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  1. Optimizing the Performance of a Plastic Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Lee, B.; Buchholz, D.; Guo, P.; Hwang, D.; Chang, R.P.H.

    2011-05-19

    This article describes that a fluorine plasma treatment can increase the nanopore filling of a plastic electrolyte in a dye-sensitized solar cell to improve its performance. The one-step fluorine treatment can be used in a controlled way to increase the size of nanopores and nanochannels in the TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle electrode and, at the same time, passivate the TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle surfaces. In combination with the fluorine treatment, a sequential electrolyte filling process has been developed that allows the overall cell conversion efficiency to be increased by as much as 25%. The plastic-based electrolyte cells are found to be much more stable compared with their counterpart, the liquid electrolyte cells. Using this new process, and in combination with a photon confinement scheme, the overall cell efficiency can reach to about 9% using a masked frame measurement technique.

  2. Performance of Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extract as photo sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Ananth, S.; Vivek, P.; Saravana Kumar, G.; Murugakoothan, P.

    2015-02-01

    A natural dye extracted from Caesalpinia sappan heartwood was used as photo sensitizer for the first time to fabricate titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles based dye sensitized solar cells. Brazilin and brazilein are the major pigments present in the natural dye and their optimized molecular structure were calculated using Density functional theory (DFT) at 6-31G (d) level. The HOMO-LUMO were performed to reveal the energy gap using optimized structure. Pure TiO2 nanoparticles in anatase phase were synthesized by sol-gel technique. The pure and natural dye sensitized TiO2 nanoparticles were subjected to structural, optical, spectral and morphological studies. Low cost and environment friendly dye sensitized solar cells were fabricated using natural dye sensitized TiO2 based photo anode. The solar light to electron conversion efficiency of Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extract sensitized dye sensitized solar cell is 1.1%.

  3. Performance of Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extract as photo sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Ananth, S; Vivek, P; Saravana Kumar, G; Murugakoothan, P

    2015-02-25

    A natural dye extracted from Caesalpinia sappan heartwood was used as photo sensitizer for the first time to fabricate titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles based dye sensitized solar cells. Brazilin and brazilein are the major pigments present in the natural dye and their optimized molecular structure were calculated using Density functional theory (DFT) at 6-31G (d) level. The HOMO-LUMO were performed to reveal the energy gap using optimized structure. Pure TiO2 nanoparticles in anatase phase were synthesized by sol-gel technique. The pure and natural dye sensitized TiO2 nanoparticles were subjected to structural, optical, spectral and morphological studies. Low cost and environment friendly dye sensitized solar cells were fabricated using natural dye sensitized TiO2 based photo anode. The solar light to electron conversion efficiency of Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extract sensitized dye sensitized solar cell is 1.1%.

  4. Dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Wei, Di

    2010-01-01

    Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is the only solar cell that can offer both the flexibility and transparency. Its efficiency is comparable to amorphous silicon solar cells but with a much lower cost. This review not only covers the fundamentals of DSSC but also the related cutting-edge research and its development for industrial applications. Most recent research topics on DSSC, for example, applications of nanostructured TiO(2), ZnO electrodes, ionic liquid electrolytes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and solid state DSSC have all been included and discussed. PMID:20480003

  5. Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Wei, Di

    2010-01-01

    Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is the only solar cell that can offer both the flexibility and transparency. Its efficiency is comparable to amorphous silicon solar cells but with a much lower cost. This review not only covers the fundamentals of DSSC but also the related cutting-edge research and its development for industrial applications. Most recent research topics on DSSC, for example, applications of nanostructured TiO2, ZnO electrodes, ionic liquid electrolytes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and solid state DSSC have all been included and discussed. PMID:20480003

  6. Effect of Substituents in Catechol Dye Sensitizers on Photovoltaic Performance of Type II Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Ooyama, Yousuke; Kanda, Masahiro; Uenaka, Koji; Ohshita, Joji

    2015-10-01

    In order to provide a direction in molecular design of catechol (Cat) dyes for type II dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), the dye-to-TiO2 charge-transfer (DTCT) characteristics of Cat dyes with various substituents and their photovoltaic performance in DSSCs are investigated. The Cat dyes with electron-donating or moderately electron-withdrawing substituents exhibit a broad absorption band corresponding to DTCT upon binding to TiO2 films, whereas those with strongly electron-withdrawing substituents exhibit weak DTCT. This study indicates that the introduction of a moderately electron-withdrawing substituent on the Cat moiety leads to not only an increase in the DTCT efficiency, but also the retardation of back electron transfer. This results in favorable conditions for the type II electron-injection pathway from the ground state of the Cat dye to the conduction band of the TiO2 electrode by the photoexcitation of DTCT bands.

  7. Effects of cell area on the performance of dye sensitized solar cell

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    Khatani, Mehboob E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com Mohamed, Norani Muti E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com Hamid, Nor Hisham E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com Sahmer, Ahmad Zahrin E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com Samsudin, Adel E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com

    2014-10-24

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have significant advantage over the current silicon cells by having low manufacturing cost and potentially high conversion efficiency. Therefore, DSCs are expected to be used as the next generation solar cell device that covers wide range of new applications. In order to achieve highly efficient DSCs for practical application, study on the effect of increasing the cell’s area on the performance of dye sensitized solar need to be carried out. Three different DSC cell areas namely, 1, 12.96 and 93.5 cm{sup 2} respectively were fabricated and analyzed through solar simulator and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). From the analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), it was observed that the cell’s electron lifetime was influenced significantly by the cell’s area. Although the collection efficiency of all cells recorded to be approximately 100% but higher recombination rate with increased cell area reduced the performance of the cell.

  8. Molecular design and photovoltaic performance of organic dyes containing phenothiazine for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Jo, Hyo Jeong; Nam, Jung Eun; Sim, Kyoseung; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Kim, Jae Hong; Kang, Jin-Kyu

    2014-10-01

    We synthesized novel organic photosensitizers based on fluorine-substituted phenothiazine with thiophene bridge units in the chromophore for application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Furthermore, organic dyes with different acceptors exhibited higher molar extinction coefficients, and better light absorption at longer wavelengths. The photovoltaic properties of organic dyes composed of different acceptors in their chromophores were measured to identify their effects on the DSSC performance. The organic dye, PFSCN2 containing multi-cyanoacrylic acid as the electron acceptor, showed a power conversion efficiency of 4.67% under AM 1.5 illumination (100 mW/cm2). The retarded recombination kinetics from TiO2 electrode to electrolyte enhanced the electron life time of the organic dye, PFSCN2 in the photoanode of the DSSC. This was confirmed with impedance analysis.

  9. Tropolone as a High-Performance Robust Anchoring Group for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Higashino, Tomohiro; Fujimori, Yamato; Sugiura, Kenichi; Tsuji, Yukihiro; Ito, Seigo; Imahori, Hiroshi

    2015-07-27

    A tropolone group has been employed for the first time as an anchoring group for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The DSSC based on a porphyrin, YD2-o-C8T, with a tropolone moiety exhibited a power-conversion efficiency of 7.7 %, which is only slightly lower than that observed for a reference porphyrin, YD2-o-C8, with a conventional carboxylic group. More importantly, YD2-o-C8T was found to be superior to YD2-o-C8 with respect to DSSC durability and binding ability to TiO2 . These results unambiguously demonstrate that tropolone is a highly promising dye-anchoring group for DSSCs in terms of device durability as well as photovoltaic performance.

  10. Indoor Light Performance of Coil Type Cylindrical Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Kapil, Gaurav; Ogomi, Yuhei; Pandey, Shyam S; Ma, Tingli; Hayase, Shuzi

    2016-04-01

    A very good performance under low/diffused light intensities is one of the application areas in which dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) can be utilized effectively compared to their inorganic silicon solar cell counterparts. In this article, we have investigated the 1 SUN and low intensity fluorescent light performance of Titanium (Ti)-coil based cylindrical DSSC (C-DSSC) using ruthenium based N719 dye and organic dyes such as D205 and Y123. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopic results were analyzed for variable solar cell performances. Reflecting mirror with parabolic geometry as concentrator was also utilized to tap diffused light for indoor applications. Fluorescent light at relatively lower illumination intensities (0.2 mW/cm2 to 0.5 mW/cm2) were used for the investigation of TCO-less C-DSSC performance with and without reflector geometry. Furthermore, the DSSC performances were analyzed and compared with the commercially available amorphous silicon based solar cell for indoor applications. PMID:27451601

  11. Recovery of dye-sensitized solar cell's performance by heat treatment.

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    Berginc, Marko; Topič, Marko; Opara Krašovec, Urša

    2014-07-01

    The formation of iodine containing crystals with ageing in ionic liquid based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) containing an I3(-)/I(-) redox couple has already been confirmed. In this report we show how the size of these crystals can reversibly change during operation and the effects this has on cell performance. We also show how heat treatment and applied forward and reverse current treatment influence crystal growth in the cell. Crystal growth was tracked using electroluminescence and transmittance imaging, while current-voltage characterization and electrical impedance spectroscopy were used to measure cell performance and follow the changes in I3(-) diffusion, charge transfer resistance, and recombinations occurring in the DSSCs. Results reveal that applying a reverse current to the DSSC leads to the rapid formation of H2 bubbles while crystals grow rapidly when a forward current is applied. Additionally heat treatment at 80 °C can completely recover performance of a degraded cell showing visible defects and a large inhomogeneous active area.

  12. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using gold nanoparticles modified fluorine tin oxide electrodes

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    Zhang, Dingwen; Wang, Milton; Brolo, Alexandre G.; Shen, Jie; Li, Xiaodong; Huang, Sumei

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated plasmon-assisted energy conversion in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) applying gold nanoparticles (NPs) modified fluorine tin oxide (FTO) electrodes. A series of Au NPs with different sizes (15-80 nm) were synthesized and immobilized onto FTO glass slides. Photoanodes were prepared on these Au modified FTO substrates using P25 TiO2 powders and by the screen-printing method. The size effects of Au NPs on the photovoltaic performance of the formed DSCs were investigated systematically. Structural and photoelectrochemical properties of the formed photoanodes were examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It was found that the energy conversion efficiency of the DSC was highly dependent on the Au particle size. When the particle size was not greater than 60 nm, the DSC based on the Au NP-FTO composite electrode showed a higher short-circuit current density and better photovoltaic (PV) performance than the cell based on the bare FTO. The best cell was achieved using 25 nm sized Au NPs modified FTO. It exhibited a conversion efficiency of 6.69%, which was 15% higher than that of DSCs without Au NPs. The related PV performance enhancement mechanisms, photoelectrochemical processes and surface-plasmon resonances in DSCs with Au nanostructures are analysed and discussed.

  13. Performance and stability improvements for dye-sensitized solar cells in the presence of luminescent coatings

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    Bella, Federico; Griffini, Gianmarco; Gerosa, Matteo; Turri, Stefano; Bongiovanni, Roberta

    2015-06-01

    Here we present how the sunlight radiation incident on a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) can be shifted of a few tens of nanometers by means of an economical, easy to prepare and multifunctional photocurable fluoropolymeric light-shifting (LS) coating, to achieve both improved efficiency and device stability. By the introduction of a very small amount of a luminescent agent in the LS coating, the down-shifting of near-UV photons to higher wavelengths easily harvestable by the organic dye of a DSSC is successfully demonstrated. This optical effect not only results in an over 60% improvement of the power conversion efficiency of DSSC devices, but the UV light filtering action promoted by the luminescent agent also provides protection to the photosensitive DSSC components. This aspect, combined with a potential thermal shielding effect and the easy-cleaning behavior imparted to the coating by its fluorinated nature, leads to excellent device stability as evidenced from an aging test performed outdoors under real operating conditions for more than 2000 h. Our study demonstrates that the use of light-cured multifunctional coatings with light management characteristics at the nanometer scale represents a new promising strategy to simultaneously increase the performance and durability of DSSC devices.

  14. Effects of Ethyl Cellulose on Performance of Titania Photoanode for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Liu, Ting-Chien; Wu, Chih-Chung; Huang, Chih-Hsiang; Chen, Chih-Ming

    2016-06-01

    Ethyl cellulose (EC) was added to a titania (TiO2) paste from 2 wt.% to 18 wt.% as a binder/dispersant, and its effects on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were investigated. The TiO2 mesoporous film constructed on the photoanode exhibited a dense and network structure composed of well-interconnected TiO2 nanoparticles when using a proper amount of EC (10 wt.%). Excessive and deficient addition of EC resulted in aggregation of TiO2 nanoparticles and formation of pores, respectively, in the TiO2 film. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSC showed a strong dependence on the EC content and the highest PCE of 7.53% with the highest short-circuit current density (J SC) of 12.7 mA/cm2 was achieved when the content of EC was 10 wt.%. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) results indicated that the TiO2 mesoporous film fabricated using a proper EC addition was beneficial for electron generation (also confirmed by dye desorption experiments) and electron transport, and, therefore, improved the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs.

  15. Optimization of the dye-sensitized solar cell performance by mechanical compression

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    2014-01-01

    In this study, the P25 titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticle (NP) thin film was coated on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate by a doctor blade method. The film then compressed mechanically to be the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Various compression pressures on TiO2 NP film were tested to optimize the performance of DSSCs. The mechanical compression reduces TiO2 inter-particle distance improving the electron transport efficiency. The UV–vis spectrophotometer and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were employed to quantify the light-harvesting efficiency and the charge transport impedance at various interfaces in DSSC, respectively. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency was also monitored. The results show that when the DSSC fabricated by the TiO2 NP thin film compressed at pressure of 279 kg/cm2, the minimum resistance of 9.38 Ω at dye/TiO2 NP/electrolyte interfaces, the maximum short-circuit photocurrent density of 15.11 mA/cm2, and the photoelectric conversion efficiency of 5.94% were observed. Compared to the DSSC fabricated by the non-compression of TiO2 NP thin film, the overall conversion efficiency is improved over 19.5%. The study proves that under suitable compression pressure the performance of DSSC can be optimized. PMID:25276109

  16. Full-ionic liquid gel electrolytes: Enhanced photovoltaic performances in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Qinghua; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Yang, Peizhi

    2014-10-01

    Liquid electrolytes containing redox species have been widely used in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), whereas the volatility of organic solvents has been a tremendous obstacle for their commercial application. To assemble durable DSSCs, here we report the synthesis of full-ionic liquid electrolyte, in which 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate is employed as solvent and 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide is iodide source. Using the imbibition performance of amphiphilic poly(acrylic acid/gelatin) [poly(AA/GR)] and poly(acrylic acid/cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide) [poly(AA/CTAB)] matrices, full-ionic liquid electrolytes are imbibed into three-dimensional framework of poly(AA/GR) or poly(AA/CTAB) to form stable gel electrolytes. Room-temperature ionic conductivities as high as 17.82 and 18.44 mS cm-1 are recorded from full-ionic liquid imbibed poly(AA/GR) and poly(AA/CTAB) gel electrolytes, respectively. Promising power conversion efficiencies of 7.19% and 7.15% are determined from their DSSC devices in comparison with 6.55% and 6.12% from traditional acetonitrile-based poly(AA/GR) and poly(AA/CTAB) gel electrolytes, respectively. The new concept along with easy fabrication demonstrates the full-ionic liquid electrolytes to be good alternatives for robust gel electrolytes in quasi-solid-state DSSCs.

  17. Interface Engineering through Atomic Layer Deposition towards Highly Improved Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Lu, Hao; Tian, Wei; Guo, Jun; Li, Liang

    2015-01-01

    A composite photoanode comprising ultralong ZnO nanobelts and TiO2 nanoparticles was prepared and its performance in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was optimized and compared to the photoanode consisting of conventional TiO2 nanoparticles. The ultralong ZnO nanobelts were synthesized in high yield by a facile solution approach at 90 oC followed by annealing at 500 oC. The effect of the ratio of ZnO nanobelts to TiO2 nanoparticles on the light scattering, specific surface area, and interface recombination were investigated. An optimum amount of ZnO nanobelts enhanced the photon-conversion efficiency by 61.4% compared to that of the conventional TiO2 nanoparticles. To further reduce the recombination rate and increase the carrier lifetime, Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technique was utilized to coat a continuous TiO2 film surrounding the ZnO nanobelts and TiO2 nanoparticles, functioning as a barrier-free access of all electrons to conductive electrodes. This ALD treatment improved the interface contact within the whole photoanode system, finally leading to significant enhancement (137%) in the conversion efficiency of DSSCs. PMID:26238737

  18. High performance low temperature carbon composite catalysts for flexible dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Hashmi, Syed Ghufran; Halme, Janne; Saukkonen, Tapio; Rautama, Eeva-Leena; Lund, Peter

    2013-10-28

    Roll-to-roll manufacturing of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) requires efficient and low cost materials that adhere well on the flexible substrates used. In this regard, different low temperature carbon composite counter electrode (CE) catalyst ink formulations for flexible DSSCs were developed that can be simply and quickly coated on plastic substrates and dried below 150 °C. The CEs were investigated in terms of photovoltaic performance in DSSCs by current-voltage measurements, mechanical adhesion properties by bending and tape tests, electro-catalytic performance by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and microstructure by electron microscopy. In the bending and tape tests, PEDOT-carbon composite catalyst layers exhibited higher elasticity and better adhesion on all the studied substrates (ITO-PET and ITO-PEN plastic, and FTO-glass), compared to a binder free carbon composite and a TiO2 binder enriched carbon composite, and showed lower charge transfer resistance (1.5-3 Ω cm(2)) than the traditional thermally platinized CE (5 Ω cm(2)), demonstrating better catalytic performance for the tri-iodide reduction reaction. Also the TiO2 binder enriched carbon composite showed good catalytic characteristics and relatively good adhesion on ITO-PET, but on ITO-PEN its adhesion was poor. A DSSC with the TiO2 binder enriched catalyst layer reached 85% of the solar energy conversion efficiency of the reference DSSC based on the traditional thermally platinized CE. Based on the aforementioned characteristics, these carbon composites are promising candidates for replacing the platinum catalyst in a high volume roll-to-roll manufacturing process of DSSCs. PMID:24042582

  19. Dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Skotheim, Terje A. [Berkeley, CA

    1980-03-04

    A low-cost dye-sensitized Schottky barrier solar cell comprised of a substrate of semiconductor with an ohmic contact on one face, a sensitizing dye adsorbed onto the opposite face of the semiconductor, a transparent thin-film layer of a reducing agent over the dye, and a thin-film layer of metal over the reducing agent. The ohmic contact and metal layer constitute electrodes for connection to an external circuit and one or the other or both are made transparent to permit light to penetrate to the dye and be absorbed therein for generating electric current. The semiconductor material chosen to be the substrate is one having a wide bandgap and which therefore is transparent; the dye selected is one having a ground state within the bandgap of the semiconductor to generate carriers in the semiconductor, and a first excited state above the conduction band edge of the semiconductor to readily conduct electrons from the dye to the semiconductor; the reducing agent selected is one having a ground state above the ground state of the sensitizer to provide a plentiful source of electrons to the dye during current generation and thereby enhance the generation; and the metal for the thin-film layer of metal is selected to have a Fermi level in the vicinity of or above the ground state of the reducing agent to thereby amply supply electrons to the reducing agent.

  20. Dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Skotheim, T.A.

    1980-03-04

    A low-cost dye-sensitized Schottky barrier solar cell is comprised of a substrate of semiconductor with an ohmic contact on one face, a sensitizing dye adsorbed onto the opposite face of the semiconductor, a transparent thin-film layer of a reducing agent over the dye, and a thin-film layer of metal over the reducing agent. The ohmic contact and metal layer constitute electrodes for connection to an external circuit and one or the other or both are made transparent to permit light to penetrate to the dye and be absorbed therein for generating electric current. The semiconductor material chosen to be the substrate is one having a wide bandgap and which therefore is transparent; the dye selected is one having a ground state within the bandgap of the semiconductor to generate carriers in the semiconductor, and a first excited state above the conduction band edge of the semiconductor to readily conduct electrons from the dye to the semiconductor; the reducing agent selected is one having a ground state above the ground state of the sensitizer to provide a plentiful source of electrons to the dye during current generation and thereby enhance the generation; and the metal for the thin-film layer of metal is selected to have a Fermi level in the vicinity of or above the ground state of the reducing agent to thereby amply supply electrons to the reducing agent. 3 figs.

  1. Graphene assistance enhanced dye-sensitized solar cell performance of tin sulfide microspheres

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    Yang, Bo; Chen, Peng; Zuo, Xueqin; Zhou, Lei; Yang, Xiao; Li, Guang; Wu, Mingzai; Ma, Yongqing; Jin, Shaowei; Zhu, Kerong

    2015-10-01

    In this work, the nanosheet-assembled SnS2 microspheres were synthesized through a solvothermal method, and the catalytic activities of the microspheres were investigated by J-V and power conversion efficiency tests as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. The cell showed an energy conversion efficiency up to 6.4%. To further improve the power conversion efficiency of the counter electrode of the microspheres, different amounts of reduced graphene were added into the microspheres by simply physical mixing. With the addition of 6 wt% reduced graphene, the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor were 15.18 mA cm-2, 775 mV, and 63.4%, respectively. More important, the conversion efficiency reached 7.46%, which is approximately 17% higher than that of the cell with pure SnS2 microspheres as counter electrode. Compared to conventional materials used in dye-sensitized solar cells, SnS2 microspheres have the advantages of facile synthesis, low-cost and high efficiency with graphene assistance.

  2. Effect of photoanode thickness on electrochemical performance of dye sensitized solar cell

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    Khatani, Mehboob Hamid, Nor Hisham Sahmer, Ahmed Zahrin; Mohamed, Norani Muti Muhsan, Ali Samer

    2015-07-22

    The thickness of photoanode is crucial as it adsorbed a large amount of dye molecules that provide electrons for generation of electricity in dye sensitized solar cell (DSC). Thus, in order to realize the practical application of DSC, study on various thickness of photoanode need to be carried out to analyze its effect on the electrochemical behavior of dye sensitized solar cell. To enhance the conversion efficiency, an additional layer of TiO{sub 2} using TiCl{sub 4} treatment was deposited prior to the deposition of the photoanode (active area of 1cm{sup 2}) with the thickness of 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30 µm on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate. The resulting photoanode after the soak in N719 dye for more than 12hrs were used to be assembled in a test cell in combination with liquid electrolyte and counter electrode. The fabricated cells were characterized by solar simulator, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to approximate the thickness of photoanode. An optimum power conversion efficiency of 4.54% was obtained for the cell fabricated with 18 µm photoanode thickness. This is attributed to the reduced resistance related to electron transport in the TiO{sub 2}/dye/electrolyte interface as proven by the EIS result. This led to the reduction of internal resistance, the increase in the electron life time and the improvement in the conversion efficiency.

  3. Effect of polymer electrolyte on the performance of natural dye sensitized solar cells

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    Adel, R.; Abdallah, T.; Moustafa, Y. M.; Al-sabagh, A. M.; Talaat, H.

    2015-10-01

    Polymer electrolyte based on polyacrylonitrile (PAN), Ethylene Carbonate (EC) and Acetonitrile (ACN) mixed with Potassium Iodide and Iodine in liquid and thin film forms were employed in natural dye sensitized solar cells (NDSSCs). Three natural dyes; black berry, hibiscus and rose are used as the sensitizing dye. The NDSSCs used, follow the configuration: FTO/TiO2/Natural Dye/Electrolyte/ Carbon/FTO. The liquid form polymer electrolyte with black berry natural dye gives an increase of 111% in short circuit photocurrent density (Jsc), 17.5% to open circuit voltage (Voc), fill factor of 0.57 ± 0.05 and three times increase in the conversion efficiency of 0.242 ± 0.012% compared to the iodine electrolyte.

  4. Optoelectronic and Photovoltaic Performances of Pyridine Based Monomer and Polymer Capped ZnO Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Singh, Satbir; Raj, Tilak; Singh, Amarpal; Kaur, Navneet

    2016-06-01

    The present research work describes the comparative analysis and performance characteristics of 4-pyridine based monomer and polymer capped ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells. The N, N-dimethyl-N4-((pyridine-4yl)methylene) propaneamine (4,monomer) and polyamine-4-pyridyl Schiff base (5, polymer) dyes were synthesized through one step condensation reaction between 4-pyridinecarboxaldehyde 1 and N, N-dimethylpropylamine 2/polyamine 3. Products obtained N, N-dimethyl-N4-((pyridine-4yl)methylene)propaneamine (4) and polyamine-4-pyridyl Schiff base (5) were purified and characterized using 1H, 13C NMR, mass, IR and CHN spectroscopy. Both the dyes 4 and 5 were further coated over ZnO nanoparticles and characterized using SEM, DLS and XRD analysis. Absorption profile and emission profile was monitored using fluorescence and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. A thick layer of these inbuilt dye linked ZnO nanoparticles of dyes (4) and (5) was pasted on one of the conductive side of ITO glass followed with a liquid electrolyte and counter electrode of the same conductive glass. Polyamine-4-pyridyl Schiff base polymer (5) decorated dye sensitized solar cell has shown better exciting photovoltaic properties in the form of short circuit current density (J(sc) = 6.3 mA/cm2), open circuit photo voltage (V(oc) = 0.7 V), fill factor (FF = 0.736) than monomer decorated dye sensitized solar cell. Polymer dye (5) based ZnO solar cell has shown a maximum solar power to electrical conversion efficiency of 3.25%, which is enhanced by 2.16% in case of monomer dye based ZnO solar cell under AM 1.5 sun illuminations.

  5. Dye-sensitized nanocrystalline solar cells.

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    Peter, Laurence M

    2007-06-01

    The basic physical and chemical principles behind the dye-sensitized nanocrystalline solar cell (DSC: also known as the Grätzel cell after its inventor) are outlined in order to clarify the differences and similarities between the DSC and conventional semiconductor solar cells. The roles of the components of the DSC (wide bandgap oxide, sensitizer dye, redox electrolyte or hole conductor, counter electrode) are examined in order to show how they influence the performance of the system. The routes that can lead to loss of DSC performance are analyzed within a quantitative framework that considers electron transport and interfacial electron transfer processes, and strategies to improve cell performance are discussed. Electron transport and trapping in the mesoporous oxide are discussed, and a novel method to probe the electrochemical potential (quasi Fermi level) of electrons in the DSC is described. The article concludes with an assessment of the prospects for future development of the DSC concept.

  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.

  7. Influence of sodium cations of N3 dye on the photovoltaic performance and stability of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Andrade, Luísa; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad K; Ribeiro, Helena Aguilar; Mendes, Adélio; Grätzel, Michael

    2009-05-11

    We report on the effect of substituting the two tetrabutyl ammonium counter ions of the standard N719 dye by sodium ions on the performance and stability of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The disodium analogue of N719 in conjunction with a non-volatile electrolyte gives a conversion efficiency of 7.6% under standard global AM 1.5 sunlight. Devices maintain 99% of their initial performance after 1000 h under full sunlight aging at 50 degrees C. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and photovoltage transient decay studies reveal the evolution of the solar cell parameters during aging. Remarkably, upon aging a decrease in the rate of electron back reaction with the triiodide ions across the TiO(2)/electrolyte interface appears as well as enhanced electronic conduction in the TiO(2) film.

  8. Photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using TiO2 nanotubes aggregates produced by hydrothermal synthesis

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    Chen, Qiufan; Sun, Xiaonan; Liu, Anping; Zhang, Qifeng; Cao, Guozhong; Zhou, Xiaoyuan

    2015-09-01

    This paper reports the synthesis, detailed structural characterization of aggregated TiO2 nanotubes and the application of such aggregated TiO2 nanotubes as photoelectrodes in solar cells (dye sensitized DSCs). A maximum overall conversion efficiency of 7.9% has been achieved, which use conventional dyes without any additional chemical treatments under circumstances of an open-circuit voltage of 710 mV, a short-circuit current density of 16.8mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 66%. This impressive performance is believed to attribute to the micron-sized aggregate structure which may be favorable for light harvesting, the desired high specific surface area and pure anatase phase for dye absorption. This significant improvement in the conversion efficiency indicates that DSCs based on aggregated TiO2 nanotubes are a promising alternative to semiconductor-based solar cells.

