher than any other continuous transparent electrodes. The unconventional modification of ultrathin graphite optoelectronic properties is explained by the suppression of interband optical transitions and a small intraband Drude conductivity near the interband edge. To achieve low cost, large scale graphene-based transparent electrodes, we further developed Na-ion intercalated printed reduced graphene oxide (RGO) film. The larger layer-layer distance of RGO allows Na-ion intercalation, leading to simultaneously much higher DC conductivity and higher optical transmittance. Typical increase of transmittance from 36% to 79% and decrease of sheet resistance from 83 kohms/sq to 311 ohms/sq in the printed network was observed. This study demonstrated the great potential of metal-ion intercalation to improve the performance of graphene-based materials for transparent conductor applications.

  17. Graphene versus oxides for transparent electrode applications

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    Sandana, V. E.; Rogers, D. J.; Teherani, F. Hosseini; Bove, P.; Razeghi, M.

    2013-03-01

    Due to their combination of good electrical conductivity and optical transparency, Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs) are the most common choice as transparent electrodes for optoelectronics applications. In particular, devices, such as LEDs, LCDs, touch screens and solar cells typically employ indium tin oxide. However, indium has some significant drawbacks, including toxicity issues (which are hampering manufacturing), an increasing rarefication (due to a combination of relative scarcity and increasing demand [1]) and resulting price increases. Moreover, there is no satisfactory option at the moment for use as a p-type transparent contact. Thus alternative materials solutions are actively being sought. This review will compare the performance and perspectives of graphene with respect to TCOs for use in transparent conductor applications.

  18. Transparent electrode for optical switch

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    Goldhar, J.; Henesian, M.A.

    1984-10-19

    The invention relates generally to optical switches and techniques for applying a voltage to an electro-optical crystal, and more particularly, to transparent electodes for an optical switch. System architectures for very large inertial confinement fusion (ICF) lasers require active optical elements with apertures on the order of one meter. Large aperture optical switches are needed for isolation of stages, switch-out from regenerative amplifier cavities and protection from target retroreflections.

  19. Transparent nanowire network electrode for textured semiconductors.

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    Gao, Jinwei; Pei, Ke; Sun, Tianyi; Wang, Yaohui; Zhang, Linghai; Peng, Weijin; Lin, Qinggeng; Giersig, Michael; Kempa, Krzysztof; Ren, Zhifeng; Wang, Yang

    2013-03-11

    This work presents an inexpensive and easily manufacturable, highly conductive and transparent nanowire network electrode for textured semiconductors. It is based on lines of silver nanoparticles transformed into a nanowire network by microwave or furnace sintering. The nanonetwork electrode on crystalline silicon is demonstrated experimentally, with the nanoparticles self-assembling in the valleys between the pyramids of the textured surface. Optical experiments show that this conductive nanowire network electrode can be essentially 'invisible' when covered with the conventional anti-reflection coating (ARC), and thus could be employed in photovoltaic applications. PMID:23124950

  20. Cu mesh for flexible transparent conductive electrodes.

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    Kim, Won-Kyung; Lee, Seunghun; Hee Lee, Duck; Hee Park, In; Seong Bae, Jong; Woo Lee, Tae; Kim, Ji-Young; Hun Park, Ji; Chan Cho, Yong; Ryong Cho, Chae; Jeong, Se-Young

    2015-01-01

    Copper electrodes with a micromesh/nanomesh structure were fabricated on a polyimide substrate using UV lithography and wet etching to produce flexible transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs). Well-defined mesh electrodes were realized through the use of high-quality Cu thin films. The films were fabricated using radio-frequency (RF) sputtering with a single-crystal Cu target--a simple but innovative approach that overcame the low oxidation resistance of ordinary Cu. Hybrid Cu mesh electrodes were fabricated by adding a capping layer of either ZnO or Al-doped ZnO. The sheet resistance and the transmittance of the electrode with an Al-doped ZnO capping layer were 6.197 ohm/sq and 90.657%, respectively, and the figure of merit was 60.502 × 10(-3)/ohm, which remained relatively unchanged after thermal annealing at 200 °C and 1,000 cycles of bending. This fabrication technique enables the mass production of large-area flexible TCEs, and the stability and high performance of Cu mesh hybrid electrodes in harsh environments suggests they have strong potential for application in smart displays and solar cells. PMID:26039977

  1. Cu Mesh for Flexible Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Kim, Won-Kyung; Lee, Seunghun; Hee Lee, Duck; Hee Park, In; Seong Bae, Jong; Woo Lee, Tae; Kim, Ji-Young; Hun Park, Ji; Chan Cho, Yong; Ryong Cho, Chae; Jeong, Se-Young

    2015-01-01

    Copper electrodes with a micromesh/nanomesh structure were fabricated on a polyimide substrate using UV lithography and wet etching to produce flexible transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs). Well-defined mesh electrodes were realized through the use of high-quality Cu thin films. The films were fabricated using radio-frequency (RF) sputtering with a single-crystal Cu target—a simple but innovative approach that overcame the low oxidation resistance of ordinary Cu. Hybrid Cu mesh electrodes were fabricated by adding a capping layer of either ZnO or Al-doped ZnO. The sheet resistance and the transmittance of the electrode with an Al-doped ZnO capping layer were 6.197 ohm/sq and 90.657%, respectively, and the figure of merit was 60.502 × 10–3/ohm, which remained relatively unchanged after thermal annealing at 200 °C and 1,000 cycles of bending. This fabrication technique enables the mass production of large-area flexible TCEs, and the stability and high performance of Cu mesh hybrid electrodes in harsh environments suggests they have strong potential for application in smart displays and solar cells. PMID:26039977

  2. In situ prepared transparent polyaniline electrode and its application in bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Tai, Qidong; Chen, Bolei; Guo, Feng; Xu, Sheng; Hu, Hao; Sebo, Bobby; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2011-05-24

    Highly uniform and transparent polyaniline (PANI) electrodes that can be used as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared by a facile in situ polymerization method. They were used to fabricate a novel bifacially active transparent DSSC, which showed conversion efficiencies of 6.54 and 4.26% corresponding to front- and rear-side illumination, respectively. Meanwhile, the efficiency of the same photoanode employing a Pt counter electrode was 6.69%. Compared to conventional Pt-based DSSCs, the design of the bifacial DSSC fabricated in this work would help to bring down the cost of energy production due to the lower cost of the materials and the higher power-generating efficiency of such devices for their capabilities of utilizing the light from both sides. These promising results highlight the potential application of PANI in cost-effective, transparent DSSCs. PMID:21469717

  3. Copper nanowires as fully transparent conductive electrodes.

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    Guo, Huizhang; Lin, Na; Chen, Yuanzhi; Wang, Zhenwei; Xie, Qingshui; Zheng, Tongchang; Gao, Na; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong; Cai, Duanjun; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2013-01-01

    In pondering of new promising transparent conductors to replace the cost rising tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), metal nanowires have been widely concerned. Herein, we demonstrate an approach for successful synthesis of long and fine Cu nanowires (NWs) through a novel catalytic scheme involving nickel ions. Such Cu NWs in high aspect ratio (diameter of 16.2 ± 2 nm and length up to 40 μm) provide long distance for electron transport and, meanwhile, large space for light transmission. Transparent electrodes fabricated using the Cu NW ink achieve a low sheet resistance of 1.4 Ohm/sq at 14% transmittance and a high transparency of 93.1% at 51.5 Ohm/sq. The flexibility and stability were tested with 100-timebending by 180°and no resistance change occurred. Ohmic contact was achieved to the p- and n-GaN on blue light emitting diode chip and bright electroluminescence from the front face confirmed the excellent transparency. PMID:23900572

  4. Copper Nanowires as Fully Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Guo, Huizhang; Lin, Na; Chen, Yuanzhi; Wang, Zhenwei; Xie, Qingshui; Zheng, Tongchang; Gao, Na; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong; Cai, Duanjun; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2013-01-01

    In pondering of new promising transparent conductors to replace the cost rising tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), metal nanowires have been widely concerned. Herein, we demonstrate an approach for successful synthesis of long and fine Cu nanowires (NWs) through a novel catalytic scheme involving nickel ions. Such Cu NWs in high aspect ratio (diameter of 16.2 ± 2 nm and length up to 40 μm) provide long distance for electron transport and, meanwhile, large space for light transmission. Transparent electrodes fabricated using the Cu NW ink achieve a low sheet resistance of 1.4 Ohm/sq at 14% transmittance and a high transparency of 93.1% at 51.5 Ohm/sq. The flexibility and stability were tested with 100-timebending by 180°and no resistance change occurred. Ohmic contact was achieved to the p- and n-GaN on blue light emitting diode chip and bright electroluminescence from the front face confirmed the excellent transparency. PMID:23900572

  5. Electrolessly deposited electrospun metal nanowire transparent electrodes.

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    Hsu, Po-Chun; Kong, Desheng; Wang, Shuang; Wang, Haotian; Welch, Alex J; Wu, Hui; Cui, Yi

    2014-07-30

    Metal nanowire (MNW) transparent electrodes have been widely developed for their promising sheet resistance (R(s))-transmittance (T) performance, excellent mechanical flexibility, and facile synthesis. How to lower the junction resistance without compromising optical transmittance has become the key issue in enhancing their performance. Here we combine electrospinning and electroless deposition to synthesize interconnected, ultralong MNW networks. For both silver and copper nanowire networks, the R(s) and T values reach around 10 Ω/sq and 90%, respectively. This process is scalable and takes place at ambient temperature and pressure, which opens new opportunities for flexible electronics and roll-to-roll large-scale manufacturing. PMID:25019606

  6. Transparent metal electrodes from ordered nanosphere arrays

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    Morfa, Anthony J.; Akinoglu, Eser M.; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Giersig, Michael; Mulvaney, Paul

    2013-08-01

    We show that perforated metal electrode arrays, fabricated using nanosphere lithography, provide a viable alternative to conductive metal oxides as transparent electrode materials. The inter-aperture spacing is tuned by varying etching times in an oxygen plasma, and the effect of inter-aperture "wire" thickness on the optical and electronic properties of perforated silver films is shown. Optical transmission is limited by reflection and surface plasmons, and for these results do not exceed 73%. Electrical sheet resistance is shown to be as low as 3 Ω ◻-1 for thermally evaporated silver films. The performance of organic photovoltaic devices comprised of a P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction deposited onto perforated metal arrays is shown to be limited by optical transmission, and a simple model is presented to overcome these limitations.

  7. Optically transparent multi-suction electrode arrays

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    Nagarah, John M.; Stowasser, Annette; Parker, Rell L.; Asari, Hiroki; Wagenaar, Daniel A.

    2015-01-01

    Multielectrode arrays (MEAs) allow for acquisition of multisite electrophysiological activity with submillisecond temporal resolution from neural preparations. The signal to noise ratio from such arrays has recently been improved by substrate perforations that allow negative pressure to be applied to the tissue; however, such arrays are not optically transparent, limiting their potential to be combined with optical-based technologies. We present here multi-suction electrode arrays (MSEAs) in quartz that yield a substantial increase in the detected number of units and in signal to noise ratio from mouse cortico-hippocampal slices and mouse retina explants. This enables the visualization of stronger cross correlations between the firing rates of the various sources. Additionally, the MSEA's transparency allows us to record voltage sensitive dye activity from a leech ganglion with single neuron resolution using widefield microscopy simultaneously with the electrode array recordings. The combination of enhanced electrical signals and compatibility with optical-based technologies should make the MSEA a valuable tool for investigating neuronal circuits. PMID:26539078

  8. Bio-Inspired Chemical Fabrication of Stretchable Transparent Electrodes.

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    Yu, You; Zhang, Yaokang; Li, Kan; Yan, Casey; Zheng, Zijian

    2015-07-01

    Stretchable and transparent electrodes are fabricated by chemical deposition of metal thin films on natural veins of leaves at ambient conditions. These vein-based transparent electrodes show excellent electro-optical property (0.9 Ω sq(-1) at 83% T) even at 50% tensile strains, ideal for flexible and stretchable optoelectronic devices. PMID:25786920

  9. Graphene Transparent Conductive Electrodes for Next- Generation Microshutter Arrays

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    Li, Mary; Sultana, Mahmooda; Hess, Larry

    2012-01-01

    Graphene is a single atomic layer of graphite. It is optically transparent and has high electron mobility, and thus has great potential to make transparent conductive electrodes. This invention contributes towards the development of graphene transparent conductive electrodes for next-generation microshutter arrays. The original design for the electrodes of the next generation of microshutters uses indium-tin-oxide (ITO) as the electrode material. ITO is widely used in NASA flight missions. The optical transparency of ITO is limited, and the material is brittle. Also, ITO has been getting more expensive in recent years. The objective of the invention is to develop a graphene transparent conductive electrode that will replace ITO. An exfoliation procedure was developed to make graphene out of graphite crystals. In addition, large areas of single-layer graphene were produced using low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) with high optical transparency. A special graphene transport procedure was developed for transferring graphene from copper substrates to arbitrary substrates. The concept is to grow large-size graphene sheets using the LPCVD system through chemical reaction, transfer the graphene film to a substrate, dope graphene to reduce the sheet resistance, and pattern the film to the dimension of the electrodes in the microshutter array. Graphene transparent conductive electrodes are expected to have a transparency of 97.7%. This covers the electromagnetic spectrum from UV to IR. In comparison, ITO electrodes currently used in microshutter arrays have 85% transparency in mid-IR, and suffer from dramatic transparency drop at a wavelength of near-IR or shorter. Thus, graphene also has potential application as transparent conductive electrodes for Schottky photodiodes in the UV region.

  10. An Electrochemical Experiment Using an Optically Transparent Thin Layer Electrode

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    DeAngelis, Thomas P.; Heineman, William R.

    1976-01-01

    Describes a unified experiment in which an optically transparent thin layer electrode is used to illustrate the techniques of thin layer electrochemistry, cyclic voltammetry, controlled potential coulometry, and spectroelectrochemistry. (MLH)

  11. Stretchable and transparent electrodes based on in-plane structures

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    Kim, Kukjoo; Kim, Joohee; Hyun, Byung Gwan; Ji, Sangyoon; Kim, So-Yun; Kim, Sungwon; An, Byeong Wan; Park, Jang-Ung

    2015-08-01

    Stretchable electronics has attracted great interest with compelling potential applications that require reliable operation under mechanical deformation. Achieving stretchability in devices, however, requires a deeper understanding of nanoscale materials and mechanics beyond the success of flexible electronics. In this regard, tremendous research efforts have been dedicated toward developing stretchable electrodes, which are one of the most important building blocks for stretchable electronics. Stretchable transparent thin-film electrodes, which retain their electrical conductivity and optical transparency under mechanical deformation, are particularly important for the favourable application of stretchable devices. This minireview summarizes recent advances in stretchable transparent thin-film electrodes, especially employing strategies based on in-plane structures. Various approaches using metal nanomaterials, carbon nanomaterials, and their hybrids are described in terms of preparation processes and their optoelectronic/mechanical properties. Some challenges and perspectives for further advances in stretchable transparent electrodes are also discussed.

  12. Failure of silver nanowire transparent electrodes under current flow

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    2013-01-01

    Silver nanowire transparent electrodes have received much attention as a replacement for indium tin oxide, particularly in organic solar cells. In this paper, we show that when silver nanowire electrodes conduct current at levels encountered in organic solar cells, the electrodes can fail in as little as 2 days. Electrode failure is caused by Joule heating which causes the nanowires to breakup and thus create an electrical discontinuity in the nanowire film. More heat is created, and thus failure occurs sooner, in more resistive electrodes and at higher current densities. Suggestions to improve the stability of silver nanowire electrodes are given. PMID:23680014

  13. Organic devices based on nickel nanowires transparent electrode.

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    Kim, Jeongmo; da Silva, Wilson Jose; Bin Mohd Yusoff, Abd Rashid; Jang, Jin

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we demonstrate a facile approach to synthesize long nickel nanowires and discuss its suitability to replace our commonly used transparent electrode, indium-tin-oxide (ITO), by a hydrazine hydrate reduction method where nickel ions are reduced to nickel atoms in an alkaline solution. The highly purified nickel nanowires show high transparency within the visible region, although the sheet resistance is slightly larger compared to that of our frequently used transparent electrode, ITO. A comparison study on organic light emitting diodes and organic solar cells, using commercially available ITO, silver nanowires, and nickel nanowires, are also discussed. PMID:26804335

  14. Organic devices based on nickel nanowires transparent electrode

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    Kim, Jeongmo; da Silva, Wilson Jose; Bin Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid; Jang, Jin

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we demonstrate a facile approach to synthesize long nickel nanowires and discuss its suitability to replace our commonly used transparent electrode, indium-tin-oxide (ITO), by a hydrazine hydrate reduction method where nickel ions are reduced to nickel atoms in an alkaline solution. The highly purified nickel nanowires show high transparency within the visible region, although the sheet resistance is slightly larger compared to that of our frequently used transparent electrode, ITO. A comparison study on organic light emitting diodes and organic solar cells, using commercially available ITO, silver nanowires, and nickel nanowires, are also discussed.

  15. Organic devices based on nickel nanowires transparent electrode

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    Kim, Jeongmo; da Silva, Wilson Jose; bin Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid; Jang, Jin

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we demonstrate a facile approach to synthesize long nickel nanowires and discuss its suitability to replace our commonly used transparent electrode, indium-tin-oxide (ITO), by a hydrazine hydrate reduction method where nickel ions are reduced to nickel atoms in an alkaline solution. The highly purified nickel nanowires show high transparency within the visible region, although the sheet resistance is slightly larger compared to that of our frequently used transparent electrode, ITO. A comparison study on organic light emitting diodes and organic solar cells, using commercially available ITO, silver nanowires, and nickel nanowires, are also discussed. PMID:26804335

  16. Optical, electrical and electrochemical evaluation of sputtered platinum counter electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Moraes, R. S.; Saito, E.; Leite, D. M. G.; Massi, M.; da Silva Sobrinho, A. S.

    2016-02-01

    Since Grätzel and O'Regan started in 1991, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have been extensively studied around the world. In addition to increasing efficiency, their characteristics such as low cost materials and inexpensive manufacturing processes are attractive for organic solar cells. Several parts of DSSC devices are being researched such as semiconductor engineering, low cost counter electrodes, electrolytes, and dyes. In this work, platinum (Pt) thin films were deposited by sputtering technique to produce counter electrodes for DSSC. The films were characterized by profilometry, elipsometry, four-point probe sheet resistance, spectrophotometry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The electrode response was also compared to that built from a commercial platinum solution. The results allow us to determine the minimum Pt film thickness necessary to achieve a relevant reduction of the sheet resistance and charge transfer resistance, which preserve a significant electrode transparency. The 22 nm and 24.8 nm thick films combined low charge transfer resistance and good transparency. The 122 nm Pt film presented the lowest charge transfer resistance.

  17. Dye sensitized solar cells with carbon black as counter electrodes

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    Lin, Chi-Feng; Chou, Yu-Chen; Haung, Jhang-Fu; Chen, Pin-Hung; Han, Hsieh-Cheng; Chiu, Kuo-Yuan; Su, Yuhlong Oliver

    2016-03-01

    In this experiment, we use carbon black as counter electrodes to replace the conventional platinum electrodes in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The electrical properties and device efficiency with carbon black counter electrodes with various concentrations, and under the annealing temperature from 100 to 500 °C are discussed. After the proper annealing process, the conductivity and redoxing ability of the carbon black is improved, resulted in the enhancement of the electrical characteristics, especially fill factor, of the device. The highest device efficiency was 7.28% with the JSC of 14.70 mA/cm2, VOC of 0.75 V, and fill factor of 0.67 under 1-sun AM 1.5G solar illumination.

  18. Method of forming macro-structured high surface area transparent conductive oxide electrodes

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    Forman, Arnold J.; Chen, Zhebo; Jaramillo, Thomas F.

    2016-01-05

    A method of forming a high surface area transparent conducting electrode is provided that includes depositing a transparent conducting thin film on a conductive substrate, where the transparent conducting thin film includes transparent conductive particles and a solution-based transparent conducting adhesive layer which serves to coat and bind together the transparent conducting particles, and heat treating the transparent conducting adhesion layer on the conductive substrate, where an increased surface area transparent conducting electrode is formed.

  19. Highly Stretchable and Flexible Graphene/ITO Hybrid Transparent Electrode

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    Liu, Juhua; Yi, Yaohua; Zhou, Yihua; Cai, Huafei

    2016-02-01

    The flexible hybrid transparent electrode was prepared by a two-step process: graphene film was firstly grown on Cu foil by modified thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and then transferred onto indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode on the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The quality of the graphene is characterized by various analytic techniques, including the AFM, SEM, TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. The gradient flux was found to be beneficial to decrease defect. The thickness, morphology, light transmittance, and electromechanical properties of three conductive electrodes were investigated and compared. The outcomes show that the hybrid electrode could resist mechanical force and the results are better than original ITO electrode. It may be a potential trend to apply the graphene to other conducts in the flexible transparent conductive field.

  20. Highly Stretchable and Flexible Graphene/ITO Hybrid Transparent Electrode.

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    Liu, Juhua; Yi, Yaohua; Zhou, Yihua; Cai, Huafei

    2016-12-01

    The flexible hybrid transparent electrode was prepared by a two-step process: graphene film was firstly grown on Cu foil by modified thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and then transferred onto indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode on the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The quality of the graphene is characterized by various analytic techniques, including the AFM, SEM, TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. The gradient flux was found to be beneficial to decrease defect. The thickness, morphology, light transmittance, and electromechanical properties of three conductive electrodes were investigated and compared. The outcomes show that the hybrid electrode could resist mechanical force and the results are better than original ITO electrode. It may be a potential trend to apply the graphene to other conducts in the flexible transparent conductive field. PMID:26920153

  1. Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes for Photovoltaics

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    Weeks, C.; Peltola, J.; Levitsky, I.; Glatkowski, P.; van de Lagemaat, J.; Rumbles, G.; Barnes, T.; Coutts, T.

    2006-01-01

    Transparent and electrically conductive coatings and films have a variety of uses in the fast-growing field of optoelectronic applications. Transparent electrodes typically include semiconductive metal oxides such as indium tin oxide (ITO), and conducting polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), doped and stabilized with poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS). In recent years, Eikos, Inc. has conceived and developed technologies to deliver novel alternatives using single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT). These technologies offer products having a broad range of conductivity, excellent transparency, neutral color tone, good adhesion, abrasion resistance as well as mechanical robustness. Additional benefits include ease of ambient processing and patterning capability. This paper reports our recent findings on achieving 2.6% and 1.4% efficiencies on nonoptimized organic photovoltaic cells employing SWNT as a transparent electrode.

  2. Hot-rolling nanowire transparent electrodes for surface roughness minimization

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    2014-01-01

    Silver nanowire transparent electrodes are a promising alternative to transparent conductive oxides. However, their surface roughness presents a problem for their integration into devices with thin layers such as organic electronic devices. In this paper, hot rollers are used to soften plastic substrates with heat and mechanically press the nanowires into the substrate surface. By doing so, the root-mean-square surface roughness is reduced to 7 nm and the maximum peak-to-valley value is 30 nm, making the electrodes suitable for typical organic devices. This simple process requires no additional materials, which results in a higher transparency, and is compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication processes. In addition, the adhesion of the nanowires to the substrate significantly increases. PMID:24994963

  3. Hot-rolling nanowire transparent electrodes for surface roughness minimization.

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    Hosseinzadeh Khaligh, Hadi; Goldthorpe, Irene A

    2014-01-01

    Silver nanowire transparent electrodes are a promising alternative to transparent conductive oxides. However, their surface roughness presents a problem for their integration into devices with thin layers such as organic electronic devices. In this paper, hot rollers are used to soften plastic substrates with heat and mechanically press the nanowires into the substrate surface. By doing so, the root-mean-square surface roughness is reduced to 7 nm and the maximum peak-to-valley value is 30 nm, making the electrodes suitable for typical organic devices. This simple process requires no additional materials, which results in a higher transparency, and is compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication processes. In addition, the adhesion of the nanowires to the substrate significantly increases. PMID:24994963

  4. CoS-Graphene Composite Counter Electrode for High Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Wang, Fen; Wu, Congcong; Tan, Yuan; Jin, Tetsuro; Chi, Bo; Pu, Jian; Jian, Li

    2015-02-01

    CoS-graphene composite counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was prepared by coating hydrothermal synthesized CoS with graphene onto the FTO conductive glass. SEM shows that CoS particles are uniformly dispersed in the graphene. The result confirms that the prepared composite counter electrode is of highly electrocatalytic activity towards iodine reduction, which is even better than Pt electrode. And cyclic voltammetry measurement also shows that the composite counter electrode has good stability after 100 scan cycles. DSSC with CoS-graphene as composite counter electrode achieves a maximum power conversion efficiency of 6.31%, which is better than Pt electrode. PMID:26353629

  5. Foldable Transparent Substrates with Embedded Electrodes for Flexible Electronics.

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    Kim, Jin-Hoon; Park, Jin-Woo

    2015-08-26

    We present highly flexible transparent electrodes composed of silver nanowire (AgNW) networks and silica aerogels embedded into UV-curable adhesive photopolymers (APPs). Because the aerogels have an extremely high surface-to-volume ratio, the enhanced van der Waals forces of the aerogel surfaces result in more AgNWs being uniformly coated onto a release substrate and embedded into the APP when mixed with an AgNW solution at a fixed concentration. The uniform distribution of the embedded composite electrodes of AgNWs and aerogels was verified by the Joule heating test. The APP with the composite electrodes has a lower sheet resistance (Rs) and a better mechanical stability compared with APP without aerogels. The APP with the embedded electrodes is a freestanding flexible substrate and can be used as an electrode coating on a polymer substrate, such as polydimethylsiloxane and polyethylene terephthalate. On the basis of the bending test results, the APPs with composite electrodes were sufficiently flexible to withstand a 1 mm bending radius (rb) and could be foldable with a slight change in Rs. Organic light emitting diodes were successfully fabricated on the APP with the composite electrodes, indicating the strong potential of the proposed flexible TEs for application as highly flexible transparent conductive substrates. PMID:26258906

  6. Carbon Nanotube Assemblies for Transparent Conducting Electrodes

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    Garrett, Matthew P; Gerhardt, Rosario

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this chapter is to introduce readers to the fundamental and practical aspects of nanotube assemblies made into transparent conducting networks and discuss some practical aspects of their characterization. Transparent conducting coatings (TCC) are an essential part of electro-optical devices, from photovoltaics and light emitting devices to electromagnetic shielding and electrochromic widows. The market for organic materials (including nanomaterials and polymers) based TCCs is expected to show a growth rate of 56.9% to reach nearly 20.3billionin2015,whilethemarketfortraditionalinorganictransparentelectronicswillexperiencegrowthwithratesof6.7103 billion in 2015. Emerging flexible electronic applications have brought additional requirements of flexibility and low cost for TCC. However, the price of indium (the major component in indium tin oxide TCC) continues to increase. On the other hand, the price of nanomaterials has continued to decrease due to development of high volume, quality production processes. Additional benefits come from the low cost, nonvacuum deposition of nanomaterials based TCC, compared to traditional coatings requiring energy intensive vacuum deposition. Among the materials actively researched as alternative TCC are nanoparticles, nanowires, and nanotubes with high aspect ratio as well as their composites. The figure of merit (FOM) can be used to compare TCCs made from dissimilar materials and with different transmittance and conductivity values. In the first part of this manuscript, we will discuss the seven FOM parameters that have been proposed, including one specifically intended for flexible applications. The approach for how to measure TCE electrical properties, including frequency dependence, will also be discussed. We will relate the macroscale electrical characteristics of TCCs to the nanoscale parameters of conducting networks. The fundamental aspects of nanomaterial assemblies in conducting networks will also be addressed. We will review recent literature on TCCs composed of carbon nanotubes of different types in terms of the FOM.

  7. Transparent Electrodes Printed with Nanocrystal Inks for Flexible Smart Devices.

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    Song, Jizhong; Zeng, Haibo

    2015-08-17

    Transparent electrodes (TEs) are crucial in a wide range of modern electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, traditional TEs cannot meet the requirements of smart devices under development in unique fields, such as electronic skins, wearable electronics, robotic skins, flexible and stretchable displays, and solar cells. Emerging TEs printed with nanocrystal (NC) inks are inexpensive and compatible with solution processes, and have huge potential in flexible, stretchable, and wearable devices. Every development in ink-based electrodes makes them more competitive for practical applications in various smart devices. Herein, we provide an overview of emergent ink-based electrodes, such as transparent conducting oxides, metal nanowires, graphene, and carbon nanotubes, and their application in solution-based flexible and stretchable devices. PMID:26223702

  8. Novel transparent electrodes allow sustainable production of electronic devices

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    Constant, Kristen

    2010-12-27

    A novel technique for fabricating inexpensive, transparent electrodes from common metals has been developed by engineers and scientists at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory. They exhibit very high transparency and are very good electrical conductors. This is a combination of properties that is difficult to achieve with common materials. The most frequently used transparent electrode in today's high-technology devices (such as LCD screens) is indium tin oxide (ITO). While ITO performs well in these applications, the supply of indium is very limited. In addition, it is rapidly decreasing as consumer demand for flat-panel electronics is skyrocketing. According to a 2004 US Geological Survey report, as little as 14 years exploitation of known indium reserves remains. In addition to increasing prices, the dwindling supply of indium suggests its use is not sustainable for future generations of electronics enthusiasts. Solar cells represent another application where transparent electrodes are used. To make solar-energy collection economically feasible, all parts of solar photovoltaics must be made more efficient and cost-effective. Our novel transparent electrodes have the potential to do both. In addition, there is much interest in developing more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly lighting. Incandescent light bulbs are very inefficient, because most of their energy consumption is wasted as heat. Fluorescent lighting is much more efficient but still uses mercury, an environmental toxin. An attractive alternative is offered by LEDs, which have very high efficiencies and long lifetimes, and do not contain mercury. If made bright enough, LED use for general lighting could provide a viable alternative. We have fabricated electrodes from more commonly available materials, using a technique that is cost effective and environmentally friendly. Most of today's electronic devices are made in specialized facilities equipped with low-particle-count clean-room facilities and multimillion-dollar equipment. On the other hand, the novel process we developed uses a method that makes use of polymer molds and standard deposition techniques in an ambient laboratory environment. The final structure consists of tall ribbons of metal (standing on edge) that are so thin that they do not block light but are very good conductors. The advantage of this design is that it avoids the competition between conductivity and transparency inherent in transparent oxide electrodes. By making the structure taller, conductivity can be increased without impacting transparency. We have measured both electrical conductivity and transparency for these structures. We performed two-wire electrical measurements to quantify the structures resistance using metal contacts deposited on each end. The total sample area was 4 x 4mm{sup 2}. We measured a resistance of structures with 40nm gold sidewalls of 7.3{Omega}, which is lower than that of ITO glass (which has a sheet resistance around 10O/square). We investigated the structures optical properties based on both specular- and total-transmission measurements. Specular transmission is measured by collecting the transmitted light at normal incidence, while total transmission is obtained by collecting transmitted light at normal incidence and diffracted light using an integrating sphere. Figure 3 shows the total transmission of a grating with 40nm gold or silver sidewalls on a glass substrate compared to that of ITO. Additionally, the transparency changes very little within 30{sup o} off normal incidence. This high visible-light transmission of our metal-patterned structures is very promising for their application as transparent electrodes, because most visible light was allowed to propagate through the patterned metallic/polymeric structures. Researchers in our group continue to refine the fabrication methods and are investigating methods to make large-scale structures for use in a variety of applications that require both transparency and high electrical conductivity. We are also applying these fabrication techniques to build other structures that can manipulate light in novel ways.

  9. Improved thermal oxidation stability of solution-processable silver nanowire transparent electrode by reduced graphene oxide.

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    Ahn, Yumi; Jeong, Youngjun; Lee, Youngu

    2012-12-01

    Solution-processable silver nanowire-reduced graphene oxide (AgNW-rGO) hybrid transparent electrode was prepared in order to replace conventional ITO transparent electrode. AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode exhibited high optical transmittance and low sheet resistance, which is comparable to ITO transparent electrode. In addition, it was found that AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode exhibited highly enhanced thermal oxidation and chemical stabilities due to excellent gas-barrier property of rGO passivation layer onto AgNW film. Furthermore, the organic solar cells with AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode showed good photovoltaic behavior as much as solar cells with AgNW transparent electrode. It is expected that AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode can be used as a key component in various optoelectronic application such as display panels, touch screen panels, and solar cells. PMID:23206541

  10. Transparent electrodes for organic optoelectronic devices: a review

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    Cao, Weiran; Li, Jian; Chen, Hongzheng; Xue, Jiangeng

    2014-01-01

    Transparent conductive electrodes are one of the essential components for organic optoelectronic devices, including photovoltaic cells and light-emitting diodes. Indium-tin oxide (ITO) is the most common transparent electrode in these devices due to its excellent optical and electrical properties. However, the manufacturing of ITO film requires precious raw materials and expensive processes, which limits their compatibility with mass production of large-area, low-cost devices. The optical/electrical properties of ITO are strongly dependent on the deposition processes and treatment conditions, whereas its brittleness and the potential damage to underlying films during deposition also present challenges for its use in flexible devices. Recently, several other transparent conductive materials, which have various degrees of success relative to commercial applications have been developed to address these issues. Starting from the basic properties of ITO and the effect of various ITO surface modification methods, here we review four different groups of materials, doped metal oxides, thin metals, conducting polymers, and nanomaterials (including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and metal nanowires), that have been reported as transparent electrodes in organic optoelectronic materials. Particular emphasis is given to their optical/electrical and other material properties, deposition techniques, and applications in organic optoelectronic devices.

  11. Transparent composite electrode for high-efficiency polymer LEDs

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    Li, Lu; Yu, Zhibin; Liang, Jiajie; Chang, Chia-Hao; Hu, Weili; Pei, Qibing

    2012-09-01

    Polymer composite electrodes based on silver nanowires or carbon nanotubes have been prepared with transparency and surface conductivity approaching those of ITO/glass and better than ITO/PET. The conductive surface has an average roughness less than 10 nm, better than ITO/glass. Depending on the polymer matrix selected, the composite electrodes can be made rigid, flexible like polycarbonate, or stretchable like a rubber. Various polymer light emitting diodes,light emitting electrochemical cells and polymer solar cells have been fabricated using the composite electrode as anode, exhibiting electroluminescent efficiencies generally higher than control devices fabricated on ITO/glass. These polymer light emitting devices are all highly flexible and can be bent to less than 3 mm radius without loss of performance. With further modification of the composite electrodes, we have also demonstrated stretchable OLEDs wherein the emissive area can be elongated by as much as 50%.

  12. Angle-specific transparent conducting electrodes with metallic gratings

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    Rivolta, N. X. A. Maes, B.

    2014-08-07

    Transparent conducting electrodes, which are not made from indium tin oxide, and which display a strong angular dependence are useful for various technologies. Here, we introduce a tilted silver grating that combines a large conductance with a strong and angle-specific transmittance. When the light incidence angle matches the tilt angle of the grating, transmittance is close to the maximum along a very broadband range. We explain the behavior through simulations that show in detail the plasmonic and interference effects at play.

  13. Effect of Porous Counter Electrode with Highly Conductive Layer on Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Rahman, Mohammad Maksudur; Kojima, Ryota; Fihry, Mehdi El Fassy; Tadaki, Daisuke; Ma, Teng; Kimura, Yasuo; Niwano, Michio

    2011-08-01

    A Pt/porous titanium (Ti)/dense Ti/aluminum (Al)/glass composite counter electrode for a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) was fabricated and characterized. The introduction of a highly conductive Al film drastically reduced the sheet resistance of the counter electrode to improve the short circuit current and fill factor of the DSC. Porous and dense Ti layers were deposited by the DC magnetron sputtering process. The dense Ti layer protected the Al film from dissolution in the electrolyte solution to stabilize the composite counter electrode. The porous Ti layer with a larger electrochemical active area at the electrolyte/counter electrode interface mainly improved the short circuit current of the DSC. The results indicate the importance of the introduction of porous materials with highly conductive films into the counter electrode of a DSC and the suitability of composite materials of Al and Ti for the counter electrode.

  14. Polymer-metal hybrid transparent electrodes for flexible electronics.

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    Kang, Hongkyu; Jung, Suhyun; Jeong, Soyeong; Kim, Geunjin; Lee, Kwanghee

    2015-01-01

    Despite nearly two decades of research, the absence of ideal flexible and transparent electrodes has been the largest obstacle in realizing flexible and printable electronics for future technologies. Here we report the fabrication of 'polymer-metal hybrid electrodes' with high-performance properties, including a bending radius <1 mm, a visible-range transmittance>95% and a sheet resistance <10 Ω sq(-1). These features arise from a surface modification of the plastic substrates using an amine-containing nonconjugated polyelectrolyte, which provides ideal metal-nucleation sites with a surface-density on the atomic scale, in combination with the successive deposition of a facile anti-reflective coating using a conducting polymer. The hybrid electrodes are fully functional as universal electrodes for high-end flexible electronic applications, such as polymer solar cells that exhibit a high power conversion efficiency of 10% and polymer light-emitting diodes that can outperform those based on transparent conducting oxides. PMID:25790133

  15. Flexible and transparent metallic grid electrodes prepared by evaporative assembly.

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    Park, Jae Hoon; Lee, Dong Yun; Kim, Young-Hoon; Kim, Jung Kyu; Lee, Jung Heon; Park, Jong Hyeok; Lee, Tae-Woo; Cho, Jeong Ho

    2014-08-13

    We propose a novel approach to fabricating flexible transparent metallic grid electrodes via evaporative deposition involving flow-coating. A transparent flexible metal grid electrode was fabricated through four essential steps including: (i) polymer line pattern formation on the thermally evaporated metal layer onto a plastic substrate; (ii) rotation of the stage by 90° and the formation of the second polymer line pattern; (iii) etching of the unprotected metal region; and (iv) removal of the residual polymer from the metal grid pattern. Both the metal grid width and the spacing were systematically controlled by varying the concentration of the polymer solution and the moving distance between intermittent stop times of the polymer blade. The optimized Au grid electrodes exhibited an optical transmittance of 92% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance of 97 Ω/sq. The resulting metallic grid electrodes were successfully applied to various organic electronic devices, such as organic field-effect transistors (OFETs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and organic solar cells (OSCs). PMID:24999517

  16. Highly Robust Silver Nanowire Network for Transparent Electrode.

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    Song, Tze-Bin; Rim, You Seung; Liu, Fengmin; Bob, Brion; Ye, Shenglin; Hsieh, Yao-Tsung; Yang, Yang

    2015-11-11

    Solution-processed silver nanowire networks are one of the promising candidates to replace a traditional indium tin oxide as next-generation transparent and flexible electrodes due to their ease of processing, moderate flexibility, high transparency, and low sheet resistance. To date, however, high stability of the nanowire networks remains a major challenge because the long-term usages of these electrodes are limited by their poor thermal and chemical stabilities. Existing methods for addressing this challenge mainly focus on protecting the nanowire network with additional layers that require vacuum processes, which can lead to an increment in manufacturing cost. Here, we report a straightforward strategy of a sol-gel processing as a fast and robust way to improve the stabilities of silver nanowires. Compared with reported nanoparticles embedded in nanowire networks, better thermal and chemical stabilities are achieved via sol-gel coating of TiO2 over the silver nanowire networks. The conformal surface coverage suppressed surface diffusion of silver atoms and prevented chemical corrosion from the environment. These results highlight the important role of the functional layer in providing better thermal and chemical stabilities along with improved electrical properties and mechanical robustness. The silver nanowire/TiO2 composite electrodes were applied as the source and drain electrodes for In2O3 thin-film transistors (TFTs) and the devices exhibited improved electrical performance annealed at 300 °C without the degradation of the electrodes. These key findings not only demonstrated a general and effective method to improve the thermal and chemical stabilities of metal nanowire networks but also provided a basic guideline toward rational design of highly efficient and robust composite electrodes. PMID:26488682

  17. Modified silver nanowire transparent electrodes with exceptional stability against oxidation.

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    Idier, J; Neri, W; Labrugère, C; Ly, I; Poulin, P; Backov, R

    2016-03-11

    We report an easy method to prepare thin, flexible and transparent electrodes that show enhanced inertness toward oxidation using modified silver nanowires (Ag NWs). Stabilization is achieved through the adsorption of triphenylphosphine (PPh3) onto the Ag NW hybrid dispersions prior to their 2D organization as transparent electrodes on polyethylene terephtalate (PET) films. After 110 days in air (20 °C) under atmospheric conditions, the transmittance of the PET/Ag NW/PPh3 based films is nearly unchanged, while the transmittance of the PET/Ag NW-based films decreases by about 5%. The sheet resistance increases for both materials as time elapses, but the rate of increase is more than four times slower for films stabilized by PPh3. The improved transmittance and conductivity results in a significantly enhanced stability for the figure of merit σ dc/σ op. This phenomenon is highlighted in highly oxidative nitric acid vapor. The tested stabilized films in such conditions exhibit a decrease to σ dc/σ op of only 38% after 75 min, whereas conventional materials exhibit a relative loss of 71%. In addition, by contrast to other classes of stabilizers, such as polymer or graphene-based encapsulants, PPh3 does not alter the transparency or conductivity of the modified films. While the present films are made by membrane filtration, the stabilization method could be implemented directly in other liquid processes, including industrially scalable ones. PMID:26866415

  18. Modified silver nanowire transparent electrodes with exceptional stability against oxidation

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    Idier, J.; Neri, W.; Labrugère, C.; Ly, I.; Poulin, P.; Backov, R.

    2016-03-01

    We report an easy method to prepare thin, flexible and transparent electrodes that show enhanced inertness toward oxidation using modified silver nanowires (Ag NWs). Stabilization is achieved through the adsorption of triphenylphosphine (PPh3) onto the Ag NW hybrid dispersions prior to their 2D organization as transparent electrodes on polyethylene terephtalate (PET) films. After 110 days in air (20 °C) under atmospheric conditions, the transmittance of the PET/Ag NW/PPh3 based films is nearly unchanged, while the transmittance of the PET/Ag NW-based films decreases by about 5%. The sheet resistance increases for both materials as time elapses, but the rate of increase is more than four times slower for films stabilized by PPh3. The improved transmittance and conductivity results in a significantly enhanced stability for the figure of merit σ dc/σ op. This phenomenon is highlighted in highly oxidative nitric acid vapor. The tested stabilized films in such conditions exhibit a decrease to σ dc/σ op of only 38% after 75 min, whereas conventional materials exhibit a relative loss of 71%. In addition, by contrast to other classes of stabilizers, such as polymer or graphene-based encapsulants, PPh3 does not alter the transparency or conductivity of the modified films. While the present films are made by membrane filtration, the stabilization method could be implemented directly in other liquid processes, including industrially scalable ones.

  19. Polymer-metal hybrid transparent electrodes for flexible electronics

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    Kang, Hongkyu; Jung, Suhyun; Jeong, Soyeong; Kim, Geunjin; Lee, Kwanghee

    2015-01-01

    Despite nearly two decades of research, the absence of ideal flexible and transparent electrodes has been the largest obstacle in realizing flexible and printable electronics for future technologies. Here we report the fabrication of ‘polymer-metal hybrid electrodes’ with high-performance properties, including a bending radius <1 mm, a visible-range transmittance>95% and a sheet resistance <10 Ω sq−1. These features arise from a surface modification of the plastic substrates using an amine-containing nonconjugated polyelectrolyte, which provides ideal metal-nucleation sites with a surface-density on the atomic scale, in combination with the successive deposition of a facile anti-reflective coating using a conducting polymer. The hybrid electrodes are fully functional as universal electrodes for high-end flexible electronic applications, such as polymer solar cells that exhibit a high power conversion efficiency of 10% and polymer light-emitting diodes that can outperform those based on transparent conducting oxides. PMID:25790133

  20. Fatigue-free, superstretchable, transparent, and biocompatible metal electrodes

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    Guo, Chuan Fei; Liu, Qihan; Wang, Guohui; Wang, Yecheng; Shi, Zhengzheng; Suo, Zhigang; Chu, Ching-Wu; Ren, Zhifeng

    2015-01-01

    Next-generation flexible electronics require highly stretchable and transparent electrodes. Few electronic conductors are both transparent and stretchable, and even fewer can be cyclically stretched to a large strain without causing fatigue. Fatigue, which is often an issue of strained materials causing failure at low strain levels of cyclic loading, is detrimental to materials under repeated loads in practical applications. Here we show that optimizing topology and/or tuning adhesion of metal nanomeshes can significantly improve stretchability and eliminate strain fatigue. The ligaments in an Au nanomesh on a slippery substrate can locally shift to relax stress upon stretching and return to the original configuration when stress is removed. The Au nanomesh keeps a low sheet resistance and high transparency, comparable to those of strain-free indium tin oxide films, when the nanomesh is stretched to a strain of 300%, or shows no fatigue after 50,000 stretches to a strain up to 150%. Moreover, the Au nanomesh is biocompatible and penetrable to biomacromolecules in fluid. The superstretchable transparent conductors are highly desirable for stretchable photoelectronics, electronic skins, and implantable electronics. PMID:26392537

  1. Effect of annealing over optoelectronic properties of graphene based transparent electrodes

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    Yadav, Shriniwas; Kaur, Inderpreet

    2016-04-01

    Graphene, an atom-thick two dimensional graphitic material have led various fundamental breakthroughs in the field of science and technology. Due to their exceptional optical, physical and electrical properties, graphene based transparent electrodes have shown several applications in organic light emitting diodes, solar cells and thin film transistors. Here, we are presenting effect of annealing over optoelectronic properties of graphene based transparent electrodes. Graphene based transparent electrodes have been prepared by wet chemical approach over glass substrates. After fabrication, these electrodes tested for optical transmittance in visible region. Sheet resistance was measured using four probe method. Effect of thermal annealing at 200 °C was studied over optical and electrical performance of these electrodes. Optoelectronic performance was judged from ratio of direct current conductivity to optical conductivity (σdc/σopt) as a figure of merit for transparent conductors. The fabricated electrodes display good optical and electrical properties. Such electrodes can be alternatives for doped metal oxide based transparent electrodes.

  2. Organic solar cells with solution-processed graphene transparent electrodes

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    Wu, Junbo; Becerril, Héctor A.; Bao, Zhenan; Liu, Zunfeng; Chen, Yongsheng; Peumans, Peter

    2008-06-01

    We demonstrate that solution-processed graphene thin films can serve as transparent conductive anodes for organic photovoltaic cells. The graphene electrodes were deposited on quartz substrates by spin coating of an aqueous dispersion of functionalized graphene, followed by a reduction process to reduce the sheet resistance. Small molecular weight organic solar cells can be directly deposited on such graphene anodes. The short-circuit current and fill factor of these devices on graphene are lower than those of control device on indium tin oxide due to the higher sheet resistance of the graphene films. We anticipate that further optimization of the reduction conditions will improve the performance of these graphene anodes.

  3. Conductivity of transparent electrodes made from interacting nanotubes

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    Maillaud, Laurent; Zakri, Cécile; Ly, Isabelle; Pénicaud, Alain; Poulin, Philippe

    2013-12-01

    Interactions in carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersions alter the morphology of films made from such dispersions. Weak attractive interactions induce an enhancement of the electrical conductivity. This phenomenon is observed in thin films that lie in a near percolated regime. Strong interactions instead induce a decrease of conductivity. In spite of strong morphological differences, the conductivity of thick films, away from percolated regimes, do not depend on interactions between the CNTs. These experiments support a recent theoretical scenario of the percolation of interacting rods and provide guidance for the optimal formulations of CNT inks in transparent electrode applications.

  4. Graphene as Transparent Electrodes: Fabrication and New Emerging Applications.

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    Xu, Yuanhong; Liu, Jingquan

    2016-03-01

    Graphene has been regarded as a promising candidate for a new generation of transparent electrodes (TEs) due to its prominent characteristics including high optical transmittance, exceptional electronic transport, outstanding mechanical strength, and environmental stability. Comprehensive and critical insights into the latest advances in graphene-based TEs (GTEs) since, but not limited to 2013, are provided, with an emphasis on fabrication, modification, and versatile applications. Several emerging application areas not previously summarized, including electrochromic devices, supercapacitors, electrochemical and electrochemiluminescent sensors, are discussed in detail. The challenges and prospects in these fields are also addressed. PMID:26854030

  5. Double-layer CVD graphene as stretchable transparent electrodes

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    Won, Sejeong; Hwangbo, Yun; Lee, Seoung-Ki; Kim, Kyung-Shik; Kim, Kwang-Seop; Lee, Seung-Mo; Lee, Hak-Joo; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Kim, Jae-Hyun; Lee, Soon-Bok

    2014-05-01

    The stretchability of CVD graphene with a large area is much lower than that of mechanically exfoliated pristine graphene owing to the intrinsic and extrinsic defects induced during its synthesis, etch-out of the catalytic metal, and the transfer processes. This low stretchability is the main obstacle for commercial application of CVD graphene in the field of flexible and stretchable electronics. In this study, artificially layered CVD graphene is suggested as a promising candidate for a stretchable transparent electrode. In contrast to single-layer graphene (SLG), multi-layer graphene has excellent electromechanical stretchability owing to the strain relaxation facilitated by sliding among the graphene layers. Macroscopic and microscopic electromechanical tensile tests were performed to understand the key mechanism for the improved stretchability, and crack generation and evolution were systematically investigated for their dependence on the number of CVD graphene layers during tensile deformation using lateral force microscopy. The stretchability of double-layer graphene (DLG) is much larger than that of SLG and is similar to that of triple-layer graphene (TLG). Considering the transmittance and the cost of transfer, DLG can be regarded as a suitable candidate for stretchable transparent electrodes.The stretchability of CVD graphene with a large area is much lower than that of mechanically exfoliated pristine graphene owing to the intrinsic and extrinsic defects induced during its synthesis, etch-out of the catalytic metal, and the transfer processes. This low stretchability is the main obstacle for commercial application of CVD graphene in the field of flexible and stretchable electronics. In this study, artificially layered CVD graphene is suggested as a promising candidate for a stretchable transparent electrode. In contrast to single-layer graphene (SLG), multi-layer graphene has excellent electromechanical stretchability owing to the strain relaxation facilitated by sliding among the graphene layers. Macroscopic and microscopic electromechanical tensile tests were performed to understand the key mechanism for the improved stretchability, and crack generation and evolution were systematically investigated for their dependence on the number of CVD graphene layers during tensile deformation using lateral force microscopy. The stretchability of double-layer graphene (DLG) is much larger than that of SLG and is similar to that of triple-layer graphene (TLG). Considering the transmittance and the cost of transfer, DLG can be regarded as a suitable candidate for stretchable transparent electrodes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr00265b

  6. Versatile Miniature Tunable Liquid Lenses Using Transparent Graphene Electrodes.

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    Shahini, Ali; Xia, Jinjun; Zhou, Zhixian; Zhao, Yang; Cheng, Mark Ming-Cheng

    2016-02-16

    This paper presents, for the first time, versatile and low-cost miniature liquid lenses with graphene as electrodes. Tunable focal length is achieved by changing the droplet curvature using electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD). Ionic liquid and KCl solution are utilized as lens liquid on the top of a flexible Teflon-coated PDMS/parylene membrane. Transparent and flexible, graphene allows transmission of visible light as well as large deformation of the polymer membrane to achieve requirements for different lens designs and to increase the field of view without damaging of electrodes. The tunable range for the focal length is between 3 and 7 mm for a droplet with a volume of 3 μL. The visualization of bone marrow dendritic cells is demonstrated by the liquid lens system with a high resolution (456 lp/mm). PMID:26800762

  7. Photosystem I on graphene as a highly transparent, photoactive electrode.

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    Gunther, Darlene; LeBlanc, Gabriel; Prasai, Dhiraj; Zhang, Jamie R; Cliffel, David E; Bolotin, Kirill I; Jennings, G Kane

    2013-04-01

    We report the fabrication of a hybrid light-harvesting electrode consisting of photosystem I (PSI) proteins extracted from spinach and adsorbed as a monolayer onto electrically contacted, large-area graphene. The transparency of graphene supports the choice of an opaque mediator at elevated concentrations. For example, we report a photocurrent of 550 nA/cm(2) from a monolayer of PSI on graphene in the presence of 20 mM methylene blue, which yields an opaque blue solution. The PSI-modified graphene electrode has a total thickness of less than 10 nm and demonstrates photoactivity that is an order of magnitude larger than that for unmodified graphene, establishing the feasibility of conjoining these nanomaterials as potential constructs in next-generation photovoltaic devices. PMID:23506192

  8. Facile construction of high-electrocatalytic bilayer counter electrode for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hao, Feng; Lin, Hong; Liu, Yizhu; Wang, Ning; Li, Wendi; Li, Jianbao

    2011-10-01

    To improve the mechanical rigidity of the electrocatalyst and assure a higher number density of catalytic sites of the counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), we have extended widely applied titanium tetrachloride treatment to construct a rough scaffolding underlayer for the platinized counter electrode. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images clearly depicted the platinum nanoparticles with a diameter of ca. 10 nm homogeneously distributed on the scaffolding underlayer of the bilayer counter electrode and thus led to a characteristically high surface roughness. The electocatalytic activity of this novel bilayer counter electrode was measured and compared with the corresponding properties of conventional sputtered Pt electrode. Interestingly, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry measurements further demonstrated the notably larger electrochemical active surface area and thereby higher electrocatalytic activity of the bilayer counter electrode. Consequently, under standard 1 sun illumination (100 mW cm(-2), AM 1.5), device with this bilayer counter electrode achieved a considerably improved fill factor of 0.67 and overall energy conversion efficiency of 7.09%, which was apparently higher than that of 0.60 and 6.37% for sputterd Pt electrode. Therefore, this present method paves a facile and inexpensive way to prepare high-electrocatalytic bilayer counter electrode in DSCs. PMID:21888398

  9. Rational screening low-cost counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hou, Yu; Wang, Dong; Yang, Xiao Hua; Fang, Wen Qi; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Hai Feng; Lu, Guan Zhong; Hu, P.; Zhao, Hui Jun; Yang, Hua Gui

    2013-03-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells have attracted intense research attention owing to their ease of fabrication, cost-effectiveness and high efficiency in converting solar energy. Noble platinum is generally used as catalytic counter electrode for redox mediators in electrolyte solution. Unfortunately, platinum is expensive and non-sustainable for long-term applications. Therefore, researchers are facing with the challenge of developing low-cost and earth-abundant alternatives. So far, rational screening of non-platinum counter electrodes has been hamstrung by the lack of understanding about the electrocatalytic process of redox mediators on various counter electrodes. Here, using first-principle quantum chemical calculations, we studied the electrocatalytic process of redox mediators and predicted electrocatalytic activity of potential semiconductor counter electrodes. On the basis of theoretical predictions, we successfully used rust (α-Fe2O3) as a new counter electrode catalyst, which demonstrates promising electrocatalytic activity towards triiodide reduction at a rate comparable to platinum.

  10. Dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrodes based on carbon nanotubes.

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    Hwang, Seunghwa; Batmunkh, Munkhbayar; Nine, Md J; Chung, Hanshik; Jeong, Hyomin

    2015-01-12

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received significant attention from the scientific community since their discovery in 1991. However, the high cost and scarcity of platinum has motivated researchers to seek other suitable materials for the counter electrode of DSSCs. Owing to their exceptional properties such as high conductivity, good electrochemical activity, and low cost, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been considered as promising alternatives to expensive platinum (Pt) in the counter electrode of DSSCs. Herein, we provide a Minireview of the CNTs use in the counter electrode of DSSCs. A brief overview of Pt-based counter electrodes is also discussed. Particular attention is given to the recent advances of counter electrodes with CNT-based composite structures. PMID:25367083

  11. Electrically modulated attachment and detachment of animal cells cultured on an optically transparent patterning electrode.

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    Koyama, Sumihiro

    2011-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop the modulation methods for the attachment and detachment of specifically positioned adhesive animal cells cultured on an electrode surface with the application of a weak electrical potential. A patterned indium tin oxide (ITO) optically transparent working electrode was placed on the bottom of a chamber slide with a counter-(Pt) and reference (Ag/AgCl) electrode. The ITO patterning was formed by a reticulate ITO region and arrayed square glass regions of varying size. Using the 3-electrode culture system, the author succeeded in modulation of the attachment and detachment of animal cells on the working electrode surface. Animal cells suspended in serum or sera containing medium were drawn to and attached on a reticulate ITO electrode region to which a +0.4-V vs. Ag/AgCl-positive potential was applied. Meanwhile, the cells were successfully placed on the square glass regions by -0.3-V vs. Ag/AgCl-negative potential application. Animal cells were detached not only from the ITO electrode but also from the square glass regions after the application of a ±10-mV vs. Ag/AgCl, 9-MHz [corrected] rectangular wave potential in PBS(-) for 30-60 min. Rectangular wave potential-induced cell detachment is almost completely noncytotoxic, and no statistical differences between trypsinization and the high frequency wave potential application were observed in HeLa cell growth. The electrical modulation of the specifically positioned cell attachment and detachment techniques holds potential for novel optical microscopic cell sorting analysis in lab-on-chip devices. PMID:21277827

  12. Dye-sensitized solar cell based carbon nanotube as counter electrode

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    Prasetio, Adi; Subagio, Agus; Purwanto, Agus; Widiyandari, Hendri

    2016-02-01

    The counter electrode using Carbon nanotube (CNT) has been successfully fabricated by the doctor blade method and their performances were investigated. We found that increasing mass of the CNT powder in binder increases electrocatalytic activity which this beneficial to conversion efficiency of the Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The photovoltaic performance of the DSSCs with 0.01, 0.02 and 0.04 gr of the CNT obtained overall conversion efficiencies of 0.32%, 0.74% and 0.91%, respectively. The results suggest that the CNT counter electrode has potential as alternative to the Pt free counter electrode for DSSC.

  13. Graphene as a transparent conducting electrode for photovoltaics

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    Nistor, Razvan; Kuroda, Marcelo; Maarouf, Ahmed; Newns, Dennis; Martyna, Glenn

    2010-03-01

    Current photovoltaic techonologies rely on expensive oxide films as transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs). With less than two percent absorption per layer and a high carrier mobility, graphene stands as a prominent candidate for TCEs. In this work, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of several doped graphene layers using density functional theory. Of particular interest is the interface between graphene and the semiconducting material of the solar cell, and the effect that various dopants have on the electronic properties of the system. Our aim is to control and quantify the amount of charge transfer to the graphene layers from the dopant molecules. These results can aid the design of carbon based TCEs that have minimum contact barriers with the semiconducting surface and low overall sheet resistances.

  14. Uniformly embedded silver nanomesh as highly bendable transparent conducting electrode.

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    Choi, Hak-Jong; Choo, Soyoung; Jung, Pil-Hoon; Shin, Ju-Hyeon; Kim, Yang-Doo; Lee, Heon

    2015-02-01

    Ag-nanomesh-based highly bendable conducting electrodes are developed using a combination of metal nanotransfer printing and embossing for the 6-inch wafer scale. Two Ag nanomeshes, including pitch sizes of 7.5 and 10 μm, are used to obtain highly transparent (approximately 85% transmittance at a wavelength of 550 nm) and electrically conducting properties (below 10 Ω sq(-1)). The Ag nanomeshes are also distinguished according to the fabrication process, which is called transferred or embedded Ag nanomesh on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate, in order to compare their stability against bending stress. Then the enhancement of bending stability when the Ag nanomesh is embedded in the PET substrate is confirmed. PMID:25590555

  15. Uniformly embedded silver nanomesh as highly bendable transparent conducting electrode

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    Choi, Hak-Jong; Choo, Soyoung; Jung, Pil-Hoon; Shin, Ju-Hyeon; Kim, Yang-Doo; Lee, Heon

    2015-02-01

    Ag-nanomesh-based highly bendable conducting electrodes are developed using a combination of metal nanotransfer printing and embossing for the 6-inch wafer scale. Two Ag nanomeshes, including pitch sizes of 7.5 and 10 μm, are used to obtain highly transparent (approximately 85% transmittance at a wavelength of 550 nm) and electrically conducting properties (below 10 Ω sq-1). The Ag nanomeshes are also distinguished according to the fabrication process, which is called transferred or embedded Ag nanomesh on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate, in order to compare their stability against bending stress. Then the enhancement of bending stability when the Ag nanomesh is embedded in the PET substrate is confirmed.

  16. Polycarbazole nanocomposites with conducting metal oxides for transparent electrode applications.

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    Hoshino, Katsuyoshi; Yazawa, Naoki; Tanaka, Yoshiyasu; Chiba, Takeshi; Izumizawa, Takenori; Kubo, Minako

    2010-02-01

    The preparation and characterization of conducting polycarbazole (PCz) hybrid films with a colorless transparency are described. They were prepared by the vacuum evaporation of tin, aluminum, or gallium onto anion-doped green-colored PCz films, or by applying gallium to the films, followed by their exposure to ambient air. The resultant hybrid films consisting of an undoped PCz backbone and metal compounds exhibited good transparencies (90-95% at a wavelength of 550 nm). The hybrid films have a specific cross-sectional structure in which the small regions of the metal compounds are dispersed in the PCz backbone. The hybridization reaction was mechanistically explained on the basis of the combination of a metal corrosion reaction and polymer dedoping reaction, which was successfully supported by the chemical analyses of the hybrid films. The electric conductivities of the hybrid films, measured by a four-point-probe method, ranged from 2.2 x 10(-4) to 6.0 x 10(-3) S cm(-1), which are considered to be the lowest limit because the use of the hybrid films as an electrochemical electrode reveals that a network of conductive paths is preferentially formed in the film thickness direction rather than in the in-plane direction. PMID:20356187

  17. Transparent electrodes fabricated via the self-assembly of silver nanowires using a bubble template.

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    Tokuno, Takehiro; Nogi, Masaya; Jiu, Jinting; Sugahara, Tohru; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2012-06-26

    To shore up the demand of transparent electrodes for wide applications such as organic light emitting diodes and solar cells, transparent electrodes are required as an alternative for indium tin oxide electrodes. Herein the self-assembly method with a bubble template paves the way for cost-effective fabrication of transparent electrodes with high conductivity and transparency using self-assembly of silver nanowires (AgNWs) in a bubble template. AgNWs were first dispersed in water that was bubbled with a surfactant and a thickening agent. Furthermore, these AgNWs were assembled by lining along the bubble ridges. When the bubbles containing the AgNWs were sandwiched between two glass substrates, the bubble ridges including the AgNWs formed continuous polygonal structures. Mesh structures were formed on both glass substrates after air-drying. The mesh structures evolved into mesh transparent electrodes following heat-treatment. The AgNW mesh structure exhibited a low sheet resistance of 6.2 Ω/square with a transparency of 84% after heat treatment at 200 °C for 20 min. The performance is higher than that of transparent electrodes with random networks of AgNWs. Furthermore, the conductivity and transparency of the mesh transparent electrodes can be adjusted by changing the amount of the AgNW suspension and the space between the two glass substrates. PMID:22642559

  18. Ultrasmooth, extremely deformable and shape recoverable Ag nanowire embedded transparent electrode

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    Nam, Sanggil; Song, Myungkwan; Kim, Dong-Ho; Cho, Byungjin; Lee, Hye Moon; Kwon, Jung-Dae; Park, Sung-Gyu; Nam, Kee-Seok; Jeong, Yongsoo; Kwon, Se-Hun; Park, Yun Chang; Jin, Sung-Ho; Kang, Jae-Wook; Jo, Sungjin; Kim, Chang Su

    2014-01-01

    Transparent electrodes have been widely used in electronic devices such as solar cells, displays, and touch screens. Highly flexible transparent electrodes are especially desired for the development of next generation flexible electronic devices. Although indium tin oxide (ITO) is the most commonly used material for the fabrication of transparent electrodes, its brittleness and growing cost limit its utility for flexible electronic devices. Therefore, the need for new transparent conductive materials with superior mechanical properties is clear and urgent. Ag nanowire (AgNW) has been attracting increasing attention because of its effective combination of electrical and optical properties. However, it still suffers from several drawbacks, including large surface roughness, instability against oxidation and moisture, and poor adhesion to substrates. These issues need to be addressed before wide spread use of metallic NW as transparent electrodes can be realized. In this study, we demonstrated the fabrication of a flexible transparent electrode with superior mechanical, electrical and optical properties by embedding a AgNW film into a transparent polymer matrix. This technique can produce electrodes with an ultrasmooth and extremely deformable transparent electrode that have sheet resistance and transmittance comparable to those of an ITO electrode. PMID:24763248

  19. Low-cost flexible nano-sulfide/carbon composite counter electrode for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cell.

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    Deng, Minghui; Zhang, Quanxin; Huang, Shuqing; Li, Dongmei; Luo, Yanhong; Shen, Qing; Toyoda, Taro; Meng, Qingbo

    2010-01-01

    Cu2S nanocrystal particles were in situ deposited on graphite paper to prepare nano-sulfide/carbon composite counter electrode for CdS/CdSe quantum-dot-sensitized solar cell (QDSC). By optimization of deposition time, photovoltaic conversion efficiency up to 3.08% was obtained. In the meantime, this composite counter electrode was superior to the commonly used Pt, Au and carbon counter electrodes. Electrochemical impedance spectra further confirmed that low charge transfer resistance at counter electrode/electrolyte interface was responsible for this, implied the potential application of this composite counter electrode in high-efficiency QDSC. PMID:20672135

  20. Activated graphene nanoplatelets as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gong, Jiawei; Zhou, Zhengping; Sumathy, K.; Yang, Huojun; Qiao, Qiquan

    2016-04-01

    Activated graphene nanoplatelets (aGNPs) prepared by a hydrothermal method using KOH as activating agent were used as counter electrode for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). After the KOH activation, the scanning electron microscopy image shows that aGNPs demonstrate a more curled, rough, and porous morphology which could contain both micro- and mesopores. The KOH activation changed the stacked layers of GNPs to a more crumpled and curved morphology. The microstructure of large pores significantly increased the electrode surface area and roughness, leading to the high electrocatalytic activity for triiodide reduction at the counter electrode. The DSSCs fabricated using aGNP as counter electrodes were tested under standard AM 1.5 illumination with an intensity of 91.5 mW/cm2. The device achieved an overall power conversion efficiency of 7.7%, which is comparable to the conventional platinum counter electrode (8%). Therefore, the low cost and high performance aGNP based counter electrode is a promising alternative to conventional Pt counter electrode in DSSCs.

  1. Hybrid transparent electrodes of silver nanowires and carbon nanotubes: a low-temperature solution process

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    2012-01-01

    Hybrid transparent electrodes with silver nanowires (AgNWs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were fabricated on plastic films by a low-temperature solution process. The hybrid transparent electrodes exhibited a sheet resistance of 29.2 Ω/sq with a transparency of 80% when 6 wt.% of SWCNTs was mixed with AgNWs. This sheet resistance was less than one-fourth that of the AgNW transparent electrodes that were prepared using the same method. This reduction in sheet resistance is because the SWCNTs formed bridges between the AgNWs, thus, resulting in high conductivity of the hybrid transparent electrodes. The hybrid electrodes formed on plastic films exhibited high conductivity as well as excellent stability in sheet resistance when tested using a repeated bending test. PACS: 62.23.Hj; 61.48.De; 81.15.-z. PMID:22650906

  2. Gold nanoparticle decorated multi-walled carbon nanotubes as counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Kaniyoor, Adarsh; Ramaprabhu, Sundara

    2012-11-01

    A novel counter electrode material for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) composed of nanostructured Au particles decorated on functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (f-MWNTs) is demonstrated for the first time. MWNTs synthesized by catalytic chemical vapor deposition technique are purified and functionalized by treating with concentrated acids. Au nanoparticles are decorated on f-MWNTs by a rapid and facile microwave assisted polyol reduction method. The materials are characterized by X-ray diffractometry, Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The DSSC fabricated with Au/f-MWNTs based counter electrode shows enhanced power conversion efficiency (eta) of 4.9% under AM 1.5G simulated solar radiation. In comparison, the reference DSSCs fabricated with f-MWNTs and Pt counter electrodes show eta of 2.1% and 4.5%. This high performance of Au/f-MWNTs counter electrode is investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry studies. PMID:23421212

  3. Effects of counter electrodes on photovoltaic performance of all-solid-state TiO2-based dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Shang, Mingwei; Liu, Benjamin; Dong, Zhenhua; Dong, Zhenyu; Dong, Lifeng

    2015-03-01

    In order to analyse the effects of counter electrodes on photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), different electrodes were used as the counter electrodes for all-solid-state TiO2-based DSSCs. An inorganic solid-state electrolyte, CsSnI2.95F0.05, was selected to couple with N719 dye-sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays to fabricate the DSSCs. Fluorine doped tin oxide transparent conducting glass (FTO), platinum coated FTO (Pt/FTO), graphite coated FTO (graphite/FTO), and graphite coated common glass (graphite/glass) were investigated as the counter electrodes, and the cells composed of the corresponding electrodes above have power-conversion efficiencies of 2.17%, 9.84%, 7.62%, and 3.45%, respectively. Our findings indicate that due to its unique catalytic and conducting properties, graphite can replace both Pt and FTO as a counter electrode to reduce the fabrication cost of all-solid-state TiO2-based DSSCs.

  4. Rounded Cu2ZnSnS4 nanosheet networks as a cost-effective counter electrode for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Shan-Long; Tao, Jie; Tao, Hai-Jun; Shen, Yi-Zhou; Xu, Ai-Chun; Cao, Fang-Xu; Jiang, Jia-Jia; Wang, Tao; Pan, Lei

    2016-03-21

    Semi-transparent rounded Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanosheet networks were in situ grown on a FTO glass substrate, via an effective solution method, without any post-treatments. An improved power conversion efficiency of 6.24% was obtained by applying CZTS nanosheet networks as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells. When assisted by a mirror reflection, the PCE increased to 7.12%. PMID:26898462

  5. Polymer-assisted direct deposition of uniform carbon nanotube bundle networks for high performance transparent electrodes.

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    Hellstrom, Sondra L; Lee, Hang Woo; Bao, Zhenan

    2009-06-23

    Flexible transparent electrodes are crucial for touch screen, flat panel display, and solar cell technologies. While carbon nanotube network electrodes show promise, characteristically poor dispersion properties have limited their practicality. We report that addition of small amounts of conjugated polymer to nanotube dispersions enables straightforward fabrication of uniform network electrodes by spin-coating and simultaneous tuning of parameters such as bundle size and density. After treatment in thionyl chloride, electrodes have sheet resistances competitive with other reported carbon nanotube based transparent electrodes to date. PMID:19422197

  6. Evaluating conducting network based transparent electrodes from geometrical considerations

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    Kumar, Ankush; Kulkarni, G. U.

    2016-01-01

    Conducting nanowire networks have been developed as viable alternative to existing indium tin oxide based transparent electrode (TE). The nature of electrical conduction and process optimization for electrodes have gained much from the theoretical models based on percolation transport using Monte Carlo approach and applying Kirchhoff's law on individual junctions and loops. While most of the literature work pertaining to theoretical analysis is focussed on networks obtained from conducting rods (mostly considering only junction resistance), hardly any attention has been paid to those made using template based methods, wherein the structure of network is neither similar to network obtained from conducting rods nor similar to well periodic geometry. Here, we have attempted an analytical treatment based on geometrical arguments and applied image analysis on practical networks to gain deeper insight into conducting networked structure particularly in relation to sheet resistance and transmittance. Many literature examples reporting networks with straight or curvilinear wires with distributions in wire width and length have been analysed by treating the networks as two dimensional graphs and evaluating the sheet resistance based on wire density and wire width. The sheet resistance values from our analysis compare well with the experimental values. Our analysis on various examples has revealed that low sheet resistance is achieved with high wire density and compactness with straight rather than curvilinear wires and with narrower wire width distribution. Similarly, higher transmittance for given sheet resistance is possible with narrower wire width but of higher thickness, minimal curvilinearity, and maximum connectivity. For the purpose of evaluating active fraction of the network, the algorithm was made to distinguish and quantify current carrying backbone regions as against regions containing only dangling or isolated wires. The treatment can be helpful in predicting the properties of a network simply from image analysis and will be helpful in improvisation and comparison of various TEs and better understanding of electrical percolation.

  7. High-Performance Platinum-Free Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Molybdenum Disulfide Films as Counter Electrodes.

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    Hussain, Sajjad; Shaikh, Shoyebmohamad F; Vikraman, Dhanasekaran; Mane, Rajaram S; Joo, Oh-Shim; Naushad, Mu; Jung, Jongwan

    2015-12-21

    By using a radio-frequency sputtering method, we synthesized large-area, uniform, and transparent molybdenum disulfide film electrodes (1, 3, 5, and 7 min) on transparent and conducting fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO), as ecofriendly, cost-effective counter electrodes (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). These CEs were used in place of the routinely used expensive platinum CEs for the catalytic reduction of a triiodide electrolyte. The structure and morphology of the MoS2 was analyzed by using Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurements and the DSSC characteristics were investigated. An unbroken film of MoS2 was identified on the FTO crystallites from field-emission scanning electron microscopy. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and Tafel curve measurements reveal the promise of MoS2 as a CE with a low charge-transfer resistance, high electrocatalytic activity, and fast reaction kinetics for the reduction of triiodide to iodide. Finally, an optimized transparent MoS2 CE, obtained after 5 min synthesis time, showed a high power-conversion efficiency of 6.0 %, which comparable to the performance obtained with a Pt CE (6.6 %) when used in TiO2 -based DSCCs, thus signifying the importance of sputtering time on DSSC performance. PMID:26472540

  8. Passivation coating on electrospun copper nanofibers for stable transparent electrodes.

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    Hsu, Po-Chun; Wu, Hui; Carney, Thomas J; McDowell, Matthew T; Yang, Yuan; Garnett, Erik C; Li, Michael; Hu, Liangbing; Cui, Yi

    2012-06-26

    Copper nanofiber networks, which possess the advantages of low cost, moderate flexibility, small sheet resistance, and high transmittance, are one of the most promising candidates to replace indium tin oxide films as the premier transparent electrode. However, the chemical activity of copper nanofibers causes a substantial increase in the sheet resistance after thermal oxidation or chemical corrosion of the nanofibers. In this work, we utilize atomic layer deposition to coat a passivation layer of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and aluminum oxide onto electrospun copper nanofibers and remarkably enhance their durability. Our AZO-copper nanofibers show resistance increase of remarkably only 10% after thermal oxidation at 160 C in dry air and 80 C in humid air with 80% relative humidity, whereas bare copper nanofibers quickly become insulating. In addition, the coating and baking of the acidic PEDOT:PSS layer on our fibers increases the sheet resistance of bare copper nanofibers by 6 orders of magnitude, while the AZO-Cu nanofibers show an 18% increase. PMID:22548313

  9. Pulsed laser deposition of graphite counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Acharya, Krishna P.; Khatri, Himal; Marsillac, Sylvain; Ullrich, Bruno; Anzenbacher, Pavel; Zamkov, Mikhail

    2010-11-01

    We report on pulsed laser deposition of graphite onto flexible plastic and conductive glass substrates for use as a counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. The efficiency of as-prepared graphite electrodes was tested using CdS-sensitized solar cell architecture resulting in external quantum efficiency comparable to that of conventional platinum counter electrodes. This work highlights the possibility of using pulsed laser deposited graphite as a low-cost alternative to platinum, which could be fabricated both on flexible and rigid substrates.

  10. Conducting polymers based counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Veerender, P. E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Saxena, Vibha E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Gusain, Abhay E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Jha, P. E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Koiry, S. P. E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Chauhan, A. K. E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Aswal, D. K. E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Gupta, S. K. E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com

    2014-04-24

    Conducting polymer films were synthesized and employed as an alternative to expensive platinum counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films were spin-coated and polypyrrole films were electrochemically deposited via cyclic voltammetry method on ITO substrates. The morphology of the films were imaged by SEM and AFM. These films show good catalytic activity towards triiodide reduction as compared to Pt/FTO electrodes. Finally the photovoltaic performance of DSSC fabricated using N3 dye were compared with PT/FTO, PEDOT/ITO, and e-PPy counter electrodes.

  11. Highly conductive transparent organic electrodes with multilayer structures for rigid and flexible optoelectronics.

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    Guo, Xiaoyang; Liu, Xingyuan; Lin, Fengyuan; Li, Hailing; Fan, Yi; Zhang, Nan

    2015-01-01

    Transparent electrodes are essential components for optoelectronic devices, such as touch panels, organic light-emitting diodes, and solar cells. Indium tin oxide (ITO) is widely used as transparent electrode in optoelectronic devices. ITO has high transparency and low resistance but contains expensive rare elements, and ITO-based devices have poor mechanical flexibility. Therefore, alternative transparent electrodes with excellent opto-electrical performance and mechanical flexibility will be greatly demanded. Here, organics are introduced into dielectric-metal-dielectric structures to construct the transparent electrodes on rigid and flexible substrates. We show that organic-metal-organic (OMO) electrodes have excellent opto-electrical properties (sheet resistance of below 10 Ω sq(-1) at 85% transmission), mechanical flexibility, thermal and environmental stabilities. The OMO-based polymer photovoltaic cells show performance comparable to that of devices based on ITO electrodes. This OMO multilayer structure can therefore be used to produce transparent electrodes suitable for use in a wide range of optoelectronic devices. PMID:26014889

  12. Highly Conductive Transparent Organic Electrodes with Multilayer Structures for Rigid and Flexible Optoelectronics

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    Guo, Xiaoyang; Liu, Xingyuan; Lin, Fengyuan; Li, Hailing; Fan, Yi; Zhang, Nan

    2015-01-01

    Transparent electrodes are essential components for optoelectronic devices, such as touch panels, organic light-emitting diodes, and solar cells. Indium tin oxide (ITO) is widely used as transparent electrode in optoelectronic devices. ITO has high transparency and low resistance but contains expensive rare elements, and ITO-based devices have poor mechanical flexibility. Therefore, alternative transparent electrodes with excellent opto-electrical performance and mechanical flexibility will be greatly demanded. Here, organics are introduced into dielectric–metal–dielectric structures to construct the transparent electrodes on rigid and flexible substrates. We show that organic-metal-organic (OMO) electrodes have excellent opto-electrical properties (sheet resistance of below 10 Ω sq−1 at 85% transmission), mechanical flexibility, thermal and environmental stabilities. The OMO-based polymer photovoltaic cells show performance comparable to that of devices based on ITO electrodes. This OMO multilayer structure can therefore be used to produce transparent electrodes suitable for use in a wide range of optoelectronic devices. PMID:26014889

  13. Highly transparent Au-coated Ag nanowire transparent electrode with reduction in haze.

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    Kim, Taegeon; Canlier, Ali; Cho, Changsoon; Rozyyev, Vepa; Lee, Jung-Yong; Han, Seung Min

    2014-08-27

    Ag nanowire transparent electrode has excellent transmittance and sheet resistance, yet its optical haze still needs to be improved in order for it to be suitable for display applications. Ag nanowires are known to have high haze because of the geometry of the nanowire and the high light scattering characteristic of the Ag. In this study, a Au-coated Ag nanowire structure was proposed to reduce the haze, where a thin layer of Au was coated on the surface of the Ag nanowires using a mild [Au(en)2]Cl3 galvanic displacement reaction. The mild galvanic exchange allowed for a thin layer of Au coating on the Ag nanowires with minimal truncation of the nanowire, where the average length and the diameter were 13.0 ?m and 60 nm, respectively. The Au-coated Ag nanowires were suspended in methanol and then electrostatically sprayed on a flexible polycarbonate substrate that revealed a clear reduction in haze with a 2-4% increase in total transmittance, sheet resistance ranges of 80-90%, and 8.8-36.8 Ohm/sq. Finite difference time domain simulations were conducted for Au-coated Ag nanowires that indicated a significant reduction in the average scattering from 1 to 0.69 for Au layer thicknesses of 0-10 nm. PMID:25065415

  14. Pt-Ni alloy nanoparticles as superior counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells: experimental and theoretical understanding.

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    Wan, Jiawei; Fang, Guojia; Yin, Huajie; Liu, Xuefeng; Liu, Di; Zhao, Meiting; Ke, Weijun; Tao, Hong; Tang, Zhiyong

    2014-12-23

    Pt-Ni alloy nanoparticles are synthesized and used as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) for the first time. A PCE of 9.15% is achieved with the Pt3 Ni counter electrode, displaying an evident improvement compared with the conventional pure Pt (8.33%). The cell stability is also obviously increased with the Pt3 Ni counter electrode. PMID:25363241

  15. Low-cost carbon-based counter electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Barberio, M.; Imbrogno, A.; Grosso, D. R.; Bonanno, A.; Xu, F.

    2015-07-01

    In this work, we present the realization of four carbon-based counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. The photovoltaic behaviours of counter electrodes realized with graphene, multiwalled carbon nanotubes, and nanocomposites of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and metal nanoparticles are compared with those of classical electrodes (amorphous carbon and platinum). Our results show an increase of about 50% in PCE for graphene and Ag/carbon nanotube electrodes with respect to amorphous carbon and of 25% in comparison to platinum. An improvement in cell stability is also observed; in fact, the PCE of all carbon-based cells assumes a constant value during a period of one month while that with the Pt electrode decreases by 50% in one week.

  16. Silicon Pedot-Pss Nanocomposite as AN Efficient Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Song, Dandan; Li, Meicheng; Bai, Fan; Li, Yingfeng; Jiang, Yongjian; Jiang, Bing

    2013-08-01

    A novel inorganic/organic nanocomposite film composed of Si nanoparticles (NPs) and poly-(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) is obtained from a simple mechanical mixture of Si NPs powder and aqueous PEDOT-PSS solution. Employing this composite film as a counter electrode, dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) exhibits an efficiency of 5.7% and a fill factor of 0.51, which are much higher than these of DSSC using pristine PEDOT-PSS electrode (2.9% and 0.25, respectively). The improvements in the photovoltaic performance of the former are primarily derived from improved electrocatalytic performance of the electrode, as evidenced by electrochemical measurements, the composite electrode has lower impedance and higher electrocatalytic activity when in comparison with pristine PEDOT-PSS electrode. These improvements are primarily deriving from the increased electrochemical surface by the addition of Si NPs. The characteristics of Si NPs/PEDOT-PSS composite counter electrode reveal its potential for the use of low-cost and stable Pt-free counter electrode materials. In addition, the results achieved in this work also provide a facile and efficient approach to improve the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs using PEDOT-PSS electrodes.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of carbon-based counter electrodes prepared by electrophoretic deposition for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Hyunkook; Choi, Hyonkwang; Hwang, Sookhyun; Kim, Youngjoo; Jeon, Minhyon

    2012-01-01

    Three different carbon-based counter electrodes are investigated in light of catalytic activities such as electrochemical frequencies and interface impedances. We fabricated carbon-based counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs] using graphene, single-walled carbon nanotubes [SWNTs], and graphene-SWNT composites by electrophoretic deposition method. We observed the optical and electrochemical properties of the carbon-based counter electrodes. The DSSC with the graphene-deposited counter electrode demonstrated the best conversion efficiency of 5.87% under AM 1.5 and 1 sun condition. It could be utilized for a low-cost and high-throughput process for DSSCs.

  18. Nanostructured electrochromic films by inkjet printing on large area and flexible transparent silver electrodes

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    Layani, Michael; Darmawan, Peter; Foo, Wan Ling; Liu, Liang; Kamyshny, Alexander; Mandler, Daniel; Magdassi, Schlomo; Lee, Pooi See

    2014-04-01

    Printed electrochromic flexible films were obtained by combining transparent silver grid electrodes formed by self-assembly and inkjet printed WO3 nanoparticles. Concentrated dispersions of WO3 nanoparticles were inkjet printed on transparent plastic silver grid electrodes with a high transparency of 83% in the spectral range of 400-800 nm, and a low sheet resistance in the range of 1-5 Ω sq-1. These electrodes were used for electrochromic applications for the first time. The resultant patterned nanostructured electrochromic films maintained their coloring and bleaching performance after bending of the flexible films.Printed electrochromic flexible films were obtained by combining transparent silver grid electrodes formed by self-assembly and inkjet printed WO3 nanoparticles. Concentrated dispersions of WO3 nanoparticles were inkjet printed on transparent plastic silver grid electrodes with a high transparency of 83% in the spectral range of 400-800 nm, and a low sheet resistance in the range of 1-5 Ω sq-1. These electrodes were used for electrochromic applications for the first time. The resultant patterned nanostructured electrochromic films maintained their coloring and bleaching performance after bending of the flexible films. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr06890k

  19. Can graphene outperform indium tin oxide as transparent electrode in organic solar cells?

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    Paletti, Paolo; Pawar, Ravinder; Ulisse, Giacomo; Brunetti, Francesca; Iannaccone, Giuseppe; Fiori, Gianluca

    2015-12-01

    Graphene holds promises as a transparent electrode in flexible solar cells due to its high mobility and transparency. However, the experimental power conversion efficiency of cells with graphene electrode is still small (<7%). In this paper, we evaluate possible engineering options to improve the power conversion efficiency, by means of multi-scale simulation approach including ab-initio simulations of graphene contacts to improve electrode workfunction and conductance, electromagnetic simulations to improve light management, and electrical simulations of complete cells. We find that the combined effect of using a transparent electrode of graphene with a few monolayers of MoO3 on top to optimize work function and resistivity, and of applying optimized grating to the graphene electrode, can increase power efficiency by up to 29%-47%, with respect to the ITO benchmark, depending on the material used for the hole transport layer (P3HT,PTB7, and Perovskite).

  20. Rare-metal-free flexible counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar-cells produced using wet processes only.

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    Okada, Issei; Shiratori, Seimei

    2013-05-22

    Dye-sensitized solar-cells (DSCs) are cheap because they are produced using low-cost materials and simple manufacturing processes. However, the substrates of DSC counter electrodes are sputtered with a transparent conductive oxide and platinum. This involves vacuum manufacturing processes and high-cost (rare-metal) materials, and increases the costs of DSCs. In this study, we used non-rare-metal low-cost materials and simple wet processes, using combined poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS) and Ag network (Ag NW) substrates. To solve the problem of Ag NW corrosion by the iodine electrolyte, we hot-pressed the Ag NW substrate and covered with a PEDOT/PSS layer as a barrier against iodine. The PEDOT/PSS layer acted as a catalyst and cells using an Ag NW covered with PEDOT/PSS generated electricity with illumination from both sides. The cell performance was improved by using a PEDOT/PSS layer containing 20 wt % TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). The performance of the DSSC cell with an Ag NW substrate covered with a PEDOT/PSS layer containing TiO2 NPs (5.13%) was higher than that of a cell using an indium tin oxide substrate covered with the same layer (4.91%). These values are very similar to those of cells using a platinum counter electrode (5.36%). This research showed the possibility of replacing conventional high-cost counter electrodes with low-cost materials, and using only simple wet processes. PMID:23566351

  1. Vanadium oxide (VO) based low cost counter electrode in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications

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    Vijayakumar, P.; Pandian, Muthu Senthil; Ramasamy, P.

    2015-06-24

    Vanadium oxide nanostars were synthesized by chemical method. The prepared Vanadium oxide nanostars are introduced into dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) as counter electrode (CE) catalyst to replace the expensive platinum (Pt). The products were characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) method. The photovoltaic performance of the VO as counter electrode based DSSC was evaluated under simulated standard global AM 1.5G sunlight (100 mW/cm{sup 2}). The solar to electrical energy conversion efficiency (η) of the DSSC was found to be 0.38%.This work expands the Counter electrode catalyst, which can help to reduce the cost of DSSC and thereby encourage their fundamental research and commercial application.

  2. Electrochemically reduced graphene oxide multilayer films as efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Xu, Xiaobao; Huang, Dekang; Cao, Kun; Wang, Mingkui; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael

    2013-01-01

    We report on a new counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), which is prepared using layer-by-layer assembly of negatively charged graphene oxide and positively charged poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) followed by an electrochemical reduction procedure. The DSC devises using the heteroleptic Ru complex C106TBA as sensitizer and this new counter electrode reach power conversion efficiencies of 9.5% and 7.6% in conjunction with low volatility and solvent free ionic liquid electrolytes, respectively. The new counter electrode exhibits good durability (60°C for 1000 h in a solar simulator, 100 mW cm(-2)) during the accelerated tests when used in combination with an ionic liquid electrolyte. This work identifies a new class of electro-catalysts with potential for low cost photovoltaic devices. PMID:23508212

  3. Electrochemically Reduced Graphene Oxide Multilayer Films as Efficient Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Xu, Xiaobao; Huang, Dekang; Cao, Kun; Wang, Mingkui; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M.; Grätzel, Michael

    2013-01-01

    We report on a new counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), which is prepared using layer-by-layer assembly of negatively charged graphene oxide and positively charged poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) followed by an electrochemical reduction procedure. The DSC devises using the heteroleptic Ru complex C106TBA as sensitizer and this new counter electrode reach power conversion efficiencies of 9.5% and 7.6% in conjunction with low volatility and solvent free ionic liquid electrolytes, respectively. The new counter electrode exhibits good durability (60°C for 1000 h in a solar simulator, 100 mW cm−2) during the accelerated tests when used in combination with an ionic liquid electrolyte. This work identifies a new class of electro-catalysts with potential for low cost photovoltaic devices. PMID:23508212

  4. Vanadium oxide (VO) based low cost counter electrode in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications

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    Vijayakumar, P.; Pandian, Muthu Senthil; Ramasamy, P.

    2015-06-01

    Vanadium oxide nanostars were synthesized by chemical method. The prepared Vanadium oxide nanostars are introduced into dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) as counter electrode (CE) catalyst to replace the expensive platinum (Pt). The products were characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. The photovoltaic performance of the VO as counter electrode based DSSC was evaluated under simulated standard global AM 1.5G sunlight (100 mW/cm2). The solar to electrical energy conversion efficiency (η) of the DSSC was found to be 0.38%.This work expands the Counter electrode catalyst, which can help to reduce the cost of DSSC and thereby encourage their fundamental research and commercial application.

  5. Carbon coated stainless steel as counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Prakash, Shejale Kiran; Sharma, Rakesh K.; Roy, Mahesh S.; Kumar, Mahesh

    2014-10-01

    A new type of counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells has been fabricated using a stainless steel sheet as substrate and graphite, graphene and multiwall carbon nanotubes as the catalytic material which applied by screen printing technique. The sheet resistances of the substrates and there influence on the dye sensitized solar cells has been studied. The fabricated counter electrodes i.e. SS-graphite, SS-graphene SS-MWCNT and SS-platinum were tested for their photovoltaic response in the form of dye sensitized solar cells.

  6. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-02-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials.

  7. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes.

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-01-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials. PMID:26831759

  8. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-01-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials. PMID:26831759

  9. Carbon nanotube/graphene nanocomposite as efficient counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Velten, Josef; Mozer, Attila J.; Li, Dan; Officer, David; Wallace, Gordon; Baughman, Ray; Zakhidov, Anvar

    2012-03-01

    We demonstrated the replacement of the Pt catalyst normally used in the counter electrode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) by a nanocomposite of dry spun carbon multi-walled nanotube (MWNT) sheets with graphene flakes (Gr-F). The effectiveness of this counter electrode on the reduction of the triiodide in the iodide/triiodide redox (I-/I3-) redox reaction was studied in parallel with the use of the dry spun carbon MWNT sheets alone and graphene flakes used independent of each other. This nanocomposite deposited onto fluorinated tin-oxide-coated glass showed improved catalytic behavior and power conversion efficiency (7.55%) beyond the use of the MWNTs alone (6.62%) or graphene alone (4.65%) for the triiodide reduction reaction in DSSC. We also compare the use of the carbon MWNT/Gr-F composite counter electrode with a DSSC using the standard Pt counter electrode (8.8%). The details of increased performance of graphene/MWNT composite electrodes as studied are discussed in terms of increased catalytic activity permitted by sharp atomic edges that arise from the structure of graphene flakes or the defect sites in the carbon MWNT and increased electrical conductivity between the carbon MWNT bundles by the graphene flakes.

  10. Metal-mesh based transparent electrode on a 3-D curved surface by electrohydrodynamic jet printing

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    Seong, Baekhoon; Yoo, Hyunwoong; Dat Nguyen, Vu; Jang, Yonghee; Ryu, Changkook; Byun, Doyoung

    2014-09-01

    Invisible Ag mesh transparent electrodes (TEs), with a width of 7 μm, were prepared on a curved glass surface by electrohydrodynamic (EHD) jet printing. With a 100 μm pitch, the EHD jet printed the Ag mesh on the convex glass which had a sheet resistance of 1.49 Ω/□. The printing speed was 30 cm s-1 using Ag ink, which had a 10 000 cPs viscosity and a 70 wt% Ag nanoparticle concentration. We further showed the performance of a 3-D transparent heater using the Ag mesh transparent electrode. The EHD jet printed an invisible Ag grid transparent electrode with good electrical and optical properties with promising applications on printed optoelectronic devices.

  11. Pt and TCO free hybrid bilayer silver nanowire-graphene counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Al-Mamun, Mohammad; Kim, Jae-Yup; Sung, Yung-Eun; Lee, Jae-Joon; Kim, Sung-Ryong

    2013-03-01

    Here we report a novel transparent conductive oxide (TCO) and Pt free silver nanowire and graphene nanoplatelet (AgNW-GNP) based hybrid counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) having appreciable photovoltaic performances compared to reference Pt-FTO based DSSCs. Simple solution processed bilayer AgNW-GNP hybrid CEs were prepared to investigate its applicability in DSSCs based on their electrocatalytic and charge transport properties. DSSCs prepared with AgNW-GNP hybrid CEs containing the GNP loading of 0.88 μg/cm2 showed the photoconversion efficiency of 1.61 ± 0.13% which is comparable with that of 1.87 ± 0.15% made of standard Pt-FTO CEs.

  12. Transparent, Flexible, Low Noise Graphene Electrodes for Simultaneous Electrophysiology and Neuroimaging

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    Kuzum, Duygu; Takano, Hajime; Shim, Euijae; Reed, Jason C; Juul, Halvor; Richardson, Andrew G.; de Vries, Julius; Bink, Hank; Dichter, Marc A.; Lucas, Timothy H.; Coulter, Douglas A.; Cubukcu, Ertugrul; Litt, Brian

    2014-01-01

    Calcium imaging is a versatile experimental approach capable of resolving single neurons with single-cell spatial resolution in the brain. Electrophysiological recordings provide high temporal, but limited spatial resolution, due to the geometrical inaccessibility of the brain. An approach that integrates the advantages of both techniques could provide new insights into functions of neural circuits. Here, we report a transparent, flexible neural electrode technology based on graphene, which enables simultaneous optical imaging and electrophysiological recording. We demonstrate that hippocampal slices can be imaged through transparent graphene electrodes by both confocal and two-photon microscopy without causing any light-induced artifacts in the electrical recordings. Graphene electrodes record high frequency bursting activity and slow synaptic potentials that are hard to resolve by multi-cellular calcium imaging. This transparent electrode technology may pave the way for high spatio-temporal resolution electrooptic mapping of the dynamic neuronal activity. PMID:25327632

  13. Transparent actuator made with few layer graphene electrode and dielectric elastomer, for variable focus lens

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    Hwang, Taeseon; Kwon, Hyeok-Yong; Oh, Joon-Suk; Hong, Jung-Pyo; Hong, Seung-Chul; Lee, Youngkwan; Ryeol Choi, Hyouk; Jin Kim, Kwang; Hossain Bhuiya, Mainul; Nam, Jae-Do

    2013-07-01

    A transparent dielectric elastomer actuator driven by few-layer-graphene (FLG) electrode was experimentally investigated. The electrodes were made of graphene, which was dispersed in N-methyl-pyrrolidone. The transparent actuator was fabricated from developed FLG electrodes. The FLG electrode with its sheet resistance of 0.45 k?/sq (80 nm thick) was implemented to mask silicone elastomer. The developed FLG-driven actuator exhibited an optical transparency of over 57% at a wavenumber of 600 nm and produced bending displacement performance ranging from 29 to 946 ?m as functions of frequency and voltage. The focus variation was clearly demonstrated under actuation to study its application-feasibility in variable focus lens and various opto-electro-mechanical devices.

  14. Silver nanowire/polyaniline composite transparent electrode with improved surface properties

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    Kumar, A.B.V. Kiran; Jiang, Jianwei; Bae, Chang Wan; Seo, Dong Min; Piao, Longhai Kim, Sang-Ho

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • AgNWs/PANI transparent electrode was prepared by layer-by-layer coating method. • The surface roughness of the electrode reached to 6.5 nm (root mean square). • The electrode had reasonable sheet resistance (25 Ω/□) and transmittance (83.5%). - Abstract: Silver nanowires (AgNWs) are as potential candidates to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in transparent electrodes because of their preferred conducting and optical properties. However, their rough surface properties are not favorable for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices, such as displays and thin-film solar cells. In the present investigation, AgNWs/polyaniline composite transparent electrodes with better surface properties were successfully prepared. AgNWs were incorporated into polyaniline:polystyrene sulfonate (PANI:PSS) by layer-by-layer coating and mechanical pressing. PANI:PSS decreased the surface roughness of the AgNWs electrode by filling the gap of the random AgNWs network. The transparent composite electrode had decreased surface roughness (root mean square 6.5 nm) with reasonable sheet resistance (25 Ω/□) and transmittance (83.5%)

  15. Efficient ternary cobalt spinel counter electrodes for quantum-dot sensitized solar cells

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    Luo, Qiang; Gu, Youchen; Li, Jianbao; Wang, Ning; Lin, Hong

    2016-04-01

    Cobalt-based spinel binary and ternary sulfides (Co3S4, CuCo2S4 and NiCo2S4) are prepared via an economical, facile and versatile synthesis strategy and used as counter electrodes for quantum-dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) in conjunction with the aqueous polysulfide electrolyte. The spinel sulfides exhibit superior catalytic activities toward the polysulfide electrolyte reduction than that of the Cu2S. Both electrochemical impedance spectroscopic and Tafel polarization measurements imply that the incorporation of Cu or Ni cation into the spinel lattices induces a significantly faster electrocatalytic rate towards the polysulfide reduction than that of the binary Co3S4. Using ternary NiCo2S4 as counter electrode, the QDSC achieves a power conversion efficiency of 3.3%; which is increased by 26% compared with the QDSC fabricated with binary Co3S4 counter electrode (2.61%). The excellent electrochemical performance of the ternary cobalt spinel sulfides suggests their promising application as counter electrodes for efficient QDSCs.

  16. Thermally exfoliated graphene based counter electrode for low cost dye sensitized solar cells

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    Kaniyoor, Adarsh; Ramaprabhu, Sundara

    2011-06-15

    Graphene obtained from thermal exfoliation of graphite oxide are highly wrinkled and have large surface area. Their wrinkled nature is expected to give them excellent catalytic activity. Herein, we demonstrate the use of thermally exfoliated graphene (TEG) as cost effective electrocatalyst for the tri-iodide reduction in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). X-ray diffraction, Raman and Infra red spectroscopy and electron microscopy studies confirm the defective and wrinkled nature of TEG. BET surface area measurement show a large surface area of {approx} 470 m{sup 2}/g. The counter electrode was fabricated by drop casting a slurry of TEG dispersed in a Nafion:Ethanol solution on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. The use of Nafion prevented film ''peel off,'' thus ensuring a good substrate adhesion. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy reveals that TEG had a catalytic performance comparable to that of Pt, suggesting its use as counter electrode material. As expected, the DSSC fabricated with Nafion solubilized TEG/FTO as counter electrode shows an efficiency of about 2.8%, comparable to Pt counter electrode based DSSC which has an efficiency of about 3.4%.

  17. Flexible, Highly Durable, and Thermally Stable SWCNT/Polyimide Transparent Electrodes.

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    Kim, Seong-Ku; Liu, Tao; Wang, Xiaogong

    2015-09-23

    Flexible, transparent, and electrically conducting electrode materials are highly desired for flexible electronic applications. With a highly transparent polyimide (PI) as a substrate, a comprehensive and comparative study was performed to investigate four different fabrication schemes in producing transparent and electrically conducting SWCNT/PI electrodes. A very promising method that involves an in situ imidization process and nitric acid doping treatment was identified, which led to the fabrication of highly durable and thermally stable SWCNT/PI electrodes. The best performed electrode has a transmission of 77.6% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance (Rs) of 1169 ± 172 Ω/□, which appeared no changes after repeating tests of bending, folding-unfolding, adhesive-tape-peeling-off, and wet tissue-paper scratching/wiping. The excellent thermal stability of such fabricated SWCNT/PI electrode is manifested by the very high glass transition temperature of 290.1 °C and low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 28.5 ppm °C(-1) in the temperature range from 75 to 200 °C. The new method expects to be able to pave the way in facile production of high-performance flexible, transparent, and conducting electrodes. PMID:26323087

  18. Atomic-Layer-Deposited Transparent Electrodes for Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Demaurex, Benedicte; Seif, Johannes P.; Smit, Sjoerd; Macco, Bart; Kessels, W. M.; Geissbuhler, Jonas; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-11-01

    We examine damage-free transparent-electrode deposition to fabricate high-efficiency amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells. Such solar cells usually feature sputtered transparent electrodes, the deposition of which may damage the layers underneath. Using atomic layer deposition, we insert thin protective films between the amorphous silicon layers and sputtered contacts and investigate their effect on device operation. We find that a 20-nm-thick protective layer suffices to preserve, unchanged, the amorphous silicon layers beneath. Insertion of such protective atomic-layer-deposited layers yields slightly higher internal voltages at low carrier injection levels. However, we identify the presence of a silicon oxide layer, formed during processing,more » between the amorphous silicon and the atomic-layer-deposited transparent electrode that acts as a barrier, impeding hole and electron collection.« less

  19. Atomic-Layer-Deposited Transparent Electrodes for Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Demaurex, Benedicte; Seif, Johannes P.; Smit, Sjoerd; Macco, Bart; Kessels, W. M.; Geissbuhler, Jonas; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-11-01

    We examine damage-free transparent-electrode deposition to fabricate high-efficiency amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells. Such solar cells usually feature sputtered transparent electrodes, the deposition of which may damage the layers underneath. Using atomic layer deposition, we insert thin protective films between the amorphous silicon layers and sputtered contacts and investigate their effect on device operation. We find that a 20-nm-thick protective layer suffices to preserve, unchanged, the amorphous silicon layers beneath. Insertion of such protective atomic-layer-deposited layers yields slightly higher internal voltages at low carrier injection levels. However, we identify the presence of a silicon oxide layer, formed during processing, between the amorphous silicon and the atomic-layer-deposited transparent electrode that acts as a barrier, impeding hole and electron collection.

  20. High-performance NiO/Ag/NiO transparent electrodes for flexible organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Xue, Zhichao; Liu, Xingyuan; Zhang, Nan; Chen, Hong; Zheng, Xuanming; Wang, Haiyu; Guo, Xiaoyang

    2014-09-24

    Transparent electrodes with a dielectric-metal-dielectric (DMD) structure can be implemented in a simple manufacturing process and have good optical and electrical properties. In this study, nickel oxide (NiO) is introduced into the DMD structure as a more appropriate dielectric material that has a high conduction band for electron blocking and a low valence band for efficient hole transport. The indium-free NiO/Ag/NiO (NAN) transparent electrode exhibits an adjustable high transmittance of ∼82% combined with a low sheet resistance of ∼7.6 Ω·s·q(-1) and a work function of 5.3 eV after UVO treatment. The NAN electrode shows excellent surface morphology and good thermal, humidity, and environmental stabilities. Only a small change in sheet resistance can be found after NAN electrode is preserved in air for 1 year. The power conversion efficiencies of organic photovoltaic cells with NAN electrodes deposited on glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates are 6.07 and 5.55%, respectively, which are competitive with those of indium tin oxide (ITO)-based devices. Good photoelectric properties, the low-cost material, and the room-temperature deposition process imply that NAN electrode is a striking candidate for low-cost and flexible transparent electrode for efficient flexible optoelectronic devices. PMID:25148532

  1. Design and characterisation of a thin-film electrode array with shared reference/counter electrodes for electrochemical detection.

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    Uludag, Yildiz; Olcer, Zehra; Sagiroglu, Mahmut Samil

    2014-07-15

    In the current study, a novel electrode array and integrated microfluidics have been designed and characterised in order to create a sensor chip which is not only easy, rapid and cheaper to produce but also have a smaller imprint and good electrochemical sensing properties. The current study includes the assessment of the effects of an Au quasi-reference electrode and the use of shared reference/counter electrodes for the array, in order to obtain a small array that can be produced using a fine metal mask. In the study, it is found that when Au is used as the quasi-reference electrode, the arrays with shared reference and counter electrodes result in faster electron transfer kinetics and prevent the potential change with respect to scan rate, and hence is advantageous with respect to conventional electrodes. In addition, the resulting novel electrode array has been shown to result in higher current density (10.52 µA/cm(2); HRP detection assay) and measured diffusion coefficient (14.40×10(-12) cm(2)/s; calculated from the data of cyclic voltammetry with 1mM potassium ferricyanide) with respect to conventional electrodes tested in the study. Using the new electrode arrays, the detection limits obtained from horse radish peroxidase (HRP) and bisphenol A assays were 12.5 ng/ml (2.84×10(-10) M ) and 10 ng/ml (44×10(-9) M), respectively. Performing the HRP detection assay in a flow injection system using array integrated microfluidics provided 25 times lower detection limit (11.36×10(-12) M), although Ti has been used as electrode material instead of Au. In short, incorporation of this new electrode array to lab-on-a-chip or MEMs (micro-electro mechanic systems) technologies may pave the way for easy to use automated biosensing devices that could be used for a variety of applications from diagnostics to environmental monitoring, and studies will continue to move forward in this direction. PMID:24561521

  2. Nanoimprinted transparent metal electrodes and their applications in organic optoelectronic devices

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    Kang, Myung-Gyu

    A new type of transparent and conductive electrode (TCE) in the form of nanoscale periodically perforated metal mesh film by nanoimprint lithography (NIL) has been developed. The developed transparent metal electrodes have the characteristics of high optical transmittance and electrical conductivity, a combination of properties that makes them suitable as a replacement for indium-doped tin oxide (ITO), a predominant choice as a TCE for organic optoelectronic device applications. Not only do metals provide different work functions, but also nanoscale metallic gratings exhibit unique optical properties due to the excitation of surface plasmon resonance (SPR), which can be exploited in specially designed solar cells to achieve enhanced light absorption. The future low-cost and high performance organic optoelectronic devices will need a TCE which should be available with low-cost and high mechanical stability, the properties which ITO does not have. This work shows that transparent metal (e.g. Cu) electrodes on flexible plastic substrates exhibit not only high transmittance and conductivity, but also a superior mechanical strength to compared ITO electrode. Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and Organic solar cells (OSCs) have been demonstrated using transparent metal (Au, Ag, and Cu) electrodes as a TCE on both hard (glass) and soft (PET) substrates and showed comparable performance to the device using conventional ITO electrode. To demonstrate the possibility of PCE enhancement of OSCs using developed metal electrode, OSCs have been fabricated with a periodic (220 nm) Ag grating electrode, acting as not only a transparent electrode but also to support surface plasmon modes with localized and concentrated light distribution. Absolute PCE enhancement of about 35% for the device with Ag electrode relative to the ITO device was achieved. It has also been demonstrated that the SPR enhances the external quantum efficiency (EQE) by about 2.5 times for the Ag device compared to the ITO device. The experimental results suggested that higher enhancement would be possible for a thinner organic layer. Therefore, the use of transparent metal electrode as a TCE instead of ITO could help to realize low-cost, high performance large area flexible organic optoelectronic devices such as OSCs and OLEDs.

  3. Transparent and transferrable organic optoelectronic devices based on WO3/Ag/WO3 electrodes

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    Qi, Zhe; Cao, Jiamin; Ding, Liming; Wang, Jizheng

    2015-02-01

    With a thin metal film inserted between two oxide layers, the WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) multilayer structure owns both high transmittance and high conductivity. By carefully optimizing Ag film thickness, WAW shows high average transmittance of 82.5% in 400-750 nm range and low sheet resistance of 20 Ω/sq. Employing such WAW electrodes, transparent organic photodetectors are fabricated, and with help of a polyacrylonitrile protective layer, the devices can be smartly separated and transferred onto other substrates while maintaining their performances well. Moreover, transferrable organic solar cells are also realized with such transparent WAW electrodes.

  4. Fully solution-processed transparent electrodes based on silver nanowire composites for perovskite solar cells

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    Kim, Areum; Lee, Hongseuk; Kwon, Hyeok-Chan; Jung, Hyun Suk; Park, Nam-Gyu; Jeong, Sunho; Moon, Jooho

    2016-03-01

    We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ~80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq-1. Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution-processed transparent conductive electrode, Au/spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3 + m-Al2O3/ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO, exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.44% (comparable to that of the FTO/glass-based counterpart at 10.81%) and were stable for 30 days in ambient air. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using AgNWs as a transparent bottom electrode in perovskite solar cells produced by a fully printable process.We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ~80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq-1. Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution-processed transparent conductive electrode, Au/spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3 + m-Al2O3/ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO, exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.44% (comparable to that of the FTO/glass-based counterpart at 10.81%) and were stable for 30 days in ambient air. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using AgNWs as a transparent bottom electrode in perovskite solar cells produced by a fully printable process. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04585a

  5. Electrode with transparent series resistance for uniform switching of optical modulation devices

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    Tench, D. Morgan; Cunningham, Michael A.; Kobrin, Paul H.

    2008-01-08

    Switching uniformity of an optical modulation device for controlling the propagation of electromagnetic radiation is improved by use of an electrode comprising an electrically resistive layer that is transparent to the radiation. The resistive layer is preferably an innerlayer of a wide-bandgap oxide sandwiched between layers of indium tin oxide or another transparent conductor, and may be of uniform thickness, or may be graded so as to provide further improvement in the switching uniformity. The electrode may be used with electrochromic and reversible electrochemical mirror (REM) smart window devices, as well as display devices based on various technologies.

  6. ZnO:H indium-free transparent conductive electrodes for active-matrix display applications

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    Chen, Shuming Wang, Sisi

    2014-12-01

    Transparent conductive electrodes based on hydrogen (H)-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) have been proposed for active-matrix (AM) display applications. When fabricated with optimal H plasma power and optimal plasma treatment time, the resulting ZnO:H films exhibit low sheet resistance of 200 Ω/◻ and high average transmission of 85% at a film thickness of 150 nm. The demonstrated transparent conductive ZnO:H films can potentially replace indium-tin-oxide and serve as pixel electrodes for organic light-emitting diodes as well as source/drain electrodes for ZnO-based thin-film transistors. Use of the proposed ZnO:H electrodes means that two photomask stages can be removed from the fabrication process flow for ZnO-based AM backplanes.

  7. Efficiency Enhancement of Organic Solar Cells Using Transparent Plasmonic Ag Nanowire Electrodes

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    Kang, Myung-Gyu; Xu, Ting; Park, Hui Joon; Luo, Xiangang G; Guo, L. Jay

    2010-08-23

    Surface plasmon enhanced photo-current and power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells using periodic Ag nanowires as transparent electrodes are reported, as compared to the device with conventional ITO electrodes. External quantum efficiencies are enhanced about 2.5 fold around the peak solar spectrum wavelength of 560 nm, resulting in 35% overall increase in power conversion efficiency than the ITO control device under normal unpolarized light.

  8. Indium- and Platinum-Free Counter Electrode for Green Mesoscopic Photovoltaics through Graphene Electrode and Graphene Composite Catalysts: Interfacial Compatibility.

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    Yin, Jie; Zhou, Huawei; Liu, Zhicheng; Nie, Zhonghao; Li, Yinhao; Qi, Xuan; Chen, Baoli; Zhang, Yingtian; Zhang, Xianxi

    2016-03-01

    The scarcity and noble indium and platinum (Pt) are important elements in photoelectric nanomaterials. Therefore, development of low cost alternative materials to meet different practical applications is an urgent need. Two-dimensional (2D) layered graphene (GE) with unique physical, mechanical, and electrical properties has recently drawn a great deal of attention in various optoelectronic fields. Herein, the large scale (21 cm × 15 cm) high-quality single layer graphene (SLG) and multilayer graphene on a flexible plastic substrate PET were controllably prepared through layer-by-layer (LBL) transfer using the thermal release adhesive transfer method (TRA-TM). Transmission and antibending performance based on PET/GE were superior to traditional PET/ITO. The square resistance of a nine-layer graphene electrode reached approximately 58 Ω. Combined with our newly developed and highly effective Fe3O4@RGO (reduced graphene oxide) catalyst, the power conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) using flexible PET/GE conductive substrate was comparable to that of the DSC using the PET/ITO substrate. The desirable performance of PET/GE/Fe3O4@RGO counter electrodes (low-cost indium- and platinum-free counter electrodes) is attributed to the interfacial compatibility between 2D graphene composite catalyst (Fe3O4@RGO) and 2D PET/GE conductive substrate. In addition, DSCs that use only PET/GE (without Fe3O4@RGO catalyst) as counter electrodes can also achieve a photocurrent density of 6.30 mA cm(-2). This work is beneficial for fundamental research and practical applications of graphene and graphene composite in photovoltaics, photocatalytic water splitting, supercapacitors. PMID:26838272

  9. Self-assembled monolayer of graphene/Pt as counter electrode for efficient dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Gong, Feng; Wang, Hong; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2011-10-21

    Monolayer of PDDA/graphene/PDDA/H(2)PtCl(6) is fabricated on conductive glass using electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly technique, which is then converted to graphene/Pt monolayer for use as counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). As compared to the sputtered Pt counter electrode, the self-assembled monolayer reduces the Pt amount by about 1000-fold but exhibits comparable photovoltaic performance. This finding provides a new route to fabrication of cheap and efficient counter electrodes for flow-line production of DSSCs. PMID:21909512

  10. Scalable low-cost SnS(2) nanosheets as counter electrode building blocks for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Bai, Yang; Zong, Xu; Yu, Hua; Chen, Zhi-Gang; Wang, Lianzhou

    2014-07-01

    A new type of semitransparent SnS2 nanosheet (NS) films were synthesized using a simple and environmentally friendly solution-processed approach, which were subsequently used as a counter electrode (CE) alternative to the noble metal Pt for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The resultant SnS2 -based CE with a thickness of about 300 nm exhibited excellent electrochemical catalytic activity for catalyzing the reduction of triiodide and demonstrated comparable power conversion efficiency of 7.64 % with that of expensive Pt-based CE in DSSCs (7.71 %). When functionalized with a small amount of carbon nanoparticles, the SnS2 NS-based CE showed even better performance of 8.06 % than Pt under the same conditions. Considering the facile fabrication method, optical transparency, low cost, and remarkable catalytic property, this study on SnS2 NSs may shed light on the large-scale production of electrocatalytic electrode materials for low-cost photovoltaic devices. PMID:24924927

  11. Transparent capacitors with hybrid ZnO:Al and Ag nanowires as electrodes

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    Zhang, Guozhen; Wu, Hao; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Ti; Liu, Chang

    2016-03-01

    Transparent conducting films with a composite structure of AlZnO-Ag nanowires (AgNWs) have been prepared by atomic layer deposition. The sheet resistance was reduced from 120 to 9 Ω when the AgNW networks were involved. Transparent capacitors with Al2O3-TiO2-Al2O3 dielectrics were fabricated on the composite electrodes and demonstrated a capacitance density of 10.1 fF μm-2, which was significantly higher than that of capacitors with AlZnO electrodes (8.8 fF μm-1). The capacitance density remained almost unchanged in a broad frequency range from 3 kHz to 1 MHz. Moreover, a low leakage current density of 2.4 × 10-7 A cm-2 at 1 V was achieved. Transparent and flexible capacitors were also fabricated using the composite electrodes, and demonstrated an improved bendability. The transparent capacitors showed an average optical transmittance over 70% in the visible range, and thus open the door to practical applications in transparent integrated circuits.

  12. Transparent capacitors with hybrid ZnO:Al and Ag nanowires as electrodes.

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    Zhang, Guozhen; Wu, Hao; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Ti; Liu, Chang

    2016-03-11

    Transparent conducting films with a composite structure of AlZnO-Ag nanowires (AgNWs) have been prepared by atomic layer deposition. The sheet resistance was reduced from 120 to 9 Ω when the AgNW networks were involved. Transparent capacitors with Al2O3-TiO2-Al2O3 dielectrics were fabricated on the composite electrodes and demonstrated a capacitance density of 10.1 fF μm(-2), which was significantly higher than that of capacitors with AlZnO electrodes (8.8 fF μm(-1)). The capacitance density remained almost unchanged in a broad frequency range from 3 kHz to 1 MHz. Moreover, a low leakage current density of 2.4 × 10(-7) A cm(-2) at 1 V was achieved. Transparent and flexible capacitors were also fabricated using the composite electrodes, and demonstrated an improved bendability. The transparent capacitors showed an average optical transmittance over 70% in the visible range, and thus open the door to practical applications in transparent integrated circuits. PMID:26866788

  13. Properties of an Au/Pt bilayered counter electrode in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Noh, Yunyoung; Song, Ohsung

    2014-09-01

    A 0.45 cm2 dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) device with glass/FTO/blocking layer/TiO2/dye/electrolyte/50 nm Pt/50 nm Au/glass was prepared to improve the energy conversion efficiency by applying an Au/Pt bilayer to the flat glass substrate of the counter electrode (CE). For comparison, Au and Pt CEs, 100 nm in thickness, on flat glass substrates were also prepared using the same method. The photovoltaic properties, such as the short circuit current density ( J sc ), open circuit voltage ( V oc ), fill factor ( FF) and energy conversion efficiency (ECE), were checked using a solar simulator and potentiostat. The strain of a Pt thin film was examined by x-ray diffraction. The sheet resistance and interface resistance were examined using a four point probe and impedance measurements. The measured energy conversion efficiencies of the dye-sensitized solar cell devices with Pt only and Au/Pt bilayer counter electrodes were 4.60% and 5.28%, respectively. The Au/Pt bilayer was confirmed by XRD, which also revealed a large compressive strain of -6.66 × 10-3 in the Pt layer. The interface resistance at the interface between the counter electrode and electrolyte decreased when an Au/Pt bilayered thin film was applied. The increase in efficiency at the Au/Pt bilayered counter electrode was attributed to the effect of a compressive strain field formed at the Pt layer and the low resistive Au layer used.

  14. Nanocarbon-copper thin film as transparent electrode

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    Isaacs, R. A.; Zhu, H.; Preston, Colin; Mansour, A.; LeMieux, M.; Zavalij, P. Y.; Jaim, H. M. Iftekhar; Rabin, O.; Hu, L.; Salamanca-Riba, L. G.

    2015-05-01

    Researchers seeking to enhance the properties of metals have long pursued incorporating carbon in the metallic host lattice in order to combine the strongly bonded electrons in the metal lattice that yield high ampacity and the free electrons available in carbon nanostructures that give rise to high conductivity. The incorporation of carbon nanostructures into the copper lattice has the potential to improve the current density of copper to meet the ever-increasing demands of nanoelectronic devices. We report on the structure and properties of carbon incorporated in concentrations up to 5 wt. % (˜22 at. %) into the crystal structure of copper. Carbon nanoparticles of 5 nm-200 nm in diameter in an interconnecting carbon matrix are formed within the bulk Cu samples. The carbon does not phase separate after subsequent melting and re-solidification despite the absence of a predicted solid solution at such concentrations in the C-Cu binary phase diagram. This material, so-called, Cu covetic, makes deposition of Cu films containing carbon with similar microstructure to the metal possible. Copper covetic films exhibit greater transparency, higher conductivity, and resistance to oxidation than pure copper films of the same thickness, making them a suitable choice for transparent conductors.

  15. Nanocarbon-copper thin film as transparent electrode

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    Isaacs, R. A.; Zhu, H.; Preston, Colin; LeMieux, M.; Jaim, H. M. Iftekhar; Hu, L. Salamanca-Riba, L. G.; Mansour, A.; Zavalij, P. Y.; Rabin, O.

    2015-05-11

    Researchers seeking to enhance the properties of metals have long pursued incorporating carbon in the metallic host lattice in order to combine the strongly bonded electrons in the metal lattice that yield high ampacity and the free electrons available in carbon nanostructures that give rise to high conductivity. The incorporation of carbon nanostructures into the copper lattice has the potential to improve the current density of copper to meet the ever-increasing demands of nanoelectronic devices. We report on the structure and properties of carbon incorporated in concentrations up to 5 wt. % (∼22 at. %) into the crystal structure of copper. Carbon nanoparticles of 5 nm–200 nm in diameter in an interconnecting carbon matrix are formed within the bulk Cu samples. The carbon does not phase separate after subsequent melting and re-solidification despite the absence of a predicted solid solution at such concentrations in the C-Cu binary phase diagram. This material, so-called, Cu covetic, makes deposition of Cu films containing carbon with similar microstructure to the metal possible. Copper covetic films exhibit greater transparency, higher conductivity, and resistance to oxidation than pure copper films of the same thickness, making them a suitable choice for transparent conductors.

  16. Low-cost facile fabrication of flexible transparent copper electrodes by nanosecond laser ablation.

    PubMed

    Paeng, Dongwoo; Yoo, Jae-Hyuck; Yeo, Junyeob; Lee, Daeho; Kim, Eunpa; Ko, Seung Hwan; Grigoropoulos, Costas P

    2015-05-01

    Low-cost Cu flexible transparent conducting electrodes (FTCEs) are fabricated by facile nanosecond laser ablation. The fabricated Cu FTCEs show excellent opto-electrical properties (transmittance: 83%, sheet resistance: 17.48 Ω sq(-1)) with outstanding mechanical durability. Successful demonstration of a touch-screen panel confirms the potential applicability of Cu FTCEs to the flexible optoelectronic devices. PMID:25821011

  17. Fully solution-processed transparent electrodes based on silver nanowire composites for perovskite solar cells.

    PubMed

    Kim, Areum; Lee, Hongseuk; Kwon, Hyeok-Chan; Jung, Hyun Suk; Park, Nam-Gyu; Jeong, Sunho; Moon, Jooho

    2016-03-17

    We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ∼80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq(-1). Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution-processed transparent conductive electrode, Au/spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3 + m-Al2O3/ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO, exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.44% (comparable to that of the FTO/glass-based counterpart at 10.81%) and were stable for 30 days in ambient air. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using AgNWs as a transparent bottom electrode in perovskite solar cells produced by a fully printable process. PMID:26465213

  18. All-solution processed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells with silver nanowires electrode.

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    Yang, Kaiyu; Li, Fushan; Zhang, Jianhua; Veeramalai, Chandrasekar Perumal; Guo, Tailiang

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we report an all-solution route to produce semi-transparent high efficiency perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Instead of an energy-consuming vacuum process with metal deposition, the top electrode is simply deposited by spray-coating silver nanowires (AgNWs) under room temperature using fabrication conditions and solvents that do not damage or dissolve the underlying PSC. The as-fabricated semi-transparent perovskite solar cell shows a photovoltaic output with dual side illuminations due to the transparency of the AgNWs. With a back cover electrode, the open circuit voltage increases significantly from 1.01 to 1.16 V, yielding high power conversion efficiency from 7.98 to 10.64%. PMID:26821871

  19. All-solution processed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells with silver nanowires electrode

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    Yang, Kaiyu; Li, Fushan; Zhang, Jianhua; Perumal Veeramalai, Chandrasekar; Guo, Tailiang

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we report an all-solution route to produce semi-transparent high efficiency perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Instead of an energy-consuming vacuum process with metal deposition, the top electrode is simply deposited by spray-coating silver nanowires (AgNWs) under room temperature using fabrication conditions and solvents that do not damage or dissolve the underlying PSC. The as-fabricated semi-transparent perovskite solar cell shows a photovoltaic output with dual side illuminations due to the transparency of the AgNWs. With a back cover electrode, the open circuit voltage increases significantly from 1.01 to 1.16 V, yielding high power conversion efficiency from 7.98 to 10.64%.

  20. Surface treatment effect of carbon fiber fabric counter electrode in dye sensitized solar cell.

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    Pak, Hunkyun; Yoo, Young Ran

    2012-02-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) with surface modified carbon fiber fabric (CF) counter electrodes were prepared and tested. Four different type of CF were used; carbon fiber (CF); carbon fiber etched with NaOH (ECF); carbon fiber with thermally deposited platinum (CFPt); and carbon fiber etched with NaOH followed by thermal deposition of platinum (ECFPt). For comparison, DSSC with thermally Pt deposited fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO/Pt) glass counter electrode was also prepared and tested. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) proved that surface morphology of the carbon fiber was roughened by the etching process and platinum deposition process. The I-V curves of each DSSC were measured under simulated light (1 Sun, AM 1.5) to get open circuit voltage (Voc), short circuit current density (Jsc), fill factor (FF) and efficiency (eta). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of each cell was measured also. It was found that higher efficiency is obtained in order of using ECFPt > CFPt > FTO/Pt > ECF > CF counter electrode. PMID:22630028

  1. Graphene as a transparent electrode for amorphous silicon-based solar cells

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    Vaianella, F.; Rosolen, G.; Maes, B.

    2015-06-01

    The properties of graphene in terms of transparency and conductivity make it an ideal candidate to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in a transparent conducting electrode. However, graphene is not always as good as ITO for some applications, due to a non-negligible absorption. For amorphous silicon photovoltaics, we have identified a useful case with a graphene-silica front electrode that improves upon ITO. For both electrode technologies, we simulate the weighted absorption in the active layer of planar amorphous silicon-based solar cells with a silver back-reflector. The graphene device shows a significantly increased absorbance compared to ITO-based cells for a large range of silicon thicknesses (34.4% versus 30.9% for a 300 nm thick silicon layer), and this result persists over a wide range of incidence angles.

  2. Indium Free Transparent Electrodes with a Tungsten Oxide Hole Blocking Layer for Organic Photovoltaic Devices

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    Murray, Roy; Reinecke, Patrick; Rujisamphan, Nopporn; Würfel, Uli; Shah, S. Ismat

    2013-03-01

    Indium Tin Oxide (ITO), the standard transparent electrode used in organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, is expensive and cannot be deposited well on flexible plastic substrates due to its high temperature post deposition annealing. As a replacement for ITO, we used a sputtered Al-ZnO/Ag/WOx film as the transparent electrode. The work function of this electrode was found using a Kelvin Probe to be between 5 and 5.4 eV, depending on thickness. We tested several OPV materials of varying LUMO and HOMO levels on the WOx layer and found that a difference of greater than 0.2 eV between the HOMO of the donor and the conduction band of the WOx resulted in poor device performance. We further investigated the alteration of the WOx work function through doping and altering the thickness. Device analysis and cross sectional transmission electron microscope (TEM) pictures using a focused ion beam were performed.

  3. Formation of Porous Titanium Film and Its Application to Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Rahman, Mohammad Maksudur; Kojima, Ryota; Fihry, Mehdi El Fassy; Kimura, Yasuo; Niwano, Michio

    2010-12-01

    It is important to reduce the series resistance of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) to improve its conversion efficiency. Here, a porous titanium (Ti)/dense Ti/aluminum (Al)/glass composite counter electrode for a DSC was fabricated. A porous and a dense Ti layer were deposited by a DC magnetron sputtering process. The dense Ti film was used as a protective layer against corrosion of the Al layer, which reduces the sheet resistance of the counter electrode. The solution treatment furthermore roughened the surface of the porous Ti layer. The composite counter electrode increased the fill factor and short-circuit current, resulting in the improvement of the conversion efficiency of the DSC. Our results indicate that it is important to introduce a porous material to the counter electrode of the DSC to improve the performance of the DSC and that the porous Ti film with rough surfaces is a promising material.

  4. High figure-of-merit ultrathin metal transparent electrodes incorporating a conductive grid

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    Ghosh, D. S.; Chen, T. L.; Pruneri, V.

    2010-01-25

    It is known that ultrathin (<10 nm) metal films (UTMFs) can achieve high level of optical transparency at the expense of the electrical sheet resistance. In this letter, we propose a design, the incorporation of an ad hoc conductive grid, which can significantly reduce the sheet resistance of UTMF based transparent electrodes, leaving practically unchanged their transparency. The calculated highest figure-of-merit corresponds to a filling factor and a grid spacing-to-linewidth ratio of 0.025 and 39, respectively. To demonstrate the capability of the proposed method the sheet resistance of a continuous 2 nm Ni film (>950 OMEGA/square) is reduced to approx6.5 OMEGA/square when a 100 nm thick Cu grid is deposited on it. The transparency is instead maintained at values exceeding 75%. These results, which can be further improved by making thicker grids, already demonstrate the potential in applications, such as photovoltaic cells, optical detectors and displays.

  5. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes with metal nanoparticles as counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Xing, Yedi; Zheng, Xiaojia; Wu, Yihui; Li, Mingrun; Zhang, Wen-Hua; Li, Can

    2015-05-11

    Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes decorated with Co and Ni metal nanoparticles were assessed as counter electrodes (CEs) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). These composites show good electrocatalytic activity toward the counter electrode reduction reaction (I3(-)→ I(-)) in DSSCs. The resulting devices using these composites as CEs display photovoltaic performance as good as, or even better than Pt-based devices, indicating their potential for application in DSSCs. PMID:25873228

  6. Electrochemical sensor having suspended element counter electrode and deflection method for current sensing

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    Thundat, Thomas G.; Brown, Gilbert M.

    2010-05-18

    An electrochemical suspended element-based sensor system includes a solution cell for holding an electrolyte comprising solution including at least one electrochemically reducible or oxidizable species. A working electrode (WE), reference electrode (RE) and a counter electrode (CE) are disposed in the solution. The CE includes an asymmetric suspended element, wherein one side of the suspended element includes a metal or a highly doped semiconductor surface. The suspended element bends when current associated with reduction or oxidation of the electrochemically reducible or oxidizable species at the WE passes through the suspended element. At least one measurement system measures the bending of the suspended element or a parameter which is a function of the bending.

  7. Copper indium disulfide nanocrystals supported on carbonized chicken eggshell membranes as efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Lidan; He, Jianxin; Zhou, Mengjuan; Zhao, Shuyuan; Wang, Qian; Ding, Bin

    2016-05-01

    A domestic waste, chicken eggshell membrane (ESM), is used as a raw material to fabricate carbonized ESM loaded with chalcopyrite CuInS2 nanocrystals (denoted CESM-CuInS2) by a simple liquid impregnation and carbonization method. The CESM-CuInS2 composite possesses a natural three-dimensional macroporous network structure in which numerous CuInS2 nanocrystals with a size of about 25 nm are inlaid in carbon submicron fibers that form a microporous network. The CESM-CuInS2 composite is used as the counter electrode in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and its photoelectric performance is tested. The DSSC with a CESM-CuInS2 counter electrode exhibits a short-circuit current density of 12.48 mA cm-2, open-circuit voltage of 0.78 V and power conversion efficiency of 5.8%; better than the corresponding values for a DSSC with a CESM counter electrode, and comparable to that of a reference DSSC with a platinum counter electrode. The favorable photoelectric performance of the CESM-CuInS2 counter electrode is attributed to its hierarchical structure, which provides a large specific surface area and numerous catalytically active sites to facilitate the oxidation of the electrolyte. This new composite material has many advantages, such as low cost and simple preparation, compared with Pt and pure CuInS2 counter electrodes.

  8. Nickel incorporated carbon nanotube/nanofiber composites as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Joshi, Prakash; Zhou, Zhengping; Poudel, Prashant; Thapa, Amit; Wu, Xiang-Fa; Qiao, Qiquan

    2012-08-01

    A nickel incorporated carbon nanotube/nanofiber composite (Ni-CNT-CNF) was used as a low cost alternative to Pt as counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Measurements based on energy dispersive X-rays spectroscopy (EDX) showed that the majority of the composite CE was carbon at 88.49 wt%, while the amount of Ni nanoparticles was about 11.51 wt%. Measurements based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that the charge transfer resistance (Rct) of the Ni-CNT-CNF composite electrode was 0.71 Ω cm2, much lower than that of the Pt electrode (1.81 Ω cm2). Such a low value of Rct indicated that the Ni-CNT-CNF composite carried a higher catalytic activity than the traditional Pt CE. By mixing with CNTs and Ni nanoparticles, series resistance (Rs) of the Ni-CNT-CNF electrode was measured as 5.96 Ω cm2, which was close to the Rs of 5.77 Ω cm2 of the Pt electrode, despite the significant difference in their thicknesses: ~22 μm for Ni-CNT-CNF composite, while ~40 nm for Pt film. This indicated that use of a thick layer (tens of microns) of Ni-CNT-CNF counter electrode does not add a significant amount of resistance to the total series resistance (Rs-tot) in DSCs. The DSCs based on the Ni-CNT-CNF composite CEs yielded an efficiency of 7.96% with a short circuit current density (Jsc) of 15.83 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.80 V, and fill factor (FF) of 0.63, which was comparable to the device based on Pt, that exhibited an efficiency of 8.32% with Jsc of 15.01 mA cm-2, Voc of 0.83, and FF of 0.67.

  9. Highly stretchable and transparent nanomesh electrodes made by grain boundary lithography

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    Guo, Chuan Fei; Sun, Tianyi; Liu, Qihan; Suo, Zhigang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2014-01-01

    Foldable photoelectronics and muscle-like transducers require highly stretchable and transparent electrical conductors. Some conducting oxides are transparent, but not stretchable. Carbon nanotube films, graphene sheets and metal-nanowire meshes can be both stretchable and transparent, but their electrical resistances increase steeply with strain <100%. Here we present highly stretchable and transparent Au nanomesh electrodes on elastomers made by grain boundary lithography. The change in sheet resistance of Au nanomeshes is modest with a one-time strain of ~160% (from ~21 Ω per square to ~67 Ω per square), or after 1,000 cycles at a strain of 50%. The good stretchability lies in two aspects: the stretched nanomesh undergoes instability and deflects out-of-plane, while the substrate stabilizes the rupture of Au wires, forming distributed slits. Larger ratio of mesh-size to wire-width also leads to better stretchability. The highly stretchable and transparent Au nanomesh electrodes are promising for applications in foldable photoelectronics and muscle-like transducers.

  10. Technology ready use of single layer graphene as a transparent electrode for hybrid photovoltaic devices

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    Wang, Zhibing; Puls, Conor P.; Staley, Neal E.; Zhang, Yu; Todd, Aaron; Xu, Jian; Howsare, Casey A.; Hollander, Matthew J.; Robinson, Joshua A.; Liu, Ying

    2011-11-01

    Graphene has been used recently as a replacement for indium tin oxide (ITO) for the transparent electrode of an organic photovoltaic device. Due to its limited supply, ITO is considered as a limiting factor for the commercialization of organic solar cells. We explored the use of large-area graphene grown on copper by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and then transferred to a glass substrate as an alternative transparent electrode. The transferred film was shown by scanning Raman spectroscopy measurements to consist of >90% single layer graphene. Optical spectroscopy measurements showed that the layer-transferred graphene has an optical absorbance of 1.23% at a wavelength of 532 nm. We fabricated organic hybrid solar cells utilizing this material as an electrode and compared their performance with those of ITO devices fabricated using the same procedure. We demonstrated power conversion efficiency up to 3.98%, higher than that of the ITO device (3.86%), showing that layer-transferred graphene promises to be a high quality, low-cost, flexible material for transparent electrodes in solar cell technology.