  9. Stretchable, wearable dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yang, Zhibin; Deng, Jue; Sun, Xuemei; Li, Houpu; Peng, Huisheng

    2014-05-01

    A stretchable, wearable dye-sensitized solar-cell textile is developed from elastic, electrically conducting fiber as a counter electrode and spring-like titanium wire as the working electrode. Dyesensitized solar cells are demonstrated with energy-conversion efficiencies up to 7.13%. The high energy-conversion efficiencies can be well maintained under stretch by 30% and after stretch for 20 cycles.

  10. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on P25/Ta2O5 composite films

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    Jiang, Qingsong; Gao, Jian; Yi, Lin; Hu, Guang; Zhang, Jun

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, novel titanium dioxide/tantalum pentoxide (P25/Ta2O5) composite films have been successfully fabricated and applied to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Ta2O5 nanoparticles are synthesized by a simple low-temperature solvothermal method. The influence of Ta2O5 nanoparticles on photovoltaic performance of DSSCs is systematically investigated. As a result, the DSSC based on 10 wt% Ta2O5 incorporated P25 film exhibits excellent photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) as high as 5.85 %. Compared to a reference DSSC based on the pure P25 film (4.93 %), the PCE of DSSCs has been remarkably enhanced by 19 %. Such enhancement can be mainly attributed to the higher electron collection efficiency in P25/Ta2O5 composite films, which result from the suppression of the electron recombination at the photoanode/electrolyte interface.

  11. Dye-sensitized solar cell based on spray deposited ZnO thin film: Performance analysis through DFT approach

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    Parthiban, R.; Balamurugan, D.; Jeyaprakash, B. G.

    2015-02-01

    A dye-sensitized solar cell based on a spray deposited zinc oxide (ZnO) photoanode with Evans blue as a sensitizer was fabricated. Structural analysis confirms the hexagonal wurtzite phase of the ZnO photoanode with c-axis orientation. Surface morphology of the ZnO photoanode shows uniform distribution of spherically-shaped grains, ranging from 18 nm to 25 nm. The power conversion efficiency of the device was measured as 0.1%. Density functional theory was adopted to study the observed photovoltaic performance of the fabricated device. The analysis of the electronic properties of Evans blue dye showed that it has a pronounced effect on the observed device performance.

  12. Dye-sensitized solar cell based on spray deposited ZnO thin film: performance analysis through DFT approach.

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    Parthiban, R; Balamurugan, D; Jeyaprakash, B G

    2015-02-01

    A dye-sensitized solar cell based on a spray deposited zinc oxide (ZnO) photoanode with Evans blue as a sensitizer was fabricated. Structural analysis confirms the hexagonal wurtzite phase of the ZnO photoanode with c-axis orientation. Surface morphology of the ZnO photoanode shows uniform distribution of spherically-shaped grains, ranging from 18 nm to 25 nm. The power conversion efficiency of the device was measured as 0.1%. Density functional theory was adopted to study the observed photovoltaic performance of the fabricated device. The analysis of the electronic properties of Evans blue dye showed that it has a pronounced effect on the observed device performance. PMID:25459624

  13. Influence of the auxiliary acceptor on the absorption response and photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wu, ZhiFang; Li, Xin; Li, Jing; Hua, JianLi; Agren, Hans; Tian, He

    2014-12-01

    Three new dyes with a 2-(1,1-dicyanomethylene)rhodanine (IDR-I, -II, -III) electron acceptor as anchor were synthesized and applied to dye-sensitized solar cells. We varied the bridging molecule to fine tune the electronic and optical properties of the dyes. It was demonstrated that incorporation of auxiliary acceptors effectively increased the molar extinction coefficient and extended the absorption spectra to the near-infrared (NIR) region. Introduction of 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (BTD) improved the performance by nearly 50 %. The best performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on IDR-II reached 8.53 % (short-circuit current density (Jsc)=16.73 mA cm(-2), open-circuit voltage (Voc)=0.71 V, fill factor (FF)=71.26 %) at AM 1.5 simulated sunlight. However, substitution of BTD with a group that featured the more strongly electron-withdrawing thiadiazolo[3,4-c]pyridine (PT) had a negative effect on the photovoltaic performance, in which IDR-III-based DSSCs showed the lowest efficiency of 4.02 %. We speculate that the stronger auxiliary acceptor acts as an electron trap, which might result in fast combination or hamper the electron transfer from donor to acceptor. This inference was confirmed by electrical impedance analysis and theoretical computations. Theoretical analysis indicates that the LUMO of IDR-III is mainly localized at the central acceptor group owing to its strong electron-withdrawing character, which might in turn trap the electron or hamper the electron transfer from donor to acceptor, thereby finally decreasing the efficiency of electron injection into a TiO2 semiconductor. This result inspired us to select moderated auxiliary acceptors to improve the performance in our further study.

  14. Improvement in performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with porous TiO2 electrodes using squid ink particles

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    Matsuura, Toshihiko; Nagai, Sakura; Ogasawara, Kou; Minato, Ken-ichi; Sakai, Mitsuo; Ueno, Takashi

    2016-06-01

    A potentially appealing alternative to the traditional fabrication process of TiO2 film electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was presented by utilizing water-soluble TiO2 composite pastes containing size-controlled ink particles (SIPs) isolated from the squid. The mixture ratios of SIPs in the paste formulations affected the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE). The highest PCE was achieved when the mixture ratio of SIPs was 20%. The process is highly reproducible and leads to a 35% increase in PCE compared with that in the DSSC without SIP addition. The utilization of SIPs in the fabrication of TiO2 film electrodes enhanced the performance of DSSCs.

  15. Mesoporous titania-vertical nanorod films with interfacial engineering for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ahmed, Irfan; Fakharuddin, Azhar; Wali, Qamar; Zainun, Ayib Rosdi Bin; Ismail, Jamil; Jose, Rajan

    2015-03-01

    Working electrode (WE) fabrication offers significant challenges in terms of achieving high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). We have combined the beneficial effects of vertical nanorods grown on conducting glass substrate for charge transport and mesoporous particles for dye loading and have achieved a high photoconversion efficiency of (η) > 11% with an internal quantum efficiency of ˜93% in electrode films of thickness ˜7 ± 0.5 μm. Controlling the interface between the vertical nanorods and the mesoporous film is a crucial step in attaining high η. We identify three parameters, viz., large surface area of nanoparticles, increased light scattering of the nanorod-nanoparticle layer, and superior charge transport of nanorods, that simultaneously contribute to the improved photovoltaic performance of the WE developed.

  16. Enhanced performance of TiO2 nanoparticle and aerogel composite electrode for dye sensitized solar cell.

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    Kim, Chang-Yeoul; Park, Yu-Sik; Hwang, Hae-Jin

    2012-04-01

    To evaluate the effects of specific surface area to the photocurrent conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC), we adopted TiO2 aerogel (TA)/nanoparticle (TP) composite as a photoelectrode. We prepared three types of photoelectrodes, TPs, TAs, and TATPs (1:1 TAs and TPs composite photoelectrode). The performance of TATP composite electrode was compared with that of TP and TAs. TATPs showed the improved cell efficiency, more than 0.5%, compared with a reference TPs below 15 micrometer thickness. Although the introduction of TAs increases the specific surface area for the dye adsorption, DSC composed of only TAs does not show the best efficiency result due to the crack generation. In conclusion, to produce the best photocurrent conversion efficiency, the high specific surface area of TiO2 photoelectrode for high dye adsorption should be balanced with proper control of the good electron transfer path. PMID:22849065

  17. Mesoporous titania-vertical nanorod films with interfacial engineering for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ahmed, Irfan; Fakharuddin, Azhar; Wali, Qamar; Bin Zainun, Ayib Rosdi; Ismail, Jamil; Jose, Rajan

    2015-03-13

    Working electrode (WE) fabrication offers significant challenges in terms of achieving high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). We have combined the beneficial effects of vertical nanorods grown on conducting glass substrate for charge transport and mesoporous particles for dye loading and have achieved a high photoconversion efficiency of (η) > 11% with an internal quantum efficiency of ∼93% in electrode films of thickness ∼7 ± 0.5 μm. Controlling the interface between the vertical nanorods and the mesoporous film is a crucial step in attaining high η. We identify three parameters, viz., large surface area of nanoparticles, increased light scattering of the nanorod-nanoparticle layer, and superior charge transport of nanorods, that simultaneously contribute to the improved photovoltaic performance of the WE developed. PMID:25687409

  18. Hybrid structure of polyaniline/ZnO nanograss and its application in dye-sensitized solar cell with performance improvement

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    Zhu Shibu; Wei Wei; Chen Xiangnan; Jiang Man; Zhou Zuowan

    2012-06-15

    Polyaniline (PANI) hybridized ZnO photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was primarily prepared via a two-step process which involved hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanograss on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate and subsequently chemisorption of PANI on the surfaces of the ZnO nanorods. The PANI hybridized ZnO nanograss films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), and the results indicated that there were chemical interactions between PANI and ZnO. Both pure ZnO nanograss and PANI hybridized ZnO nanograss were applied to DSSC. The results of photoelectrochemical measurement showed that the photocurrent density of PANI (100 mg/L) hybridized ZnO nanograss photoanode was significantly enhanced, and the overall light-conversion efficiency increased by 60%. The electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) displayed that the electron densities in photoanodes of PANI hybridized ZnO nanograss were larger than that in pure ZnO nanograss. This is ascribed to more effective charge separation and faster interfacial charge transferring occurred in the hybrid photoanode. - Graphical abstract: Operational principle of the DSSC: the introduced hybridizing PANI layer performs effective charge separation and faster interfacial charge transferring. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PANI/ZnO nanograss hybrid materials as photoanode in Dye-sensitized solar cell. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photoelectric conversion efficiency after hybridization was enhanced by 60%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PANI hybridizing ZnO nanograss induced a rapid charge separation.

  19. High-performance dye-sensitized solar cells based on solvent-free electrolytes produced from eutectic melts.

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    Bai, Yu; Cao, Yiming; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Mingkui; Li, Renzhi; Wang, Peng; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael

    2008-08-01

    Low-cost excitonic solar cells based on organic optoelectronic materials are receiving an ever-increasing amount of attention as potential alternatives to traditional inorganic photovoltaic devices. In this rapidly developing field, the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) has achieved so far the highest validated efficiency of 11.1% (ref. 2) and remarkable stability. However, the cells with the best performance use volatile solvents in their electrolytes, which may be prohibitive for outdoor solar panels in view of the need for robust encapsulation. Solvent-free room-temperature ionic liquids have been pursued as an attractive solution to this dilemma, and device efficiencies of over 7% were achieved by using some low-viscosity formulations containing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate, selenocyanate, tricyanomethide or tetracyanoborate. Unfortunately, apart from tetracyanoborate, all of these low-viscosity melts proved to be unstable under prolonged thermal stress and light soaking. Here, we introduce the concept of using eutectic melts to produce solvent-free liquid redox electrolytes. Using a ternary melt in conjunction with a nanocrystalline titania film and the amphiphilic heteroleptic ruthenium complex Z907Na (ref. 10) as a sensitizer, we reach excellent stability and an unprecedented efficiency of 8.2% under air-mass 1.5 global illumination. Our results are of importance to realize large-scale outdoor applications of mesoscopic DSCs.

  20. High-performance dye-sensitized solar cells based on solvent-free electrolytes produced from eutectic melts.

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    Bai, Yu; Cao, Yiming; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Mingkui; Li, Renzhi; Wang, Peng; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael

    2008-08-01

    Low-cost excitonic solar cells based on organic optoelectronic materials are receiving an ever-increasing amount of attention as potential alternatives to traditional inorganic photovoltaic devices. In this rapidly developing field, the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) has achieved so far the highest validated efficiency of 11.1% (ref. 2) and remarkable stability. However, the cells with the best performance use volatile solvents in their electrolytes, which may be prohibitive for outdoor solar panels in view of the need for robust encapsulation. Solvent-free room-temperature ionic liquids have been pursued as an attractive solution to this dilemma, and device efficiencies of over 7% were achieved by using some low-viscosity formulations containing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate, selenocyanate, tricyanomethide or tetracyanoborate. Unfortunately, apart from tetracyanoborate, all of these low-viscosity melts proved to be unstable under prolonged thermal stress and light soaking. Here, we introduce the concept of using eutectic melts to produce solvent-free liquid redox electrolytes. Using a ternary melt in conjunction with a nanocrystalline titania film and the amphiphilic heteroleptic ruthenium complex Z907Na (ref. 10) as a sensitizer, we reach excellent stability and an unprecedented efficiency of 8.2% under air-mass 1.5 global illumination. Our results are of importance to realize large-scale outdoor applications of mesoscopic DSCs. PMID:18587401

  1. Aqueous dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Bella, Federico; Gerbaldi, Claudio; Barolo, Claudia; Grätzel, Michael

    2015-06-01

    Nowadays, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are the most extensively investigated systems for the conversion of solar energy into electricity, particularly for implementation in devices where low cost and good performance are required. Nevertheless, a key aspect is still to be addressed, being considered strongly harmful for a long time, which is the presence of water in the cell, either in the electrolyte or at the electrode/electrolyte interface. Here comes the present review, in the course of which we try our best to address the highly topical role of water in DSSCs, trying to figure out if it is a poisoner or the keyword to success, by means of a thoroughly detailed analysis of all the established phenomena in an aqueous environment. Actually, in the last few years the scientific community has suddenly turned its efforts in the direction of using water as a solvent, as demonstrated by the amount of research articles being published in the literature. Indeed, by means of DSSCs fabricated with water-based electrolytes, reduced costs, non-flammability, reduced volatility and improved environmental compatibility could be easily achieved. As a result, an increasing number of novel electrodes, dyes and electrolyte components are continuously proposed, being highly challenging from the materials science viewpoint and with the golden thread of producing truly water-based DSSCs. If the initial purpose of DSSCs was the construction of an artificial photosynthetic system able to convert solar light into electricity, the use of water as the key component may represent a great step forward towards their widespread diffusion in the market. PMID:25864577

  2. Improve photovoltaic performance of titanium dioxide nanorods based dye-sensitized solar cells by Ca-doping

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    Li, Weixin; Yang, Junyou Zhang, Jiaqi; Gao, Sheng; Luo, Yubo; Liu, Ming

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanorods doped with Ca ions were synthesized by one-step hydrothermal method. • The flat band edge of rutile TiO{sub 2} shifted positively via Ca-doping. • The photoelectric conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on TiO{sub 2} electrode was much enhanced by Ca-doping. • A relatively high open circuit voltage was obtained by adopting Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorods electrode. - Abstract: Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays were prepared via the one-step hydrothermal method successfully, and the effect of Ca ions content on the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells has been fully discussed in the paper. Although no obvious change on the microstructure and morphology was observed by field emission scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope for the Ca-doped samples, the results of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that Ti{sup 4+} was substituted with Ca{sup 2+} successfully. UV–vis spectroscopy results revealed that the flat band edge shifted positively by Ca ions doping. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells based on the 2 mol% Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} electrode was 43% higher than that of the undoped one due to the less recombination possibility.

  3. Effect of Al Doping on Performance of CuGaO2 p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Ursu, D.; Vaszilcsin, N.; Bănica, R.; Miclau, M.

    2016-01-01

    The p-type semiconductor Cu(I)-based delafossite transparent conducting oxides are good candidates to be used as hole collectors in dye-sensitized solar cells. The Al-doped CuGaO2 has been synthesized by hydrothermal method and its properties have been investigated as cathode elements in ruthenium dye N719-sensitized solar cells. The photocurrent density ( J sc) and the open-circuit voltage ( V oc) for 5% Al-doped CuGaO2 microparticles using N719 dye were approximately two times higher than undoped CuGaO2 microparticles. The integration of aluminum dopants in the delafossite structure improves the photovoltaic performance of CuGaO2 thin films, due to the excellent optical transparency of CuGaO2 in the visible range as well as the improved electrical conductivity caused by the apparition of the intrinsic acceptor defect associate (Al Cu •• 2O i ″ )″ with tetrahedrally coordinated Al on the Cu-site.

  4. The effect of optical properties on photovoltaic performance in dye-sensitized TiO2 nanocrystalline solar cells.

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    Ji, Ya-Jun; Zhang, Ming-Dao; Cui, Jie-Hu; Zheng, He-Gen; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2013-06-01

    In this study, well-crystallized TiO2 nanoparticles with average size of -20 nm were synthesized by hydrolysis of titania salt in aqueous medium. The effect of the optical properties of the obtained titania particles based thin films with different thickness on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells were investigated. Differential thermal analysis/thermo-gravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the morphology, structure and crystal formation of the obtained samples. The optical properties such as reflectance and transmittance of the photoanodes with different thickness were systematically investigated. The reflectance property increased with increasing the film thickness, however, the transmittance property showed the opposite way. The improved scattering property with increasing the film thickness facilitated efficient utilization of solar spectrum, which was verified by incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency. The maximum energy conversion efficiency of 5.0% was achieved on photoelectrode film with 17.8 microm.

  5. Application of micro-porous polycarbonate membranes in dye-sensitized solar cells: Cell performance and long-term stability

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    Lue, Shingjiang Jessie; Lo, Pei Wen; Hung, Ling-Yung; Tung, Yung Liang

    This research investigates the cell performance and long-term stability of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) containing micro-porous polycarbonate (PC) film as the frame work material to stabilize the electrolyte solution. The track-etched PC film has cylindrical pore geometry, which is beneficial for ion transport in the electrolyte trapped inside the PC film. The photovoltaic efficiency of the DSSC with 0.2-μm PC membrane is 5.75 ± 0.73% under irradiation of 100 mW cm -2, which is slightly lower than that (6.34 ± 0.44%) of cells without PC film. The differences in fill factor and open-circuit voltage between the DSSCs with and without PC film are not statistically significant. The long-term cell performance is carried out at continuous illumination of 100 mW cm -2 (1 sun) and in darkness at 60 °C for up to 1000 h. There is no significant efficiency difference between the cells with and without PC film in light soaking (4.33% vs. 4.52%) for 960 h. In darkness, however, the cells with PC film demonstrate much higher efficiency (at 2.37%) than cells without PC (0.85%) after 1000 h. The improved long-term efficiency data and the higher percentage of working cells confirm the superior lifetime and performance using the micro-porous PC film.

  6. Structure-performance correlations of organic dyes with an electron-deficient diphenylquinoxaline moiety for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Li, Sie-Rong; Lee, Chuan-Pei; Yang, Po-Fan; Liao, Chia-Wei; Lee, Mandy M; Su, Wei-Lin; Li, Chun-Ting; Lin, Hao-Wu; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Sun, Shih-Sheng

    2014-08-01

    The high performances of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on seven new dyes are disclosed. Herein, the synthesis and electrochemical and photophysical properties of a series of intentionally designed dipolar organic dyes and their application in DSSCs are reported. The molecular structures of the seven organic dyes are composed of a triphenylamine group as an electron donor, a cyanoacrylic acid as an electron acceptor, and an electron-deficient diphenylquinoxaline moiety integrated in the π-conjugated spacer between the electron donor and acceptor moieties. The DSSCs based on the dye DJ104 gave the best overall cell performance of 8.06 %; the efficiency of the DSSC based on the standard N719 dye under the same experimental conditions was 8.82 %. The spectral coverage of incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies extends to the onset at the near-infrared region due to strong internal charge-transfer transition as well as the effect of electron-deficient diphenylquinoxaline to lower the energy gap in these organic dyes. A combined tetraphenyl segment as a hydrophobic barrier in these organic dyes effectively slows down the charge recombination from TiO2 to the electrolyte and boosts the photovoltage, comparable to their Ru(II) counterparts. Detailed spectroscopic studies have revealed the dye structure-cell performance correlations, to allow future design of efficient light-harvesting organic dyes.

  7. Solid Solutions of Rare Earth Cations in Mesoporous Anatase Beads and Their Performances in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Cavallo, Carmen; Salleo, Alberto; Gozzi, Daniele; Di Pascasio, Francesco; Quaranta, Simone; Panetta, Riccardo; Latini, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Solid solutions of the rare earth (RE) cations Pr3+, Nd3+, Sm3+, Gd3+, Er3+ and Yb3+ in anatase TiO2 have been synthesized as mesoporous beads in the concentration range 0.1–0.3% of metal atoms. The solid solutions were have been characterized by XRD, SEM, diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy, BET and BJH surface analysis. All the solid solutions possess high specific surface areas, up to more than 100 m2/g. The amount of adsorbed dye in each photoanode has been determined spectrophotometrically. All the samples were tested as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using N719 as dye and a nonvolatile, benzonitrile based electrolyte. All the cells were have been tested by conversion efficiency (J–V), quantum efficiency (IPCE), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and dark current measurements. While lighter RE cations (Pr3+, Nd3+) limit the performance of DSSCs compared to pure anatase mesoporous beads, cations from Sm3+ onwards enhance the performance of the devices. A maximum conversion efficiency of 8.7% for Er3+ at a concentration of 0.2% has been achieved. This is a remarkable efficiency value for a DSSC employing N719 dye without co-adsorbents and a nonvolatile electrolyte. For each RE cation the maximum performances are obtained for a concentration of 0.2% metal atoms. PMID:26577287

  8. Enhancement of p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Performance by Supramolecular Assembly of Electron Donor and Acceptor

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    Tian, Haining; Oscarsson, Johan; Gabrielsson, Erik; Eriksson, Susanna K.; Lindblad, Rebecka; Xu, Bo; Hao, Yan; Boschloo, Gerrit; Johansson, Erik M. J.; Gardner, James M.; Hagfeldt, Anders; Rensmo, Håkan; Sun, Licheng

    2014-01-01

    Supramolecular interactions based on porphyrin and fullerene derivatives were successfully adopted to improve the photovoltaic performance of p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) measurements suggest a change in binding configuration of ZnTCPP after co-sensitization with C60PPy, which could be ascribed to supramolecular interaction between ZnTCPP and C60PPy. The performance of the ZnTCPP/C60PPy-based p-type DSC has been increased by a factor of 4 in comparison with the DSC with the ZnTCPP alone. At 560 nm, the IPCE value of DSCs based on ZnTCPP/C60PPy was a factor of 10 greater than that generated by ZnTCPP-based DSCs. The influence of different electrolytes on charge extraction and electron lifetime was investigated and showed that the enhanced Voc from the Co2+/3+(dtbp)3-based device is due to the positive EF shift of NiO. PMID:24603319

  9. 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

  10. Ground and excited state properties of high performance anthocyanidin dyes-sensitized solar cells in the basic solutions

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    Prima, Eka Cahya; Yuliarto, Brian; Suyatman; Dipojono, Hermawan Kresno

    2015-09-30

    The aglycones of anthocyanidin dyes were previously reported to form carbinol pseudobase, cis-chalcone, and trans-chalcone due to the basic levels. The further investigations of ground and excited state properties of the dyes were characterized using density functional theory with PCM(UFF)/B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level in the basic solutions. However, to the best of our knowledge, the theoretical investigation of their potential photosensitizers has never been reported before. In this paper, the theoretical photovoltaic properties sensitized by dyes have been successfully investigated including the electron injections, the ground and excited state oxidation potentials, the estimated open circuit voltages, and the light harvesting efficiencies. The results prove that the electronic properties represented by dyes’ LUMO-HOMO levels will affect to the photovoltaic performances. Cis-chalcone dye is the best anthocyanidin aglycone dye with the electron injection spontaneity of −1.208 eV, the theoretical open circuit voltage of 1.781 V, and light harvesting efficiency of 56.55% due to the best HOMO-LUMO levels. Moreover, the ethanol solvent slightly contributes to the better cell performance than the water solvent dye because of the better oxidation potential stabilization in the ground state as well as in the excited state. These results are in good agreement with the known experimental report that the aglycones of anthocyanidin dyes in basic solvent are the high potential photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cell.

  11. Enhancing dye-sensitized solar cell performances by molecular engineering: highly efficient π-extended organic sensitizers.

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    Grisorio, Roberto; De Marco, Luisa; Agosta, Rita; Iacobellis, Rosabianca; Giannuzzi, Roberto; Manca, Michele; Mastrorilli, Piero; Gigli, Giuseppe; Suranna, Gian Paolo

    2014-09-01

    This study deals with the synthesis and characterization of two π-extended organic sensitizers (G1 and G2) for applications in dye-sensitized solar cells. The materials are designed with a D-A-π-A structure constituted by i) a triarylamine group as the donor part, ii) a dithienyl-benzothiadiazole chromophore followed by iii) a further ethynylene-thiophene (G1) or ethynylene-benzene (G2) π-spacer and iv) a cyano-acrylic moiety as acceptor and anchoring part. An unusual structural extension of the π-bridge characterizes these structures. The so-configured sensitizers exhibit a broad absorption profile, the origin of which is supported by density functional theory. The absence of hypsochromic shifts as a consequence of deprotonation as well as notable optical and electrochemical stabilities are also observed. Concerning the performances in devices, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicates that the structural modification of the π-spacer mainly increases the electron lifetime of G2 with respect to G1. In devices, this feature translates into a superior power conversion efficiency of G2, reaching 8.1%. These results are comparable to those recorded for N719 and are higher with respect to literature congeners, supporting further structural engineering of the π-bridge extension in the search for better performing π-extended organic sensitizers.

  12. Ground and excited state properties of high performance anthocyanidin dyes-sensitized solar cells in the basic solutions

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    Prima, Eka Cahya; Yuliarto, Brian; Suyatman, Dipojono, Hermawan Kresno

    2015-09-01

    The aglycones of anthocyanidin dyes were previously reported to form carbinol pseudobase, cis-chalcone, and trans-chalcone due to the basic levels. The further investigations of ground and excited state properties of the dyes were characterized using density functional theory with PCM(UFF)/B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level in the basic solutions. However, to the best of our knowledge, the theoretical investigation of their potential photosensitizers has never been reported before. In this paper, the theoretical photovoltaic properties sensitized by dyes have been successfully investigated including the electron injections, the ground and excited state oxidation potentials, the estimated open circuit voltages, and the light harvesting efficiencies. The results prove that the electronic properties represented by dyes' LUMO-HOMO levels will affect to the photovoltaic performances. Cis-chalcone dye is the best anthocyanidin aglycone dye with the electron injection spontaneity of -1.208 eV, the theoretical open circuit voltage of 1.781 V, and light harvesting efficiency of 56.55% due to the best HOMO-LUMO levels. Moreover, the ethanol solvent slightly contributes to the better cell performance than the water solvent dye because of the better oxidation potential stabilization in the ground state as well as in the excited state. These results are in good agreement with the known experimental report that the aglycones of anthocyanidin dyes in basic solvent are the high potential photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cell.

  13. Photovoltaic performance of nanoporous TiO2 replicas synthesized from mesoporous materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hwang, Kyung-Jun; Yoo, Seung-Joon; Kim, Sung-Soo; Kim, Ji-Man; Shim, Wang-Geun; Kim, Sun-Il; Lee, Jae-Wook

    2008-10-01

    For dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), highly ordered nanoporous TiO2 materials with crystalline frameworks were successfully synthesized from different silica templates including SBA-15, KIT-6 and MSU-H. A photoelectrode in DSSC was fabricated by adsorbing cis-bis(isothiocyanato)bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato)-ruthenium(II)bis-tetrabutylammonium dye (N719) onto the prepared TiO2 nanoparticles. The samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, FE-SEM, AFM and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), and FT-IR analysis. An investigation of the influence of the bonding structure of N719 dye and nanoporous TiO2 on the photovoltaic performance of DSSC revealed that the bonding structure of N719 on TiO2 films is caused by the unidentate and bidentate linkage. Based on the overall conversion efficiency (eta), fill factor (FF), open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) and short-circuit current (/sc) from the I-V curves measured, it was observed that the photoelectric performance is strongly dependent on the dispersion properties of the nanoporous TiO2 replicas from mesoporous silica templates.

  14. Titanium dioxide quantum dots: Magic materials for high performance underlayers inserted into dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Que, Lanfang; Lan, Zhang; Wu, Wanxia; Wu, Jihuai; Lin, Jianming; Huang, Miaoliang

    2014-12-01

    Well crystalline TiO2 quantum dots with size about 3.6 nm are synthesized and used to fabricate high performance underlayers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The TiO2 quantum dots underlayer (TiO2-QD-UL) covered FTO glasses show excellent transmittance as that of the non-covered one. The TiO2-QD-UL can efficiently suppress dark reaction in the cell by increasing the onset bias voltage for generating dark current to a higher value and shifting flat-band potential of the photoanodes to a more negative position. Moreover, the shorten electron transport time, lengthen electron life time, enhanced charge collection efficiency, and the decreased electron transport resistance between TiO2/FTO glass are obtained with TiO2-QD-UL in the cell. Power conversion efficiency of the DSC with TiO2-QD-UL in the photoanode is enhanced from 7.10% to 9.43%, corresponding to 32.82% increment.

  15. Influence of niobium doping in hierarchically organized titania nanostructure on performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Park, Jong Hoon; Noh, Jun Hong; Han, Byung Suh; Shin, Seong Sik; Park, Ik Jae; Kim, Dong Hoe; Hong, Kug Sun

    2012-06-01

    Niobium doped hierarchically organized TiO2 nanostructures composed of 20 nm size anatase nanocrystals were synthesized using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The Nb doping concentration could be facilely controlled by adjusting the concentration of Nb in target materials. We could investigate the influence of Nb doping in the TiO2 photoelectrode on the cell performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by the exclusion of morphological effects using the prepared Nb-doped TiO2 anostructures. We found no significant change in short circuit current density (Jsc) as a function of Nb doping concentration. However, open circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor (FF) monotonously decrease with increasing Nb concentration. Dark current characteristics of the DSSCs reveal that the decrease in Voc and FF is attributed to the decrease in shunt resistance due to the increase in conductivity TiO2 by Nb doping. However, electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) analysis at open circuit condition under illumination showed that the resistance at the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface increases with Nb concentration, revealing that Nb doping suppress the charge recombination at the interface. In addition, electron life time obtained using characteristic frequency in Bode plot increases from 14 msec to 56 msec with increasing Nb concentration from 0 to 1.2 at%. This implies that the improved light harvesting can be achieved by increasing diffusion length through Nb-doping in the conventional TiO2 photoelectrode.

  16. Effect of TiO2 Particle Size on the Performance of Flexible Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Li, Zhen-yu; Akhtar, M Shaheer; Yang, O-bong

    2015-09-01

    The size TiO2 nanoparticles was controlled by changing the concentration of titanium tetraisopropanolate (TTIP) and utilized as light scattering particles in the efficient flexible photoelectrodes for flexible dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The flexible photoelectrodes were prepared by TiO2 nanoparticles (-25 nm) paste with different concentrations of ethanolic TTIP solution. The addition of TTIP produced the bigger TiO2 nanoparticles, which significantly enhanced the dye absorption of flexible TiO2 photoelectrode. The fabricated flexible DSSCs showed the reasonable conversion efficiency of 2.50% with short circuit current (J(sc)) of 6.3 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.720 V and fill factor (FF) of 0.55. The improvement in photovoltaic performance with 25 wt% TTIP might due to uniform distribution of small TiO2 nanoparticles over the big particles to lead the enhancement in the surface area, resulting in the high dye absorption and light harvesting efficiency. PMID:26716227

  17. Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbons As Electrode Materials for High-Performance Supercapacitor and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Wang, Lan; Gao, Zhiyong; Chang, Jiuli; Liu, Xiao; Wu, Dapeng; Xu, Fang; Guo, Yuming; Jiang, Kai

    2015-09-16

    Activated N-doped porous carbons (a-NCs) were synthesized by pyrolysis and alkali activation of graphene incorporated melamine formaldehyde resin (MF). The moderate N doping levels, mesopores rich porous texture, and incorporation of graphene enable the applications of a-NCs in surface and conductivity dependent electrode materials for supercapacitor and dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Under optimal activation temperature of 700 °C, the afforded sample, labeled as a-NC700, possesses a specific surface area of 1302 m2 g(-1), a N fraction of 4.5%, and a modest graphitization. When used as a supercapacitor electrode, a-NC700 offers a high specific capacitance of 296 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1), an acceptable rate capability, and a high cycling stability in 1 M H2SO4 electrolyte. As a result, a-NC700 supercapacitor delivers energy densities of 5.0-3.5 Wh kg(-1) under power densities of 83-1609 W kg(-1). Moreover, a-NC700 also demonstrates high electrocatalytic activity for I3- reduction. When employed as a counter electrode (CE) of DSSC, a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.9% is achieved, which is comparable to that of the Pt CE based counterpart (7.1%). The excellent capacitive and photovoltaic performances highlight the potential of a-NCs in sustainable energy devices.

  18. Performance of Kerria japonica and Rosa chinensis flower dyes as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hemalatha, K. V.; Karthick, S. N.; Justin Raj, C.; Hong, N.-Y.; Kim, S.-K.; Kim, H.-J.

    2012-10-01

    The natural dyes carotenoid and anthocyanin were extracted from Kerria japonica and Rosa chinensis, respectively, using a simple extraction technique without any further purification. They were then used as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), and their characteristics were studied. The ranges of short-circuit current (JSC) from 0.559 to 0.801 (mA/cm2), open-circuit voltage (VOC) from 0.537 to 0.584 V, and fill factor from 0.676 to 0.705 were obtained for the DSSCs made using the extracted dyes. Sugar molecules were added externally to the dye for stabilization and to increase the conversion efficiency. The efficiencies of the K. japonica and R. chinensis dyes were 0.22% and 0.29%, respectively; after the addition of sugar, the efficiency increased to 0.29% for K. japonica and decreased to 0.27% for R. chinensis. Thus, the addition of sugar molecules increased the conversion efficiency slightly with the carotenoid dye of K. japonica, while there was no considerable change with the anthocyanin of R. chinensis. This paper briefly discusses the simple extraction technique of these natural dyes and their performance in DSSCs.

  19. Advanced Cd(II) complexes as high efficiency co-sensitizers for enhanced dye-sensitized solar cell performance.

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    Gao, Song; Fan, Rui Qing; Wang, Xin Ming; Qiang, Liang Sheng; Wei, Li Guo; Wang, Ping; Yang, Yu Lin; Wang, Yu Lei

    2015-11-01

    This work reports on two new complexes with the general formula [Cd3(IBA)3(Cl)2(HCOO)(H2O)]n (1) and {[Cd1.5(IBA)3(H2O)6]·3.5H2O}n (2), which can be synthesized by the reaction of Cd(II) with rigid linear ligand 4-HIBA containing imidazolyl and carboxylate functional groups [4-HIBA = 4-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)benzoic acid]. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that complex 1 is a 2D "wave-like" layer structure constructed from trinuclear units and complex 2 is just a mononuclear structure. Surprisingly, both complexes 1 and 2 appear as a 3D supramolecular network via intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions. What's more, due to their strong UV-visible absorption, 1 and 2 can be employed as co-sensitizers in combination with N719 to enhance dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) performance. Both of them could overcome the deficiency of the ruthenium complex N719 absorption in the region of ultraviolet and blue-violet, and the charge collection efficiency is also improved when 1 and 2 are used as co-sensitizers, which are all in favor of enhancing the performance. The DSSC devices using co-sensitizers of 1/N719 and 2/N719 show an overall conversion efficiency of 8.27% and 7.73% with a short circuit current density of 17.48 mA cm(-2) and 17.39 mA cm(-2), and an open circuit voltage of 0.75 V and 0.74 V, respectively. The overall conversion efficiency is 27.23% and 18.92% higher than that of a device solely sensitized by N719 (6.50%). Consequently, the prepared complexes are high efficiency co-sensitizers for enhancing the performance of N719 sensitized solar cells. PMID:26419745

  20. Dye-sensitized Solar Cells for Solar Energy Harvesting

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    Roy, M. S.; Deol, Y. S.; Kumar, Manish; Prasad, Narottam; Janu, Yojana

    2011-10-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) also known as Gratzel cells, have attracted the interests of researchers to a great extent because of its cost effective and easy manufacturing process without involving highly sophisticated lithographic technique and high cost raw materials as usually seen in conventional solar cell. Based on simple photo-electrochemical process, it has got immense potential in converting solar energy to electrical power in remote and desert area where the supply of conventional power is not possible. The overall peak power-production efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells has been reported around 11 percent, so they are best suited to low-density applications and the price-to-performance ratio obtained through these solar cells is superior to others. DSSCs have ability to absorb even diffused sunlight and therefore work in cloudy whether as well without much impact over the efficiency. The present communication deals with a review of our work on DSSCs wherein we have used cost effective natural dyes/pigments as a sensitizer of nc-TiO2 and discussed about various key factors affecting the conversion efficiency of DSSC.

  1. Influence of defects in ZnO nanomaterials on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cell and photocatalytic activity

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    Guo, M. Y.; Ng, Alan M. C.; Liu, F. Z.; Leung, Y. H.; Wong, K. K.; Ng, A.; Ng, Y. H.; Wang, Gang; Djurišić, A. B.; Chan, W. K.

    2013-03-01

    ZnO as a wide band gap semiconductor is of significant interest for various applications, including dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants. For DSSC, although the performance of ZnO-based devices is generally inferior to TiO2-based ones, it is still of interest due to its high electron mobility. While the relationship between the material and the device performance are complicated, many studies have been focused on morphologies and surface area of the nanomaterials. The studies of the effect of the material properties such as the types and concentrations of native defects on the DSSC performance have been scarce. For photocatalytic degradation of pollutants, many reports showed ZnO has a higher or similar efficiency compared to the commonly used TiO2. Reports have also pointed out the important role of native defects of ZnO in its photocatalytic activity. Nevertheless, the effect of the type and location of the defects has been contradictory in the literature indicating that there is a complex relationship. Therefore, we will discuss the effect of ZnO native defects on the dye adsorption, charge transport and hence the DSSC performance. We will also discuss their influence on reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and photocatalytic dye degradation. As photoluminescence (PL) is a common methodology in studying native defects of ZnO, the relationship between PL, DSSC performance and photocatalytic properties will also be investigated. Preliminary results showed a higher overall PL intensity would result in a better device performance and higher photocatalytic activities.

  2. Performance Enhancement of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on TiO₂ Thick Mesoporous Photoanodes by Morphological Manipulation.

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    Keshavarzi, Reza; Mirkhani, Valiollah; Moghadam, Majid; Tangestaninejad, Shahram; Mohammadpoor-Baltork, Iraj

    2015-10-27

    This study is an attempt to give an account of the preparation of mesoporous TiO2 thick templated films of nonsimilar pore architecture and their use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Highly crystallized mesoporous titania thick templated films with four different morphologies including hexagonal, wormlike, cubic, and gridlike mesostructure, have been successfully synthesized through an evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) route followed by layer-by-layer deposition. Stabilization, followed by each coating, and calcinations, carried out after every five layers, were used to produce crack-free thick films. These mesoporous templated titanium dioxide samples were characterized by TEM, XRD, SEM, BET, and UV-vis measurements and used as a photoelectrode material in DSSCs. The mesostructured films with a thickness of about 7 μm demonstrated better performance in comparison to nanocrystalline TiO2 films (NC-TiO2) at a film thickness of 13 μm as the most typical films utilized in DSSCs. The findings reveal that a surfactant/Ti ratio change undergone for developing cubic mesostructures can enhance the crystallinity and roughness factor and therefore increase the energy conversion efficiency of DSSC. The cell performances derived from these mesofilms were enhanced compared to the efficiencies reported thus far. The best photovoltaic performance of 8.73% came from DSSC using the cubic mesoporous TiO2 photoelectrode with the following properties: open circuit voltage of 743 mV, short circuit photocurrent density of 16.35 mA/cm(2), and fill factor of 0.72.

  3. Controllable synthesis of ZnO nanograss with different morphologies and enhanced performance in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhu Shibu; Chen Xiangnan; Zuo Feibiao; Jiang Man; Zhou Zuowan; Hui, David

    2013-01-15

    A series of ZnO nanograss films grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide coated glass substrates were synthesized via hydrothermal method by using polyethyleneimine (PEI) as adjusting agent. The films were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that the PEI not only affected the aspect ratios of ZnO nanograss but also changed the geometrical shape of ZnO nanograss. A possible mechanism based on PEI adsorbed on the non-polar facets of ZnO that governed the growth rate of different directions were proposed to elucidate the effect of PEI on morphology of ZnO. The ZnO nanograss films were applied to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The results showed that the photocurrent density significantly enhanced, and the power conversion efficiency increased by 55% based on ZnO nanograss synthesized in a growth solution containing 7 mmol/L PEI, resulting from the dye loading properties related to the different morphologies. - Graphical abstract: Effect of PEI on ZnO nanograss: controlling the aspect ratio and morphology of ZnO and enhancing their photovoltaic performance. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanograss with different aspect ratios were synthesized by adjusting PEI content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PEI affects both on the aspect ratios and geometrical shapes of ZnO nanograss. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanograss with high aspect ratio and needle-like tip was advantageous for improved photovoltaic conversion performance.

  4. Photochemical performance of ZnO nanostructures in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Das, Partha Pratim; Mukhopadhyay, Soumita; Agarkar, Shruti A.; Jana, Arpita; Devi, P. Sujatha

    2015-10-01

    In this work, the photoconversion efficiencies of ZnO having diverse microstructures and structural defects have been investigated. A conversion efficiency of 1.38% was achieved for the DSSCs fabricated with as prepared ZnO nanorods having minimum vacancy defects and a favourable one dimensional directional pathway for electron conduction. The DSSCs fabricated with ZnO nanoparticles exhibited relatively low conversion efficiency of 1.004% probably due to multiple trapping/detrapping phenomena within the grain boundaries and ZnO flowers though exhibited a high dye adsorption capability exhibited the lowest conversion efficiency of 0.59% due to a high concentration of structural defects. Based on the experimental evidences, we believe that the type of defects and their concentrations are more important than shape in controlling the overall performance of ZnO based DSSCs.

  5. Plasmonic-resonance-based ternary composite complementary enhancement of the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Bai, Lihua; Li, Meiya; Liu, Xiaolian; Luoshan, Mengdai; Zhang, Feng; Guo, Kaimo; Zhu, Yongdan; Sun, Beilei; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2016-10-01

    Graphene (G), TiO2 fusiform nanorods (TiO2NRs) adsorbed with Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) are prepared and blended as multifunctional materials into TiO2 nanocrystalline film to form a novel ternary (G-TiO2NRs-Au) composite photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The effects of G-TiO2NRs-Au on the properties of the photoanode and DSSC are investigated. Results show that, by blending G-TiO2NRs-Au, the light absorption and scattering of the photoanode are obviously improved, and the charge transfer resistance R2 and electron recombination are decreased, resulting in a significant enhancement in the short-circuit current density (J sc) and the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSSCs. The maximum J sc of 17.66 mA cm-2 and PCE of 8.56% are obtained in the optimal G-TiO2NRs-Au-based DSSC, about 33.6% and 35.0% higher than that obtained in the conventional TiO2-based DSSC. This significant improvement in the performance of the DSSC can be attributed to the ternary composite complementary effects of multi-functions from the surface plasmon resonance of AuNPs, light scattering of TiO2NRs, and the improved dye loading and fast electron transmission channel from graphene. This study provides an effective way of ternary composite complementary enhancement of the J sc and PCE of the DSSCs.

  6. Plasmonic-resonance-based ternary composite complementary enhancement of the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Bai, Lihua; Li, Meiya; Liu, Xiaolian; Luoshan, Mengdai; Zhang, Feng; Guo, Kaimo; Zhu, Yongdan; Sun, Beilei; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2016-10-14

    Graphene (G), TiO2 fusiform nanorods (TiO2NRs) adsorbed with Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) are prepared and blended as multifunctional materials into TiO2 nanocrystalline film to form a novel ternary (G-TiO2NRs-Au) composite photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The effects of G-TiO2NRs-Au on the properties of the photoanode and DSSC are investigated. Results show that, by blending G-TiO2NRs-Au, the light absorption and scattering of the photoanode are obviously improved, and the charge transfer resistance R2 and electron recombination are decreased, resulting in a significant enhancement in the short-circuit current density (J sc) and the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSSCs. The maximum J sc of 17.66 mA cm(-2) and PCE of 8.56% are obtained in the optimal G-TiO2NRs-Au-based DSSC, about 33.6% and 35.0% higher than that obtained in the conventional TiO2-based DSSC. This significant improvement in the performance of the DSSC can be attributed to the ternary composite complementary effects of multi-functions from the surface plasmon resonance of AuNPs, light scattering of TiO2NRs, and the improved dye loading and fast electron transmission channel from graphene. This study provides an effective way of ternary composite complementary enhancement of the J sc and PCE of the DSSCs. PMID:27595326

  7. Plasmonic-resonance-based ternary composite complementary enhancement of the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Bai, Lihua; Li, Meiya; Liu, Xiaolian; Luoshan, Mengdai; Zhang, Feng; Guo, Kaimo; Zhu, Yongdan; Sun, Beilei; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2016-10-14

    Graphene (G), TiO2 fusiform nanorods (TiO2NRs) adsorbed with Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) are prepared and blended as multifunctional materials into TiO2 nanocrystalline film to form a novel ternary (G-TiO2NRs-Au) composite photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The effects of G-TiO2NRs-Au on the properties of the photoanode and DSSC are investigated. Results show that, by blending G-TiO2NRs-Au, the light absorption and scattering of the photoanode are obviously improved, and the charge transfer resistance R2 and electron recombination are decreased, resulting in a significant enhancement in the short-circuit current density (J sc) and the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSSCs. The maximum J sc of 17.66 mA cm(-2) and PCE of 8.56% are obtained in the optimal G-TiO2NRs-Au-based DSSC, about 33.6% and 35.0% higher than that obtained in the conventional TiO2-based DSSC. This significant improvement in the performance of the DSSC can be attributed to the ternary composite complementary effects of multi-functions from the surface plasmon resonance of AuNPs, light scattering of TiO2NRs, and the improved dye loading and fast electron transmission channel from graphene. This study provides an effective way of ternary composite complementary enhancement of the J sc and PCE of the DSSCs.

  8. Dye-sensitized Schottky barrier solar cells

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    Skotheim, Terje A.

    1978-01-01

    A low-cost dye-sensitized Schottky barrier solar cell comprised of a substrate of semiconductor with an ohmic contact on one face, a sensitizing dye adsorbed onto the opposite face of the semiconductor, a transparent thin-film layer of a reducing agent over the dye, and a thin-film layer of metal over the reducing agent. The ohmic contact and metal layer constitute electrodes for connection to an external circuit and one or the other or both are made transparent to permit light to penetrate to the dye and be absorbed therein for generating electric current. The semiconductor material chosen to be the substrate is one having a wide bandgap and which therefore is transparent; the dye selected is one having a ground state within the bandgap of the semiconductor to generate carriers in the semiconductor, and a first excited state above the conduction band edge of the semiconductor to readily conduct electrons from the dye to the semiconductor; the reducing agent selected is one having a ground state above the ground state of the sensitizer to provide a plentiful source of electrons to the dye during current generation and thereby enhance the generation; and the metal for the thin-film layer of metal is selected to have a Fermi level in the vicinity of or above the ground state of the reducing agent to thereby amply supply electrons to the reducing agent.

  9. Superior Light-Harvesting Heteroleptic Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Electron-Donating Antennas for High Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Chen, Wang-Chao; Kong, Fan-Tai; Li, Zhao-Qian; Pan, Jia-Hong; Liu, Xue-Peng; Guo, Fu-Ling; Zhou, Li; Huang, Yang; Yu, Ting; Dai, Song-Yuan

    2016-08-01

    Three heteroleptic polypyridyl ruthenium complexes, RC-41, RC-42, and RC-43, with efficient electron-donating antennas in the ancillary ligands were designed, synthesized, and characterized as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cell. All the RC dye sensitizers showed remarkable light-harvesting capacity and broadened absorption range. Significantly, RC-43 obtained the lower energy metal-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) band peaked at 557 nm with a high molar extinction coefficient of 27 400 M(-1) cm(-1). In conjunction with TiO2 photoanode of submicrospheres and iodide-based electrolytes, the DSSCs sensitizing with the RC sensitizers, achieved impressively high short-circuit current density (19.04 mA cm(-2) for RC-41, 19.83 mA cm(-2) for RC-42, and 20.21 mA cm(-2) for RC-43) and power conversion efficiency (10.07% for RC-41, 10.52% for RC-42, and 10.78% for RC-43). The superior performances of RC dye sensitizers were attributed to the enhanced light-harvesting capacity and incident-photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) caused by the introduction of electron-donating antennas in the ancillary ligands. The interfacial charge recombination/regeneration kinetics and electron lifetime were further evaluated by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS). These data decisively revealed the dependences on the photovoltaic performance of ruthenium sensitizers incorporating electron-donating antennas. PMID:27409513

  10. Superior Light-Harvesting Heteroleptic Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Electron-Donating Antennas for High Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Chen, Wang-Chao; Kong, Fan-Tai; Li, Zhao-Qian; Pan, Jia-Hong; Liu, Xue-Peng; Guo, Fu-Ling; Zhou, Li; Huang, Yang; Yu, Ting; Dai, Song-Yuan

    2016-08-01

    Three heteroleptic polypyridyl ruthenium complexes, RC-41, RC-42, and RC-43, with efficient electron-donating antennas in the ancillary ligands were designed, synthesized, and characterized as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cell. All the RC dye sensitizers showed remarkable light-harvesting capacity and broadened absorption range. Significantly, RC-43 obtained the lower energy metal-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) band peaked at 557 nm with a high molar extinction coefficient of 27 400 M(-1) cm(-1). In conjunction with TiO2 photoanode of submicrospheres and iodide-based electrolytes, the DSSCs sensitizing with the RC sensitizers, achieved impressively high short-circuit current density (19.04 mA cm(-2) for RC-41, 19.83 mA cm(-2) for RC-42, and 20.21 mA cm(-2) for RC-43) and power conversion efficiency (10.07% for RC-41, 10.52% for RC-42, and 10.78% for RC-43). The superior performances of RC dye sensitizers were attributed to the enhanced light-harvesting capacity and incident-photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) caused by the introduction of electron-donating antennas in the ancillary ligands. The interfacial charge recombination/regeneration kinetics and electron lifetime were further evaluated by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS). These data decisively revealed the dependences on the photovoltaic performance of ruthenium sensitizers incorporating electron-donating antennas.

  11. A higher performance dye-sensitized solar cell based on the modified PMII/EMIMBF4 binary room temperature ionic liquid electrolyte

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    Wang, Wu-yang; Cao, Da-peng; Wang, Chao; Zhang, Xiang-yu; Mi, Bao-xiu; Gao, Zhi-qiang; Liang, Zhong-cheng

    2016-07-01

    Additives and iodine (I2) are used to modify the binary room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) electrolyte to enhance the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The short-circuit current density ( J SC) of 17.89 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage ( V OC) of 0.71 V and fill factor ( FF) of 0.50 are achieved in the optimal device. An average photoelectric conversion efficiency ( PCE) of 6.35% is achieved by optimization, which is over two times larger than that of the parent device before optimization (2.06%), while the maximum PCE can reach up to 6.63%.

  12. Facile synthesis of silicon carbide-titanium dioxide semiconducting nanocomposite using pulsed laser ablation technique and its performance in photovoltaic dye sensitized solar cell and photocatalytic water purification

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    Gondal, M. A.; Ilyas, A. M.; Baig, Umair

    2016-08-01

    Separation of photo-generated charge carriers (electron and holes) is a major approach to improve the photovoltaic and photocatalytic performance of metal oxide semiconductors. For harsh environment like high temperature applications, ceramic like silicon carbide is very prominent. In this work, 10%, 20% and 40% by weight of pre-oxidized silicon carbide was coupled with titanium dioxide (TiO2) to form nanocomposite semiconductor via elegant pulsed laser ablation in liquid technique using second harmonic 532 nm wavelength of neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd-YAG) laser. In addition, the effect of silicon carbide concentration on the performance of silicon carbide-titanium dioxide nanocomposite as photo-anode in dye sensitized solar cell and as photocatalyst in photodegradation of methyl orange dye in water was also studied. The result obtained shows that photo-conversion efficiency of the dye sensitized solar cell was improved from 0.6% to 1.65% and the percentage of methyl orange dye removed was enhanced from 22% to 77% at 24 min under ultraviolet-visible solar spectrum in the nanocomposite with 10% weight of silicon carbide. This remarkable performance enhancement could be due to the improvement in electron transfer phenomenon by the presence of silicon carbide on titanium dioxide.

  13. Dual-functional CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals for performance-enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Roh, Jongmin; Hwang, Sun Hye; Jang, Jyongsik

    2014-11-26

    Single-crystalline, octahedral CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals, successfully prepared using a simple hydrothermal method, were investigated to determine their photovoltaic properties in an effort to enhance the light-harvesting efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The size of the CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals (300-400 nm), as well as their mirrorlike facets, significantly improved the diffuse reflectance of visible light. Excitation of the CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystal with 330 nm ultraviolet light was re-emitted via downconversion photoluminescence (PL) from 570 to 672 nm, corresponding to the 5D0→7FJ transition in the Eu3+ ions. Downconversion PL was dominant at 590 nm and had a maximum intensity for 1 mol % Eu3+. The CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystal-based DSSCs exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.36%, an increase of 14%, compared with conventional TiO2 nanoparticle-based DSSCs, because of the strong light-scattering and downconversion PL of the CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals.

  14. The Photovoltaic Performances of PVdF-HFP Electrospun Membranes Employed Quasi-Solid-State Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Gnana kumar, G; Balanay, Mannix P; Nirmala, R; Kim, Dong Hee; Raj kumar, T; Senthilkumar, N; Kim, Ae Rhan; Yoo, Dong Jin

    2016-01-01

    The PVdF-HFP nanofiber membranes with different molecular weight were prepared by electrospinning technique and were investigated as solid state electrolyte membranes in quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cells (QS-DSSC). The homogeneously distributed and fully interconnected nanofibers were obtained for all of the prepared PVdF-HFP electrospun membranes and the average fiber diameters of fabricated membranes were dependent upon the molecular weight of polymer. The thermal stability of electrospun PVdF-HFP membrane was decreased with a decrement of molecular weight, specifying the high heat transfer area of small diameter nanofibers. The QS-DSSC fabricated with the lower molecular weight PVdF-HFP electrospun nanofiber membrane exhibited the power conversion efficiency of 1 = 5.38%, which is superior over the high molecular weight membranes and is comparable with the liquid electrolyte. Furthermore, the electrospun PVdF-HFP membrane exhibited long-term durability over the liquid electrolyte, owing to the higher adsorption and retention efficiencies of liquid electrolyte in its highly porous and interconnected nanofibers. Thus the proposed electrospun PVdF-HFP membrane effectively tackled the volatilization and leakage of liquid electrolyte and provided good photoconversion efficiency associated with an excellent stability, which constructs the prepared electrospun membranes as credible solid state candidates for the application of QS-DSSCs. PMID:27398491

  15. Enhanced Photovoltaic Performances of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Co-Sensitization of Benzothiadiazole and Squaraine-Based Dyes.