  11. Design of Circle Array Pattern for Transparent Nanomesh-Type Electrodes.

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    Shin, Seungsu; Ganorkar, Shraddha; Kim, Jungyoon; Kim, Young-Hwan; Kim, Yong Tae; Kim, Seong-Il

    2015-10-01

    In this study, we report simulation results for the optical properties of nanomesh-type electrodes for transparent electrode. Usually, indium tin oxide (ITO) is commonly used for transparent conductor to solar cell, display, LED and other electronic modules. However, the cost is high due to the rarity of indium. An alternative way is use of transparent nanomesh-type metal electrode for solar cell. Finite different time domain (FDTD) method was used to simulate and analyze their optical properties. Various array patterns (square, circle and circle hexagonal array) of metal on glass (SiO2) substrates were designed and their properties of transmission and reflection were simulated by using the broad band (λ = 300~1200 nm) plane wave source. To compare basic characteristics of each pattern, various structural parameters such as hole diameter, pitch and metal thickness were applied. The effect of three typical metals, such as Ag, Au, and Al was also compared. In the results, we will discuss about large dip of transmission appeared at the particular wavelength region from the circle array pattern, which is design with pitch of 500 nm at the wavelength range 700 to 800 nm. The surface plasmonpolaritons (SPP) effect can be the cause of large dip and we could find a broad and high transmission from the properly designed in nanomesh-type electrodes, which was calculated as a function of wavelength. PMID:26726388

  12. Application of transparent nanostructured electrodes for modulation of total internal reflection

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    Hrudey, P. C. P.; Martinuk, M. A.; Mossman, M. A.; van Popta, A. C.; Brett, M. J.; Dunbar, T. D.; Huizinga, J. S.; Whitehead, L. A.

    2007-09-01

    We present a novel method of modulating total internal reflection (TIR) from an optical surface using a solution of dye ions in combination with a nanostructured electrode. Previous work using the electrophoretic movement of pigment particles to modulate TIR was limited by agglomeration of the pigment over time. Dye ions do not suffer from this limitation, but because of their small size they have significantly smaller absorption cross-section per unit charge than pigment particles which are generally two orders of magnitude larger. This significantly limits the maximum absorption caused by electrostatic attraction of the ions to a transparent conductive electrode. This can be overcome by using a transparent conductive nanoporous thin film as the electrode in which the porosity increases the effective surface area, allowing more dye ions to move into the evanescent wave region near the nanoporous transparent electrode and thus substantially increases the amount of absorption. In this paper, we demonstrate the modulation of TIR by observing the time-dependent variation of the reflectance as the dye ions are moved into and out of the evanescent wave region. This approach may have applications in reflective displays and active diffractive devices.

  13. Planar silver nanowire, carbon nanotube and PEDOT:PSS nanocomposite transparent electrodes

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    Stapleton, Andrew J.; Yambem, Soniya D.; Johns, Ashley H.; Afre, Rakesh A.; Ellis, Amanda V.; Shapter, Joe G.; Andersson, Gunther G.; Quinton, Jamie S.; Burn, Paul L.; Meredith, Paul; Lewis, David A.

    2015-04-01

    Highly conductive, transparent and flexible planar electrodes were fabricated using interwoven silver nanowires and single-walled carbon nanotubes (AgNW:SWCNT) in a PEDOT:PSS matrix via an epoxy transfer method from a silicon template. The planar electrodes achieved a sheet resistance of 6.6 ± 0.0 Ω/□ and an average transmission of 86% between 400 and 800 nm. A high figure of merit of 367 Ω-1 is reported for the electrodes, which is much higher than that measured for indium tin oxide and reported for other AgNW composites. The AgNW:SWCNT:PEDOT:PSS electrode was used to fabricate low temperature (annealing free) devices demonstrating their potential to function with a range of organic semiconducting polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction blend systems.

  14. Pt-Free Counter Electrodes with Carbon Black and 3D Network Epoxy Polymer Composites.

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    Kang, Gyeongho; Choi, Jongmin; Park, Taiho

    2016-01-01

    Carbon black (CB) and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite, representing dual functions for conductive corrosion protective layer (CCPL) and catalytic layer (CL) by the control of CB weight ratio against polymer is developed. Our strategy provides a proper approach which applies high catalytic ability and chemical stability of CB in corrosive triiodide/iodide (I3(-)/I(-)) redox electrolyte system. The CB and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite coated on the stainless steel (SS) electrode to alternate counter electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A two-step spray pyrolysis process is used to apply a solution containing epoxy monomers and a polyfunctional amine hardener with 6 wt% CB to a SS substrate, which forms a CCPL. Subsequently, an 86 wt% CB is applied to form a CL. The excellent catalytic properties and corrosion protective properties of the CB and 3D network epoxy polymer composites produce efficient counter electrodes that can replace fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) with CCPL/SS and Pt/FTO with CL/CCPL/SS in DSSCs. This approach provides a promising approach to the development of efficient, stable, and cheap solar cells, paving the way for large-scale commercialization. PMID:26961256

  15. Pt-Free Counter Electrodes with Carbon Black and 3D Network Epoxy Polymer Composites

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    Kang, Gyeongho; Choi, Jongmin; Park, Taiho

    2016-03-01

    Carbon black (CB) and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite, representing dual functions for conductive corrosion protective layer (CCPL) and catalytic layer (CL) by the control of CB weight ratio against polymer is developed. Our strategy provides a proper approach which applies high catalytic ability and chemical stability of CB in corrosive triiodide/iodide (I3‑/I‑) redox electrolyte system. The CB and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite coated on the stainless steel (SS) electrode to alternate counter electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A two-step spray pyrolysis process is used to apply a solution containing epoxy monomers and a polyfunctional amine hardener with 6 wt% CB to a SS substrate, which forms a CCPL. Subsequently, an 86 wt% CB is applied to form a CL. The excellent catalytic properties and corrosion protective properties of the CB and 3D network epoxy polymer composites produce efficient counter electrodes that can replace fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) with CCPL/SS and Pt/FTO with CL/CCPL/SS in DSSCs. This approach provides a promising approach to the development of efficient, stable, and cheap solar cells, paving the way for large-scale commercialization.

  16. Electrospun carbon nanofibers as low-cost counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Joshi, Prakash; Zhang, Lifeng; Chen, Qiliang; Galipeau, David; Fong, Hao; Qiao, Qiquan

    2010-12-01

    Electrospun carbon nanofibers (ECNs) have been explored as an electrocatalyst and low-cost alternative to platinum (Pt) for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry measurements indicated that the ECN counter electrodes exhibited low charge-transfer resistance (Rct), large capacitance (C), and fast reaction rates for triiodide reduction. Although the efficiency (η) of ECN-based cells was slightly lower than that of Pt-based cells, their short circuit current density (Jsc) and open circuit voltage (Voc) were comparable. The ECN-based cells achieved an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 5.5 % under the AM 1.5 illumination at 100 mW cm(-2). The reason for lower cell performance using the ECN electrode was because of its lower fill factor (FF) than that of Pt-based cells, probably caused by high total series resistance (RStot) at ∼15.5 Ω cm2, which was larger than that of ∼4.8 Ω cm2 in the Pt-based devices. Simulated results showed that the fill factor (FF) and η could be substantially improved by decreasing RStot, which might be achieved by using thinner and highly porous ECNs to reduce the thickness of the ECNs counter electrode. PMID:21073177

  17. Pt-Free Counter Electrodes with Carbon Black and 3D Network Epoxy Polymer Composites

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    Kang, Gyeongho; Choi, Jongmin; Park, Taiho

    2016-01-01

    Carbon black (CB) and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite, representing dual functions for conductive corrosion protective layer (CCPL) and catalytic layer (CL) by the control of CB weight ratio against polymer is developed. Our strategy provides a proper approach which applies high catalytic ability and chemical stability of CB in corrosive triiodide/iodide (I3−/I−) redox electrolyte system. The CB and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite coated on the stainless steel (SS) electrode to alternate counter electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A two-step spray pyrolysis process is used to apply a solution containing epoxy monomers and a polyfunctional amine hardener with 6 wt% CB to a SS substrate, which forms a CCPL. Subsequently, an 86 wt% CB is applied to form a CL. The excellent catalytic properties and corrosion protective properties of the CB and 3D network epoxy polymer composites produce efficient counter electrodes that can replace fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) with CCPL/SS and Pt/FTO with CL/CCPL/SS in DSSCs. This approach provides a promising approach to the development of efficient, stable, and cheap solar cells, paving the way for large-scale commercialization. PMID:26961256

  18. Capillary Printing of Highly Aligned Silver Nanowire Transparent Electrodes for High-Performance Optoelectronic Devices.

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    Kang, Saewon; Kim, Taehyo; Cho, Seungse; Lee, Youngoh; Choe, Ayoung; Walker, Bright; Ko, Seo-Jin; Kim, Jin Young; Ko, Hyunhyub

    2015-12-01

    Percolation networks of silver nanowires (AgNWs) are commonly used as transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) for a variety of optoelectronic applications, but there have been no attempts to precisely control the percolation networks of AgNWs that critically affect the performances of TCEs. Here, we introduce a capillary printing technique to precisely control the NW alignment and the percolation behavior of AgNW networks. Notably, partially aligned AgNW networks exhibit a greatly lower percolation threshold, which leads to the substantial improvement of optical transmittance (96.7%) at a similar sheet resistance (19.5 Ω sq(-1)) as compared to random AgNW networks (92.9%, 20 Ω sq(-1)). Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) using aligned AgNW electrodes show a 30% enhanced maximum luminance (33068 cd m(-2)) compared to that with random AgNWs and a high luminance efficiency (14.25 cd A(-1)), which is the highest value reported so far using indium-free transparent electrodes for fluorescent PLEDs. In addition, polymer solar cells (PSCs) using aligned AgNW electrodes exhibit a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.57%, the highest value ever reported to date for PSCs using AgNW electrodes. PMID:26540011

  19. Mechanically Robust and Healable Transparent Electrode Fabricated via Vapor-Assisted Solution Process.

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    Lee, Da Hee; Heo, Gaeun; Pyo, Kyoung-Hee; Kim, Youngmin; Kim, Jong-Woong

    2016-03-30

    A mechanically robust, transparent, and healable electrode was successfully developed by embedding Ag nanowires (AgNWs) on the surface of polydimethylsiloxane-based polyurethane (PDMS-CPU) cross-linked by Diels-Alder (DA) adducts. The reversibility of the DA reaction enabled the heated dimethylformamide (DMF) vapor to induce de-cross-linking of the PDMS-CPU preformed as a substrate. A combination of the retro-DA reaction and the plasticizer effect softened the polymer surface, embedding the coated AgNWs on the surface of the polymer. With this simple postprocessing, the surface roughness and mechanical stability of the electrode were largely enhanced. Even with a 55 μm bending radius, which corresponds to a strain of 90%, the resistance of the electrode after 10 min of vapor treatment increased by 2.1% for inward bending and 5.3% for outward bending. This result shows a great potential of the proposed method, as it can also be used to fabricate various mechanically deformable transparent electrode. Furthermore, swelling of the PDMS-CPU film owing to the DMF vapor facilitated the healing properties of the scratched electrodes. PMID:26974168

  20. Inkjet printed silver nanowire network as top electrode for semi-transparent organic photovoltaic devices

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    Lu, Hui; Lin, Jian; Wu, Na; Nie, Shuhong; Luo, Qun; Ma, Chang-Qi; Cui, Zheng

    2015-03-01

    A method for direct inkjet printing of silver nanowire (Ag NW) to form transparent conductive network as the top electrode for inverted semi-transparent organic photovoltaic devices (OPV) was developed. The highest power conversion efficiency of the poly(3-hexylthiophene):phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PC61BM) based OPV was achieved to be 2.71% when the top electrode was formed by 7 times of printing. In general, devices with printed Ag NW top electrode had similar open-circuit voltage (VOC, around 0.60 V) but lower fill factor (FF, 0.33-0.54) than that of device with thermally deposited Ag opaque electrode (reference device). Both FF and short-circuit current density (JSC), however, were found to be increasing with the increase of printing times (3, 5, and 7), which could be partially attributed to the improved conductivity of Ag NW network electrodes. The solvent effect on device performances was studied carefully by comparing the current density-voltage (J-V) curves of different devices. The results revealed that solvent treatment on the anode buffer layer during printing led to a decrease of charge injection selectivity and an increase of charge recombination at the anode interface, which was considered to be the reason for the degrading of device performance.

  1. Graphene as transparent and current spreading electrode in silicon solar cell

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    Behura, Sanjay K. Nayak, Sasmita; Jani, Omkar; Mahala, Pramila

    2014-11-15

    Fabricated bi-layer graphene (BLG) has been studied as transparent and current spreading electrode (TCSE) for silicon solar cell, using TCAD-Silvaco 2D simulation. We have carried out comparative study using both Ag grids and BLG as current spreading electrode (CSE) and TCSE, respectively. Our study reveals that BLG based solar cell shows better efficiency of 24.85% than Ag-based cell (21.44%), in all of the critical aspects, including generation rate, recombination rate, electric field, potential and quantum efficiency. Further BLG based cell exhibits pronounce rectifying behavior, low saturation current, and good turn-on voltage while studying in dark.

  2. Organic photovoltaic devices using highly flexible reduced graphene oxide films as transparent electrodes.

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    Yin, Zongyou; Sun, Shuangyong; Salim, Teddy; Wu, Shixin; Huang, Xiao; He, Qiyuan; Lam, Yeng Ming; Zhang, Hua

    2010-09-28

    The chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) was transferred onto polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates and then used as transparent and conductive electrodes for flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. The performance of the OPV devices mainly depends on the charge transport efficiency through rGO electrodes when the optical transmittance of rGO is above 65%. However, if the transmittance of rGO is less than 65%, the performance of the OPV device is dominated by the light transmission efficiency, that is, the transparency of rGO films. After the tensile strain (∼2.9%) was applied on the fabricated OPV device, it can sustain a thousand cycles of bending. Our work demonstrates the highly flexible property of rGO films, which provide the potential applications in flexible optoelectronics. PMID:20738121

  3. Fabrication of Ag nanowire and Al-doped ZnO hybrid transparent electrodes

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    You, Sslimsearom; Park, Yong Seo; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Among the materials used as transparent electrodes, silver nanowires (AgNWs) have attracted attention because of their high transmittance and excellent conductivity. However, AgNWs have shortcomings, including their poor adhesion, oxidation by atmospheric oxygen, and unstable characteristics at high temperature. To overcome these shortcomings, multi-layer thin films with an aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)/AgNW/AZO structure were fabricated using facing targets sputtering. The samples heated to 350 °C exhibited stable electrical characteristics. In addition, the adhesion to the substrate was improved compared with AgNWs layer. The AZO/AgNW/AZO thin films with multilayer structure overcame the shortcomings of AgNWs, and we propose their use as transparent electrodes with excellent properties for optoelectronic applications.

  4. Ag nanowire percolating network embedded in indium tin oxide nanoparticles for printable transparent conducting electrodes

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    Jeong, Jin-A; Kim, Han-Ki

    2014-02-17

    Solution-based printable transparent conducting electrodes consisting of Ag nanowire (NW) and indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticles (NPs) were fabricated by simple brush painting at room temperature under atmospheric ambient conditions. Effectively embedding the Ag NW percolating network into the ITO NPs provided a conduction path, led to a metallic conduction behavior of the ITO NPs/Ag NW/ITO NPs multilayer and supplied electrons into the ITO NPs. The optimized ITO NPs/Ag NW/ITO NPs multilayer showed a sheet resistance of 16.57 Ω/sq and an optical transparency of 79.50% without post annealing. Based on high resolution transmission electron microscope analysis, we investigated the microstructure and interface structure of the ITO NPs/Ag NW/ITO NPs multilayer electrodes and suggested a possible mechanism to explain the low resistivity of the multilayers.

  5. Bragg stack-functionalized counter electrode for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Park, Jung Tae; Prosser, Jacob H; Kim, Dong Jun; Kim, Jong Hak; Lee, Daeyeon

    2013-05-01

    A highly reflective counter electrode is prepared through the deposition of alternating layers of organized mesoporous TiO(2) (om-TiO(2)) and colloidal SiO(2) (col-SiO(2)) nanoparticles. We present the effects of introducing this counter electrode into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) for maximizing light harvesting properties. The om-TiO(2) layers with a high refractive index are prepared by using an atomic transfer radical polymerization and a sol-gel process, in which a polyvinyl chloride-g-poly(oxyethylene) methacrylate graft copolymer is used as a structure-directing agent. The col-SiO(2) layers with a low refractive index are prepared by spin-coating commercially available silica nanoparticles. The properties of the Bragg stack (BS)-functionalized counter electrode in DSSCs are analyzed by using a variety of techniques, including spectroscopic ellipsometry, SEM, UV/Vis spectroscopy, incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and intensity modulated photocurrent/voltage spectroscopy measurements, to understand the critical factors contributing to the cell performance. When incorporated into DSSCs that are used in conjunction with a polymerized ionic liquid as the solid electrolyte, the energy conversion efficiency of this solid-state DSSC (ssDSSC) approaches 6.6 %, which is one of the highest of the reported N719 dye-based ssDSSCs. Detailed optical and electrochemical analyses of the device performance show that this assembly yields enhanced light harvesting without the negative effects of charge recombination or electrolyte penetration, which thus, presents new possibilities for effective light management. PMID:23576320

  6. Direct tri-constituent co-assembly of highly ordered mesoporous carbon counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Peng, Tao; Sun, Weiwei; Sun, Xiaohua; Huang, Niu; Liu, Yumin; Bu, Chenghao; Guo, Shishang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2013-01-01

    Controlling over ordered porosity by self-assembly is challenging in the area of materials science. Materials with highly ordered aperture are favorable candidates in catalysis and energy conversion device. Here we describe a facile process to synthesize highly ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) by direct tri-constituent co-assembly method, which uses resols as the carbon precursor, tri-block copolymer F127 as the soft template and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the inorganic precursor. The obtained products are characterized by small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) nitrogen sorption-desorption measurement and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results indicate that the OMC possesses high surface areas of 1209 m(2) g(-1), homogeneous pore size of 4.6 nm and a large pore volume of 1.65 cm(3) g(-1). The advantages of high electrochemical active surface area and favorable accessible porosity of OMC benefit the catalysis of I(3)(-) to I(-). As a result, the OMC counter electrode displays a remarkable property when it was applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). For comparison, carbon black (CB) counter electrode and Pt counter electrode have also been prepared. When these different counter electrodes were applied for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), the power-conversion efficiency (η) of the DSSCs with CB counter electrode are measured to be 5.10%, whereas the corresponding values is 6.39% for the DSSC with OMC counter electrode, which is comparable to 6.84% of the cell with Pt counter electrode under the same experimental conditions. PMID:23165970

  7. RF Sputtered Iridium (Ir) Film as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Mokurala, Krishnaiah; Kamble, Anvita; Bhargava, Parag; Mallick, Sudhanshu

    2015-11-01

    Iridium (Ir) films were deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by radio-frequency sputtering at room temperature and the as-deposited films were used as counter electrodes (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The photo conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSC fabricated with Ir-based CE was 7.2%. Electrocatalytic activity and electrochemical data for Ir-based CE were compared with those for conventional Pt-based CE. The results were indicative of potential use of Ir as an alternative CE material for DSSC.

  8. Silver nanowire/optical adhesive coatings as transparent electrodes for flexible electronics.

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    Miller, Michael S; O'Kane, Jessica C; Niec, Adrian; Carmichael, R Stephen; Carmichael, Tricia Breen

    2013-10-23

    We present new flexible, transparent, and conductive coatings composed of an annealed silver nanowire network embedded in a polyurethane optical adhesive. These coatings can be applied to rigid glass substrates as well as to flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic and elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates to produce highly flexible transparent conductive electrodes. The coatings are as conductive and transparent as indium tin oxide (ITO) films on glass, but they remain conductive at high bending strains and are more durable to marring and scratching than ITO. Coatings on PDMS withstand up to 76% tensile strain and 250 bending cycles of 15% strain with a negligible increase in electrical resistance. Since the silver nanowire network is embedded at the surface of the optical adhesive, these coatings also provide a smooth surface (root mean squared surface roughness<10 nm), making them suitable as transparent conducting electrodes in flexible light-emitting electrochemical cells. These devices continue to emit light even while being bent to radii as low as 1.5 mm and perform as well as unstrained devices after 20 bending cycles of 25% tensile strain. PMID:24007382

  9. Highly transparent Nb-doped indium oxide electrodes for organic solar cells

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    Kim, Jun Ho; Seong, Tae-Yeon; Na, Seok-In; Chung, Kwun-Bum; Lee, Hye-Min; Kim, Han-Ki

    2014-03-15

    The authors investigated the characteristics of Nb-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} (INbO) films prepared by co-sputtering of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} for use in transparent anodes for organic solar cells (OSCs). To optimize the Nb dopant composition in the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix, the effect of the Nb doping power on the resistivity and transparency of the INbO films were examined. The electronic structure and microstructure of the INbO films were also investigated using synchrotron x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction examinations in detail. At the optimized Nb co-sputtering power of 30 W, the INbO film exhibited a sheet resistance of 15 Ω/sq, and an optical transmittance of 86.04% at 550 nm, which are highly acceptable for the use as transparent electrodes in the fabrication of OSCs. More importantly, the comparable power conversion efficiency (3.34%) of the OSC with an INbO anode with that (3.31%) of an OSC with a commercial ITO anode indicates that INbO films are promising as a transparent electrode for high performance OSCs.

  10. Dissolution Engineering of Platinum Alloy Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Tang, Qunwei; Zhang, Huihui; Meng, Yuanyuan; He, Benlin; Yu, Liangmin

    2015-09-21

    The dissolution of platinum (Pt) has been one of the heart issues in developing advanced dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We present here the experimental realization of stable counter-electrode (CE) electrocatalysts by alloying Pt with transition metals for enhanced dissolution resistance to state-of-the-art iodide/triiodide (I(-)/I3(-)) redox electrolyte. Our focus is placed on the systematic studies of dissolution engineering for PtM0.05 (M=Ni, Co, Fe, Pd, Mo, Cu, Cr, and Au) alloy CE electrocatalysts along with mechanism analysis from thermodynamical aspects, yielding more negative Gibbs free energies for the dissolution reactions of transition metals. The competitive reactions between transition metals with iodide species (I3(-), I2) could protect the Pt atoms from being dissolved by redox electrolyte and therefore remain the high catalytic activity of the Pt electrode. PMID:26220170

  11. A Player Often Neglected: Electrochemical Comprehensive Analysis of Counter Electrodes for Quantum Dot Solar Cells.

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    Milan, Riccardo; Hassan, Mehwish; Selopal, Gurpreet Singh; Borgese, Laura; Natile, Marta Maria; Depero, Laura E; Sberveglieri, Giorgio; Concina, Isabella

    2016-03-30

    The role played by the counter electrode (CE) in quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) is crucial: it is indeed responsible for catalyzing the regeneration of the redox electrolyte after its action to take back the oxidized light harvesters to the ground state, thus keeping the device active and stable. The activity of CE is moreover directly related to the fill factor and short circuit current through the resistance of the interface electrode-electrolyte that affects the series resistance of the cell. Despite that, too few efforts have been devoted to a comprehensive analysis of this important device component. In this work we combine an extensive electrochemical characterization of the most common materials exploited as CEs in QDSSCs (namely, Pt, Au, Cu2S obtained by brass treatment, and Cu2S deposited on conducting glass via spray) with a detailed characterization of their surface composition and morphology, aimed at systematically defining the relationship between their nature and electrocatalytic activity. PMID:26955853

  12. Flexion bonding transfer of multilayered graphene as a top electrode in transparent organic light-emitting diodes

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    Tae Lim, Jong; Lee, Hyunkoo; Cho, Hyunsu; Kwon, Byoung-Hwa; Sung Cho, Nam; Kuk Lee, Bong; Park, Jonghyurk; Kim, Jaesu; Han, Jun-Han; Yang, Jong-Heon; Yu, Byoung-Gon; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Chu Lim, Seong; Lee, Jeong-Ik

    2015-01-01

    Graphene has attracted considerable attention as a next-generation transparent conducting electrode, because of its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency. Various optoelectronic devices comprising graphene as a bottom electrode, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics, quantum-dot LEDs, and light-emitting electrochemical cells, have recently been reported. However, performance of optoelectronic devices using graphene as top electrodes is limited, because the lamination process through which graphene is positioned as the top layer of these conventional OLEDs is a lack of control in the surface roughness, the gapless contact, and the flexion bonding between graphene and organic layer of the device. Here, a multilayered graphene (MLG) as a top electrode is successfully implanted, via dry bonding, onto the top organic layer of transparent OLED (TOLED) with flexion patterns. The performance of the TOLED with MLG electrode is comparable to that of a conventional TOLED with a semi-transparent thin-Ag top electrode, because the MLG electrode makes a contact with the TOLED with no residue. In addition, we successfully fabricate a large-size transparent segment panel using the developed MLG electrode. Therefore, we believe that the flexion bonding technology presented in this work is applicable to various optoelectronic devices. PMID:26626439

  13. Flexion bonding transfer of multilayered graphene as a top electrode in transparent organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Tae Lim, Jong; Lee, Hyunkoo; Cho, Hyunsu; Kwon, Byoung-Hwa; Sung Cho, Nam; Kuk Lee, Bong; Park, Jonghyurk; Kim, Jaesu; Han, Jun-Han; Yang, Jong-Heon; Yu, Byoung-Gon; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Chu Lim, Seong; Lee, Jeong-Ik

    2015-01-01

    Graphene has attracted considerable attention as a next-generation transparent conducting electrode, because of its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency. Various optoelectronic devices comprising graphene as a bottom electrode, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics, quantum-dot LEDs, and light-emitting electrochemical cells, have recently been reported. However, performance of optoelectronic devices using graphene as top electrodes is limited, because the lamination process through which graphene is positioned as the top layer of these conventional OLEDs is a lack of control in the surface roughness, the gapless contact, and the flexion bonding between graphene and organic layer of the device. Here, a multilayered graphene (MLG) as a top electrode is successfully implanted, via dry bonding, onto the top organic layer of transparent OLED (TOLED) with flexion patterns. The performance of the TOLED with MLG electrode is comparable to that of a conventional TOLED with a semi-transparent thin-Ag top electrode, because the MLG electrode makes a contact with the TOLED with no residue. In addition, we successfully fabricate a large-size transparent segment panel using the developed MLG electrode. Therefore, we believe that the flexion bonding technology presented in this work is applicable to various optoelectronic devices. PMID:26626439

  14. Flexion bonding transfer of multilayered graphene as a top electrode in transparent organic light-emitting diodes

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    Tae Lim, Jong; Lee, Hyunkoo; Cho, Hyunsu; Kwon, Byoung-Hwa; Sung Cho, Nam; Kuk Lee, Bong; Park, Jonghyurk; Kim, Jaesu; Han, Jun-Han; Yang, Jong-Heon; Yu, Byoung-Gon; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Chu Lim, Seong; Lee, Jeong-Ik

    2015-12-01

    Graphene has attracted considerable attention as a next-generation transparent conducting electrode, because of its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency. Various optoelectronic devices comprising graphene as a bottom electrode, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics, quantum-dot LEDs, and light-emitting electrochemical cells, have recently been reported. However, performance of optoelectronic devices using graphene as top electrodes is limited, because the lamination process through which graphene is positioned as the top layer of these conventional OLEDs is a lack of control in the surface roughness, the gapless contact, and the flexion bonding between graphene and organic layer of the device. Here, a multilayered graphene (MLG) as a top electrode is successfully implanted, via dry bonding, onto the top organic layer of transparent OLED (TOLED) with flexion patterns. The performance of the TOLED with MLG electrode is comparable to that of a conventional TOLED with a semi-transparent thin-Ag top electrode, because the MLG electrode makes a contact with the TOLED with no residue. In addition, we successfully fabricate a large-size transparent segment panel using the developed MLG electrode. Therefore, we believe that the flexion bonding technology presented in this work is applicable to various optoelectronic devices.

  15. Graphene supported platinum nanoparticle counter-electrode for enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Bajpai, Reeti; Roy, Soumyendu; Kumar, Pragyensh; Bajpai, Preeti; Kulshrestha, Neha; Rafiee, Javad; Koratkar, Nikhil; Misra, D S

    2011-10-01

    Composites of few layered graphene (G) and platinum (Pt) nanoparticles (NP) with different loadings of Pt were used as counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). NPs were deposited directly on to G using pulsed laser ablation method (PLD). DSSCs formed using the composite CEs show improved performance compared to conventional Pt thin film electrode (Std Pt) and unsupported Pt NPs. Composite with 27% loading of Pt shows 45% higher efficiency (η = 2.9%), greater short circuit current (J(sc) = 6.67 mA cm(-2)), and open circuit voltage (V(oc) = 0.74 V) without any loss of the fill factor (FF = 58%) as compared to the cells fabricated using Std Pt electrodes. Values of η, J(sc) and V(oc) for DSSC using Std Pt CE were 2%, 5.05 mA cm(-2) and 0.68 V, respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy using I(-)(3)/I(-) redox couple confirm lower values of charge transfer resistance for the composite electrodes, e.g., 2.36 Ω cm(2) as opposed to 7.73 Ω cm(2) of Std Pt. The better catalytic activity of these composite materials is also reflected in the stronger I(-)(3) reduction peaks in cyclic voltammetry scans. PMID:21877742

  16. Fabrication and characterization of cuprous oxide solar cell with net-shaped counter electrode

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    Basuki, Stefanus; Uranus, Henri P.; Pangaribuan, Julinda

    2015-01-01

    In this work, simple solar cells using cuprous oxide were fabricated and characterized. The solar cells in this experiment used cuprous oxide plate as detecting electrode and copper wires which were woven into a net-shape with a gap size of 2 x 2 cm as a counter electrode. Twenty samples of solar cells were fabricated with oxide layer which were thermally grown in temperature up to 550 oC. Samples with variations in oxidation time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, and 45 minutes) and distance between electrodes (2 cm, 3 cm, and 4 cm) with an electrolyte solution of NaCl with molarity of 2.188 mol/l were produced. The samples were characterized by measuring their V-I curve. For this purpose, a simple, own-made solar simulator were fabricated and characterized. Using curve fitting technique, parameters such as FF (Fill Factor), efficiency, open circuit voltage, short circuit current, internal resistance, and performance degradation as a function of time of the cells were extracted. The result shows optimum efficiency of 4.573. 10-4%, while optimum oxidation time is 40 minutes and optimum distance between electrodes is 3 cm.

  17. Degradation studies of transparent conductive electrodes on electroactive poly(vinylidene fluoride) for uric acid measurements

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    Cardoso, Vanessa F.; Martins, Pedro; Botelho, Gabriela; Rebouta, Luis; Lanceros-Méndez, Senentxu; Minas, Graca

    2010-08-01

    Biochemical analysis of physiological fluids using, for example, lab-on-a-chip devices requires accurate mixing of two or more fluids. This mixing can be assisted by acoustic microagitation using a piezoelectric material, such as the β-phase of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (β-PVDF). If the analysis is performed using optical absorption spectroscopy and β-PVDF is located in the optical path, the material and its conductive electrodes must be transparent. Moreover, if, to improve the transmission of the ultrasonic waves to the fluids, the piezoelectric transducer is placed inside the fluidic structures, its degradation must be assessed. In this paper, we report on the degradation properties of transparent conductive oxides, namely, indium tin oxide (ITO) and aluminum-doped zinc oxide, when they are used as electrodes for providing acoustic microagitation. The latter promotes mixing of chemicals involved in the measurement of uric acid concentration in physiological fluids. The results are compared with those for aluminum electrodes. We find that β-PVDF samples with ITO electrodes do not degrade either with or without acoustic microagitation.

  18. Highly efficient flexible optoelectronic devices using metal nanowire-conducting polymer composite transparent electrode

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    Jung, Eui Dae; Nam, Yun Seok; Seo, Houn; Lee, Bo Ram; Yu, Jae Choul; Lee, Sang Yun; Kim, Ju-Young; Park, Jang-Ung; Song, Myoung Hoon

    2015-09-01

    Here, we report a comprehensive analysis of the electrical, optical, mechanical, and surface morphological properties of composite nanostrutures based on silver nanowires (AgNW) and PEDOT:PSS conducting polymer for the use as flexible and transparent electrodes. Compared to ITO or the single material of AgNW or PEDOT:PSS, the AgNW/PEDOT:PSS composite electrode showed high electrical conductivity with a low sheet resistance of 26.8 Ω/sq at 91% transmittance (at 550 nm), improves surface smoothness, and enhances mechanical properties assisted by an amphiphilic fluoro-surfactant. The polymeric light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and organic solar cells (OSCs) using the AgNW/PEDOT:PSS composite electrode showed higher device performances than those with AgNW and PEDOT:PSS electrodes and excellent flexibility under bending test. These results indicates that the AgNW/PEDOT:PSS composite presented is a good candidate as next-generation transparent elelctrodes for applications into flexible optoelectronic devices. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  19. Characteristics of thermally reduced graphene oxide and applied for dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrode

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    Ho, Ching-Yuan; Wang, Hong-Wen

    2015-12-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized from a flake-type of graphite powder, which was then reduced to a few layers of graphene sheets using the thermal reduction method. The surface morphology, phase crystallization, and defect states of the reduced graphene were determined from an electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersion spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and infrared spectra. After graphene formation, the intercalated defects that existed in the GO were removed, and it became crystalline by observing impurity changes and d-spacing. Dye-sensitized solar cells, using reduced graphene as the counter electrode, were fabricated to evaluate the electrolyte activity and charge transport performance. The electrochemical impedance spectra showed that increasing the thermal reduction temperature could achieve faster electron transport and longer electron lifetime, and result in an energy conversion efficiency of approximately 3.4%. Compared to the Pt counter electrode, the low cost of the thermal reduction method suggests that graphene will enjoy a wide range of potential applications in the field of electronic devices.

  20. Nano-honeycomb structured transparent electrode for enhanced light extraction from organic light-emitting diodes

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    Shi, Xiao-Bo; Qian, Min; Wang, Zhao-Kui E-mail: lsliao@suda.edu.cn; Liao, Liang-Sheng E-mail: lsliao@suda.edu.cn

    2015-06-01

    A universal nano-sphere lithography method has been developed to fabricate nano-structured transparent electrode, such as indium tin oxide (ITO), for light extraction from organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Perforated SiO{sub 2} film made from a monolayer colloidal crystal of polystyrene spheres and tetraethyl orthosilicate sol-gel is used as a template. Ordered nano-honeycomb pits on the ITO electrode surface are obtained by chemical etching. The proposed method can be utilized to form large-area nano-structured ITO electrode. More than two folds' enhancement in both current efficiency and power efficiency has been achieved in a red phosphorescent OLED which was fabricated on the nano-structured ITO substrate.

  1. Transparent aluminium nanowire electrodes with optical and electrical anisotropic response fabricated by defocused ion beam sputtering

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    Repetto, Diego; Giordano, Maria Caterina; Martella, Christian; Buatier de Mongeot, Francesco

    2015-02-01

    Self-organized Al nanowire (NW) electrodes have been obtained by defocused Ion Beam Sputtering (IBS) of polycrystalline Al films grown by sputter deposition. The electrical sheet resistance of the electrode has been acquired in situ during ion bombardment of the samples, evidencing an increase of the electronic transport anisotropy as a function of ion fluence between the two directions parallel and orthogonal to the NWs axis. Optical spectra in transmission also show a large dichroism between the two directions, suggesting the role of localized plasmons in the UV spectral range. The results show that Al NW electrodes, prepared under experimental conditions which are compatible with those of conventional industrial coaters and implanters, could represent a low cost alternative to the transparent conductive oxides employed in optoelectronic devices.

  2. Nickel incorporated carbon nanotube/nanofiber composites as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Joshi, Prakash; Zhou, Zhengping; Poudel, Prashant; Thapa, Amit; Wu, Xiang-Fa; Qiao, Qiquan

    2012-09-21

    A nickel incorporated carbon nanotube/nanofiber composite (Ni-CNT-CNF) was used as a low cost alternative to Pt as counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Measurements based on energy dispersive X-rays spectroscopy (EDX) showed that the majority of the composite CE was carbon at 88.49 wt%, while the amount of Ni nanoparticles was about 11.51 wt%. Measurements based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that the charge transfer resistance (R(ct)) of the Ni-CNT-CNF composite electrode was 0.71 Ω cm(2), much lower than that of the Pt electrode (1.81 Ω cm(2)). Such a low value of R(ct) indicated that the Ni-CNT-CNF composite carried a higher catalytic activity than the traditional Pt CE. By mixing with CNTs and Ni nanoparticles, series resistance (R(s)) of the Ni-CNT-CNF electrode was measured as 5.96 Ω cm(2), which was close to the R(s) of 5.77 Ω cm(2) of the Pt electrode, despite the significant difference in their thicknesses: ∼22 μm for Ni-CNT-CNF composite, while ∼40 nm for Pt film. This indicated that use of a thick layer (tens of microns) of Ni-CNT-CNF counter electrode does not add a significant amount of resistance to the total series resistance (R(s-tot)) in DSCs. The DSCs based on the Ni-CNT-CNF composite CEs yielded an efficiency of 7.96% with a short circuit current density (J(sc)) of 15.83 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.80 V, and fill factor (FF) of 0.63, which was comparable to the device based on Pt, that exhibited an efficiency of 8.32% with J(sc) of 15.01 mA cm(-2), V(oc) of 0.83, and FF of 0.67. PMID:22868278

  3. Roll-to-roll production of 30-inch graphene films for transparent electrodes

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    Hong, Byung Hee

    2011-03-01

    The outstanding electrical1, mechanical and chemical properties of graphene make it attractive for applications in flexible electronics. However, efforts to make transparent conducting films from graphene have been hampered by the lack of efficient methods for the synthesis, transfer and doping of graphene at the scale and quality required for applications. Here, we report the roll-to-roll production and wet-chemical doping of predominantly monolayer 30-inch graphene films grown by chemical vapour deposition onto flexible copper substrates. The films have sheet resistances as low as ~ 125 Ohm/sq with 97.4% optical transmittance, and exhibit the half-integer quantum Hall effect, indicating their high quality. We further use layer-by-layer stacking to fabricate a doped four-layer film and measure its sheet resistance at values as low as ~ 30 Ohm/sq at ~ 90 % transparency, which is superior to commercial transparent electrodes such as indium tin oxides. Graphene electrodes were incorporated into a fully functional touch-screen panel device capable of withstanding high strain. Work done in collaboration with Sukang Bae, Hyeongkeun Kim, Youngbin Lee, and Jong-Hyun Ahn, Sungkyunkwan University.

  4. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells: a strategy to enhance overall efficiency based on transparent polyaniline electrode.

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    Wu, Jihuai; Li, Yan; Tang, Qunwei; Yue, Gentian; Lin, Jianming; Huang, Miaoliang; Meng, Lijian

    2014-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a promising solution to global energy and environmental problems because of its clean, low-cost, high efficiency, good durability, and easy fabrication. However, enhancing the efficiency of the DSSC still is an important issue. Here we devise a bifacial DSSC based on a transparent polyaniline (PANI) counter electrode (CE). Owing to the sunlight irradiation simultaneously from the front and the rear sides, more dye molecules are excited and more carriers are generated, which results in the enhancement of short-circuit current density and therefore overall conversion efficiency. The photoelectric properties of PANI can be improved by modifying with 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP). The bifacial DSSC with 4-ATP/PANI CE achieves a light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 8.35%, which is increased by ~24.6% compared to the DSSC irradiated from the front only. This new concept along with promising results provides a new approach for enhancing the photovoltaic performances of solar cells. PMID:24504117

  5. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells: A strategy to enhance overall efficiency based on transparent polyaniline electrode

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    Wu, Jihuai; Li, Yan; Tang, Qunwei; Yue, Gentian; Lin, Jianming; Huang, Miaoliang; Meng, Lijian

    2014-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a promising solution to global energy and environmental problems because of its clean, low-cost, high efficiency, good durability, and easy fabrication. However, enhancing the efficiency of the DSSC still is an important issue. Here we devise a bifacial DSSC based on a transparent polyaniline (PANI) counter electrode (CE). Owing to the sunlight irradiation simultaneously from the front and the rear sides, more dye molecules are excited and more carriers are generated, which results in the enhancement of short-circuit current density and therefore overall conversion efficiency. The photoelectric properties of PANI can be improved by modifying with 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP). The bifacial DSSC with 4-ATP/PANI CE achieves a light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 8.35%, which is increased by ~24.6% compared to the DSSC irradiated from the front only. This new concept along with promising results provides a new approach for enhancing the photovoltaic performances of solar cells. PMID:24504117

  6. Graphite nanoplatelet assemblies for transparent and catalytic electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Aderhold, Patrick

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a class of photovoltaic devices that have the potential to provide high conversion efficiency at low production cost. Research to improve performance in the individual components is active, but attention must be paid to methods that improve scalability and production cost as well. Graphite nanoplatelets (GNP), thin stacks of graphene sheets with nanometer-scale thickness and micron-scale lateral dimensions, provide a unique opportunity for creating DSSC electrodes with simple manufacturing techniques and low-energy processing. For the counterelectrode, a composite paper, made by cofiltration and pressing of GNP and polypropylene (PP), yields a highly electrical conductive surface that is mechanically robust and chemically stable in electrolyte. Decoration of this surface with platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) by a rapid microwave heating process produces a catalytic surface that rivals the current "thermalized" platinum standard counterelectrode. The GNP/PP/PtNP system, however, requires lower processing temperature and requires a fraction of the Pt loading. For the transparent electrode, thin sheets of GNP can be deposited on glass surfaces to create highly transparent coatings for use in photoanode construction. Substrate interactions and post treatments are examined and techniques for optimization are outlined. Overall GNP is shown to be a versatile and effective starting material for DSSC electrode construction and demonstrates its potential as a building-block in next-generation photovoltaic devices.

  7. Enhancing the Scratch Resistance by Introducing Chemical Bonding in Highly Stretchable and Transparent Electrodes.

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    Guo, Chuan Fei; Chen, Yan; Tang, Lu; Wang, Feng; Ren, Zhifeng

    2016-01-13

    Stretchable transparent electrodes are key elements in flexible electronics and e-skins. However, existing stretchable transparent electrodes, including graphene sheets, carbon nanotube, and metal nanowire networks, weakly adheres to the substrate by van der Waals forces. Such electrodes suffer from poor scratch-resistance or poor durability, and this issue has been one of the biggest problems for their applications in industry. Here we show that, by introducing a Au-S bond between a Au nanomesh (AuNM) and the underlying elastomeric substrate, the AuNM strongly adheres to the substrate and can withstand scratches of a pressure of several megapascals. We find that the strong chemical bond, on the other hand, leads to a stiffening effect and localized rupture of the AuNM upon stretching; thus the stretchability is poor. A prestraining process is applied to suppress the localized rupture and has successfully improved the stretchability: electrical resistance of the prestrained AuNM exhibits modest change by one-time stretching to 160%, or repeated stretching to 50% for 25 000 cycles. This conductor is an ideal platform for robust stretchable photoelectronics. The idea of introducing a covalent bond to improve the scratch-resistance may also be applied to other systems including Ag nanowire films, carbon nanotube films, graphene, and so forth. PMID:26674364

  8. Highly efficient and bendable organic solar cells using a three-dimensional transparent conducting electrode.

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    Wang, Wei; Bae, Tae-Sung; Park, Yeon Hyun; Kim, Dong Ho; Lee, Sunghun; Min, Guanghui; Lee, Gun-Hwan; Song, Myungkwan; Yun, Jungheum

    2014-06-21

    A three-dimensional (3D) transparent conducting electrode, consisting of a quasi-periodic array of discrete indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanoparticles superimposed on a highly conducting oxide-metal-oxide multilayer using ITO and silver oxide (AgOx) as oxide and metal layers, respectively, is synthesized on a polymer substrate and used as an anode in highly flexible organic solar cells (OSCs). The 3D electrode is fabricated using vacuum sputtering sequences to achieve self-assembly of distinct ITO nanoparticles on a continuous ITO-AgOx-ITO multilayer at room-temperature without applying conventional high-temperature vapour-liquid-solid growth, solution-based nanoparticle coating, or complicated nanopatterning techniques. Since the 3D electrode enhances the hole-extraction rate in OSCs owing to its high surface area and low effective series resistance for hole transport, OSCs based on this 3D electrode exhibit a power conversion efficiency that is 11-22% higher than that achievable in OSCs by means of conventional planar ITO film-type electrodes. A record high efficiency of 6.74% can be achieved in a bendable OSC fabricated on a poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrate. PMID:24835145

  9. Ultrathin Nanotube/Nanowire Electrodes by Spin-Spray Layer-by-Layer Assembly: A Concept for Transparent Energy Storage.

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    Gittleson, Forrest S; Hwang, Daniel; Ryu, Won-Hee; Hashmi, Sara M; Hwang, Jonathan; Goh, Tenghooi; Taylor, André D

    2015-10-27

    Fully integrated transparent devices require versatile architectures for energy storage, yet typical battery electrodes are thick (20-100 μm) and composed of optically absorbent materials. Reducing the length scale of active materials, assembling them with a controllable method and minimizing electrode thickness should bring transparent batteries closer to reality. In this work, the rapid and controllable spin-spray layer-by-layer (SSLbL) method is used to generate high quality networks of 1D nanomaterials: single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanowires for anode and cathode electrodes, respectively. These ultrathin films, deposited with ∼2 nm/bilayer precision are transparent when deposited on a transparent substrate (>87% transmittance) and electrochemically active in Li-ion cells. SSLbL-assembled ultrathin SWNT anodes and V2O5 cathodes exhibit reversible lithiation capacities of 23 and 7 μAh/cm(2), respectively at a current density of 5 μA/cm(2). When these electrodes are combined in a full cell, they retain ∼5 μAh/cm(2) capacity over 100 cycles, equivalent to the prelithiation capacity of the limiting V2O5 cathode. The SSLbL technique employed here to generate functional thin films is uniquely suited to the generation of transparent electrodes and offers a compelling path to realize the potential of fully integrated transparent devices. PMID:26344174

  10. Stretchable and transparent electrodes using hybrid structures of graphene-metal nanotrough networks with high performances and ultimate uniformity.

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    An, Byeong Wan; Hyun, Byung Gwan; Kim, So-Yun; Kim, Minji; Lee, Mi-Sun; Lee, Kyongsoo; Koo, Jae Bon; Chu, Hye Yong; Bae, Byeong-Soo; Park, Jang-Ung

    2014-11-12

    Transparent electrodes that can maintain their electrical and optical properties stably against large mechanical deformations are essential in numerous applications of flexible and wearable electronics. In this paper, we report a comprehensive analysis of the electrical, optical, and mechanical properties of hybrid nanostructures based on graphene and metal nanotrough networks as stretchable and transparent electrodes. Compared to the single material of graphene or the nanotrough, the formation of this hybrid can improve the uniformity of sheet resistance significantly, that is, a very low sheet resistance (1 Ω/sq) with a standard deviation of less than ±0.1 Ω/sq, high transparency (91% in the visible light regime), and superb stretchability (80% in tensile strain). The successful demonstration of skin-attachable, flexible, and transparent arrays of oxide semiconductor transistors fabricated using hybrid electrodes suggests substantial promise for the next generation of electronic devices. PMID:25299634

  11. High-durable AgNi nanomesh film for a transparent conducting electrode.

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    Kim, Han-Jung; Lee, Su-Han; Lee, Jihye; Lee, Eung-Sug; Choi, Jun-Hyuk; Jung, Jun-Ho; Jung, Joo-Yun; Choi, Dae-Geun

    2014-09-24

    Uniform metal nanomesh structures are promising candidates that may replace of indium-tin oxide (ITO) in transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs). However, the durability of the uniform metal mesh has not yet been studied. For this reason, a comparative analysis of the durability of TCEs based on pure Ag and AgNi nanomesh, which are fabricated by using simple transfer printing, is performed. The AgNi nanomesh shows high long-term stability to oxidation, heat, and chemicals compared with that of pure Ag nanomesh. This is because of nickel in the AgNi nanomesh. Furthermore, the AgNi nanomesh shows strong adhesion to a transparent substrate and good stability after repeated bending. PMID:24840606

  12. Transparent and flexible supercapacitors with single walled carbon nanotube thin film electrodes.

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    Yuksel, Recep; Sarioba, Zeynep; Cirpan, Ali; Hiralal, Pritesh; Unalan, Husnu Emrah

    2014-09-10

    We describe a simple process for the fabrication of transparent and flexible, solid-state supercapacitors. Symmetric electrodes made up of binder-free single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) thin films were deposited onto polydimethylsiloxane substrates by vacuum filtration followed by a stamping method, and solid-state supercapacitor devices were assembled using a gel electrolyte. An optical transmittance of 82% was found for 0.02 mg of SWCNTs, and a specific capacitance of 22.2 F/g was obtained. The power density can reach to 41.5 kW · kg(-1) and shows good capacity retention (94%) upon cycling over 500 times. Fabricated supercapacitors will be relevant for the realization of transparent and flexible devices with energy storage capabilities, displays and touch screens in particular. PMID:25127070

  13. Intrinsically stretchable transparent electrodes based on silver-nanowire-crosslinked-polyacrylate composites

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    Hu, Weili; Niu, Xiaofan; Li, Lu; Yun, Sungryul; Yu, Zhibin; Pei, Qibing

    2012-08-01

    Stretchable transparent composites have been synthesized consisting of a silver nanowire (AgNW) network embedded in the surface layer of a crosslinked poly(acrylate) matrix. The interpenetrating networks of AgNWs and the crosslinked polymer matrix lead to high surface conductivity, high transparency, and rubbery elasticity. The presence of carboxylic acid groups on the polymer chains enhances the bonding between AgNWs and the polymer matrix, and further increases the stretchability of the composites. The sheet resistance of the composite electrode increases by only 2.3 times at 50% strain. Repeated stretching to 50% strain and relaxation only causes a small increase of the sheet resistance after 600 cycles. The morphology of the composites during reversible stretching and relaxation has been investigated to expound the conductivity changes.

  14. Wet Etching of TiO2-Based Precursor Amorphous Films for Transparent Electrodes

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    Ohkubo, Junpei; Hirose, Yasushi; Sakai, Enju; Nakao, Shoichiro; Hitosugi, Taro; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2011-01-01

    We investigated wet etching of Nb-doped anatase TiO2 (TNO) transparent conducting thin films and their precursors in an amorphous phase deposited by rf sputtering on glass substrates. The polycrystalline TNO films showed a very low etching rate of less than 0.06 nm/min in concentrated sulfuric acid (H2SO4) even at elevated temperatures up to 95 °C. In contrast, H2SO4 etched the precursor films at a rate of 1.4 nm/min at 95 °C. The etching rate of the amorphous films followed the Arrhenius equation, leading us to conjecture that a much higher etching rate of ˜230 nm/min can be achieved at 170 °C. These results indicate that wet-etching of precursor amorphous films prior to crystallization represents a practical and low-cost lithographic technique for patterning TiO2-based transparent electrodes.

  15. Patternable PEDOT nanofilms with grid electrodes for transparent electrochromic devices targeting thermal camouflage

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    Kim, Bumsoo; Koh, Jong Kwan; Park, Junyong; Ahn, Changui; Ahn, Joonmo; Kim, Jong Hak; Jeon, Seokwoo

    2015-10-01

    This paper reports a new type of transmitting mode electrochromic device that uses the high-contrast electrochromism of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and operates at long-wavelength infrared (8-12 μm) . To maximize the transmittance contrast and transmittance contrast ratio of the device for thermal camouflage, we control the thickness of the thin PEDOT layer from 25 nm to 400 nm and develop a design of grid-type counter electrodes. The cyclability can be greatly improved by selective deposition of the PEDOT film on grid electrodes as an ion storage layer without any loss of overall transmittance. The device with optimized architectures shows a high transmittance contrast ratio of 83 % at a wavelength of 10 μm with a response rate under 1.4 s when alternating voltage is applied. Captured images of an LED lamp behind the device prove the possibility of active, film-type camouflage against thermal detection.

  16. Modified conducting polymer films having high catalytic activity for use as counter electrodes in rigid and flexible dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ke, Chun-Ren; Chang, Chih-Ching; Ting, Jyh-Ming

    2015-06-01

    We report replacing platinum based counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with conducting polymer based CE. Conducting polymers are prepared through mixing poly-(3,4-ethylenedioxythio phene):poly-(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) with Triton. The polymer mixture is spin-coated on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate and ITO-coated polyethylene naphthalate plastic substrate to form a CE for use in both rigid and flexible DSSCs, respectively. The PEDOT:PSS-Triton polymer not only is transparent (up to 93%) and highly conductive but also exhibits better catalytic activity than the expensive platinum. The DSSC fabricated using the PEDOT:PSS-Triton conducting polymer CE shows better performance or higher power conversion efficiency than that using Pt-based CE, either rigid or flexible.

  17. Large area few-layer graphene/graphite films as transparent thin conducting electrodes

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    Cai, Weiwei; Zhu, Yanwu; Li, Xuesong; Piner, Richard D.; Ruoff, Rodney S.

    2009-09-01

    By dissolving carbon atoms decomposed from methane in a metal substrate at high temperatures, large area uniform few-layer graphene (FLG)/graphite films were precipitated on metal surfaces upon cooling. The thickness could be controlled by varying the amount of carbon atoms in the metal. Such films were transferred to glass slides after dissolving the metal substrate in an aqueous solution of Fe(NO3)3. Sheet resistances as low as 200 Ω/◻ with a transmittance of 85% were obtained from FLG films. The resistance and transmittance can be changed over one order of magnitude, making such films potentially useful for transparent thin conducting electrodes.

  18. Highly stable and flexible silver nanowire-graphene hybrid transparent conducting electrodes for emerging optoelectronic devices.

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    Lee, Donghwa; Lee, Hyungjin; Ahn, Yumi; Jeong, Youngjun; Lee, Dae-Young; Lee, Youngu

    2013-09-01

    A new AgNW-graphene hybrid transparent conducting electrode (TCE) was prepared by dry-transferring a chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown monolayer graphene onto a pristine AgNW TCE. The AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE exhibited excellent optical and electrical properties as well as mechanical flexibility. The AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE showed highly enhanced thermal oxidation and chemical stabilities because of the superior gas-barrier property of the graphene protection layer. Furthermore, the organic solar cells with the AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE showed excellent photovoltaic performance as well as superior long-term stability under ambient conditions. PMID:23842732

  19. Highly flexible, hybrid-structured indium tin oxides for transparent electrodes on polymer substrates

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    Triambulo, Ross E.; Kim, Jung-Hoon; Na, Min-Young; Chang, Hye-Jung; Park, Jin-Woo

    2013-06-01

    We developed highly flexible, hybrid-structured crystalline indium tin oxide (ITO) for use as transparent electrodes on polymer substrates by embedding Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) into the substrate. The hybrid ITO consists of domains in one orientation grown on the AgNPs and a matrix of the other orientation. The domains are stronger than the matrix and function as barriers to crack propagation. As a result, both the critical bending radius (rc) (under which the resistivity change (??) is less than a given value) and the change in ?? with decreasing r significantly decreased in the hybrid ITO compared with homogenous ITO.

  20. Facile and quick preparation of carbon nanohorn-based counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Lodermeyer, F; Prato, M; Costa, R D; Guldi, D M

    2016-03-31

    For the first time, Pt-free counter electrodes based on carbon nanohorns for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells were assembled by a facile and fast drop cast technique. These novel electrodes feature an effective catalytic behavior towards the reduction of I3(-) and, as such, afford even higher short-circuit current densities compared to Pt-based references. In a final device, solar cells with 7.7% efficiency were achieved. PMID:26984581

  1. Counter electrodes from conducting polymer intercalated graphene for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Ru; Tang, Qunwei; Yu, Liangmin; Yan, Xuefeng; Zhang, Zhiming; Yang, Peizhi

    2016-03-01

    Creation of cost-effective and platinum-free counter electrodes (CEs) is persistent for developing advanced dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We present here the fabrication of conducting polymers such as polyaniline (PANi), polypyrole (PPy), or poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) intercalated reduced graphene oxide (rGO) CEs on flexible Ti foil or polyethylene-terephthalate substrate for liquid-junction DSSC applications. The ration architecture integrates the high electron-conducting ability of graphene and good electrocatalytic activity of a conducting polymer into a single CE material. The preliminary results demonstrate that the resultant CEs follow an order of rGO/PPy > rGO/PANi > rGO/PEDOT > rGO. A maximal cell efficiency of 6.23% is determined on the optimized solar cell device, yielding 104.9% enhancement in comparison to rGO based device.

  2. Counter electrodes from binary ruthenium selenide alloys for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Pinjiang; Cai, Hongyuan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Lin, Lin

    2014-12-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a promising solution to global energy and environmental problems because of its merits on clean, cost-effectiveness, relatively high efficiency, and easy fabrication. However, the reduction of fabrication cost without sacrifice of power conversion efficiencies of the DSSCs is a golden rule for their commercialization. Here we design a new binary ruthenium selenide (Ru-Se) alloy counter electrodes (CEs) by a low-temperature hydrothermal reduction method. The electrochemical behaviors are evaluated by cyclic voltammogram, electrochemical impedance, and Tafel measurements, giving an optimized Ru/Se molar ratio of 1:1. The DSSC device with RuSe alloy CE achieves a power conversion efficiency of 7.15%, which is higher than 5.79% from Pt-only CE based DSSC. The new concept, easy process along with promising results provide a new approach for reducing cost but enhancing photovoltaic performances of DSSCs.

  3. A flexible polypyrrole-coated fabric counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Jie; Li, Meixia; Wu, Lei; Sun, Yongyuan; Zhu, Ligen; Gu, Shaojin; Liu, Li; Bai, Zikui; Fang, Dong; Xu, Weilin

    2014-07-01

    The current dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology is mostly based on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate. The main problem with the FTO glass substrate is its rigidity, heavyweight and high cost. DSSCs with a fabric as substrate not only offer the advantages of flexibility, stretchability and light mass, but also provide the opportunities for easy implantation to wearable electronics. Herein, a novel fabric counter electrode (CE) for DSSCs has been reported employing a daily-used cotton fabric as substrate and polypyrrole (PPy) as catalytic material. Nickel (Ni) is deposited on the cotton fabric as metal contact by a simple electroless plating method to replace the expensive FTO. PPy is synthesized by in situ polymerization of pyrrole monomer on the Ni-coated fabric. The fabric CE shows sufficient catalytic activity towards the reduction of I3-. The DSSC fabricated using the fabric CE exhibits power conversion efficiency of ∼3.30% under AM 1.5.

  4. Pt Nanourchins as Efficient and Robust Counter Electrode Materials for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Dao, Van-Duong; Choi, Ho-Suk

    2016-01-13

    This study reports on the synthesis of Pt nanourchins (PtNUs) on FTO glass surfaces and their application as an efficient and robust counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). PtNUs with sizes in the range of 100-300 nm are successfully synthesized on FTO surfaces via a simple room temperature chemical reduction of H2PtCl6 using formic acid. Note that the PtNUs have numerous Pt nanowires with 2 nm diameters and 12 nm lengths. The PtNU CE exhibits very low charge-transfer resistance for DSCs. The efficiency of DSCs fabricated with PtNU CEs is 9.39%, which is higher than that of devices assembled with Pt-sputtered CEs (8.51%). PMID:26677728

  5. Recent advances in alternative counter electrode materials for Co-mediated dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yun, Sining; Liu, Yanfang; Zhang, Taihong; Ahmad, Shahzada

    2015-07-01

    Recently, considerable attention has been paid to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) which are based on Co2+/Co3+ redox shuttles, because of their unparalleled merits including higher redox potential, reduced corrosiveness towards metallic conductors, low costs and high power conversion efficiencies (PCE) (13%). The counter electrode (CE) is an essential component in DSSCs, and plays a crucial role in catalyzing Co3+ ion reduction in Co-based DSSCs. In this mini-review, we review recent developments in CE materials for Co-mediated DSSCs including: noble metal platinum (Pt), carbon materials, transition metal compounds (TMCs), polymers, and their corresponding hybrids, highlighting important contributions worldwide that promise low cost, efficient, and robust Co-mediated DSSC systems. Additionally, the crucial challenges associated with employing these low-cost CE catalysts for Co-based redox couples in DSSCs are stressed.

  6. Multistep electrochemical deposition of hierarchical platinum alloy counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Junjun; Ma, Mingming; Tang, Qunwei; Yu, Liangmin

    2016-01-01

    The preferred platinum counter electrode (CE) has been a burden for commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) due to high expense and chemical corrosion by liquid electrolyte. In the current study, we have successfully realized the multistep deposition of platinum alloy CEs including PtNi, PtFe, and PtCo for liquid-junction DSSC applications. The preliminary results demonstrate that the enhanced electrochemical activities are attributable to high charge-transfer ability and matching work functions of the PtM (M = Ni, Fe, Co) alloy CEs to redox potential of I-/I3- electrolyte. The resultant DSSCs yield impressive power conversion efficiencies of 8.65%, 7.48%, and 7.08% with PtNi, PtFe, and PtCo CEs, respectively. On behalf of the competitive reactions between transition metals with liquid electrolyte, the PtM alloy CEs display enhanced long-term stability.

  7. Robust polyaniline-graphene complex counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    He, Benlin; Tang, Qunwei; Wang, Min; Chen, Haiyan; Yuan, Shuangshuang

    2014-06-11

    With an aim of accelerating the charge transfer between polyaniline (PANi) and graphene, polyaniline-graphene (PANi-graphene) complexes are synthesized by a reflux technique and employed as counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Because of the easy charge-transfer between PANi (N atoms) and graphene (C atoms) by a covalent bond, electrical conduction and electrocatalysis of PANi-graphene complex CEs, and therefore power conversion efficiency of their DSSCs have been elevated in comparison with that of PANi-only CE. The resultant PANi-graphene complex CEs are characterized by spectral analysis, morphology observation, and electrochemical tests. The DSSC employing PANi-8 wt graphene complex CE gives an impressive power conversion efficiency of 7.78%, which is higher than 6.24% from PANi-only and 6.52% from Pt-only CE-based DSSCs. PMID:24826943

  8. Low-cost SnS(x) counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Xiao; Hou, Yu; Zhang, Bo; Yang, Xiao Hua; Yang, Hua Gui

    2013-06-28

    SnS nanosheets (NSs), SnS nanowires (NWs) and SnS2 nanosheets were synthesized and investigated as counter electrode (CE) catalysts in a I3(-)/I(-) based dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) system for the first time. It is found that the SnS NS based DSCs show comparable power-conversion efficiency (E(ff) = 6.56%) to Pt (7.56%), while the E(ff) of SnS NW and SnS2 NS based DSCs are 5.00% and 5.14% respectively, indicating the excellent catalytic activity of SnS(x) for the reduction of triiodide to iodide. PMID:23695289

  9. Cost-effective platinum alloy counter electrodes for liquid-junction dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Yanjuan; Tang, Qunwei; Yu, Liangmin; Yan, Xuefeng; Dong, Lei

    2016-02-01

    One of the challenges in developing advanced dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is the pursuit of cost-effective and robust counter electrodes (CEs). We present here the successful synthesis of binary PtxM100-x (M = Ni, Co, Fe) alloy nanostructures on Ti foil by a facile and environmental-friendly strategy for utilization as CEs in liquid-junction DSSCs. Due to the reasonable charge-transfer ability and excellent electrocatalytic activity, the resultant DSSC yields a promising power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.42% with binary Pt0.28Ni99.72 CE in comparison with 6.18% for pristine Pt CE based device. The easy synthesis, cost-effectiveness, and good electrocatalytic property may help the Pt0.28Ni99.72 nanostructure stand out as an alternative CE electrocatalyst in a DSSC.

  10. Floating compression of Ag nanowire networks for effective strain release of stretchable transparent electrodes.

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    Pyo, Jun Beom; Kim, Byoung Soo; Park, Hyunchul; Kim, Tae Ann; Koo, Chong Min; Lee, Jonghwi; Son, Jeong Gon; Lee, Sang-Soo; Park, Jong Hyuk

    2015-10-21

    Manipulation of the configuration of Ag nanowire (NW) networks has been pursued to enhance the performance of stretchable transparent electrodes. However, it has remained challenging due to the high Young's modulus and low yield strain of Ag NWs, which lead to their mechanical failure when subjected to structural deformation. We demonstrate that floating a Ag NW network on water and subsequent in-plane compression allows convenient development of a wavy configuration in the Ag NW network, which can release the applied strain. A greatly enhanced electromechanical stability of Ag NW networks can be achieved due to their wavy configuration, while the NW networks maintain the desirable optical and electrical properties. Moreover, the produced NW networks can be transferred to a variety of substrates, offering flexibility for device fabrication. The Ag NW networks with wavy configurations are used as compliant electrodes for dielectric elastomer actuators. The study demonstrates their promising potential to provide improved performance for soft electronic devices. PMID:26394660

  11. Large-Area, Transparent And Conductive Graphene Electrode For Bulk-Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices

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    Choe, Minhyeok; Lee, Byoung Hoon; Jo, Gunho; Park, June; Park, Woojin; Lee, Sangchul; Hong, Woong-Ki; Seong, Maeng-Je; Kahng, Yung Ho; Lee, Kwanghee; Lee, Takhee

    2011-12-01

    We present application results of synthesized graphene films as transparent and conductive electrodes of organic photovoltaic devices. The graphene films were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique on nickel substrates and showed a low sheet resistance of ˜605 Ω/⃞ and transmittance of 87% in the visible wavelength range. The performance of graphene-applied organic photovoltaic cell was enhanced by intermediating TiOX layer to yield an overall power conversion efficiency of 2.60% which is the higher efficiency among the efficiencies of photovoltaic cells with graphene electrodes. Our demonstration of highly efficient graphene-adopted photovoltaic cells may foster thrusting the fast-progressing graphene technology into the practical realm of organic photovoltaic cells.

  12. Modelling of optical transport behavior of organic photovoltaic devices with nano-pillar transparent conducting electrodes

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    Jagdish, A. K.; Ramamurthy, Praveen C.; Mahapatra, D. Roy; Hegde, Gopalkrishna

    2014-08-01

    Optical transport behavior of organic photo-voltaic devices with nano-pillar transparent electrodes is investigated in this paper in order to understand possible enhancement of their charge-collection efficiency. Modeling and simulations of optical transport due to this architecture show an interesting regime of length-scale dependent optical characteristics. An electromagnetic wave propagation model is employed with simulation objectives toward understanding the mechanism of optical scattering and waveguide effects due to the nano-pillars and effective transmission through the active layer. Partial filling of gaps between the nano-pillars due to the nano-fabrication process is taken into consideration. Observations made in this paper will facilitate appropriate design rules for nano-pillar electrodes.

  13. Fabrication of high aspect ratio nanogrid transparent electrodes via capillary assembly of Ag nanoparticles.

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    Kang, Juhoon; Park, Chang-Goo; Lee, Su-Han; Cho, Changsoon; Choi, Dae-Geun; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-06-01

    In this report, we describe the fabrication of periodic Ag nanogrid electrodes by capillary assembly of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) along patterned nanogrid templates. By assembling the AgNPs into these high-aspect-ratio nanogrid patterns, we can obtain high-aspect-ratio nanogratings, which can overcome the inherent trade-off between the optical transmittance and the sheet resistance of transparent electrodes. The junction resistance between the AgNPs is effectively reduced by photochemical welding and post-annealing. The fabricated high-aspect-ratio nanogrid structure with a line width of 150 nm and a height of 450 nm has a sheet resistance of 15.2 Ω sq(-1) and an optical transmittance of 85.4%. PMID:27187802

  14. Floating compression of Ag nanowire networks for effective strain release of stretchable transparent electrodes

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    Pyo, Jun Beom; Kim, Byoung Soo; Park, Hyunchul; Kim, Tae Ann; Koo, Chong Min; Lee, Jonghwi; Son, Jeong Gon; Lee, Sang-Soo; Park, Jong Hyuk

    2015-10-01

    Manipulation of the configuration of Ag nanowire (NW) networks has been pursued to enhance the performance of stretchable transparent electrodes. However, it has remained challenging due to the high Young's modulus and low yield strain of Ag NWs, which lead to their mechanical failure when subjected to structural deformation. We demonstrate that floating a Ag NW network on water and subsequent in-plane compression allows convenient development of a wavy configuration in the Ag NW network, which can release the applied strain. A greatly enhanced electromechanical stability of Ag NW networks can be achieved due to their wavy configuration, while the NW networks maintain the desirable optical and electrical properties. Moreover, the produced NW networks can be transferred to a variety of substrates, offering flexibility for device fabrication. The Ag NW networks with wavy configurations are used as compliant electrodes for dielectric elastomer actuators. The study demonstrates their promising potential to provide improved performance for soft electronic devices.Manipulation of the configuration of Ag nanowire (NW) networks has been pursued to enhance the performance of stretchable transparent electrodes. However, it has remained challenging due to the high Young's modulus and low yield strain of Ag NWs, which lead to their mechanical failure when subjected to structural deformation. We demonstrate that floating a Ag NW network on water and subsequent in-plane compression allows convenient development of a wavy configuration in the Ag NW network, which can release the applied strain. A greatly enhanced electromechanical stability of Ag NW networks can be achieved due to their wavy configuration, while the NW networks maintain the desirable optical and electrical properties. Moreover, the produced NW networks can be transferred to a variety of substrates, offering flexibility for device fabrication. The Ag NW networks with wavy configurations are used as compliant electrodes for dielectric elastomer actuators. The study demonstrates their promising potential to provide improved performance for soft electronic devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03814f

  15. Transparent electrodes for high E-field production using a buried indium tin oxide layer.

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    Gunton, Will; Polovy, Gene; Semczuk, Mariusz; Madison, Kirk W

    2016-03-01

    We present a design and characterization of optically transparent electrodes suitable for atomic and molecular physics experiments where high optical access is required. The electrodes can be operated in air at standard atmospheric pressure and do not suffer electrical breakdown even for electric fields far exceeding the dielectric breakdown of air. This is achieved by putting an indium tin oxide coated dielectric substrate inside a stack of dielectric substrates, which prevents ion avalanche resulting from Townsend discharge. With this design, we observe no arcing for fields of up to 120 kV/cm. Using these plates, we directly verify the production of electric fields up to 18 kV/cm inside a quartz vacuum cell by a spectroscopic measurement of the dc Stark shift of the 5(2)S1/2 → 5(2)P3/2 transition for a cloud of laser cooled rubidium atoms. We also report on the shielding of the electric field and on the residual electric fields that persist within the vacuum cell once the electrodes are discharged. In addition, we discuss observed atom loss that results from the motion of free charges within the vacuum. The observed asymmetry of these phenomena on the bias of the electrodes suggests that field emission of electrons within the vacuum is primarily responsible for these effects and may indicate a way of mitigating them. PMID:27036764

  16. Transparent electrodes for high E-field production using a buried indium tin oxide layer

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    Gunton, Will; Polovy, Gene; Semczuk, Mariusz; Madison, Kirk W.

    2016-03-01

    We present a design and characterization of optically transparent electrodes suitable for atomic and molecular physics experiments where high optical access is required. The electrodes can be operated in air at standard atmospheric pressure and do not suffer electrical breakdown even for electric fields far exceeding the dielectric breakdown of air. This is achieved by putting an indium tin oxide coated dielectric substrate inside a stack of dielectric substrates, which prevents ion avalanche resulting from Townsend discharge. With this design, we observe no arcing for fields of up to 120 kV/cm. Using these plates, we directly verify the production of electric fields up to 18 kV/cm inside a quartz vacuum cell by a spectroscopic measurement of the dc Stark shift of the 52S1/2 → 52P3/2 transition for a cloud of laser cooled rubidium atoms. We also report on the shielding of the electric field and on the residual electric fields that persist within the vacuum cell once the electrodes are discharged. In addition, we discuss observed atom loss that results from the motion of free charges within the vacuum. The observed asymmetry of these phenomena on the bias of the electrodes suggests that field emission of electrons within the vacuum is primarily responsible for these effects and may indicate a way of mitigating them.

  17. Dye sensitized solar cells with a plastic counter electrode of poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate)

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    Kanciurzewska, Anna; Dobruchowska, Ewa; Baranzahi, Amir; Carlegrim, Elin; Fahlman, Ana; Fahlman, Mats; Gîrţu, Mihai A.

    2007-09-01

    We report on dye sensitized solar cells with PEDOT-PSS coated directly on flexible polyester substrate as counter electrode. The behavior of such plastic counter electrode in the presence of I - /I 3 redox electrolyte has been investigated with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We have found that some of iodine species are "trapped" within the PEDOT-PSS layer. The presence of I 3 - , I II and PEDOT charge transfer complexes with iodine species may block the surface of the electrode. Furthermore, the PEDOT may be further oxidized (p-doped) during cell operation, which in turn may cause over oxidation and loss of conductivity in the PEDOT-PSS film. The interactions between PEDOT and iodine species may be enlarged because of the partial loss of PSS protective counter ion. The result is a decrease of PEDOT-PSS catalytic activity for reduction of I 3 - to I - in the redox electrolyte and worse cell performance than in the case of DSSC with Pt counter electrode.

  18. Rapid atmospheric pressure plasma jet processed reduced graphene oxide counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liu, Hsiao-Wei; Liang, Sheng-Ping; Wu, Ting-Jui; Chang, Haoming; Kao, Peng-Kai; Hsu, Cheng-Che; Chen, Jian-Zhang; Chou, Pi-Tai; Cheng, I-Chun

    2014-09-10

    In this work, we present the use of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as the counter electrode materials in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). rGO was first deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate by screen-printing, followed by post-treatment to remove excessive organic additives. We investigated the effect of atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) treatment on the DSSC performance. A power conversion efficiency of 5.19% was reached when DSSCs with an rGO counter electrode were treated by APPJs in the ambient air for a few seconds. For comparison, it requires a conventional calcination process at 400 °C for 15 min to obtain comparable efficiency. Scanning electron micrographs show that the APPJ treatment modifies the rGO structure, which may reduce its conductivity in part but simultaneously greatly enhances its catalytic activity. Combined with the rapid removal of organic additives by the highly reactive APPJ, DSSCs with APPJ-treated rGO counter electrode show comparable efficiencies to furnace-calcined rGO counter electrodes with greatly reduced process time. This ultrashort process time renders an estimated energy consumption per unit area of 1.1 kJ/cm(2), which is only one-third of that consumed in a conventional furnace calcination process. This new methodology thus saves energy, cost, and time, which is greatly beneficial to future mass production. PMID:25127290

  19. Synthesis and characterization of DSSC by using Pt nano-counter electrode: photosensor applications

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    Yahia, I. S.; AlFaify, S.; Al-ghamdi, Attieh A.; Hafez, Hoda S.; EL-Bashir, S.; Al-Bassam, A.; El-Naggar, A. M.; Yakuphanoglu, F.

    2016-06-01

    Pt electrode prepared by chemical method has been employed as counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell. TiO2 nanomaterial was deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate to be used as photoanode. Structure of the TiO2 and Pt films was investigated by atomic force microscope. The effect of illumination intensity on the photovoltaic parameters such as open circuit voltage, short circuit current density, output power, fill factor and efficiency of these cells was investigated in the range 2.5-130 mW/cm-2. The cell efficiency is stable above 70 mW/cm2. The fill factor is almost constant all over the studied range of illumination intensity. Impedance spectroscopy of the studied device as the summary measurements of the capacitance-voltage, conductance-voltage and series resistance-voltage characteristics were investigated in a wide range of frequencies (5 kHz-1 MHz). At low frequencies, the capacitance has positive values with peak around the origin due to the interfaces. At 200 and 300 kHz, the capacitance is inverted to negative with further increasing of the positive biasing voltage. Above 400 kHz, C-V profile shows complete negative behavior. Also, the impedance-voltage and phase-voltage characteristics were investigated. This cell shows a new promising device for photosensor applications due to high sensitivity in low and high illuminations.

  20. High efficiency organic-electrolyte DSSC based on hydrothermally deposited titanium carbide-carbon counter electrodes

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    Towannang, Madsakorn; Kumlangwan, Pantiwa; Maiaugree, Wasan; Ratchaphonsaenwong, Kunthaya; Harnchana, Viyada; Jarenboon, Wirat; Pimanpang, Samuk; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2015-07-01

    Pt-free TiC based electrodes were hydrothermally deposited onto FTO/glass substrates and used as dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) counter electrodes. A promising efficiency of 3.07% was obtained from the annealed hydrothermal TiC DSSCs based on a disulfide/thiolate electrolyte. A pronounced improvement in performance of 3.59% was achieved by compositing TiC with carbon, compared to that of a Pt DSSC, 3.84%. TEM analysis detected that the TiC particle surfaces were coated by thin carbon layer (7 nm). The SAED pattern and Raman spectrum of TiC-carbon films suggested that the carbon layer was composed of amorphous and graphite carbon. The formation of graphite on the TiC nanoparticles plays a crucial role in enhancing the film's reduction current to 10.12 mA/cm2 and in reducing the film impedance to 237.63 Ω, resulting in a high efficiency of the TiC-carbon DSSC. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  1. A novel hierarchical Pt- and FTO-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell

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    2014-01-01

    A novel hierarchical Pt- and FTO-free counter electrode (CE) for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was prepared by spin coating the mixture of TiO2 nanoparticles and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) solution onto the glass substrate. Compared with traditional Pt/FTO CE, the cost of the new CE is dramatically reduced by the application of bilayer TiO2-PEDOT:PSS/PEDOT:PSS film and the glass substrate. The sheet resistance of this composite film is 35 Ω sq−1 and is low enough to be used as an electrode. The surface morphologies of TiO2-PEDOT:PSS layer and modified PEDOT:PSS layer were characterized by scanning electron microscope, which shows that the former had larger surface areas than the latter. Electrochemical impedance spectra and Tafel polarization curves prove that the catalytic activity of TiO2-PEDOT:PSS/PEDOT:PSS/glass CE is higher than that of PEDOT:PSS/FTO CE and is similar to Pt/FTO CE's. This new fabricated device with TiO2-PEDOT:PSS/PEDOT:PSS/glass CE achieves a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.67%, reaching 91.39% of DSSC with Pt/FTO CE (5.11%). PMID:24808802

  2. Pt-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells with high efficiency.

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    Yun, Sining; Hagfeldt, Anders; Ma, Tingli

    2014-09-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted widespread attention in recent years as potential cost-effective alternatives to silicon-based and thin-film solar cells. Within typical DSSCs, the counter electrode (CE) is vital to collect electrons from the external circuit and catalyze the I3- reduction in the electrolyte. Careful design of the CEs can improve the catalytic activity and chemical stability associated with the liquid redox electrolyte used in most cells. In this Progress Report, advances made by our groups in the development of CEs for DSSCs are reviewed, highlighting important contributions that promise low-cost, efficient, and robust DSSC systems. Specifically, we focus on the design of novel Pt-free CE catalytic materials, including design ideas, fabrication approaches, characterization techniques, first-principle density functional theory (DFT) calculations, ab-initio Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CPMD) simulations, and stability evaluations, that serve as practical alternatives to conventional noble metal Pt electrodes. We stress the merits and demerits of well-designed Pt-free CEs, such as carbon materials, conductive polymers, transition metal compounds (TMCs) and their corresponding hybrids. Also, the prospects and challenges of alternative Pt catalysts for their applications in new-type DSSCs and other catalytic fields are discussed. PMID:25080873

  3. A novel hierarchical Pt- and FTO-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Zhao, Xing; Li, Meicheng; Song, Dandan; Cui, Peng; Zhang, Zhirong; Zhao, Yan; Shen, Chao; Zhang, Zhaohuang

    2014-01-01

    A novel hierarchical Pt- and FTO-free counter electrode (CE) for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was prepared by spin coating the mixture of TiO2 nanoparticles and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) solution onto the glass substrate. Compared with traditional Pt/FTO CE, the cost of the new CE is dramatically reduced by the application of bilayer TiO2-PEDOT:PSS/PEDOT:PSS film and the glass substrate. The sheet resistance of this composite film is 35 Ω sq(-1) and is low enough to be used as an electrode. The surface morphologies of TiO2-PEDOT:PSS layer and modified PEDOT:PSS layer were characterized by scanning electron microscope, which shows that the former had larger surface areas than the latter. Electrochemical impedance spectra and Tafel polarization curves prove that the catalytic activity of TiO2-PEDOT:PSS/PEDOT:PSS/glass CE is higher than that of PEDOT:PSS/FTO CE and is similar to Pt/FTO CE's. This new fabricated device with TiO2-PEDOT:PSS/PEDOT:PSS/glass CE achieves a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.67%, reaching 91.39% of DSSC with Pt/FTO CE (5.11%). PMID:24808802

  4. Highly efficient and bendable organic solar cells using a three-dimensional transparent conducting electrode

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    Wang, Wei; Bae, Tae-Sung; Park, Yeon Hyun; Kim, Dong Ho; Lee, Sunghun; Min, Guanghui; Lee, Gun-Hwan; Song, Myungkwan; Yun, Jungheum

    2014-05-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) transparent conducting electrode, consisting of a quasi-periodic array of discrete indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanoparticles superimposed on a highly conducting oxide-metal-oxide multilayer using ITO and silver oxide (AgOx) as oxide and metal layers, respectively, is synthesized on a polymer substrate and used as an anode in highly flexible organic solar cells (OSCs). The 3D electrode is fabricated using vacuum sputtering sequences to achieve self-assembly of distinct ITO nanoparticles on a continuous ITO-AgOx-ITO multilayer at room-temperature without applying conventional high-temperature vapour-liquid-solid growth, solution-based nanoparticle coating, or complicated nanopatterning techniques. Since the 3D electrode enhances the hole-extraction rate in OSCs owing to its high surface area and low effective series resistance for hole transport, OSCs based on this 3D electrode exhibit a power conversion efficiency that is 11-22% higher than that achievable in OSCs by means of conventional planar ITO film-type electrodes. A record high efficiency of 6.74% can be achieved in a bendable OSC fabricated on a poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrate.A three-dimensional (3D) transparent conducting electrode, consisting of a quasi-periodic array of discrete indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanoparticles superimposed on a highly conducting oxide-metal-oxide multilayer using ITO and silver oxide (AgOx) as oxide and metal layers, respectively, is synthesized on a polymer substrate and used as an anode in highly flexible organic solar cells (OSCs). The 3D electrode is fabricated using vacuum sputtering sequences to achieve self-assembly of distinct ITO nanoparticles on a continuous ITO-AgOx-ITO multilayer at room-temperature without applying conventional high-temperature vapour-liquid-solid growth, solution-based nanoparticle coating, or complicated nanopatterning techniques. Since the 3D electrode enhances the hole-extraction rate in OSCs owing to its high surface area and low effective series resistance for hole transport, OSCs based on this 3D electrode exhibit a power conversion efficiency that is 11-22% higher than that achievable in OSCs by means of conventional planar ITO film-type electrodes. A record high efficiency of 6.74% can be achieved in a bendable OSC fabricated on a poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrate. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: FE-SEM images of Ar plasma-treated PET surfaces, curve deconvolution of XPS Ag 3d5/2 spectra, refractive indices and extinction coefficients of the Ag and AgOx (O/Ag = 10 at%), changes in the specular reflections of the IAOI-NPA and IAI-NPA electrodes for different O/Ag atomic ratios and thicknesses of the AgOx layer, and comparisons between the Jsc values determined from simulated AM 1.5G illumination and IPCE spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr06755f

  5. Highly stable and flexible silver nanowire-graphene hybrid transparent conducting electrodes for emerging optoelectronic devices

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    Lee, Donghwa; Lee, Hyungjin; Ahn, Yumi; Jeong, Youngjun; Lee, Dae-Young; Lee, Youngu

    2013-08-01

    A new AgNW-graphene hybrid transparent conducting electrode (TCE) was prepared by dry-transferring a chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown monolayer graphene onto a pristine AgNW TCE. The AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE exhibited excellent optical and electrical properties as well as mechanical flexibility. The AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE showed highly enhanced thermal oxidation and chemical stabilities because of the superior gas-barrier property of the graphene protection layer. Furthermore, the organic solar cells with the AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE showed excellent photovoltaic performance as well as superior long-term stability under ambient conditions.A new AgNW-graphene hybrid transparent conducting electrode (TCE) was prepared by dry-transferring a chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown monolayer graphene onto a pristine AgNW TCE. The AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE exhibited excellent optical and electrical properties as well as mechanical flexibility. The AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE showed highly enhanced thermal oxidation and chemical stabilities because of the superior gas-barrier property of the graphene protection layer. Furthermore, the organic solar cells with the AgNW-graphene hybrid TCE showed excellent photovoltaic performance as well as superior long-term stability under ambient conditions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed electrical connection, mechanical flexibility, and chemical stability tests of the AgNW and AgNW-graphene hybrid TCEs are included. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02320f

  6. Optimization of silver nanowire-based transparent electrodes: effects of density, size and thermal annealing

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    Lagrange, M.; Langley, D. P.; Giusti, G.; Jiménez, C.; Bréchet, Y.; Bellet, D.

    2015-10-01

    Silver nanowire (AgNW) networks are efficient as flexible transparent electrodes, and are cheaper to fabricate than ITO (Indium Tin Oxide). Hence they are a serious competitor as an alternative to ITO in many applications such as solar cells, OLEDs, transparent heaters. Electrical and optical properties of AgNW networks deposited on glass are investigated in this study and an efficient method to optimize them is proposed. This paper relates network density, nanowire dimensions and thermal annealing directly to the physical properties of the nanowire networksusing original physical models. A fair agreement is found between experimental data and the proposed models. Moreover thermal stability of the nanowires is a key issue in thermal optimization of such networks and needs to be studied. In this work the impact of these four parameters on the networks physical properties are thoroughly investigated via in situ measurements and modelling, such a method being also applicable to other metallic nanowire networks. We demonstrate that this approach enables the optimization of both optical and electrical properties through modification of the junction resistance by thermal annealing, and a suitable choice of nanowire dimensions and network density. This work reports excellent optical and electrical properties of electrodes fabricated from AgNW networks with a transmittance T = 89.2% (at 550 nm) and a sheet resistance of Rs = 2.9 Ω □-1, leading to the highest reported figure of merit.

  7. Optimization of silver nanowire-based transparent electrodes: effects of density, size and thermal annealing.

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    Lagrange, M; Langley, D P; Giusti, G; Jiménez, C; Bréchet, Y; Bellet, D

    2015-11-01

    Silver nanowire (AgNW) networks are efficient as flexible transparent electrodes, and are cheaper to fabricate than ITO (Indium Tin Oxide). Hence they are a serious competitor as an alternative to ITO in many applications such as solar cells, OLEDs, transparent heaters. Electrical and optical properties of AgNW networks deposited on glass are investigated in this study and an efficient method to optimize them is proposed. This paper relates network density, nanowire dimensions and thermal annealing directly to the physical properties of the nanowire networksusing original physical models. A fair agreement is found between experimental data and the proposed models. Moreover thermal stability of the nanowires is a key issue in thermal optimization of such networks and needs to be studied. In this work the impact of these four parameters on the networks physical properties are thoroughly investigated via in situ measurements and modelling, such a method being also applicable to other metallic nanowire networks. We demonstrate that this approach enables the optimization of both optical and electrical properties through modification of the junction resistance by thermal annealing, and a suitable choice of nanowire dimensions and network density. This work reports excellent optical and electrical properties of electrodes fabricated from AgNW networks with a transmittance T = 89.2% (at 550 nm) and a sheet resistance of Rs = 2.9 Ω □(-1), leading to the highest reported figure of merit. PMID:26437607

  8. Fabrication of highly efficient transparent metal thin film electrodes using Direct Laser Interference Patterning

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    Eckhardt, S.; Müller-Meskamp, L.; Loeser, M.; Siebold, M.; Lasagni, A. F.

    2015-03-01

    The demand of highly efficient transparent electrodes without the use of rare earth materials such as indium requires a new generation of thin metallic films with both high transparency and electrical conductivity. For this purpose, Direct Laser interference Patterning was used to fabricate periodic hole-like surface patterns on thin metallic films in order to improve their optical transparency by selective laser ablation of the material and at the same time keeping the electrical properties at an acceptable level. Metallic films consisting of aluminum and copper with film thicknesses ranging between 5 and 40 nm were deposited on glass substrates and treated with nanosecond and picosecond pulse laser system. In order to analyze the processability of the films, the laser ablation threshold for each material as function of the layer thickness and pulse duration was firstly determined. After analyzing these initial experiments, the samples were structured with a 1.7 μm spatial period hole-like-pattern using three beam direct laser interference patterning. The structural quality of the fabricated structures was analyzed as function laser energy density (laser fluence) using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atom force microscopy (AFM). Finally, optical and electrical properties of the films were characterized using optical spectroscopy, as well as surface impedance measurements.

  9. Counter-ion Dependent, Longitudinal Unzipping of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes to Highly Conductive and Transparent Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Shinde, Dhanraj B.; Majumder, Mainak; Pillai, Vijayamohanan K.

    2014-01-01

    Here we report for the first time, a simple hydrothermal approach for the bulk production of highly conductive and transparent graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) using several counter ions from K2SO4, KNO3, KOH and H2SO4 in aqueous media, where, selective intercalation followed by exfoliation gives highly conducting GNRs with over 80% yield. In these experiments, sulfate and nitrate ions act as a co-intercalant along with potassium ions resulting into exfoliation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in an effective manner. The striking similarity of experimental results in KOH and H2SO4 that demonstrates partially damaged MWCNTs, implies that no individual K+, SO42− ion plays a key role in unwrapping of MWCNTs, rather this process is largely effective in the presence of both cations and anions working in a cooperative manner. The GNRs can be used for preparing conductive 16 kΩsq−1, transparent (82%) and flexible thin films using low cost fabrication method. PMID:24621526

  10. Counter-ion Dependent, Longitudinal Unzipping of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes to Highly Conductive and Transparent Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Shinde, Dhanraj B.; Majumder, Mainak; Pillai, Vijayamohanan K.

    2014-03-01

    Here we report for the first time, a simple hydrothermal approach for the bulk production of highly conductive and transparent graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) using several counter ions from K2SO4, KNO3, KOH and H2SO4 in aqueous media, where, selective intercalation followed by exfoliation gives highly conducting GNRs with over 80% yield. In these experiments, sulfate and nitrate ions act as a co-intercalant along with potassium ions resulting into exfoliation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in an effective manner. The striking similarity of experimental results in KOH and H2SO4 that demonstrates partially damaged MWCNTs, implies that no individual K+, SO42- ion plays a key role in unwrapping of MWCNTs, rather this process is largely effective in the presence of both cations and anions working in a cooperative manner. The GNRs can be used for preparing conductive 16 kΩsq-1, transparent (82%) and flexible thin films using low cost fabrication method.

  11. Counter-ion dependent, longitudinal unzipping of multi-walled carbon nanotubes to highly conductive and transparent graphene nanoribbons.

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    Shinde, Dhanraj B; Majumder, Mainak; Pillai, Vijayamohanan K

    2014-01-01

    Here we report for the first time, a simple hydrothermal approach for the bulk production of highly conductive and transparent graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) using several counter ions from K2SO4, KNO3, KOH and H2SO4 in aqueous media, where, selective intercalation followed by exfoliation gives highly conducting GNRs with over 80% yield. In these experiments, sulfate and nitrate ions act as a co-intercalant along with potassium ions resulting into exfoliation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in an effective manner. The striking similarity of experimental results in KOH and H2SO4 that demonstrates partially damaged MWCNTs, implies that no individual K(+), SO4(2-) ion plays a key role in unwrapping of MWCNTs, rather this process is largely effective in the presence of both cations and anions working in a cooperative manner. The GNRs can be used for preparing conductive 16?k?sq(-1), transparent (82%) and flexible thin films using low cost fabrication method. PMID:24621526

  12. Reference and counter electrode positions affect electrochemical characterization of bioanodes in different bioelectrochemical systems.

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    Zhang, Fang; Liu, Jia; Ivanov, Ivan; Hatzell, Marta C; Yang, Wulin; Ahn, Yongtae; Logan, Bruce E

    2014-10-01

    The placement of the reference electrode (RE) in various bioelectrochemical systems is often varied to accommodate different reactor configurations. While the effect of the RE placement is well understood from a strictly electrochemistry perspective, there are impacts on exoelectrogenic biofilms in engineered systems that have not been adequately addressed. Varying distances between the working electrode (WE) and the RE, or the RE and the counter electrode (CE) in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) can alter bioanode characteristics. With well-spaced anode and cathode distances in an MFC, increasing the distance between the RE and anode (WE) altered bioanode cyclic voltammograms (CVs) due to the uncompensated ohmic drop. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) also changed with RE distances, resulting in a calculated increase in anode resistance that varied between 17 and 31 Ω (-0.2 V). While WE potentials could be corrected with ohmic drop compensation during the CV tests, they could not be automatically corrected by the potentiostat in the EIS tests. The electrochemical characteristics of bioanodes were altered by their acclimation to different anode potentials that resulted from varying the distance between the RE and the CE (cathode). These differences were true changes in biofilm characteristics because the CVs were electrochemically independent of conditions resulting from changing CE to RE distances. Placing the RE outside of the current path enabled accurate bioanode characterization using CVs and EIS due to negligible ohmic resistances (0.4 Ω). It is therefore concluded for bioelectrochemical systems that when possible, the RE should be placed outside the current path and near the WE, as this will result in more accurate representation of bioanode characteristics. PMID:24729040

  13. Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets as high-efficiency counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wang, Guiqiang; Zhang, Juan; Hou, Shuo; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Zengdian

    2016-05-01

    Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets (ENGNPs) are prepared by a simple and eco-friendly mechanochemical pin-grinding process using flake graphite as the precursor in the presence of nitrogen and investigated as the counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). SEM images and nitrogen adsorption analysis indicate an effective and spontaneous delamination of the pristine graphite into small graphene nanoplatelets by a mechanochemical pin-grinding process. The mechanochemical cracking of the graphitic C-C bond generates activated carbon sites that react directly with nitrogen at the broken edges. The resultant ENGNPs are deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by spray coating, and their electrocatalytic activities are investigated systemically in the I(-)/I3(-) redox electrolyte. Electrochemical measurements show that the ENGNP electrode possesses excellent electrocatalytic activity for the redox reaction of I(-)/I3(-) as evidenced by the low charge-transfer resistance at the interface of the electrode and electrolyte. Under 100 mW cm(-2) illumination, the DSC with the optimized ENGNP counter electrode achieves a conversion efficiency of 7.69%, which is comparable to that of the device with Pt counter electrode. PMID:27109138

  14. A study of TiO2/carbon black composition as counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2013-01-01

    This study describes a systematic approach of TiO2/carbon black nanoparticles with respect to the loading amount in order to optimize the catalytic ability of triiodide reduction for dye-sensitized solar cells. In particular, the cell using an optimized TiO2 and carbon black electrode presents an energy conversion efficiency of 7.4% with a 5:1 ratio of a 40-nm TiO2 to carbon black. Based on the electrochemical analysis, the charge-transfer resistance of the carbon counter electrode changed based on the carbon black powder content. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry study show lower resistance compared to the Pt counter electrode. The obtained nanostructures and photo electrochemical study were characterized. PMID:23672498

  15. Critical Role of Diels-Adler Adducts to Realise Stretchable Transparent Electrodes Based on Silver Nanowires and Silicone Elastomer.

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    Heo, Gaeun; Pyo, Kyoung-Hee; Lee, Da Hee; Kim, Youngmin; Kim, Jong-Woong

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the successful fabrication of a transparent electrode comprising a sandwich structure of silicone/Ag nanowires (AgNWs)/silicone equipped with Diels-Alder (DA) adducts as crosslinkers to realise highly stable stretchability. Because of the reversible DA reaction, the crosslinked silicone successfully bonds with the silicone overcoat, which should completely seal the electrode. Thus, any surrounding liquid cannot leak through the interfaces among the constituents. Furthermore, the nanowires are protected by the silicone cover when they are stressed by mechanical loads such as bending, folding, and stretching. After delicate optimisation of the layered silicone/AgNW/silicone sandwich structure, a stretchable transparent electrode which can withstand 1000 cycles of 50% stretching-releasing with an exceptionally high stability and reversibility was fabricated. This structure can be used as a transparent strain sensor; it possesses a strong piezoresistivity with a gauge factor greater than 11. PMID:27140436

  16. Multilayer Transparent Top Electrode for Solution Processed Perovskite/Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 Four Terminal Tandem Solar Cells.

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    Yang, Yang Michael; Chen, Qi; Hsieh, Yao-Tsung; Song, Tze-Bin; Marco, Nicholas De; Zhou, Huanping; Yang, Yang

    2015-07-28

    Halide perovskites (PVSK) have attracted much attention in recent years due to their high potential as a next generation solar cell material. To further improve perovskites progress toward a state-of-the-art technology, it is desirable to create a tandem structure in which perovskite may be stacked with a current prevailing solar cell such as silicon (Si) or Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 (CIGS). The transparent top electrode is one of the key components as well as challenges to realize such tandem structure. Herein, we develop a multilayer transparent top electrode for perovskite photovoltaic devices delivering an 11.5% efficiency in top illumination mode. The transparent electrode is based on a dielectric/metal/dielectric structure, featuring an ultrathin gold seeded silver layer. A four terminal tandem solar cell employing solution processed CIGS and perovskite cells is also demonstrated with over 15% efficiency. PMID:26098134

  17. Critical Role of Diels–Adler Adducts to Realise Stretchable Transparent Electrodes Based on Silver Nanowires and Silicone Elastomer

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    Heo, Gaeun; Pyo, Kyoung-hee; Lee, Da Hee; Kim, Youngmin; Kim, Jong-Woong

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the successful fabrication of a transparent electrode comprising a sandwich structure of silicone/Ag nanowires (AgNWs)/silicone equipped with Diels–Alder (DA) adducts as crosslinkers to realise highly stable stretchability. Because of the reversible DA reaction, the crosslinked silicone successfully bonds with the silicone overcoat, which should completely seal the electrode. Thus, any surrounding liquid cannot leak through the interfaces among the constituents. Furthermore, the nanowires are protected by the silicone cover when they are stressed by mechanical loads such as bending, folding, and stretching. After delicate optimisation of the layered silicone/AgNW/silicone sandwich structure, a stretchable transparent electrode which can withstand 1000 cycles of 50% stretching–releasing with an exceptionally high stability and reversibility was fabricated. This structure can be used as a transparent strain sensor; it possesses a strong piezoresistivity with a gauge factor greater than 11. PMID:27140436

  18. Unraveling the physics of vertical organic field effect transistors through nanoscale engineering of a self-assembled transparent electrode.

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    Ben-Sasson, Ariel J; Tessler, Nir

    2012-09-12

    While organic transistors' performances are continually pushed to achieve lower power consumption, higher working frequencies, and higher current densities, a new type of organic transistors characterized by a vertical architecture offers a radically different design approach to outperform its traditional counterparts. Naturally, the distinct vertical architecture gives way to different governing physical ground rules and structural key features such as the need for an embedded transparent electrode. In this paper, we make use of a zero-frequency electric field-transparent patterned electrode produced through block-copolymer self-assembly based lithography to control the performances of the vertical organic field effect transistor (VOFET) and to study its governing physical mechanisms. Unlike other VOFET structures, this design, involving well-defined electrode architecture, is fully tractable, allowing for detailed modeling, analysis, and optimization. We provide for the first time a complete account of the physics underpinning the VOFET operation, considering two complementary mechanisms: the virtual contact formation (Schottky barrier lowering) and the induced potential barrier (solid-state triode-like shielding). We demonstrate how each mechanism, separately, accounts for the link between controllable nanoscale structural modifications in the patterned electrode and the VOFET performances. For example, the ON/OFF current ratio increases by up to 2 orders of magnitude when the perforations aspect ratio (height/width) decreases from ∼0.2 to ∼0.1. The patterned electrode is demonstrated to be not only penetrable to zero-frequency electric fields but also transparent in the visible spectrum, featuring uniformity, spike-free structure, material diversity, amenability with flexible surfaces, low sheet resistance (20-2000 Ω sq(-1)) and high transparency (60-90%). The excellent layer transparency of the patterned electrode and the VOFET's exceptional electrical performances make them both promising elements for future transparent and/or efficient organic electronics. PMID:22934789

  19. Aligned silver nanowire-based transparent electrodes for engineering polarisation-selective optoelectronics

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    Park, Byoungchoo; Bae, In-Gon; Huh, Yoon Ho

    2016-01-01

    We herein report on a remarkably simple, fast, and economic way of fabricating homogeneous and well oriented silver nanowires (AgNWs) that exhibit strong in-plane electrical and optical anisotropies. Using a small quantity of AgNW suspension, the horizontal-dip (H-dip) coating method was applied, in which highly oriented AgNWs were deposited unidirectionally along the direction of coating over centimetre-scale lengths very rapidly. In applying the H-dip-coating method, we adjusted the shear strain rate of the capillary flow in the Landau-Levich meniscus of the AgNW suspension, which induced a high degree of uniaxial orientational ordering (0.37–0.43) of the AgNWs, comparable with the ordering seen in archetypal nematic liquid crystal (LC) materials. These AgNWs could be used to fabricate not only transparent electrodes, but also LC-alignment electrodes for LC devices and/or polarising electrodes for organic photovoltaic devices, having the potential to revolutionise the architectures of a number of polarisation-selective opto-electronic devices for use in printed/organic electronics. PMID:26778621

  20. Aligned silver nanowire-based transparent electrodes for engineering polarisation-selective optoelectronics

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    Park, Byoungchoo; Bae, In-Gon; Huh, Yoon Ho

    2016-01-01

    We herein report on a remarkably simple, fast, and economic way of fabricating homogeneous and well oriented silver nanowires (AgNWs) that exhibit strong in-plane electrical and optical anisotropies. Using a small quantity of AgNW suspension, the horizontal-dip (H-dip) coating method was applied, in which highly oriented AgNWs were deposited unidirectionally along the direction of coating over centimetre-scale lengths very rapidly. In applying the H-dip-coating method, we adjusted the shear strain rate of the capillary flow in the Landau-Levich meniscus of the AgNW suspension, which induced a high degree of uniaxial orientational ordering (0.37-0.43) of the AgNWs, comparable with the ordering seen in archetypal nematic liquid crystal (LC) materials. These AgNWs could be used to fabricate not only transparent electrodes, but also LC-alignment electrodes for LC devices and/or polarising electrodes for organic photovoltaic devices, having the potential to revolutionise the architectures of a number of polarisation-selective opto-electronic devices for use in printed/organic electronics.

  1. Highly Reliable Silver Nanowire Transparent Electrode Employing Selectively Patterned Barrier Shaped by Self-Masked Photolithography.

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    Wang, Jun; Jiu, Jinting; Sugahara, Tohru; Nagao, Shijo; Nogi, Masaya; Koga, Hirotaka; He, Peng; Suganuma, Katsuaki; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2015-10-21

    The transparent electrode based on silver nanowire (AgNW) networks is one promising alternative of indium tin oxide film in particular for advanced flexible and printable electronics. However, the widespread application of AgNW electrode is hindered by its poor long-term reliability. Although the reliability can be improved by applying traditional overcoating layer or the core-shell structure, the transmittance or conductivity is inevitably undermined. In this paper, a novel patterned barrier of photoresist in situ assembled on the nanowire surface realized the reliability enhancement by simply employing AgNWs themselves as the mask in the photolithography process. The patterned barrier selectively covered the nanowires, while keeping the high transmittance and conductivity unchanged and improving the adhesion of AgNW networks on substrate. After 720 h storage in 85 °C/85% relative humidity (RH) environment, the resistance of electrode with patterned barrier only increased by 0.72 times. This study proposes a new way, i.e., the in situ patterned barrier containing light-sensitive substance, to selectively protect AgNW networks, which can be expanded to various metallic networks including nanowires, nanorods, nanocables, electrospun nanofibers, and so on. PMID:26419188

  2. Transparency

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    LaFee, Scott

    2009-01-01

    Citizens now expect access to information, particularly from public institutions like local school districts. They demand input and accountability. Cultural and technological changes, such as the Internet, make it possible for districts to comply. Yet transparency--the easily seen and understood actions of a school district and the thinking behind…

  3. Optically transparent diamond electrode for use in ir transmission spectroelectrochemical measurements.

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    Dai, Yingrui; Proshlyakov, Denis A; Zak, Jerzy K; Swain, Greg M

    2007-10-01

    A new analytical spectroelectrochemical methodology is reported on that utilizes an optically transparent boron-doped diamond thin film. The film was deposited on undoped Si by microwave-assisted chemical vapor deposition using a 4-h growth with a 0.5% CH4/H2 source gas mixture and 2 ppm B2H6 added for boron doping. The thin-film electrode possessed a transparency of 40-60% in the mid- and far-IR regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The physical, electrical, optical, and electrochemical properties of the electrode were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, four-point probe electrical resistance measurements, IR spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. The film's electrochemical behavior was evaluated using both aqueous (Fe(CN)(6)3-/4-, methyl viologen, Ru(NH3)(6)3+/2+, and IrCl(6)2-/3-) and nonaqueous (ferrocene) redox systems. The film exhibited a low and stable background current and a nearly reversible voltammetric response for all these redox systems. The diamond/Si optically transparent electrode (OTE) and a thin-layer transmission cell were used to record the spectroelectrochemical response for 10 mM Fe(CN)(6)3-/4- in 1 M KCl. Difference IR spectra (oxidized minus reduced), recorded at various applied potentials, showed that the CN vibrational mode at 2039 cm-1 for Fe(CN)(6)4- reversibly shifted to 2116 cm-1 upon oxidation to Fe(CN)(6)3-, as expected. Difference IR spectra (oxidized minus reduced) were also recorded for 20 mM ferrocene in 0.1 M TBABF4/CH3CN. A shift of the C-H bending mode of the cyclopentadienyl ring from 823 to 857 cm-1 occurred upon oxidation of ferrocene to ferricenium. The key finding from the work is that the diamond OTE provides sensitive, reproducible, and stable spectroelectrochemical responses for aqueous and nonaqueous redox systems in the mid- and far-IR. PMID:17784734

  4. Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine-Functionalized Graphene as a Conductive Adhesion Promoter and Protective Layer for Silver Nanowire Transparent Electrodes.

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    Miao, Jinlei; Liu, Haihui; Li, Wei; Zhang, Xingxiang

    2016-05-31

    For the scalable fabrication of transparent electrodes and optoelectronic devices, excellent adhesion between the conductive films and the substrates is essential. In this work, a novel mussel-inspired polydopamine-functionalized graphene/silver nanowire hybrid nanomaterial for transparent electrodes was fabricated in a facile manner. Graphene oxide (GO) was functionalized and reduced by polydopamine while remaining stable in water without precipitation. It is shown that the polydopamine-functionalized GO (PFGO) film adhered to the substrate much more easily and more uniformly than the GO film. The PFGO film had a sheet resistance of ∼3.46 × 10(8) Ω/sq and a transparency of 78.2%, with excellent thermal and chemical stability; these characteristics are appropriate for antistatic coatings. Further reduced PFGO (RPFGO) as a conductive adhesion promoter and protective layer for the Ag nanowire (AgNW) significantly enhanced the adhesion force between AgNW networks and the substrate. The RPFGO-AgNW electrode was found to have a sheet resistance of 63 Ω/sq and a transparency of 70.5%. Moreover, the long-term stability of the RPFGO-AgNW electrode was greatly enhanced via the effective protection of the AgNW by RPFGO. These solution-processed antistatic coatings and electrodes have tremendous potential in the applications of optoelectronic devices as a result of their low production cost and facile processing. PMID:27142815

  5. Highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cell with GNS/MWCNT/PANI as a counter electrode

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    Al-bahrani, Majid Raissan; Xu, Xiaobao; Ahmad, Waqar; Ren, Xiaoliang; Su, Jun; Cheng, Ze; Gao, Yihua

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • High-performance PANI/MWCNT-CE was incorporated in a Pt-CE in DSSCs. • GNS/MWCNT/PANI-CE exhibits a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.52%. • GNS/MWCNT/PANI composite has a high catalytic activity for the reduction of I{sub 3}{sup −}. • GNS/MWCNT/PANI composite has a low R{sub CT} on the electrolyte/CE interface. - Abstract: A graphene-based nanosheet composite/multiwalled carbon nanotube/polyaniline (GNS/MWCNT/PANI) was synthesized via an in situ polymerization technique and applied by the spin-coating method as a counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The combination of the high catalytic activity of PANI and outstanding conductivity of GNS/MWCNT improved the photovoltaic performance of the hybrid CE. The cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that the GNS/MWCNT/PANI composite has high catalytic activity for the reduction of triiodide to iodide and low charge-transfer resistance at the electrolyte/electrode interface. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed that the GNS/MWCNT/PANI-CE has a rough and porous structure and X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of PANI coating on the surface of the GNS/CNT. In particular, current–voltage measurements showed the superior power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.52% of the DSSC based on GNS/MWCNT/PANI-CE compared to the PCE of 6.69% of the DSSC based on Pt-CE.

  6. Stretchable, Transparent Electrodes as Wearable Heaters Using Nanotrough Networks of Metallic Glasses with Superior Mechanical Properties and Thermal Stability.

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    An, Byeong Wan; Gwak, Eun-Ji; Kim, Kukjoo; Kim, Young-Cheon; Jang, Jiuk; Kim, Ju-Young; Park, Jang-Ung

    2016-01-13

    Mechanical robustness, electrical and chemical reliabilities of devices against large deformations such as bending and stretching have become the key metrics for rapidly emerging wearable electronics. Metallic glasses (MGs) have high elastic limit, electrical conductivity, and corrosion resistance, which can be promising for applications in wearable electronics. However, their applications in wearable electronics or transparent electrodes have not been extensively explored so far. Here, we demonstrate stretchable and transparent electrodes using CuZr MGs in the form of nanotrough networks. MG nanotroughs are prepared by electrospinning and cosputtering process, and they can be transferred to various desired substrates, including stretchable elastomeric substrates. The resulting MG nanotrough network is first utilized as a stretchable transparent electrode, presenting outstanding optoelectronic (sheet resistance of 3.8 Ω/sq at transmittance of 90%) and mechanical robustness (resistance change less than 30% up to a tensile strain of 70%) as well as excellent chemical stability against hot and humid environments (negligible degradation in performance for 240 h in 85% relative humidity and 85 °C). A stretchable and transparent heater based on the MG nanotrough network is also demonstrated with a wide operating temperature range (up to 180 °C) and excellent stretchability (up to 70% in the strain). The excellent mechanical robustness of these stretchable transparent electrode and heater is ascribed to the structural configuration (i.e., a nanotrough network) and inherent high elastic limit of MGs, as supported by experimental results and numerical analysis. We demonstrate their real-time operations on human skin as a wearable, transparent thermotherapy patch controlled wirelessly using a smartphone as well as a transparent defroster for an automobile side-view mirror, suggesting a promising strategy toward next-generation wearable electronics or automobile applications. PMID:26670378

  7. Surface Modification of Silver Nanowires for Morphology and Processing Control in Composite Transparent Electrodes.

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    Liang, Zhiming; Graham, Kenneth R

    2015-10-01

    Silver nanowires are attractive components for a number of materials and applications, including silver nanowire (AgNW)-polymer composites, electrically conductive coatings, and transparent electrodes. In this manuscript, the ability of thiols with hydrophobic to ionic end groups to bind to AgNW surfaces is investigated, followed by how the polarity of the surface modifying thiol influences the morphological and electrical properties of both AgNW/PEDOT:PSS blend films and pure AgNW networks. Utilizing surface modification of AgNWs with sodium 3-mercapto-1-propanesulfonate (MPS), morphologically homogeneous AgNW/PEDOT:PSS thin films with an order of magnitude lower sheet resistance at similar transmittance values than unmodified AgNWs are obtained with a one-step processing method. Brief optimization of MPS-AgNW/PEDOT:PSS blends yields a sheet resistance of 22.6 ?/? at 81.4% transmittance. PMID:26389535

  8. Ag@Ni core-shell nanowire network for robust transparent electrodes against oxidation and sulfurization.

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    Eom, Hyeonjin; Lee, Jaemin; Pichitpajongkit, Aekachan; Amjadi, Morteza; Jeong, Jun-Ho; Lee, Eungsug; Lee, Jung-Yong; Park, Inkyu

    2014-10-29

    Silver nanowire (Ag NW) based transparent electrodes are inherently unstable to moist and chemically reactive environment. A remarkable stability improvement of the Ag NW network film against oxidizing and sulfurizing environment by local electrodeposition of Ni along Ag NWs is reported. The optical transmittance and electrical resistance of the Ni deposited Ag NW network film can be easily controlled by adjusting the morphology and thickness of the Ni shell layer. The electrical conductivity of the Ag NW network film is increased by the Ni coating via welding between Ag NWs as well as additional conductive area for the electron transport by electrodeposited Ni layer. Moreover, the chemical resistance of Ag NWs against oxidation and sulfurization can be dramatically enhanced by the Ni shell layer electrodeposited along the Ag NWs, which provides the physical barrier against chemical reaction and diffusion as well as the cathodic protection from galvanic corrosion. PMID:24961495

  9. Atomic Physics Effects on Convergent, Child-Langmuir Ion Flow between Nearly Transparent Electrodes

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    Santarius, John F.; Emmert, Gilbert A.

    2013-11-07

    Research during this project at the University of Wisconsin Fusion Technology Institute (UW FTI) on ion and neutral flow through an arbitrary, monotonic potential difference created by nearly transparent electrodes accomplished the following: (1) developed and implemented an integral equation approach for atomic physics effects in helium plasmas; (2) extended the analysis to coupled integral equations that treat atomic and molecular deuterium ions and neutrals; (3) implemented the key deuterium and helium atomic and molecular cross sections; (4) added negative ion production and related cross sections; and (5) benchmarked the code against experimental results. The analysis and codes treat the species D0, D20, D+, D2+, D3+, D and, separately at present, He0 and He+. Extensions enhanced the analysis and related computer codes to include He++ ions plus planar and cylindrical geometries.

  10. Synthesis of novel Cu2S nanohusks as high performance counter electrode for CdS/CdSe sensitized solar cell

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    Kamaja, Chaitanya Krishna; Devarapalli, Rami Reddy; Dave, Yasha; Debgupta, Joyashish; Shelke, Manjusha V.

    2016-05-01

    An important component of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSC) is the counter electrode which mediates the regeneration of oxidized quantum dots by reducing the polysulphide electrolyte. However, design and synthesis of an efficient counter electrode material is a challenging task. Herein, we report the synthesis of a unique Cu2S nanohusks directly on FTO coated glass substrates by electrodeposition and used as a counter electrode in QDSSC. When these electrodes are used for the reduction of polysulfide electrolyte in QDSSC, they exhibit higher catalytic activity and photovoltaic performance as compared to the Platinum counter electrode. The power conversion efficiency of about 4.68% has been achieved by optimizing the deposition time of Cu2S.

  11. Platinum-graphene counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cheng, Cheng-En; Lin, Chi-Yuan; Shan, Chien-Hsun; Tsai, Shang-Yi; Lin, Ko-Wei; Chang, Chen-Shiung; Shih-Sen Chien, Forest

    2013-07-01

    This paper describes the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) containing graphene-incorporated counter electrodes (CEs). The location and thickness of graphene in CEs are optimized to improve the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs, compared with typical Pt CEs. The DSSC, with a Pt/few-layer graphene (FLG) CE, achieved 8% in short-circuit current density and 13% in power conversion efficiency (PCE). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows that the DSSC, with a Pt/FLG CE, exhibits a series resistance lower than that with a Pt CE. The lower series resistance is attributed to the contact resistance at the interface of platinum and fluorine doped tin oxide. The contact resistance is reduced by the formation of the thin platinum-carbon composite layer. It is demonstrated that the consumption of Pt could be reduced with a Pt/FLG CE. However, graphene/Pt CEs resulted in a slow charge-transfer process and consequently a worse photovoltaic performance of DSSCs.

  12. Characterization of indium oxide for the use as a counter-electrode in an electrochromic device

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    Yu, P.C.; Haas, T.E. . Dept. of Chemistry); Goldner, R.B. . Electro-Optics Technology Center); Cogan, S.F. )

    1991-01-01

    Thin films of indium oxide, In{sub 2}O{sub 3} (4000 {Angstrom}), deposited on commercially available In{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Sn (ITO)/glass by rf sputtering, have been examined for potential application as a counter-electrode material in an electrochromic device, based on their chemical, structural, and optical properties. Cyclic voltammetry experiments showed that mobile lithium ions can be inserted (chemical reduction) and removed (chemical oxidation) from the host structure of indium oxide. Coulometric titrations showed that the films exhibited a hysteresis behavior for the injection and removal of lithium ions in Li{sub x}In{sub 2}O{sub 3} (x=0-0.23). Structural investigations of the indium oxide films, utilizing electron diffraction techniques, indicated that they were crystalline with a crystallite size of 175 {Angstrom}, in agreement with x-ray diffraction results. Differences in optical transmission between the lithiated and delithiated thin films were no more than 5% in the visible/near-infrared regions of the spectrum. 6 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Enhanced performance in dye-sensitized solar cells via carbon nanofibers-platinum composite counter electrodes.

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    Poudel, Prashant; Zhang, Lifeng; Joshi, Prakash; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Fong, Hao; Qiao, Qiquan

    2012-08-01

    A composite counter electrode (CE) made of electrospun carbon nanofibers (ECNs) and platinum (Pt) nanoparticles has been demonstrated for the first time to improve the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The new ECN-Pt composite CE exhibited a more efficient electro-catalytic performance with lower charge transfer resistance (R(ct)), larger surface area, and faster reaction rate than those of conventional Pt. It reduced the overall series resistance (R(se)), decreased dark saturation current density (J(0)) and increased shunt resistance (R(sh)) of the DSCs, thereby leading to a higher fill factor (FF) and larger open circuit voltage (V(oc)). The reduced electron transport resistance (R(s)) and faster charge transfer rate in the CE led to a smaller overall cell series resistance (R(se)) in the ECN-Pt composite based DSCs. The DSCs based on an ECN-Pt CE achieved a η of ∼8%, which was improved over those of pure Pt or ECN based cells. PMID:22743819

  14. Efficient Counter Electrode Manufactured from Ag2 S Nanocrystal Ink for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    He, Qingquan; Huang, Shoushuang; Zai, Jiantao; Tang, Nianqi; Li, Bo; Qiao, Qiquan; Qian, Xuefeng

    2015-10-19

    It is generally believed that silver or silver-based compounds are not suitable counter electrode (CE) materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) due to the corrosion of the I(-) /I3 (-) redox couple in electrolytes. However, Ag2 S has potential applications in DSSCs for catalyzing I3 (-) reduction reactions because of its high carrier concentration and tiny solubility product constant. In the present work, CE manufactured from Ag2 S nanocrystals ink exhibited efficient electrocatalytic activity in the reduction of I3 (-) to I(-) in DSSCs. The DSSC consisting of Ag2 S CE displayed a higher power conversion efficiency of 8.40?% than that of Pt CE (8.11?%). Moreover, the devices also showed the characteristics of fast activity onset, high multiple start/stop capability and good irradiated stability. The simple composition, easy preparation, stable chemical property, and good catalytic performance make the developed Ag2 S CE as a promising alternative to Pt CE in DSSCs. PMID:26338374

  15. A Method for Efficient Transmittance Spectrum Prediction of Transparent Composite Electrodes

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    Zhao, Zhao; Dhar, A.; Alford, T. L.

    2015-07-01

    The interest in indium-free transparent composite electrode (TCE), a thin metal layer embedded between two transparent metal oxide (TMO) layers resulting in TMO/metal/TMO composite structure, has grown recently with the advent of their high figures of merit and its potential application in photovoltaic applications. However, most of the work to date has focused on experimentally producing the best optically transmitting TCE. To better design TCEs and minimize experimental work, it would be useful to develop a model that predicts the optical transmission. In the current work, the transfer-matrix method is employed to calculate the transmittance spectrum of TCE. To validate this approach, the transmittance spectra of TiO2/Au/TiO2 and TiO2/Ag/TiO2 multilayer thin-film TCEs are calculated with use of extracted material parameters. The calculated transmittance spectrum of TiO2/Au/TiO2 matches the measured spectrum quite well. However, the calcualted transmittance of TiO2/Ag/TiO2 is higher than its measured transmittance. The presence of voids in the Ag film is probably responsible for the decreased transmittance of the TiO2/Ag/TiO2 sample, and the continuous Au film in TiO2/Au/TiO2 ensures a good agreement between transmittance prediction and measurement. Our approach is a reliable tool to predict the optical transmittance of TCE with continuous films, and it can efficiently expedite the selection from numerous possible combinations of transparent metal oxides and metals when developing TCEs for future photovoltaic applications. It can also serve as a convenient method to assess the continuity of embedded metal layer.

  16. High-performance flexible organic light-emitting diodes using embedded silver network transparent electrodes.

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    Zhou, Lei; Xiang, Heng-Yang; Shen, Su; Li, Yan-Qing; Chen, Jing-De; Xie, Hao-Jun; Goldthorpe, Irene A; Chen, Lin-Sen; Lee, Shuit-Tong; Tang, Jian-Xin

    2014-12-23

    Because of their mechanical flexibility, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) hold great promise as a leading technology for display and lighting applications in wearable electronics. The development of flexible OLEDs requires high-quality transparent conductive electrodes with superior bendability and roll-to-roll manufacturing compatibility to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) anodes. Here, we present a flexible transparent conductor on plastic with embedded silver networks which is used to achieve flexible, highly power-efficient large-area green and white OLEDs. By combining an improved outcoupling structure for simultaneously extracting light in waveguide and substrate modes and reducing the surface plasmonic losses, flexible white OLEDs exhibit a power efficiency of 106 lm W(-1) at 1000 cd m(-2) with angular color stability, which is significantly higher than all other reports of flexible white OLEDs. These results represent an exciting step toward the realization of ITO-free, high-efficiency OLEDs for use in a wide variety of high-performance flexible applications. PMID:25470615

  17. Electrospray deposition of carbon nanotube thin films for flexible transparent electrodes.

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    Meng, Yinan; Xin, Guoqing; Nam, Jaewook; Cho, Sung Min; Chae, Heeyeop

    2013-09-01

    Flexible transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) electrodes were fabricated by electrospray deposition, a large-area scalable and cost-effective process. The carbon nanotubes were dispersed in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates by electrospray deposition process at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. Major process variables were characterized and optimized for the electrospray process development such as electric field between nozzle and substrates, CNT solution flowrate, gap between nozzle and substrates, solution concentration, solvent properties and surface temperature. The sheet resistance of the electrospray deposited CNT films were reduced by HNO3 doping process. 169 Omega/sq sheet resistance and 86% optical transmittance was achieved with low surface roughness of 1.2 nm. The films showed high flexibility and transparency, making them potential replacements of ITO or ZnO in such as solid state lighting, touch panels, and solar cells. Electrospray process is a scalable process and we believe that this process can be applied for large area carbon nanotube film formation. PMID:24205613

  18. Surfactant-free synthesis of graphene-functionalized carbon nanotube film as a catalytic counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ma, Jie; Zhou, Lu; Li, Cheng; Yang, Jinhu; Meng, Tao; Zhou, Huiming; Yang, Mingxuan; Yu, Fei; Chen, Junhong

    2014-02-01

    We use graphene oxide (GO) as a “surfactant” to obtain stable colloidal dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). CNT films are subsequently synthesized successfully without the addition of any traditional surfactants. Dye-sensitized solar cells assembled using the resulting CNT film as a counter electrode deliver a power conversion efficiency up to 5.29%. More importantly, the additional reduced graphene oxide significantly increases the electrical conductivity and the catalytic activity of the CNT film. The cell performance using a CNT film counter electrode (5.29%) reaches 68.70% of that of cells prepared using a platinum film counter electrode (7.70%).

  19. Bromination of graphene: a new route to making high performance transparent conducting electrodes with low optical losses (Presentation Recording)

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    Mansour, Ahmed E.; Amassian, Aram; Tanielian, Minas H.

    2015-09-01

    The high optical transmittance, electrical conductivity, flexibility and chemical stability of graphene have triggered great interest in its application as a transparent conducting electrode material and as a potential replacement for indium doped tin oxide. However, currently available large scale production methods such as chemical vapor deposition produce polycrystalline graphene, and require additional transfer process which further introduces defects and impurities resulting in a significant increase in its sheet resistance. Doping of graphene with foreign atoms has been a popular route for reducing its sheet resistance which typically comes at a significant loss in optical transmission. Herein, we report the successful bromine doping of graphene resulting in air-stable transparent conducting electrodes with up to 80% reduction of sheet resistance reaching ~180 Ω/ at the cost of 2-3% loss of optical transmission in case of few layer graphene and 0.8% in case of single layer graphene. The remarkably low tradeoff in optical transparency leads to the highest enhancements in figure of merit reported thus far. Furthermore, our results show a controlled increase in the workfunction up to 0.3 eV with the bromine content. These results should help pave the way for further development of graphene as potentially a highly transparent substitute to other transparent conducting electrodes in optoelectronic devices.

  20. Chemical processing of three-dimensional graphene networks on transparent conducting electrodes for depleted-heterojunction quantum dot solar cells.

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    Tavakoli, Mohammad Mahdi; Simchi, Abdolreza; Fan, Zhiyong; Aashuri, Hossein

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel chemical procedure to prepare three-dimensional graphene networks (3DGNs) as a transparent conductive film to enhance the photovoltaic performance of PbS quantum-dot (QD) solar cells. It is shown that 3DGN electrodes enhance electron extraction, yielding a 30% improvement in performance compared with the conventional device. PMID:26514615

  1. Complexation of polyaniline and graphene for efficient counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells: Enhanced charge transfer ability

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    He, Benlin; Tang, Qunwei; Wang, Min; Ma, Chunqing; Yuan, Shuangshuang

    2014-06-01

    With an aim of significantly enhancing charge-transfer ability of counter electrodes and therefore photovoltaic performances of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), here we pioneerly report the complexation of polyaniline (PANi) and graphene as well as their employment as counter electrodes (CEs) in efficient DSSCs. Owing to the covalent bond between PANi (N atoms) and graphene (C atoms), charge transfer kinetics is dramatically elevated, which can be confirmed by the enhancement on electrocatalytic activity toward triiodides and a decrease in charge-transfer resistance. A power conversion efficiency of 7.70% is determined from DSSC using PANi-8 wt‰ graphene complex CE in comparison with 6.40% from pure PANi CE-based DSSC. The high conversion efficiency, facile charge-transfer in combination with simple preparation, relatively low cost, and scalability demonstrates the potential use of PANi-graphene complexes in robust DSSCs.

  2. A dye sensitized solar cell using natural counter electrode and natural dye derived from mangosteen peel waste.

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    Maiaugree, Wasan; Lowpa, Seksan; Towannang, Madsakorn; Rutphonsan, Phikun; Tangtrakarn, Apishok; Pimanpang, Samuk; Maiaugree, Prapen; Ratchapolthavisin, Nattawat; Sang-Aroon, Wichien; Jarernboon, Wirat; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2015-01-01

    Mangosteen peel is an inedible portion of a fruit. We are interested in using these residues as components of a dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Carbonized mangosteen peel was used with mangosteen peel dye as a natural counter electrode and a natural photosensitizer, respectively. A distinctive mesoporous honeycomb-like carbon structure with a rough nanoscale surface was found in carbonized mangosteen peels. The efficiency of a dye sensitized solar cell using carbonized mangosteen peel was compared to that of DSSCs with Pt and PEDOT-PSS counter electrodes. The highest solar conversion efficiency (2.63%) was obtained when using carbonized mangosteen peel and an organic disulfide/thiolate (T2/T(-)) electrolyte. PMID:26458745

  3. Co-Electrophoretic Deposition Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes/Pt Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Maiaugree, Wasan; Pimanpang, Samuk; Towannang, Madsakorn; Rutphonsan, Phikun; Laupa, Seksan; Jarernboon, Wirat; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2012-10-01

    Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and platinum (Pt) were coated on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass by a direct current electrophoretic method, and were used as dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) detected the deposition of carbon nanotubes on FTO-glass. The deposition of Pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotube surfaces was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Cell efficiencies of MWCNTs, Pt and MWCNTs/Pt dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were ˜1.41, ˜8.13, and ˜8.90%, respectively. The improvement of the composited MWCNTs/Pt cell efficiency is due to the presence of both catalysts (MWCNTs and Pt) enhancing counter electrode catalytic activity as observed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and reducing charge-transfer resistance as observed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

  4. A dye sensitized solar cell using natural counter electrode and natural dye derived from mangosteen peel waste

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    Maiaugree, Wasan; Lowpa, Seksan; Towannang, Madsakorn; Rutphonsan, Phikun; Tangtrakarn, Apishok; Pimanpang, Samuk; Maiaugree, Prapen; Ratchapolthavisin, Nattawat; Sang-Aroon, Wichien; Jarernboon, Wirat; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2015-10-01

    Mangosteen peel is an inedible portion of a fruit. We are interested in using these residues as components of a dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Carbonized mangosteen peel was used with mangosteen peel dye as a natural counter electrode and a natural photosensitizer, respectively. A distinctive mesoporous honeycomb-like carbon structure with a rough nanoscale surface was found in carbonized mangosteen peels. The efficiency of a dye sensitized solar cell using carbonized mangosteen peel was compared to that of DSSCs with Pt and PEDOT-PSS counter electrodes. The highest solar conversion efficiency (2.63%) was obtained when using carbonized mangosteen peel and an organic disulfide/thiolate (T2/T-) electrolyte.

  5. A dye sensitized solar cell using natural counter electrode and natural dye derived from mangosteen peel waste

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    Maiaugree, Wasan; Lowpa, Seksan; Towannang, Madsakorn; Rutphonsan, Phikun; Tangtrakarn, Apishok; Pimanpang, Samuk; Maiaugree, Prapen; Ratchapolthavisin, Nattawat; Sang-aroon, Wichien; Jarernboon, Wirat; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2015-01-01

    Mangosteen peel is an inedible portion of a fruit. We are interested in using these residues as components of a dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Carbonized mangosteen peel was used with mangosteen peel dye as a natural counter electrode and a natural photosensitizer, respectively. A distinctive mesoporous honeycomb-like carbon structure with a rough nanoscale surface was found in carbonized mangosteen peels. The efficiency of a dye sensitized solar cell using carbonized mangosteen peel was compared to that of DSSCs with Pt and PEDOT-PSS counter electrodes. The highest solar conversion efficiency (2.63%) was obtained when using carbonized mangosteen peel and an organic disulfide/thiolate (T2/T−) electrolyte. PMID:26458745

  6. Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets as high-efficiency counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Guiqiang; Zhang, Juan; Hou, Shuo; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Zengdian

    2016-05-01

    Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets (ENGNPs) are prepared by a simple and eco-friendly mechanochemical pin-grinding process using flake graphite as the precursor in the presence of nitrogen and investigated as the counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). SEM images and nitrogen adsorption analysis indicate an effective and spontaneous delamination of the pristine graphite into small graphene nanoplatelets by a mechanochemical pin-grinding process. The mechanochemical cracking of the graphitic C-C bond generates activated carbon sites that react directly with nitrogen at the broken edges. The resultant ENGNPs are deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by spray coating, and their electrocatalytic activities are investigated systemically in the I-/I3- redox electrolyte. Electrochemical measurements show that the ENGNP electrode possesses excellent electrocatalytic activity for the redox reaction of I-/I3- as evidenced by the low charge-transfer resistance at the interface of the electrode and electrolyte. Under 100 mW cm-2 illumination, the DSC with the optimized ENGNP counter electrode achieves a conversion efficiency of 7.69%, which is comparable to that of the device with Pt counter electrode.Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets (ENGNPs) are prepared by a simple and eco-friendly mechanochemical pin-grinding process using flake graphite as the precursor in the presence of nitrogen and investigated as the counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). SEM images and nitrogen adsorption analysis indicate an effective and spontaneous delamination of the pristine graphite into small graphene nanoplatelets by a mechanochemical pin-grinding process. The mechanochemical cracking of the graphitic C-C bond generates activated carbon sites that react directly with nitrogen at the broken edges. The resultant ENGNPs are deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by spray coating, and their electrocatalytic activities are investigated systemically in the I-/I3- redox electrolyte. Electrochemical measurements show that the ENGNP electrode possesses excellent electrocatalytic activity for the redox reaction of I-/I3- as evidenced by the low charge-transfer resistance at the interface of the electrode and electrolyte. Under 100 mW cm-2 illumination, the DSC with the optimized ENGNP counter electrode achieves a conversion efficiency of 7.69%, which is comparable to that of the device with Pt counter electrode. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Schematic illumination of preparation of ENGNPs, FTIR, TEM, SAED, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm of ENGNPs, Nyquist plot of FTO glass, variation of Rct of ENGNP electrode with time, and the current density-voltage curves of pristine graphite-based DSC. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00401f

  7. Potential-Assisted Adsorption of Bovine Serum Albumin onto Optically-Transparent Carbon Electrodes

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    Benavidez, Tomás E.; Garcia, Carlos D.

    2013-01-01

    This manuscript describes the effect of the applied potential on the adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) to optically transparent carbon electrodes (OTCE). To decouple the effect of the applied potential from the high affinity of the protein for the bare surface, the surface of the OTCE was initially saturated with a layer of BSA. Experiments described in the manuscript show that potential values higher than +500 mV induced a secondary adsorption process (not observed at open-circuit potentials), yielding significant changes in the thickness (and adsorbed amount) of the BSA layer obtained. Although the process showed a significant dependence on the experimental conditions selected, the application of higher potentials, selection of pH values around the isoelectric point (IEP) of the protein, high concentrations of protein, and low ionic strengths yielded faster kinetics and the accumulation of larger amounts of protein on the substrate. These experiments, obtained around the IEP of the protein, contrast with the traditional hypothesis that enhanced electrostatic interactions between the polarized substrate and the (oppositely charged) protein are solely responsible for the enhanced adsorption. These results suggest that the potential applied to the electrode is able to polarize the adsorbed layer and induce dipole-dipole interactions between the adsorbed and the incoming protein. This mechanism could be responsible for the potential-dependent oversaturation of the surface and could bolster to the development of surfaces with enhanced catalytic activity and implants with improved biocompatibility. PMID:24156567

  8. Fabrication of a flexible Ag-grid transparent electrode using ac based electrohydrodynamic Jet printing

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    Park, Jaehong; Hwang, Jungho

    2014-10-01

    In the dc voltage-applied electrohydrodynamic (EHD) jet printing of metal nanoparticles, the residual charge of droplets deposited on a substrate changes the electrostatic field distribution and interrupts the subsequent printing behaviour, especially for insulating substrates that have slow charge decay rates. In this paper, a sinusoidal ac voltage was used in the EHD jet printing process to switch the charge polarity of droplets containing Ag nanoparticles, thereby neutralizing the charge on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. Printed Ag lines with a width of 10 µm were invisible to the naked eye. After sintering lines with 500 µm of line pitch at 180 °C, a grid-type transparent electrode (TE) with a sheet resistance of ˜7 Ω sq-1 and a dc to optical conductivity ratio of ˜300 at ˜84.2% optical transmittance was obtained, values that were superior to previously reported results. In order to evaluate the durability of the TE under bending stresses, the sheet resistance was measured as the number of bending cycles was increased. The sheet resistance of the Ag grid electrode increased only slightly, by less than 20% from its original value, even after 500 cycles. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that Ag (invisible) grid TEs have been fabricated on PET substrates by ac voltage applied EHD jet printing.