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    Islam, Ashraful; Akhtaruzzaman, Md; Chowdhury, Towhid H; Qin, Chuanjiang; Han, Liyuan; Bedja, Idriss M; Stalder, Romain; Schanze, Kirk S; Reynolds, John R

    2016-02-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on a donor-acceptor-donor oligothienylene dye containing benzothiadiazole (T4BTD-A) were cosensitized with dyes containing cis-configured squaraine rings (HSQ3 and HSQ4). The cosensitized dyes showed incident monochromatic photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) greater than 70% in the 300-850 nm wavelength region. The individual overall conversion efficiencies of the sensitizers T4BTD-A, HSQ3, and HSQ4 were 6.4%, 4.8%, and 5.8%, respectively. Improved power conversion efficiencies of 7.0% and 7.7% were observed when T4BTD-A was cosensitized with HSQ3 and HSQ4, respectively, thanks to a significant increase in current density (JSC) for the cosensitized DSSCs. Intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy results showed a longer lifetime for cosensitized T4BTD-A+HSQ3 and T4BTD-A+HSQ4 compared to that of HSQ3 and HSQ4, respectively.

  16. Enhanced Photovoltaic Performances of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Co-Sensitization of Benzothiadiazole and Squaraine-Based Dyes.

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    Islam, Ashraful; Akhtaruzzaman, Md; Chowdhury, Towhid H; Qin, Chuanjiang; Han, Liyuan; Bedja, Idriss M; Stalder, Romain; Schanze, Kirk S; Reynolds, John R

    2016-02-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on a donor-acceptor-donor oligothienylene dye containing benzothiadiazole (T4BTD-A) were cosensitized with dyes containing cis-configured squaraine rings (HSQ3 and HSQ4). The cosensitized dyes showed incident monochromatic photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) greater than 70% in the 300-850 nm wavelength region. The individual overall conversion efficiencies of the sensitizers T4BTD-A, HSQ3, and HSQ4 were 6.4%, 4.8%, and 5.8%, respectively. Improved power conversion efficiencies of 7.0% and 7.7% were observed when T4BTD-A was cosensitized with HSQ3 and HSQ4, respectively, thanks to a significant increase in current density (JSC) for the cosensitized DSSCs. Intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy results showed a longer lifetime for cosensitized T4BTD-A+HSQ3 and T4BTD-A+HSQ4 compared to that of HSQ3 and HSQ4, respectively. PMID:26812212

  17. Effects of heterocycles containing different atoms as π-bridges on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Jia, Hailang; Ju, Xuehai; Zhang, Mingdao; Ju, Zemin; Zheng, Hegen

    2015-07-01

    Two new D-π-A zinc porphyrin dyes with thiophene and furan π-bridges have been synthesized and employed in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Here, the triphenylamine (TPA) moiety was used as the electron donor, and the hexylthiophene chromophores were introduced onto the donor groups, which effectively extended the π-conjugation system. Although the two dyes had similar molecular structures, there was a significant difference between their optical and photoelectric properties. The EIS analysis suggested that the dye with the thiophene π-bridge had a lower charge recombination rate compared to the dye with the furan π-bridge. Based on their light-harvesting abilities, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye JP-S was higher than that of dye JP-O. The JP-S-based DSSC showed a PCE of 5.84%, whereas the PCE of the JP-O-based DSSC was 4.68%. Moreover, using the dye TTR1 as a co-sensitizer made up for the poor absorption of porphyrin dyes in the 480-600 nm range and reduced the charge recombination. The JP-S + TTR1-based DSSCs showed a higher PCE of 6.71%, and the Jsc and Voc values of the device were both increased using this strategy. PMID:26040414

  18. Effect of compressed TiO2 nanoparticle thin film thickness on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2013-01-01

    In this study, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated using nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles as photoanode. Photoanode thin films were prepared by doctor blading method with 420 kg/cm2 of mechanical compression process and heat treatment in the air at 500°C for 30 min. The optimal thickness of the TiO2 NP photoanode is 26.6 μm with an efficiency of 9.01% under AM 1.5G illumination at 100 mW/cm2. The efficiency is around two times higher than that of conventional DSSCs with an uncompressed photoanode. The open-circuit voltage of DSSCs decreases as the thickness increases. One DSSC (sample D) has the highest conversion efficiency while it has the maximum short-circuit current density. The results indicate that the short-circuit current density is a compromise between two conflict factors: enlargement of the surface area by increasing photoanode thickness and extension of the electron diffusion length to the electrode as the thickness increases. PMID:24192482

  19. Performance of polymer electrolyte based on chitosan blended with poly(ethylene oxide) for plasmonic dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Buraidah, M. H.; Teo, L. P.; Au Yong, C. M.; Shah, Shahan; Arof, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    Chitosan and poly(ethylene oxide) powders have been mixed in different weight ratios. To each mixture, a fixed amount of ammonium iodide has been added. All mixtures have been dissolved in 1% acetic acid solution to form polymer blend electrolyte films by the solution cast technique. X-ray diffraction indicates that the polymer blend electrolytes are amorphous. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows shifting of the amine, carboxamide and Csbnd Osbnd C bands to lower wavenumbers indicating the occurrence of complexation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to study the electrical properties of the samples. The ionic conductivity for 55 wt.% chitosan-45 wt.% NH4I electrolyte system is 3.73 × 10-7 S cm-1 at room temperature and is increased to 3.66 × 10-6 S cm-1 for the blended film (16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I film. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been fabricated by sandwiching the polymer electrolyte between the TiO2/dye photoelectrode and Pt counter electrode. DSSCs fabricated exhibits short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 2.71 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.58 V and efficiency of 0.78% with configuration ITO/TiO2/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO and Jsc of 2.84 mA cm-2, Voc of 0.58 V and efficiency of 1.13% with configuration ITO/TiO2 + Ag nanoparticles/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO.

  20. Digital Printing of Titanium Dioxide for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Cherrington, Ruth; Wood, Benjamin Michael; Salaoru, Iulia; Goodship, Vannessa

    2016-05-04

    Silicon solar cell manufacturing is an expensive and high energy consuming process. In contrast, dye sensitized solar cell production is less environmentally damaging with lower processing temperatures presenting a viable and low cost alternative to conventional production. This paper further enhances these environmental credentials by evaluating the digital printing and therefore additive production route for these cells. This is achieved here by investigating the formation and performance of a metal oxide photoelectrode using nanoparticle sized titanium dioxide. An ink-jettable material was formulated, characterized and printed with a piezoelectric inkjet head to produce a 2.6 µm thick layer. The resultant printed layer was fabricated into a functioning cell with an active area of 0.25 cm(2) and a power conversion efficiency of 3.5%. The binder-free formulation resulted in a reduced processing temperature of 250 °C, compatible with flexible polyamide substrates which are stable up to temperatures of 350 ˚C. The authors are continuing to develop this process route by investigating inkjet printing of other layers within dye sensitized solar cells.

  1. Digital Printing of Titanium Dioxide for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Cherrington, Ruth; Wood, Benjamin Michael; Salaoru, Iulia; Goodship, Vannessa

    2016-01-01

    Silicon solar cell manufacturing is an expensive and high energy consuming process. In contrast, dye sensitized solar cell production is less environmentally damaging with lower processing temperatures presenting a viable and low cost alternative to conventional production. This paper further enhances these environmental credentials by evaluating the digital printing and therefore additive production route for these cells. This is achieved here by investigating the formation and performance of a metal oxide photoelectrode using nanoparticle sized titanium dioxide. An ink-jettable material was formulated, characterized and printed with a piezoelectric inkjet head to produce a 2.6 µm thick layer. The resultant printed layer was fabricated into a functioning cell with an active area of 0.25 cm(2) and a power conversion efficiency of 3.5%. The binder-free formulation resulted in a reduced processing temperature of 250 °C, compatible with flexible polyamide substrates which are stable up to temperatures of 350 ˚C. The authors are continuing to develop this process route by investigating inkjet printing of other layers within dye sensitized solar cells. PMID:27166761

  2. Digital Printing of Titanium Dioxide for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Cherrington, Ruth; Wood, Benjamin Michael; Salaoru, Iulia; Goodship, Vannessa

    2016-01-01

    Silicon solar cell manufacturing is an expensive and high energy consuming process. In contrast, dye sensitized solar cell production is less environmentally damaging with lower processing temperatures presenting a viable and low cost alternative to conventional production. This paper further enhances these environmental credentials by evaluating the digital printing and therefore additive production route for these cells. This is achieved here by investigating the formation and performance of a metal oxide photoelectrode using nanoparticle sized titanium dioxide. An ink-jettable material was formulated, characterized and printed with a piezoelectric inkjet head to produce a 2.6 µm thick layer. The resultant printed layer was fabricated into a functioning cell with an active area of 0.25 cm2 and a power conversion efficiency of 3.5%. The binder-free formulation resulted in a reduced processing temperature of 250 °C, compatible with flexible polyamide substrates which are stable up to temperatures of 350 ˚C. The authors are continuing to develop this process route by investigating inkjet printing of other layers within dye sensitized solar cells. PMID:27166761

  3. Green grasses as light harvesters in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Shanmugam, Vinoth; Manoharan, Subbaiah; Sharafali, A.; Anandan, Sambandam; Murugan, Ramaswamy

    2015-01-01

    Chlorophylls, the major pigments presented in plants are responsible for the process of photosynthesis. The working principle of dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is analogous to natural photosynthesis in light-harvesting and charge separation. In a similar way, natural dyes extracted from three types of grasses viz. Hierochloe Odorata (HO), Torulinium Odoratum (TO) and Dactyloctenium Aegyptium (DA) were used as light harvesters in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) were used to characterize the dyes. The electron transport mechanism and internal resistance of the DSSCs were investigated by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The performance of the cells fabricated with the grass extract shows comparable efficiencies with the reported natural dyes. Among the three types of grasses, the DSSC fabricated with the dye extracted from Hierochloe Odorata (HO) exhibited the maximum efficiency. LC-MS investigations indicated that the dominant pigment present in HO dye was pheophytin a (Pheo a).

  4. Asymmetric Zinc Phthalocyanines as Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Tunc, Gulenay; Yavuz, Yunus; Gurek, Aysegul; Canimkurbey, Betul; Kosemen, Arif; San, Sait Eren; Ahsen, Vefa

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received increasing attention due to their high incident to photon efficiency, easy fabrication and low production cost . Tremendous research efforts have been devoted to the development of new and efficient sensitizers suitable for practical use. In TiO2-based DSSCs, efficiencies of up to 11.4% under simulated sunlight have been obtained with rutheniumepolypyridyl complexes. However, the main drawback of ruthenium complexes is the lack of absorption in the red region of the visible light and the high cost. For this reason, dyes with large and stable p-conjugated systems such as porphyrins and phthalocyanines are important classes of potential sensitizers for highly efficient DSSCs. Phthalocyanines (Pcs) have been widely used as sensitizers because of their improved light-harvesting properties in the far red- and near-IR spectral regions and their extraordinary robustness [1]. In this work, a series of asymmetric Zn(II) Pcs bearing a carboxylic acid group and six hexylthia groups either at the peripheral or non-peripheral positions have been designed and synthesized to investigate the influence of the COOH group and the positions of hexylthia groups on the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) performance.

  5. Improved performance of dye-sensitized solar cell based on TiO2 photoanode with FTO glass and film both treated by TiCl4

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    Li, Jinlun; Zhang, Haiyan; Wang, Wenguang; Qian, Yannan; Li, Zhenghui

    2016-11-01

    The dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on TiO2 photoanode with FTO glass and TiO2 film co-treated by TiCl4 were fabricated. The effects of TiCl4 treatment on the photovoltaic performance of the DSSCs were investigated. TiCl4 treatment of the FTO glass resulted in the formation of a compact TiO2 thin layer on its surface, which could increase the electron collection efficiency. Meanwhile, TiCl4 treatment of the TiO2 film could fill gaps between nanoparticles in the TiO2 film, leading to better electron transfer. These advantages make the DSSC exhibit a highest conversion efficiency of 3.34% under a simulated solar irradiation with an intensity of 100 mW/cm2 (1 sun), increased by 38% compared with that of the untreated DSSC.

  6. Dna-Enhanced Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Pollum, Marvin; Crespo-Hernandez, Carlos E.

    2013-06-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a promising alternative to the current silicon solar cell technologies. DSSCs have a lower manufacturing cost, can be made to be flexible, semi-transparent, and in any variety of colors for aesthetic applications. Despite these advantageous properties, the stability and power conversion efficiency of DSSCs are still lacking. Recently, we have shown that the adsorption of DNA onto the semiconductor surface of a typical DSSC improves its overall performance. Structure-function analysis, in conjunction with steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic studies, are currently being done to understand this phenomenon and to uncover the mechanism by which DNA boosts the overall performance of DSSCs. This new knowledge is expected to facilitate the rational design of DSSCs that exhibit higher power conversion efficiency than those currently available.

  7. The Effect of Scattering Layer on the Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using TiO2 Hollow Spheres/TiO2 Nanoparticles Films as Photoanodes.

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    Park, Su Kyung; Suh, Soong-Hyuck; Lee, Min Woo; Yun, Tae Kwan; Bae, Jae Young

    2015-10-01

    TiO2 hollow spheres were successfully synthesized using poly styrene as the template. Dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated based on double-layered composite films of TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 hollow spheres. The photoelectric conversion performances of Dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2 nanoparticles/TiO2 nanoparticles, TiO2 nanoparticles/TiO2 hollow spheres and TiO2 hollow spheres/TiO2 hollow spheres double-layered films are investigated, and their photoelectric conversion efficiencies were determined to 4.52, 7.10 and 5.48%, respectively. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on double layered composite films of TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 hollow spheres exhibit the highest photo-electric conversion efficiency mainly due to the combined effect of two factors, the high light scattering of over-layer hollow spheres that enhance harvesting light of the Dye-sensitized solar cells and the under-layer TiO2 nanoparticle layer that ensures good electronic contact between TiO2 film and FTO conducting glass. The double layered composite TiO2 film electrodes are a promising development in enhancing the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

  8. The Effect of Scattering Layer on the Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using TiO2 Hollow Spheres/TiO2 Nanoparticles Films as Photoanodes.

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    Park, Su Kyung; Suh, Soong-Hyuck; Lee, Min Woo; Yun, Tae Kwan; Bae, Jae Young

    2015-10-01

    TiO2 hollow spheres were successfully synthesized using poly styrene as the template. Dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated based on double-layered composite films of TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 hollow spheres. The photoelectric conversion performances of Dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2 nanoparticles/TiO2 nanoparticles, TiO2 nanoparticles/TiO2 hollow spheres and TiO2 hollow spheres/TiO2 hollow spheres double-layered films are investigated, and their photoelectric conversion efficiencies were determined to 4.52, 7.10 and 5.48%, respectively. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on double layered composite films of TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 hollow spheres exhibit the highest photo-electric conversion efficiency mainly due to the combined effect of two factors, the high light scattering of over-layer hollow spheres that enhance harvesting light of the Dye-sensitized solar cells and the under-layer TiO2 nanoparticle layer that ensures good electronic contact between TiO2 film and FTO conducting glass. The double layered composite TiO2 film electrodes are a promising development in enhancing the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:26726506

  9. Quasi Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Dissanayake, M. A. K. Lakshman

    2013-07-01

    order to maximize the performance of these solar cells. In this presentation, a particular attention will be drawn to the use of binary iodide mixtures in PAN based gel electrolytes to enhance the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells.

  10. Characterising dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Tobin, Laura L.; O'Reilly, Thomas; Zerulla, Dominic; Sheridan, John T.

    2009-08-01

    With growing energy and environmental concerns due to fossil fuel depletion and global warming there is an increasing attention being attracted by alternative and/or renewable sources of power such as biomass, hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar energy. In today's society there is a vast and in many cases not fully appreciated dependence on electrical power for everyday life and therefore devices such as PV cells are of enormous importance. The more widely used and commercially available silicon (semiconductor) based cells currently have the greatest efficiencies, however the manufacturing of these cells is complex and costly due to the cost and difficulty of producing and processing pure silicon. One new direction being explored is the development of dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC). The SFI Strategic Research Centre for Solar Energy Conversion is a new research cluster based in Ireland, formed with the express intention of bringing together industry and academia to produce renewable energy solutions. Our specific area of research is in biomimetic dye sensitised solar cells and their electrical properties. We are currently working to develop test equipment, and optoelectronic models describing the performance and behaviors of dye-sensitised solar cells (Grätzel Cells). In this paper we describe some of the background to our work and also some of our initial experimental results. Based on these results we intend to characterise the opto-electrical properties and bulk characteristics of simple dye-sensitised solar cells and then to proceed to test new cell compositions.

  11. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on purple corn sensitizers

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    Phinjaturus, Kawin; Maiaugree, Wasan; Suriharn, Bhalang; Pimanpaeng, Samuk; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Swatsitang, Ekaphan

    2016-09-01

    Natural dye extracted from husk, cob and silk of purple corn, were used for the first time as photosensitizers in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The dye sensitized solar cells fabrication process has been optimized in terms of solvent extraction. The resulting maximal efficiency of 1.06% was obtained from purple corn husk extracted by acetone. The ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) were employed to characterize the natural dye and the DSSCs.

  12. Effect of molecular-level insulation on the performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell: fluorescence studies in solid state.

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    Saleh, Na'il; Al-Trawneh, Salah; Al-Dmour, Hmoud; Al-Taweel, Samir; Graham, John P

    2015-01-01

    The performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) that is based on the host-guest encapsulation of 5-[4-diphenylamino)phenyl]thiophene-2-cyanoacrylic acid (L1) inside β-cyclodextrin hosts has been tested. The formation of the complex in the solid state and when adsorbed on TiO(2) was characterized using steady and picosecond time-resolved emission techniques, as well as time dependent DFT calculations. The molecular-level insulation has led to a small enhancement in the energy-conversion performance of the fabricated DSSC with the best results being an increase in the open circuit voltage (Voc) from 0.7 to 0.8 V. The importance of the present investigation lies in the unique spectroscopic characterizations of the examined materials in the solid state.

  13. Performance of dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated with extracts from fruits of ivy gourd and flowers of red frangipani as sensitizers

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    Shanmugam, Vinoth; Manoharan, Subbaiah; Anandan, Sambandam; Murugan, Ramaswamy

    2013-03-01

    Natural dyes extracted from fruits of ivy gourd and flowers of red frangipani were used as sensitizers to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Fourier transform Raman (FT-Raman) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) studies indicated the presence of β-carotene in the fruits of ivy gourd and anthocyanins in the flowers of red frangipani. The extract of the flowers of red frangipani exhibits higher photosensitized performance compared to the fruits of ivy gourd and this is due to the better charge transfer between the dyes of flowers of red frangipani and the TiO2 photoanode surface.

  14. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with dual-function coadsorbent: reducing the surface concentration of dye-iodine complexes concomitant with attenuated charge recombination.

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    Mazloum-Ardakani, Mohammad; Khoshroo, Alireza

    2015-09-21

    In this paper, we have investigated the effects of oleic acid as a dual-function coadsorbent on recombination and iodine binding in dye-sensitized solar cells. Oleic acid as a dual-function coadsorbent effectively shields the back electron transfer from TiO2 to I3(-) ions and also reduces the surface concentration of dye-I2 complexes via iodine binding to the unsaturated double bond on oleic acid. It was found that interaction between iodine and the double bond of oleic acid keeps the iodine molecules away from the surface and reduces the recombination rate between injected electrons in a semiconductor and iodine molecules and also increases open-circuit voltage. Furthermore, the interaction between iodine molecules and unexcited dyes affects the UV-Vis spectrum of them and prevents an unfavorable blue shift. Overall, the results point to an improved performance for DSC operation and development.

  15. Photovoltaic performance of TiO2 electrode adsorbed with gardenia yellow purified by nonionic polymeric sorbent in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kwon, Oh Oun; Kim, Eui Jin; Lee, Jae Hyeok; Kim, Tae Young; Park, Kyung Hee; Kim, Sang Yook; Suh, Hwa Jin; Lee, Hyo Jung; Lee, Jae Wook

    2015-02-01

    To improve the photovoltaic conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), TiO2 electrode adsorbed with gardenia yellow purified by nonionic polymeric sorbent was successfully formulated on nanoporous TiO2 surface. Adsorption and desorption properties of crude gardenia yellow solution on a macroporous resin, XAD-1600, were investigated to purify gardenia yellow because of its strong adsorption and desorption abilities as well as high selectivity. To this end, adsorption equilibrium and kinetic data were measured and fitted using adsorption isotherms and kinetic models. Adsorption and desorption breakthrough curves in a column packed with XAD-1600 resin was obtained to optimize the separation process of gardenia yellow. The photovoltaic performance of the photo-electrode adsorbed with the crude and purified gardenia yellow in DSSCs was compared from current-voltage measurements. The results showed that the photovoltaic conversion efficiency was highly dependent on how to separate and purify gardenia yellow as a photosensitizer.

  16. Performance of dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated with extracts from fruits of ivy gourd and flowers of red frangipani as sensitizers.

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    Shanmugam, Vinoth; Manoharan, Subbaiah; Anandan, Sambandam; Murugan, Ramaswamy

    2013-03-01

    Natural dyes extracted from fruits of ivy gourd and flowers of red frangipani were used as sensitizers to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Fourier transform Raman (FT-Raman) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) studies indicated the presence of β-carotene in the fruits of ivy gourd and anthocyanins in the flowers of red frangipani. The extract of the flowers of red frangipani exhibits higher photosensitized performance compared to the fruits of ivy gourd and this is due to the better charge transfer between the dyes of flowers of red frangipani and the TiO(2) photoanode surface.

  17. Natural dye -sensitized mesoporous ZnO solar cell

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    Wu, Qishuang; Shen, Yue; Wu, Guizhi; Li, Linyu; Cao, Meng; Gu, Feng

    2011-02-01

    Natural dye-sensitized solar cells (N-DSSCs) were assembled using chlorophyll sensitized mesoporous ZnO (based on FTO) as the photoanode and platinum plate as the cathode. The natural dyes (chlorophyll) were extracted from spinach by simple procedure. The absorption spectrum and fluorescence spectrum of chlorophyll were studied. Mesoporous ZnO (m-ZnO) applied to the N-DSSCs was synthesized through hydrothermal method. The structures and morphologies were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and diffuse reflection. The results indicated that the samples had an average pore size of 17 nm and the m-ZnO was hexagonal wurtzite structure. The performances of the N-DSSCs were investigated under AM 1.5G illumination. The Voc of the N-DSSCs was about 480mv, and the Isc was about 470μA. The performance of the N-DSSCs could be further improved by adjusting its structure.

  18. Natural dye -sensitized mesoporous ZnO solar cell

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    Wu, Qishuang; Shen, Yue; Wu, Guizhi; Li, Linyu; Cao, Meng; Gu, Feng

    2010-10-01

    Natural dye-sensitized solar cells (N-DSSCs) were assembled using chlorophyll sensitized mesoporous ZnO (based on FTO) as the photoanode and platinum plate as the cathode. The natural dyes (chlorophyll) were extracted from spinach by simple procedure. The absorption spectrum and fluorescence spectrum of chlorophyll were studied. Mesoporous ZnO (m-ZnO) applied to the N-DSSCs was synthesized through hydrothermal method. The structures and morphologies were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and diffuse reflection. The results indicated that the samples had an average pore size of 17 nm and the m-ZnO was hexagonal wurtzite structure. The performances of the N-DSSCs were investigated under AM 1.5G illumination. The Voc of the N-DSSCs was about 480mv, and the Isc was about 470μA. The performance of the N-DSSCs could be further improved by adjusting its structure.

  19. Space Environmental Testing of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Harris, Jerry D.; Anglin, Emily J.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Bailey, Sheila G.; Scheiman, David A.; Castro, Stephenie L.; Lyons, Valerie (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Recent advances in nanocrystalline dye-sensitized solar cells has lead NASA to investigate the potential of these devices for space power generation, Reported here is the first space environment characterization of these type of photovoltaic devices. Cells containing liquid electrolytes were exposed to simulated low-earth orbit conditions and their performance evaluated. All cells were characterized under simulated air mass zero (AMO) illumination. Complete cells were exposed to pressures less than 1 x 10(exp -7) torr for over a month, with no sign of sealant failure or electrolyte leakage. Cells from Solaronix SA were rapid thermal cycled under simulated low-earth orbit conditions. The cells were cycled 100 times from -80 C to 80 C, which is equivalent to 6 days in orbit. The best cell had a 4.6% loss in efficiency as a result of the thermal cycling,

  20. Dye Sensitized Solar Cells for Economically Viable Photovoltaic Systems.

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Jung-Kun

    2013-05-16

    TiO2 nanoparticle-based dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted a significant level of scientific and technological interest for their potential as economically viable photovoltaic devices. While DSSCs have multiple benefits such as material abundance, a short energy payback period, constant power output, and compatibility with flexible applications, there are still several challenges that hold back large scale commercialization. Critical factors determining the future of DSSCs involve energy conversion efficiency, long-term stability, and production cost. Continuous advancement of their long-term stability suggests that state-of-the-art DSSCs will operate for over 20 years without a significant decrease in performance. Nevertheless, key questions remain in regards to energy conversion efficiency improvements and material cost reduction. In this Perspective, the present state of the field and the ongoing efforts to address the requirements of DSSCs are summarized with views on the future of DSSCs.

  1. Halogen Bonding Promotes Higher Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Photovoltages.

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    Simon, Sarah J C; Parlane, Fraser G L; Swords, Wesley B; Kellett, Cameron W; Du, Chuan; Lam, Brian; Dean, Rebecca K; Hu, Ke; Meyer, Gerald J; Berlinguette, Curtis P

    2016-08-24

    We report here an enhancement in photovoltage for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) where halogen-bonding interactions exist between a nucleophilic electrolyte species (I(-)) and a photo-oxidized dye immobilized on a TiO2 surface. The triarylamine-based dyes under investigation showed larger rate constants for dye regeneration (kreg) by the nucleophilic electrolyte species when heavier halogen substituents were positioned on the dye. The open-circuit voltages (VOC) tracked these kreg values. This analysis of a homologous series of dyes that differ only in the identity of two halogen substituents provides compelling evidence that the DSSC photovoltage is sensitive to kreg. This study also provides the first direct evidence that halogen-bonding interactions between the dye and the electrolyte can bolster DSSC performance.

  2. Rapid Dye Regeneration Mechanism of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Jeon, Jiwon; Park, Young Choon; Han, Sang Soo; Goddard, William A; Lee, Yoon Sup; Kim, Hyungjun

    2014-12-18

    During the light-harvesting process of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), the hole localized on the dye after the charge separation yields an oxidized dye, D(+). The fast regeneration of D(+) using the redox pair (typically the I(-)/I3(-) couple) is critical for the efficient DSSCs. However, the kinetic processes of dye regeneration remain uncertain, still promoting vigorous debates. Here, we use molecular dynamics simulations to determine that the inner-sphere electron-transfer pathway provides a rapid dye regeneration route of ∼4 ps, where penetration of I(-) next to D(+) enables an immediate electron transfer, forming a kinetic barrier. This explains the recently reported ultrafast dye regeneration rate of a few picoseconds determined experimentally. We expect that our MD based comprehensive understanding of the dye regeneration mechanism will provide a helpful guideline in designing TiO2-dye-electrolyte interfacial systems for better performing DSSCs. PMID:26273975

  3. Aerogel tempelated ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hamann, T. W.; Martinson , A. B. E.; Elam, J. W.; Pellin, M. J.; Hupp, J. T.; Materials Science Division; Northwestern Univ.

    2008-01-01

    Atomic layer deposition is employed to conformally coat low density, high surface area aerogel films with ZnO. The ZnO/aerogel membranes are incorporated as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells, which exhibit excellent power efficiencies of up to 2.4% under 100 mW cm{sup -2} light intensity.

  4. Bilayer film electrode of brookite TiO2 particles with different morphology to improve the performance of pure brookite-based dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Jinlei; Wu, Shufang; Ri, Jin Hyok; Jin, Jingpeng; Peng, Tianyou

    2016-09-01

    A novel bilayer brookite TiO2 film photoanode consisting of quasi nanocube film as underlayer and rice-like submicrometer particle film as overlayer are fabricated for improving the photovoltaic properties of the pure brookite-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The brookite TiO2 nanocubes have a mean size of ∼50 nm, and the brookite TiO2 rice-like particles have diameter of ∼600 nm and length of ∼1100 nm. An optimal photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5.51% is obtained from the bilayer brookite-based solar cell, with ∼41% improvement in the efficiency as compared to the single brookite nanocube film-based one (3.91%) under AM 1.5G one sun irradiation. The bilayer brookite-based solar cell shows not only reduced charge recombination and dark current, but also prolonged electron lifetime compared to the single brookite nanocube film-based one. All these lead to a higher photocurrent and voltage, and then to the improved efficiency of the brookite-based solar cell. The present results demonstrate a clear advance towards efficient improvement of the photovoltaic performance of pure brookite-based solar cells.

  5. Progress in nanostructured photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liu, Xueyang; Fang, Jian; Liu, Yong; Lin, Tong

    2016-09-01

    Solar cells represent a principal energy technology to convert light into electricity. Commercial solar cells are at present predominately produced by single- or multi-crystalline silicon wafers. The main drawback to silicon-based solar cells, however, is high material and manufacturing costs. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted much attention during recent years because of the low production cost and other advantages. The photoanode (working electrode) plays a key role in determining the performance of DSSCs. In particular, nanostructured photoanodes with a large surface area, high electron transfer efficiency, and low electron recombination facilitate to prepare DSSCs with high energy conversion efficiency. In this review article, we summarize recent progress in the development of novel photoanodes for DSSCs. Effect of semiconductor material (e.g. TiO2, ZnO, SnO2, N2O5, and nano carbon), preparation, morphology and structure (e.g. nanoparticles, nanorods, nanofibers, nanotubes, fiber/particle composites, and hierarchical structure) on photovoltaic performance of DSSCs is described. The possibility of replacing silicon-based solar cells with DSSCs is discussed.

  6. Boosting Photovoltaic Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Silver Nanoparticle-Decorated N,S-Co-Doped-TiO2 Photoanode

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    Lim, Su Pei; Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Lim, Hong Ngee; Ramaraj, Ramasamy; Huang, Nay Ming

    2015-01-01

    A silver nanoparticle-decorated N,S-co-doped TiO2 nanocomposite was successfully prepared and used as an efficient photoanode in high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with N719 dye. The DSSCs assembled with the N,S-TiO2@Ag-modified photoanode demonstrated an enhanced solar-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency of 8.22%, which was better than that of a DSSC photoanode composed of unmodified TiO2 (2.57%) under full sunlight illumination (100 mWcm−2, AM 1.5 G). This enhanced efficiency was mainly attributed to the reduced band gap energy, improved interfacial charge transfer, and retarded charge recombination process. The influence of the Ag content on the overall efficiency was also investigated, and the optimum Ag content with N,S-TiO2 was found to be 20 wt%. Because of the enhanced solar energy conversion efficiency of the N,S-TiO2@Ag nanocomposite, it should be considered as a potential photoanode for high-performance DSSCs. PMID:26146362

  7. Enhancement of Spectral Response of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Chang, Shuai

    Dye-Sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a class of third-generation solar devices. A notable feature of DSSC is that it can be manufactured by solution-based approach; this non-vacuum processing renders significant reduction in manufacturing costs. Different from conventional solar cells, in a DSSC, mesoporous semiconductor film with large surface areas is utilized for anchoring dye molecules, serving as light absorbing layer. Dye sensitizers play an important role in determining the final performance in DSSCs. Since the first highly-efficient DSSC was reported in 1991 sensitized by a ruthenium-based dye, numerous researchers have been focused on the development and characterization of various kinds of dyes for the applications in DSSCs. These include mainly metal complexes dyes, organic dyes, porphyrins and phthalocyanines dyes. The first part of my thesis work is to develop and test new dyes for DSSCs and a series of phenothiazine-based organic dyes and new porphyrin dyes are reported during the process. It has been realized that extending the response of dye sensitizers to a wider range of the solar spectrum is a key step in further improving the device efficiency. Typically, there are two ways for expanding the strong spectral response of DSSCs from visible to far red/NIR region. One approach is called co-sensitization. Herein, we demonstrate a new co-sensitization concept where small molecules is used to insert the interstitial site of between the pre-adsorbed large molecules. In this case, the co-adsorbed small ones is found to improve the light response and impede the back recombination, finally leading to the power conversion efficiency over 10% in conventional DSSC devices and a record-equaling efficiency of 9.2% in quasi-solid-state devices. I also implemented graphene sheets in the anode films for better charge transfer efficiency and break the energy conversion limit of co-sensitization in DSSCs. The optimal configuration between porphyrin dyes and

  8. Vegetable-based dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Calogero, Giuseppe; Bartolotta, Antonino; Di Marco, Gaetano; Di Carlo, Aldo; Bonaccorso, Francesco

    2015-05-21

    There is currently a large effort to improve the performance of low cost renewable energy devices. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are emerging as one of the most promising low cost photovoltaic technologies, addressing "secure, clean and efficient solar energy conversion". Vegetable dyes, extracted from algae, flowers, fruit and leaves, can be used as sensitizers in DSSCs. Thus far, anthocyanin and betalain extracts together with selected chlorophyll derivatives are the most successful vegetable sensitizers. This review analyses recent progress in the exploitation of vegetable dyes for solar energy conversion and compares them to the properties of synthetic dyes. We provide an in-depth discussion on the main limitation of cell performance e.g. dye degradation, effective electron injection from the dye into the conduction band of semiconducting nanoparticles, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, outlining future developments for the use of vegetable sensitizers in DSSCs. We also discuss the cost of vegetable dyes and how their versatility can boost the advancement of new power management solutions, especially for their integration in living environments, making the practical application of such systems economically viable. Finally, we present our view on future prospects in the development of synthetic analogues of vegetable dyes as sensitizers in DSSCs.

  9. New materials for hybrid dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Diacon, Aurel; Fara, Laurentiu; Cincu, Corneliu; Mitroi, Mihai Razvan; Zaharia, Catalin; Rusen, Edina; Boscornea, Cristian; Rosu, Constantin; Comaneci, Dragos

    2010-10-01

    This paper deals with the synthesis and characterization of new phtalocyanine based chromophores and new electrolyte for the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and hybrid dye-sensitized solar cells. The new phtalocyanines-based chromophores contain a different number of pending carboxy groups. The classic electrolyte was replaced by polymers that contain quaternary ammonium salts or polymer modified with PbS and CdS nanoparticles. This type of photovoltaic cells is not presented so far in the literature. Cell set-up involves TiO 2 deposition followed by dye adsorption and polymer film formation in the case of hybrid cells. The electrical parameters of the studied solar cells, namely the short-circuit current density Jsc and the open circuit voltage Voc, were measured.

  10. Improvement of dye-sensitized solar cell performance through infiltration of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles between mesoporous TiO{sub 2} particles

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    Park, Su-Bin; Chung, Il Jun; Woo, Ji Won; Kim, Tae Hun; Li, Zhenghua; Jin, Mingshi; Lee, Duk Jae; Kim, Ji Man

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Spherical mesoporous TiO{sub 2} materials were obtained by a simple sol–gel method. • Physical mixture of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle and mesoporous TiO{sub 2} was utilized for solar cell electrode. • Mixed electrode system exhibited higher DSSC performance. - Abstract: There are two factors on the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC): one is the amount of dye adsorbed, and the other is contact resistance. In this study, TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (nano-TiO{sub 2}, about 20 nm particle size) were infiltrated between mesoporous TiO{sub 2} (meso-TiO{sub 2}) particles with about 300 nm particle sizes, in order to reduce the contact resistance of TiO{sub 2} electrodes. The infiltrated nano-TiO{sub 2} can facilitate electron transfer between meso-TiO{sub 2} particles by filling the empty volume of DSSC electrodes. As a result, the TiO{sub 2} electrode containing 65 wt% of meso-TiO{sub 2} and 35 wt% of nano-TiO{sub 2} exhibited the highest performance of DSSC.

  11. Conveniently synthesized isophorone dyes for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells: tuning photovoltaic performance by structural modification of donor group in donor-pi-acceptor system.

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    Liu, Bo; Zhu, Weihong; Zhang, Qiong; Wu, Wenjun; Xu, Min; Ning, Zhijun; Xie, Yongshu; Tian, He

    2009-04-01

    A novel isophorone sensitizer D-3 based on a donor-pi-acceptor system has been conveniently synthesized for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells, resulting in a remarkable overall conversion efficiency of 7.41% (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm(-2)) with Jsc of 18.63 mA cm(-2), Voc of 634 mV and FF of 0.63.

  12. Photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion by dye sensitization

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    Grätzel, M.

    1997-04-01

    The lecture describes the salient features of mesoscopic oxide semiconductor film and their electrochemical applications. In particular a molecular photovoltaic device is presented whose overall efficiency for AM 1.5 solar light to electricity at present attains 10-11%. The system is based on the sensitization of nanocrystalline oxide films by molecular charge transfer sensitizers. In analogy to photosynthesis, the new chemical solar cell separates light absorption and charge carrier transport processes. These cells exhibit a remarkable stability making practical applications feasible, the first products being targeted to supply electric power for consumer electronic devices. The mesoscopic oxide semiconductor films offer a number of other attractive research possibilities. Thus, a tandem device based on two superimposed layers with complementary light absorption in the visible range accomplishes the cleavage of water into hydrogen and oxygen with an overall efficiency of 4.5%.

  13. Improved performance of dye sensitized solar cells using Cu-doped TiO2 as photoanode materials: Band edge movement study by spectroelectrochemistry

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    Zhou, Li; Wei, Liguo; Yang, Yulin; Xia, Xue; Wang, Ping; Yu, Jia; Luan, Tianzhu

    2016-08-01

    Cu-doped TiO2 nanoparticles are prepared and used as semiconductor materials of photoanode to improve the performance of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). UV-Vis spectroscopy and variable temperature spectroelectrochemistry study are used to characterize the influence of copper dopant with different concentrations on the band gap energies of TiO2 nanoparticles. The prepared Cu-doped TiO2 semiconductor has avoided the formation of CuO during hydrothermal process and lowered the conduction band position of TiO2, which contribute to increase the short circuit current density of DSSCs. At the optimum Cu concentration of 1.0 at.%, the short circuit current density increased from 12.54 to 14.98 mA cm-2, full sun solar power conversion efficiencies increased from 5.58% up to 6.71% as compared to the blank DSSC. This showed that the presence of copper in DSSCs leads to improvements of up to 20% in the conversion efficiency of DSSCs.

  14. Interplay between transparency and efficiency in dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Tagliaferro, Roberto; Colonna, Daniele; Brown, Thomas M; Reale, Andrea; Di Carlo, Aldo

    2013-02-11

    In this paper we analyze the interplay between transparency and efficiency in dye sensitized solar cells by varying fabrication parameters such as the thickness of the nano-crystalline TiO(2) layer, the dye loading and the dye type. Both transparency and efficiency show a saturation trend when plotted versus dye loading. By introducing the transparency-efficiency plot, we show that the relation between transparency and efficiency is linear and is almost independent on the TiO(2) thickness for a certain thickness range. On the contrary, the relation between transparency and efficiency depends strongly on the type of the dye. Moreover, we show that co-sensitization techniques can be effectively used to access regions of the transparency-efficiency space that are forbidden for single dye sensitization. The relation found between transparency and efficiency (T&E) can be the general guide for optimization of Dye Solar Cells in building integration applications.

  15. Performance evaluation of titanium dioxide based dye-sensitized solar cells under the influence of anodization steps, nanotube length and ionic liquid-free redox electrolyte solvents

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    Cheong, Y. L.; Beh, K. P.; Yam, F. K.; Hassan, Z.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, highly ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube (NT) arrays were synthesized on titanium foil using electrochemical anodization method. The morphological aspects of the nanotubes based on different anodization duration and number of anodization steps (maximum two) have been investigated. The nanotube arrays subsequently used as photoanode in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) assembly. The studies on the effects of different solvents for triiodide/iodide redox electrolyte and NT length towards the performance of DSSC were conducted. It is known that electrolyte solvent can significantly affect the photovoltaic conversion efficiency. It is noteworthy that longer NT length tends to yield higher efficiency due to better dye adsorption. However, when the NTs exceeded certain length the efficiency decreases instead. Meanwhile, a comparison of DSSC performance based on number of anodization steps on titanium was performed. Highly ordered NT arrays could be obtained using two-steps anodization, which proved to have positive effects on the DSSC performance. The highest photovoltaic conversion efficiency in this work is 2.04%, achieved by two-step anodization. The corresponding average nanotubes length was ˜18 μm, with acetonitrile (ACN) as the redox electrolyte solvent.

  16. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+)-incorporated nanocrystalline TiO2 electrodes.

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    Zhu, Guang; Wang, Hongyan; Zhang, Quanxin; Zhang, Li

    2015-08-01

    Near infrared to visible up-conversion of light by rare earth ion-doped phosphors (NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+)) that convert multiple photons of lower energy to higher energy photons offer new possibilities for improved performance of photovoltaic devices. Here, up-conversion phosphor NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) doped nanocrystalline TiO2 films are designed and used as a electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells, and the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on composite electrodes are investigated. The results show the cell with NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) achieves a power conversion efficiency of 7.65% under one sun illumination (AM 1.5G, 100mWcm(-2)), which is an increase of 14% compared to the cell without NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) (6.71%). The performance improvement is attributed to the dual effects of enhanced light harvesting from extended light absorption range and increased light scattering, and lower electron transfer resistance.

  17. Effect of crystallization of Cu₂ZnSnSxSe₄-x counter electrode on the performance for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Hongli; Kou, Dongxing; Chang, Zhixian; Zhou, Wenhui; Zhou, Zhengji; Wu, Sixin

    2014-12-10

    Cu2ZnSnSxSe4-x (CZTSSe) counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are commonly developed with porous structures, but their high surface area could also retard electron transport processes owing to the abundant grain boundaries. Herein, we employed a convenient solution method and a rapid heating process to prepare well crystalline CZTSSe CEs in DSSCs. The influence of crystallization of CZTSSe film on DSSCs performances was discussed in depth. The thermogravimetric analysis, phase morphology, conductivity, and electrochemical characteristics of CZTSSe films were performed. It is found that the rapid heating process is beneficial to the formation of well crystalline film with large grains. As the porosity and grain boundaries in the bulk film are dramatically reduced with the enhanced crystallization, the charge transport process is gradually improved. Using cyclic voltammogram and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements, we propose that the accelerating charge transport is of great importance to the photovoltaic performances of DSSCs due to their superior electrocatalytic activities. As the highest cell efficiency was achieved, well crystalline CZTSSe is an efficient CE catalytic material. PMID:25382857

  18. 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.

  19. High performance dye-sensitized solar cells using graphene modified fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by Langmuir–Blodgett technique

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    Roh, Ki-Min; Jo, Eun-Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Han, Tae Hee; Jang, Hee Dong

    2015-04-15

    Since the introduction of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with low fabrication cost and high power conversion efficiency, extensive studies have been carried out to improve the charge transfer rate and performance of DSSCs. In this paper, we present DSSCs that use surface modified fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates with reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) sheets prepared using the Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) technique to decrease the charge recombination at the TiO{sub 2}/FTO interface. R-GO sheets were excellently attached on FTO surface without physical deformations such as wrinkles; effects of the surface coverage of r-GO on the DSSC performance were also investigated. By using graphene modified FTO substrates, the resistance at the interface of TiO{sub 2}/FTO was reduced and the power conversion efficiency was increased to 8.44%. - Graphical abstract: DSSCs with graphene modified FTO glass were fabricated with the Langmuir Blodgett technique. GO sheets were transferred to FTO at various surface pressures in order to change the surface density of graphene and the highest power conversion efficiency of the DSSC was 8.44%. - Highlights: • By LB technique, r-GO sheets were coated on FTO without physical deformation. • DSSCs were fabricated with, r-GO modified FTO substrates. • With surface modification by r-GO, the interface resistance of DSSC decreased. • Maximum PCE of the DSSC was increased up to 8.44%.

  20. Impact of the different electron-releasing subunits on the dye-sensitized solar cell performance of new triphenylamine-benzimidazole based molecules.

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    Dinçalp, Haluk; Saltan, Gözde Murat; Aykut, Deniz; Zafer, Ceylan

    2015-10-01

    New triphenylamine-benzimidazole type small molecules with different electron-releasing groups were designed and synthesized to investigate their photovoltaic performances in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Their good visible absorptions covering the 400-535 nm in addition to suitable lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy levels between -3.03 and -3.11 eV make good candidates them for DSSC devices. Fluorescence quenching studies of the dyes with pristine titania support the good electron injection to conduction band of TiO2. Time resolved measurements of the dyes in solutions indicate the occurence of charge generation during the excited state. One of the used dyes in DSSC devices, TPA5a, carrying a methoxy group in triphenylamine part of the structure, gave much higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) value of 4.31% as compared to the other derivatives. Device fabricated from TPA5a dye gives good external quantum efficiency (EQE) value above 70% at 460 nm. Also, electron impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis of the devices gives a good explanation of the understanding of the cell performances. PMID:25956328

  1. Effects of TiO{sub 2} film thickness on photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cell and its enhanced performance by graphene combination

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    Zhang, Haiyan; Wang, Wenguang; Liu, Hui; Wang, Rong; Chen, Yiming; Wang, Zhiwei

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • DSSC based on TiO{sub 2} film with 8 printing layers showed the highest efficiency. • The photoelectric conversion efficiency of the DSSC increased from 5.52% to 6.49% by graphene combination. • A mechanism for the enhanced performance of the DSSC was proposed. - Abstract: Dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO{sub 2} films with different printing layers (6-10) were fabricated by screen printing method. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. The effects of thickness on the photoelectric conversion performance of the as-fabricated DSSCs were investigated. An optimum photoelectric conversion efficiency of 5.52% was obtained in a DSSC with 8 printing layers. Furthermore, after a moderate amount of graphene was combined with TiO{sub 2}, the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the DSSC based on graphene/TiO{sub 2} composite film rose from 5.52% to 6.49%, with an increase of η by 17.6%. The results indicated that graphene not only enhances the transport of electrons from the film to the fluorine doped tin oxide substrates and reduces the charge recombination rate, but also reduces the electrolyte–electrode interfacial resistance, clearly increasing the photoelectric conversion efficiency.

  2. Impact of the different electron-releasing subunits on the dye-sensitized solar cell performance of new triphenylamine-benzimidazole based molecules.

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    Dinçalp, Haluk; Saltan, Gözde Murat; Aykut, Deniz; Zafer, Ceylan

    2015-10-01

    New triphenylamine-benzimidazole type small molecules with different electron-releasing groups were designed and synthesized to investigate their photovoltaic performances in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Their good visible absorptions covering the 400-535 nm in addition to suitable lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy levels between -3.03 and -3.11 eV make good candidates them for DSSC devices. Fluorescence quenching studies of the dyes with pristine titania support the good electron injection to conduction band of TiO2. Time resolved measurements of the dyes in solutions indicate the occurence of charge generation during the excited state. One of the used dyes in DSSC devices, TPA5a, carrying a methoxy group in triphenylamine part of the structure, gave much higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) value of 4.31% as compared to the other derivatives. Device fabricated from TPA5a dye gives good external quantum efficiency (EQE) value above 70% at 460 nm. Also, electron impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis of the devices gives a good explanation of the understanding of the cell performances.

  3. Impact of the different electron-releasing subunits on the dye-sensitized solar cell performance of new triphenylamine-benzimidazole based molecules

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    Dinçalp, Haluk; Saltan, Gözde Murat; Aykut, Deniz; Zafer, Ceylan

    2015-10-01

    New triphenylamine-benzimidazole type small molecules with different electron-releasing groups were designed and synthesized to investigate their photovoltaic performances in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Their good visible absorptions covering the 400-535 nm in addition to suitable lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy levels between -3.03 and -3.11 eV make good candidates them for DSSC devices. Fluorescence quenching studies of the dyes with pristine titania support the good electron injection to conduction band of TiO2. Time resolved measurements of the dyes in solutions indicate the occurence of charge generation during the excited state. One of the used dyes in DSSC devices, TPA5a, carrying a methoxy group in triphenylamine part of the structure, gave much higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) value of 4.31% as compared to the other derivatives. Device fabricated from TPA5a dye gives good external quantum efficiency (EQE) value above 70% at 460 nm. Also, electron impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis of the devices gives a good explanation of the understanding of the cell performances.

  4. Effects of Taiwan Roselle anthocyanin treatment and single-walled carbon nanotube addition on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Chou, C. S.; Tsai, P. J.; Wu, P.; Shu, G. G.; Huang, Y. H.; Chen, Y. S.

    2014-04-01

    This study investigates the relationship between the performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) sensitized by a natural sensitizer of Taiwan Roselle anthocyanin (TRA) and fabrication process conditions of the DSSC. A set of systematic experiments has been carried out at various soaking temperatures, soaking periods, sensitizer concentrations, pH values, and additions of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT). An absorption peak (520 nm) is found for TRA, and it is close to that of the N719 dye (518 nm). At a fixed concentration of TRA and a fixed soaking period, a lower pH of the extract or a lower soaking temperature is found favorable to the formation of pigment cations, which leads to an enhanced power conversion efficiency (η) of DSSC. For instance, by applying 17.53 mg/100ml TRA at 30 for 10 h, as the pH of the extract decreases to 2.00 from 2.33 (the original pH of TRA), the η of DSSC with TiO2+SWCNT electrode increases to 0.67% from 0.11% of a traditional DSSC with TiO2 electrode. This performance improvement can be explained by the combined effect of the pH of sensitizer and the additions of SWCNT, a first investigation in DSSC using the natural sensitizer with SWCNT.

  5. Rational design of anatase TiO2 architecture with hierarchical nanotubes and hollow microspheres for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gu, Jiuwang; Khan, Javid; Chai, Zhisheng; Yuan, Yufei; Yu, Xiang; Liu, Pengyi; Wu, Mingmei; Mai, Wenjie

    2016-01-01

    Large surface area, sufficient light-harvesting and superior electron transport property are the major factors for an ideal photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which requires rational design of the nanoarchitectures and smart integration of state-of-the-art technologies. In this work, a 3D anatase TiO2 architecture consisting of vertically aligned 1D hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with ultra-dense branches (HTNTs, bottom layer) and 0D hollow TiO2 microspheres with rough surface (HTS, top layer) is first successfully constructed on transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide glass through a series of facile processes. When used as photoanodes, the DSSCs achieve a very large short-current density of 19.46 mA cm-2 and a high overall power conversion efficiency of 8.38%. The remarkable photovoltaic performance is predominantly ascribed to the enhanced charge transport capacity of the NTs (function as the electron highway), the large surface area of the branches (act as the electron branch lines), the pronounced light harvesting efficiency of the HTS (serve as the light scattering centers), and the engineered intimate interfaces between all of them (minimize the recombination effect). Our work demonstrates a possibility of fabricating superior photoanodes for high-performance DSSCs by rational design of nanoarchitectures and smart integration of multi-functional components.

  6. Ethynyl-linked push-pull porphyrin hetero-dimers for near-IR dye-sensitized solar cells: photovoltaic performances versus excited-state dynamics.

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    Liu, Yizhu; Lin, Hong; Li, Jianbao; Dy, Joanne Ting; Tamaki, Koichi; Nakazaki, Jotaro; Nakayama, Daisuke; Nishiyama, Chie; Uchida, Satoshi; Kubo, Takaya; Segawa, Hiroshi

    2012-12-28

    Ethynyl-linked porphyrin hetero-dimers substituted by a series of electron donors, namely, bis(4-methoxyphenyl)amino (BMPA), bis(4-tert-butylphenyl)amino (BTBPA) and 3,6-di-tert-butylcarbazol-9-yl (DTBC) as well as a reference dimer with a non-donor moiety (3,5-di-tert-butylphenyl, DTBP) have been synthesized to systematically investigate the influence of donor introduction on the photovoltaic performances of near-IR dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) with these sensitizers incorporated. Despite the expected bathochromic shift and intensification of long-wavelength absorption bands as well as elevated LUMO levels and thus increased electron injection driving forces, the substitution of diphenylamino groups (BMPA and BTBPA) with stronger electron-donating abilities gave rise to surprising mediocrity in the short-circuit photocurrent densities (J(sc)), leading to overall energy conversion efficiencies in the order BMPA (3.94%) < DTBP (4.57%) < BTBPA (4.83%) < DTBC (5.21%). A study of the in situ fluorescent behavior of these sensitizers revealed that for all the sensitizers, excited-state lifetimes were significantly shortened in the simulated DSC environment compared to those in a free solution. BMPA showed the shortest intrinsic in situ lifetime while DTBC showed the longest one. These results were correlated with the photovoltaic performances, which is required for a better understanding and further design of porphyrin array sensitizers.

  7. Novel D-A-π-A organic dyes based on 3-dimensional triarylamine and benzothiadiazole derivatives for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Huang, Hongli; Chen, Huajie; Long, Jun; Wang, Guo; Tan, Songting

    2016-09-01

    Organic dyes with a 3-dimensional (3D) structure is helpful for retarding dyes aggregation and charge recombination as well as improving the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this contribution, a novel 3D triarylamine derivative (IDTTPA) featuring an indenothiophenene unit has been designed, synthesized, and applied to develop a 3D organic dyes. Two novel D-A-π-A organic dyes (CD1 and CD2) based on IDTTPA as the electron donors, 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole derivatives as the auxiliary acceptors, and formic acid as the anchoring groups have been successfully synthesized and applied in DSSCs. The effects of the fluoro substitute groups on the photophysical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties are investigated. The results indicate that the fluoro-containing dye CD2 exhibits higher molar extinction coefficient, stronger light-capturing ability, and better photovoltaic performance than those of CD1 dye without fluoro substitute. Investigation of the DSSCs performance shows that CD2-based DSSCs exhibit a high PCE value of 7.91%, higher than that of CD1-based DSSCs (6.29%), even higher than that of the reference DSSCs based on N719 (7.49%). This works has demonstrated that this kind of 3D unit (IDTTPA) is a strong and promising electron donor unit to develop high efficiency metal-free organic dyes.

  8. Efficient Performance of Electrostatic Spray-Deposited TiO2 Blocking Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells after Swift Heavy Ion Beam Irradiation.

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    Sudhagar, P; Asokan, K; Jung, June Hyuk; Lee, Yong-Gun; Park, Suil; Kang, Yong Soo

    2011-12-01

    A compact TiO2 layer (~1.1 μm) prepared by electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) and swift heavy ion beam (SHI) irradiation using oxygen ions onto a fluorinated tin oxide (FTO) conducting substrate showed enhancement of photovoltaic performance in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The short circuit current density (Jsc = 12.2 mA cm(-2)) of DSSCs was found to increase significantly when an ESD technique was applied for fabrication of the TiO2 blocking layer, compared to a conventional spin-coated layer (Jsc = 8.9 mA cm(-2)). When SHI irradiation of oxygen ions of fluence 1 × 10(13) ions/cm(2) was carried out on the ESD TiO2, it was found that the energy conversion efficiency improved mainly due to the increase in open circuit voltage of DSSCs. This increased energy conversion efficiency seems to be associated with improved electronic energy transfer by increasing the densification of the blocking layer and improving the adhesion between the blocking layer and the FTO substrate. The adhesion results from instantaneous local melting of the TiO2 particles. An increase in the electron transport from the blocking layer may also retard the electron recombination process due to the oxidized species present in the electrolyte. These findings from novel treatments using ESD and SHI irradiation techniques may provide a new tool to improve the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs.