  9. Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductive Electrodes for High-Efficiency III-Nitride Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Oh, Munsik; Jin, Won-Yong; Jeong, Hyeon Jun; Jeong, Mun Seok; Kang, Jae-Wook; Kim, Hyunsoo

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been successfully demonstrated to function as next-generation transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) in organic semiconductor devices owing to their figures of merit, including high optical transmittance, low sheet resistance, flexibility, and low-cost processing. In this article, high-quality, solution-processed AgNWs with an excellent optical transmittance of 96.5% at 450 nm and a low sheet resistance of 11.7 Ω/sq were demonstrated as TCEs in inorganic III-nitride LEDs. The transmission line model applied to the AgNW contact to p-GaN showed that near ohmic contact with a specific contact resistance of ~10(-3) Ωcm(2) was obtained. The contact resistance had a strong bias-voltage (or current-density) dependence: namely, field-enhanced ohmic contact. LEDs fabricated with AgNW electrodes exhibited a 56% reduction in series resistance, 56.5% brighter output power, a 67.5% reduction in efficiency droop, and a approximately 30% longer current spreading length compared to LEDs fabricated with reference TCEs. In addition to the cost reduction, the observed improvements in device performance suggest that the AgNWs are promising for application as next-generation TCEs, to realise brighter, larger-area, cost-competitive inorganic III-nitride light emitters. PMID:26333768

  10. Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductive Electrodes for High-Efficiency III-Nitride Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Oh, Munsik; Jin, Won-Yong; Jun Jeong, Hyeon; Jeong, Mun Seok; Kang, Jae-Wook; Kim, Hyunsoo

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been successfully demonstrated to function as next-generation transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) in organic semiconductor devices owing to their figures of merit, including high optical transmittance, low sheet resistance, flexibility, and low-cost processing. In this article, high-quality, solution-processed AgNWs with an excellent optical transmittance of 96.5% at 450 nm and a low sheet resistance of 11.7 Ω/sq were demonstrated as TCEs in inorganic III-nitride LEDs. The transmission line model applied to the AgNW contact to p-GaN showed that near ohmic contact with a specific contact resistance of ~10−3 Ωcm2 was obtained. The contact resistance had a strong bias-voltage (or current-density) dependence: namely, field-enhanced ohmic contact. LEDs fabricated with AgNW electrodes exhibited a 56% reduction in series resistance, 56.5% brighter output power, a 67.5% reduction in efficiency droop, and a approximately 30% longer current spreading length compared to LEDs fabricated with reference TCEs. In addition to the cost reduction, the observed improvements in device performance suggest that the AgNWs are promising for application as next-generation TCEs, to realise brighter, larger-area, cost-competitive inorganic III-nitride light emitters. PMID:26333768

  11. Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductive Electrodes for High-Efficiency III-Nitride Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Oh, Munsik; Jin, Won-Yong; Jun Jeong, Hyeon; Jeong, Mun Seok; Kang, Jae-Wook; Kim, Hyunsoo

    2015-09-01

    Silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been successfully demonstrated to function as next-generation transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) in organic semiconductor devices owing to their figures of merit, including high optical transmittance, low sheet resistance, flexibility, and low-cost processing. In this article, high-quality, solution-processed AgNWs with an excellent optical transmittance of 96.5% at 450 nm and a low sheet resistance of 11.7 Ω/sq were demonstrated as TCEs in inorganic III-nitride LEDs. The transmission line model applied to the AgNW contact to p-GaN showed that near ohmic contact with a specific contact resistance of ~10-3 Ωcm2 was obtained. The contact resistance had a strong bias-voltage (or current-density) dependence: namely, field-enhanced ohmic contact. LEDs fabricated with AgNW electrodes exhibited a 56% reduction in series resistance, 56.5% brighter output power, a 67.5% reduction in efficiency droop, and a approximately 30% longer current spreading length compared to LEDs fabricated with reference TCEs. In addition to the cost reduction, the observed improvements in device performance suggest that the AgNWs are promising for application as next-generation TCEs, to realise brighter, larger-area, cost-competitive inorganic III-nitride light emitters.

  12. Dye-sensitized solar cell with energy storage function through PVDF/ZnO nanocomposite counter electrode.

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    Zhang, Xi; Huang, Xuezhen; Li, Chensha; Jiang, Hongrui

    2013-08-14

    Dye-sensitized solar cells with an energy storage function are demonstrated by modifying its counter electrode with a poly (vinylidene fluoride)/ZnO nanowire array composite. This simplex device could still function as an ordinary solar cell with a steady photocurrent output even after being fully charged. An energy storage density of 2.14 C g(-1) is achieved, while simultaneously a 3.70% photo-to-electric conversion efficiency is maintained. PMID:23740719

  13. FeSe2 films with controllable morphologies as efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wang, Wenjun; Pan, Xu; Liu, Weiqing; Zhang, Bing; Chen, Haiwei; Fang, Xiaqin; Yao, Jianxi; Dai, Songyuan

    2014-03-11

    The FeSe2 films with controllable morphologies (including 3D flower-like and sphere-shaped) have been applied as the counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). It is found that 3D flower-like FeSe2 CEs perform comparably to conventional platinum CEs (power conversion efficiencies of 8.00 and 7.87%, respectively). PMID:24468707

  14. A simple route to making counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using sucrose as carbon precursor.

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    Kumar, Rahul; More, Venumadhav; Mohanty, Shyama Prasad; Nemala, Siva Sankar; Mallick, Sudhanshu; Bhargava, Parag

    2015-12-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted much attention in recent years due to low cost fabrication as compared to silicon-based and thin film solar cells. Though, platinum is an excellent catalytic material for use in preparation of counter electrodes (CEs) for DSSCs it is expensive. Alternatives to replacement of platinum (Pt) that have been examined are carbon materials, conductive polymers and hybrids. In this work, counter electrode for DSSCs was fabricated using carbon material obtained from graphitization of sucrose at high temperature. A slurry of the carbon produced from sucrose graphitization was made with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a surfactant and a coating was obtained by doctor blading the slurry over the FTO glass substrate. The current density (Jsc) and open circuit voltage (V(OC)) of fabricated cell (area 0.25 cm(2)) was 10.28 mAc m(-2) and 0.76 V respectively. The efficiency of the cell was 4.33% which was just slightly lower than that obtained for similar cells using platinum based counter electrode. PMID:26283098

  15. Transparent Conducting Nb-Doped TiO2 Electrodes Activated by Laser Annealing for Inexpensive Flexible Organic Solar Cells

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    Lee, Jung-Hsiang; Lin, Chia-Chi; Lin, Yi-Chang

    2012-01-01

    A KrF excimer laser (λ= 248 nm) has been adopted for annealing cost-effective Nb-doped TiO2 (NTO) films. Sputtered NTO layers were annealed on SiO2-coated flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrates. This local laser annealing technique is very useful for the formation of anatase NTO electrodes used in flexible organic solar cells (OSCs). An amorphous NTO film with a high resistivity and a low transparency was transformed significantly into a conductive and transparent anatase NTO electrode by laser irradiation. The 210 nm anatase NTO film shows a sheet resistance of 50 Ω and an average optical transmittance of 83.5% in the wavelength range from 450 to 600 nm after annealing at 0.25 J/cm2. The activation of Nb dopants and the formation of the anatase phase contribute to the high conductivity of the laser-annealed NTO electrode. Nb activation causes an increase in the optical band gap due to the Burstein-Moss effect. The electrical properties are in agreement with the material characteristics determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The irradiation energy for the NTO electrode also affects the performance of the organic solar cell. The laser annealing technique provides good properties of the anatase NTO film used as a transparent electrode for flexible organic solar cells (OSCs) without damage to the PET substrate or layer delamination from the substrate.

  16. Silver nanowire composite thin films as transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂/ZnS thin film solar cells.

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    Tan, Xiao-Hui; Chen, Yu; Liu, Ye-Xiang

    2014-05-20

    Solution processed silver nanowire indium-tin oxide nanoparticle (AgNW-ITONP) composite thin films were successfully applied as the transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂ (CIGS) thin film solar cells with ZnS buffer layers. Properties of the AgNW-ITONP thin film and its effects on performance of CIGS/ZnS thin film solar cells were studied. Compared with the traditional sputtered ITO electrodes, the AgNW-ITONP thin films show comparable optical transmittance and electrical conductivity. Furthermore, the AgNW-ITONP thin film causes no physical damage to the adjacent surface layer and does not need high temperature annealing, which makes it very suitable to use as transparent conductive layers for heat or sputtering damage-sensitive optoelectronic devices. By using AgNW-ITONP electrodes, the required thickness of the ZnS buffer layers for CIGS thin film solar cells was greatly decreased. PMID:24922214

  17. Pt-free and efficient counter electrode with nanostructured CoNi2S4 for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Shi, Zhiwei; Deng, Kaimo; Li, Liang

    2015-01-01

    The counter electrode has a great influence on the performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The research and development of Pt-free counter electrode is becoming one of the hot areas in the field of DSSCs. Herein, we successfully synthesized a ternary metal sulfide (CoNi2S4) nanostructure on FTO substrate by hydrothermal method and investigated its application as counter electrode. The as-synthesized sample could exhibit better electrocatalystic property than that of Pt, and corresponding DSSCs have comparable conversion efficiency with typical Pt catalyzed cells. The easy synthesis, low cost and excellent electrocatalytic property may help the CoNi2S4 nanostructure stand out as an alternative counter electrode in DSSCs. PMID:25799125

  18. Facile and quick preparation of carbon nanohorn-based counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lodermeyer, F.; Prato, M.; Costa, R. D.; Guldi, D. M.

    2016-03-01

    For the first time, Pt-free counter electrodes based on carbon nanohorns for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells were assembled by a facile and fast drop cast technique. These novel electrodes feature an effective catalytic behavior towards the reduction of I3- and, as such, afford even higher short-circuit current densities compared to Pt-based references. In a final device, solar cells with 7.7% efficiency were achieved.For the first time, Pt-free counter electrodes based on carbon nanohorns for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells were assembled by a facile and fast drop cast technique. These novel electrodes feature an effective catalytic behavior towards the reduction of I3- and, as such, afford even higher short-circuit current densities compared to Pt-based references. In a final device, solar cells with 7.7% efficiency were achieved. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00629a

  19. Preparation of flexible organic solar cells with highly conductive and transparent metal-oxide multilayer electrodes based on silver oxide.

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    Yun, Jungheum; Wang, Wei; Bae, Tae Sung; Park, Yeon Hyun; Kang, Yong-Cheol; Kim, Dong-Ho; Lee, Sunghun; Lee, Gun-Hwan; Song, Myungkwan; Kang, Jae-Wook

    2013-10-23

    We report that significantly more transparent yet comparably conductive AgOx films, when compared to Ag films, are synthesized by the inclusion of a remarkably small amount of oxygen (i.e., 2 or 3 atom %) in thin Ag films. An 8 nm thick AgOx (O/Ag=2.4 atom %) film embedded between 30 nm thick ITO films (ITO/AgOx/ITO) achieves a transmittance improvement of 30% when compared to a conventional ITO/Ag/ITO electrode with the same configuration by retaining the sheet resistance in the range of 10-20 Ω sq(-1). The high transmittance provides an excellent opportunity to improve the power-conversion efficiency of organic solar cells (OSCs) by successfully matching the transmittance spectral range of the electrode to the optimal absorption region of low band gap photoactive polymers, which is highly limited in OSCs utilizing conventional ITO/Ag/ITO electrodes. An improvement of the power-conversion efficiency from 4.72 to 5.88% is achieved from highly flexible organic solar cells (OSCs) fabricated on poly(ethylene terephthalate) polymer substrates by replacing the conventional ITO/Ag/ITO electrode with the ITO/AgOx/ITO electrode. This novel transparent electrode can facilitate a cost-effective, high-throughput, room-temperature fabrication solution for producing large-area flexible OSCs on heat-sensitive polymer substrates with excellent power-conversion efficiencies. PMID:24060352

  20. N-doped graphene nanoribbons as efficient metal-free counter electrodes for disulfide/thiolate redox mediated DSSCs

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    Xue, Yuhua; Baek, Janice M.; Chen, Hao; Qu, Jia; Dai, Liming

    2015-04-01

    Nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbons (N-GNRs) were prepared by thermal treatment of the as-zipped graphene oxide nanoribbons in NH3 gas. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements revealed a high nitrogen content up to 6.5 atom% for the as-prepared N-GNRs. This, together with the high Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area of about 751 cm2 g-1, prompted us to use the N-GNR as the first low-cost, metal-free counter electrode for disulfide/thiolate redox mediated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Compared with the widely-used platinum electrode, the newly-developed N-GNR counter electrode showed a dramatically improved power conversion efficiency for DSSCs based on the thiolate/disulfide redox shuttle. The observed superior cell performance was attributed to the enhanced charge transfer capability and electrocatalytic activity induced by N-doping of the graphene nanoribbon.Nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbons (N-GNRs) were prepared by thermal treatment of the as-zipped graphene oxide nanoribbons in NH3 gas. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements revealed a high nitrogen content up to 6.5 atom% for the as-prepared N-GNRs. This, together with the high Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area of about 751 cm2 g-1, prompted us to use the N-GNR as the first low-cost, metal-free counter electrode for disulfide/thiolate redox mediated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Compared with the widely-used platinum electrode, the newly-developed N-GNR counter electrode showed a dramatically improved power conversion efficiency for DSSCs based on the thiolate/disulfide redox shuttle. The observed superior cell performance was attributed to the enhanced charge transfer capability and electrocatalytic activity induced by N-doping of the graphene nanoribbon. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06969b

  1. Polymer counter electrode of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):Poly(4-styrenesulfonate) containing TiO2 nano-particles for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Seo, Hyunwoong; Son, Min-Kyu; Itagaki, Naho; Koga, Kazunori; Shiratani, Masaharu

    2016-03-01

    A counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) is an important component, which often limits the cell performance. Here we report a low-cost and high-performance polymer counter electrode of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) containing TiO2 nano-particles for dye-sensitized solar cells. Catalytic characteristics of the counter electrode are significantly improved by adding TiO2 nano-particles to PEDOT:PSS. This improvement is attributed to catalytic activation due to an increase in the surface area of the counter electrode and an increase in conductivity of PEDOT:PSS due to its structural change. A dye-sensitized solar cell using the polymer counter electrode shows 8.27% of efficiency and 16.39 mA cm-2 of short circuit current density, higher than 7.59% of efficiency and 14.75 mA cm-2 of short circuit current density of a cell with the conventional Pt counter electrode.

  2. Ag-Pd-Cu alloy inserted transparent indium tin oxide electrodes for organic solar cells

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    Kim, Hyo-Joong; Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Han-Ki; Noh, Yong-Jin; Na, Seok-In

    2014-09-01

    The authors report on the characteristics of Ag-Pd-Cu (APC) alloy-inserted indium tin oxide (ITO) films sputtered on a glass substrate at room temperature for application as transparent anodes in organic solar cells (OSCs). The effect of the APC interlayer thickness on the electrical, optical, structural, and morphological properties of the ITO/APC/ITO multilayer were investigated and compared to those of ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer electrodes. At the optimized APC thickness of 8 nm, the ITO/APC/ITO multilayer exhibited a resistivity of 8.55 × 10{sup −5} Ω cm, an optical transmittance of 82.63%, and a figure-of-merit value of 13.54 × 10{sup −3} Ω{sup −1}, comparable to those of the ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer. Unlike the ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer, agglomeration of the metal interlayer was effectively relieved with APC interlayer due to existence of Pd and Cu elements in the thin region of the APC interlayer. The OSCs fabricated on the ITO/APC/ITO multilayer showed higher power conversion efficiency than that of OSCs prepared on the ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer below 10 nm due to the flatness of the APC layer. The improved performance of the OSCs with ITO/APC/ITO multilayer electrodes indicates that the APC alloy interlayer prevents the agglomeration of the Ag-based metal interlayer and can decrease the thickness of the metal interlayer in the oxide-metal-oxide multilayer of high-performance OSCs.

  3. A new architecture as transparent electrodes for solar and IR applications based on photonic structures via soft lithography

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    Kuang, Ping

    2011-05-15

    Transparent conducting electrodes with the combination of high optical transmission and good electrical conductivity are essential for solar energy harvesting and electric lighting devices. Currently, indium tin oxide (ITO) is used because ITO offers relatively high transparency (>80%) to visible light and low sheet resistance (Rs = 10 ohms/square (Ω /2)) for electrical conduction. However, ITO is costly due to limited indium reserves, and it is brittle. These disadvantages have motivated the search for other conducting electrodes with similar or better properties. There has been research on a variety of electrode structures involving carbon nanotube networks, graphene films, nanowire and nanopatterned meshes and grids. Due to their novel characteristics in light manipulation and collection, photonic crystal structures show promise for further improvement. Here, we report on a new architecture consisting of nanoscale high aspect ratio metallic photonic structures as transparent electrodes fabricated via a combination of processes. For (Au) and silver (Ag) structures, the visible light transmission can reach as high as 80%, and the sheet resistance of the structure can be as low as 3.2Ω /2. The optical transparency of the high aspect ratio metal structures at visible wavelength range is comparable to that of ITO glass, while their sheet resistance is more than 3 times lower, which indicates a much higher electrical conductivity of the metal structures. Furthermore, the high aspect ratio metal structures have very high infrared (IR) reflection (90%) for the transverse magnetic (TM) mode, which can lead to the development of fabrication of metallic structures as IR filters for heat control applications. Investigations of interdigitated structures based on the high aspect ratio metal electrodes are ongoing to study the feasibility in smart window applications in light transmission modulation.

  4. Post-plasma treatment of a carbon nanowall for use as a counter electrode in a dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Jung, Yong Ho; Choi, Won Seok; Hong, Byungyou

    2014-08-01

    This research investigates plasma-treated carbon nanowalls (CNW) for use as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The CNWs were synthesized on a fluorine-tin-oxide (FTO) glass substrate via microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor-deposition (PECVD) using CH4 gas. Then, post-plasma treatments were performed on the CNWs in different plasma environments (using O2, H2 and N2 gas) under the same conditions, after which DSSCs were fabricated using the plasma-treated CNWs as counter electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was performed to obtain cross-sectional and planar images of the CNWs, and Raman spectroscopy was used to analyze the structural characteristics of the post-plasma-treated synthesized CNWs. The energy conversion efficiency was then used to analyze the effect of using the plasma-treated CNWs as counter electrodes in the DSSCs. The DSSC for which the as-deposited CNW was used as a counter electrode showed an energy conversion efficiency of 1.64%, and the DSSC with the H2 postplasma-treated CNW counter electrode showed an energy conversion efficiency of 2.23%. Thus, the DSSC with the H2-treated electrode presented a 36% higher efficiency than the DSSC with the as-deposited CNW electrode.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of a CuO/ITO heterojunction with a graphene transparent electrode

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    Mageshwari, K.; Han, Sanghoo; Park, Jinsub

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we investigate the electrical properties of a CuO-ITO heterojunction diode with the use of a graphene transparent electrode by current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. CuO thin films were deposited onto an ITO substrate by a simple sol-gel spin coating method and annealed at 500 °C. The x-ray diffraction pattern of the CuO thin films revealed the polycrystalline nature of CuO and exhibited a monoclinic crystal structure. FESEM images showed a uniform and densely packed particulate morphology. The optical band gap of CuO thin films estimated using UV-vis absorption spectra was found to be 2.50 eV. The I-V characteristics of the fabricated CuO-ITO heterojunction showed a well-defined rectifying behavior with improved electrical properties after the insertion of graphene. The electronic parameters of the heterostructure such as barrier height, ideality factor and series resistance were determined from the I-V measurements, and the possible current transport mechanism was discussed.

  6. Highly reliable ag nanowire flexible transparent electrode with mechanically welded junctions.

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    Hwang, Byungil; Shin, Hae-A-Seul; Kim, Taegeon; Joo, Young-Chang; Han, Seung Min

    2014-08-27

    Deformation behavior of the Ag nanowire flexible transparent electrode under bending strain is studied and results in a novel approach for highly reliable Ag nanowire network with mechanically welded junctions. Bending fatigue tests up to 500,000 cycles are used to evaluate the in situ resistance change while imposing fixed, uniform bending strain. In the initial stages of bending cycles, the thermally annealed Ag nanowire networks show a reduction in fractional resistance followed by a transient and steady-state increase at later stages of cycling. SEM analysis reveals that the initial reduction in resistance is caused by mechanical welding as a result of applied bending strain, and the increase in resistance at later stages of cycling is determined to be due to the failure at the thermally locked-in junctions. Based on the observations from this study, a new methodology for highly reliable Ag nanowire network is proposed: formation of Ag nanowire networks with no prior thermal annealing but localized junction formation through simple application of mechanical bending strain. The non-annealed, mechanically welded Ag nanowire network shows significantly enhanced cyclic reliability with essentially 0% increase in resistance due to effective formation of localized wire-to-wire contact. PMID:24789010

  7. Copper nanowire-graphene core-shell nanostructure for highly stable transparent conducting electrodes.

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    Ahn, Yumi; Jeong, Youngjun; Lee, Donghwa; Lee, Youngu

    2015-03-24

    A copper nanowire-graphene (CuNW-G) core-shell nanostructure was successfully synthesized using a low-temperature plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition process at temperatures as low as 400 °C for the first time. The CuNW-G core-shell nanostructure was systematically characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. A transparent conducting electrode (TCE) based on the CuNW-G core-shell nanostructure exhibited excellent optical and electrical properties compared to a conventional indium tin oxide TCE. Moreover, it showed remarkable thermal oxidation and chemical stability because of the tight encapsulation of the CuNW with gas-impermeable graphene shells. The potential suitability of CuNW-G TCE was demonstrated by fabricating bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells. We anticipate that the CuNW-G core-shell nanostructure can be used as an alternative to conventional TCE materials for emerging optoelectronic devices such as flexible solar cells, displays, and touch panels. PMID:25712446

  8. Prediction of transmittance spectra for transparent composite electrodes with ultra-thin metal layers

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    Zhao, Zhao; Khorasani, Arash Elhami; Theodore, N. D.; Dhar, A.; Alford, T. L.

    2015-11-01

    Recent interest in indium-free transparent composite-electrodes (TCEs) has motivated theoretical and experimental efforts to better understand and enhance their electrical and optical properties. Various tools have been developed to calculate the optical transmittance of multilayer thin-film structures based on the transfer-matrix method. However, the factors that affect the accuracy of these calculations have not been investigated very much. In this study, two sets of TCEs, TiO2/Au/TiO2 and TiO2/Ag/TiO2, were fabricated to study the factors that affect the accuracy of transmittance predictions. We found that the predicted transmittance can deviate significantly from measured transmittance for TCEs that have ultra-thin plasmonic metal layers. The ultrathin metal layer in the TCE is typically discontinuous. When light interacts with the metallic islands in this discontinuous layer, localized surface plasmons are generated. This causes extra light absorption, which then leads to the actual transmittance being lower than the predicted transmittance.

  9. Hybrid Tunnel Junction-Graphene Transparent Conductive Electrodes for Nitride Lateral Light Emitting Diodes.

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    Wang, Liancheng; Cheng, Yan; Liu, Zhiqiang; Yi, Xiaoyan; Zhu, Hongwei; Wang, Guohong

    2016-01-20

    Graphene transparent conductive electrode (TCE) applications in nitride light emitting diodes (LEDs) are still limited by the large contact resistance and interface barrier between graphene and p-GaN. We propose a hybrid tunnel junction (TJ)-graphene TCE approach for nitride lateral LEDs theoretically and experimentally. Through simulation using commercial advanced physical models of semiconductor devices (APSYS), we found that low tunnel resistance can be achieved in the n(+)-GaN/u-InGaN/p(+)-GaN TJ, which has a lower tunneling barrier and an enhanced electric field due to the polarization effect. Graphene TCEs and hybrid graphene-TJ TCEs are then modeled. The designed hybrid TJ-graphene TCEs show sufficient current diffusion length (Ls), low introduced series resistance, and high transmittance. The assembled TJ LED with the triple-layer graphene (TLG) TCEs show comparable optoelectrical performance (3.99 V@20 mA, LOP = 10.8 mW) with the reference LED with ITO TCEs (3.36 V@20 mA, LOP = 12.6 mW). The experimental results further prove that the TJ-graphene structure can be successfully incorporated as TCEs for lateral nitride LEDs. PMID:26699194

  10. Multilayer graphene as a transparent conducting electrode in silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Patel, Kamlesh; Tyagi, Pawan K.

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, the structure of a graphene/silicon heterojunction solar cell has been studied under simulated conditions. The parameters of the cell's layers have been optimized by using AFORS-HET software. Instead of reported 2D nature, we considered graphene as 3D in nature. To ensure the formation of Schottky junction, electrical contacts were made along c-axis to collect the minority carriers, which generate upon illumination. By optimizing the various parameters of n-type multilayer graphene, we achieved the best-simulated cell with the power conversion efficiency of 7.62 % at room temperature. Up to 40 layers of n-type graphene, the efficiency found to be constant and enhanced only to 7.623 %. After further optimization of the parameters of p-crystalline silicon wafer, a maximum efficiency of 11.23 % has been achieved. Temperature dependence on the cell performance has also been studied and an efficiency of 11.38 % has been achieved at 270 K. Finally, we have demonstrated that n-type multilayer graphene can act as an excellent transparent conducting electrode.

  11. Novel Synthesis, Coating, and Networking of Curved Copper Nanowires for Flexible Transparent Conductive Electrodes.

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    Yin, Zhenxing; Song, Seung Keun; You, Duck-Jae; Ko, Yeongun; Cho, Sanghun; Yoo, Jeeyoung; Park, Si Yun; Piao, Yuanzhe; Chang, Suk Tai; Kim, Youn Sang

    2015-09-16

    In this work, a whole manufacturing process of the curved copper nanowires (CCNs) based flexible transparent conductive electrode (FTCE) is reported with all solution processes, including synthesis, coating, and networking. The CCNs with high purity and good quality are designed and synthesized by a binary polyol coreduction method. In this reaction, volume ratio and reaction time are the significant factors for the successful synthesis. These nanowires have an average 50 nm in width and 25-40 μm range in length with curved structure and high softness. Furthermore, a meniscus-dragging deposition (MDD) method is used to uniformly coat the well-dispersed CCNs on the glass or polyethylene terephthalate substrate with a simple process. The optoelectrical property of the CCNs thin films is precisely controlled by applying the MDD method. The FTCE is fabricated by networking of CCNs using solvent-dipped annealing method with vacuum-free, transfer-free, and low-temperature conditions. To remove the natural oxide layer, the CCNs thin films are reduced by glycerol or NaBH4 solution at low temperature. As a highly robust FTCE, the CCNs thin film exhibits excellent optoelectrical performance (T = 86.62%, R(s) = 99.14 Ω ◻(-1)), flexibility, and durability (R/R(0) < 1.05 at 2000 bending, 5 mm of bending radius). PMID:26061729

  12. Electro-optic modulator with exceptional power-size performance enabled by transparent conducting electrodes.

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    Yi, Fei; Ou, Fang; Liu, Boyang; Huang, Yingyan; Ho, Seng-Tiong; Wang, Yiliang; Liu, Jun; Marks, Tobin J; Huang, Su; Luo, Jingdong; Jen, Alex K-Y; Dinu, Raluca; Jin, Dan

    2010-03-29

    An EO phase modulator having transparent conducting oxide electrodes and an inverted rib waveguide structure is demonstrated. This new modulator geometry employs an EO polymer having an in-device r33 = 60pm/V. The measured half-wave voltage Vpi of these devices ranges from 5.3V to 11.2V for 3.8 and 1.5 mm long devices, respectively. The lowest VpiL figure-of-merit corresponds to 0.6V-cm (7.2mW-cm(2) of power length product) in a dual-drive configuration. The trade-off between Vpi, insertion loss and modulation bandwidth is systematically analyzed. An optimized high-speed structure is proposed, with numerical simulation showing that this new structure and an in-device r33 = 150pm/V, can achieve Vpi = 0.5V in a 5mm long active length with dual drive operation. The insertion loss is targeted at 6dB, and a 3dB optical modulation bandwidth can reach > 40GHz. PMID:20389698

  13. Laser microstructured metal thin films as promising alternative for indium based transparent electrodes.

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    Eckhardt, Sebastian; Siebold, Mathias; Lasagni, Andrés Fabián

    2016-03-21

    In the search for alternative materials to replace indium-tin-oxide in transparent electrodes we have structured copper and aluminum thin films (between 5 an 40 nm) for tailoring their optical properties. Micrometer scaled holes were produced using the direct laser interference patterning (DLIP) technique. We compared the optical and electrical parameters of nanosecond and picosecond processed thin films. It was found that the optical transmittance of the structured layers was relatively increased between 25 to 125% while the electrical resistance was marginally influenced. In addition, the laser treatment enhanced the diffuse to total transmission ratio (HAZE) by values ranging from 30 to 82% (relative) as a potential advantage of μm structuring. The results also show that both of the studied metals succeed to match the target which is set by typical applications of indium thin oxide (ITO) films. Furthermore, numerical simulations are performed in order to understand the ablation process of thin film material for ps and ns pulses. PMID:27136876

  14. Pattern transfer of aligned metal nano/microwires as flexible transparent electrodes using an electrospun nanofiber template

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    Fuh, Yiin-Kuen; Lien, Li-Chih

    2013-02-01

    Due to the scarcity and high cost of indium, the predominant use of indium tin oxide (ITO) films as transparent electrodes has attracted great attention for finding a potential replacement, such as solution-processed networks of carbon nanotubes, graphene, or silver nanowires (NWs). More recently, the use of electrospun copper NWs as high-performance electrodes with a high aspect ratio of 100 000 and 90% transmittance at 50 Ω/sq was experimentally achieved. However, the fabrication route of the Cu nanofiber (NF) web includes two high temperature processes (calcined 2 h in air at 500 °C and annealed 1 h in hydrogen at 300 °C). In this paper, we propose a new method to obtain metal nano/microwires to be used as flexible transparent electrodes by using electrospun NF templates and the dry pattern transfer process. Our proposed method is advantageous because we can easily tune the conductivity and transmittance (T) via sputtering time in minutes without the need for time-consuming high temperature thermal steps. Here, we comprehensively show the transferred high performance transparent electrodes with platinum (Pt)-coated NW electrodes with a facile and scalable electrospinning combined sputtering process. Pt-coated NWs have high aspect ratios of up to 5000 and, when sputtered with Pt, reduce junction resistance, which results in high T at low sheet resistance, e.g. 90% at 131 Ω/sq. The Pt-coated NW electrodes also show great flexibility and stretchability, which easily surpass the brittleness of ITO films.

  15. Micromorph thin-film silicon solar cells with transparent high-mobility hydrogenated indium oxide front electrodes

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    Battaglia, Corsin; Erni, Lukas; Boccard, Mathieu; Barraud, Loris; Escarré, Jordi; Söderström, Karin; Bugnon, Grégory; Billet, Adrian; Ding, Laura; Despeisse, Matthieu; Haug, Franz-Josef; Wolf, Stefaan De; Ballif, Christophe

    2011-06-01

    We investigate the performance of hydrogenated indium oxide as a transparent front electrode for micromorph thin-film silicon solar cells on glass. Light trapping is achieved by replicating the morphology of state-of-the-art zinc oxide electrodes, known for their outstanding light trapping properties, via ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography. As a result of the high electron mobility and excellent near-infrared transparency of hydrogenated indium oxide, the short-circuit current density of the cells is improved with respect to indium tin oxide and zinc oxide electrodes. We assess the potential for further current gains by identifying remaining sources of parasitic absorption and evaluate the light trapping capacity of each electrode. We further present a method, based on nonabsorbing insulating silicon nitride electrodes, allowing one to directly relate the optical reflectance to the external quantum efficiency. Our method provides a useful experimental tool to evaluate the light trapping potential of novel photonic nanostructures by a simple optical reflectance measurement, avoiding complications with electrical cell performance.

  16. A Graphene Composite Material with Single Cobalt Active Sites: A Highly Efficient Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Cui, Xiaoju; Xiao, Jianping; Wu, Yihui; Du, Peipei; Si, Rui; Yang, Huaixin; Tian, Huanfang; Li, Jianqi; Zhang, Wen-Hua; Deng, Dehui; Bao, Xinhe

    2016-06-01

    The design of catalysts that are both highly active and stable is always challenging. Herein, we report that the incorporation of single metal active sites attached to the nitrogen atoms in the basal plane of graphene leads to composite materials with superior activity and stability when used as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A series of composite materials based on different metals (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) were synthesized and characterized. Electrochemical measurements revealed that CoN4 /GN is a highly active and stable counter electrode for the interconversion of the redox couple I(-) /I3 (-) . DFT calculations revealed that the superior properties of CoN4 /GN are due to the appropriate adsorption energy of iodine on the confined Co sites, leading to a good balance between adsorption and desorption processes. Its superior electrochemical performance was further confirmed by fabricating DSSCs with CoN4  /GN electrodes, which displayed a better power conversion efficiency than the Pt counterpart. PMID:27089044

  17. Application of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Contreras, M.; Barnes, T.; van de Lagemaat, J.; Rumbles, G.; Coutts, T. J.; Weeks, C.; Glatkowski, P.; Levitsky, I.; Peltola, J.

    2006-05-01

    We present a new thin-film solar cell structure in which the traditional transparent conductive oxide electrode (ZnO) is replaced by a transparent conductive coating consisting of a network of bundled single-wall carbon nanotubes. Optical transmission properties of these coatings are presented in relation to their electrical properties (sheet resistance), along with preliminary solar cell results from devices made using CuIn1-xGaxSe2 thin-film absorber materials. Achieving an energy conversion efficiency of >12% and a quantum efficiency of {approx}80% demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. A discussion of the device structures will be presented considering the physical properties of the new electrodes comparing current-voltage results from the new solar cell structure and those from standard ZnO/CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2/Mo solar cells.

  18. Application of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Transparent Electrodes in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cells

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    Contreras, M.; Barnes, T.; van de Lagemaat, J.; Rumbles, G.; Coutts, T. J.; Weeks, C.; Glatkowski, P.; Levitsky, I.; Peltola, J.

    2006-01-01

    We present a new thin-film solar cell structure in which the traditional transparent conductive oxide electrode (ZnO) is replaced by a transparent conductive coating consisting of a network of bundled single-wall carbon nanotubes. Optical transmission properties of these coatings are presented in relation to their electrical properties (sheet resistance), along with preliminary solar cell results from devices made using CuIn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} thin-film absorber materials. Achieving an energy conversion efficiency of >12% and a quantum efficiency of {approx}80% demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. A discussion of the device structures will be presented considering the physical properties of the new electrodes comparing current-voltage results from the new solar cell structure and those from standard ZnO/CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}/Mo solar cells.

  19. Optimization of transparent and reflecting electrodes for amorphous silicon solar cells. Annual subcontract report, April 1, 1994--March 31, 1995

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    Gordon, R.G.

    1995-10-01

    Transparent and reflecting electrodes are important parts of the structure of amorphous silicon solar cells. We report improved methods for depositing zinc oxide, deposition of tin nitride as a potential reflection-enhancing diffusion barrier between the a-Si and back metal electrodes. Highly conductive and transparent fluorine-doped zinc oxide was successfully produced on small areas by atmospheric pressure CVD from a less hazardous zinc precursor, zinc acetylacetonate. The optical properties measured for tin nitride showed that the back-reflection would be decreased if tin nitride were used instead of zinc oxide as a barrier layer over silver on aluminum. Niobium-doped titanium dioxide was produced with high enough electrical conductivity so that normal voltages and fill factors were obtained for a-Si cells made on it.

  20. Ag-nanowire films coated with ZnO nanoparticles as a transparent electrode for solar cells

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    Morgenstern, Frederik S. F.; Kabra, Dinesh; Massip, Sylvain; Brenner, Thomas J. K.; Lyons, Philip E.; Coleman, Jonathan N.; Friend, Richard H.

    2011-10-01

    We demonstrate that solution-processible silver-nanowire films coated with zinc-oxide-nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) can be used as transparent electrodes in organic photovoltaic devices. The ZnO-NP coating acts as electron extraction layer and as encapsulating agent, protecting the wires from oxidation and improving their mechanical stability. Scanning photocurrent microscopy showed photocurrent generation to be more efficient at the active material surrounding the wires. Ultra-violet illumination as present in the solar spectrum was found to enhance photocurrent by improving the ZnO in-layer conductivity through the photoconductive effect. Inverted polythiophene:fullerene devices using ZnO-NP coated silver-nanowires or indium-tin-oxide as transparent electrode reached power conversion efficiencies of 2.4%.

  1. Reactively sputtered nickel nitride as electrocatalytic counter electrode for dye- and quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Soo Kang, Jin; Park, Min-Ah; Kim, Jae-Yup; Ha Park, Sun; Young Chung, Dong; Yu, Seung-Ho; Kim, Jin; Park, Jongwoo; Choi, Jung-Woo; Jae Lee, Kyung; Jeong, Juwon; Jae Ko, Min; Ahn, Kwang-Soon; Sung, Yung-Eun

    2015-05-01

    Nickel nitride electrodes were prepared by reactive sputtering of nickel under a N2 atmosphere at room temperature for application in mesoscopic dye- or quantum dot- sensitized solar cells. This facile and reliable method led to the formation of a Ni2N film with a cauliflower-like nanostructure and tetrahedral crystal lattice. The prepared nickel nitride electrodes exhibited an excellent chemical stability toward both iodide and polysulfide redox electrolytes. Compared to conventional Pt electrodes, the nickel nitride electrodes showed an inferior electrocatalytic activity for the iodide redox electrolyte; however, it displayed a considerably superior electrocatalytic activity for the polysulfide redox electrolyte. As a result, compared to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), with a conversion efficiency (η) = 7.62%, and CdSe-based quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs, η = 2.01%) employing Pt counter electrodes (CEs), the nickel nitride CEs exhibited a lower conversion efficiency (η = 3.75%) when applied to DSCs, but an enhanced conversion efficiency (η = 2.80%) when applied to CdSe-based QDSCs.

  2. A branching NiCuPt alloy counter electrode for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Yang, Peizhi; Tang, Qunwei

    2016-01-01

    A rising objective for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is to create extraordinary and cost-effective counter electrode (CE) electrocatalysts. We present here a branching NiCuPt alloy CE synthesized by electrodepositing Ni on ZnO microrod templates and subsequently growing branched Cu as well as suffering from a galvanic displacement for Pt uptake. The resultant NiCuPt alloy CE displays a promising electrocatalytic activity toward redox electrolyte having I-/I3- couples. An impressive power conversion efficiency of 9.66% is yielded for the liquid-junction DSSC platform.

  3. 14.7% efficient mesoscopic perovskite solar cells using single walled carbon nanotubes/carbon composite counter electrodes.

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    Li, Hao; Cao, Kun; Cui, Jin; Liu, Shuangshuang; Qiao, Xianfeng; Shen, Yan; Wang, Mingkui

    2016-03-17

    A single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) possesses excellent hole conductivity. This work communicates an investigation of perovskite solar cells using a mesoscopic TiO2/Al2O3 structure as a framework in combination with a certain amount of SWCNT-doped graphite/carbon black counter electrode material. The CH3NH3PbI3-based device achieves a power conversion efficiency of 14.7% under AM 1.5G illumination. Detailed investigations show an increased charge collection in this device compared to that without the SWCNT additive. PMID:26752505

  4. Enhanced efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells by excimer laser irradiated carbon nanotube network counter electrode

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    Chien, Yun-San Fu, Wei-En; Yang, Po-Yu; Lee, I-Che; Chu, Chih-Chieh; Chou, Chia-Hsin; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2014-02-03

    The carbon nanotube network decorated with Pt nanoparticles (PtCNT) irradiated by excimer laser as counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been systematically demonstrated. The conversion efficiency would be improved from 7.12% to 9.28% with respect to conventional Pt-film one. It was attributed to the enhanced catalytic surface from Pt nanoparticles and the improved conductivity due to the adjoining phenomenon of PtCNTs irradiated by laser. Moreover, the laser annealing could also promote the interface contact between CE and conductive glass. Therefore, such a simple laser-irradiated PtCNT network is promising for the future flexible DSSCs applications.

  5. Flexible carbon nanotube/polypropylene composite plate decorated with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) as efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lin, Jeng-Yu; Wang, Wei-Yen; Chou, Shu-Wei

    2015-05-01

    In this study, we fabricate an efficient, flexible and low-cost counter electrode (CE) composed of a plasma-etched carbon nanotubes/polypropylene (designated as ECP) composite plate decorated with poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (PEDOT) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The PEDOT-decorated monolithic ECP CEs are fabricated via series of processes including high-temperature refluxing, thermal compression, oxygen plasma etching, and electropolymerization. The bottom ECP plate is used to replace conventional transparent conducting oxide (TCO) as a conductive substrate, and the top PEDOT layer is employed as catalyst for I3- reduction. According to the extensive electrochemical measurements, the as-fabricated flexible PEDOT coated ECP CE demonstrates a Pt-like electrocatalytic for I3- reduction. The DSC based on the flexible PEDOT-decorated ECP CE yields impressive energy conversion efficiency of 6.82% (or 6.77% even after the bending test), which is comparable to that of the DSC using the Pt CE (7.20%) under similar device architecture conditions. Therefore, the PEDOT-decorated ECP based CEs show the possibility of serving as low-cost and flexible CEs for efficient DSCs.

  6. Enhanced performance of supported HfO2 counter electrodes for redox couples used in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yun, Sining; Pu, Haihui; Chen, Junhong; Hagfeldt, Anders; Ma, Tingli

    2014-02-01

    Mesoporous-graphitic-carbon-supported HfO2 (HfO2 -MGC) nanohybrids were synthesized by using a soft-template route. Characterization and a systematic investigation of the catalytic properties, stability, and catalytic mechanism were performed for HfO2 -MGC counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The new HfO2 -MGC as a CE in DSSCs showed a surprisingly high efficiency of 7.75 % for the triiodide/iodide redox couple and 3.69 % for the disulfide/thiolate redox couple, greater than the Pt electrode in the corresponding electrolyte system, which opens up a possibility for its practical application. PMID:24399514

  7. Optimization of transparent and reflecting electrodes for amorphous silicon solar cells. Final technical report

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    Gordon, R.G.; Kramer, K.; Liang, H.; Liu, X.; Pang, D.; Teff, D.

    1998-09-01

    Transparent conducting fluorine doped zinc oxide was deposited as thin films on soda lime glass substrates by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at substrate temperatures of 460 to 500 degrees C. The precursors diethylzinc, tetramethylethylenediamine and benzoyl fluoride were dissolved in xylene. This solution was nebulized ultrasonically and then flash vaporized by a carrier gas of nitrogen preheated to 150 degrees C. Ethanol was vaporized separately, and these vapors were then mixed to form a homogeneous vapor mixture. Good reproducibility was achieved using this new CVD method. Uniform thicknesses were obtained by moving the heated glass substrates through the deposition zone. The best electrically and optical properties were obtained when the precursor solution was aged for more than a week before use. The films were polycrystalline and highly oriented with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. More than 90% of the incorporated fluorine atoms were electrically active as n-type dopants. The electrical resistivity of the films was as low as 5 x 10/sup -4/ Omega cm. The mobility was about 45 cm ²/Vs. The electron concentration was up to 3 x 10 %sup20;/cm³. The optical absorption of the films was about 3-4% at a sheet resistance of 7 ohms/square. The diffuse transmittance was about 10% at a wavelength of 650 nm. Amorphous ilicon solar cells were deposited using the textured fluorine doped zinc oxide films as a front electrode. The short circuit current was increased over similar cells made with fluorine doped tin oxide, but the open circuit voltages and fill factors were reduced. The voltage was restored by overcoating the fluorine-doped zinc oxide with a thin layer of fluorine-doped tin oxide.

  8. Modification of carbon nanotube transparent conducting films for electrodes in organic light-emitting diodes

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    Gao, Jing; Mu, Xue; Li, Xiao-Yun; Wang, Wen-Yi; Meng, Yan; Xu, Xiao-Bing; Chen, Li-Ting; Cui, Li-Jun; Wu, Xiaoming; Geng, Hong-Zhang

    2013-11-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) transparent conducting films (TCFs) were fabricated for the electrodes of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs); three types of film were studied. The as-prepared SWCNT TCFs displayed a relatively low sheet resistance of 82.6 Ω/sq at 80.7 T% with a relatively large surface roughness of 30 nm. The TCFs were top-coated with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) to obtain PEDOT:PSS-coated TCFs. The PEDOT:PSS cover improved the conductivity and decreased the surface roughness to 12 nm at the cost of film transmittance. The SWCNT TCFs mixed with PEDOT:PSS (PM-TCFs) exhibited a high conductivity (70.6 Ω/sq at 81 T%) and a low surface roughness (3 nm) and were thus selected as the best TCFs for OLEDs. Blue flexible OLEDs with 4,4‧-bis(2,2‧-diphenylvinyl)-1,1‧-biphenyl (Dpvbi) as the emitting layer were fabricated on TCFs with the same structures to evaluate the performances of the different types of SWCNT films for use in OLEDs. Of these three types of OLEDs, the PM-TCF devices exhibited the optimal performance with a maximum luminance of 2587 cd m-2 and a current efficiency of 5.44 cd A-1. This result was explored using field-emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy to further study the mechanisms that are involved in applying SWCNT TCFs to OLEDs.

  9. Ultrathin and ultrasmooth Au films as transparent electrodes in ITO-free organic light-emitting devices.

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    Bi, Yan-Gang; Feng, Jing; Ji, Jin-Hai; Chen, Yang; Liu, Yu-Shan; Li, Yun-Fei; Liu, Yue-Feng; Zhang, Xu-Lin; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2016-05-21

    An ultrathin, ultrasmooth and flexible Au film as an alternative of the indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode in organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) has been reported. The 7 nm Au film shows excellent surface morphology, optical and electronic characteristics including a root-mean-square roughness of 0.35 nm, a high transparency of 72% at 550 nm, and a sheet resistance of 23.75 Ω sq(-1). These features arise from the surface modification of the glass substrate by using a SU-8 film, which fixes metal atoms via chemical bond interactions between Au and SU-8 film to suppress the island growth mode. A 17% enhancement in current efficiency has been obtained from the OLEDs based on the ultrathin Au electrodes compared to that of the devices with the ITO electrodes. The OLEDs with the ultrathin Au/SU-8 anodes exhibit high flexibility and mechanical robustness. PMID:27128168

  10. Hybrid transparent conductive electrodes with copper nanowires embedded in a zinc oxide matrix and protected by reduced graphene oxide platelets

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    Zhu, Zhaozhao; Mankowski, Trent; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Shikoh, Ali Sehpar; Touati, Farid; Benammar, Mohieddine A.; Mansuripur, Masud; Falco, Charles M.

    2016-02-01

    Transparent conductive electrodes (TCE) were fabricated by combining three emerging nano-materials: copper nanowires (CuNWs), zinc oxide (ZnO) nano-particulate thin films, and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) platelets. Whereas CuNWs are responsible for essentially all of the electrical conductivity of our thin-film TCEs, the ZnO matrix embeds and strengthens the CuNW network in its adhesion to the substrate, while the rGO platelets provide a protective overcoat for the composite electrode, thereby improving its stability in hot and humid environments. Our CuNW/ZnO/rGO hybrid electrodes deposited on glass substrates have low sheet resistance (Rs ˜ 20 Ω/sq) and fairly high optical transmittance (T550 ˜ 79%). In addition, our hybrid TCEs are mechanically strong and able to withstand multiple scotch-tape peel tests. Finally, these TCEs can be fabricated on rigid glass as well as flexible plastic substrates.

  11. Performance enhancement of metal nanowire-based transparent electrodes by electrically driven nanoscale nucleation of metal oxides

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    Shiau, Yu-Jeng; Chiang, Kai-Ming; Lin, Hao-Wu

    2015-07-01

    Solution-processed silver nanowire (AgNW) electrodes have been considered to be promising materials for next-generation flexible transparent conductive electrodes. Despite the fact that a single AgNW has extremely high conductivities, the high junction resistance between nanowires limits the performance of the AgNW matrix. Therefore, post-treatments are usually required to approach better NW-NW contact. Herein, we report a novel linking method that uses joule heating to accumulate sol-gel ZnO near nanowire junctions. The nanoscale ZnO nucleation successfully restrained the thermal instability of the AgNW under current injection and acted as an efficient tightening medium to realize good NW-NW contacts. A low process temperature (<50 °C), and thus low energy consumption, are required for ZnO nucleation. This made the use of substrates with very low operating temperatures, such as PET and PEN, feasible. The optimized AgNW transparent conductive electrodes (TCE) fabricated using this promising linking method exhibited a low sheet resistance (13 Ω sq-1), a high transmission (92% at 550 nm), a high figure of merit (FOM; up to σDC/σOp = 340) and can be applied to wide range of next-generation flexible optoelectronic devices.Solution-processed silver nanowire (AgNW) electrodes have been considered to be promising materials for next-generation flexible transparent conductive electrodes. Despite the fact that a single AgNW has extremely high conductivities, the high junction resistance between nanowires limits the performance of the AgNW matrix. Therefore, post-treatments are usually required to approach better NW-NW contact. Herein, we report a novel linking method that uses joule heating to accumulate sol-gel ZnO near nanowire junctions. The nanoscale ZnO nucleation successfully restrained the thermal instability of the AgNW under current injection and acted as an efficient tightening medium to realize good NW-NW contacts. A low process temperature (<50 °C), and thus low energy consumption, are required for ZnO nucleation. This made the use of substrates with very low operating temperatures, such as PET and PEN, feasible. The optimized AgNW transparent conductive electrodes (TCE) fabricated using this promising linking method exhibited a low sheet resistance (13 Ω sq-1), a high transmission (92% at 550 nm), a high figure of merit (FOM; up to σDC/σOp = 340) and can be applied to wide range of next-generation flexible optoelectronic devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02780b

  12. In-situ electrochemically deposited polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide as an efficient counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lim, Su Pei; Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Lim, Yee Seng; Huang, Nay Ming; Lim, Hong Ngee

    2014-06-01

    This paper reports a rapid and in-situ electrochemical polymerization method for the fabrication of polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide (rGO@PPy) nanocomposites on a ITO conducting glass and its application as a counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The scanning electron microscopic images show the uniform distribution of PPy nanoparticles with diameter ranges between 20 and 30 nm on the rGO sheets. The electrochemical studies reveal that the rGO@PPy has smaller charge transfer resistance and similar electrocatalytic activity as that of the standard Pt counter electrode for the I3-/I- redox reaction. The overall solar to electrical energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC with the rGO@PPy counter electrode is 2.21%, which is merely equal to the efficiency of DSSC with sputtered Pt counter electrode (2.19%). The excellent photovoltaic performance, rapid and simple fabrication method and low-cost of the rGO@PPy can be potentially exploited as a alternative counter electrode to the expensive Pt in DSSCs.

  13. In-situ electrochemically deposited polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide as an efficient counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Lim, Su Pei; Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Lim, Yee Seng; Huang, Nay Ming; Lim, Hong Ngee

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports a rapid and in-situ electrochemical polymerization method for the fabrication of polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide (rGO@PPy) nanocomposites on a ITO conducting glass and its application as a counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The scanning electron microscopic images show the uniform distribution of PPy nanoparticles with diameter ranges between 20 and 30 nm on the rGO sheets. The electrochemical studies reveal that the rGO@PPy has smaller charge transfer resistance and similar electrocatalytic activity as that of the standard Pt counter electrode for the I₃(-)/I(-) redox reaction. The overall solar to electrical energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC with the rGO@PPy counter electrode is 2.21%, which is merely equal to the efficiency of DSSC with sputtered Pt counter electrode (2.19%). The excellent photovoltaic performance, rapid and simple fabrication method and low-cost of the rGO@PPy can be potentially exploited as a alternative counter electrode to the expensive Pt in DSSCs. PMID:24930387

  14. Enhancement of the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell with multi-wall carbon nanotubes/polythiophene composite counter electrodes prepared by electrodeposition

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    Luo, Jun; Niu, Hai-jun; Wu, Wen-jun; Wang, Cheng; Bai, Xu-duo; Wang, Wen

    2012-01-01

    For the purpose of increasing the energy conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polythiophene (PTh) composite film counter electrode has been fabricated by electrophoresis and cyclic voltammetry (CV) in sequence. The morphology and chemical structure have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and Raman spectroscopy respectively. The overall energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC employing the MWCNT/PTh composite film has reached 4.72%, which is close to that of the DSSC with a platinum (Pt) counter electrode (5.68%). Compared with a standard DSSC with MWCNT counter electrode whose efficiency is 2.68%, the energy conversion efficiency has been increased by 76.12% for the DSSC with MWCNT/PTh counter electrode. These results indicate that the composite film with high conductivity, high active surface area, and good catalytic properties for I 3- reduction can potentially be used as the counter electrode in a high-performance DSSC.

  15. In-situ electrochemically deposited polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide as an efficient counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lim, Su Pei; Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Lim, Yee Seng; Huang, Nay Ming; Lim, Hong Ngee

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports a rapid and in-situ electrochemical polymerization method for the fabrication of polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide (rGO@PPy) nanocomposites on a ITO conducting glass and its application as a counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The scanning electron microscopic images show the uniform distribution of PPy nanoparticles with diameter ranges between 20 and 30 nm on the rGO sheets. The electrochemical studies reveal that the rGO@PPy has smaller charge transfer resistance and similar electrocatalytic activity as that of the standard Pt counter electrode for the I3−/I− redox reaction. The overall solar to electrical energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC with the rGO@PPy counter electrode is 2.21%, which is merely equal to the efficiency of DSSC with sputtered Pt counter electrode (2.19%). The excellent photovoltaic performance, rapid and simple fabrication method and low-cost of the rGO@PPy can be potentially exploited as a alternative counter electrode to the expensive Pt in DSSCs. PMID:24930387

  16. Dye sensitized solar cell based on platinum decorated multiwall carbon nanotubes as catalytic layer on the counter electrode

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    Mathew, Ambily; Rao, G. Mohan; Munichandraiah, N.

    2011-11-15

    Graphical abstract: I-V characteristics of the DSSCs with Pt CE and Pt/MWCNT CE measured at 100 mW/cm{sup 2}. It shows relatively better performance with Pt/MWCNT counter electrodes. Highlights: {yields} Synthesis of multiwalled carbon nanotubes by pyrolysis. {yields} Synthesis of Pt/MWCNT composite by chemical reduction. {yields} Fabrication DSSC using Pt/MWCNT as catalytic layer on the counter electrode. {yields} Study of catalytic activity by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy. -- Abstract: In this study we have employed multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), decorated with platinum as catalytic layer for the reduction of tri-iodide ions in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). MWCNTs have been prepared by a simple one step pyrolysis method using ferrocene as the catalyst and xylene as the carbon source. Platinum decorated MWCNTs have been prepared by chemical reduction method. The as prepared MWCNTs and Pt/MWCNTs have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In combination with a dye adsorbed TiO{sub 2} photoanode and an organic liquid electrolyte, Pt/MWCNT composite showed an enhanced short circuit current density of 16.12 mA/cm{sup 2} leading to a cell efficiency of 6.50% which is comparable to that of Platinum.

  17. 14.7% efficient mesoscopic perovskite solar cells using single walled carbon nanotubes/carbon composite counter electrodes

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    Li, Hao; Cao, Kun; Cui, Jin; Liu, Shuangshuang; Qiao, Xianfeng; Shen, Yan; Wang, Mingkui

    2016-03-01

    A single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) possesses excellent hole conductivity. This work communicates an investigation of perovskite solar cells using a mesoscopic TiO2/Al2O3 structure as a framework in combination with a certain amount of SWCNT-doped graphite/carbon black counter electrode material. The CH3NH3PbI3-based device achieves a power conversion efficiency of 14.7% under AM 1.5G illumination. Detailed investigations show an increased charge collection in this device compared to that without the SWCNT additive.A single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) possesses excellent hole conductivity. This work communicates an investigation of perovskite solar cells using a mesoscopic TiO2/Al2O3 structure as a framework in combination with a certain amount of SWCNT-doped graphite/carbon black counter electrode material. The CH3NH3PbI3-based device achieves a power conversion efficiency of 14.7% under AM 1.5G illumination. Detailed investigations show an increased charge collection in this device compared to that without the SWCNT additive. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07347b

  18. A highly efficient flexible dye-sensitized solar cell based on nickel sulfide/platinum/titanium counter electrode

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    Yue, Gentian; Ma, Xingping; Zhang, Weifeng; Li, Fumin; Wu, Jihuai; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A composite film of nickel sulfide/platinum/titanium foil (NiS/Pt/Ti) with low cost and high electrocatalytic activity was synthesized by the use of an in situ electropolymerization route and proposed as a counter electrode (CE) catalyst for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells (FDSSCs). The FDSSC with the NiS/Pt/Ti CE exhibited a comparable power conversion efficiency of 7.20% to the FDSSC with the platinum/titanium (Pt/Ti) CE showing 6.07%. The surface morphology of the NiS/Pt/Ti CE with one-dimensional (1D) structure is characterized by using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The NiS/Pt/Ti CE also displayed multiple electrochemical functions of excellent conductivity, great electrocatalytic ability for iodine/triiodine, and low charge transfer resistance of 2.61 0.02 ? cm2, which were characterized by using the cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and Tafel polarization plots. The photocurrent-photovoltage ( J-V) character curves were further used to calculate the theoretical optical light performance parameters of the FDSSCs. It may be said that the NiS/Pt/Ti counter electrode is a promising catalytic material to replace the expensive platinum in FDSSCs.

  19. p-Type mesoscopic NiO as an active interfacial layer for carbon counter electrode based perovskite solar cells.

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    Liu, Zonghao; Zhang, Meng; Xu, Xiaobao; Bu, Lingling; Zhang, Wenjun; Li, Wenhui; Zhao, Zhixin; Wang, Mingkui; Cheng, Yi-Bing; He, Hongshan

    2015-03-01

    Replacement of the ZrO2 insulator layer in the state-of-the-art TiO2/ZrO2/carbon structure by mesoscopic p-type NiO particles led to 39% increase of energy conversion efficiency of hole-conductor-free organometallic perovskite heterojunction solar cells with carbon counter electrodes. In these cells, the light absorber, CH3NH3PbI3, formed instantly inside the pores of the entire TiO2/NiO/carbon layer upon sequential deposition of PbI2 and CH3NH3I. Photoluminescence, impedance spectroscopy and transient photovoltage decay measurements have revealed that introduction of NiO extended the electron lifetime and augmented the hole extraction of the counter electrode. As a result, the photocurrent and open-circuit voltage both increased, resulting in a cell with impressive energy conversion efficiency of 11.4% under AM1.5G conditions. PMID:25406840

  20. Fabrication of Mesoporous CoS2 Nanotube Arrays as the Counter Electrodes of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Tsai, Jung-Che; Hon, Min-Hsiung; Leu, Ing-Chi

    2015-09-01

    Mesoporous cobalt sulfide nanotube arrays on FTO-coated glass were synthesized by combining three simple technologies: the selective etching of ZnO sacrificial templates, mesoporous Co3 O4 formation from cobalt-chelated chitosan, and ion-exchange reaction (IER). The mesoporous Co3 O4 nanotubes composed of the Co3 O4 nanoparticles possess a high surface area and are taken advantage for further removal of templates and IER. The morphologies and crystal structures of the CoS2 nanotube arrays were characterized by SEM, TEM, and XRD analyses. Their electrocatalytic properties were determined by electrochemical analyses including cyclic voltammetry measurements and Tafel polarization. The DSSCs assembled with a CoS2 counter electrode achieved a power conversion efficiency of 6.13 %, which was comparable to that of the DSSC with the Pt counter electrode (6.04 %). This indicates that the mesoporous CoS2 nanotube array can be a low-cost and efficient alternative for the reduction of electrolytes in DSSCs. PMID:26154709

  1. A highly efficient flexible dye-sensitized solar cell based on nickel sulfide/platinum/titanium counter electrode.

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    Yue, Gentian; Ma, Xingping; Zhang, Weifeng; Li, Fumin; Wu, Jihuai; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A composite film of nickel sulfide/platinum/titanium foil (NiS/Pt/Ti) with low cost and high electrocatalytic activity was synthesized by the use of an in situ electropolymerization route and proposed as a counter electrode (CE) catalyst for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells (FDSSCs). The FDSSC with the NiS/Pt/Ti CE exhibited a comparable power conversion efficiency of 7.20% to the FDSSC with the platinum/titanium (Pt/Ti) CE showing 6.07%. The surface morphology of the NiS/Pt/Ti CE with one-dimensional (1D) structure is characterized by using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The NiS/Pt/Ti CE also displayed multiple electrochemical functions of excellent conductivity, great electrocatalytic ability for iodine/triiodine, and low charge transfer resistance of 2.61 ± 0.02 Ω cm(2), which were characterized by using the cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and Tafel polarization plots. The photocurrent-photovoltage (J-V) character curves were further used to calculate the theoretical optical light performance parameters of the FDSSCs. It may be said that the NiS/Pt/Ti counter electrode is a promising catalytic material to replace the expensive platinum in FDSSCs. PMID:25977644

  2. Spray-Deposited Large-Area Copper Nanowire Transparent Conductive Electrodes and Their Uses for Touch Screen Applications.

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    Chu, Hsun-Chen; Chang, Yen-Chen; Lin, Yow; Chang, Shu-Hao; Chang, Wei-Chung; Li, Guo-An; Tuan, Hsing-Yu

    2016-05-25

    Large-area conducting transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs) were prepared by a fast, scalable, and low-cost spray deposition of copper nanowire (CuNW) dispersions. Thin, long, and pure copper nanowires were obtained via the seed-mediated growth in an organic solvent-based synthesis. The mean length and diameter of nanowires are, respectively, 37.7 μm and 46 nm, corresponding to a high-mean-aspect ratio of 790. These wires were spray-deposited onto a glass substrate to form a nanowire conducting network which function as a TCE. CuNW TCEs exhibit high-transparency and high-conductivity since their relatively long lengths are advantageous in lowering in the sheet resistance. For example, a 2 × 2 cm(2) transparent nanowire electrode exhibits transmittance of T = 90% with a sheet resistance as low as 52.7 Ω sq(-1). Large-area sizes (>50 cm(2)) of CuNW TCEs were also prepared by the spray coating method and assembled as resistive touch screens that can be integrated with a variety of devices, including LED lighting array, a computer, electric motors, and audio electronic devices, showing the capability to make diverse sizes and functionalities of CuNW TCEs by the reported method. PMID:27144911

  3. Ultra-thin and smooth transparent electrode for flexible and leakage-free organic light-emitting diodes

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    Ok, Ki-Hun; Kim, Jiwan; Park, So-Ra; Kim, Youngmin; Lee, Chan-Jae; Hong, Sung-Jei; Kwak, Min-Gi; Kim, Namsu; Han, Chul Jong; Kim, Jong-Woong

    2015-01-01

    A smooth, ultra-flexible, and transparent electrode was developed from silver nanowires (AgNWs) embedded in a colorless polyimide (cPI) by utilizing an inverted film-processing method. The resulting AgNW-cPI composite electrode had a transparency of >80%, a low sheet resistance of 8 Ω/□, and ultra-smooth surfaces comparable to glass. Leveraging the robust mechanical properties and flexibility of cPI, the thickness of the composite film was reduced to less than 10 μm, which is conducive to extreme flexibility. This film exhibited mechanical durability, for both outward and inward bending tests, up to a bending radius of 30 μm, while maintaining its electrical performance under cyclic bending (bending radius: 500 μm) for 100,000 iterations. Phosphorescent, blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) were fabricated using these composites as bottom electrodes (anodes). Hole-injection was poor, because AgNWs were largely buried beneath the composite's surface. Thus, we used a simple plasma treatment to remove the thin cPI layer overlaying the nanowires without introducing other conductive materials. As a result, we were able to finely control the flexible OLEDs' electroluminescent properties using the enlarged conductive pathways. The fabricated flexible devices showed only slight performance reductions of <3% even after repeated foldings with a 30 μm bending radius. PMID:25824143

  4. Performance enhancement of metal nanowire-based transparent electrodes by electrically driven nanoscale nucleation of metal oxides.

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    Shiau, Yu-Jeng; Chiang, Kai-Ming; Lin, Hao-Wu

    2015-08-01

    Solution-processed silver nanowire (AgNW) electrodes have been considered to be promising materials for next-generation flexible transparent conductive electrodes. Despite the fact that a single AgNW has extremely high conductivities, the high junction resistance between nanowires limits the performance of the AgNW matrix. Therefore, post-treatments are usually required to approach better NW-NW contact. Herein, we report a novel linking method that uses joule heating to accumulate sol-gel ZnO near nanowire junctions. The nanoscale ZnO nucleation successfully restrained the thermal instability of the AgNW under current injection and acted as an efficient tightening medium to realize good NW-NW contacts. A low process temperature (<50 °C), and thus low energy consumption, are required for ZnO nucleation. This made the use of substrates with very low operating temperatures, such as PET and PEN, feasible. The optimized AgNW transparent conductive electrodes (TCE) fabricated using this promising linking method exhibited a low sheet resistance (13 Ω sq(-1)), a high transmission (92% at 550 nm), a high figure of merit (FOM; up to σDC/σOp = 340) and can be applied to wide range of next-generation flexible optoelectronic devices. PMID:26152810

  5. High performance hybrid rGO/Ag quasi-periodic mesh transparent electrodes for flexible electrochromic devices

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    Voronin, A. S.; Ivanchenko, F. S.; Simunin, M. M.; Shiverskiy, A. V.; Aleksandrovsky, A. S.; Nemtsev, I. V.; Fadeev, Y. V.; Karpova, D. V.; Khartov, S. V.

    2016-02-01

    A possibility of creating a stable hybrid coating based on the hybrid of a reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/Ag quasi-periodic mesh (q-mesh) coating has been demonstrated. The main advantages of the suggested method are the low cost of the processes and the technology scalability. The Ag q-mesh coating is formed by means of the magnetron sputtering of silver on the original template obtained as a result of quasi-periodic cracking of a silica film. The protective rGO film is formed by low temperature reduction of a graphene oxide (GO) film, applied by the spray-deposition in the solution of NaBH4. The coatings have low sheet resistance (12.3 Ω/sq) and high optical transparency (82.2%). The hybrid coatings are characterized by high chemical stability, as well as they show high stability to deformation impacts. High performance of the hybrid coatings as electrodes in the sandwich-system «electrode-electrochromic composition-electrode» has been demonstrated. The hybrid electrodes allow the electrochromic sandwich to function without any visible degradation for a long time, while an unprotected mesh electrode does not allow performing even a single switching cycle.