  9. Effect of Cu2O Doping in TiO2 Films on Device Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Koo, Horng-Show; Wang, Der-Tsuey; Yu, Yi-Kuei; Ho, Shao-Hung; Jhang, Jia-Yu; Chen, Mi; Tai, Ming-Fong

    2012-10-01

    We demonstrated the effects of Cu2O doping at various weight ratios in TiO2 photoanode films on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The photovoltaic characteristics, namely, open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current, fill factor, and energy conversion efficiency, of DSSCs with 0.3 wt % Cu2O doping in the photoanode are 690 mV, 4.55 mA/cm2, 52.0%, and 1.96%, respectively. The photovoltaic parameters of the sample with 0.3 wt % Cu2O doping are better than those of other Cu2O-doped samples, which are inferior to undoped TiO2-based DSSCs. The measured cell performance shows that the addition of Cu2O to the TiO2 photoanode in DSSCs results in the reduction of photovoltaic parameters. The degradation mechanism upon Cu2O doping in the TiO2 photoanode of DSSCs may be attributed to the variations in the valence numbers of copper and titanium ions during calcination and the reduction-oxidation reaction, resulting in the formation of oxygen vacancy-Ti+3 defects and related recombination centers.

  10. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using a new photoelectrode material: upconversion YbF3-Ho/TiO2 nanoheterostructures.

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    Yu, Jia; Yang, Yulin; Fan, Ruiqing; Wang, Ping; Dong, Yuwei

    2016-02-21

    New up-conversion YbF3-Ho/TiO2 (UC/TiO2) nanoheterostructures are designed and explored as an efficient photoelectrode material to yield dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with enhanced performance. In this study, we analyze the photogenerated charge transfer properties of the UC/TiO2 nanoheterostructures via surface photovoltage (SPV) and transient photovoltage (TPV) techniques, and the interfacial dynamics of charge transfer and recombination processes in DSSCs using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and open circuit photovoltage decay (OCVD) techniques. It is found that these UC/TiO2 nanoheterostructures combine the upconversion function of YbF3-Ho and the semiconductive merits from TiO2. More importantly, the hetero-junction interface in the UC/TiO2 nanoheterostructures not only induces direct electron-injection from YbF3-Ho to TiO2 by utilizing near-infrared light, but also further improves the existing merits of TiO2 through facilitating the interfacial photoinduced charge separation, suppressing the photoinduced charge recombination and prolonging the lifetimes of excited electrons, which can give further improvement of the photovoltaic performances. When integrating the UC/TiO2 nanoheterostructures into DSSCs, an overall energy conversion efficiency of 8.0% is achieved. There is a 23% enhancement in the overall conversion efficiency and a 19% improvement in the photocurrent, compared to the pristine devices.

  11. Modification of TiO₂ electrode with organic silane interposed layer for high-performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A; Tao, Zhuoqi; Kusunose, Takafumi; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2014-04-23

    Back electron transfer from the TiO2 electrode surface to the electrolyte is the main reason behind the low-open circuit potential (Voc) and the low-fill factor (FF) of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Modifications to the TiO2 electrode, fabricated using {010}-faceted TiO2 nanoparticles with six different kinds of silane, are reported to decrease the back electron transfer on the TiO2 surface. The effect of alkyl chain length of hydrocarbon silanes and fluorocarbon silanes on adsorption parameters of surface coverage and adsorption constant, interfacial resistance, and photovoltaic performances were investigated. Adsorption isotherms, impedance analysis, and photovoltaic measurements were used as the investigation techniques. The reduction of back electron transfer depended on the TiO2 surface coverage by silane, alkyl chain length, and the molecular structure of the silane. Even though Voc and FF were improved, significant reduction in short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) was observed after silanization because of desorption of dye during silanization. A new approach, sequential adsorption process of silane and dye, was introduced to enhance Voc and FF without lowering Jsc. Heptadecafluorodecyl trimethoxy-silane showed the highest coverage on the surface of the TiO2 and had the highest effect on the performance improvement of the DSSC, where Voc, FF, and efficiency (η) were improved by 22, 8.0, and 22%, respectively.

  12. Metal-Free Sensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Chaurasia, Sumit; Lin, Jiann T

    2016-06-01

    This review focuses on our work on metal-free sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Sensitizers based on D-A'-π-A architecture (D is a donor, A is an acceptor, A' is an electron-deficient entity) exhibit better light harvesting than D-π-A-type sensitizers. However, appropriate molecular design is needed to avoid excessive aggregation of negative charge at the electron-deficient entity upon photoexcitation. Rigidified aromatics, including aromatic segments comprising fused electron-excessive and -deficient units in the spacer, allow effective electronic communication, and good photoinduced charge transfer leads to excellent cell performance. Sensitizers with two anchors/acceptors, D(-π-A)2 , can more efficiently harvest light, inject electrons, and suppress dark current compared with congeners with a single anchor. Appropriate incorporation of heteroaromatic units in the spacer is beneficial to DSSC performance. High-performance, aqueous-based DSSCs can be achieved with a dual redox couple comprising imidazolium iodide and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-N-oxyl, and/or using dyes of improved wettability through the incorporation of a triethylene oxide methyl ether chain. PMID:27114164

  13. Energy Antenna for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Kwon, Dong Yuel; Chang, Dong Min; Kim, Young Sik

    2015-02-01

    In this study, we investigated the effect of the placement of acceptor in dual donor based dye sensitizers (TPA-PTZ-CN, PTZ-TPA-CN). Triphenylamine (TPA) and phenothiazine (PTZ) are well known as electron donors and cyanoacetic acid (CN) is a known electron acceptor. The absorption spectrum of the dyes showed different form because of the different energy levels of molecular orbital (MO) of each dye and intramolecular energy transfer (EnT). The absorption spectrum of PTZ-TPA-CN was broader than that of TPA-PTZ-CN and its molar extinction coefficient was also higher than TPA-PTZ-CN. Because of its enhanced panchromatic absorption spectra, PTZ-TPA-CN showed better photovoltaic properties than the other dyes did. This work presents that optimizing the placement of acceptor in dual donor based dye would give good photovoltaic properties for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC).

  14. Bipyridyl cobalt complex mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Scott, Michael J.

    Dye-sensitization of semiconductor substrates allows for efficient charge injection into the semiconductor conduction band. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) exploit this for conversion of light into electrical energy. By employing mesoporous TiO2 a significant portion of visible light can be absorbed. The mesoporous TiO2, deposited on a transparent conducting oxide (TCO) medium, constitutes the photoanode of the DSSC. A wide range of materials may be used as a cathode. A redox electrolyte solution completes the cell. Typically, the I-/I3- redox couple has been employed in DSSCs. The use of bipyridyl cobalt complexes allows for tuning of the cell's electrochemistry, exploration of diverse cathode materials, and investigation of mediator solution additives. Cobalt complexes with alkyl, ester, and amide functionalities were considered throughout this body of work. The cobalt complexes were investigated on the basis of time dependence and electrode dependence. The cobalt complexes are stable for at least a period of one week when dissolved in gamma-butyrolactone. Gold, carbon and modified TCO cathodes perform well in cells employing the alkyl substituted complex. Gold cathodes alone provide the best performance with cells employing the ester and amide substituted complex. An optically transparent cathode was developed for use in stacked DSSCs, allowing light that is not absorbed by the first DSSC in a stack to be absorbed by a second cell. A spectrally complementary dye in the second cell extends the light absorption to longer wavelengths. Spatial current images were obtained to investigate the local current behavior of cobalt mediated cells. Intentional electrode damage was visualized, and the effects of increased pressure on the cell were discussed. The use of phenothiazine (PTZ) moieties as co-mediators in cobalt mediated DSSCs was investigated. An anionic PTZ salt was most effective at reducing the photo-oxidized sensitizing dye. This PTZ salt enhanced the

  15. Effect of the rutile content on the photovoltaic performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells composed of mixed-phase TiO2 photoelectrodes.

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    Yun, Tae Kwan; Park, Sung Soo; Kim, Duckhyun; Shim, Jae-Hyun; Bae, Jae Young; Huh, Seong; Won, Yong Sun

    2012-01-28

    The effect of the rutile content on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) composed of mixed-phase TiO(2) photoelectrode has been investigated. The mixed-phase TiO(2) particles with varied amounts of rutile, relative to anatase phase, are synthesized by an in situ method where the concentration of sulfate ion is used as a phase-controlling parameter in the formation of TiO(2) using TiCl(4) hydrolysis. The surface area (S(BET)) varies from 33 (pure rutile) to 165 (pure anatase) m(2) g(-1). Generally, both the current density (J(sc)) and photo-conversion efficiency (η) decrease as the rutile content increases. The incorporation of rod-shaped rutile particles causes low uptake of dye due to the reduced surface area, as well as slow electron transport in less efficiently-stacked structure. However, maximum J(sc) (14.63 mA cm(-2)) and η (8.69%) appear when relatively low rutile content (16%) is employed. The reported synergistic effect by the efficient interparticle electron transport from rutile to anatase seems to overbalance the decrease of surface area when small amount of rutile particles is incorporated. PMID:22124477

  16. High-performance plastic dye-sensitized solar cells based on low-cost commercial P25 TiO2 and organic dye.

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    Yin, Xiong; Xue, Zhaosheng; Wang, Long; Cheng, Yueming; Liu, Bin

    2012-03-01

    High-performance plastic dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) based on low-cost commercial Degussa P25 TiO(2) and organic indoline dye D149 have been fabricated using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) with compression post-treatment at room temperature. The pressed EPD electrode outperformed the sintered EPD electrode and as-prepared EPD electrode in short-circuit current density and power conversion efficiency. About 150% and 180% enhancement in power conversion efficiency have been achieved in DSC devices with sintering and compression post-treatment as compared to the as-prepared electrode, respectively. Several characterizations including intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy, incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency and electrochemical impedance spectra have been employed to reveal the nature of improvement with post-treatment. Experimental results indicate that the sintering and compression post-treatment are beneficial to improve the electron transport and thus lead to the enhancement of photocurrent and power conversion efficiency. In addition, the compression post-treatment is more efficient than sintering post-treatment in improving interparticle connection in the as-prepared EPD electrode. Under optimized conditions, the conversion efficiency of plastic devices with D149-sensitized P25 TiO(2) photoanode has reached 5.76% under illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW cm(-2)). This study demonstrates that the EPD combined with compression post-treatment provides a way to fabricate highly efficient plastic photovoltaic devices.

  17. Enhanced photoelectrical performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with double-layer TiO2 on perovskite SrTiO3 substrate

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    Liu, Qiuhong; Sun, Qiong; Zhang, Min; Li, Yang; Zhao, Mei; Dong, Lifeng

    2016-04-01

    In this research, perovskite SrTiO3 particles are synthesized by a hydrothermal method, and TiO2 with a double-layer structure is grown on the SrTiO3 surface by a hydrolysis-condensation process. Structural characterizations reveal that TiO2 comprises of two phases: anatase film at the bottom and single-crystal rutile nanorods grown along the [110] direction on top. The TiO2-SrTiO3 composite film is investigated as photoanode material for dye-sensitized solar cells. In comparison with pure TiO2 and SrTiO3, the composite photoanode shows a much better performance in photoelectric conversion efficiency (1.35 %), which is about 2 and 100 times as efficient as pure TiO2 and SrTiO3, respectively. This indicates that the composite structure can facilitate charge carrier transfer and reduce electron-hole recombination to enhance photoelectrical properties of TiO2-based photoanode materials.

  18. A polymer gel electrolyte with an inverse opal structure and its effects on the performance of quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Shuai; Dong, Gong-Yu; Lin, Bencai; Qu, Jie; Yuan, Ning-Yi; Ding, Jian-Ning

    2015-03-01

    To make the use of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) practical, improvements in their light harvesting and power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) are needed. Hybrid polymer gels with an inverse opal structure (IOS) are prepared using various SiO2 opal films as templates and subsequent template etching. The polymer gel is further used as a host to prepare gel electrolytes with a photonic band gap (PBG), based on which quasi-solid-state DSCs are fabricated. The current-voltage curves indicate higher PCEs for the gel electrolytes with IOS than for reference gel electrolytes. A maximum average PCE of 3.85% is achieved for the gel electrolytes with a PBG around 690 nm, which is ca. 10% higher than the value for the reference gel electrolyte (3.48%). The action spectra reveal increases in the incident photo-to-current conversion efficiencies in and/or away the PBG region, indicating the significance of IOS for light-harvesting and PCE enhancement by back scattering and reflection of light. The electrochemical impedance spectra further demonstrate that the gel electrolytes with IOS have a lower Warburg impedance value than the reference gel electrolyte, which may also have contributed to the observed PCE enhancement. Besides, the IOS is found to give more stable performance of DSCs.

  19. Nickel nanocrystals grown on sparse hierarchical CuS microflowers as high-performance counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Shi, Zhaoliang; Zhou, Wei; Ma, Yiran

    2016-07-01

    Three kinds of hierarchical CuS microflowers composed of thin nanosheets have been synthesized by a simple wet chemical method. It is shown that the CuS microflowers provide suitable substrates to grow nickel nanocrystals. The prepared Ni@CuS hybrids combined with conductive glass (FTO) have been used as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The electrode made of the active material of Ni@CuS microflowers with sparsest petals show an optimal photoelectric conversion efficiency of 4.89%, better than those made of single component of Ni (3.39%) or CuS (1.65%), and other two Ni@CuS composites. The improved performances could be ascribed to the synergetic effect of the catalytic effect towards I3‑/I‑ from sparse CuS hierarchical structure and uniformly grown Ni nanocrystals. Besides, the introduced Ni nanocrystals could increase the conductivity of the hybrid and facilitate the transport of electrons. The hybrid Ni@CuS composites serving as counter electrodes have much enhanced electrochemical properties, which provide a feasible route to develop high-active non-noble hybrid counter electrode materials.

  20. Enhanced Photovoltaic Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Efficient Near-Infrared Sunlight Harvesting using Upconverting Y2O 3:Er (3+)/Yb (3+) Phosphor Nanoparticles.

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    Du, Peng; Lim, Joo Ho; Leem, Jung Woo; Cha, Sung Min; Yu, Jae Su

    2015-12-01

    We report the efficiency enhancement in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using Er(3+)/Yb(3+)-co-doped Y2O3 (i.e., Y2O3:Er(3+)/Yb(3+)) phosphor nanoparticles, prepared by a simple and cost-effective urea-based homogeneous precipitation method, for efficient near-infrared (NIR) sunlight harvesting. Under the light excitation at a wavelength of 980 nm, the as-prepared samples exhibited strong upconversion emissions at green and red visible wavelengths. To investigate the influence of Y2O3:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) nanoparticles on the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs, the phosphor nanoparticles were incorporated into titanium dioxide films to form a composite photoelectrode. For the resulting DSSCs, the increased power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.68 % was obtained mainly by the increased photocurrent of J SC = 13.68 mA/cm(2) due to the light harvesting enhancement via the NIR-to-visible upconversion process (cf., PCE = 5.94 %, J SC = 12.74 mA/cm(2) for the reference DSSCs without phosphor nanoparticles), thus, indicating the PCE increment ratio of ~12.4 %.

  1. High performance quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid)

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    Kwon, Woosung; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    A stable quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) with a novel amphiphilic polymer gel electrolyte (APGE) based on poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) is fabricated. The APGE could be readily prepared by a simple method at low temperature of 50 °C and exhibits a quasi-solid property, high conductivity, and long-term stability. The 20 and 40 wt% APGE-based DSCs show high photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 7.5 and 7.4%, respectively, under AM 1.5 simulated sunlight, which is comparable to the liquid electrolyte-based DSC with the efficiency of 7.6%. The 40 wt% APGE-based DSC maintains 95% of the initial performance after 60 days in practical conditions. It is also noteworthy that the APGE endows with higher short-circuit current density than the liquid electrolyte. Different natures of the APGE from the typical polymer gel electrolytes have been elucidated by the I- V measurements, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, electrophoretic measurements, and transmission electron microscopy.

  2. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells by the strategy of introducing copper(II) silicotungstate into photoanode and counter electrode

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    Jiang, Yanxia; Yang, Yulin; Qiang, Liangsheng; Ye, Tengling; Li, Liang; Su, Ting; Fan, Ruiqing

    2016-09-01

    The device of polyoxometalate (POM) modified photoelectrodes is designed and successfully constructed. K6SiW11O39Cu(H2O)·xH2O (SiW11Cu) has been synthesized and explored as an efficient photoanode and counter electrode material to develop dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with enhanced performance. The SiW11Cu modified TiO2 (SiW11Cu/TiO2) powders is mixed with commercial P25 in a ratio of 1:9 as a photoanode. The modified TiO2 is used as an efficient material by improving the electronic injection ability and reducing the pohotogenerated charge recombination. The counter electrode is consisted of one layer SiW11Cu and two layers conventional Pt nanoparticles, denoted as (Cu/Pt). The DSSC based on SiW11Cu modified photoelectrodes has an improved power conversion efficiency of 7.62%, which is 16% higher than that of traditional DSSC based on P25-Pt. Under standard AM 1.5G, Jsc reaches 17.91 mA cm-2, which results in a much better power conversion efficiency. This can be attributed to the good catalytic activity of the new counter electrode. This result is analyzed by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), Tafel-polarization curves, the incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and UV-vis spectra techniques.

  3. Brief overview of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hagfeldt, Anders

    2012-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) are based on molecular and nanometer-scale components. Record cell efficiencies of 12%, promising stability data and means of energy-efficient production methods have been accomplished. As selling points for the DSC technology the prospect of low-cost investments and fabrication are key features. DSCs offer the possibilities to design solar cells with a large flexibility in shape, color, and transparency. The basic principles of the operation of DSC, the state-of-the-art as well as the potentials for future development are described.

  4. Influence of Ancillary Ligands in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Pashaei, Babak; Shahroosvand, Hashem; Graetzel, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2016-08-24

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have motivated many researchers to develop various sensitizers with tailored properties involving anchoring and ancillary ligands. Ancillary ligands carry favorable light-harvesting abilities and are therefore crucial in determining the overall power conversion efficiencies. The use of ancillary ligands having aliphatic chains and/or π-extended aromatic units decreases charge recombination and permits the collection of a large fraction of sunlight. This review aims to provide insight into the relationship between ancillary ligand structure and DSSC properties, which can further guide the function-oriented design and synthesis of different sensitizers for DSSCs. This review outlines how the new and rapidly expanding class of chelating ancillary ligands bearing 2,2'-bipyridyl, 1,10-phenanthroline, carbene, dipyridylamine, pyridyl-benzimidazole, pyridyl-azolate, and other aromatic ligands provides a conduit for potentially enhancing the performance and stability of DSSCs. Finally, these classes of Ru polypyridyl complexes have gained increasing interest for feasible large-scale commercialization of DSSCs due to their more favorable light-harvesting abilities and long-term thermal and chemical stabilities compared with other conventional sensitizers. Therefore, the main idea is to inspire readers to explore new avenues in the design of new sensitizers for DSSCs based on different ancillary ligands. PMID:27479482

  5. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells aided by Sr,Cr co-doped TiO2 xerogel films made of uniform spheres.

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    Bakhshayesh, A M; Bakhshayesh, N

    2015-12-15

    One-pot preparation of Sr,Cr co-doped TiO2 xerogel film for boosting the short circuit current density of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) is reported. The 2.5-μm-diameter spheres are assembled from 60nm nanoparticles by a modified sol-gel method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) shows that Sr(2+) and Cr(3+) ions to be well incorporated into the titania crystal lattice without forming specific strontium and chromium compositions. The crystallite size, phase composition, and band structure of the particles depend on the dopants concentration. Isolated energy levels near valence band as a result of the transition ion (i.e., Cr) introduction, in conjunction with the local lattice distortions owing to the alkaline earth ion (i.e., Sr) insertion, improves the photocatalytic activity of the prepared TiO2 spheres, enhancing the short circuit current density of the cells. The DSC co-doped with 0.075 at.% Sr and 2.5 at.% Cr (i.e., S7C25 solar cell) showed the highest power conversion efficiency of 7.89% and short circuit current density of 18.58mA/cm(2) thanks to lower charge transfer resistance (2.35Ωcm(2)), lower electron transit time (1.26ms), and higher electron diffusion coefficient (17.1×10(4)cm(2)S(-1)) compared to the other cells, demonstrated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The concept of simultaneously introduction of alkaline earth ions and transition ions into TiO2 lattice will open up a new insight into the fabrication of high performance DSCs.

  6. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO{sub 2} with NIR-absorption and visible upconversion luminescence

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    Liang, Li; Yulin, Yang; Mi, Zhou; Ruiqing, Fan; LeLe, Qiu; Xin, Wang; Lingyun, Zhang; Xuesong, Zhou; Jianglong, He

    2013-02-15

    TiO{sub 2} with NIR-absorption and visible upconversion luminescence (UC-TiO{sub 2}) is prepared by a sol-gel method and calcined at 700 Degree-Sign C for 6 h. The material broadens the response region of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) from an ultraviolet-visible region to the whole region of the solar spectrum. It shifts NIR sunlight to visible light which matches the strong absorbing region of the dye (N719). DSSCs based on UC-TiO{sub 2} achieved higher conversion efficiency than that on raw TiO{sub 2}. UC-TiO{sub 2} was mixed with commercial raw TiO{sub 2} as additive, and the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and conversion efficiency of the DSSC reached to the optimum values 13.38 mA/cm{sup 2}, 0.78 V and 6.63% (AM1.5 global), comparing with the blank values: 7.99 mA/cm{sup 2}, 0.75 V and 4.07%, respectively. Also the mechanisms of upconversion by multiphoton absorption and energy transfer processes are interpreted in this paper. - Graphical abstract: By introducing TiO{sub 2} with NIR-absorption and visible up-conversion luminescence into DSSC, a signal reflection was explored from ultra-violet region to visible region, and to near-IR region. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TiO{sub 2} with NIR-absorption and visible up-conversion luminescence (UC-TiO{sub 2}) was prepared by a sol-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A systematic characterization and analysis was carried out to discuss the mechanism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A significantly enhanced performance of DSSC was explored by using UC-TiO{sub 2} as an additive.

  7. Oligocarbazole-based chromophores for efficient thin-film dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    De Sousa, Samuel; Olivier, Céline; Ducasse, Laurent; Le Bourdon, Gwenaëlle; Hirsch, Lionel; Toupance, Thierry

    2013-06-01

    Carb your enthusiasm: Carbazole-based sensitizers with high extinction coefficients are synthesized for application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The dyes perform efficiently with both iodine and cobalt electrolytes, showing power conversion efficiencies of up to 5.8% on TiO₂ films of 15 μm thickness, and retaining 90% of their efficiency in devices with thinner films.

  8. Titania nanobundle networks as dye-sensitized solar cell photoanodes

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    Dong, Cunku; Xiang, Wanchun; Huang, Fuzhi; Fu, Dongchuan; Huang, Wenchao; Bach, Udo; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Li, Xin; Spiccia, Leone

    2014-03-01

    Quasi-one-dimensional (1D) titania nanobundles were synthesized via a hydrothermal method and used to print random network nanostructured films. These films are shown to be ideally suited for application as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as they have a higher porosity compared to the traditional 1D nanostructured TiO2 materials. Devices constructed using the N719 dye and iodide/triiodide as the redox mediator in the electrolyte yielded energy conversion efficiencies (η = 6.1 +/- 0.2%), which were marginally lower than for devices made with the commonly used P25 titania films (η = 6.3 +/- 0.1%) under one sun simulated solar radiation. Application of an electrolyte based on the [Co(bpy)3]2+/3+ redox couple and the MK2 organic sensitizer resulted in higher efficiencies (η = 7.70 +/- 0.1%) than for the P25 devices (η = 6.3 +/- 0.3%). Each performance parameter (short circuit current density, open circuit voltage and fill factor) was higher for the TiO2 nanobundle devices than those for the P25-based devices. The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS), and dye-loading measurements indicated that the better performance of TiO2 nanobundle devices with cobalt electrolytes correlates with higher porosity, relatively fast electron transport and more efficient suppression of electron recombination. A faster rate of diffusion of the cobalt complexes through the highly porous TiO2 nanobundle network is proposed to contribute to the enhanced device efficiency.Quasi-one-dimensional (1D) titania nanobundles were synthesized via a hydrothermal method and used to print random network nanostructured films. These films are shown to be ideally suited for application as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as they have a higher porosity compared to the traditional 1D nanostructured TiO2 materials. Devices constructed using the N719 dye and iodide/triiodide as the redox mediator in

  9. Metal oxide-encapsulated dye-sensitized photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hupp, Joseph T.; Son, Ho-Jin

    2016-01-12

    Dye-sensitized semiconducting metal oxide films for photoanodes, photoanodes incorporating the films and DSCs incorporating the photoanodes are provided. Also provided are methods for making the dye sensitized semiconducting metal oxide films. The methods of making the films are based on the deposition of an encapsulating layer of a semiconducting metal oxide around the molecular anchoring groups of photosensitizing dye molecules adsorbed to a porous film of the semiconducting metal oxide. The encapsulating layer of semiconducting metal oxide is formed in such a way that it is not coated over the chromophores of the adsorbed dye molecules and, therefore, allows the dye molecules to remain electrochemically addressable.

  10. Fine Tuning of Nanocrystal and Pore Sizes of TiO2 Submicrospheres toward High Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Li, Zhao-Qian; Ding, Yong; Mo, Li-E; Hu, Lin-Hua; Wu, Ji-Huai; Dai, Song-Yuan

    2015-10-14

    In general, the properties and performance of mesoporous TiO2 are greatly dependent on its crystal size, crystallinity, porosity, surface area, and morphology; in this regard, design and fine-tuning the crystal and pore sizes of the TiO2 submicrospheres and investigating the effect of these factors on the properties and photoelectric performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is essential. In this work, uniform TiO2 submicrospheres were synthesized by a two-step procedure containing hydrolysis and solvothermal process. The crystal and pore sizes of the TiO2 submicrospheres were fine-tuned and controlled in a narrow range by adjusting the quantity of NH4OH during the solvothermal process. The effect of crystal and pore size of TiO2 submicrosphere on the performance of the DSSCs and their properties including dye-loading capacity, light scattering effect, power conversion efficiency (PCE), incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies (IPCEs), and electron recombination were compared and analyzed. The results show that increasing pore size plays a more significant role in improving the dye-loading capacity and PCE than increasing surface area, and an overall PCE value of 8.62% was obtained for the device with a 7.0 μm film thickness based on the TiO2 submicrospheres treated with 0.6 mL of NH4OH. Finally, the best TiO2 submicrosphere based photoanode film was optimized by TiCl4 treatment, and increasing film thickness and a remarkable PCE up to 11.11% were achieved.

  11. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of fully flexible dye-sensitized solar cells based on the Nb2O5 coated hierarchical TiO2 nanowire-nanosheet arrays

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    Liu, Wenwu; Hong, Chengxun; Wang, Hui-gang; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min

    2016-02-01

    Nb2O5 coated hierarchical TiO2 nanowire-sheet arrays photoanode was synthesized on flexible Ti-mesh substrate by using a hydrothermal approach. The effect of TiO2 morphology and Nb2O5 coating layer on the photovoltaic performance of the flexible dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on Ti-mesh supported nanostructures were systematically investigated. Compared to the TiO2 nanowire arrays (NWAs), hierarchical TiO2 nanowire arrays (HNWAs) with enlarged internal surface area and strong light scattering properties exhibited higher overall conversion efficiency. The introduction of thin Nb2O5 coating layers on the surface of the TiO2 HNWAs played a key role in improving the photovoltaic performance of the flexible DSSC. By separating the TiO2 and electrolyte (I-/I3-), the Nb2O5 energy barrier decreased the electron recombination rate and increased electron collection efficiency and injection efficiency, resulting in improved Jsc and Voc. Furthermore, the influence of Nb2O5 coating amounts on the power conversion efficiency were discussed in detail. The fully flexible DSSC based on Nb2O5 coated TiO2 HNWAs films with a thickness of 14 μm displayed a well photovoltaic property of 4.55% (Jsc = 10.50 mA cm-2, Voc = 0.75 V, FF = 0.58). The performance enhancement of the flexible DSSC is largely attributed to the reduced electron recombination, enlarged internal surface area and superior light scattering ability of the formed hierarchical nanostructures.