  6. A flexible, transparent and super-long-life supercapacitor based on ultrafine Co3O4 nanocrystal electrodes

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    Liu, X. Y.; Gao, Y. Q.; Yang, G. W.

    2016-02-01

    Flexible and transparent supercapacitors, as advanced energy storage devices, are essential for the development of innovative wearable electronics because of their unique optical and mechanical qualities. However, all previous designs are based on carbon-based nanostructures like carbon nanotubes and graphene, and these devices usually have poor or short cycling lives. Here, we demonstrate a high-performance, flexible, transparent, and super-long-life supercapacitor made from ultrafine Co3O4 nanocrystals synthesized using a novel process involving laser ablation in liquid. The fabricated flexible and transparent pseudocapacitor exhibits a high capacitance of 177 F g-1 on a mass basis and 6.03 mF cm-2 based on the area of the active material at a scan rate of 1 mV s-1, as well as a super-long cycling life with 100% retention rate after 20 000 cycles. An optical transmittance of up to 51% at a wavelength of 550 nm is achieved, and there are not any obvious changes in the specific capacitance after bending from 0° to 150°, even after bending over 100 times. The integrated electrochemical performance of the Co3O4-based supercapacitor is greatly superior to that of the carbon-based ones reported to date. These findings open the door to applications of transition metal oxides as advanced electrode materials in flexible and transparent pseudocapacitors.

  7. A flexible, transparent and super-long-life supercapacitor based on ultrafine Co3O4 nanocrystal electrodes.

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    Liu, X Y; Gao, Y Q; Yang, G W

    2016-02-11

    Flexible and transparent supercapacitors, as advanced energy storage devices, are essential for the development of innovative wearable electronics because of their unique optical and mechanical qualities. However, all previous designs are based on carbon-based nanostructures like carbon nanotubes and graphene, and these devices usually have poor or short cycling lives. Here, we demonstrate a high-performance, flexible, transparent, and super-long-life supercapacitor made from ultrafine Co3O4 nanocrystals synthesized using a novel process involving laser ablation in liquid. The fabricated flexible and transparent pseudocapacitor exhibits a high capacitance of 177 F g(-1) on a mass basis and 6.03 mF cm(-2) based on the area of the active material at a scan rate of 1 mV s(-1), as well as a super-long cycling life with 100% retention rate after 20 000 cycles. An optical transmittance of up to 51% at a wavelength of 550 nm is achieved, and there are not any obvious changes in the specific capacitance after bending from 0° to 150°, even after bending over 100 times. The integrated electrochemical performance of the Co3O4-based supercapacitor is greatly superior to that of the carbon-based ones reported to date. These findings open the door to applications of transition metal oxides as advanced electrode materials in flexible and transparent pseudocapacitors. PMID:26838964

  8. Development of a Novel Bidimensional Spectroelectrochemistry Cell Using Transfer Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Films as Optically Transparent Electrodes.

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    Garoz-Ruiz, Jesus; Heras, Aranzazu; Palmero, Susana; Colina, Alvaro

    2015-06-16

    A really easy method to transfer commercial single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) to different substrates is proposed. In this paper, a homogeneous transference of SWCNTs films to nonconductor and transparent supports, such as polyethylene terephthalate, glass, and quartz, and to conductor supports, such as indium tin oxide, aluminum, highly ordered pyrolytic graphite, and glassy carbon, was achieved using a very fast, reproducible, and clean methodology. In order to test these transferences, SWCNTs films transferred on quartz were used as working optically UV-vis transparent electrodes due to their optimal electrical and optical properties. A new easy-to-use, homemade optical fiber based cell for bidimensional spectroelectrochemistry was developed, offering the possibility to measure in normal and parallel configuration. The cell was tested with ferrocenemethanol, a compound widely used in electrochemistry but scarcely studied by spectroelectrochemistry, covering the UV-vis spectral region. PMID:25989247

  9. Water based, solution-processable, transparent and flexible graphene oxide composite as electrodes in organic solar cell application

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    Lima, L. F.; Matos, C. F.; Gonçalves, L. C.; Salvatierra, R. V.; Cava, C. E.; Zarbin, A. J. G.; Roman, L. S.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we propose an easy method to achieve a conductive, transparent and flexible graphene oxide (GO)-based composite thin film from an aqueous dispersion. We investigated the blend ratio between GO and the conjugated polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) by comparing the thin film optical transmittance, sheet resistance, morphology and mechanical stability. It was found that reasonable values of transmittance and resistivity coupled with its excellent flexibility - the conductivity remains almost the same even after 1000 bends cycles - make this composite very attracting for flexible optoelectronic applications. Thus, these films were used as transparent electrodes in a bilayer structured organic solar cell and the device architecture PET/GO:PEDOT/F8T2/C60/Al could reach a power conversion efficiency around 1.10%. This result presents a better performance compared with pristine PEDOT produced with similar parameters.

  10. Voltage-controlled liquid-crystal terahertz phase shifter with indium-tin-oxide nanowhiskers as transparent electrodes.

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    Yang, Chan-Shan; Tang, Tsung-Ta; Chen, Po-Han; Pan, Ru-Pin; Yu, Peichen; Pan, Ci-Ling

    2014-04-15

    Indium-tin-oxide nanowhiskers were employed as transparent electrodes in a liquid-crystal terahertz phase shifter. Transmittance of the device was as high as ∼75%. Phase shift exceeding π/2 at 1.0 THz is achieved in a ∼500  μm-thick cell. The driving voltage required for the device operating as a quarter-wave plate was as low as 17.68 V (rms), an improvement of nearly an order of magnitude over previous work. PMID:24979031

  11. GaN nanorod light emitting diodes with suspended graphene transparent electrodes grown by rapid chemical vapor deposition

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    Xu, Kun; Xu, Chen Deng, Jun; Zhu, Yanxu; Guo, Weiling; Mao, Mingming; Xun, Meng; Chen, Maoxing; Zheng, Lei; Xie, Yiyang; Sun, Jie; Mikroteknologi och Nanovetenskap, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB, Göteborg 41296

    2013-11-25

    Ordered and dense GaN light emitting nanorods are studied with polycrystalline graphene grown by rapid chemical vapor deposition as suspended transparent electrodes. As the substitute of indium tin oxide, the graphene avoids complex processing to fill up the gaps between nanorods and subsequent surface flattening and offers high conductivity to improve the carrier injection. The as-fabricated devices have 32% improvement in light output power compared to conventional planar GaN-graphene diodes. The suspended graphene remains electrically stable up to 300 °C in air. The graphene can be obtained at low cost and high efficiency, indicating its high potential in future applications.

  12. Terahertz time-domain measurement of non-Drude conductivity in silver nanowire thin films for transparent electrode applications

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    Kim, Jaeseok; Maeng, Inhee; Jung, Jongwook; Song, Hyunjoon; Son, Joo-Hiuk; Kim, Kilsuk; Lee, Jaeik; Kim, Chul-Hong; Chae, Geesung; Jun, Myungchul; Hwang, YongKee; Jeong Lee, Su; Myoung, Jae-Min; Choi, Hyunyong

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated the complex conductivity of silver nanowire thin films using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. Maxwell-Garnett effective medium theory, which accounts for the effective complex conductivity of silver nanowires, is presented in detail theoretically and experimentally. The conductivity of nanowires exhibits a characteristic non-Drude response in which the applied terahertz field is polarized in the longitudinal nanowire direction. The non-Drude responses of the silver nanowires are explained by the Gans approximation and the Drude-Smith model, and both agree well with the experimental data. Our results provide a basis for further explorations of charge carrier dynamics in nanowire-based transparent electrode applications.

  13. Highly conductive, flexible and scalable graphene hybrid thin films with controlled domain size as transparent electrodes.

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    Shin, Keun-Young; Jang, Jyongsik

    2014-06-25

    Highly conductive, transparent, flexible and scalable graphene hybrid thin films with controlled domain size were successfully fabricated via a mechanochemical method, screen printing and pressure-assisted reduction process. PMID:24825128

  14. Effect of the rheological properties of carbon nanotube dispersions on the processing and properties of transparent conductive electrodes.

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    Maillaud, Laurent; Poulin, Philippe; Pasquali, Matteo; Zakri, Cécile

    2015-06-01

    Transparent conductive films are made from aqueous surfactant stabilized dispersions of carbon nanotubes using an up-scalable rod coating method. The processability of the films is governed by the amount of surfactant which is shown to alter strongly the wetting and viscosity of the ink. The increase of viscosity results from surfactant mediated attractive interactions between the carbon nanotubes. Links between the formulation, ink rheological properties, and electro-optical properties of the films are determined. The provided guidelines are generalized and used to fabricate optimized electrodes using conductive polymers and carbon nanotubes. In these electrodes, the carbon nanotubes act as highly efficient viscosifiers that allow the optimized ink to be homogeneously spread using the rod coating method. From a general point of view and in contrast to previous studies, the CNTs are optimally used in the present approach as conductive additives for viscosity enhancements of electronic inks. PMID:25961667

  15. Carbonaceous materials and their advances as a counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells: challenges and prospects.

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    Kouhnavard, Mojgan; Ludin, Norasikin Ahmad; Ghaffari, Babak V; Sopian, Kamarozzaman; Ikeda, Shoichiro

    2015-05-11

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) serve as low-costing alternatives to silicon solar cells because of their low material and fabrication costs. Usually, they utilize Pt as the counter electrode (CE) to catalyze the iodine redox couple and to complete the electric circuit. Given that Pt is a rare and expensive metal, various carbon materials have been intensively investigated because of their low costs, high surface areas, excellent electrochemical stabilities, reasonable electrochemical activities, and high corrosion resistances. In this feature article, we provide an overview of recent studies on the electrochemical properties and photovoltaic performances of carbon-based CEs (e.g., activated carbon, nanosized carbon, carbon black, graphene, graphite, carbon nanotubes, and composite carbon). We focus on scientific challenges associated with each material and highlight recent advances achieved in overcoming these obstacles. Finally, we discuss possible future directions for this field of research aimed at obtaining highly efficient DSSCs. PMID:25925421

  16. Ordered mesoporous carbon/graphene nano-sheets composites as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Shao, Leng-Leng; Chen, Ming; Ren, Tie-Zhen; Yuan, Zhong-Yong

    2015-01-01

    The composites of ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) and graphene nano-sheets (GNS) are prepared by mixing OMC with different weight ratios of GNS, and utilized as counter electrode (CE) materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Tafel polarization, and cyclic voltammetry measurements demonstrate that the OMC/GNS CEs display the enhanced electron transport property and fast reduction rate of I3- in comparison with those of the individual OMC and GNS CEs, due to the combination of superior electrical conductivity of GNS and good catalytic activity of OMC. Under AM 1.5 irradiation (100 mW cm-2), the DSSCs based on the OMC/GNS CEs show a maximum power conversion efficiency of 6.82%, which is comparable to 7.08% of the cell with the conventional Pt CE at the same experimental conditions, suggesting that the OMC/GNS composites are one of advanced CE materials for low-cost DSSCs.

  17. Platinum-free binary Co-Ni alloy counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Xiaoxu; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Lin, Lin; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-09-26

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted growing interest because of their application in renewable energy technologies in developing modern low-carbon economies. However, the commercial application of DSSCs has been hindered by the high expenses of platinum (Pt) counter electrodes (CEs). Here we use Pt-free binary Co-Ni alloys synthesized by a mild hydrothermal strategy as CE materials in efficient DSSCs. As a result of the rapid charge transfer, good electrical conduction, and reasonable electrocatalysis, the power conversion efficiencies of Co-Ni-based DSSCs are higher than those of Pt-only CEs, and the fabrication expense is markedly reduced. The DSSCs based on a CoNi0.25 alloy CE displays an impressive power conversion efficiency of 8.39%, fast start-up, multiple start/stop cycling, and good stability under extended irradiation. PMID:25146894

  18. Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Made from High Catalytic Ability of Polypyrrole@Platinum Counter Electrode.

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    Ma, Xingping; Yue, Gentian; Wu, Jihuai; Lan, Zhang

    2015-12-01

    Polypyrrole@platinum (PPy@Pt) composite film was successfully synthesized by using a one-step electrochemical method and served as counter electrode (CE) for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The PPy@Pt CE with one-dimensional structure exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and superior charge transfer resistance for I(-)/I3 (-) electrolyte after being the cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tested. The photocurrent-photovoltage curves were further used to calculate the theoretical photoelectric performance parameters of the DSSCs. The DSSC based on the PPy@Pt CE achieved a remarkable power conversion efficiency of 7.35 %, higher about 19.9 % than that of conventional Pt CE (6.13 %). This strategy provides a new opportunity for fabricating low-cost and highly efficient DSSCs. PMID:26272804

  19. Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Made from High Catalytic Ability of Polypyrrole@Platinum Counter Electrode

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    Ma, Xingping; Yue, Gentian; Wu, Jihuai; Lan, Zhang

    2015-08-01

    Polypyrrole@platinum (PPy@Pt) composite film was successfully synthesized by using a one-step electrochemical method and served as counter electrode (CE) for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The PPy@Pt CE with one-dimensional structure exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and superior charge transfer resistance for I-/I3 - electrolyte after being the cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tested. The photocurrent-photovoltage curves were further used to calculate the theoretical photoelectric performance parameters of the DSSCs. The DSSC based on the PPy@Pt CE achieved a remarkable power conversion efficiency of 7.35 %, higher about 19.9 % than that of conventional Pt CE (6.13 %). This strategy provides a new opportunity for fabricating low-cost and highly efficient DSSCs.

  20. Impacts of high-electroactive-surface-area buckypaper counter electrodes on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cheng, Cheng-En; Lin, Yu-Chang; Tsai, Shang-Yi; Lin, Zheng-Kun; Lee, Ping-Chen; Miao, Hsin-Yuan; Chang, Chen-Shiung; Shih-Sen Chien, Forest

    2015-09-01

    In this paper we study the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) with high-electroactive-surface-area buckypaper (BP) counter electrodes (CEs). BP is made of entangled multi-walled carbon nanotubes and has a high electroactive surface area, which is effectively 11.5 times higher than that of Pt. The high surface area of BP causes a high \\text{I}3- reduction rate at the CEs and suppresses the charge recombination at the anodes. Accordingly, the open-circuit voltage, the filling factor, and the power conversion efficiency of DSCs with BP CEs are enhanced, and these photovoltaic parameters exhibit a better trend with the increase of solar power compared with conventional DSCs with Pt CEs.

  1. Electropolymerization of Uniform Polyaniline Nanorod Arrays on Conducting Oxides as Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    He, Ziming; Liu, Jing; Khoo, Si Yun; Tan, Timothy Thatt Yang

    2016-01-01

    Conventional techniques for the synthesis of oriented polyaniline (PANI) nanostructures are often complex or time consuming. Through an innovative reduced graphene oxide (rGO) modified FTO and a low-potential electropolymerization strategy, the rapid and template-free growth of a highly ordered PANI nanorod array on the FTO substrate is realized. The highly ordered nanostructure of the PANI array leads to a high electrocatalytic activity and chemical stability. The importance of the polymerization potential and rGO surface modification to achieve this nanostructure is revealed. Compared to platinum, the PANI nanorod array exhibits an enhanced performance and stability as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells, with a 17.6 % enhancement in power conversion efficiency. PMID:26732134

  2. Low-cost counter electrodes from CoPt alloys for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    He, Benlin; Meng, Xin; Tang, Qunwei

    2014-04-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a promising solution to global energy and environmental problems because of its merits on clean, low cost, high efficiency, good durability, and easy fabrication. However, the commercial application of DSSCs has been hindered by the high expenses of counter electrodes (CEs) and limited power conversion efficiency. With an aim of significantly enhancing the power conversion efficiency, here we pioneerly synthesize CoPt alloys using an electrochemically codeposition technique which are employed as CEs for DSSCs. Owing to the rapid charge transfer, electrical conduction, and electrocatalysis, power conversion efficiencies of CoPt-based DSSCs have been markedly elevated in comparison with the DSSC using Pt CE. The DSSC employing CoPt0.02 alloy CE gives an impressive power conversion efficiency of 10.23%. The high conversion efficiency, low cost in combination with simple preparation, and scalability demonstrates the potential use of CoPt alloys in robust DSSCs. PMID:24611765

  3. Enhancement of Characteristics of Transparent Conductive Electrode on Flexible Substrate by Combination of Solution-Based Oxide and Metallic Layers.

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    Hong, Sung-Jei; Kim, Yong-Hoon; Cha, Seung-Jae; Kim, Yong-Sung

    2015-10-01

    This study investigates solution-processed transparent conductors with hybrid structure consisting of silver nanowires (AgNWs) and indium-tin-oxide nanoparticles (ITO-NPs) layers fabricated on polymeric flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The transparent conductors had stacked structures of AgNWs/ITO-NPs on 125-μm-thick PET and ITO-NPs/AgNWs/ITO-NPs on 125-μm-thick PET, 188-μm-thick PET, or 700-μm-thick glass substrate, respectively. Successful integrations were possible on the substrates without any deformation or distortion. Sheet resistance of the triple-layered transparent conductor samples exhibits low values ranging from 22.41 Ω/square to 22.99 Ω/squarer. Also, their optical transmittance exhibits high values ranging from 83.78 to 87.29% at 550 nm. The triple-layered transparent conductor showed a good thermal stability in terms of sheet resistance and optical transmittance against the high-temperature environment up to 250 °C. All the double and triple-layered transparent conductors fabricated on PET and glass substrates are so stable against the accelerated thermal aging from 110 °C to 130 °C, that ΔR/R0 and ΔT(550)/T0(550) values exhibit less than 0.068 and 0.049, respectively. Furthermore, the layers are so flexible that ΔR/R0 of the layers on PET substrates is lower than 0.1 even at 4.0-mm bending. Especially, triple-layered transparent conductor on 125-μm-thick PET substrates exhibits ΔR/R0 value of 0.042 even at 4.0 mm bending. Thus, it can be concluded that the hybrid structures have the advantage of both thermal stability and flexibility for electrical and optical properties of transparent conductive electrode; which makes them highly applicable in flexible electronics. PMID:26726453

  4. Effect of purity on the electro-optical properties of single wall nanotube-based transparent conductive electrodes

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    Garrett, Matthew P; Ivanov, Ilia N; Geohegan, David B; Hu, Bin

    2013-01-01

    We present a detailed assessment of centrifugation technique for purification of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) for application as transparent conductive electrodes. As- grown and highly-purified SWCNTs were dispersed in surfactants by ultrasonication, and then centrifuged to selectively remove carbonaceous and metal impurities. The centrifuged supernatant suspensions were made into thin films by transferring filtrated nanotube coat- ings onto glass slides. The absorbance and resistance of nanotube coatings were measured, and their optical purity level estimated from a comparison of the area of the near-infrared S22 SWCNT optical absorption band relative to the area of the background. The single-step centrifugation process is shown to purify laser-vaporization grown SWCNTs from an initial optical purity of 0.10 to an averaged purity of 0.23, with an 8.8% yield, which is comparable to other purification techniques. The quality of transparent conductive electrodes esti- mated as a ratio of visible-spectrum absorbance to sheet conductivity is improved by a fac- tor of 12 upon purification.

  5. Flexible, Transparent and Conductive Carbon Nanotube Aerogels /PEDOT:PSS Electrodes created by Top-bottom Fabrication

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    Martinez, Patricia M.; Cerdan Pasaran, Andrea; Zakhidov, Anvar; University of Guanajuato, Mexico Collaboration

    The sheets of Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) have proven to be a good substitute for ITO. To improve their conductivity and increase optical transparency we have created composites which incorporate silver nanowires or other evaporated metals. Coating CNT/metals with PEDOT:PSS is important for creating hole transport/electron barrier layer functionality, but it is not easy to achieve using PEDOT:PSS solutions due to the hydrophobicity of CNT. We report a new top-to-bottom approach for the fabrication of highly flexible, transparent and conductive carbon nanotube-based electrodes using PDMS as a substrate. A uniform and smooth layer of approximately 50 nm of PEDOT:PSS was spin coated on top of a PDMS stamp followed by the deposition of vapor densified freestanding Multiwall Carbon Nanotube (MWNT) aerogels. An incorporation of silver nanowires, silver or Aluminum thin layer can be sprayed or evaporated on top of the freestanding MWNT aerogels in order to lower the sheet resistance even further. The PDMS substrate is drop cast on top of the configuration then the PDMS stamp is lifted-up. The PEDOT:PSS layer is selectively deposited on top of the MWNT only. The composite electrodes can be laminated on photovoltaic devices and on LEDs.

  6. Reduced graphene oxide-TaON composite as a high-performance counter electrode for Co(bpy)3(3+/2+)-mediated dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Li, Yan; Wang, Hong; Feng, Quanyou; Zhou, Gang; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2013-08-28

    We report herein the investigation of TaON nanoparticles incorporating a reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposite as a counter electrode for application in Co(bpy)3(3+/2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine)-mediated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The RGO-TaON nanocomposite has been prepared by mixing graphene oxide (GO) and presynthesized TaON nanoparticles in ethanol/water followed by the facile hydrazine hydrate reduction of GO to RGO. Compared with RGO or TaON alone, the RGO-TaON nanocomposite shows a much higher electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of Co(bpy)3(3+) species owing to synergistic effects, resulting in significantly improved solar-cell performance when it is applied as the counter electrode in DSSCs. An efficiency of 7.65% for the DSSC with the RGO-TaON counter electrode is obtained, competing with the efficiency produced by the Pt counter electrode; additionally, the former exhibits a much better electrochemical stability than the latter in a Co(bpy)3(3+/2+) acetonitrile solution. PMID:23855746

  7. The facile preparation of a cobalt disulfide-reduced graphene oxide composite film as an efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Sun, Lijuan; Bai, Yu; Zhang, Naiqing; Sun, Kening

    2015-02-01

    Cobalt disulfide (CoS2)-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composite (CSG) films, which are prepared by combining the layer by layer assembly method and thermal treatment process, are used as counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The DSSC with CSG CE exhibits comparable efficiency to the cell with the Pt CE. PMID:25525643

  8. Efficient Nickel Sulfide and Graphene Counter Electrodes Decorated with Silver Nanoparticles and Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yue, Gentian; Li, Fumin; Yang, Guang; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-05-01

    We reported a facile two-step electrochemical-chemical approach for in situ growth of nickel sulfide and graphene counter electrode (CE) decorated with silver nanoparticles (signed NiS/Gr-Ag) and served in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Under optimum conditions, the DSSC achieved a remarkable power conversion efficiency of 8.36 % assembled with the NiS/Gr-Ag CE, much higher than that based on the Pt CE (7.76 %). The surface morphology of NiS/Gr-Ag CE exhibited a smooth surface with cross-growth of NiS, graphene, and Ag nanoparticles, which was beneficial to the fast mass transport of electrolytes; increased the contact area of electrolytes and active materials; and enabled to speed up the reduction of triiodide to iodide. The research on the electrochemical properties also showed that the NiS/Gr-Ag CE possessed lower charge transfer resistance and more excellent electrocatalytic activity in iodide/triiodide electrolyte compared to the Pt electrode.

  9. Efficient Nickel Sulfide and Graphene Counter Electrodes Decorated with Silver Nanoparticles and Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Yue, Gentian; Li, Fumin; Yang, Guang; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-12-01

    We reported a facile two-step electrochemical-chemical approach for in situ growth of nickel sulfide and graphene counter electrode (CE) decorated with silver nanoparticles (signed NiS/Gr-Ag) and served in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Under optimum conditions, the DSSC achieved a remarkable power conversion efficiency of 8.36 % assembled with the NiS/Gr-Ag CE, much higher than that based on the Pt CE (7.76 %). The surface morphology of NiS/Gr-Ag CE exhibited a smooth surface with cross-growth of NiS, graphene, and Ag nanoparticles, which was beneficial to the fast mass transport of electrolytes; increased the contact area of electrolytes and active materials; and enabled to speed up the reduction of triiodide to iodide. The research on the electrochemical properties also showed that the NiS/Gr-Ag CE possessed lower charge transfer resistance and more excellent electrocatalytic activity in iodide/triiodide electrolyte compared to the Pt electrode. PMID:27142877

  10. Pulsed voltage deposited lead selenide thin film as efficient counter electrode for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Jin, Bin Bin; Wang, Ye Feng; Wang, Xue Qing; Zeng, Jing Hui

    2016-04-01

    Lead selenide (PbSe) thin films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass by a facile one-step pulse voltage electrodeposition method, and used as counter electrode (CE) in CdS/CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). A power conversion efficiency of 4.67% is received for the CdS/CdSe co-sensitized solar cells, which is much better than that of 2.39% received using Pt CEs. The enhanced performance is attributed to the extended absorption in the near infrared region, superior electrocatalytic activity and p-type conductivity with a reflection of the incident light at the back electrode in addition. The physical and chemical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), reflectance spectra, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization measurements. The present work provides a facile pathway to an efficient CE in the QDSSCs.

  11. FeS/nickel foam as stable and efficient counter electrode material for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Geng, Huifang; Zhu, Liqun; Li, Weiping; Liu, Huicong; Quan, Linlin; Xi, Fanxing; Su, Xunwen

    2015-05-01

    A stable and efficient FeS/nickel foam (NF) counter electrode for quantum dots-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) is first fabricated by electrochemistry deposition and characterized with scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), current voltage and impedance spectroscopy. The QDSC based on FeS/NF CE achieves a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.39% attributing to the high fill factor (FF) of 0.58, and the PCE is much higher than that of based on FeS/FTO CE (2.76%) and other reported FeS CEs (1.76% and 3.34%). The phenomenon that the electrode can transform between FeS/NF (in the polysulfide electrolyte) and Fe2O3/NF (in the air) spontaneously is first reported. And the excellent stability in photoelectric performance of the CE is also demonstrated in the present work. Therefore, the FeS/NF is very promising as a stable and efficient CE for QDSCs.

  12. Direct synthesis of graphene 3D-coated Cu nanosilks network for antioxidant transparent conducting electrode

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    Xu, Hongmei; Wang, Huachun; Wu, Chenping; Lin, Na; Soomro, Abdul Majid; Guo, Huizhang; Liu, Chuan; Yang, Xiaodong; Wu, Yaping; Cai, Duanjun; Kang, Junyong

    2015-06-01

    Transparent conducting film occupies an important position in various optoelectronic devices. To replace the costly tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), promising materials, such as metal nanowires and graphene, have been widely studied. Moreover, a long-pursued goal is to consolidate these two materials together and express their outstanding properties simultaneously. We successfully achieved a direct 3D coating of a graphene layer on an interlacing Cu nanosilks network by the low pressure chemical vapor deposition method. High aspect ratio Cu nanosilks (13 nm diameter with 40 ?m length) were synthesized through the nickel ion catalytic process. Large-size, transparent conducting film was successfully fabricated with Cu nanosilks ink by the imprint method. A magnetic manipulator equipped with a copper capsule was used to produce high Cu vapor pressure on Cu nanosilks and realize the graphene 3D-coating. The coated Cu@graphene nanosilks network achieved high transparency, low sheet resistance (41 Ohm sq-1 at 95% transmittance) and robust antioxidant ability. With this technique, the transfer process of graphene is no longer needed, and a flexible, uniform and high-performance transparent conducting film could be fabricated in unlimited size.Transparent conducting film occupies an important position in various optoelectronic devices. To replace the costly tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), promising materials, such as metal nanowires and graphene, have been widely studied. Moreover, a long-pursued goal is to consolidate these two materials together and express their outstanding properties simultaneously. We successfully achieved a direct 3D coating of a graphene layer on an interlacing Cu nanosilks network by the low pressure chemical vapor deposition method. High aspect ratio Cu nanosilks (13 nm diameter with 40 ?m length) were synthesized through the nickel ion catalytic process. Large-size, transparent conducting film was successfully fabricated with Cu nanosilks ink by the imprint method. A magnetic manipulator equipped with a copper capsule was used to produce high Cu vapor pressure on Cu nanosilks and realize the graphene 3D-coating. The coated Cu@graphene nanosilks network achieved high transparency, low sheet resistance (41 Ohm sq-1 at 95% transmittance) and robust antioxidant ability. With this technique, the transfer process of graphene is no longer needed, and a flexible, uniform and high-performance transparent conducting film could be fabricated in unlimited size. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Photographs, transmission spectra, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01711d

  13. Time resolved optical emission images of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet with transparent electrodes

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    Puac, N.; Maletic, D.; Lazovic, S.; Malovic, G.; Petrovic, Z. Lj.; Dordevic, A.

    2012-07-09

    We study development of plasma packages in atmospheric pressure plasma jet from their formation as a discharge close to the instantaneous cathode, following their motion between and inside the electrodes up to their emergence at the edge of the glass tube and formation of a plasma bullet. Inside both electrodes, plasma is concentrated close to the walls and is bright, while outside it is located at the axis. This paper opens issues of the geometry of electrodes, fields, and atomic processes, allowing some predictions to be made about pertinent mechanisms.

  14. Improving temperature-stable AZO-Ag-AZO multilayer transparent electrodes using thin Al layer modification

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    Zhou, Lin; Chen, Xiaohong; Zhu, Feng; Sun, XinXing; Sun, Zhuo

    2012-12-01

    The thermal stability of AZO/Al/Ag/Al/AZO (5A) compared with AZO/Ag/AZO (3A) electrodes was significantly improved by introducing a thin Al layer at the interface between Ag and AZO layers. The rapidly deteriorated sheet resistance of 3A compared with 5A electrodes is roughly consistent with the XRD results of weaker intensity of the (1 1 1) Ag peak of 3A after annealing for 20 h at 300 or 500 °C for 10 min. The improved thermal stability of the 5A electrode is ascribed to the limitation function of Al atoms on Ag diffusion into the AZO layer. The polymer solar cells based on 5A compared with ITO electrodes showed a similar efficiency.

  15. Direct synthesis of graphene 3D-coated Cu nanosilks network for antioxidant transparent conducting electrode.

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    Xu, Hongmei; Wang, Huachun; Wu, Chenping; Lin, Na; Soomro, Abdul Majid; Guo, Huizhang; Liu, Chuan; Yang, Xiaodong; Wu, Yaping; Cai, Duanjun; Kang, JunYong

    2015-06-28

    Transparent conducting film occupies an important position in various optoelectronic devices. To replace the costly tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), promising materials, such as metal nanowires and graphene, have been widely studied. Moreover, a long-pursued goal is to consolidate these two materials together and express their outstanding properties simultaneously. We successfully achieved a direct 3D coating of a graphene layer on an interlacing Cu nanosilks network by the low pressure chemical vapor deposition method. High aspect ratio Cu nanosilks (13 nm diameter with 40 μm length) were synthesized through the nickel ion catalytic process. Large-size, transparent conducting film was successfully fabricated with Cu nanosilks ink by the imprint method. A magnetic manipulator equipped with a copper capsule was used to produce high Cu vapor pressure on Cu nanosilks and realize the graphene 3D-coating. The coated Cu@graphene nanosilks network achieved high transparency, low sheet resistance (41 Ohm sq(-1) at 95% transmittance) and robust antioxidant ability. With this technique, the transfer process of graphene is no longer needed, and a flexible, uniform and high-performance transparent conducting film could be fabricated in unlimited size. PMID:26018299

  16. Application of High Surface Area Tin-Doped Indium Oxide Nanoparticle Films as Transparent Conducting Electrodes

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    Hoertz, Paul G.; Chen, Zuofeng; Kent, Caleb A.; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2010-08-16

    Metal complex derivatized, optically transparent nanoparticle films of Sn(IV)-doped In2O3 (nanoITO) undergo facile interfacial electron transfer allowing for rapid, potential controlled color changes, direct spectral (rather than current) monitoring of voltammograms, and multilayer catalysis of water oxidation.

  17. A facile and rapid process to fabricate platinum counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell using nanosecond pulsed laser sintering at room temperature.

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    Kang, Tae Yeon; Yoo, Kicheon; Lee, Jin Ah; Lee, Wonjoo; Kim, Kyungkon; Lee, Doh-Kwon; Kim, Honggon; Ko, Min Jae

    2014-07-01

    To fabricate the platinum (Pt) counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), rapid and low sintering process was carried out using nanosecond pulsed laser sintering (LS) method based on third harmonic (355 nm) of an Nd:YAG laser at room temperature. The surface morphology of LS-Pt on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) electrode showed thin and compact structure, consisting of particles size of - 10-30 nm and thickness of below 30 nm. The DSSCs with the LS-Pt/FTO counter electrodes displayed the power conversion efficiency of 4.4% with short-circuit current = 9.07 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage = 0.79 V and fill factor = 61.3. PMID:24758023

  18. In situ synthesis of binary cobalt-ruthenium nanofiber alloy counter electrode for electrolyte-free cadmium sulfide quantum dot solar cells

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    Du, Nan; Ren, Lei; Sun, Weifu; Jin, Xiao; Zhao, Qing; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Wei, Taihuei; Li, Qinghua

    2015-06-01

    A facile, low-cost and low-temperature fabrication approach of counter electrode is essential for pursuing robust photovoltaic devices. Herein, we develop a hydrothermal in situ growth of Cobalt-Ruthenium (Co-Ru) alloy nanofiber electrode for quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) applications. Colloidal CdS QDs with tunable absorption band edge are synthesized and used as light absorber. After optimizing the QDs with the highest photoluminescence quantum yield accompanied by considerable solar light absorption ability, QDSC based on Co-Ru alloy electrode delivers a much higher power conversion efficiency than its counterparts, i.e., either pure Co or Ru metal electrodes. In detail, Co-Ru alloy electrode exhibits high specific area, excellent electrical behavior, intimate interface contact, and good stability, thus leading to notable improved device performances. The impressive robust function of Co-Ru alloy with simple manufacturing procedure highlights its potential applications in robust QDSCs.

  19. Large-area functionalized CVD graphene for work function matched transparent electrodes.

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    Bointon, Thomas H; Jones, Gareth F; De Sanctis, Adolfo; Hill-Pearce, Ruth; Craciun, Monica F; Russo, Saverio

    2015-01-01

    The efficiency of flexible photovoltaic and organic light emitting devices is heavily dependent on the availability of flexible and transparent conductors with at least a similar workfunction to that of Indium Tin Oxide. Here we present the first study of the work function of large area (up to 9 cm(2)) FeCl3 intercalated graphene grown by chemical vapour deposition on Nickel, and demonstrate values as large as 5.1 eV. Upon intercalation, a charge density per graphene layer of 5 ⋅ 10(13) ± 5 ⋅ 10(12) cm(-2) is attained, making this material an attractive platform for the study of plasmonic excitations in the infrared wavelength spectrum of interest to the telecommunication industry. Finally, we demonstrate the potential of this material for flexible electronics in a transparent circuit on a polyethylene naphthalate substrate. PMID:26548711

  20. Large-area functionalized CVD graphene for work function matched transparent electrodes

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    Bointon, Thomas H.; Jones, Gareth F.; de Sanctis, Adolfo; Hill-Pearce, Ruth; Craciun, Monica F.; Russo, Saverio

    2015-11-01

    The efficiency of flexible photovoltaic and organic light emitting devices is heavily dependent on the availability of flexible and transparent conductors with at least a similar workfunction to that of Indium Tin Oxide. Here we present the first study of the work function of large area (up to 9 cm2) FeCl3 intercalated graphene grown by chemical vapour deposition on Nickel, and demonstrate values as large as 5.1 eV. Upon intercalation, a charge density per graphene layer of 5 ṡ 1013 ± 5 ṡ 1012 cm-2 is attained, making this material an attractive platform for the study of plasmonic excitations in the infrared wavelength spectrum of interest to the telecommunication industry. Finally, we demonstrate the potential of this material for flexible electronics in a transparent circuit on a polyethylene naphthalate substrate.

  1. Study on the optical and electrical properties of tetracyanoethylene doped bilayer graphene stack for transparent conducting electrodes

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    Limbu, Tej B.; Mendoza, Frank; Barrionuevo, Danilo; Carpena, Jennifer; Maruyama, Benji; Katiyar, Ram S.; Weiner, Brad R.; Morell, Gerardo

    2016-03-01

    We report the optical and electrical properties of chemically-doped bilayer graphene stack by tetracyanoethylene, a strong electron acceptor. The Tetracyanoethylene doping on the bilayer graphene via charge transfer was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and Infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy. Doped graphene shows a significant increase in the sheet carrier concentration of up to 1.520 × 1013 cm-2 with a concomitant reduction of the sheet resistance down to 414.1 Ω/sq. The high optical transmittance (ca. 84%) in the visible region in combination with the low sheet resistance of the Tetracyanoethylene-doped bilayer graphene stack opens up the possibility of making transparent conducting electrodes for practical applications.

  2. Illumination Effect on Bipolar Switching Properties of Gd:SiO2 RRAM Devices Using Transparent Indium Tin Oxide Electrode

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    Chen, Kai-Huang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Ting-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Liang, Shu-Ping; Young, Tai-Fa; Syu, Yong-En; Sze, Simon M.

    2016-04-01

    To discuss the optoelectronic effect on resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, the bipolar switching properties and electron-hole pair generation behavior in the transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode of Gd:SiO2 thin films under the ultraviolet ( λ = 400 nm) and red-light ( λ = 770 nm) illumination for high resistance state (HRS)/low resistance state (LRS) was observed and investigated. In dark environment, the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices exhibited the ohmic conduction mechanism for LRS, exhibited the Schottky emission conduction and Poole-Frankel conduction mechanism for HRS. For light illumination effect, the operation current of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices for HRS/LRS was slightly increased. Finally, the electron-hole pair transport mechanism, switching conduction diagram, and energy band of the RRAM devices will be clearly demonstrated and explained.

  3. Transparent electrodes based on two-dimensional Ag nanogrids and double one-dimensional Ag nanogratings for organic photovoltaics

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    Zeng, Beibei; Kafafi, Zakya H.; Bartoli, Filbert J.

    2015-01-01

    The optical and electrical properties of optically thin one-dimensional (1-D) Ag nanogratings and two-dimensional (2-D) Ag nanogrids are studied, and their use as transparent electrodes in organic photovoltaics is explored. A large broadband and polarization-insensitive optical absorption enhancement in the organic light-harvesting layers is theoretically and numerically demonstrated using either single-layer 2-D Ag nanogrids or two perpendicular 1-D Ag nanogratings, and is attributed to the excitation of surface plasmon resonances and plasmonic cavity modes. Total photon absorption enhancements of 150% and 200% are achieved for the optimized single-layer 2-D Ag nanogrids and double (top and bottom) perpendicular 1-D Ag nanogratings, respectively.

  4. Illumination Effect on Bipolar Switching Properties of Gd:SiO2 RRAM Devices Using Transparent Indium Tin Oxide Electrode.

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    Chen, Kai-Huang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Ting-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Liang, Shu-Ping; Young, Tai-Fa; Syu, Yong-En; Sze, Simon M

    2016-12-01

    To discuss the optoelectronic effect on resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, the bipolar switching properties and electron-hole pair generation behavior in the transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode of Gd:SiO2 thin films under the ultraviolet (λ = 400 nm) and red-light (λ = 770 nm) illumination for high resistance state (HRS)/low resistance state (LRS) was observed and investigated. In dark environment, the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices exhibited the ohmic conduction mechanism for LRS, exhibited the Schottky emission conduction and Poole-Frankel conduction mechanism for HRS. For light illumination effect, the operation current of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices for HRS/LRS was slightly increased. Finally, the electron-hole pair transport mechanism, switching conduction diagram, and energy band of the RRAM devices will be clearly demonstrated and explained. PMID:27117634

  5. A dye-sensitized solar cell based on natural photosensitizers and a PEDOT:PSS/TiO2 film as a counter electrode

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    Jafari, Fatemeh; Behjat, Abbas; Khoshroo, Ali R.; Ghoshani, Maral

    2015-02-01

    Poly(3, 4-ethylendioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate) mixed with TiO2 nanoparticles (PEDOT:PSS/TiO2) was used as a catalyst for tri-iodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells based on natural photosensitizers. A PEDOT:PSS/TiO2 film was coated on a conductive glass substrate by the spin coating method. The solar cells were fabricated, having the PEDOT:PSS/TiO2 film as a counter electrode and Pomegranate juice dye-sensitized TiO2 as an anode. The morphology of PEDOT:PSS/TiO2 films was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was employed to characterize the catalytic activity of the PEDOT:PSS/TiO2 film. Based on the analysis of CV, the enhancements for the electrochemical and photochemical performance of the PEDOT:PSS/TiO2 electrode are attributed to the fact that the dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles in the PEDOT:PSS matrix provide an improved catalytic activity and a facilitated diffusion for tri-iodide ions. The energy conversion efficiency is significantly improved after TiO2 nanoparticle incorporation. This improvement might be attributed to an increase in the counter electrode catalytic activity. The highest efficiency of 0.73% was obtained by using 100 nm TiO2 nanoparticles in the counter electrode.

  6. Multiwalled carbon nanotube coated polyester fabric as textile based flexible counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cell.

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    Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Sun, Kyung Chul; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2015-05-21

    Textile wearable electronics offers the combined advantages of both electronics and textile characteristics. The essential properties of these flexible electronics such as lightweight, stretchable, and wearable power sources are in strong demand. Here, we have developed a facile route to fabricate multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) coated polyester fabric as a flexible counter electrode (CE) for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A variety of MWCNT and enzymes with different structures were used to generate individual enzyme-dispersed MWCNT (E-MWCNT) suspensions by non-covalent functionalization. A highly concentrated colloidal suspension of E-MWCNT was deposited on polyester fabric via a simple tape casting method using an air drying technique. In view of the E-MWCNT coating, the surface structure is represented by topologically randomly assembled tubular graphene units. This surface morphology has a high density of colloidal edge states and oxygen-containing surface groups which execute multiple catalytic sites for iodide reduction. A highly conductive E-MWCNT coated fabric electrode with a surface resistance of 15 Ω sq(-1) demonstrated 5.69% power conversion efficiency (PCE) when used as a flexible CE for DSSCs. High photo voltaic performance of our suggested system of E-MWCNT fabric-based DSSCs is associated with high sheet conductivity, low charge transfer resistance (RCT), and excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA). Such a conductive fabric demonstrated stable conductivity against bending cycles and strong mechanical adhesion of E-MWCNT on polyester fabric. Moreover, the polyester fabric is hydrophobic and, therefore, has good sealing capacity and retains the polymer gel electrolyte without seepage. This facile E-MWCNT fabric CE configuration provides a concrete fundamental background towards the development of textile-integrated solar cells. PMID:25912056

  7. Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembled Graphene Multilayers as Pt-Free Alternative Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Rani, Adila; Chung, Kyungwha; Kwon, Jeong; Kim, Sung June; Jang, Yoon Hee; Jang, Yu Jin; Quan, Li Na; Yoon, Minji; Park, Jong Hyeok; Kim, Dong Ha

    2016-05-11

    Low cost, charged, and large scale graphene multilayers fabricated from nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide N-rGO(+), nitrogen and sulfur codoped reduced graphene oxide NS-rGO(+), and undoped reduced graphene oxide rGO(-) were applied as alternative counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The neat rGO-based counter electrodes were developed via two types of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly (SA) methods: spin coating and spray coating methods. In the spin coating method, two sets of multilayer films were fabricated on poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates using GO(-) combined with N-GO(+) followed by annealing and denoted as [rGO(-)/N-rGO(+)]n or with NS-GO(+) and denoted as [rGO(-)/NS-rGO(+)]n for counter electrodes in DSSCs. The DSSCs employing new types of counter electrodes exhibited ∼7.0% and ∼6.2% power conversion efficiency (PCE) based on ten bilayers of [rGO(-)/N-rGO(+)]10 and [rGO(-)/NS-rGO(+)]10, respectively. The DSSCs equipped with a blend of one bilayer of [rGO(-):N-rGO(+)] and [rGO(-):NS-rGO(+)] on PDDA-coated FTO substrates were prepared from a spray coating and showed ∼6.4% and ∼5.6% PCE, respectively. Thus, it was demonstrated that a combination of undoped, nitrogen-doped, and nitrogen and sulfur codoped reduced graphene oxides can be considered as potentially powerful Pt-free electrocatalysts and alternative electrodes in conventional photovoltaic devices. PMID:27136200

  8. Electrocatalytic activity of NiO on silicon nanowires with a carbon shell and its application in dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrodes

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    Kim, Junhee; Jung, Cho-Long; Kim, Minsoo; Kim, Soomin; Kang, Yoonmook; Lee, Hae-Seok; Park, Jeounghee; Jun, Yongseok; Kim, Donghwan

    2016-03-01

    To improve the catalytic activity of a material, it is critical to maximize the effective surface area by directly contacting the electrolyte. Nanowires are a promising building block for catalysts in electrochemical applications because of their large surface area. Nickel oxide (NiO) decoration was achieved by drop-casting a nickel-dissolved solution onto vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays with a carbon shell (SiNW/C). Based on the hybridization of the NiO and silicon nanowire arrays with a carbon shell this study aimed to achieve a synergic effect for the catalytic activity performance. This study demonstrated that the resulting nanomaterial exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity and performs well as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The compositions of the materials were examined using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Their micro- and nano-structures were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical activity toward I-/I3- was examined using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The obtained peak power conversion efficiency of the DSSC based on the NiO@SiNW/C counter electrode was 9.49%, which was greater than that of the DSSC based on the Pt counter electrode.To improve the catalytic activity of a material, it is critical to maximize the effective surface area by directly contacting the electrolyte. Nanowires are a promising building block for catalysts in electrochemical applications because of their large surface area. Nickel oxide (NiO) decoration was achieved by drop-casting a nickel-dissolved solution onto vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays with a carbon shell (SiNW/C). Based on the hybridization of the NiO and silicon nanowire arrays with a carbon shell this study aimed to achieve a synergic effect for the catalytic activity performance. This study demonstrated that the resulting nanomaterial exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity and performs well as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The compositions of the materials were examined using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Their micro- and nano-structures were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical activity toward I-/I3- was examined using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The obtained peak power conversion efficiency of the DSSC based on the NiO@SiNW/C counter electrode was 9.49%, which was greater than that of the DSSC based on the Pt counter electrode. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/C5NR08265J

  9. Silver nanowire network transparent electrodes with highly enhanced flexibility by welding for application in flexible organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Cheong, Hahn-Gil; Triambulo, Ross E; Lee, Gun-Hwan; Yi, In-Sook; Park, Jin-Woo

    2014-05-28

    We present highly flexible Ag nanowire (AgNW) networks welded with transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for use in electrical interconnects in flexible and wearable electronic devices. The hybrid transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) produced on polymer substrates consist of AgNW networks and TCO that is deposited atop the AgNWs. The TCO firmly welds the AgNWs together at the junctions and the AgNWs to the polymer substrates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis show that TCO atop and near AgNWs grows as crystalline because AgNWs act as crystalline seeds, but the crystallinity of the matrix TCO can be controlled by sputtering conditions. The sheet resistances (Rs) of hybrid TCEs are less than the AgNW networks because junction resistance is significantly reduced due to welding by TCO. The effect of welding on decreasing Rs is enhanced with increasing matrix crystallinity, as the adhesion between AgNWs and TCO is improved. Furthermore, the bending stability of the hybrid TCEs are almost equivalent to and better than AgNW networks in static and cyclic bending tests, respectively. Flexible organic light-emitting diodes (f-OLEDs) are successfully fabricated on the hybrid TCEs without top-coats and the performances of f-OLEDs on hybrid TCEs are almost equivalent to those on commercial TCO, which supports replacing indium tin oxide (ITO) with the hybrid TCEs in flexible electronics applications. PMID:24720620

  10. Fast fabrication of copper nanowire transparent electrodes by a high intensity pulsed light sintering technique in air.

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    Ding, Su; Jiu, Jinting; Tian, Yanhong; Sugahara, Tohru; Nagao, Shijo; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2015-12-14

    Copper nanowire transparent electrodes have received increasing interest due to the low price and nearly equal electrical conductivity compared with other TEs based on silver nanowires and indium tin oxide (ITO). However, a post-treatment at high temperature in an inert atmosphere or a vacuum environment was necessary to improve the conductivity of Cu NW TEs due to the easy oxidation of copper in air atmosphere, which greatly cancelled out the low price advantage of Cu NWs. Here, a high intensity pulsed light technique was introduced to sinter and simultaneously deoxygenate these Cu NWs into a highly conductive network at room temperature in air. The strong light absorption capacity of Cu NWs enabled the welding of the nanowires at contact spots, as well as the removal of the thin layer of residual organic compounds, oxides and hydroxide of copper even in air. The Cu NW TE with a sheet resistance of 22.9 Ohm sq(-1) and a transparency of 81.8% at 550 nm has been successfully fabricated within only 6 milliseconds exposure treatment, which is superior to other films treated at high temperature in a hydrogen atmosphere. The HIPL process was simple, convenient and fast to fabricate easily oxidized Cu NW TEs in large scale in an air atmosphere, which will largely extend the application of cheap Cu NW TEs. PMID:26536570

  11. Fabrication of transparent conductive electrode film using thermal roll-imprinted Ag metal grid and coated conductive polymer.

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    Yu, Jong-Su; Jo, Jeongdai; Yoon, Seong-Man; Kim, Do-Jin

    2012-02-01

    In this study, to fabricate a low-resistance and high optical transparent conductive electrode (TCE) film, the following steps were performed: the design and manufacture of an electroforming stamp mold, the fabrication of thermal-roll imprinted (TRI) poly-carbonate (PC) patterned films, the manufacture of high-conductivity and low-resistance Ag paste which was filled into patterned PC film using a doctor blade process and then coated with a thin film layer of conductive polymer by a spin coating process. As a result of these imprinting processes the PC films obtained a line width of 10 +/- 0.5 Mm, a channel length of 500 +/- 2 microm, and a pattern depth of 7.34 +/- 0.5 microm. After the Ag paste was used to fill part of the patterned film with conductive polymer coating, the following parameters were obtained: a sheet resistance of 9.65 Omega/sq, optical transparency values were 83.69% at a wavelength of 550 nm. PMID:22629916

  12. Ultrafast electrochemical preparation of graphene/CoS nanosheet counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhu, Chongyang; Zhu, Yimei; Min, Huihua; Xu, Feng; Chen, Jing; Dong, Hui; Tong, Ling; Sun, Litao

    2015-10-05

    Utilizing inexpensive, high-efficiency counter electrodes (CEs) to replace the traditional platinum counterparts in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is worthwhile. In this paper, we detail how we synchronously prepared composite CEs of CoS nanosheet arrays and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) layers for the first time via a low temperature, ultrafast one-step electrochemical strategy. With this approach, the whole fabrication process of the composite CEs was only a small percentage of the average time (~15 hours) using other methods. The DSSC assembled with the rGO–CoS composite CE achieved an enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.34%, which is dramatically higher than 6.27% of pure CoS CE-based DSSC and even exceeds 7.50% of Pt CE-based DSSC. The outstanding PCE breakthrough is undoubtedly attributed to the enhancement in electrocatalytic ability of the rGO–CoS composite CE due to the incorporation of highly conducting rGO layers and the GO layers-induced growth of CoS nanosheet arrays with higher density and larger surface area. Therefore, lower charge-transfer resistance and higher exchange current density can be achieved as corroborated by the electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and Tafel polarization curves (TPCs). As a result, further experiments also proved that the electrochemical strategy exhibited its universality of fabricating other graphene-enhanced chalcogenide functional composite films.

  13. Tungsten trioxide nanoplate array supported platinum as a highly efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Song, Dandan; Cui, Peng; Zhao, Xing; Li, Meicheng; Chu, Lihua; Wang, Tianyue; Jiang, Bing

    2015-03-19

    A tungsten trioxide (WO₃) nanoplate array is fabricated directly on the FTO/glass substrate and used as a platinum (Pt) nanoscale supporter for a highly efficient and low Pt-consumption counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). A Pt/WO₃ composite structure, with Pt nanoparticles having a diameter of 2-3 nm, increases the electrochemical catalytic activity in catalyzing the reduction of triiodide. Accordingly, the power conversion efficiency is increased from less than 1% for WO₃ CE and 8.1% for Pt CE, respectively, to 8.9% for Pt/WO₃ CE. Moreover, the use of Pt/WO₃ CE can dramatically reduce the consumption of scarce Pt material, with a relatively low Pt-loading of ∼2 μg cm(-2), while maintaining a much better performance. The excellent performance of Pt/WO₃ CE is attributed to the efficient electron injection and transport via WO₃ supporters, as well as the nanostructure array morphology of WO₃ for deposition of fine Pt nanoparticles. This work provides an approach for developing highly catalytic and low-cost Pt based CEs, which also has implications for the development of Pt/WO₃ nanoplate arrays for other applications. PMID:25743611

  14. Enhanced Photovoltaic Performance in Polypyrrole Nanoparticles Counter Electrode Due to Incorporation of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Baro, Mridula; Vijayan, C; Ramaprabhu, Sundara

    2015-07-01

    In this present work, Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) with different content by weight (10%, 20%, 30%, 50% and 70%) are introduced into Polypyrrole nanoparticles (PPy NP) matrix and fabricated as Pt free counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). For comparison DSSCs using pristine PPy NP, MWNTs and Platinum (Pt) were also fabricated. The incorporation of MWNTs acts as conductive channel and co-catalyst to the PPy NP CEs in the reduction of li to I-. The electrochemical catalytic activities of different CEs were analysed by Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and photovoltaic performance was studied under standard AM 1.5 sunlight illumination. It was observed that incorporation of MWNTs in the PPy NP CE greatly enhanced the catalytic activity for I3 reduction and significantly reduced the charge transfer resistance in the PPy NP/MWNTs composite CE finally improving short-circuit photocurrent density, fill factor, open circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency of DSSC. DSSC fabricated from PPy NP/MWNTs composite CE with 50% MWNTs content reached the highest photoconversion efficiency of 5.80% which is 91% that of Pt CE based DSSC (6.37%). PMID:26373060

  15. Dye-sensitized solar cells with reduced graphene oxide as the counter electrode prepared by a green photothermal reduction process.

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    Yeh, Min-Hsin; Lin, Lu-Yin; Chang, Ling-Yu; Leu, Yow-An; Cheng, Wan-Yu; Lin, Jiang-Jen; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2014-04-14

    Highly conductive reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with good electrocatalytic ability for reducing triiodide ions (I3(-)) is a promising catalyst for the counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). However, hazardous chemical reducing agents or energy-consuming thermal treatments are required for preparing rGO from graphene oxide (GO). Therefore, it is necessary to find other effective and green reduction processes for the preparation of rGO and to fabricate rGO-based DSSCs. In this study, GO was prepared using a modified Hummers method from graphite powder, and further reduced to rGO through a photothermal reduction process (to give P-rGO). P-rGO shows better electrocatalytic ability due mainly to its high standard heterogeneous rate constant for I3(-) reduction and in part to its considerable electrochemical surface area. The corresponding DSSC shows a higher cell efficiency (η) of 7.62% than that of the cell with a GO-based CE (η=0.03%). When the low-temperature photothermal reduction process is applied to all-flexible plastic DSSCs, the DSSC with a P-rGO CE shows an η of 4.16%. PMID:24596310

  16. Dually functional, N-doped porous graphene foams as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Song, Long; Luo, Qiang; Zhao, Fei; Li, Yang; Lin, Hong; Qu, Liangti; Zhang, Zhipan

    2014-10-21

    A series of nitrogen-doped porous graphene foams (NPGFs) have been prepared by hydrothermally treating a mixed solution of graphite oxide (GO) and ammonia. The NPGFs are used as the counter electrode (CE) material for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) in conjunction with the conventional iodide-based electrolyte and the recently developed sulfide-based electrolyte. Tafel-polarization tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) measurements confirmed that the NPGFs work efficiently in both electrolyte systems, and under air mass (AM) 1.5G 100 mW cm(-2) light illumination, optimal efficiencies of 4.5% and 2.1% were obtained for the iodide-based electrolyte and sulfide-based electrolyte, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study on N-doped graphene CEs in conjunction with sulfide-based electrolytes and therefore, the current results are deemed to provide new insights into developing novel low-cost and metal-free CEs for DSCs. PMID:25199841

  17. SnS Thin Film Prepared by Pyrolytic Synthesis as an Efficient Counter Electrode in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Dai, Xiaoyan; Shi, Chengwu; Zhang, Yanru; Liu, Feng; Fang, Xiaqin; Zhu, Jun

    2015-09-01

    The SnS thin films were successfully prepared by pyrolysis procedure for the counter electrodes in quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) using the methanol solution containing stannous chloride dihydrate (0.40 mol x L(-1)) and thiourea (0.40 mol x L(-1)) as precursor solution at 300 degrees C in the air atmosphere. The electrochemical catalytic activity of the SnS thin films prepared by pyrolytic synthesis for the redox couple of S(2-)/S(2-) was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The result revealed that the charge transfer resistance of the as-prepared SnS thin film with the dipping-heating cycles of 5 was 106.4 Ω and the corresponded QDSCs gave a short circuit photocurrent density of 8.69 mA x cm(-2), open circuit voltage of 0.42 V, and fill factor of 0.43, yielding the photoelectric conversion efficiency of 1.57%, under the illumination of simulated AM 1.5 sunlight (100 mWx cm(-2)). PMID:26716249

  18. Nitrogen-doped ordered cubic mesoporous carbons as metal-free counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Chen, Ming; Shao, Leng-Leng; Liu, Yu-Ping; Ren, Tie-Zhen; Yuan, Zhong-Yong

    2015-06-01

    N-doped ordered cubic mesoporous carbons (N-OCMCs) are synthesized by a one-pot aqueous route from resorcinol and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) and applied as counter electrode (CE) materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The prepared N-OCMCs with ordered cubic mesoporous structure and large surface area offer appropriate electrolyte ions diffusion channels and abundant catalytically active sites for triiodide reduction. Moreover, the temperature dependence of nitrogen content and the nitrogen-doped types are demonstrated to play decisive roles in regulating the electrocatalytic activity of N-OCMC CEs and affecting the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs. The DSSCs based on the N-OCMC CEs achieve an optimum power conversion efficiency of 5.60%, as high as 86.7% of the cell based on the traditional Pt CE, due to that high N-doping amount, and particularly favorable pyridinic-N and graphtitic-N types promote the charge transport and transfer process of the carbon CE. The good catalytic performance could render N-OCMC as a cost-effective CE candidate to Pt in DSSC.

  19. Sulfur-doped porous carbon as metal-free counter electrode for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yang, Wang; Ma, Xinlong; Xu, Xiuwen; Li, Yongfeng; Raj, S. Infant; Ning, Guoqing; Wang, Aijun; Chen, Shengli

    2015-05-01

    In this study, we demonstrate a high performance of sulfur-doped porous carbon (S-PC) as metal-free low-cost counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The S-PC material is synthesized by using pitch as carbon source and basic magnesium sulfate (BMS) whiskers as both template and S source. The doped sulfur is mainly present in the C-S-C configuration. The enhanced electrocatalytic performance can be attributed to the S atoms doped into the carbon framework which has large effective surface areas due to their porous or rough morphology. Therefore, it enhances the asymmetry of the atomic charge density in C atoms, leading to a large number of reduction sites and low charge transfer resistance. The S-PC significantly enhances the performance compared to the pure porous carbon (PC) due to the lower charge-transfer resistance. The DSSC with S-PC as the CE exhibits a high conversion efficiency of 6.97% which is comparable to that of the traditional Pt CE (7.28%).

  20. Low-Temperature Thermally Reduced Molybdenum Disulfide as a Pt-Free Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Lin, Che-Hsien; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Yu, Yang-Yen; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2015-12-01

    A two-dimensional nanostructure of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) thin film exposed layered nanosheet was prepared by a low-temperature thermally reduced (TR) method on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate as a platinum (Pt)-free and highly electrocatalytic counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results show that the MoS2 sulfidization temperature was approximately 300C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that the stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 were more complete at higher temperatures; however, these temperatures reduce the number of edge-plane active sites in the short-range-order nanostructure. Accordingly, the DSSCs with 300C annealed TR-MoS2 CE exhibited an excellent photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.351%, up to 91.7% of which is obtained using the conventional TD-Pt CE (PCE?=?6.929%). The temperature of thermal reaction and the molar ratio of reaction precursors were found to significantly influence the resulting stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 nanosheets, thus affecting DSSCs' performance. PMID:26577390

  1. NH3-treated WO3 as low-cost and efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Song, Dandan; Chen, Zhao; Cui, Peng; Li, Meicheng; Zhao, Xing; Li, Yaoyao; Chu, Lihua

    2015-01-01

    A novel low-cost and efficient counter electrode (CE) was obtained by treating catalytic inert tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanomaterial in NH3 atmosphere at elevated temperatures. The formation of tungsten oxynitride from WO3 after NH3 treatment, as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, increases the catalytic activity of the CE. Correspondingly, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSC is significantly increased from 0.9% for pristine WO3 CE to 5.9% for NH3-treated WO3 CE. The photovoltaic performance of DSC using NH3-treated WO3 CE is comparable to that of DSC using standard Pt CE (with a PCE of 6.0%). In addition, it is also shown that NH3 treatment is more efficient than H2 or N2 treatment in enhancing the catalytic performance of WO3 CE. This work highlights the potential of NH3-treated WO3 for the application in DSCs and provides a facile method to get highly efficient and low-cost CEs from catalytic inert metal oxides. PMID:25852314

  2. Low-Temperature Thermally Reduced Molybdenum Disulfide as a Pt-Free Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Lin, Che-Hsien; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Yu, Yang-Yen; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2015-11-01

    A two-dimensional nanostructure of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) thin film exposed layered nanosheet was prepared by a low-temperature thermally reduced (TR) method on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate as a platinum (Pt)-free and highly electrocatalytic counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results show that the MoS2 sulfidization temperature was approximately 300 °C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that the stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 were more complete at higher temperatures; however, these temperatures reduce the number of edge-plane active sites in the short-range-order nanostructure. Accordingly, the DSSCs with 300 °C annealed TR-MoS2 CE exhibited an excellent photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.351 %, up to 91.7 % of which is obtained using the conventional TD-Pt CE (PCE = 6.929 %). The temperature of thermal reaction and the molar ratio of reaction precursors were found to significantly influence the resulting stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 nanosheets, thus affecting DSSCs' performance.

  3. Highly effective nickel sulfide counter electrode catalyst prepared by optimal hydrothermal treatment for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Gopi, Chandu V. V. M.; Srinivasa Rao, S.; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Punnoose, Dinah; Kim, Hee-Je

    2015-02-01

    Nickel sulfide (NiS) thin film has been deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by a hydrothermal method using 3-mercaptopropionic acid and used as an efficient counter electrode (CE) for polysulfide redox reactions in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). NiS has low toxicity and environmental compatibility. In the present study, the size of the NiS nanoparticle increases with the hydrothermal deposition time. The performance of the QDSSCs is examined in detail using polysulfide electrolyte with the NiS CE. A TiO2/CdS/CdSe/ZnS-based QDSSC using the NiS CE shows enhanced photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.03%, which is superior to that of a cell with Pt CE (PCE 2.20%) under one sun illumination (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm-2). The improved photovoltaic performance of the NiS-based QDSSC may be attributed to a low charge transfer resistance (5.08 Ω) for the reduction of polysulfide on the CE, indicating greater electrocatalytic activity of the NiS. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and Tafel-polarization measurements were used to investigate the electrocatalytic activity of the NiS and Pt CEs.

  4. The Future of Using Earth-Abundant Elements in Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Briscoe, Joe; Dunn, Steve

    2016-05-01

    With limited global resources for many of the elements that are found in some of the most common renewable energy technologies, there is a growing need to use "Earth-abundant" elements as a long-term solution to growing energy demands. The dye-sensitized solar cell has the potential to produce low-cost renewable energy, with inexpensive production and most components using Earth-abundant elements. However, the most commonly used material for the cell counter electrode (CE) is platinum, an extremely expensive and rare element. A selection of the materials investigated as alternative CEs are discussed, including metal sulfides, oxides, carbides, and nitrides and carbon-based materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and conductive polymers. As well as having the potential for lower cost, these materials can also produce more-efficient devices due to their high surface area and catalytic activity. Therefore, once issues such as stability have been studied in more detail and scale-up of production methods are considered, there is a very promising future for the replacement of Pt in DSSCs with lower-cost, Earth-abundant alternatives. PMID:26727984

  5. Ultrafast electrochemical preparation of graphene/CoS nanosheet counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhu, Chongyang; Zhu, Yimei; Min, Huihua; Xu, Feng; Chen, Jing; Dong, Hui; Tong, Ling; Sun, Litao

    2015-10-05

    Utilizing inexpensive, high-efficiency counter electrodes (CEs) to replace the traditional platinum counterparts in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is worthwhile. In this paper, we detail how we synchronously prepared composite CEs of CoS nanosheet arrays and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) layers for the first time via a low temperature, ultrafast one-step electrochemical strategy. With this approach, the whole fabrication process of the composite CEs was only a small percentage of the average time (~15 hours) using other methods. The DSSC assembled with the rGO–CoS composite CE achieved an enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.34%, which is dramatically higher than 6.27%more » of pure CoS CE-based DSSC and even exceeds 7.50% of Pt CE-based DSSC. The outstanding PCE breakthrough is undoubtedly attributed to the enhancement in electrocatalytic ability of the rGO–CoS composite CE due to the incorporation of highly conducting rGO layers and the GO layers-induced growth of CoS nanosheet arrays with higher density and larger surface area. Therefore, lower charge-transfer resistance and higher exchange current density can be achieved as corroborated by the electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and Tafel polarization curves (TPCs). As a result, further experiments also proved that the electrochemical strategy exhibited its universality of fabricating other graphene-enhanced chalcogenide functional composite films.« less

  6. Counter electrode electrocatalysts from one-dimensional coaxial alloy nanowires for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Duan, Jialong; Tang, Qunwei; Zhang, Huihui; Meng, Yuanyuan; Yu, Liangmin; Yang, Peizhi

    2016-01-01

    Pursuit of cost-effective counter electrode (CE) electrocatalysts with no sacrifice of photovoltaic performances has been a persistent objective for advanced dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) platforms. Here we demonstrate the experimental realization of CE electrocatalysts from Cu@M@Pt (M = Fe, Co, Ni) coaxial alloy nanowires for efficient DSSCs. The reasonable electrocatalytic activity is attributed to work function matching of alloy CEs to potential of I- /I3- and redistribute the electronic structure on the Pt surface. In comparison with 8.48% for the Pt nanotube CE based DSSC, the solar cells yield power conversion efficiencies up to 8.21%, 7.85%, and 7.30% using Cu@Fe@Pt, Cu@Co@Pt, and Cu@Ni@Pt NWs, respectively. This work represents an important step forward, as it demonstrates how to make the CE catalyst active and to accelerate the electron transport from CE to electrolyte for high-efficiency but cost-effective DSSC platforms.

  7. Polymer-facilitated low temperature fusing of spray-coated silver nanowire networks as transparent top and bottom electrodes in small molecule organic photovoltaics (Presentation Recording)

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    Selzer, Franz; Weiß, Nelli; Kneppe, David; Bormann, Ludwig; Sachse, Christoph; Gaponik, Nikolai; Eychmüller, Alexander; Leo, Karl; Müller-Meskamp, Lars

    2015-10-01

    Networks of silver nanowires (AgNWs) are promising candidates for transparent conducting electrodes in organic photovoltaics (OPV), as they achieve similar performance as the commonly used indium tin oxide (ITO) at lower cost and increased flexibility. The initial sheet resistance (Rs) of AgNW electrodes typically needs to be reduced by a post-annealing step (90 min@200 °C), being detrimental for processing on polymeric substrates. We present novel low temperature-based methods to integrate AgNWs in organic small molecule-based photovoltaics, either as transparent and highly conductive bottom-electrode or, for the first time, as spray-coated AgNW top-electrode. The bottom-electrodes are prepared by organic matrix assisted low-temperature fusing. Here, selected polymers are coated below the AgNWs to increase the interaction between NWs and substrate. In comparison to networks without these polymeric sublayers, the Rs is reduced by two orders of magnitude. AgNW top-electrodes are realized by dispersing modified high-quality AgNWs in inert solvents, which do not damage small molecule layers. Accordingly, our AgNW dispersion can be spray-coated onto all kind of OPV devices. Both bottom- and top-electrodes show a Rs of <11 Ω/ at >87 % transparency directly after spray-coating at very low substrate temperatures of <80 °C. We also demonstrate the implementation of our AgNW electrodes in organic solar cells. The corresponding devices show almost identical performance compared to organic solar cells exploiting ITO as bottom or thermally evaporated thin-metal as top-electrode.