  12. Fine Tuning of Nanocrystal and Pore Sizes of TiO2 Submicrospheres toward High Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Li, Zhao-Qian; Ding, Yong; Mo, Li-E; Hu, Lin-Hua; Wu, Ji-Huai; Dai, Song-Yuan

    2015-10-14

    In general, the properties and performance of mesoporous TiO2 are greatly dependent on its crystal size, crystallinity, porosity, surface area, and morphology; in this regard, design and fine-tuning the crystal and pore sizes of the TiO2 submicrospheres and investigating the effect of these factors on the properties and photoelectric performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is essential. In this work, uniform TiO2 submicrospheres were synthesized by a two-step procedure containing hydrolysis and solvothermal process. The crystal and pore sizes of the TiO2 submicrospheres were fine-tuned and controlled in a narrow range by adjusting the quantity of NH4OH during the solvothermal process. The effect of crystal and pore size of TiO2 submicrosphere on the performance of the DSSCs and their properties including dye-loading capacity, light scattering effect, power conversion efficiency (PCE), incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies (IPCEs), and electron recombination were compared and analyzed. The results show that increasing pore size plays a more significant role in improving the dye-loading capacity and PCE than increasing surface area, and an overall PCE value of 8.62% was obtained for the device with a 7.0 μm film thickness based on the TiO2 submicrospheres treated with 0.6 mL of NH4OH. Finally, the best TiO2 submicrosphere based photoanode film was optimized by TiCl4 treatment, and increasing film thickness and a remarkable PCE up to 11.11% were achieved. PMID:26393366

  13. High-performance and low-cost dye-sensitized solar cells based on kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoplate arrays on a flexible carbon cloth cathode

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    Chen, Shan-Long; Tao, Jie; Tao, Hai-Jun; Shen, Yi-Zhou; Wang, Tao; Pan, Lei

    2016-10-01

    Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) wide application is hindered by poor electrical conductivity, although it is a promising counter electrode (CE) material for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), due to its excellent catalytic activity, hierarchical microstructure, and natural abundance. Inspired by the advantages of flexible carbon cloth, with high conductivity and expanded surface area, we designed and fabricated single-crystal CZTS nanoplate arrays (NPLAr) on flexible carbon cloth as DSSCs cathode directly, demonstrating a power conversion efficiency of 7.53% and a long-operation life performance. The outstanding performance was ascribed from the high catalytic activity, good conductive framework, effective photo-generated electron migration, and high iodide species diffusion rate of the composite CE. Our present results demonstrate that the novel and flexible CZTS/Carbon Cloth composite structure is an alternative and high-efficiency Pt-free counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  14. Weavable dye sensitized solar cells exploiting carbon nanotube yarns

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    Velten, Josef; Kuanyshbekova, Zharkynay; Göktepe, Özer; Göktepe, Fatma; Zakhidov, Anvar

    2013-05-01

    Weavable Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) made with flexible yarns of conductive multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were produced having a power conversion efficiency above 3%. This was achieved with a specific design and careful consideration of the yarn function in the DSSC. Fermat yarns of MWNTs individually coated with mesoporous TiO2 layer were twisted together and coated with more mesoporous TiO2 to create a 3 dimensional photo electrode to overcome electron diffusion length issues. Archimedian yarns of MWNTs coated with a thin layer of platinum worked as a counter electrode to complete the architecture used in this DSSC.

  15. Performance optimization in dye-sensitized solar cells with β-NaYF4:Er3+/Yb3+ and graphene multi-functional layer hybrid composite photoanodes

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    Luoshan, Mengdai; Li, Meiya; Liu, Xiaolian; Guo, Kaimo; Bai, Lihua; Zhu, Yongdan; Sun, Beilei; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2015-08-01

    The β-NaYF4:Er3+/Yb3+ hexagonal submicro-prisms coated with SiO2 forming core-shell structures (NYFYE@SiO2) and graphene oxide have been synthesized via a hydrothermal route. These NYFYE@SiO2 prisms and graphene were both introduced into TiO2 nanocrystalline films to form multi-functional-layers hybrid composite photoanodes and their dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The influence of various hybrid architectures of the composite photoanodes on the performances of the photoanodes and DSSCs were explored. Studies revealed that the graphene doping obviously increased the dye absorbed in the photoanode, the short-circuit current density (Jsc) and photoelectric conversion efficiency (η) of the DSSC. The adding of the NYFYE@SiO2 prisms significantly increased the light scattering and near-infrared light harvesting of the photoelectrode, among which the SiO2 coating layer on the prisms played an important role in reducing the photoelectron recombination and thus increasing the Jsc of the DSSC. The Jsc and η of the DSSC were significantly enhanced due to the complementary role between the UC of the NYFYE@SiO2 and the graphene. The optimal properties with a Jsc of 14.63 mA/cm2 and η of 7.16% are obtained in the DSSC with the codoped composite photoanode, increasing significantly by 21.5% and 25.6%, respectively, in comparison with those of the DSSC with pure TiO2 photoanode. Our studies demonstrated that codoping in photoanode with materials of complementary functions is an effective way to improve the performance of DSSCs.

  16. Nitrogen doped TiO2-Cu(x)O core-shell mesoporous spherical hybrids for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Guo, Enyan; Yin, Longwei

    2015-01-01

    We report on high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on nitrogen doped anatase TiO2-CuxO core-shell mesoporous hybrids synthesized through a facile and controlled combined sol-gel and hydrothermal process in the presence of hexadecylamine as the structure-directing agent. The matching of band edges between CuxO and TiO2 to form a semiconductor heterojunction plays an important role in effective separation of light induced electrons and holes, providing a promising photoanode for DSSCs because of its wide absorption spectrum, high electron injection efficiency, and fast electron transference. DSSCs based on the mesoporous TiO2-CuxO core-shell hybrids show a high short-circuit current density of 9.60 mA cm(-2) and a conversion efficiency of 3.86% under one sun illumination. While DSSCs based on the N-doped mesoporous TiO2-CuxO hybrids exhibit the higher short-circuit current density of 13.24 mA cm(-2) and a conversion efficiency of 4.57% under one sun illumination. In comparison with un-doped TiO2-CuxO hybrids, the doping of nitrogen into the lattice of TiO2 can extend the light absorption in the ultraviolet range to the visible light region and effectively decrease the recombination rate of photo-generated electrons and holes. The presented N-doped mesoporous TiO2-CuxO hybrids as photoanodes could find potential applications for high performance DSSCs.

  17. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells for Space Power

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    Harris, Jerry D.; Hehemann, David G.; Duraj, Stan A.

    2003-01-01

    During the course of this grant, dye-sensitized solar cells were prepared and characterized. The solar cells were prepared using materials (dyes, electrolytes, transparent conductive oxide coated glass, nanocrystalline TiO2) entirely prepared in-house, as well as prepared using materials available commercially. Complete cells were characterized under simulated AM0 illumination. The best cell prepared at NASA had an AM0 efficiency of 1.22% for a 1.1 sq cm cell. Short circuit current (Isc), open circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor (FF) for the cell were 6.95 mA, 618 mV and 42.8%, respectively. For comparison purposes, two commercially prepared dye-sensitized solar cells were obtained from Solaronix SA, Aubonne, Switzerland. The Solaronix cells were also characterized under simulated AM0 illumination. The best cell from Solaronix had an active area of 3.71 sq cm and measured an AM0 efficiency of 3.16%. with Isc, Voc and FF of 45.80 mA, 669.6 mV and 52.3%, respectively. Both cells from Solaronix were rapid thermal cycled between -80 C and 80 C. Thermal cycling led to a 4.6% loss of efficiency in one of the cells and led to nearly a complete failure in the second cell.

  18. The renaissance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hardin, Brian E.; Snaith, Henry J.; McGehee, Michael D.

    2012-03-01

    Several recent major advances in the design of dyes and electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells have led to record power-conversion efficiencies. Donor-pi-acceptor dyes absorb much more strongly than commonly employed ruthenium-based dyes, thereby allowing most of the visible spectrum to be absorbed in thinner films. Light-trapping strategies are also improving photon absorption in thin films. New cobalt-based redox couples are making it possible to obtain higher open-circuit voltages, leading to a new record power-conversion efficiency of 12.3%. Solid-state hole conductor materials also have the potential to increase open-circuit voltages and are making dye-sensitized solar cells more manufacturable. Engineering the interface between the titania and the hole transport material is being used to reduce recombination and thus attain higher photocurrents and open-circuit voltages. The combination of these strategies promises to provide much more efficient and stable solar cells, paving the way for large-scale commercialization.

  19. Performance characteristics of guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolytes with binary iodide salts for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.; Arof, A. K.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we have investigated the influence of guanine as an organic dopant in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on poly(vinylidinefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)/polyethylene oxide (PEO) polymer blend electrolyte along with binary iodide salts (potassium iodide (KI) and tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI)) and iodine (I2). The PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2, PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 and guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolytes were prepared by solution casting technique using DMF as solvent. The PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte showed an ionic conductivity value of 9.99 × 10-5 Scm-1, whereas, it was found to be increased to 4.53 × 10-5 Scm-1 when PEO was blended with PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte. However, a maximum ionic conductivity value of 3.67 × 10-4 Scm-1 was obtained for guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 blend electrolyte. The photovoltaic properties of all these polymer electrolytes in DSSCs were characterized. As a consequence, the power conversion efficiency of the guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte based DSSC was significantly improved to 4.98% compared with PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte based DSSC (2.46%). These results revealed that the guanine can be an effective organic dopant to enhance the performance of DSSCs.

  20. Monolithic-Structured Single-Layered Textile-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yun, Min Ju; Cha, Seung I.; Kim, Han Seong; Seo, Seon Hee; Lee, Dong Y.

    2016-01-01

    Textile-structured solar cells are frequently discussed in the literature due to their prospective applications in wearable devices and in building integrated solar cells that utilize their flexibility, mechanical robustness, and aesthetic appearance, but the current approaches for textile-based solar cells—including the preparation of fibre-type solar cells woven into textiles—face several difficulties from high friction and tension during the weaving process. This study proposes a new structural concept and fabrication process for monolithic-structured textile-based dye-sensitized solar cells that are fabricated by a process similar to the cloth-making process, including the preparation of wires and yarns that are woven for use in textiles, printed, dyed, and packaged. The fabricated single-layered textile-based dye-sensitized solar cells successfully act as solar cells in our study, even under bending conditions. By controlling the inter-weft spacing and the number of Ti wires for the photoelectrode conductor, we have found that the performance of this type of dye-sensitized solar cell was notably affected by the spacing between photoelectrodes and counter-electrodes, the exposed areas of Ti wires to photoelectrodes, and photoelectrodes’ surface morphology. We believe that this study provides a process and concept for improved textile-based solar cells that can form the basis for further research. PMID:27708359

  1. Monolithic-Structured Single-Layered Textile-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yun, Min Ju; Cha, Seung I.; Kim, Han Seong; Seo, Seon Hee; Lee, Dong Y.

    2016-10-01

    Textile-structured solar cells are frequently discussed in the literature due to their prospective applications in wearable devices and in building integrated solar cells that utilize their flexibility, mechanical robustness, and aesthetic appearance, but the current approaches for textile-based solar cells—including the preparation of fibre-type solar cells woven into textiles—face several difficulties from high friction and tension during the weaving process. This study proposes a new structural concept and fabrication process for monolithic-structured textile-based dye-sensitized solar cells that are fabricated by a process similar to the cloth-making process, including the preparation of wires and yarns that are woven for use in textiles, printed, dyed, and packaged. The fabricated single-layered textile-based dye-sensitized solar cells successfully act as solar cells in our study, even under bending conditions. By controlling the inter-weft spacing and the number of Ti wires for the photoelectrode conductor, we have found that the performance of this type of dye-sensitized solar cell was notably affected by the spacing between photoelectrodes and counter-electrodes, the exposed areas of Ti wires to photoelectrodes, and photoelectrodes’ surface morphology. We believe that this study provides a process and concept for improved textile-based solar cells that can form the basis for further research.

  2. Towards low temperature sintering methods for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Murali, Sukanya

    Access to economically viable renewable energy sources is essential for the development of a globally sustainable society. Solar energy has a large potential to satisfy the future need for renewable energy sources. Dye sensitized solar cells are a third generation of photovoltaic technologies with the potential for low cost environmentally safe energy production. Commercialization of this technology requires that dye sensitized solar cells with higher efficiencies can be fabricated on flexible substrates. The commonly used material for the anode in a Dye Sensitized Solar Cell consists of titanium dioxide nanoparticles covered with a layer of light sensitizing dye. For efficient electron transport throughout the nanoparticle network, good particle interconnections are necessary. For low temperature processing these interconnections can be achieved through a hydrothermal process. The focus of this research is to understand at a fundamental level this reaction-based sintering process. A titanium alkoxide precursor was mixed with commercial titania nanoparticles and coated on a transparent conductive oxide substrate. The product of the hydrolysis and condensation of the alkoxide served to connect the nanoparticles thus improving the electrical conduction of the titania electrode; this was confirmed by solar cell testing and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. To further understand the formation of interconnections during reactive sintering, a model system based on inert silica particles was investigated. Titanium alkoxide precursor was mixed with commercial silica particles and reacted. Three different types of silica particles were used: each with a different morphology. The silica-titania multilayers/powders were characterized using SEM, XRD and BET. The efficiency of DSSCs is higher when larger non-porous silica particles are used and thin nanocrystalline titania is coated on this superstructure. This gave insight into the locations where the reactive liquid

  3. Device modeling of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Bisquert, Juan; Marcus, Rudolph A

    2014-01-01

    We review the concepts and methods of modeling of the dye-sensitized solar cell, starting from fundamental electron transfer theory, and using phenomenological transport-conservation equations. The models revised here are aimed at describing the components of the current-voltage curve of the solar cell, based on small perturbation experimental methods, and to such an end, a range of phenomena occurring in the nanoparticulate electron transport materials, and at interfaces, are covered. Disorder plays a major role in the definition of kinetic parameters, and we introduce single particle as well as collective function definitions of diffusion coefficient and electron lifetime. Based on these fundamental considerations, applied tools of analysis of impedance spectroscopy are described, and we outline in detail the theory of recombination via surface states that is successful to describe the measured recombination resistance and lifetime. PMID:24085559

  4. Effect of a Coadsorbent on the Performance of Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Solar Cells: Shielding versus Band-Edge Movement

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    Frank, A. J.; Neale, N. R.; Kopidakis, N.; van de Lagemaat, J.; Gratzel, M.

    2005-11-01

    The objective of this research is to determine the operational characteristics key to efficient, low-cost, stable solar cells based on dye-sensitized mesoporous films (in collaboration with DOE's Office of Science Program). Toward this end, we have investigated the mechanism by which the adsorbent chenodeoxycholate, cografted with a sensitizer onto TiO2 nanocrystals, improves the open-circuit photovoltage (VOC) and short-circuit photocurrent density (JSC). We find that adding chenodeoxycholate not only shifts the TiO2 conduction-band edge to negative potentials but also accelerates the rate of recombination. The net effect of these opposing phenomena is to produce a higher photovoltage. It is also found that chenodeoxycholate reduces the dye loading significantly but has only a modest effect on JSC. Implications of these results to developing more efficient cells are discussed.

  5. Proficiency of acceptor-donor-acceptor organic dye with spiro-MeOTAD HTM on the photovoltaic performance of dye sensitized solar cell

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    Ramavenkateswari, K.; Venkatachalam, P.

    2016-08-01

    This work investigates the proficiency of acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) organic dye Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate (DIAC) as photosensitizer on the photovoltaic parameters of silver (Ag) doped TiO2 photoanode dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with quasi-solid state electrolyte/hole transport material (HTM) spiro-MeOTAD. TNSs (TiO2 nanosticks) photoanodes are prepared through sol-gel method and hydrothermal technique. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET measurement were used to characterize the structure and morphology of TiO2 nanostructures. The Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate organic dye with TNPs-Ag@TNSs composite photoanode structure and spiro-MeOTAD HTM exhibited better power conversion efficiency (PCE). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  6. Proficiency of acceptor-donor-acceptor organic dye with spiro-MeOTAD HTM on the photovoltaic performance of dye sensitized solar cell

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    Ramavenkateswari, K.; Venkatachalam, P.

    2016-09-01

    This work investigates the proficiency of acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) organic dye Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate (DIAC) as photosensitizer on the photovoltaic parameters of silver (Ag) doped TiO2 photoanode dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with quasi-solid state electrolyte/hole transport material (HTM) spiro-MeOTAD. TNSs (TiO2 nanosticks) photoanodes are prepared through sol-gel method and hydrothermal technique. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET measurement were used to characterize the structure and morphology of TiO2 nanostructures. The Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate organic dye with TNPs-Ag@TNSs composite photoanode structure and spiro-MeOTAD HTM exhibited better power conversion efficiency (PCE).

  7. Comparison of Dye-Sensitized Rutile- and Anatase-Based TiO2 Solar Cells

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    Park, N. G.; van de Lagemaat, J.; Frank, A. J.

    2000-01-01

    The objective of this work is to develop and optimize the new dye-sensitized solar cell technology. In view of the infancy of rutile material development for solar cells, the PV response of the dye-sensitized rutile-based solar cell is remarkably close to that of the anatase-based cell.

  8. Improved performance of Ag-doped TiO2 synthesized by modified sol-gel method as photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Gupta, Arun Kumar; Srivastava, Pankaj; Bahadur, Lal

    2016-08-01

    Ag-doped TiO2 with Ag content ranging from 1 to 7 mol% was synthesized by a modified sol-gel route, and its performance as the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was compared with undoped TiO2 photoanode. Titanium(IV)isopropoxide was used as precursor and hexamethylenetetramine as the capping agent. XRD results show the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 5 nm (1 % Ag-doped TiO2) and 9 nm (undoped TiO2), respectively. The TiO2 nanopowder was used to prepare its thin film photoelectrode using doctor's blade method. Significant improvement in light-to-energy conversion efficiency was achieved when thin films of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 were applied as photoanode in DSSC taking N719 as the sensitizer dye. As evidenced by EIS measurements, the electron lifetime of DSSC with Ag-doped TiO2 increased from 1.33 (for undoped TiO2) to 2.05 ms. The short-circuit current density ( J sc), open-circuit voltage ( V oc), fill factor (FF) and the overall energy conversion efficiency ( η) were 1.07 mA cm-2, 0.72 V, 0.73 and 0.40 %, respectively, with the use of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 photoanode, whereas with undoped TiO2 under similar conditions, J sc = 0.63 mA cm-2, V oc = 0.70 V, fill factor 0.45 and conversion efficiency 0.14 % could be obtained. Therefore, compared with the reference DSSC containing an undoped TiO2 photoanode, the power conversion efficiency of the cell based on Ag-doped TiO2 has been remarkably enhanced by ~70 %. The substantial improvement in the device performance is attributed to the reduced band-gap energy, retarded charge recombination and greater surface coverage of the sensitizing dye over Ag-doped TiO2, which ultimately resulted in improved IPCE, J SC and η values.

  9. Charge dynamics in new architectures for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Martinson, Alex Brandon Fletcher

    The promise of a clean, renewable, and abundant energy supply make the efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity a compelling scientific and societal goal. In the following chapters, I will describe my efforts to advance one class of photovoltaic technology, dye-sensitized solar cells, by demonstration and characterization of unexplored device architectures. Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the origin of solar energy conversion and the fundamentals of dye-sensitized solar cells. An understanding of device operation through charge dynamics facilitates a survey of the state of the art in addition to predictions for promising future directions. Chapter 2 elucidates the electron transport and interception dynamics in ZnO nanorod array based dye-sensitized solar cells. The data presented suggest that the study of alternative photoanode architectures is a viable means of improving device performance and understanding. Chapter 3 introduces a new photoanode design in which anodic aluminum oxide and atomic layer deposition are utilized to fabricate oriented arrays of electrically interconnected semiconductor nanotubes. The viability of these structures as dye-sensitized electrodes is demonstrated by characterization of their morphology, light harvesting efficiency, and photovoltaic performance. Chapter 4 builds upon the successful implementation of nanotube based dye-sensitized solar cells by quantifying charge dynamics through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Fitting the impedance data to an appropriate equivalent circuit establishes ZnO nanotubes as the most effective architecture for rapid electron collection to date. Chapter 5 expands the synthetic palette of atomic layer deposition to include transparent conducting oxides that may be grown on high aspect ratio templates. Understanding and optimizing the growth mechanism of two versatile systems enables the structures to be presented in the final chapter. Chapter 6 concludes with a presentation of

  10. Efficiency Records in Mesoscopic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Albero, Josep; Atienzar, Pedro; Corma, Avelino; Garcia, Hermenegildo

    2015-08-01

    The aim of the present review article is to show the progress achieved in the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by evolution in the structure and composition of the dye. After an initial brief description of DSSCs and the operating mechanism the major part of the present article is organized according to the type of dye, trying to show the logic in the variation of the dye structure in order to achieve strong binding on the surface of the layer of nanoparticulate TiO2 , efficient interfacial electron injection between the excited dye and the semiconductor, and minimization of the unwanted dark current processes. Besides metal complexes, including polypyridyls and nitrogenated macro rings, organic dyes and inorganic light harvesters such as quantum dots and perovskites have also been included in the review. The last section summarizes the current state of the art and provides an overview on future developments in the field. PMID:26183911

  11. Plasmonic nanoparticles enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Qi; Liu, Fang; Meng, Weisi; Huang, Yidong

    2013-12-01

    Here we present investigations on utilizing two kinds of plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) to enhance the efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The Au@PVP NPs is proposed and present the specialty of adhesiveness to dye molecules, which could help to localize additional dye molecules near the plasmonic NPs, hence increasing the optical absorption consequently the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSCs by 30% from 3.3% to 4.3%. Meanwhile, an irregular Au-Ag alloy popcorn-shaped NPs (popcorn NPs) with plenty of fine structures is also proposed and realized to enhance the light absorption of DSC. A pronounced absorption enhancement in a broadband wavelength range is observed due to the excitation of localized surface plasmon at different wavelengths. The PCE is enhanced by 32% from 5.94% to 7.85%.

  12. Efficiency Records in Mesoscopic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Albero, Josep; Atienzar, Pedro; Corma, Avelino; Garcia, Hermenegildo

    2015-08-01

    The aim of the present review article is to show the progress achieved in the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by evolution in the structure and composition of the dye. After an initial brief description of DSSCs and the operating mechanism the major part of the present article is organized according to the type of dye, trying to show the logic in the variation of the dye structure in order to achieve strong binding on the surface of the layer of nanoparticulate TiO2 , efficient interfacial electron injection between the excited dye and the semiconductor, and minimization of the unwanted dark current processes. Besides metal complexes, including polypyridyls and nitrogenated macro rings, organic dyes and inorganic light harvesters such as quantum dots and perovskites have also been included in the review. The last section summarizes the current state of the art and provides an overview on future developments in the field.

  13. DCM-based organic dyes with electron donating groups for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Joo Young; Yoon, Seung Soo; Kim, Young Sik

    2014-07-01

    Herein, 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-[p-(dimethylamino)styryl]-4H-pyran (DCM)-based dyes with electron donating groups were designed and their electronic and optical properties were investigated theoretically for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Among the dyes, the D1 and D2 dyes were composed of single electron donating group and the D3 and D4 dyes composed of dual donating group. We performed DFT/TDDFT calculations to get insight into the factors responsible for photovoltaic properties as dye sensitizers. It showed that all the dyes in this work are available as dye sensitizers from the energy consideration compared to TiO2 electrode and iodide electrolyte. It also showed that the D3 and D4 dyes produced additional absorption bands by the introduction of dual donor in absorption spectra and the absorption band of the D4 dye is more red-shifted than that of the D3 dye. It is attributed to the fact that the M2 (a coumarin derivative) moiety with stronger electron withdrawing ability stabilized its LUMO level. In terms of molar extinction coefficient and panchromatic feature, we suggest that the D4 dye would show better performance than other dyes in the present study as a dye sensitizer for DSSCs.

  14. Oxygen-induced doping of spiro-MeOTAD in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells and its impact on device performance.

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    Cappel, Ute B; Daeneke, Torben; Bach, Udo

    2012-09-12

    Solid state dye-sensitized solar cells (sDSCs) employing the hole conductor 2,2'7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD) require the presence of oxygen during fabrication and storage. In this paper, we determine the concentrations of oxidized spiro-MeOTAD within devices under different operating and storage conditions by UV-vis spectroscopy. Relative concentrations of spiro-MeOTAD(+) were found to be greater than 10% after illumination for standard sDSCs, where no chemical dopant had been used in the solar cell fabrication but oxygen and lithium ions were present. We suggest that oxidized spiro-MeOTAD is created as a byproduct of oxygen reduction at the TiO(2) surface during cell illumination. Furthermore, we studied the effect of light soaking under different conditions and associated changes in spiro-MeOTAD(+) concentration on the solar cell measurements. Our findings give insights to photochemical reactions occurring within sDSCs and provide guidelines for which doping levels should be used in device fabrication in absence of oxygen.

  15. Improving optical absorptivity of natural dyes for fabrication of efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hemmatzadeh, Reza; Mohammadi, Ahmad

    2013-11-01

    Efficient and cheap dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated using natural dyes from Pastinaca sativa and Beta vulgaris. Natural dyes are environmentally and economically superior to ruthenium-based dyes because they are nontoxic and cheap. However, the conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells based on natural dyes is low. One way to improve the DSSC performance is to enhance the absorptivity of extracted dyes. We investigated the influence of various factors in the extraction process, such as utilization of different extraction approaches, the acidity of extraction solvent, and different compounds of solvents on the optical absorption spectra. It was found that we could considerably enhance the optical absorptivity of dye and consequently the performance of DSSC by choosing a proper mixture of ethanol and water for extracting solvent and also the acidity of dye solution.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Characteristics of nanostructure dye-sensitized solar cells using food dyes

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    Hosseinnezhad, M.; Rouhani, S.

    2016-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared using various food dyes. Food dyes are economically superior to organometallic dyes since they are nontoxic and inexpensive. The spectrophotometric evaluation of chosen food dyes in solution and on a TiO2 substrate show that the dyes form J-aggregation on the photoelectrode substrate. Oxidation of potential measurements for used food dyes ensured an energetically permissible and thermodynamically favorable charge transfer throughout the continuous cycle of a photo-electric conversion. The performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on food dyes was studied. The results illustrate that the dye containing carboxylic acid and sulfonic acid as the acceptor group gave the maximum conversion efficiency 4.20%.

  19. Characteristics of nanostructure dye-sensitized solar cells using food dyes

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    Hosseinnezhad, M.; Rouhani, S.

    2016-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared using various food dyes. Food dyes are economically superior to organometallic dyes since they are nontoxic and inexpensive. The spectrophotometric evaluation of chosen food dyes in solution and on a TO2 substrate show that the dyes form J-aggregation on the photoelectrode substrate. Oxidation of potential measurements for used food dyes ensured an energetically permissible and thermodynamically favorable charge transfer throughout the continuous cycle of a photo-electric conversion. The performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on food dyes was studied. The results illustrate that the dye containing carboxylic acid and sulfonic acid as the acceptor group gave the maximum conversion efficiency 4.20%.

  20. First principles modeling of eosin-loaded ZnO films: a step toward the understanding of dye-sensitized solar cell performances.