  8. Incorporation of C in Cu for the Fabrication of Transparent Electrodes

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    Isaacs, Romaine; Zhu, Hongli; Preston, Colin; Zavali, Peter; Mansour, Azzam; Lemieux, Melbs; Hu, Liangbing; Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes

    2015-03-01

    The incorporation of carbon nanostructures into the copper lattice has the potential to improve the current density of copper to meet the ever-increasing demands of nanoelectronic devices. We report on the structure and properties of a new material formed by the incorporation of carbon in concentrations up to 10 wt% into the crystal structure of copper that we refer to as ``Cu covetic''. The carbon does not phase separate after subsequent melting and re-solidification despite the absence of a predicted solid solution at such concentrations in the binary phase diagram. Bulk samples, as well as thin films grown at room temperature and high temperature are investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed that C incorporates in the bulk of the Cu. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) shows that C forms a modulated structure in the crystal lattice, and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) indicates that C-K edge has graphitic nature with sp2 bonding. Copper covetic films exhibit greater transparency, higher conductivity, and resistance to oxidation than pure copper films of the same thickness, making them a suitable choice for transparent conductors. Supported by DARPA/ARL under Grant No. W911NF-13-1-0058 and ONR under Grant N000141410042.

  9. Generation of transparent conductive electrodes by laser consolidation of LIFT printed ITO nanoparticle layers

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    Baum, M.; Kim, H.; Alexeev, I.; Piqué, A.; Schmidt, M.

    2013-06-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) is one of the few materials available that display a high transparency in the visible wavelength region and at the same time can conduct electrical currents. Thus it is widespread in many optoelectronic applications such as displays or solar cells. Layers of this material are commonly deposited by vacuum deposition methods which are not compatible with inexpensive production methods such as roll-to-roll processing or printed electronics in general. In this work, we demonstrate the generation of arbitrarily shaped ITO layers by laser induced forward transfer of ITO nanoparticles. The transferred particle ink volumes range in the sub picoliter regime. Feature sizes as small as 20 μm are produced without any outward flow or "coffee-stain" effects. Furthermore, the feasibility of excimer laser consolidation of these nanoparticulate layers in ambient air for the generation of dense ITO films is shown. Conductivities of over 4000 Ω-1 m-1 were achieved. The presented methods are a promising alternative for the generation of transparent conducting layers for the inexpensive production of optoelectronics.

  10. Enhancement of the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell with multi-wall carbon nanotubes/polypyrrole composite counter electrodes prepared by electrophoresis/electrochemical polymerization

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    Luo, Jun; Niu, Hai-jun; Wen, Hai-lin; Wu, Wen-jun; Zhao, Ping; Wang, Cheng; Bai, Xu-duo; Wang, Wen

    2013-03-15

    Graphical abstract: The overall energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC employing the MWCNT/PPy CE reached 3.78%. Compared with a reference DSSC using single MWCNT film CE with efficiency of 2.68%, the energy conversion efficiency was increased by 41.04%. Highlights: ► MWCNT/PPy composite film prepared by electrodeposition layer by layer was used as counter electrode in DSSC. ► The overall energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC was 3.78% by employing the composite film. ► The energy conversion efficiency increased by 41.04% compared with efficiency of 2.68% by using the single MWCNT film. ► We analyzed the mechanism and influence factor of electron transfer in the composite electrode by EIS. - Abstract: For the purpose of replacing the precious Pt counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with higher energy conversion efficiency, multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polypyrrole (PPy) double layers film counter electrode (CE) was fabricated by electrophoresis and cyclic voltammetry (CV) layer by layer. Atom force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) demonstrated the morphologies of the composite electrode and Raman spectroscopy verified the PPy had come into being. The overall energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC employing the MWCNT/PPy CE reached 3.78%. Compared with a reference DSSC using single MWCNT film CE with efficiency of 2.68%, the energy conversion efficiency was increased by 41.04%. The result of impedance showed that the charge transfer resistance R{sub ct} of the MWCNT/PPy CE had the lowest value compared to that of MWCNT or PPy electrode. These results indicate that the composite film with high conductivity, high active surface area, and good catalytic properties for I{sub 3}{sup −} reduction can potentially be used as the CE in a high-performance DSSC.

  11. Effect of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on transparent conducting oxide electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications

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    Singh, Hemant Kr.; Avasthi, D. K.; Aggarwal, Shruti

    2015-06-01

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are used as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) because of their properties such as high transmittance and low resistivity. In the present work, the effects of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on various types of TCOs are presented. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of SHI on TCOs. For the present study, three different types of TCOs are considered, namely, (a) FTO (fluorine-doped tin oxide, SnO2:F) on a Nippon glass substrate, (b) ITO (indium tin oxide, In2O3:Sn) coated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on a Corning glass substrate, and (c) ITO on a Corning glass substrate. These films are irradiated with 120 MeV Ag+9 ions at fluences ranging from 3.0 × 1011 ions/cm2 to 3.0 × 1013 ions/cm2. The structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties are studied via X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and four-probe resistivity measurements, respectively. The ITO-PET electrode is found to exhibit superior conductivity and transmittance properties in comparison with the others after irradiation and, therefore, to be the most suitable for solar cell applications.

  12. A soft-template-conversion route to fabricate nanopatterned hybrid pt/carbon for potential use in counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Jang, Yu Jin; Jang, Yoon Hee; Quan, Li Na; Kim, Ho-Cheol; Pyo, Seungmoon; Kim, Dong Ha

    2013-09-01

    Hybrid Pt(platinum)/carbon nanopatterns with an extremely low loading level of Pt catalysts derived from block copolymer templates as an alternative type of counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are proposed. DSSCs employing hybrid Pt/carbon with tailored configuration as CEs exhibit higher short-circuit current and conversion efficiencies as well as stability with a lapse of time compared with conventional cells on the basis of sputtered Pt thin films, evidencing that the new class of hybrid nanostructures possess high potential for cost-effective electrodes in energy conversion devices. PMID:23926029

  13. Laser synthesized super-hydrophobic conducting carbon with broccoli-type morphology as a counter-electrode for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Gokhale, Rohan; Agarkar, Shruti; Debgupta, Joyashish; Shinde, Deodatta; Lefez, Benoit; Banerjee, Abhik; Jog, Jyoti; More, Mahendra; Hannoyer, Beatrice; Ogale, Satishchandra

    2012-11-01

    A laser photochemical process is introduced to realize superhydrophobic conducting carbon coatings with broccoli-type hierarchical morphology for use as a metal-free counter electrode in a dye sensitized solar cell. The process involves pulsed excimer laser irradiation of a thin layer of liquid haloaromatic organic solvent o-dichlorobenzene (DCB). The coating reflects a carbon nanoparticle-self assembled and process-controlled morphology that yields solar to electric power conversion efficiency of 5.1% as opposed to 6.2% obtained with the conventional Pt-based electrode. PMID:23034799

  14. Study of copper sulfide counter electrode on the performances of CdS/CdSe/ZnS-sensitized hierarchical TiO2 spheres quantum dots solar cells

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    Buatong, Nattha; Tang, I.-Ming; Pon-On, Weeraphat

    2015-07-01

    The effects of using copper sulfide (CuS) counter electrodes on the performances of solar cells made with CdS/CdSe/ZnS quantum dots co-sensitized onto hierarchical TiO2 spheres (HTS) used as photoelectrode is reported. The HTS in the QDSSCs is composed of an assembly of numerous TiO2 spheres made by the solvolthermal method. The photoelectrical performance of HTS/CdS/CdSe/ZnS coupled to CuS counter electrode was compared to those coupled to Pt CE. The HTS/CdS/CdSe/ZnS coupled to the CuS CE showed the highest power conversion efficiency η (of 1.310 %.) which is significantly higher than those using a standard Pt CE (η = 0.374%) (3.50 fold). This higher efficiency is the results of the higher electrocatalytic activities when the copper sulfide CEs is used.

  15. Transparent electrodes in silicon heterojunction solar cells: Influence on contact passivation

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    Tomasi, Andrea; Sahli, Florent; Seif, Johannes Peter; Fanni, Lorenzo; de Nicolas Agut, Silvia Martin; Geissbuhler, Jonas; Paviet-Salomon, Bertrand; Nicolay, Sylvain; Barraud, Loris; Niesen, Bjoern; et al

    2015-10-26

    Charge carrier collection in silicon heterojunction solar cells occurs via intrinsic/doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon layer stacks deposited on the crystalline silicon wafer surfaces. Usually, both the electron and hole collecting stacks are externally capped by an n-type transparent conductive oxide, which is primarily needed for carrier extraction. Earlier, it has been demonstrated that the mere presence of such oxides can affect the carrier recombination in the crystalline silicon absorber. Here, we present a detailed investigation of the impact of this phenomenon on both the electron and hole collecting sides, including its consequences for the operating voltages of silicon heterojunction solarmore » cells. As a result, we define guiding principles for improved passivating contact design for high-efficiency silicon solar cells.« less

  16. Transparent electrodes in silicon heterojunction solar cells: Influence on contact passivation

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    Tomasi, Andrea; Sahli, Florent; Seif, Johannes Peter; Fanni, Lorenzo; de Nicolas Agut, Silvia Martin; Geissbuhler, Jonas; Paviet-Salomon, Bertrand; Nicolay, Sylvain; Barraud, Loris; Niesen, Bjoern; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2015-10-26

    Charge carrier collection in silicon heterojunction solar cells occurs via intrinsic/doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon layer stacks deposited on the crystalline silicon wafer surfaces. Usually, both the electron and hole collecting stacks are externally capped by an n-type transparent conductive oxide, which is primarily needed for carrier extraction. Earlier, it has been demonstrated that the mere presence of such oxides can affect the carrier recombination in the crystalline silicon absorber. Here, we present a detailed investigation of the impact of this phenomenon on both the electron and hole collecting sides, including its consequences for the operating voltages of silicon heterojunction solar cells. As a result, we define guiding principles for improved passivating contact design for high-efficiency silicon solar cells.

  17. Study on Ag mesh/conductive oxide hybrid transparent electrode for film heaters

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    Kwon, Namyong; Kim, Kyohyeok; Heo, Jinhee; Yi, Insook; Chung, Ilsub

    2014-07-01

    Ag mesh-indium tin oxide (ITO) hybrid transparent conductive films were fabricated and evaluated for use in film heaters. PS monolayer templates were prepared using highly mono-dispersed PS spheres (11.2 μm) obtained by a filtering process with micro-sieves. At first, three Ag meshes with different sheet resistances (20, 100, and 300 Ω sq-1) and transmittances (70, 73, and 76%) were evaluated for film heaters in terms of voltage and long-term stability. Subsequently, in an effort to obtain better transmittance, Ag mesh-ITO hybrid heaters were fabricated utilizing finite ITO depositions. At the optimised ITO thickness (15 nm), the sheet resistance and the transmittance were 300 Ω sq-1 and 88%, respectively, which indicates that this material is a good potential candidate for an efficient defroster in vehicles.

  18. Indium-zinc oxide transparent electrode for nitride-based light-emitting diodes

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    Mizutani, S.; Nakashima, S.; Iwaya, M.; Takeuchi, T.; Kamiyama, S.; Akasaki, I.; Kondo, T.; Teramae, F.; Suzuki, A.; Kitano, T.; Mori, M.; Matsubara, M.

    2013-03-01

    The basic properties of indium-zinc oxide (IZO) were investigated from the view point of the potential of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for nanostructured transparent contact. The resistivity and contact resistance to p-GaN were obtained to be 2.5×10-4 Ωcm and 9.4×10-4 Ωcm2, respectively, which are comparable to those of indium-tin oxide (ITO). The light output of the LED with the moth-eye IZO was 10 % and 40 % higher than that of the LED with the moth-eye ITO and that of the LED without the moth-eye structure, respectively.

  19. Blown Bubble Assembly of Graphene Oxide Patches for Transparent Electrodes in Carbon-Silicon Solar Cells.

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    Wu, Shiting; Yang, Yanbing; Li, Yitan; Wang, Chunhui; Xu, Wenjing; Shi, Enzheng; Zou, Mingchu; Yang, Liusi; Yang, Xiangdong; Li, Yan; Cao, Anyuan

    2015-12-30

    Graphene oxide (GO) sheets have a strong tendency to aggregate, and their interfaces can impose limitations on the electrical conductivity, which would hinder practical applications. Here, we present a blown bubble film method to assemble GO sheets with a uniform distribution over a large area and further interconnect individual GO sheets by transforming the bubble film into graphitized carbon. A conventional polymer was used to facilitate the bubble blowing process and disperse GO sheets in the bubble. Then, the bubble film was annealed on a Cu substrate, resulting in a highly transparent reduced GO (RGO)-carbon hybrid structure consisting of RGO patches well adhered to the carbon film. We fabricated RGO-carbon/Si solar cells with power conversion efficiencies up to 6.42%, and the assembled RGO patches hybridized with carbon film can form an effective junction with Si, indicating potential applications in thin film electronic devices and photovoltaics. PMID:26641030

  20. Transparent conductive multiwall carbon nanotubes-polymer composite for electrode applications.

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    Nayak, Sasmita; Behura, Sanjay Kumar; Bhattacharjee, Sarama; Singh, Bimal P; Jani, Omkar; Mukhopadhyay, Indrajit

    2014-04-01

    Disperse Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are incorporated aqueous N-hydroxy methyl acrylamide, which is subjected to crosslinking to develop a transparent conductive composite free standing film. The effects of the concentration of MWCNTs and temperature on optical and electrical properties of nano-composites are investigated. Interestingly, only 0.06 mg/ml of MWCNTs is sufficient to reach the percolation threshold (Phi) for transition in electrical conductivity up to 10(-4) S/cm, with a visible transmittance over 85%, which is well above the reported for such a low level of MWCNTs loading. The electrical conductivity of the composite was measured at 120 degrees C. It has been observed that electrical conductivity increases significantly with the increase in temperature, signifying the semiconducting nature of nano-composites. Finally, current-voltage (I-V) characteristics show liner behaviour, confirms Ohmic nature of nano-composites and metal contact. PMID:24734695

  1. Excellent optical and interfacial performance of a PEDOT-b-PEG block copolymer counter electrode for polymer electrolyte-based solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Tea-Yon; Wei, Wei; Cho, Woohyung; Lee, Sungjin; Won, Jongok; Kang, Yong Soo

    2015-12-01

    A poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEDOT-b-PEG) block copolymer doped with perchlorate on FTO shows excellent optical and interfacial performance as a counter electrode (CE), such as low charge transfer resistance and low reflectivity for polymer electrolyte-based solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), resulting in 8.45% energy conversion efficiency, greater than the common Pt CE, via a facile room-temperature process. PMID:26435266

  2. Transparent and conducting electrodes for organic electronics from reduced graphene oxide

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    Eda, Goki; Lin, Yun-Yue; Miller, Steve; Chen, Chun-Wei; Su, Wei-Fang; Chhowalla, Manish

    2008-06-01

    The deposition and optoelectronic properties of reduced graphene oxide thin films are described. Thin films with thicknesses ranging from 1-10nm have been deposited by the vacuum filtration method. The conductivity of the thin films can be varied over six orders of magnitude by varying the filtration volume of the graphene oxide aqueous suspension while maintaining the transmittance between 60%-95%. In addition, enhancement in the conductance through Cl doping is demonstrated. The combination of the reduction and Cl treatments make the reduced graphene oxide thin films sufficiently conducting to incorporate them as the hole collecting electrode in proof of concept organic photovoltaic devices.

  3. Performance improvement of TiO2/Ag/TiO2 multilayer transparent conducting electrode films for application on photodetectors

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    Zhu, Meng-Qi; Jin, Han-Dong; Bi, Peng-Qing; Zong, Fu-Jian; Ma, Jin; Hao, Xiao-Tao

    2016-03-01

    TiO2/Ag/TiO2 (TAT) multilayer transparent conducting electrodes were deposited onto glass substrates by room temperature sputtering. The impact of Ag sputtering current on the film morphology, and the optical and electrical properties were discussed. The increase in the sputtering current led to a more continuous Ag middle layer. As the Ag middle layer became continuous, the TAT electrodes had lower sheet resistance and higher transmittance. In addition, an optimized TAT electrode with a figure of merit of 15.97× {{10}-2}{{Ω }-1} was obtained at an Ag thickness of 16 nm and a sputtering current of 0.48 A. Finally, organic photodetectors were also fabricated based on TAT electrodes and the performance is comparable to reference devices with commercially purchased Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) electrodes.

  4. Electrocatalytic activity of NiO on silicon nanowires with a carbon shell and its application in dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrodes.

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    Kim, Junhee; Jung, Cho-Long; Kim, Minsoo; Kim, Soomin; Kang, Yoonmook; Lee, Hae-Seok; Park, Jeounghee; Jun, Yongseok; Kim, Donghwan

    2016-03-31

    To improve the catalytic activity of a material, it is critical to maximize the effective surface area by directly contacting the electrolyte. Nanowires are a promising building block for catalysts in electrochemical applications because of their large surface area. Nickel oxide (NiO) decoration was achieved by drop-casting a nickel-dissolved solution onto vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays with a carbon shell (SiNW/C). Based on the hybridization of the NiO and silicon nanowire arrays with a carbon shell this study aimed to achieve a synergic effect for the catalytic activity performance. This study demonstrated that the resulting nanomaterial exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity and performs well as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The compositions of the materials were examined using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Their micro- and nano-structures were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical activity toward I(-)/I3(-) was examined using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The obtained peak power conversion efficiency of the DSSC based on the NiO@SiNW/C counter electrode was 9.49%, which was greater than that of the DSSC based on the Pt counter electrode. PMID:27001286

  5. Flower-like nickel cobalt sulfide microspheres modified with nickel sulfide as Pt-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Huo, Jinghao; Wu, Jihuai; Zheng, Min; Tu, Yongguang; Lan, Zhang

    2016-02-01

    The nickel cobalt sulfide/nickel sulfide (NiCo2S4/NiS) microspheres which exhibit flower-like morphologies are synthesized by a two-step hydrothermal method. Then the NiCo2S4/NiS microspheres are deposited on a fluorine doped SnO2 substrate by spin-casting the isopropyl alcohol solution of as-prepared microspheres. The cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Tafel tests are employed to measure the electrochemical performance of NiCo2S4/NiS counter electrode. The NiCo2S4 and NiS all are used to improve the conductivity and electrocatalytic ability of the films, and the NiS can also increase the specific surface area of microspheres. The dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with the NiCo2S4/NiS counter electrode exhibite a power conversion efficiency of 8.8%, which is higher than that of DSSC with Pt counter electrode (8.1%) under the light intensity of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5 G).

  6. Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction deposited kesterite Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoflakes counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Shim, Chang Su; Hong, Chang Kook

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoflakes by SILAR technique. • Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO{sub 2}. • Counter electrode for DSSC application. • 4.48% conversion efficiency. - Abstract: In this investigation, we have successfully synthesized Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) nanoflakes by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and used as a counter electrode in the hydrothermally grown TiO{sub 2} based dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The prepared CZTS nanoflakes were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), micro Raman spectroscopy and energy dispersive analysis. Our DSSCs results revealed that, compared with conventional Pt/FTO counter electrode DSSCs, nanoflakes of p-type CZTS as the photocathode and n-type TiO{sub 2} thin films as the photoanode shows an increased short circuit current (13.35 mA/cm{sup 2}) with 4.84% power conversion efficiency. The detailed interface properties of were analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements.

  7. Facile synthesis of high-crystallinity graphitic carbon/Fe₃C nanocomposites as counter electrodes for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liao, Yongping; Pan, Kai; Wang, Lei; Pan, Qingjiang; Zhou, Wei; Miao, Xiaohuan; Jiang, Baojiang; Tian, Chungui; Tian, Guohui; Wang, Guofeng; Fu, Honggang

    2013-05-01

    Because of the advantages of both rapid electron transport of graphitic carbon and high catalytic performance of Fe3C nanoparticle, highly crystalline graphitic carbon (GC)/Fe3C nanocomposites have been prepared by a facile solid-state pyrolysis approach and used as counter electrode materials for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The content of Fe3C in the composites can be modified by different hydrochloric acid treatment time. In comparison with pure highly crystalline GC, the DSSC based on GC/Fe3C nanocomposite with 13.5 wt % Fe3C content shows higher conversion efficiency (6.04%), which indicates a comparable performance to the Pt-based DSSC (6.4%) as well. Moreover, not only does our DSSCs have comparable performance to that of the Pt-based DSSC (6.4%), but also is more cost-effective as well. To evaluate the chemical catalysis and stability of nanocomposite counter electrodes toward I3(-) reduction and the interfacial charge transfer properties, GC/Fe3C nanocomposites have been quantitatively characterized by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectra, and Tafel polarization curve. All the results have revealed that the GC/Fe3C nanocomposite counter electrodes can exhibit high catalytic performance and fast interfacial electron transfer, which can be acted as a very promising and high cost-effective materital for DSSCs. PMID:23566302

  8. Environmental stability of high-mobility indium-oxide based transparent electrodes

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    Tohsophon, Thanaporn; Dabirian, Ali; De Wolf, Stefaan; Morales-Masis, Monica; Ballif, Christophe

    2015-11-01

    Large-scale deployment of a wide range of optoelectronic devices, including solar cells, critically depends on the long-term stability of their front electrodes. Here, we investigate the performance of Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO), H-doped In2O3 (IO:H), and Zn-doped In2O3 (IZO) electrodes under damp heat (DH) conditions (85 °C, 85% relative humidity). ITO, IO:H capped with ITO, and IZO show high stability with only 3%, 9%, and 13% sheet resistance (Rs) degradation after 1000 h of DH, respectively. For uncapped IO:H, we find a 75% Rs degradation, due to losses in electron Hall mobility (μHall). We propose that this degradation results from chemisorbed OH- or H2O-related species in the film, which is confirmed by thermal desorption spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. While μHall strongly degrades during DH, the optical mobility (μoptical) remains unchanged, indicating that the degradation mainly occurs at grain boundaries.

  9. Opto-Electric Cellular Biosensor Using Optically Transparent Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Electrodes

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    Choi, Chang K.; Margraves, Chuck H.; Jun, Seung I.; English, Anthony E.; Rack, Philip D.; Kihm, Kenneth D.

    2008-01-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) biosensors are used to perform simultaneous optical and electrical measurements in order to examine the dynamic cellular attachment, spreading, and proliferation of endothelial cells (ECs) as well as cytotoxic effects when exposed to cytochalasin D. A detailed description of the fabrication of these sensors is provided and their superior optical characteristics are qualitatively shown using four different microscopic images. Differential interference contrast microscopy (DICM) images were acquired simultaneously with micro-impedance measurements as a function of frequency and time. A digital image processing algorithm quantified the cell-covered electrode area as a function of time. In addition, cytotoxicity effects, produced by the toxic agent cytochalasin D, were examined using micro-impedance measurements, confocal microscopy images of stained actin-filaments, and interference reflection contrast microscopy (IRCM) capable of examining the bottom morphology of a cell. The results of this study show (1) the dynamic optical and electrical cellular characteristics using optically thin ITO biosensors; (2) qualitative agreement between cell-covered electrode area and electrical impedance during cellular attachment; (3) in vitro cytotoxicity detection of ECs due to 3 μM cytochalasin D. The present opto-electric biosensor system is unique in that a simultaneous and integrated cellular analysis is possible for a variety of living cells.

  10. Enhanced Electrochemical Catalytic Efficiencies of Electrochemically Deposited Platinum Nanocubes as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Wei, Yu-Hsuan; Tsai, Ming-Chi; Ma, Chen-Chi M.; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2015-12-01

    Platinum nanocubes (PtNCs) were deposited onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by electrochemical deposition (ECD) method and utilized as a counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this study, we controlled the growth of the crystalline plane to synthesize the single-crystal PtNCs at room temperature. The morphologies and crystalline nanostructure of the ECD PtNCs were examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The surface roughness of the ECD PtNCs was examined by atomic force microscopy. The electrochemical properties of the ECD PtNCs were analyzed by cyclic voltammetry, Tafel polarization, and electrochemical impedance spectra. The Pt loading was examined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The DSSCs were assembled via an N719 dye-sensitized titanium dioxide working electrode, an iodine-based electrolyte, and a CE. The photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSSCs with the ECD PtNC CE was examined under the illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mWcm-2). The PtNCs in this study presented a single-crystal nanostructure that can raise the electron mobility to let up the charge-transfer impedance and promote the charge-transfer rate. In this work, the electrocatalytic mass activity (MA) of the Pt film and PtNCs was 1.508 and 4.088 mAmg-1, respectively, and the MA of PtNCs was 2.71 times than that of the Pt film. The DSSCs with the pulse-ECD PtNC CE showed a PCE of 6.48 %, which is higher than the cell using the conventional Pt film CE (a PCE of 6.18 %). In contrast to the conventional Pt film CE which is fabricated by electron beam evaporation method, our pulse-ECD PtNCs maximized the Pt catalytic properties as a CE in DSSCs. The results demonstrated that the PtNCs played a good catalyst for iodide/triiodide redox couple reactions in the DSSCs and provided a potential strategy for electrochemical catalytic applications.

  11. Enhanced Electrochemical Catalytic Efficiencies of Electrochemically Deposited Platinum Nanocubes as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Wei, Yu-Hsuan; Tsai, Ming-Chi; Ma, Chen-Chi M; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2015-12-01

    Platinum nanocubes (PtNCs) were deposited onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by electrochemical deposition (ECD) method and utilized as a counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this study, we controlled the growth of the crystalline plane to synthesize the single-crystal PtNCs at room temperature. The morphologies and crystalline nanostructure of the ECD PtNCs were examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The surface roughness of the ECD PtNCs was examined by atomic force microscopy. The electrochemical properties of the ECD PtNCs were analyzed by cyclic voltammetry, Tafel polarization, and electrochemical impedance spectra. The Pt loading was examined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The DSSCs were assembled via an N719 dye-sensitized titanium dioxide working electrode, an iodine-based electrolyte, and a CE. The photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSSCs with the ECD PtNC CE was examined under the illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mWcm(-2)). The PtNCs in this study presented a single-crystal nanostructure that can raise the electron mobility to let up the charge-transfer impedance and promote the charge-transfer rate. In this work, the electrocatalytic mass activity (MA) of the Pt film and PtNCs was 1.508 and 4.088 mAmg(-1), respectively, and the MA of PtNCs was 2.71 times than that of the Pt film. The DSSCs with the pulse-ECD PtNC CE showed a PCE of 6.48 %, which is higher than the cell using the conventional Pt film CE (a PCE of 6.18 %). In contrast to the conventional Pt film CE which is fabricated by electron beam evaporation method, our pulse-ECD PtNCs maximized the Pt catalytic properties as a CE in DSSCs. The results demonstrated that the PtNCs played a good catalyst for iodide/triiodide redox couple reactions in the DSSCs and provided a potential strategy for electrochemical catalytic applications. PMID:26625891

  12. Indium-free, highly transparent, flexible Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrodes for flexible touch screen panels

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    Kim, Dong-Ju; Kim, Hyo-Joong; Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Wong; Kim, Han-Ki

    2015-01-01

    We report on an indium-free and cost-effective Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrode grown by room temperature roll-to-roll sputtering as a viable alternative to ITO electrodes for the cost-effective production of large-area flexible touch screen panels (TSPs). By using a low resistivity metallic Cu interlayer and a patterned mesh structure, we obtained Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrodes with a low sheet resistance of 15.1 Ohm/square and high optical transmittance of 89% as well as good mechanical flexibility. Outer/inner bending test results showed that the Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrode had a mechanical flexibility superior to that of conventional ITO films. Using the diamond-patterned Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrodes, we successfully demonstrated TSPS of the flexible film-film type and rigid glass-film-film type TSPs. The TSPs with Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrode were used to perform zoom in/out functions and multi-touch writing, indicating that these electrodes are promising cost-efficient transparent electrodes to substitute for conventional ITO electrodes in large-area flexible TSPs. PMID:26582471

  13. Indium-free, highly transparent, flexible Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrodes for flexible touch screen panels

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    Kim, Dong-Ju; Kim, Hyo-Joong; Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Wong; Kim, Han-Ki

    2015-11-01

    We report on an indium-free and cost-effective Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrode grown by room temperature roll-to-roll sputtering as a viable alternative to ITO electrodes for the cost-effective production of large-area flexible touch screen panels (TSPs). By using a low resistivity metallic Cu interlayer and a patterned mesh structure, we obtained Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrodes with a low sheet resistance of 15.1 Ohm/square and high optical transmittance of 89% as well as good mechanical flexibility. Outer/inner bending test results showed that the Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrode had a mechanical flexibility superior to that of conventional ITO films. Using the diamond-patterned Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrodes, we successfully demonstrated TSPS of the flexible film-film type and rigid glass-film-film type TSPs. The TSPs with Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrode were used to perform zoom in/out functions and multi-touch writing, indicating that these electrodes are promising cost-efficient transparent electrodes to substitute for conventional ITO electrodes in large-area flexible TSPs.

  14. Indium-free, highly transparent, flexible Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrodes for flexible touch screen panels.

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    Kim, Dong-Ju; Kim, Hyo-Joong; Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Wong; Kim, Han-Ki

    2015-01-01

    We report on an indium-free and cost-effective Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrode grown by room temperature roll-to-roll sputtering as a viable alternative to ITO electrodes for the cost-effective production of large-area flexible touch screen panels (TSPs). By using a low resistivity metallic Cu interlayer and a patterned mesh structure, we obtained Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrodes with a low sheet resistance of 15.1 Ohm/square and high optical transmittance of 89% as well as good mechanical flexibility. Outer/inner bending test results showed that the Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrode had a mechanical flexibility superior to that of conventional ITO films. Using the diamond-patterned Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O multilayer mesh electrodes, we successfully demonstrated TSPS of the flexible film-film type and rigid glass-film-film type TSPs. The TSPs with Cu2O/Cu/Cu2O mesh electrode were used to perform zoom in/out functions and multi-touch writing, indicating that these electrodes are promising cost-efficient transparent electrodes to substitute for conventional ITO electrodes in large-area flexible TSPs. PMID:26582471

  15. High work function transparent middle electrode for organic tandem solar cells

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    Moet, D. J. D.; de Bruyn, P.; Blom, P. W. M.

    2010-04-01

    The use of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) in combination with ZnO as middle electrode in solution-processed organic tandem solar cells requires a pH modification of the PEDOT:PSS dispersion. We demonstrate that this neutralization leads to a reduced work function of PEDOT:PSS, which does not affect the performance of polythiophene:fullerene solar cells, but results in a lower open-circuit voltage of devices based on a polyfluorene derivative with a higher ionization potential. The introduction of a thin layer of a perfluorinated ionomer recovers the anode work function and gives an open-circuit voltage of 1.92 V for a double junction polyfluorene-based solar cell.

  16. Silver nanowires for transparent conductive electrode to GaN-based light-emitting diodes

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    Jeong, Gyu-Jae; Lee, Jae-Hwan; Han, Sang-Hyun; Lee, Sung-Nam; Jin, Won-Yong; Kang, Jae-Wook

    2015-01-19

    Transparent, conductive, and uniform Ag nanowires (NWs) were introduced to improve the optical performance of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) by a spin-coating technique. The Ag NWs acted as a current spreading layer, exhibiting high transmittance and low sheet resistance, and ultimately leading to high performance GaN-based LEDs with an ultra large size of 5 × 5 mm{sup 2}. Compared to the transmittance of conventional LEDs without Ag NWs, the relative transmittance of LEDs with Ag NWs was approximately 90% of the overall wavelength region. However, the electroluminescence (EL) intensity of LED with Ag NWs was much higher than that of conventional LEDs without Ag NWs for injection current above 45 mA. In addition, the EL full width at half maximum of LEDs with Ag NWs was much lower than that of conventional LEDs without Ag NWs. Based on these results, we believe that the enhanced optical performance of ultra large LEDs was due to an increase in the current spreading effect.

  17. Template-free and filamentary growth of silver nanowires: application to anisotropic conductive transparent flexible electrodes.

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    Park, Sun Hwa; Shin, Ho Sun; Kim, Young Heon; Park, Hyun Min; Song, Jae Yong

    2013-03-01

    Silver nanowires (NWs) are currently fabricated via template-free or template-assisted methods. The former is based on a medium-mediated anisotropic synthesis, which enables precursor atoms to be selectively adsorbed onto specific crystallographic planes, and the latter is performed via directional growth guided by preformed templates. These methods are costly and complicated. We outline a facile and low-cost approach for the electrochemical synthesis of silver NWs in a manner that is template- and surfactant-free and that provides control over the NW diameter in the range of 80 to 800 nm by the repetition of nucleation and dissolution. The nanowires vertically grow with the help of the interface anisotropy driven by a field enhancement at the tips of the islands nucleated on the substrate in ultra-dilute electrolytes (ca. 10(-5) M), which is similar to a lightning-rod effect. The silver nanowires of vertical configuration are utilized for fabrication of anisotropic conducting, transparent, and flexible films. PMID:23348502

  18. Silver nanowires for transparent conductive electrode to GaN-based light-emitting diodes

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    Jeong, Gyu-Jae; Lee, Jae-Hwan; Han, Sang-Hyun; Jin, Won-Yong; Kang, Jae-Wook; Lee, Sung-Nam

    2015-01-01

    Transparent, conductive, and uniform Ag nanowires (NWs) were introduced to improve the optical performance of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) by a spin-coating technique. The Ag NWs acted as a current spreading layer, exhibiting high transmittance and low sheet resistance, and ultimately leading to high performance GaN-based LEDs with an ultra large size of 5 × 5 mm2. Compared to the transmittance of conventional LEDs without Ag NWs, the relative transmittance of LEDs with Ag NWs was approximately 90% of the overall wavelength region. However, the electroluminescence (EL) intensity of LED with Ag NWs was much higher than that of conventional LEDs without Ag NWs for injection current above 45 mA. In addition, the EL full width at half maximum of LEDs with Ag NWs was much lower than that of conventional LEDs without Ag NWs. Based on these results, we believe that the enhanced optical performance of ultra large LEDs was due to an increase in the current spreading effect.

  19. Composite films of carbon black nanoparticles and sulfonated-polythiophene as flexible counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Chun-Ting; Lee, Chi-Ta; Li, Sie-Rong; Lee, Chuan-Pei; Chiu, I.-Ting; Vittal, R.; Wu, Nae-Lih; Sun, Shih-Sheng; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2016-01-01

    A composite film based on carbon black nanoparticles and sulfonated-poly(thiophene-3-[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy]-2,5-diyl) (CB-NPs/s-PT) is formed on a flexible titanium foil for the use as the electro-catalytic counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The CB-NPs provide the large amount of electro-catalytic active sites for the composite film, and the s-PT polymer serves as a conductive binder to enhance the inter-particle linkage among CB-NPs and to improve the adhesion between the composite film and the flexible substrate. The flexible CB-NPs/s-PT composite film is designed to possess good electro-catalytic ability for I-/I3- redox couple by providing large active sites and rapid reduction kinetic rate constant of I3- . The cell with a CB-NPs/s-PT CE exhibits a good cell efficiency (η) of 9.02 ± 0.01% at 100 mW cm-2, while the cell with a platinum CE shows an η of only 8.36 ± 0.02% under the same conditions. At weak light illuminations (20-80 mW cm-2), a DSSC with CB-NPs/s-PT CE still exhibits η's of 7.20 ± 0.04-9.08 ± 0.02%. The low-cost CB-NPs/s-PT CE not only renders high cell efficiency to its DSSC but also shows a great potential to replace the expensive platinum; moreover it is suitable for large-scale production or for indoor applications.

  20. Improved open-circuit voltage in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells with high work function transparent electrodes

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    Jäger, Timo; Romanyuk, Yaroslav E.; Bissig, Benjamin; Pianezzi, Fabian; Nishiwaki, Shiro; Reinhard, Patrick; Steinhauser, Jérôme; Schwenk, Johannes; Tiwari, Ayodhya N.

    2015-06-01

    Hydrogenated indium oxide (IOH) is implemented as transparent front contact in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells, leading to an open circuit voltage VOC enhanced by ˜20 mV as compared to reference devices with ZnO:Al (AZO) electrodes. This effect is reproducible in a wide range of contact sheet resistances corresponding to various IOH thicknesses. We present the detailed electrical characterization of glass/Mo/CIGS/CdS/intrinsic ZnO (i-ZnO)/transparent conductive oxide (TCO) with different IOH/AZO ratios in the front TCO contact in order to identify possible reasons for the enhanced VOC. Temperature and illumination intensity-dependent current-voltage measurements indicate that the dominant recombination path does not change when AZO is replaced by IOH, and it is mainly limited to recombination in the space charge region and at the junction interface of the solar cell. The main finding is that the introduction of even a 5 nm-thin IOH layer at the i-ZnO/TCO interface already results in a step-like increase in VOC. Two possible explanations are proposed and verified by one-dimensional simulations using the SCAPS software. First, a higher work function of IOH as compared to AZO is simulated to yield an VOC increase by 21 mV. Second, a lower defect density in the i-ZnO layer as a result of the reduced sputter damage during milder sputter-deposition of IOH can also add to a maximum enhanced VOC of 25 mV. Our results demonstrate that the proper choice of the front TCO contact can reduce the parasitic recombination and boost the efficiency of CIGS cells with improved corrosion stability.

  1. Low-cost solution processed nano millet like structure CoS2 film superior to pt as counter electrode for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Rao, S. Srinivasa; Punnosse, Dinah; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Kim, Hee-Je

    2015-05-01

    Cobalt Sulfide (CoS2) counter electrodes (CE) with uniform size distribution were obtained on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate as counter electrodes for polysulfide redox electrolyte in CdS/CdSe/ ZnS quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) by chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique. In this study, we optimized the cobalt source, deposition temperature and time in the preparation of CoS2 thin film to achieve greater conversion efficiency with strong adhesion on FTO. Relative to the platinum (Pt) electrodes, the CoS2 electrode shows a higher catalytic activity, faster electron transport and lower chargetransfer resistance, which can play a role in rendering higher power conversion efficiency. As a result, QDSSCs with the optimized CoS2 CE achieved a higher short-circuit current density of 13.08 mA cm-2, open-circuit voltage of 0.47 V, fill factor of 0.34 and overall photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 2.17% obtained under one sun illumination (100 mW cm-2). Therefore, CoS2 CE can be used as a promising CE in QDSSCs with efficiency exceeding that of high-cost Pt-based cells (1.64%). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  2. Laser synthesized super-hydrophobic conducting carbon with broccoli-type morphology as a counter-electrode for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Gokhale, Rohan; Agarkar, Shruti; Debgupta, Joyashish; Shinde, Deodatta; Lefez, Benoit; Banerjee, Abhik; Jog, Jyoti; More, Mahendra; Hannoyer, Beatrice; Ogale, Satishchandra

    2012-10-01

    A laser photochemical process is introduced to realize superhydrophobic conducting carbon coatings with broccoli-type hierarchical morphology for use as a metal-free counter electrode in a dye sensitized solar cell. The process involves pulsed excimer laser irradiation of a thin layer of liquid haloaromatic organic solvent o-dichlorobenzene (DCB). The coating reflects a carbon nanoparticle-self assembled and process-controlled morphology that yields solar to electric power conversion efficiency of 5.1% as opposed to 6.2% obtained with the conventional Pt-based electrode.A laser photochemical process is introduced to realize superhydrophobic conducting carbon coatings with broccoli-type hierarchical morphology for use as a metal-free counter electrode in a dye sensitized solar cell. The process involves pulsed excimer laser irradiation of a thin layer of liquid haloaromatic organic solvent o-dichlorobenzene (DCB). The coating reflects a carbon nanoparticle-self assembled and process-controlled morphology that yields solar to electric power conversion efficiency of 5.1% as opposed to 6.2% obtained with the conventional Pt-based electrode. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Materials and equipment details, solar cell fabrication protocol, electrolyte spreading time measurement details, XPS spectra, electronic study, film adhesion test detailed analysis and field emission results. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr32082g

  3. Roll-to-roll-compatible, flexible, transparent electrodes based on self-nanoembedded Cu nanowires using intense pulsed light irradiation

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    Zhong, Zhaoyang; Woo, Kyoohee; Kim, Inhyuk; Hwang, Hyewon; Kwon, Sin; Choi, Young-Man; Lee, Youngu; Lee, Taik-Min; Kim, Kwangyoung; Moon, Jooho

    2016-04-01

    Copper nanowire (Cu NW)-based flexible transparent conductive electrodes (FTCEs) have been investigated in detail for use in various applications such as flexible touch screens, organic photovoltaics and organic light-emitting diodes. In this study, hexadecylamine (HDA) adsorbed onto the surface of NWs is changed into polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) via a ligand exchange process; the high-molecular-weight PVP enables high dispersion stability. Intense pulsed light (IPL) irradiation is used to remove organic species present on the surface of the NWs and to form direct connections between the NWs rapidly without any atmospheric control. NWs are self-nanoembedded into a plastic substrate after IPL irradiation, which results in a smooth surface, strong NW/substrate adhesion, excellent mechanical flexibility and enhanced oxidation stability. Moreover, Cu NW FTCEs with high uniformities are successfully fabricated on a large area (150 mm × 200 mm) via successive IPL irradiation that is synchronized with the motion of the sample stage. This study demonstrates the possibility of roll-to-roll-based, large-scale production of low-cost, high-performance Cu NW-based FTCEs.Copper nanowire (Cu NW)-based flexible transparent conductive electrodes (FTCEs) have been investigated in detail for use in various applications such as flexible touch screens, organic photovoltaics and organic light-emitting diodes. In this study, hexadecylamine (HDA) adsorbed onto the surface of NWs is changed into polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) via a ligand exchange process; the high-molecular-weight PVP enables high dispersion stability. Intense pulsed light (IPL) irradiation is used to remove organic species present on the surface of the NWs and to form direct connections between the NWs rapidly without any atmospheric control. NWs are self-nanoembedded into a plastic substrate after IPL irradiation, which results in a smooth surface, strong NW/substrate adhesion, excellent mechanical flexibility and enhanced oxidation stability. Moreover, Cu NW FTCEs with high uniformities are successfully fabricated on a large area (150 mm × 200 mm) via successive IPL irradiation that is synchronized with the motion of the sample stage. This study demonstrates the possibility of roll-to-roll-based, large-scale production of low-cost, high-performance Cu NW-based FTCEs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00444j

  4. Optimization of transparent and reflecting electrodes for amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Gordon, R.G. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1993-04-01

    This report describes work to improve the performance of solar cells by improving the electrical and optical properties of their transparent conducting oxides (TCO) layers. Boron-doped zinc-oxide films were deposited by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition in a laminar-flow reactor from diethyl zinc, tert-butanol, and diborane in the temperature range between 300[degrees]C and 420[degrees]C. When the deposition temperature was above 320[degrees]C, both doped and undoped films have highly oriented crystallites with their c-axes perpendicular to the substrate plane. Films deposited from 0.07% diethyl zinc and 2.4% tert-butanol have electron densities between 3.5 [times] 10[sup 20] cm[sup [minus]3] and 5.5 [times] 10[sup 20] cm[sup [minus]3], conductivities between 250 [Omega][sup [minus]1] and 2500 [Omega][sup [minus]1] and mobilities between 2.5 cm[sup 2]/V-s and 35.0 cm[sup 2]/V-s, depending on dopant concentration, film thickness, and deposition temperature. Optical measurements show that the maximum infrared reflectance of the doped films is close to 90%, compared to about 20% for undoped films. Film visible absorption and film conductivity were found to increase with film thickness. The ratio of conductivity to visible absorption coefficient for doped films was between 0.1 [Omega] and 1.1 [Omega][sup [minus]1]. The band gap of the film changes from 3.3 eV to 3.7 eV when the film is doped with 0.012% diborane.

  5. Room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free nano-composite for the flexible transparent bottom electrode of perovskite solar cells.

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    Lu, Haifei; Sun, Jingsong; Zhang, Hong; Lu, Shunmian; Choy, Wallace C H

    2016-03-21

    The exploration of low-temperature and solution-processed charge transporting and collecting layers can promote the development of low-cost and large-scale perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) through an all solution process. Here, we propose a room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free nano-composite composed of a silver nano-network and graphene oxide (GO) flawless film for the transparent bottom electrode of a PVSC. Our experimental results show that the amount of GO flakes play a critical role in forming the flawless anti-corrosive barrier in the silver nano-network through a self-assembly approach under ambient atmosphere, which can effectively prevent the penetration of liquid or gaseous halides and their corrosion against the silver nano-network underneath. Importantly, we simultaneously achieve good work function alignment and surface wetting properties for a practical bottom electrode by controlling the degree of reduction of GO flakes. Finally, flexible PVSC adopting the room-temperature and solution-processed nano-composite as the flexible transparent bottom electrode has been demonstrated on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. As a consequence, the demonstration of our room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free flexible transparent bottom electrode will contribute to the emerging large-area flexible PVSC technologies. PMID:26923479

  6. Solution-Processable Transparent Conductive Hole Injection Electrode for OLED SSL

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    Pschenitzka, Florian; Mathai, Mathew; Torke, Terri

    2012-07-15

    An interconnected network of silver nanowires has been used as transparent anode in OLED devices. This layer was deposited by spin-coating and slot-die coating from an aqueous nanowire suspension. The sheet resistance of the film was 10ohms/sq with a transmission (including the glass substrate) of higher than 85%. The first phase of the project focused on the implementation of this nanowire layer with a hole-injection-layer (HIL) which has been developed at Plextronics and has been shown to provide good stability and efficiency in conventional OLED devices. We modified the HIL solution such that it coated reasonably well with suitable surface morphology so that actual devices can be manufactured. During the second phase we investigated the hole-injection and stability of hole-onlydevices. We determined that the use of the nanowire network as anode does not introduce an additional degradation mechanism since the observed device characteristics did not differ from those made with ITO anode. We then proceeded to make actual OLED devices with this nanowire / HIL stack and achieved device characteristics similar state-of-the-art OLED devices with a single junction. In order to gain traction with potential OLED manufacturers, we decided to contract Novaled to prepare large-area demonstrators for us. For these devices, we used an allevaporated stack, i.e. we did use Novaled's HIL material instead of Plextronics. We successfully fabricated demonstrators with an area of 25cm2 with a double or triple junction stack. Minor stack optimizations were necessary to achieve efficacies and lifetime equivalent with ITO devices made with the same devices stack. Due to the reduced microcavity effect, the color of the emitted light is significantly more stable with respect to the viewing angle compared to ITO devices. This fact in conjunction with the promise of lower production cost due to the elimination of the ITO sputtering process and the direct patterning of the anode layer are the obvious advantages of this technology. The project has shown that this nanowire technology is a viable option to achieve OLED devices with good lifetime and efficiency and we are currently working with manufacturers to utilize this technology in a production setting.

  7. Development of bifacial inverted polymer solar cells using a conductivity-controlled transparent PEDOT:PSS and a striped Au electrode on the hole collection side

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    Kuwabara, Takayuki; Katori, Shinji; Arima, Kazuhiro; Omura, Yoshihiro; Yamaguchi, Takahiro; Taima, Tetsuya; Takahashi, Kohshin

    2014-02-01

    An inverted bifacial polymer solar cell was developed using a conductivity-controlled transparent poly(3,4-ethylenedioxylenethiophene):poly(4-styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) as a hole collection layer and a striped Au electrode with a large open aperture ratio (Rap) as a hole collection electrode. We investigated the performance of the device by varying the interelectrode distance of the striped Au electrode and the sheet resistance of the PEDOT:PSS film. The device using untreated Clevios P (PEDOT:PSS) showed a maximum electric output (Pw) in the Rap range of 50 to 65%. When alcohol-treated Clevios P (Clevios P+) with a lower electrical resistance was used, the maximum Pw increased by 40% compared with that of the device using Clevios P. The maximum Pw was obtained in the Rap range of 84% as the hole collection efficiency of the striped Au electrode improved with the decreased sheet resistance of the PEDOT:PSS.

  8. Roll-to-roll-compatible, flexible, transparent electrodes based on self-nanoembedded Cu nanowires using intense pulsed light irradiation.

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    Zhong, Zhaoyang; Woo, Kyoohee; Kim, Inhyuk; Hwang, Hyewon; Kwon, Sin; Choi, Young-Man; Lee, Youngu; Lee, Taik-Min; Kim, Kwangyoung; Moon, Jooho

    2016-04-28

    Copper nanowire (Cu NW)-based flexible transparent conductive electrodes (FTCEs) have been investigated in detail for use in various applications such as flexible touch screens, organic photovoltaics and organic light-emitting diodes. In this study, hexadecylamine (HDA) adsorbed onto the surface of NWs is changed into polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) via a ligand exchange process; the high-molecular-weight PVP enables high dispersion stability. Intense pulsed light (IPL) irradiation is used to remove organic species present on the surface of the NWs and to form direct connections between the NWs rapidly without any atmospheric control. NWs are self-nanoembedded into a plastic substrate after IPL irradiation, which results in a smooth surface, strong NW/substrate adhesion, excellent mechanical flexibility and enhanced oxidation stability. Moreover, Cu NW FTCEs with high uniformities are successfully fabricated on a large area (150 mm × 200 mm) via successive IPL irradiation that is synchronized with the motion of the sample stage. This study demonstrates the possibility of roll-to-roll-based, large-scale production of low-cost, high-performance Cu NW-based FTCEs. PMID:27074548

  9. Milliradian-phase-resolution atom interferometer with transparent electrodes for measurement of the Röntgen phase

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    Kumiya, Taku; Akentyev, Alexander S.; Mori, Yoshihiro; Ichimura, Junya; Morinaga, Atsuo

    2016-02-01

    An atom interferometer with a milliradian phase resolution was realized using a subhertz linewidth diode laser. The Allan deviation of the phase fluctuation decreased according to σ /mrad =70 /√{τ /s } and reached 1 mrad at an integration time of 5000 s. With the transparent electrodes with a transmittance of 97%, the visibility of the interference was 8.5%, which was almost the same size as that with zero electric field. The dependence of the phase on the laser frequency was 0.1 μrad/Hz and that on the electric field was 1 mrad for 0.1 V/cm. Using the transition between the 3P1 , m =0 and 1S0 , m =0 states of Ca, the Röntgen phase was measured to be 3.0 ± 2.1 mrad for a measurement time of 4 ×104s , which coincides with the expected one of 1.1 mrad within the measured uncertainty under an electric field of 1.92 kV/cm, a magnetic field of 20 mT, and an interference distance of 17 mm.

  10. Microcavity-Free Broadband Light Outcoupling Enhancement in Flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with Nanostructured Transparent Metal-Dielectric Composite Electrodes.

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    Xu, Lu-Hai; Ou, Qing-Dong; Li, Yan-Qing; Zhang, Yi-Bo; Zhao, Xin-Dong; Xiang, Heng-Yang; Chen, Jing-De; Zhou, Lei; Lee, Shuit-Tong; Tang, Jian-Xin

    2016-01-26

    Flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) hold great promise for future bendable display and curved lighting applications. One key challenge of high-performance flexible OLEDs is to develop new flexible transparent conductive electrodes with superior mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. Herein, an effective nanostructured metal/dielectric composite electrode on a plastic substrate is reported by combining a quasi-random outcoupling structure for broadband and angle-independent light outcoupling of white emission with an ultrathin metal alloy film for optimum optical transparency, electrical conduction, and mechanical flexibility. The microcavity effect and surface plasmonic loss can be remarkably reduced in white flexible OLEDs, resulting in a substantial increase in the external quantum efficiency and power efficiency to 47.2% and 112.4 lm W(-1). PMID:26687488

  11. Enhancing light out-coupling of organic light-emitting devices using indium tin oxide-free low-index transparent electrodes

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    Huang, Yi-Hsiang; Lu, Chun-Yang; Tsai, Shang-Ta; Tsai, Yu-Tang; Chen, Chien-Yu; Tsai, Wei-Lung; Lin, Chun-Yu; Chang, Hong-Wei; Lee, Wei-Kai; Jiao, Min; Wu, Chung-Chih

    2014-05-05

    With its increasing and sufficient conductivity, the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) has been capable of replacing the widely used but less cost-effective indium tin oxides (ITOs) as alternative transparent electrodes for organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs). Intriguingly, PEDOT:PSS also possesses an optical refractive index significantly lower than those of ITO and typical organic layers in OLEDs and well matching those of typical OLED substrates. Optical simulation reveals that by replacing ITO with such a low-index transparent electrode, the guided modes trapped within the organic/ITO layers in conventional OLEDs can be substantially suppressed, leading to more light coupled into the substrate than the conventional ITO device. By applying light out-coupling structures onto outer surfaces of substrates to effectively extract radiation into substrates, OLEDs using such low-index transparent electrodes achieve enhanced optical out-coupling and external quantum efficiencies in comparison with conventional OLEDs using ITO.

  12. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: The Future of Using Earth-Abundant Elements in Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (Adv. Mater. 20/2016).

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    Briscoe, Joe; Dunn, Steve

    2016-05-01

    Sustainability is an important concept generating traction in the research community. To be really sustainable the full life cycle of a product needs to be carefully considered. A key aspect of this is using elements that are either readily recycled or accessible in the Earth's biosphere. Jigsawing these materials together in compounds to address our future energy needs represents a great opportunity for the current generation of researchers. On page 3802, S. Dunn and J. Briscoe summarize the performance of a selection of alternative materials to replace platinum in the counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:27197641

  13. Mesoporous Bi2S3 nanorods with graphene-assistance as low-cost counter-electrode materials in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Guo, Sheng-Qi; Jing, Tian-Zeng; Zhang, Xiao; Yang, Xiao-Bing; Yuan, Zhi-Hao; Hu, Fang-Zhong

    2014-11-01

    In this work, we report the synthesis of mesoporous Bi2S3 nanorods under hydrothermal conditions without additives, and investigated their catalytic activities as the CE in DSCs by I-V curves and tested conversion efficiency. To further improve their power conversion efficiency, we added different amounts of reduced graphene by simple physical mixing. With the addition of 9 wt% reduced graphene (rGO), the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor were Jsc = 15.33 mA cm-2, Voc = 0.74 V and FF = 0.609. More importantly, the conversion efficiency reached 6.91%, which is slightly inferior to the commercial Pt counter electrode (7.44%). Compared to the conventional Pt counter electrodes of solar cells, this new material has the advantages of low-cost, facile synthesis and high efficiency with graphene assistance. To the best of our knowledge, this Bi2S3 + 9 wt% rGO system has the best performance ever recorded in all Bi2S3-based CEs in the DSCs system.In this work, we report the synthesis of mesoporous Bi2S3 nanorods under hydrothermal conditions without additives, and investigated their catalytic activities as the CE in DSCs by I-V curves and tested conversion efficiency. To further improve their power conversion efficiency, we added different amounts of reduced graphene by simple physical mixing. With the addition of 9 wt% reduced graphene (rGO), the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor were Jsc = 15.33 mA cm-2, Voc = 0.74 V and FF = 0.609. More importantly, the conversion efficiency reached 6.91%, which is slightly inferior to the commercial Pt counter electrode (7.44%). Compared to the conventional Pt counter electrodes of solar cells, this new material has the advantages of low-cost, facile synthesis and high efficiency with graphene assistance. To the best of our knowledge, this Bi2S3 + 9 wt% rGO system has the best performance ever recorded in all Bi2S3-based CEs in the DSCs system. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04274c

  14. Highly transparent conductive electrode with ultra-low HAZE by grain boundary modification of aqueous solution fabricated alumina-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

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    Nian, Qiong; Cheng, Gary J.; Callahan, Michael; Bailey, John; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry

    2015-06-01

    Commercial production of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) polycrystalline films requires high electrical conductivity with minimal degradation in optical transparency. Aqueous solution deposited TCO films would reduce production costs of TCO films but suffer from low electrical mobility, which severely degrades both electrical conductivity and optical transparency in the visible spectrum. Here, we demonstrated that grain boundary modification by ultra-violet laser crystallization (UVLC) of solution deposited aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanocrystals results in high Hall mobility, with a corresponding dramatic improvement in AZO electrical conductance. The AZO films after laser irradiation exhibit electrical mobility up to 18.1 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} with corresponding electrical resistivity and sheet resistances as low as 1 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm and 75 Ω/sq, respectively. The high mobility also enabled a high transmittance (T) of 88%-96% at 550 nm for the UVLC films. In addition, HAZE measurement shows AZO film scattering transmittance as low as 1.8%, which is superior over most other solution deposited transparent electrode alternatives such as silver nanowires. Thus, AZO films produced by the UVLC technique have a combined figure of merit for electrical conductivity, optical transparency, and optical HAZE higher than other solution based deposition techniques and comparable to vacuumed based deposition methods.

  15. Highly transparent conductive electrode with ultra-low HAZE by grain boundary modification of aqueous solution fabricated alumina-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J.

    2015-06-01

    Commercial production of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) polycrystalline films requires high electrical conductivity with minimal degradation in optical transparency. Aqueous solution deposited TCO films would reduce production costs of TCO films but suffer from low electrical mobility, which severely degrades both electrical conductivity and optical transparency in the visible spectrum. Here, we demonstrated that grain boundary modification by ultra-violet laser crystallization (UVLC) of solution deposited aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanocrystals results in high Hall mobility, with a corresponding dramatic improvement in AZO electrical conductance. The AZO films after laser irradiation exhibit electrical mobility up to 18.1 cm2 V-1 s-1 with corresponding electrical resistivity and sheet resistances as low as 1 × 10-3 Ω cm and 75 Ω/sq, respectively. The high mobility also enabled a high transmittance (T) of 88%-96% at 550 nm for the UVLC films. In addition, HAZE measurement shows AZO film scattering transmittance as low as 1.8%, which is superior over most other solution deposited transparent electrode alternatives such as silver nanowires. Thus, AZO films produced by the UVLC technique have a combined figure of merit for electrical conductivity, optical transparency, and optical HAZE higher than other solution based deposition techniques and comparable to vacuumed based deposition methods.

  16. Graphene, conducting polymer and their composites as transparent and current spreading electrode in GaN solar cells

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    Mahala, Pramila; Kumar, Ajay; Nayak, Sasmita; Behura, Sanjay; Dhanavantri, Chenna; Jani, Omkar

    2016-04-01

    Understanding the physics of charge carrier transport at graphene/p-GaN interface is critical for achieving efficient device functionality. Currently, the graphene/p-GaN interface is being explored as light emitting diodes, however this interface can be probed as a potential photovoltaic cell. We report the intimate interfacing of mechanically exfoliated graphene (EG), conducting polymer (PEDOT:PSS) and composite of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and PEDOT:PSS with a wide band gap p-GaN layer. To explore their potential in energy harvesting, three heterojunction devices such as: (i) EG/p-GaN/sapphire, (ii) PEDOT:PSS/p-GaN/sapphire and (iii) PEDOT:PSS(rGO)/p-GaN/sapphire are designed and their photovoltaic characteristics are examined. It is interesting to observe that the EG/p-GaN/sapphire solar cell exhibits high open-circuit voltage of 0.545 V with low ideality factor and reverse saturation current. However, improved short circuit current density (13.7 mA/cm2) is noticed for PEDOT:PSS/p-GaN/sapphire solar cell because of enhanced conductivity accompanied by high transmittance for PEDOT:PSS. Further, the low series resistance for PEDOT:PSS(rGO)/p-GaN/sapphire is observed suggesting that the PEDOT:PSS and rGO composite is well dispersed and exhibits low interfacial resistances with p-GaN. The present investigation leverages the potential of graphene, conducting polymer and their composites as dual capability of (a) transparent and current spreading electrode and (b) an active top layer to make an intimate contact with wide bandgap p-type GaN for possible prospect towards high performance diodes, switches and solar cells.

  17. ITO-free flexible organic photovoltaics with multilayer MoO3/LiF/MoO3/Ag/MoO3 as the transparent electrode

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    Chen, Shilin; Dai, Yunjie; Zhao, Dewei; Zhang, Hongmei

    2016-05-01

    We present efficient flexible organic photovoltaics (OPVs) with multiple layers of molybdenum oxide (MoO3)/LiF/MoO3/Ag/MoO3 as the transparent electrode, where the thin Ag layer yields high conductivity and the dielectric layer MoO3/LiF/MoO3 has high transparency due to optical interference, leading to improved power conversion efficiency compared with indium tin oxide (ITO) based devices. The MoO3 contacting organic active layer is used as a buffer layer for good hole extraction. Thus, the multilayer MoO3/LiF/MoO3/Ag/MoO3 can improve light transmittance and also facilitate charge carrier extraction. Such an electrode shows excellent mechanical bendability with a 9% reduction of efficiency after 1000 cycles of bending due to the ductile nature of the thin metal layer and dielectric layer used. Our results suggest that the MoO3/LiF/MoO3/Ag/MoO3 multilayer electrode is a promising alternative to ITO as an electrode in OPVs.

  18. Cherenkov Counters

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    Ratcliff, Blair; Schwiening, Jochen

    When a charged particle passes through an optically transparent medium with a velocity greater than the phase velocity of light in that medium, it emits prompt photons, called Cherenkov radiation, at a characteristic polar angle that depends on the particle velocity. Cherenkov counters are particle detectors that make use of this radiation. Uses include prompt particle counting, the detection of fast particles, the measurement of particle masses, and the tracking or localization of events in very large, natural radiators such as the atmosphere, or natural ice fields, like those at the South Pole in Antarctica. Cherenkov counters are used in a number of different fields, including high energy and nuclear physics detectors at particle accelerators, in nuclear reactors, cosmic ray detectors, particle astrophysics detectors and neutrino astronomy, and in biomedicine for labeling certain biological molecules.

  19. Cherenkov Counters

    SciTech Connect

    Barbero, Marlon

    2012-04-19

    When a charged particle passes through an optically transparent medium with a velocity greater than the phase velocity of light in that medium, it emits prompt photons, called Cherenkov radiation, at a characteristic polar angle that depends on the particle velocity. Cherenkov counters are particle detectors that make use of this radiation. Uses include prompt particle counting, the detection of fast particles, the measurement of particle masses, and the tracking or localization of events in very large, natural radiators such as the atmosphere, or natural ice fields, like those at the South Pole in Antarctica. Cherenkov counters are used in a number of different fields, including high energy and nuclear physics detectors at particle accelerators, in nuclear reactors, cosmic ray detectors, particle astrophysics detectors and neutrino astronomy, and in biomedicine for labeling certain biological molecules.

  20. Development of an electric field application system with transparent electrodes towards the electron EDM measurement with laser-cooled Fr atoms

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    Ishikawa, Taisuke; Ando, Shun; Aoki, Takahiro; Arikawa, Hiroshi; Harada, Ken-Ichi; Hayamizu, Tomohiro; Inoue, Takeshi; Itoh, Masatoshi; Kawamura, Hirokazu; Kato, Ko; Sakamoto, Kosuke; Uchiyama, Aiko; Sakemi, Yasuhiro

    2014-09-01

    The permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of elementary particles is a good probe for new physics beyond the standard model. Since the francium (Fr) atom has a large enhancement factor of the electron EDM and laser-cooled atoms can have long coherence times, we plan to utilize laser-cooled Fr atoms for the electron EDM search experiment. Besides, a strong electric field is one of key issues for the EDM experiment. Recently, we have embarked on a development of the electric field application system with transparent electrodes coated by tin-doped indium oxide (ITO). The ITO electrodes break the difficulty in the coexistence of electrodes with several cooling laser lights. The actual electric field applied to the atom is evaluated by measuring the dc Stark shift for the laser-cooled rubidium atoms. In this presentation, the present status of the electric field application system will be reported. The permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of elementary particles is a good probe for new physics beyond the standard model. Since the francium (Fr) atom has a large enhancement factor of the electron EDM and laser-cooled atoms can have long coherence times, we plan to utilize laser-cooled Fr atoms for the electron EDM search experiment. Besides, a strong electric field is one of key issues for the EDM experiment. Recently, we have embarked on a development of the electric field application system with transparent electrodes coated by tin-doped indium oxide (ITO). The ITO electrodes break the difficulty in the coexistence of electrodes with several cooling laser lights. The actual electric field applied to the atom is evaluated by measuring the dc Stark shift for the laser-cooled rubidium atoms. In this presentation, the present status of the electric field application system will be reported. This work is supported by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No. 26220705) and Tohoku University's Focused Research Project.

  1. Room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free nano-composite for the flexible transparent bottom electrode of perovskite solar cells

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    Lu, Haifei; Sun, Jingsong; Zhang, Hong; Lu, Shunmian; Choy, Wallace C. H.

    2016-03-01

    The exploration of low-temperature and solution-processed charge transporting and collecting layers can promote the development of low-cost and large-scale perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) through an all solution process. Here, we propose a room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free nano-composite composed of a silver nano-network and graphene oxide (GO) flawless film for the transparent bottom electrode of a PVSC. Our experimental results show that the amount of GO flakes play a critical role in forming the flawless anti-corrosive barrier in the silver nano-network through a self-assembly approach under ambient atmosphere, which can effectively prevent the penetration of liquid or gaseous halides and their corrosion against the silver nano-network underneath. Importantly, we simultaneously achieve good work function alignment and surface wetting properties for a practical bottom electrode by controlling the degree of reduction of GO flakes. Finally, flexible PVSC adopting the room-temperature and solution-processed nano-composite as the flexible transparent bottom electrode has been demonstrated on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. As a consequence, the demonstration of our room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free flexible transparent bottom electrode will contribute to the emerging large-area flexible PVSC technologies.The exploration of low-temperature and solution-processed charge transporting and collecting layers can promote the development of low-cost and large-scale perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) through an all solution process. Here, we propose a room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free nano-composite composed of a silver nano-network and graphene oxide (GO) flawless film for the transparent bottom electrode of a PVSC. Our experimental results show that the amount of GO flakes play a critical role in forming the flawless anti-corrosive barrier in the silver nano-network through a self-assembly approach under ambient atmosphere, which can effectively prevent the penetration of liquid or gaseous halides and their corrosion against the silver nano-network underneath. Importantly, we simultaneously achieve good work function alignment and surface wetting properties for a practical bottom electrode by controlling the degree of reduction of GO flakes. Finally, flexible PVSC adopting the room-temperature and solution-processed nano-composite as the flexible transparent bottom electrode has been demonstrated on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. As a consequence, the demonstration of our room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free flexible transparent bottom electrode will contribute to the emerging large-area flexible PVSC technologies. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00011h

  2. Indium tin oxide-free transparent and conductive electrode based on SnO{sub x} | Ag | SnO{sub x} for organic solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Bou, A.; Torchio, Ph. Barakel, D.; Thierry, F.; Sangar, A.; Thoulon, P.-Y.; Ricci, M.

    2014-07-14

    A SnO{sub x} | Ag | SnO{sub x} multilayer deposited by E-beam evaporation is proposed as transparent anode for a (poly-3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) bulk heterojunction based Organic Solar Cell (OSC). Such multilayers are studied and manufactured with the objective to give to the electrode its best conductivity and transparency in the visible spectral range. A transfer matrix method numerical optimization of the thicknesses of each layer of the electrode is developed to limit the number of test samples which would have been manufactured whether an empirical method was chosen. Optical characterization of the deposited SnO{sub x} and Ag thin films is performed to determine the dispersion of the complex refractive indices which are used as input parameters in the model. A satisfying agreement between numerical and experimental optical properties is found. The bare tri-layer electrodes show low sheet resistance (as low as 6.7 Ω/□) and the whole Glass | SnO{sub x} | Ag | SnO{sub x} structure presents a mean transparency on 400–700 nm spectral band as high as 67%. The multilayer is then numerically studied as anode for a P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction based OSC. Intrinsic absorption inside the sole active layer is calculated giving the possibility to perform optical optimization on the intrinsic absorption efficiency inside the active area by considering the media embedding the electrodes. An additional study using the morphology of the silver inserted between both oxide layers as input data is performed with a finite difference time domain 3D-method to improve the accordance between optical measurements and numerical results.

  3. Indium tin oxide-free transparent and conductive electrode based on SnOx | Ag | SnOx for organic solar cells

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    Bou, A.; Torchio, Ph.; Barakel, D.; Thierry, F.; Sangar, A.; Thoulon, P.-Y.; Ricci, M.

    2014-07-01

    A SnOx | Ag | SnOx multilayer deposited by E-beam evaporation is proposed as transparent anode for a (poly-3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) bulk heterojunction based Organic Solar Cell (OSC). Such multilayers are studied and manufactured with the objective to give to the electrode its best conductivity and transparency in the visible spectral range. A transfer matrix method numerical optimization of the thicknesses of each layer of the electrode is developed to limit the number of test samples which would have been manufactured whether an empirical method was chosen. Optical characterization of the deposited SnOx and Ag thin films is performed to determine the dispersion of the complex refractive indices which are used as input parameters in the model. A satisfying agreement between numerical and experimental optical properties is found. The bare tri-layer electrodes show low sheet resistance (as low as 6.7 Ω/□) and the whole Glass | SnOx | Ag | SnOx structure presents a mean transparency on 400-700 nm spectral band as high as 67%. The multilayer is then numerically studied as anode for a P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction based OSC. Intrinsic absorption inside the sole active layer is calculated giving the possibility to perform optical optimization on the intrinsic absorption efficiency inside the active area by considering the media embedding the electrodes. An additional study using the morphology of the silver inserted between both oxide layers as input data is performed with a finite difference time domain 3D-method to improve the accordance between optical measurements and numerical results.

  4. Quantum dot-sensitized solar cells having 3D-TiO2 flower-like structures on the surface of titania nanorods with CuS counter electrode

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    Buatong, Nattha; Tang, I.-Ming; Pon-On, Weeraphat

    2015-03-01

    The photovoltaic performance of a quantum dot (QD)-sensitized solar cell consisting of CdS/CdSe/ZnS QDs loaded onto the surface of the three-dimensional (3D) flower-like TiO2 structure grown on an array (1D) of TiO2 nanorods (FTiR) is studied. The flower-like structure on the rod-shaped titania was synthesized using a double-step hydrothermal process. The FTiR array exhibited a 3D/1D composite structure with a specific surface area of 81.87 m2/g. Using CuS as the counter electrode instead of Pt offers the best performance and leads to an increase in the conversion efficiency ( η). The efficiency of the CdS/CdSe/ZnS QD-loaded FTiR assembling CuS counter electrode cell improved from η = 2.715% ( Voc = 0.692 V, Jsc = 5.896 mA/cm2, FF = 0.665) to η = 0.703% ( Voc = 0.665 V, Jsc = 2.108 mA/cm2, FF = 0.501) for the QD-loaded FTiR assembling Pt counter electrode cell. These studies reveal a synergistically beneficial effect on the solar-to-current conversion of these QD-sensitized solar cells when a CuS counter electrode is used instead of the usual Pt counter electrode.

  5. Three-dimensional nitrogen doped holey reduced graphene oxide framework as metal-free counter electrodes for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yu, Mei; Zhang, Jindan; Li, Songmei; Meng, Yanbing; Liu, Jianhua

    2016-03-01

    Three-dimensional nitrogen doped holey reduced graphene oxide framework (NHGF) with hierarchical porosity structure was developed as high-performance metal-free counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). With plenty of exposed active sites, efficient electron and ion transport pathways as well as a high surface hydrophilicity, NHGF-CE exhibits good electrocatalytic performances for I- /I3- redox couple and a low charge transfer resistance (Rct). The Rct of NHGF-CE is 1.46 Ω cm2, which is much lower than that of Pt-CE (4.02 Ω cm2). The DSSC with NHGF-CE reaches a power conversion efficiency of 5.56% and a fill factor of 65.5%, while those of the DSSC with Pt-CE are only 5.45% and 62.3%, respectively. The achievement of the highly efficient 3D structure presents a potential way to fabricate low-cost and metal-free counter electrodes with excellent performance.

  6. Platinum-Free Counter Electrode Comprised of Metal-Organic-Framework (MOF)-Derived Cobalt Sulfide Nanoparticles for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs)

    PubMed Central

    Hsu, Shao-Hui; Li, Chun-Ting; Chien, Heng-Ta; Salunkhe, Rahul R.; Suzuki, Norihiro; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Wu, Kevin C.-W.

    2014-01-01

    We fabricated a highly efficient (with a solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency (η) of 8.1%) Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The counter electrode was made of cobalt sulfide (CoS) nanoparticles synthesized via surfactant-assisted preparation of a metal organic framework, ZIF-67, with controllable particle sizes (50 to 320 nm) and subsequent oxidation and sulfide conversion. In contrast to conventional Pt counter electrodes, the synthesized CoS nanoparticles exhibited higher external surface areas and roughness factors, as evidenced by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) element mapping, and electrochemical analysis. Incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) results showed an increase in the open circuit voltage (VOC) and a decrease in the short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) for CoS-based DSSCs compared to Pt-based DSSCs, resulting in a similar power conversion efficiency. The CoS-based DSSC fabricated in the study show great potential for economically friendly production of Pt-free DSSCs. PMID:25382139

  7. Platinum-Free Counter Electrode Comprised of Metal-Organic-Framework (MOF)-Derived Cobalt Sulfide Nanoparticles for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs)

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    Hsu, Shao-Hui; Li, Chun-Ting; Chien, Heng-Ta; Salunkhe, Rahul R.; Suzuki, Norihiro; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Wu, Kevin C.-W.

    2014-11-01

    We fabricated a highly efficient (with a solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency (η) of 8.1%) Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The counter electrode was made of cobalt sulfide (CoS) nanoparticles synthesized via surfactant-assisted preparation of a metal organic framework, ZIF-67, with controllable particle sizes (50 to 320 nm) and subsequent oxidation and sulfide conversion. In contrast to conventional Pt counter electrodes, the synthesized CoS nanoparticles exhibited higher external surface areas and roughness factors, as evidenced by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) element mapping, and electrochemical analysis. Incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) results showed an increase in the open circuit voltage (VOC) and a decrease in the short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) for CoS-based DSSCs compared to Pt-based DSSCs, resulting in a similar power conversion efficiency. The CoS-based DSSC fabricated in the study show great potential for economically friendly production of Pt-free DSSCs.

  8. Silver Nanowires Binding with Sputtered ZnO to Fabricate Highly Conductive and Thermally Stable Transparent Electrode for Solar Cell Applications.

    PubMed

    Singh, Manjeet; Rana, Tanka R; Kim, SeongYeon; Kim, Kihwan; Yun, Jae Ho; Kim, JunHo

    2016-05-25

    Silver nanowire (AgNW) film has been demonstrated as excellent and low cost transparent electrode in organic solar cells as an alternative to replace scarce and expensive indium tin oxide (ITO). However, the low contact area and weak adhesion with low-lying surface as well as junction resistance between nanowires have limited the applications of AgNW film to thin film solar cells. To resolve this problem, we fabricated AgNW film as transparent conductive electrode (TCE) by binding with a thin layer of sputtered ZnO (40 nm) which not only increased contact area with low-lying surface in thin film solar cell but also improved conductivity by connecting AgNWs at the junction. The TCE thus fabricated exhibited transparency and sheet resistance of 92% and 20Ω/□, respectively. Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study revealed the enhancement of current collection vertically and laterally through AgNWs after coating with ZnO thin film. The CuInGaSe2 solar cell with TCE of our AgNW(ZnO) demonstrated the maximum power conversion efficiency of 13.5% with improved parameters in comparison to solar cell fabricated with conventional ITO as TCE. PMID:27149372

  9. Opto- μECoG array: a hybrid neural interface with transparent μECoG electrode array and integrated LEDs for optogenetics.

    PubMed

    Kwon, Ki Yong; Sirowatka, Brenton; Weber, Arthur; Li, Wen

    2013-10-01

    Electrocorticogram (ECoG) recordings, taken from electrodes placed on the surface of the cortex, have been successfully implemented for control of brain machine interfaces (BMIs). Optogenetics, direct optical stimulation of neurons in brain tissue genetically modified to express channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2), enables targeting of specific types of neurons with sub-millisecond temporal precision. In this work, we developed a BMI device, called an Opto- μECoG array, which combines ECoG recording and optogenetics-based stimulation to enable multichannel, bi-directional interactions with neurons. The Opto- μECoG array comprises two sub-arrays, each containing a 4 × 4 distribution of micro-epidural transparent electrodes ( ∼ 200 μm diameter) and embedded light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for optical neural stimulation on a 2.5 × 2.5 mm² footprint to match the bilateral hemispherical area of the visual cortex in a rat. The transparent electrodes were fabricated with indium tin oxide (ITO). Parylene-C served as the main structural and packaging material for flexibility and biocompatibility. Optical, electrical, and thermal characteristics of the fabricated device were investigated and in vivo experiments were performed to evaluate the efficacy of the device. PMID:24144668

  10. Healable capacitive touch screen sensors based on transparent composite electrodes comprising silver nanowires and a furan/maleimide diels-alder cycloaddition polymer.

    PubMed

    Li, Junpeng; Liang, Jiajie; Li, Lu; Ren, Fengbo; Hu, Wei; Li, Juan; Qi, Shuhua; Pei, Qibing

    2014-12-23

    A healable transparent capacitive touch screen sensor has been fabricated based on a healable silver nanowire-polymer composite electrode. The composite electrode features a layer of silver nanowire percolation network embedded into the surface layer of a polymer substrate comprising an ultrathin soldering polymer layer to confine the nanowires to the surface of a healable Diels-Alder cycloaddition copolymer and to attain low contact resistance between the nanowires. The composite electrode has a figure-of-merit sheet resistance of 18 Ω/sq with 80% transmittance at 550 nm. A surface crack cut on the conductive surface with 18 Ω is healed by heating at 100 °C, and the sheet resistance recovers to 21 Ω in 6 min. A healable touch screen sensor with an array of 8×8 capacitive sensing points is prepared by stacking two composite films patterned with 8 rows and 8 columns of coupling electrodes at 90° angle. After deliberate damage, the coupling electrodes recover touch sensing function upon heating at 80 °C for 30 s. A capacitive touch screen based on Arduino is demonstrated capable of performing quick recovery from malfunction caused by a razor blade cutting. After four cycles of cutting and healing, the sensor array remains functional. PMID:25486240

  11. Light Induced Water Oxidation on Cobalt-Phosphate (Co-Pi) Catalyst Modified Semi-Transparent, Porous SiO2-BiVO4 Electrodes

    SciTech Connect

    Pilli, S. K.; Deutsch, T. G.; Furtak, T. E.; Turner, J. A.; Brown, L. D.; Herring, A. M.

    2012-04-21

    A facile and simple procedure for the synthesis of semi-transparent and porous SiO{sub 2}-BiVO{sub 4} electrodes is reported. The method involves a surfactant assisted metal-organic decomposition at 500 C. An earth abundant oxygen evolution catalyst (OEC), cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi), has been used to modify the SiO{sub 2}-BiVO{sub 4} electrode by electrodeposition (ED) and photoassisted electrodeposition (PED) methods. Modified electrodes by these two methods have been examined for light induced water oxidation and compared to the unmodified SiO{sub 2}-BiVO{sub 4} electrodes by various photoelectrochemical techniques. The PED method was a more effective method of OEC preparation than the ED method as evidenced by an increased photocurrent magnitude during photocurrent-potential (I-V) characterizations. Electrode surfaces catalyzed by PED exhibited a very large cathodic shift (420 mV) in the onset potential for water oxidation. The chopped-light I-V measurements performed at different intervals over 24-hour extended testing under illumination and applied bias conditions show a fair photostability for PED Co-Pi modified SiO{sub 2}-BiVO{sub 4}.

  12. Formation mechanism of thermally optimized Ga-doped MgZnO transparent conducting electrodes for GaN-based light-emitting diodes

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    Jang, Seon-Ho; Jo, Yong-Ryun; Lee, Young-Woong; Kim, Sei-Min; Kim, Bong-Joong; Bae, Jae-Hyun; An, Huei-Chun; Jang, Ja-Soon

    2015-05-01

    We report a highly transparent conducting electrode (TCE) scheme of MgxZn1-xO:Ga/Au/NiOx which was deposited on p-GaN by e-beam for GaN-based light emitting diodes (LEDs). The optical and electrical properties of the electrode were optimized by thermal annealing at 500°C for 1 minute in N2 + O2 (5:3) ambient. The light transmittance at the optimal condition increased up to 84-97% from the UV-A to yellow region. The specific contact resistance decreased to 4.3(±0.3) × 10-5 Ωcm2. The improved properties of the electrode were attributed to the directionally elongated crystalline nanostructures formed in the MgxZn1-xO:Ga layer which is compositionally uniform. Interestingly, the Au alloy nano-clusters created in the MgxZn1-xO:Ga layer during annealing at 500°C may also enhance the properties of the electrode by acting as a conducting bridge and a nano-sized mirror. Based on studies of the external quantum efficiency of blue LED devices, the proposed electrode scheme combined with an optimized annealing treatment suggests a potential alternative to ITO. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  13. Coincidence Proportional Counter

    DOEpatents

    Manley, J.H.

    1950-11-21

    A coincidence proportional counter having a plurality of collecting electrodes so disposed as to measure the range or energy spectrum of an ionizing particle-emitting source such as an alpha source, is disclosed.

  14. Very long Ag nanowire synthesis and its application in a highly transparent, conductive and flexible metal electrode touch panel.

    PubMed

    Lee, Jinhwan; Lee, Phillip; Lee, Hyungman; Lee, Dongjin; Lee, Seung Seob; Ko, Seung Hwan

    2012-10-21

    The future electronics will be soft, flexible and even stretchable to be more human friendly in the form of wearable computers. However, conventional electronic materials are usually brittle. Recently, carbon based materials are intensively investigated as a good candidate for flexible electronics but with limited mechanical and electrical performances. Metal is still the best material for electronics with great electrical properties but with poor transparency and mechanical performance. Here we present a simple approach to develop a synthesis method for very long metallic nanowires and apply them as new types of high performance flexible and transparent metal conductors as an alternative to carbon nanotubes, graphene and short nanowire based flexible transparent conductors and indium tin oxide based brittle transparent conductors. We found that very long metallic nanowire network conductors combined with a low temperature laser nano-welding process enabled superior transparent flexible conductors with high transmittance and high electrical conductivity. Further, we demonstrated highly flexible metal conductor LED circuits and transparent touch panels. The highly flexible and transparent metal conductors can be mounted on any non-planar surfaces and applied for various opto-electronics and ultimately for future wearable electronics. PMID:22952107

  15. Improved photovoltaic effects in InGaN-based multiple quantum well solar cell with graphene on indium tin oxide nanodot nodes for transparent and current spreading electrode

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    Hoon Seo, Tae; Shim, Jae-Phil; Jin Chae, Seung; Shin, GangU; Kyoung Kim, Bo; Lee, Dong-Seon; Hee Lee, Young; Suh, Eun-Kyung

    2013-01-01

    We implemented graphene network on indium tin oxide (ITO) nanodots to a transparent and current-spreading electrode in InGaN-based solar cell to improve power conversion efficiency. The external quantum efficiency and short circuit current density (Jsc) of solar cells with graphene network on ITO nanodots were enhanced compared to those of solar cells with ITO and bare graphene film. The increase of the power conversion efficiency is attributed to the high transmittance, internal light-scattering effect, and effective carrier absorption of ITO nanodots.

  16. Platinum/titanium bilayer deposited on polymer film as efficient counter electrodes for plastic dye-sensitized solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Ikegami, M.; Miyoshi, K.; Miyasaka, T.; Teshima, K.; Wei, T. C.; Wan, C. C.; Wang, Y. Y.

    2007-04-09

    A surface-rich platinum/titanium bilayer was deposited on poly(ethylene naphthalate) film by vacuum sputtering as counterelectrode for plastic dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Compared to the electrodes made of pure Pt layer, this electrode maintained similar electrochemical catalytic effect at relative low Pt usage. Current-voltage characteristics of the plastic DSSC at this stage stand at 0.69 V on V{sub OC}, 9.97 mA/cm{sup 2} on I{sub SC}, 0.69 on fill factor, and 4.31% cell efficiency under AM1.5, 100 mW/cm{sup 2} illumination.

  17. Laser welding of nanoparticulate TiO2 and transparent conducting oxide electrodes for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cell.

    PubMed

    Kim, Jinsoo; Kim, Jonghyun; Lee, Myeongkyu

    2010-08-27

    Poor interfacial contact is often encountered in nanoparticulate film-based devices. The dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a representative case in which a nanoporous TiO(2) electrode needs to be prepared on the transparent conducting oxide (TCO)-coated glass substrate. In this study, we demonstrate that the inter-electrode contact resistance accounts for a considerable portion of the total resistance of a DSSC and its efficiency can be greatly enhanced by welding the interface with a laser. TiO(2) films formed on the TCO-coated glass substrate were irradiated with a pulsed ultraviolet laser beam at 355 nm; this transmits through the TCO and glass but is strongly absorbed by TiO(2). Electron microscopy analysis and impedance measurements showed that a thin continuous TiO(2) layer is formed at the interface as a result of the local melting of TiO(2) nanoparticles and this layer completely bridges the gap between the two electrodes, improving the current flow with a reduced contact resistance. We were able to improve the efficiency by 35-65% with this process. DSSCs fabricated using a homemade TiO(2) paste revealed an efficiency improvement from eta = 3.3% to 5.4%, and an increase from 8.2% to 11.2% was achieved with the TiO(2) electrodes made from a commercial paste. PMID:20671364

  18. One-Pot controlled synthesis of spongelike CuInS(2) microspheres for efficient counter electrode with graphene assistance in dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Liu, Mingyang; Li, Guang; Chen, Xiaoshuang

    2014-02-26

    Spongelike CuInS2 3D microspheres were synthesized through a solvothermal method employing CuCl, InCl3, and thiourea as Cu, In, and S sources, respectively, and PVP as surfactant. The as-prepared products have regular spherical shapes with diameters of 0.8-3.7 μm, the spheres consisted of small nanosheets, which are composed of small nanoparticles. As an important solar cell material, its photovoltaic property was also tested and the results showed a solar energy conversion efficiency of 3.31%. With the help of reduced graphene, its conversion efficiency could be further increased to 6.18%. Compared with conventional Pt material used in counter electrodes of solar cells, this new material has an advantages of low-cost, facile synthesis and high efficiency with graphene assistance. PMID:24513016

  19. Podlike N-doped carbon nanotubes encapsulating FeNi alloy nanoparticles: high-performance counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zheng, Xiaojia; Deng, Jiao; Wang, Nan; Deng, Dehui; Zhang, Wen-Hua; Bao, Xinhe; Li, Can

    2014-07-01

    Podlike nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes encapsulating FeNi alloy nanoparticles (Pod(N)-FeNi) were prepared by the direct pyrolysis of organometallic precursors. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and Tafel polarization measurements revealed their excellent electrocatalytic activities in the I(-)/I3(-) redox reaction of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This is suggested to arise from the modification of the surface electronic properties of the carbon by the encapsulated metal alloy nanoparticles (NPs). Sequential scanning with EIS and CV further showed the high electrochemical stability of the Pod(N)-FeNi composite. DSSCs with Pod(N)-FeNi as the counter electrode (CE) presented a power conversion efficiency of 8.82%, which is superior to that of the control device with sputtered Pt as the CE. The Pod(N)-FeNi composite thus shows promise as an environmentally friendly, low-cost, and highly efficient CE material for DSSCs. PMID:24800923

  20. Production of graphitic carbon-based nanocomposites from K2CO3-activated coconut shells as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar-cell applications

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    Loryuenyong, Vorrada; Buasri, Achanai; Lerdvilainarit, Parichat; Manachevakulm, Konnatee; Sompong, Siripond

    2016-01-01

    In this study, graphitic carbon-activated carbon nanocomposites fabricated from K2CO3 chemically-activated coconut shells by using Fe-catalytic chemical vapor deposition are reported. The present method was simple, environmentally-friendly, low cost, but successfully offered graphitic carbon-based materials that demonstrated promise for use as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. The results showed that the coconut shell:catalyst ratio (1:0, 1:4, 1:1, and 4:1) significantly affected the structural, physical and electrochemical properties of the samples. Graphitic carbon and activated carbon nanocomposites with a high specific surface area of 1230 m2/g and high electrochemical activity in iodide reduction are obtained for samples with a coconut shells/iron precursor (Fe(NO3)3) ratio of 4:1.

  1. Two-step electrochemical synthesis of polypyrrole/reduced graphene oxide composites as efficient Pt-free counter electrode for plastic dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liu, Wantao; Fang, Yanyan; Xu, Peng; Lin, Yuan; Yin, Xiong; Tang, Guangshi; He, Meng

    2014-09-24

    Polypyrrole/reduced graphene oxide (PPy/RGO) composites on the rigid and plastic conducting substrates were fabricated via a facile two-step electrochemical process at low temperature. The polypyrrole/graphene oxide (PPy/GO) composites were first prepared on the substrate with electrochemical polymerization method, and the PPy/RGO composites were subsequently obtained by electrochemically reducing the PPy/GO. The resultant PPy/GO and PPy/RGO composites were porous, in contrast to the dense and flat pristine PPy films. The cyclic voltammetry measurement revealed that resultant composites exhibited a superior catalytic performance for triiodide reduction in the order of PPy/RGO > PPy/GO > PPy. The catalytic activity of PPy/RGO was comparable to that of Pt counter electrode (CE). Under the optimal conditions, an energy conversion efficiency of 6.45% was obtained for a rigid PPy/RGO-based dye-sensitized solar cell, which is 90% of that for a thermally deposited Pt-based device (7.14%). A plastic counter electrode was fabricated by depositing PPy/RGO composites on the plastic ITO/PEN substrate, and then an all-plastic device was assembled and exhibited an energy conversion efficiency of 4.25%, comparable to that of the counterpart using a sputtered-Pt CE (4.83%) on a plastic substrate. These results demonstrated that electrochemical synthesis is a facile low-temperature method to fabricate high-performance RGO/polymer composite-based CEs for plastic DSCs. PMID:25162375

  2. 2D Graphene Oxide Nanosheets as an Adhesive Over-Coating Layer for Flexible Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Moon, In Kyu; Kim, Jae Il; Lee, Hanleem; Hur, Kangheon; Kim, Woon Chun; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2013-01-01

    In recent, highly transparent and flexible, two-dimensional (2D) graphene oxide (GO) nanosheet has been paid attention for various applications. Due to an existence of a large amount of oxygen functional groups, the single 2D GO nanosheet has an insulating, transparent, highly dispersible in the eco-friendly water, and hydrophilic property that has strong adhesion to the hydrophilic surface, which will be the best candidate for the use of an over-coating layer (OCL) and protecting layer for a conductive nanowire based indium-free transparent conductive film (TCF). The ultrathin 2D adhesive GO OCL nanosheet is expected to tightly hold silver nanowires (AgNWs), reduce sheet resistance and produce uniform TCF, providing complete solution that simultaneously solves a high haze, low transparency with a conventional OCL and mechanical instability in cases without a thick OCL. Our novel 2D insulating and hydrophilic GO OCL successfully provided a large-area, flexible, and highly transparent AgNW TCF.

  3. Nanostructured transparent conducting oxide electrochromic device

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    Milliron, Delia; Tangirala, Ravisubhash; Llordes, Anna; Buonsanti, Raffaella; Garcia, Guillermo

    2016-05-17

    The embodiments described herein provide an electrochromic device. In an exemplary embodiment, the electrochromic device includes (1) a substrate and (2) a film supported by the substrate, where the film includes transparent conducting oxide (TCO) nanostructures. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes (a) an electrolyte, where the nanostructures are embedded in the electrolyte, resulting in an electrolyte, nanostructure mixture positioned above the substrate and (b) a counter electrode positioned above the mixture. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes a conductive coating deposited on the substrate between the substrate and the mixture. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes a second substrate positioned above the mixture.

  4. Organic solar cells using few-walled carbon nanotubes electrode controlled by the balance between sheet resistance and the transparency

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    Feng, Yiyu; Ju, Xiaohui; Feng, Wei; Zhang, Hongbo; Cheng, Yingwen; Liu, Jie; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori; Yoshino, Katsumi

    2009-03-01

    Organic photovoltaic devices (OPD) using high conductive transparent few-walled carbon nanotubes (FWNT) film prepared by spraying was fabricated as a selective hole collection. Photovoltaic response with different sheet resistance (Rs) and the transparency (T) of FWNT film was investigated. Maximum efficiency of OPD up to 0.61% with the structure of FWNT (T =70%, Rs=86 Ω/◻)/poly(3-hexylthiophene): [6-6]phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester/Al demonstrates a promising alternative of ITO (0.68%) with almost identical operation. The performance improvement results from the optimal balance between sheet resistance and transparency with three-dimensional network interface between nanotubes and polymers.

  5. Study on the fabrication of transparent electrodes by using a thermal-roll imprinted Ag mesh and anATO thin film

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    Kim, Sung Jin; Choi, Kyoon; Choi, Se Young

    2016-03-01

    Transparent conductive films have been widely studied because of their potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as paper displays, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), organic lighting-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic solar cells and so on. In this paper, we report on a low-resistance, a high-transparents conductive film that can be applied as It a flexible device substrate. In order to the fabricate transparent conductive film, we used a high-resolution roll imprinting method. The following steps were performed: The design and manufacture of an electroforming stamp mold, the fabrication of high resolution roll imprinted on flexible film, and the manufacture of an Ag grid that was filled by using a doctor blade process with a nano-sized Ag paste. Then on patterned Its films, antimony tin oxide was coated with ATO sol solution by using bar the coating method. The fabricated ATO/Ag mesh electrode showed good flexibility, and It exhibited a high optical transmittance of 85.3% in the visible wavelength and a sheet resistance of 41 Ω/sq. Furthermore, the bending test for mechanical properties showed that the ATO/Ag thin film had good flexibility.

  6. Transparent active skin

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    Kwon, Hyeok-Yong; An, Kuang Jun; Kang, Junmo; Phuc, Vuong Hong; Toan, Nguyen Canh; Kim, Baek Chul; Chung, Jin Ah; Hong, Byung Hee; Choi, Jaeboong; Moon, Hyungpil; Koo, Jachoon; Nam, Jae-do; Choi, Hyouk Ryeol

    2011-04-01

    In this paper we present a transparent and stretchable dielectric elastomer actuator(DEA). The device, called "active skin" is under development as a new means of human interfaces. The active skin consists of elastomeric films sandwiched between compliant patterned electrodes. Thus, depending on the properties of the elastomer or electrodes, it is possible to realize a wide variety of implementations as transducers. As a critical issue of the transparent active skin, transparency in the electrode including that of the substrate is challenging, which has not been solved yet. In this paper, a compliant, transparent and highly conductive electrode layer on the elastomeric film by using graphene is presented. The fabrication method of graphene electrodes dedicated to the elastomeric materials is addressed and its compatibility to the existing materials is discussed. Also, preliminary implementations on the embossed actuator are given to validate the proposed idea.

  7. Rapid synthesis of ultra-long silver nanowires for tailor-made transparent conductive electrodes: proof of concept in organic solar cells

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    José Andrés, Luis; Menéndez, María Fe; Gómez, David; Martínez, Ana Luisa; Bristow, Noel; Kettle, Jeffrey Paul; Menéndez, Armando; Ruiz, Bernardino

    2015-07-01

    Rapid synthesis of ultralong silver nanowires (AgNWs) has been obtained using a one-pot polyol-mediated synthetic procedure. The AgNWs have been prepared from the base materials in less than one hour with nanowire lengths reaching 195 μm, which represents the quickest synthesis and one of the highest reported aspect ratios to date. These results have been achieved through a joint analysis of all reaction parameters, which represents a clear progress beyond the state of the art. Dispersions of the AgNWs have been used to prepare thin, flexible, transparent and conducting films using spray coating. Due to the higher aspect ratio, an improved electrical percolation network is observed. This allows a low sheet resistance (RS = 20.2 Ω/sq), whilst maintaining high optical film transparency (T = 94.7%), driving to the highest reported figure-of-merit (FoM = 338). Owing to the light-scattering influence of the AgNWs, the density of the AgNW network can also be varied to enable controllability of the optical haze through the sample. Based on the identification of the optimal haze value, organic photovoltaics (OPVs) have been fabricated using the AgNWs as the transparent electrode and have been benchmarked against indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. Overall, the performance of OPVs made using AgNWs sees a small decrease in power conversion efficiency (PCE), primarily due to a fall in open-circuit voltage (50 mV). This work indicates that AgNWs can provide a low cost, rapid and roll-to-roll compatible alternative to ITO in OPVs, with only a small compromise in PCE needed.

  8. Photoresist-Free Patterning by Mechanical Abrasion of Water-Soluble Lift-Off Resists and Bare Substrates: Toward Green Fabrication of Transparent Electrodes

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    Printz, Adam D.; Chan, Esther; Liong, Celine; Martinez, René S.; Lipomi, Darren J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes the fabrication of transparent electrodes based on grids of copper microwires using a non-photolithographic process. The process—“abrasion lithography”—takes two forms. In the first implementation (Method I), a water-soluble commodity polymer film is abraded with a sharp tool, coated with a conductive film, and developed by immersion in water. Water dissolves the polymer film and lifts off the conductive film in the unabraded areas. In the second implementation (Method II), the substrate is abraded directly by scratching with a sharp tool (i.e., no polymer film necessary). The abraded regions of the substrate are recessed and roughened. Following deposition of a conductive film, the lower profile and roughened topography in the abraded regions prevents mechanical exfoliation of the conductive film using adhesive tape, and thus the conductive film remains only where the substrate is scratched. As an application, conductive grids exhibit average sheet resistances of 17 Ω sq–1 and transparencies of 86% are fabricated and used as the anode in organic photovoltaic cells in concert with the conductive polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). Compared to devices in which PEDOT:PSS alone serves as an anode, devices comprising grids of copper/nickel microwires and PEDOT:PSS exhibit lowered series resistance, which manifests in greater fill factor and power conversion efficiency. This simple method of forming micropatterns could find use in applications where cost and environmental impact should be minimized, especially as a potential replacement for the transparent electrode indium tin oxide (ITO) in thin-film electronics over large areas (i.e., solar cells) or as a method of rapid prototyping for laboratory-scale devices. PMID:24358321

  9. Rapid synthesis of ultra-long silver nanowires for tailor-made transparent conductive electrodes: proof of concept in organic solar cells.

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    José Andrés, Luis; Fe Menéndez, María; Gómez, David; Luisa Martínez, Ana; Bristow, Noel; Paul Kettle, Jeffrey; Menéndez, Armando; Ruiz, Bernardino

    2015-07-01

    Rapid synthesis of ultralong silver nanowires (AgNWs) has been obtained using a one-pot polyol-mediated synthetic procedure. The AgNWs have been prepared from the base materials in less than one hour with nanowire lengths reaching 195 μm, which represents the quickest synthesis and one of the highest reported aspect ratios to date. These results have been achieved through a joint analysis of all reaction parameters, which represents a clear progress beyond the state of the art. Dispersions of the AgNWs have been used to prepare thin, flexible, transparent and conducting films using spray coating. Due to the higher aspect ratio, an improved electrical percolation network is observed. This allows a low sheet resistance (RS = 20.2 Ω/sq), whilst maintaining high optical film transparency (T = 94.7%), driving to the highest reported figure-of-merit (FoM = 338). Owing to the light-scattering influence of the AgNWs, the density of the AgNW network can also be varied to enable controllability of the optical haze through the sample. Based on the identification of the optimal haze value, organic photovoltaics (OPVs) have been fabricated using the AgNWs as the transparent electrode and have been benchmarked against indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. Overall, the performance of OPVs made using AgNWs sees a small decrease in power conversion efficiency (PCE), primarily due to a fall in open-circuit voltage (50 mV). This work indicates that AgNWs can provide a low cost, rapid and roll-to-roll compatible alternative to ITO in OPVs, with only a small compromise in PCE needed. PMID:26056864

  10. Highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells achieved through using Pt-free Nb2O5/C composite counter electrode and iodide-free redox couples

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    Li, Ling; Lu, Qi; Li, Wenyan; Li, Xiaowei; Hagfeldt, Anders; Zhang, Wenming; Wu, Mingxing

    2016-03-01

    To improve the catalytic activity of Nb2O5, a composite Nb2O5/C (Nb2O5 imbedded in carbon support) is synthesized with a simple in situ method and then introduced the composite into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as a counter electrode (CE) catalyst. Based on the analysis of the cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and Tafel-polarization curve measurements, the catalytic activity of the Nb2O5/C composite for the regeneration of iodide-free redox couples of polysulfide (T2/T-) and cobalt complex (Co3+/2+) is indeed enhanced significantly as compared with pure Nb2O5, because the composite electrode eliminates the particle aggregation and forms a mesoporous network structure with large pore size. The T2/T- electrolyte based DSCs with Nb2O5/C CE yields a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.11%, generating a great improvement of 63.8% as compared to the Pt CE based DSCs. In addition, the Nb2O5/C exhibits higher catalytic activity than Pt for regenerating the Co3+/2+ redox couple and the DSCs using Nb2O5/C CE shows a high PCE of 9.86%.

  11. Effect of electropolymerization time on the performance of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gao, Mingqi; Xu, Youlong; Bai, Yang; Jin, Shaohua

    2014-01-01

    Poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) films were synthesized onto the fluorinated tin oxide (FTO) substrates as counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) through an aqueous galvanostatic polymerization technique. Polymerization time was employed to control the surface morphologies and performances of the PEDOT films. The PEDOT electrodes showed faster reaction rate and higher electrocatalytic activity for I3- reduction as the polymerization time increased, which contributed to the increase of the open circuit voltage (VOC) for the DSSCs. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) indicated that charge transfer resistance (Rct) at CE/electrolyte interface decreased and then rebounded with the increasing polymerization time. Thus the short circuit photocurrent density (JSC) and fill factor (FF) of the DSSCs changed with the same trend. The energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC based on PEDOT CE up to 6.46% was achieved, which was higher than that based on Pt CE (6.33%). Therefore, the PEDOT film can be considered as a promising alternative CE for Pt-free DSSCs.

  12. Quantum dot-sensitized solar cells having 3D-TiO2 flower-like structures on the surface of titania nanorods with CuS counter electrode.

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    Buatong, Nattha; Tang, I-Ming; Pon-On, Weeraphat

    2015-01-01

    The photovoltaic performance of a quantum dot (QD)-sensitized solar cell consisting of CdS/CdSe/ZnS QDs loaded onto the surface of the three-dimensional (3D) flower-like TiO2 structure grown on an array (1D) of TiO2 nanorods (FTiR) is studied. The flower-like structure on the rod-shaped titania was synthesized using a double-step hydrothermal process. The FTiR array exhibited a 3D/1D composite structure with a specific surface area of 81.87 m(2)/g. Using CuS as the counter electrode instead of Pt offers the best performance and leads to an increase in the conversion efficiency (η). The efficiency of the CdS/CdSe/ZnS QD-loaded FTiR assembling CuS counter electrode cell improved from η = 2.715% (Voc = 0.692 V, Jsc = 5.896 mA/cm(2), FF = 0.665) to η = 0.703% (Voc = 0.665 V, Jsc = 2.108 mA/cm(2), FF = 0.501) for the QD-loaded FTiR assembling Pt counter electrode cell. These studies reveal a synergistically beneficial effect on the solar-to-current conversion of these QD-sensitized solar cells when a CuS counter electrode is used instead of the usual Pt counter electrode. PMID:25852435

  13. Development of Carbon Based optically Transparent Electrodes from Pyrolyzed Photoresist for the Investigation of Phenomena at Electrified Carbon-Solution Interfaces

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    Sebastian Donner

    2007-12-01

    The work presented herein describes a fundamental investigations of carbon as electrode material by using the pyrolysis of photoresist to create an optically transparent material. The development of these carbon-based optically transparent electrodes (C-OTEs) enables investigations of molecular interactions within the electrical double layer, processes that are central to a wide range of important phenomena, including the impact of changes in the surface charge density on adsorption. The electrochemical importance of carbon cannot be understated, having relevance to separations and detection by providing a wide potential window and low background current in addition to being low cost and light weight. The interactions that govern the processes at the carbon electrode surface has been studied extensively. A variety of publications from the laboratories of McCreery and Kinoshita provide in depth summaries about carbon and its many applications in electrochemistry. These studies reveal that defects, impurities, oxidation, and a variety of functional groups create adsorption sites on carbon surfaces with different characteristics. The interest in C-OTEs was sparked by the desire to study and understand the behavior of individual molecules at electrified interfaces. It draws on the earlier development of Electrochemically Modulated Liquid Chromatography (EMLC), which uses carbon as the stationary phase. EMLC takes advantage of changing the applied potential to the carbon electrode to influence the retention behavior of analytes. However, perspectives gained from, for example, chromatographic measurements reflect the integrated response of a large ensemble of potentially diverse interactions between the adsorbates and the carbon electrode. Considering the chemically and physically heterogeneous surface of electrode materials such as glassy carbon, the integrated response provides little insight into the interactions at a single molecule level. To investigate individual processes, they have developed C-OTEs in order to couple electrochemistry with single molecule spectroscopy (SMS). Like EMLC, the novel merger of SMS with electrochemistry is a prime example of how a hybrid method can open new and intriguing avenues that are of both fundamental and technological importance. They show that by taking the benefits of total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) and incorporating carbon as electrode material observations central to the interactions between single DNA molecules and an electrified carbon surface can be delineated. Using TIRFM while applying a positive potential to the electrode, individual molecules can be observed as they reversibly and irreversibly adsorb to the carbon surface. The positive potential attracts the negatively charged DNA molecules to the electrode surface. Dye labels on the DNA within the evanescent wave are excited and their fluorescence is captured by an intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) camera. Results are therefore presented regarding the interactions of {lambda}-DNA, 48,502 base pairs (48.5 kbp), HPV-16, 7.9 kbp, and 1 kbp fraction of pBR322 DNA. In addition to the influence of molecular size on adsorption, the fabrication, characterization, and more conventional spectroelectrochemical applications of these novel C-OTEs are presented.

  14. Impurity-doped ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Physical Deposition Methods Appropriate for Transparent Electrode Applications in Thin-film Solar Cells

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Miyata, Toshihiro; Nomoto, Jun-ichi

    2012-04-01

    This paper describes the development of transparent conducting impurity-doped ZnO thin films that would be appropriate for applications as transparent electrodes in thin-film solar cells. Transparent conducting Al-, B- and Ga-doped ZnO (AZO, BZO and GZO) thin films were prepared in a thickness range from 500 to 2000 nm on glass substrates at 200°C using various physical deposition methods: BZO films with vacuum arc plasma evaporation, AZO and GZO films with different types of magnetron sputtering depositions (MSDs) and all films with pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The suitability and stability of the electrical properties and, in addition, the suitability of the light scattering characteristics and surface texture formation were investigated in the prepared thin films. In particular, the suitability and stability evaluation was focused on the use of AZO, BZO and GZO thin films prepared by doping each impurity at an appropriate content to attain the lowest resistivity. The higher Hall mobility obtained in impurity-doped ZnO thin films with a resistivity on the order of 10-4 Ωcm was related more to the content, i.e., the obtained carrier concentration, rather than the kind of impurity doped into the films. The stability of resistivity of the BZO thin films in long-term moisture-resistance tests (in air at 85% relative humidity and 85°C) was found to be lower than that of the AZO and GZO thin films. The surface texture formation was carried out by wet-chemical etching (in a 0.1% HCl solution at 25°C) conducted either before or after being heat-treated either with rapid thermal annealing (RTA) or without RTA. The suitability of the light scattering characteristics and the surface texture formation obtainable by wet-chemical etching (for use in transparent electrode applications) was considerably dependent on the deposition method used as well as whether the wet-chemical etching was conducted with or without RTA. A significant improvement of both transmittance and haze value at wavelengths up to about 1200 nm in the near-infrared region was attained in surface-textured AZO films that were prepared by r.f. power superimposed d.c. MSD as well as etched after being heat treated with RTA at 500°C for 5 min in air. The obtained suitability and stability in impurity-doped ZnO thin films were related more to the content rather than the kind of impurity doped into the films as well as to the deposition method used.

  15. A practical approach to the development of inkjet printable functional ionogels-bendable, foldable, transparent, and conductive electrode materials.

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    Delaney, Joseph T; Liberski, Albert R; Perelaer, Jolke; Schubert, Ulrich S

    2010-11-15

    Ionic liquid gels, or ionogels, are semi-conductive, flexible materials, offering a host of tunable physical properties, gaining an increasing level of scientific interest. One of the challenges of this emerging category of materials is that the structure-process-property relationships are still empirically driven. In this study, a simple, practical approach is laid out to prepare standardized libraries of these materials, for the purpose of selecting transparent, flexible conductive formulations that can be dispensed using inkjet printing. The net result of this was the optimization of a PEG-DMA ionogel formulation exhibiting an optical transparency that was greater than 94% from near-UV to near-IR from a 150 µm thick films, and a resistivity of 12.4 Ω · m. PMID:21567620

  16. Synergistically enhanced stability of highly flexible silver nanowire/carbon nanotube hybrid transparent electrodes by plasmonic welding.

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    Lee, Jongsoo; Woo, Ju Yeon; Kim, Ju Tae; Lee, Byung Yang; Han, Chang-Soo

    2014-07-23

    Here, we report highly transparent and flexible AgNW/SWCNT hybrid networks on PET substrates combined with plasmonic welding for securing ultrahigh stability in mechanical and electrical properties under severe bending. Plasmonic welding produces local heating and welding at the junction of AgNWs and leads strong adhesion between AgNW and SWCNT as well as between hybrid structure and substrate. The initial sheet resistance of plasmon treated AgNW/SWCNT hybrid film was 26 Ω sq(-1), with >90% optical transmittance over the wavelength range 400-2700 nm. Following 200 cycles of convex/concave bending with a bending radius of 5 mm, the sheet resistance changed from 26 to 29 Ω sq(-1). This hybrid structure combined with the plasmonic welding process provided excellent stability, low resistance, and high transparency, and is suitable for highly flexible electronics applications, including touch panels, solar cells, and OLEDs. PMID:24972024

  17. Optimization of transparent and reflecting electrodes for amorphous silicon solar cells. Annual technical report, April 1, 1995--March 31, 1996

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    Gordon, R.G.; Sato, H.; Liang, H.; Liu, X.; Thornton, J.

    1996-08-01

    The general objective is to develop methods to deposit materials which can be used to make more efficient solar cells. The work is organized into three general tasks: Task 1. Develop improved methods for depositing and using transparent conductors of fluorine-doped zinc oxide in amorphous silicon solar cells Task 2. Deposit and evaluate titanium oxide as a reflection-enhancing diffusion barrier between amorphous silicon and an aluminum or silver back-reflector. Task 3. Deposit and evaluate electrically conductive titanium oxide as a transparent conducting layer on which more efficient and more stable superstrate cells can be deposited. About one-third of the current project resources are allocated to each of these three objectives.

  18. Indium tin oxide as transparent electrode material for ZnSe-based blue quantum well light emitters

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    Hagerott, M.; Jeon, H.; Nurmikko, A. V.; Xie, W.; Grillo, D. C.; Kobayashi, M.; Gunshor, R. L.

    1992-06-01

    Sputter deposited indium tin oxide layers have been used as the top contact for blue LEDs and diode lasers in (Zn,Cd)Se/Zn(S,Se) quantum well heterostructures. The contact resistance to n-Zn(S,Se) is comparable to that with indium or gold. The optically transparent contacts have been utilized, as an example, in the fabrication of a numeric display device and to show that LED emission is of excitonic origin in these type I quantum wells.

  19. Roll-to-Roll Encapsulation of Metal Nanowires between Graphene and Plastic Substrate for High-Performance Flexible Transparent Electrodes.

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    Deng, Bing; Hsu, Po-Chun; Chen, Guanchu; Chandrashekar, B N; Liao, Lei; Ayitimuda, Zhawulie; Wu, Jinxiong; Guo, Yunfan; Lin, Li; Zhou, Yu; Aisijiang, Mahaya; Xie, Qin; Cui, Yi; Liu, Zhongfan; Peng, Hailin

    2015-06-10

    Transparent conductive film on plastic substrate is a critical component in low-cost, flexible, and lightweight optoelectronics. Industrial-scale manufacturing of high-performance transparent conductive flexible plastic is needed to enable wide-ranging applications. Here, we demonstrate a continuous roll-to-roll (R2R) production of transparent conductive flexible plastic based on a metal nanowire network fully encapsulated between graphene monolayer and plastic substrate. Large-area graphene film grown on Cu foil via a R2R chemical vapor deposition process was hot-laminated onto nanowires precoated EVA/PET film, followed by a R2R electrochemical delamination that preserves the Cu foil for reuse. The encapsulated structure minimized the resistance of both wire-to-wire junctions and graphene grain boundaries and strengthened adhesion of nanowires and graphene to plastic substrate, resulting in superior optoelectronic properties (sheet resistance of ∼8 Ω sq(-1) at 94% transmittance), remarkable corrosion resistance, and excellent mechanical flexibility. With these advantages, long-cycle life flexible electrochromic devices are demonstrated, showing up to 10000 cycles. PMID:26020567

  20. Ga-doped ZnO transparent electrodes with TiO2 blocking layer/nanoparticles for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Ji-Hong; Lee, Kyung-Ju; Roh, Ji-Hyung; Song, Sang-Woo; Park, Jae-Ho; Yer, In-Hyung; Moon, Byung-Moo

    2012-01-01

    Ga-doped ZnO [GZO] thin films were employed for the transparent electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs]. The electrical property of the deposited GZO films was as good as that of commercially used fluorine-doped tin oxide [FTO]. In order to protect the GZO and enhance the photovoltaic properties, a TiO2 blocking layer was deposited on the GZO surface. Then, TiO2 nanoparticles were coated on the blocking layer, and dye was attached for the fabrication of DSSCs. The fabricated DSSCs with the GZO/TiO2 glasses showed an enhanced conversion efficiency of 4.02% compared to the devices with the normal GZO glasses (3.36%). Furthermore, they showed better characteristics even than those using the FTO glasses, which can be attributed to the reduced charge recombination and series resistance. PMID:22222148

  1. Ga-doped ZnO transparent electrodes with TiO2 blocking layer/nanoparticles for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Ji-Hong; Lee, Kyung-Ju; Roh, Ji-Hyung; Song, Sang-Woo; Park, Jae-Ho; Yer, In-Hyung; Moon, Byung-Moo

    2012-01-01

    Ga-doped ZnO [GZO] thin films were employed for the transparent electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs]. The electrical property of the deposited GZO films was as good as that of commercially used fluorine-doped tin oxide [FTO]. In order to protect the GZO and enhance the photovoltaic properties, a TiO2 blocking layer was deposited on the GZO surface. Then, TiO2 nanoparticles were coated on the blocking layer, and dye was attached for the fabrication of DSSCs. The fabricated DSSCs with the GZO/TiO2 glasses showed an enhanced conversion efficiency of 4.02% compared to the devices with the normal GZO glasses (3.36%). Furthermore, they showed better characteristics even than those using the FTO glasses, which can be attributed to the reduced charge recombination and series resistance.

  2. ZnO transparent conductive electrodes embedded with Pt nanoclusters for high-efficiency GaN-based light-emitting diodes

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    Kim, Kyurin; Gil, Youngun; Jeong, Seonghoon; Oh, Munsik; Kim, Hyunsoo; Lee, Sung-Nam; Ahn, Kwang-Soon

    2016-01-01

    ZnO transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) embedded with Pt nanoclusters were developed for the fabrication of reliable and efficient GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The 200-nmthick ZnO films sputtered on Pt nanoclusters showed good TCE performance, i.e., a specific contact resistance of ˜10-5 Ωcm2, a sheet resistance of 50 Ω/sq, and an optical transmittance of 81.5% at 450 nm. LEDs fabricated with the ZnO TCEs embedded with Pt nanoclusters showed lower forward voltages and improved device reliability as compared to the reference LEDs fabricated with pure ZnO TCEs. This is attributed to the role of the interfacial Pt nanoclusters, suppressing the generation of sputtering surface damage on p-GaN and hence enhancing the carrier transport via Ohmic formation.

  3. Ga-doped ZnO transparent electrodes with TiO2 blocking layer/nanoparticles for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2012-01-01

    Ga-doped ZnO [GZO] thin films were employed for the transparent electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs]. The electrical property of the deposited GZO films was as good as that of commercially used fluorine-doped tin oxide [FTO]. In order to protect the GZO and enhance the photovoltaic properties, a TiO2 blocking layer was deposited on the GZO surface. Then, TiO2 nanoparticles were coated on the blocking layer, and dye was attached for the fabrication of DSSCs. The fabricated DSSCs with the GZO/TiO2 glasses showed an enhanced conversion efficiency of 4.02% compared to the devices with the normal GZO glasses (3.36%). Furthermore, they showed better characteristics even than those using the FTO glasses, which can be attributed to the reduced charge recombination and series resistance. PMID:22222148

  4. Large Scale Laser Crystallization of Solution-based Alumina-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoinks for Highly Transparent Conductive Electrode

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Saei, Mojib; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J.

    2015-10-01

    A new method combining aqueous solution printing with UV Laser crystallization (UVLC) and post annealing is developed to deposit highly transparent and conductive Aluminum doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) films. This technique is able to rapidly produce large area AZO films with better structural and optoelectronic properties than most high vacuum deposition, suggesting a potential large-scale manufacturing technique. The optoelectronic performance improvement attributes to UVLC and forming gas annealing (FMG) induced grain boundary density decrease and electron traps passivation at grain boundaries. The physical model and computational simulation developed in this work could be applied to thermal treatment of many other metal oxide films.

  5. Large Scale Laser Crystallization of Solution-based Alumina-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoinks for Highly Transparent Conductive Electrode

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Saei, Mojib; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J.

    2015-01-01

    A new method combining aqueous solution printing with UV Laser crystallization (UVLC) and post annealing is developed to deposit highly transparent and conductive Aluminum doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) films. This technique is able to rapidly produce large area AZO films with better structural and optoelectronic properties than most high vacuum deposition, suggesting a potential large-scale manufacturing technique. The optoelectronic performance improvement attributes to UVLC and forming gas annealing (FMG) induced grain boundary density decrease and electron traps passivation at grain boundaries. The physical model and computational simulation developed in this work could be applied to thermal treatment of many other metal oxide films. PMID:26515670

  6. Large Scale Laser Crystallization of Solution-based Alumina-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoinks for Highly Transparent Conductive Electrode.

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Saei, Mojib; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J

    2015-01-01

    A new method combining aqueous solution printing with UV Laser crystallization (UVLC) and post annealing is developed to deposit highly transparent and conductive Aluminum doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) films. This technique is able to rapidly produce large area AZO films with better structural and optoelectronic properties than most high vacuum deposition, suggesting a potential large-scale manufacturing technique. The optoelectronic performance improvement attributes to UVLC and forming gas annealing (FMG) induced grain boundary density decrease and electron traps passivation at grain boundaries. The physical model and computational simulation developed in this work could be applied to thermal treatment of many other metal oxide films. PMID:26515670

  7. Low-cost platinum-free counter electrode of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 perovskite for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhong, Yongfeng; Chen, Peng; Yang, Bo; Zuo, Xueqin; Zhou, Lei; Yang, Xiao; Li, Guang

    2015-06-01

    In this work, the perovskite-type La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) oxide with perfect crystallinity was synthesized via sol-gel method and used as low-cost platinum-free counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSCs). The electrochemical characterizations indicate that LSMO electrode possesses excellent electrocatalytic activity for the I3- reduction and excellent electrochemical stability in I-/I3- electrolyte system. The DSSC based on this counter electrode achieves an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 6.62%, which approaches 92.6% of the level obtained by using Pt as CE (η = 7.15%). Theperovskite-type oxide is low-cost and can be massively produced via sol-gel method which is superior to the solvothermal method. This work makes an attempt to develop potential counter electrode materials in perovskite-type oxides, which can help reduce the cost of DSSCs and thereby encourage their fundamental research and commercial applications.

  8. The Two-Dimensional Nanocomposite of Molybdenum Disulfide and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Oxide for Efficient Counter Electrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Cheng, Chao-Kuang; Lin, Che-Hsien; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Ma, Chen-Chi M.; Yeh, Tsung-Kuang; Chou, Huei-Yu; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we reported the synthesis of the two-dimensional (2D) nanocomposite of molybdenum disulfide and nitrogen-doped graphene oxide (MoS2/nGO) as a platinum-free counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and Raman spectroscopy were used to examine the characteristics of the 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO. The cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS), and the Tafel polarization measurements were carried out to examine the electrocatalytic abilities. XPS and Raman results showed the 2D behaviors of the prepared nanomaterials. HRTEM micrographs showed the direct evidence of the 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO. The results of electrocatalytic examinations indicated the MoS2/nGO owning the low charge transfer resistance, high electrocatalytic activity, and fast reaction kinetics for the reduction of triiodide to iodide on the electrolyte-electrode interface. The 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO combined the advantages of the high specific surface of nGO and the plenty edge sites of MoS2 and showed the promoted properties different from those of their individual constituents to create a new outstanding property. The DSSC with MoS2/nGO nanocomposite CE showed a photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.95 % under an illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm2), which was up to 92.2 % of the DSSC with the conventional platinum (Pt) CE (PCE = 6.43 %). These results reveal the potential of the MoS2/nGO nanocomposite in the use of low-cost, scalable, and efficient Pt-free CEs for DSSCs.

  9. The Two-Dimensional Nanocomposite of Molybdenum Disulfide and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Oxide for Efficient Counter Electrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Cheng, Chao-Kuang; Lin, Che-Hsien; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Ma, Chen-Chi M; Yeh, Tsung-Kuang; Chou, Huei-Yu; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2016-12-01

    In this study, we reported the synthesis of the two-dimensional (2D) nanocomposite of molybdenum disulfide and nitrogen-doped graphene oxide (MoS2/nGO) as a platinum-free counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and Raman spectroscopy were used to examine the characteristics of the 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO. The cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS), and the Tafel polarization measurements were carried out to examine the electrocatalytic abilities. XPS and Raman results showed the 2D behaviors of the prepared nanomaterials. HRTEM micrographs showed the direct evidence of the 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO. The results of electrocatalytic examinations indicated the MoS2/nGO owning the low charge transfer resistance, high electrocatalytic activity, and fast reaction kinetics for the reduction of triiodide to iodide on the electrolyte-electrode interface. The 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO combined the advantages of the high specific surface of nGO and the plenty edge sites of MoS2 and showed the promoted properties different from those of their individual constituents to create a new outstanding property. The DSSC with MoS2/nGO nanocomposite CE showed a photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.95 % under an illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm(2)), which was up to 92.2 % of the DSSC with the conventional platinum (Pt) CE (PCE = 6.43 %). These results reveal the potential of the MoS2/nGO nanocomposite in the use of low-cost, scalable, and efficient Pt-free CEs for DSSCs. PMID:26925865

  10. Zinc oxide modified with benzylphosphonic acids as transparent electrodes in regular and inverted organic solar cell structures

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    Lange, Ilja; Reiter, Sina; Kniepert, Juliane; Piersimoni, Fortunato; Brenner, Thomas; Neher, Dieter; Pätzel, Michael; Hildebrandt, Jana; Hecht, Stefan

    2015-03-16

    An approach is presented to modify the work function of solution-processed sol-gel derived zinc oxide (ZnO) over an exceptionally wide range of more than 2.3 eV. This approach relies on the formation of dense and homogeneous self-assembled monolayers based on phosphonic acids with different dipole moments. This allows us to apply ZnO as charge selective bottom electrodes in either regular or inverted solar cell structures, using poly(3-hexylthiophene):phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester as the active layer. These devices compete with or even surpass the performance of the reference on indium tin oxide/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate. Our findings highlight the potential of properly modified ZnO as electron or hole extracting electrodes in hybrid optoelectronic devices.

  11. A transparent conductive adhesive laminate electrode for high-efficiency organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite solar cells.

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    Bryant, Daniel; Greenwood, Peter; Troughton, Joel; Wijdekop, Maarten; Carnie, Mathew; Davies, Matthew; Wojciechowski, Konrad; Snaith, Henry J; Watson, Trystan; Worsley, David

    2014-11-26

    A self-adhesive laminate solar-cell electrode is presented based on a metal grid embedded in a polymer film (x-y conduction) and set in contact with the active layer using a pressure-sensitive adhesive containing a very low quantity (1.8%) of organic conductor, which self-organizes to provide z conduction to the grid. This ITO-free material performs in an identical fashion to evaporated gold in high-efficiency perovskite solar cells. PMID:25257313

  12. Effects of ytterbium on electrical and optical properties of BCP/Ag/WO3 transparent electrode based organic photovoltaic cells

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    Oh, Il Soo; Ji, Chan Hyuk; Oh, Se Young

    2016-01-01

    This study introduces dielectric/metal/dielectric multilayers based on a WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) anode and Yb/BCP/Ag/WO3 (Yb/BAW) cathode for use in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs). Here, the Yb/BCP hybrid multilayer provides an effective electron transport layer (ETL), while the Yb doping ensures that voltage loss due to interfacial band bending is effectively suppressed. Transparent OPVs produced with a structure of WAW/P3HT:PCBM/Yb/BAW are shown to exhibit a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of up to 2.42%, achieving a 65.4% fill factor (FF) under one sun irradiation. These results indicate that the use of Yb in transparent OPVs is vastly superior to other ETLs, as it improves the majority of critical parameters such as short circuit current (Jsc), fill factor (FF) and PCE. This is attributed to a decrease in the series resistance and increase in the shunt resistance, while an increase in electron mobility also helps to ensure faster sweep out. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  13. Fabrication of wide-bandgap transparent electrodes by using conductive filaments: performance breakthrough in vertical-type GaN LED.

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    Kim, Su Jin; Kim, Hee-Dong; Kim, Kyeong Heon; Shin, Hee Woong; Han, Il Ki; Kim, Tae Geun

    2014-01-01

    For realizing next-generation solid-state lighting devices, performance breakthroughs must be accomplished for nitride-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Highly transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) may be key to achieving this goal, as they provide uniform current injection and distribution across a large device area, eventually increasing the light output power. However, the trade-off between electrical conductivity and optical transmittance of LEDs must be addressed. Herein, we introduce a novel strategy based on TCEs fabricated using wide-bandgap (WB) materials such as SiNx, incorporated beneath the n-type electrode of vertical-type LEDs, and show the feasibility of this strategy. We employ a novel electrical breakdown (EBD) technique to form conductive filaments (or current paths) between a TCE and n-GaN (GaN: gallium nitride). By employing the EBD process, we obtain both ohmic behavior for SiNx TCE/n-GaN and a current spreading effect across n-GaN. These results demonstrate the tremendous potential of WB-TCEs for use in high-performance optoelectronic devices. PMID:25059757

  14. Simultaneously improving optical absorption of both transverse-electric polarized and transverse-magnetic polarized light for organic solar cells with Ag grating used as transparent electrode

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    Long, Yongbing; Li, Yuanxing; Su, Runmei

    2014-08-01

    Theoretical simulations are performed to investigate optical performance of organic solar cells with Ag grating electrode. It is demonstrated that optical absorption for both transverse-electric (TE) polarized and transverse-magnetic(TM) polarized light is simultaneously improved when compared with that for the device without the Ag grating. The improvement is respectively attributed to the resonance and the surface plasmon polaritons within the device. After an additional WO3 layer is capped on the Ag grating, absorption of TE-polarized light is further improved due to resonance of double microcavities within the device, and absorption of TM-polarized light is improved by the combined effects of the microcavity resonance and the surface plasmon polaritons. Correspondingly, the short current density for randomly polarized light is improved by 18.1% from that of the device without the Ag grating. Finally, it is demonstrated that high transmission may not be an essential prerequisite for metallic gratings when they are used as transparent electrode since absorption loss caused by low transmission can be compensated by using a capping layer to optimize optical resonance of the WMC structure within the device.

  15. Facile fabrication of highly efficient carbon nanotube thin film replacing CuS counter electrode with enhanced photovoltaic performance in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Gopi, Chandu V. V. M.; Venkata-Haritha, Mallineni; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Kim, Hee-Je

    2016-04-01

    An ideal counter electrode (CE), with high electrocatalytic activity, high performance stability, cost-efficient and applicable fabrication simplicity, is necessary to give full play to the advantages of quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). Herein, we report a facile one-step preparation for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been explored as an electrocatalyst and low-cost alternative to platinum (Pt) and cuprous sulfide (CuS) CEs for polysulfide reduction in QDSSCs. QDSSC using this newly prepared CNT as a CE achieves a higher power conversion efficiency of 4.67% than those with a CuS (3.67%) or Pt CE (1.56%). Besides, a preliminary stability test reveals that the new CNT CE exhibits good stability. The results of Tafel polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements revealed that the CNTs had higher electrocatalytic activity for the polysulfide redox reaction and a smaller charge transfer resistance (8.61 Ω) at the CE/electrolyte interface than the CuS (21.87 Ω) and Pt (54.99 Ω) CEs. These results indicate that the CNT CE has superior electrocatalytic activity and can potentially replace CuS and Pt as CEs in QDSSCs. The preparation method of the CNT CE is simple and shows much promise as an efficient, stable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly CE for QDSSCs.

  16. A room-temperature process for fabricating a nano-Pt counter electrode on a plastic substrate for efficient dye-sensitized cells

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    Hsieh, Tsung-Yu; Wei, Tzu-Chien; Zhai, Peng; Feng, Shien-Ping; Ikegami, Masashi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu

    2015-06-01

    We present a method for depositing polyvinylpyrrolidone-capped platinum nanoparticles (PVP-nPt) on a plastic substrate as the counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized cells. This method was implemented using a modified two-step dip-coating process performed under ambient conditions. In particular, a short UV-ozone exposure period was adopted to replace conventional annealing, rendering the whole process feasible for plastic substrates. The surfactant required for deposition was confirmed by analyzing a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy spectrum; however, we discovered that the surfactant jeopardized charge transfer between the PVP-nPt CE and the substrate. Furthermore, the UV-ozone treatment efficiently decomposed the surfactant, and the electrochemical-catalytic property improved considerably. When the CE was combined with a dye-sensitized photoanode fabricated on a plastic substrate, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) reached 6.24%. To further prove that the PCE is limited by the plastic photoanode instead of the proposed plastic PVP-nPt CE, a photoanode fabricated on FTO glass and the proposed plastic PVP-nPt CE with a PCE of 8.80% was demonstrated. Finally, thermal aging (conducted at 60 °C, 1000 h) test on this device indicated excellent durability, and the PCE was only 1% lower than its initial value.

  17. Performances of some low-cost counter electrode materials in CdS and CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Different counter electrode (CE) materials based on carbon and Cu2S were prepared for the application in CdS and CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The CEs were prepared using low-cost and facile methods. Platinum was used as the reference CE material to compare the performances of the other materials. While carbon-based materials produced the best solar cell performance in CdS QDSSCs, platinum and Cu2S were superior in CdSe QDSSCs. Different CE materials have different performance in the two types of QDSSCs employed due to the different type of sensitizers and composition of polysulfide electrolytes used. The poor performance of QDSSCs with some CE materials is largely due to the lower photocurrent density and open-circuit voltage. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy performed on the cells showed that the poor-performing QDSSCs had higher charge-transfer resistances and CPE values at their CE/electrolyte interfaces. PMID:24512605

  18. Performances of some low-cost counter electrode materials in CdS and CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Jun, Hieng Kiat; Careem, Mohamed Abdul; Arof, Abdul Kariem

    2014-02-01

    Different counter electrode (CE) materials based on carbon and Cu2S were prepared for the application in CdS and CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The CEs were prepared using low-cost and facile methods. Platinum was used as the reference CE material to compare the performances of the other materials. While carbon-based materials produced the best solar cell performance in CdS QDSSCs, platinum and Cu2S were superior in CdSe QDSSCs. Different CE materials have different performance in the two types of QDSSCs employed due to the different type of sensitizers and composition of polysulfide electrolytes used. The poor performance of QDSSCs with some CE materials is largely due to the lower photocurrent density and open-circuit voltage. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy performed on the cells showed that the poor-performing QDSSCs had higher charge-transfer resistances and CPE values at their CE/electrolyte interfaces.

  19. Investigation of electrodeposited cobalt sulphide counter electrodes and their application in next-generation dye sensitized solar cells featuring organic dyes and cobalt-based redox electrolytes

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    Swami, Sanjay Kumar; Chaturvedi, Neha; Kumar, Anuj; Kapoor, Raman; Dutta, Viresh; Frey, Julien; Moehl, Thomas; Grätzel, Michael; Mathew, Simon; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2015-02-01

    Cobalt sulphide (CoS) films are potentiodynamically deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates employing one, three and five sweep cycles (CoS-I, CoS-III and CoS-V respectively). Analysis of the CoS-III film by impedance spectroscopy reveals a lower charge transfer resistance (RCT) than that measured for Pt CE (0.75 Ω cm-2 and 0.85 Ω cm-2, respectively). The CoS films are used as counter electrodes (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) featuring the combination of a high absorption coefficient organic dye (C218) and the cobalt-based redox electrolyte [Co(bpy)3]2/3+. DSSCs fabricated with the CoS-III CE yield the highest short-circuit current density (JSC) of 12.84 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (VOC) of 805 mV and overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.72% under AM 1.5G illumination (100 mW cm-2). These values are comparable to the performance of an analogous cell fabricated with the Pt CE (PCE = 6.94%). Owing to relative lower cost (due to the inherit earth abundance of Co) and non-toxicity, CoS can be considered as a promising alternative to the more expensive Pt as a CE material for next-generation DSSCs that utilize organic dyes and cobalt-based redox electrolytes.

  20. Performances of some low-cost counter electrode materials in CdS and CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells.

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    Jun, Hieng Kiat; Careem, Mohamed Abdul; Arof, Abdul Kariem

    2014-01-01

    Different counter electrode (CE) materials based on carbon and Cu2S were prepared for the application in CdS and CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The CEs were prepared using low-cost and facile methods. Platinum was used as the reference CE material to compare the performances of the other materials. While carbon-based materials produced the best solar cell performance in CdS QDSSCs, platinum and Cu2S were superior in CdSe QDSSCs. Different CE materials have different performance in the two types of QDSSCs employed due to the different type of sensitizers and composition of polysulfide electrolytes used. The poor performance of QDSSCs with some CE materials is largely due to the lower photocurrent density and open-circuit voltage. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy performed on the cells showed that the poor-performing QDSSCs had higher charge-transfer resistances and CPE values at their CE/electrolyte interfaces. PMID:24512605