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    Labat, Frédéric; Ciofini, Ilaria; Hratchian, Hrant P; Frisch, Mike; Raghavachari, Krishnan; Adamo, Carlo

    2009-10-14

    A theoretical investigation of eosin-Y (EY) loaded ZnO thin films, the basic components of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), is presented. The EY/ZnO wurtzite (10-10) system has been fully described within a periodic approach using density functional theory (DFT) and a hybrid exchange-correlation functional. Reduced systems were also analyzed to simulate an electron transfer from the dye to the substrate. Injection times from dye to the semiconductor were calculated using the Newns-Anderson approach. Finally, the UV-visible spectra of EY/ZnO films were simulated using a time-dependent DFT approach and compared to that of the EY molecule computed in solution. The results obtained highlight that EY strongly adsorbs on the ZnO substrate contributing significantly to the electronic structure of the adsorbed system. The UV-visible spectral signature of the isolated EY molecule is still found when adsorbed on ZnO but the analysis of Gamma-point crystalline orbitals reveals that a direct HOMO-->LUMO excitation cannot lead to a direct electron injection into the semiconductor, the first unoccupied orbital with contributions from the ZnO substrate being the LUMO + 1. As a consequence, a two photon injection mechanism is proposed explaining the low efficiency of the EY/ZnO solar cells. On this basis, possible strategies for enhancing the cell efficiency are presented and discussed. PMID:19761184

  1. Facile synthesis of high quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes on novel 3D KIT-6: application in high performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Balamurugan, Jayaraman; Pandurangan, Arumugam; Kim, Nam Hoon; Lee, Joong Hee

    2014-12-01

    A novel hard templating strategy for the synthesis of high quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with a uniform diameter was developed. MWCNTs were successfully synthesized through chemical vapour deposition (CVD) using acetylene by employing 3D bicontinuous mesoporous silica (KIT-6) as a hard template and used as the counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Here, we report that Ni-Cr-KIT-6 and Co-Cr-KIT-6 systems are the most suitable catalysts for the growth of MWCNTs. Raman spectroscopy and TEM analysis revealed that the synthesized MWCNTs were of high quality and well graphitized. Impressively, DSSCs with a MWCNT counter electrode demonstrated high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of up to 10.53%, which was significantly higher than that of 9.87% obtained for a DSSC with a conventional Pt counter electrode. Moreover, MWCNTs had a charge transfer resistance (Rct) of only 0.74 Ω cm2 towards the I3-/I- electrolyte commonly applied in DSSCs, which is several orders of magnitude lower than that of a typical Pt electrode (2.78 Ω cm2). These results indicate that the synthesized MWCNT counter electrodes are versatile candidates that can increase the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs.A novel hard templating strategy for the synthesis of high quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with a uniform diameter was developed. MWCNTs were successfully synthesized through chemical vapour deposition (CVD) using acetylene by employing 3D bicontinuous mesoporous silica (KIT-6) as a hard template and used as the counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Here, we report that Ni-Cr-KIT-6 and Co-Cr-KIT-6 systems are the most suitable catalysts for the growth of MWCNTs. Raman spectroscopy and TEM analysis revealed that the synthesized MWCNTs were of high quality and well graphitized. Impressively, DSSCs with a MWCNT counter electrode demonstrated high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of up to 10.53%, which was

  2. Block copolymer morphologies in dye-sensitized solar cells: probing the photovoltaic structure-function relation.

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    Crossland, Edward J W; Nedelcu, Mihaela; Ducati, Caterina; Ludwigs, Sabine; Hillmyer, Marc A; Steiner, Ullrich; Snaith, Henry J

    2009-08-01

    We integrate mesostructured titania arrays into dye-sensitized solar cells by replicating ordered, oriented one-dimensional (1D) columnar and three-dimensional (3D) bicontinuous gyroid block copolymer phases. The solar cell performance, charge transport, and recombination are investigated. We observe faster charge transport in 1D "wires" than through 3D gyroid arrays. However, owing to their structural instability, the surface area of the wire arrays is low, inhibiting the solar cell performance. The gyroid morphology, on the other hand, outperforms the current state-of-the-art mesoporous nanoparticle films.

  3. Cauliflower-like SnO2 hollow microspheres as anode and carbon fiber as cathode for high performance quantum dot and dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ganapathy, Veerappan; Kong, Eui-Hyun; Park, Yoon-Cheol; Jang, Hyun Myung; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2014-02-01

    Cauliflower-like tin oxide (SnO2) hollow microspheres (HMS) sensitized with multilayer quantum dots (QDs) as photoanode and alternative stable, low-cost counter electrode are employed for the first time in QD-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). Cauliflower-like SnO2 hollow spheres mainly consist of 50 nm-sized agglomerated nanoparticles; they possess a high internal surface area and light scattering in between the microspheres and shell layers. This makes them promising photoanode material for both QDSCs and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and chemical bath deposition (CBD) are used for QD-sensitizing the SnO2 microspheres. Additionally, carbon-nanofiber (CNF) with a unique structure is used as an alternative counter electrode (CE) and compared with the standard platinum (Pt) CE. Their electrocatalytic properties are measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and Tafel-polarization. Under 1 sun illumination, solar cells made with hollow SnO2 photoanode sandwiched with the stable CNF CE showed a power conversion efficiency of 2.5% in QDSCs and 3.0% for DSCs, which is quite promising with the standard Pt CE (QDSCs: 2.1%, and DSCs: 3.6%).Cauliflower-like tin oxide (SnO2) hollow microspheres (HMS) sensitized with multilayer quantum dots (QDs) as photoanode and alternative stable, low-cost counter electrode are employed for the first time in QD-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). Cauliflower-like SnO2 hollow spheres mainly consist of 50 nm-sized agglomerated nanoparticles; they possess a high internal surface area and light scattering in between the microspheres and shell layers. This makes them promising photoanode material for both QDSCs and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and chemical bath deposition (CBD) are used for QD-sensitizing the SnO2 microspheres. Additionally, carbon-nanofiber (CNF) with a

  4. Enhanced performance of reversely transferred, doubly open-ended TiO2 nanotube arrays for front-illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Hyunsoo; Lee, Soo-Yong; Kim, Jae-Hong; Ahn, Kwang-Soon; Kang, Soon-Hyung

    2016-01-01

    Doubly open-ended conventional TiO2 nanotube arrays (Type I) and nanoporous-layer-covered nanotube arrays (Type II) were transferred to transparent fluorine-doped tin oxides (FTOs) for front-illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). FTO/Type II exhibited a long electron lifetime ( τ e ) and rapid electron transport compared to FTO/Type I because of the reduced surface defect-state-mediated recombination rate. In particular, Type II transferred reversely to the FTO (FTO/Type II-rev) had beneficial geometric effects, leading to a decrease in pore size from the bottom to the top and a nanoporous TiO2 thin bottom layer. These enabled more effective light scattering near the FTO and facilitated lateral electron movement toward the FTO, leading to a shortened electron pathway and a reduced recombination rate. The significantly enhanced electron lifetime and the shortened electron transit time of the FTO/Type II-rev improved the charge collection efficiency significantly. Furthermore, the enhanced light scattering increased the light harvesting efficiency. These beneficial geometric effects of FTO/Type II-rev contributed to the greatly enhanced overall cell efficiency (7.61%) of the DSSC compared to the DSSCs with FTO/Type I (5.27%) and FTO/Type II (6.65%).

  5. Post-assembly atomic layer deposition of ultrathin metal-oxide coatings enhances the performance of an organic dye-sensitized solar cell by suppressing dye aggregation.

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    Son, Ho-Jin; Kim, Chul Hoon; Kim, Dong Wook; Jeong, Nak Cheon; Prasittichai, Chaiya; Luo, Langli; Wu, Jinsong; Farha, Omar K; Wasielewski, Michael R; Hupp, Joseph T

    2015-03-11

    Dye aggregation and concomitant reduction of dye excited-state lifetimes and electron-injection yields constitute a significant mechanism for diminution of light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiencies in many dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). For TiO2-based DSCs prepared with an archetypal donor-acceptor organic dye, (E)-2-cyano-3-(5'-(5''-(p-(diphenylamino)phenyl)-thiophen-2''-yl)thiophen-2'-yl)acrylic acid (OrgD), we find, in part via ultrafast spectroscopy measurements, that postdye-adsorption atomic layer deposition (ALD) of ultrathin layers of either TiO2 or Al2O3 effectively reverses residual aggregation. Notably, the ALD treatment is significantly more effective than the widely used aggregation-inhibiting coadsorbent, chenodeoxycholic acid. Primarily because of reversal of OrgD aggregation, and resulting improved injection yields, ALD post-treatment engenders a 30+% increase in overall energy conversion efficiency. A secondary contributor to increased currents and efficiencies is an ALD-induced attenuation of the rate of interception of injected electrons, resulting in slightly more efficient charge collection.

  6. Cooperation of multifunction composite structures and fluorescein for photovoltaic performance-enhanced ZnO-based dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Chunyang; Xie, Yahong; Bai, Te; Hu, Jing; Wang, Jide

    2015-11-01

    In this study, ZnO nanoparticles (NPs), ZnO nanorods (NRs) and ZnO nanosheet-based hierarchical structures (NSHSs) were rapidly synthesized using three simple approaches at relatively low temperatures and without any organic surfactants. Based on their structural advantages in light absorption, reflection and electron transfer, an NP/NSHS/NR hybrid structure was fabricated and used as a photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The photoanode was treated in fluorescein acetonitrile solution (down-conversion materials) to enhance the photovoltaic efficiency, as well as in ascorbic acid ethanol solution to inhibit fluorescence quenching, which is caused by the I3-/I- electrolyte. Results showed that the NP/NSHS/NR hybrid structure plus fluorescein treatment was highly effective in improving the light harvesting capacity via an efficient electron transfer path and a down-conversion luminescence process, and the light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of the DSSCs reached 6.54%, which increased by 34% compared with that of the ZnO NP-based DSSCs.

  7. Improvement of photovoltaic performance by substituent effect of donor and acceptor structure of TPA-based dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Inostroza, Natalia; Mendizabal, Fernando; Arratia-Pérez, Ramiro; Orellana, Carlos; Linares-Flores, Cristian

    2016-01-01

    We report a computational study of a series of organic dyes built with triphenylamine (TPA) as an electron donor group. We designed a set of six dyes called (TPA-n, where n = 0-5). In order to enhance the electron-injection process, the electron-donor effect of some specific substituent was studied. Thus, we gave insights into the rational design of organic TPA-based chromophores for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In addition, we report the HOMO, LUMO, the calculated excited state oxidized potential E(dye*)(eV) and the free energy change for electron-injection ΔGinject(eV), and the UV-visible absorption bands for TPA-n dyes by a time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) procedure at the B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP levels with solvent effect. The results demonstrate that the introduction of the electron-acceptor groups produces an intramolecular charge transfer showing a shift of the absorption wavelengths of TPA-n under studies. Graphical Abstract Several organic dyes TPA-n with different donors and acceptors are modeled. A strong conjugation acrros the donor and anchoring groips (TPA-n) bas been studied. Candidate TPA-3 shows a promising results.

  8. The effect of light-scattering layer on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cell assembled using TiO2 double-layered films as photoanodes

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    Zhu, L.; Zhao, Y. L.; Lin, X. P.; Gu, X. Q.; Qiang, Y. H.

    2014-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are fabricated based on double-layered films of TiO2 nanospheres and TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs). TiO2 nanospheres, including TiO2 hollow spheres (HSs) and TiO2 solid spheres (SSs), were served as light-scattering layers on TiO2 NRAs as composite photoanodes. The as-prepared TiO2 NRAs, TiO2 HSs and TiO2 SSs have been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The photoelectric properties of DSSCs were investigated by UV-vis reflectance spectra, current-voltage curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Owing to the synergic effects of the TiO2 HSs (SSs) and NRAs, including large specific surface area of HSs (SSs) as light-scattering layer for effective dye adsorption and harvesting light and rapid electron transport in one dimensional TiO2 NRAs, the optimal energy conversion efficiency of DSSCs with as-prepared double-layered films as nanocomposite photoanode (5.40%) were far higher than the ones using single-layered NRAs films (1.56%).

  9. Improved performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using TiO2 nanotubes infiltrated by TiO2 nanoparticles using a dipping-rinsing-hydrolysis process

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    Lin, Lu-Yin; Chen, Chia-Yuan; Yeh, Min-Hsin; Tsai, Keng-Wei; Lee, Chuan-Pei; Vittal, R.; Wu, Chun-Guey; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2013-12-01

    An efficient back-illuminated dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is made with a flexible Ti-foil based photoanode composed of a composite TiO2 film with TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) and TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP). The composite TiO2 film is fabricated through a novel dipping-rinsing-hydrolysis (DRH) process by inserting TiO2 into TNT and sintering the product to form TNP inside TNT. By directly placing TiO2 nanoparticles into TNT, the former grow internally from the base of TNT to occupy it completely. This solves previous problems of incomplete filling of TNP into TNT, which used partial penetration of TiCl4 reactant from the top of the TNT. In the present case, the TNP are grown from the base of TNT. A DSSC containing TNT and TNP prepared in this way shows a photoelectric efficiency of 6.45%, which is much higher than that (4.21%) of a DSSC with untreated TNT. The films are characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The improvement in the photoelectric efficiency is explained by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) analysis, and UV-absorption spectra analysis.

  10. Facile synthesis of high quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes on novel 3D KIT-6: application in high performance dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Balamurugan, Jayaraman; Pandurangan, Arumugam; Kim, Nam Hoon; Lee, Joong Hee

    2015-01-14

    A novel hard templating strategy for the synthesis of high quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with a uniform diameter was developed. MWCNTs were successfully synthesized through chemical vapour deposition (CVD) using acetylene by employing 3D bicontinuous mesoporous silica (KIT-6) as a hard template and used as the counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Here, we report that Ni-Cr-KIT-6 and Co-Cr-KIT-6 systems are the most suitable catalysts for the growth of MWCNTs. Raman spectroscopy and TEM analysis revealed that the synthesized MWCNTs were of high quality and well graphitized. Impressively, DSSCs with a MWCNT counter electrode demonstrated high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of up to 10.53%, which was significantly higher than that of 9.87% obtained for a DSSC with a conventional Pt counter electrode. Moreover, MWCNTs had a charge transfer resistance (Rct) of only 0.74 Ω cm(2) towards the I3(-)/I(-) electrolyte commonly applied in DSSCs, which is several orders of magnitude lower than that of a typical Pt electrode (2.78 Ω cm(2)). These results indicate that the synthesized MWCNT counter electrodes are versatile candidates that can increase the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs. PMID:25429647

  11. Cubic titanium dioxide photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Chae, Jinho; Kang, Misook

    Following from the recently evolved concept of significantly improving the photovoltaic efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by reducing the loss of electrons on the spherical surface of titanium dioxide, this study examines the synthesis of cubic TiO 2 with a special morphology to overcome this electron loss and investigates its application to DSSCs. Cubic TiO 2 is synthesized by an advanced rapid hydrothermal method, with the addition of an amine species additive. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images confirm the cubic shape of the TiO 2 particles with a diameter less than 5-10 nm. Using N719 dye under illumination with 100 mW cm -2 simulated sunlight, the application of cubic TiO 2 to DSSCs affords an energy conversion efficiency of approximately 9.77% (4.0-μm thick TiO 2 film), which is considerably enhanced compared with that achieved using a commercial, spherical TiO 2. Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) and impedance analyses reveal that the electrons are transferred more rapidly to the surface of a cubic TiO 2 film than on a spherical TiO 2 film.

  12. Nature of photovoltaic action in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cahen, D.; Hodes, G.; Graetzel, M.; Guillemoles, J.F.; Riess, I.

    2000-03-09

    The authors explain the cause for the photocurrent and photovoltage in nanocrystalline, mesoporous dye-sensitized solar cells, in terms of the separation, recombination, and transport of electronic charge as well as in terms of electron energetics. On the basis of available experimental data, the basic cause for the photovoltage was confirmed as the change in the electron concentration in the nanocrystalline electron conductor that results from photoinduced charge injection from the dye. The maximum photovoltage is given by the difference in electron energies between the redox level and the bottom of the electron conductor's conduction band, rather than by any difference in electrical potential in the cell, in the dark. Charge separation occurs because of the energetic and entropic driving forces that exist at the dye/electron conductor interface, with charge transport aided by such driving forces at the electron conductor-contact interface. The mesoporosity and nanocrystallinity of the semiconductor are important not only because of the large amount of dye that can be adsorbed on the system's very large surface, but also for two additional reasons: (1) it allows the semiconductor small particles to become almost totally depleted upon immersion in the electrolyte (allowing for large photovoltages), and (2) the proximity of the electrolyte to all particles modes screening of injected electrons, and thus their transport, possible.

  13. Effects of nano anatase-rutile TiO2 volume fraction with natural dye containing anthocyanin on the dye sensitized solar cell performance

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    Agustini, S.; Wahyuono, R. A.; Sawitri, D.; Risanti, D. D.

    2013-09-01

    Since its first development, efforts to improve efficiency of Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) are continuously carried out, either through selection of dye materials, the type of semiconductor, counter electrode design or the sandwiched structure. It is widely known that anatase and rutile are phases of TiO2 that often being used for fabrication of DSSC. Rutile is thermodynamically more stable phase having band-gap suitable for absorption of sunlight spectrum. On the other hand, anatase has higher electrical conductivity, capability to adsorp dye as well as higher electron diffusion coefficient than those of rutile. Present research uses mangosteen pericarp and Rhoeo spathacea extracted in ethanol as natural dye containing anthocyanin. These dyes were characterized by using UV-Vis and FTIR, showing that the absorption maxima peaks obtained at 389 nm and 413 nm, for mangosteen and Rhoeo spathacea, respectively. The nano TiO2 was prepared by means of co-precipitation method. The particle size were 9-11 nm and 54.5 nm for anatase and rutile, respectively, according to Scherrer's equation. DSSCs were fabricated in various volume fractions of anatase and rutile TiO2. The fabricated DSSCs were tested under 17 mW/cm2 of solar irradiation. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic of DSSCs employing 75%: 25% volume fraction of anatase and rutile TiO2 have outstanding result than others. The highest conversion efficiencies of 0.037% and 0.013% are obtained for DSSC employing natural dye extract from mangosteen pericarp and Rhoeo spathacea, respectively.

  14. EH AND S ANALYSIS OF DYE-SENSITIZED PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR CELL PRODUCTION.

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    BOWERMAN,B.; FTHENAKIS,V.

    2001-10-01

    Photovoltaic solar cells based on a dye-sensitized nanocrystalline titanium dioxide photoelectrode have been researched and reported since the early 1990's. Commercial production of dye-sensitized photovoltaic solar cells has recently been reported in Australia. In this report, current manufacturing methods are described, and estimates are made of annual chemical use and emissions during production. Environmental, health and safety considerations for handling these materials are discussed. This preliminary EH and S evaluation of dye-sensitized titanium dioxide solar cells indicates that some precautions will be necessary to mitigate hazards that could result in worker exposure. Additional information required for a more complete assessment is identified.

  15. 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.

  16. Functionalized graphene sheets in dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrodes

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    Roy-Mayhew, Joseph Dominic

    The use of thermally exfoliated graphite oxide, commonly referred to as functionalized graphene sheets (FGSs), was investigated as a catalytic counter electrode material in dye-sensitized solar cells to substitute for platinum nanoparticles traditionally used in devices. A catalyst's activity depends both on the material's intrinsic activity as well as on its surface area accessible for reaction. Thus, this work aimed i) to determine the intrinsic activity of FGSs with various chemical compositions and structures, and ii) to create high surface area networks of FGSs to use as catalytic electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. Monolayers of FGSs were fabricated and electrochemically tested to determine the intrinsic catalytic activity for a common dye-sensitized solar cell redox mediator, cobalt bipyridine. It was found that lattice defect rich, oxygen-site poor FGSs catalyze the reduction of the cobalt complex as well as platinum does, exhibiting a rate constant of ~ 6 x 10-3 cm/s. This rate is an order of magnitude faster than exhibited with oxygen-site rich graphene oxide, and over two orders of magnitude faster than found with the basal plane of graphite (as a surrogate for pristine graphene). FGSs are less catalytic towards the iodide/triiodide redox mediator, thus larger surface areas must be used for effective catalysis. In this work, conductive, high surface area networks of FGSs were produced by first tape casting surfactant-stabilized aqueous suspensions of FGSs and then thermolyzing the surfactant materials. Iodide/triiodide mediated dye-sensitized solar cells using these FGS electrodes exhibited power conversion efficiencies within 10% of devices using platinum nanoparticles. Furthermore, to interpret the catalytic activity of FGSs towards the reduction of triiodide, a new electrochemical impedance spectroscopy equivalent circuit was proposed that matches the observed spectra features to the appropriate phenomena. Lastly, improved catalytic performance

  17. Effects of Dye Structure in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Hoskins, Anna R.

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are photovoltaic devices that may compete with standard silicon solar cells due to their ease of construction and lower cost [32]. Ruthenium dye structures, such as N3 (Ru -- (4,4' -- dicarboxylic acid -- 2,2' -- bipyridine)2(NCS)2), have shown promise for collection efficiencies near silicon photovoltaic levels [20, 33]. DSSCs have not achieved the reproducibility and maximum efficiency of silicon solar cells [33, 34]. Altering ligands on the dye molecules may affect the energies of light that are absorbed by the DSSC. Photovoltaic testing, including current versus voltage tests, of DSSCs with both narrow band monochromated light sources and broadband (AM1.5 solar simulator) allows comparison between maximum efficiency, short-circuit current, open circuit voltage, and spectral response (SR) for the dye molecules. By studying how the efficiency and power output change with different dye structures, the nature of how to increase efficiency of the DSSC can be addressed. Conjugation length of the ligands in ruthenium dye molecules can be shown, through square-well and Huckel theory calculations, to have a role in changing the HOMO-LUMO gap of the molecules and the absorption of specific wavelengths of light by the DSSC. The efficiency, max power, short circuit current, open circuit voltage, and SR were all measured for the DSSCs at wavelengths from 350 nm to 690 nm using a monochromated light source. Measurements taken at 20 nm steps reveal trends in the photon acceptance for dye molecules that can be linked to the conjugation length of the ligands in the dye through the SR. The change in the SR centroid and UV-VIS measurements indicate a trend toward increasing optimal wavelength with increasing conjugation length in the dye molecules; however these trends are not as pronounced as theoretical calculations for the dyes. This difference in wavelength shift occurs due to the theoretical calculations accounting for only the ligands

  18. Near infrared organic semiconducting materials for bulk heterojunction and dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Singh, Surya Prakash; Sharma, G D

    2014-06-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells have been the subject of intensive academic interest over the past two decades, and significant commercial effort has been directed towards this area with the vison of developing the next generation of low cost solar cells. Materials development has played a vital role in the dramatic improvement of both DSSC and BHJ solar cell performance in the recent years. Organic conjugated polymers and small molecules that absorb solar light in the visible and near infrared (NIR) regions represent a class of emering materials and show a great potential for the use of different optoelectronic devices such as DSSCs and BHJ solar cells. This account describes the emering class of near infrared (NIR) organic polymers and small molecules having donor and acceptors units, and explores their potential applications in the DSSCs and BHJ solar cells.

  19. 2,3-Dipentyldithieno[3,2-f:2',3'-h]quinoxaline-Based Organic Dyes for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Effect of π-Bridges and Electron Donors on Solar Cell Performance.

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    Huang, Zu-Sheng; Zang, Xu-Feng; Hua, Tao; Wang, Lingyun; Meier, Herbert; Cao, Derong

    2015-09-16

    Five novel metal-free organic dyes DQ1-5 containing a dipentyldithieno[3,2-f:2',3'-h]quinoxaline (DPQ) unit were synthesized and applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), where DPQ was employed as a π-spacer for the first time. Their photophysical, electrochemical, and theoretical calculations and photovoltaic properties were systematically investigated. All the five dyes show broad photoresponse. Especially the absorption edges of DQ3-5 extend to 800 nm on the TiO2 films. The inserted electron-rich unit 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene or electron-withdrawing group benzothiadiazole (BTD) in DPQ-based dyes can greatly influence the optoelectronic properties of the dyes. In addition, the different electron donors also significantly affect the performance of the DSSCs. Under standard global AM 1.5 solar light conditions, the DQ5 sensitized solar cell obtained a power conversion efficiency of 7.12%. The result indicates that the rigid DPQ-based organic dye is a promising candidate for efficient DSSCs.

  20. Improved Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Fabricated from a Coumarin NKX-2700 Dye-Sensitized TiO2/MgO Core-Shell Photoanode with an HfO2 Blocking Layer and a Quasi-Solid-State Electrolyte

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    Maheswari, D.; Venkatachalam, P.

    2015-03-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) were fabricated from a coumarin NKX-2700 dye-sensitized core-shell photoanode and a quasi-solid-state electrolyte, sandwiched together, with a cobalt sulfide-coated counter electrode. The core-shell photoanode consisted of a composite mixture of 90% TiO2 nanoparticles and 10% TiO2 nanowires (TNPW) as core layer and MgO nanoparticles (MNP) as shell layer. Hafnium oxide (HfO2) was applied to the core-shell photoanode film as a blocking layer. TiO2 nanoparticles, TiO2 nanowires, and TNPW/MNP were characterized by x-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. It was apparent from the UV-visible spectrum of the sensitizing dye coumarin NKX-2700 that its absorption was maximum at 525 nm. Power conversion efficiency (PCE) was greater for DSSC-1, fabricated with a core-shell TNPW/MNP/HfO2 photoanode, than for the other DSSC; its photovoltaic properties were: short circuit photocurrent J sc = 19 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage ( V oc) = 720 mV, fill factor ( FF) = 66%, and PCE ( η) = 9.02%. The charge-transport and charge-recombination behavior of the DSSC were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy; the results showed that the composite core-shell film resulted in the lowest charge-transfer resistance ( R CE) and the longest electron lifetime ( τ eff). Hence, the improved performance of DSSC-1 could be ascribed to the core-shell photoanode with blocking layer, which increased electron transport and suppressed recombination of charge carriers at the photoanode/dye/electrolyte interface.

  1. Effect of the co-sensitization sequence on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with porphyrin and organic dyes.

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    Fan, Suhua; Lu, Xuefeng; Sun, Hong; Zhou, Gang; Chang, Yuan Jay; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2016-01-14

    To obtain a broad spectral response in the visible region, TiO2 film is co-sensitized with a porphyrin dye (FNE57 or FNE59) and an organic dye (FNE46). It is found that the stepwise co-sensitization in one single dye solution followed by in another single dye solution is better than the co-sensitization in a cocktail solution in terms of photovoltaic performance. The stepwise co-sensitization first with a porphyrin dye and then with an organic dye outperforms that in a reverse order. DSSC devices based on co-sensitizers FNE57 + FNE46 and FNE59 + FNE46 with a quasi-solid-state gel electrolyte generate power conversion efficiencies of 7.88% and 8.14%, respectively, which exhibits remarkable efficiency improvements of 61% and 35%, as compared with devices sensitized with the porphyrin dyes FNE57 and FNE59, respectively. Co-sensitization brings about a much improved short-circuit photocurrent due to the complementary absorption of the two sensitizers. The observed enhancement of incident monochromatic photon-to-electron conversion efficiency from individual dye sensitization to co-sensitization is attributed to the improved charge collection efficiency rather than to the light harvesting efficiency. Interestingly, the open-circuit photovoltage for the co-sensitization system comes between the higher voltage for the porphyrin dye (FNE57 or FNE59) and the lower voltage for the organic dye (FNE46), which is well correlated with their electron lifetimes. This finding indicates that not only the spectral complementation but also the electron lifetime should be considered to select dyes for co-sensitization. PMID:26651077

  2. Multifunctional Interface Modification of Energy Relay Dye in Quasi-solid Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Gao, Rui; Cui, Yixiu; Liu, Xiaojiang; Wang, Liduo

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-t-butyl-6(1,1,7,7-tetramethyljulolidyl-9-enyl)-4H-pyran (DCJTB) has been used in interface modification of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) with combined effects of retarding charge recombination and Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET). DCJTB interface modification significantly improved photovoltaic performance of DSCs. I–V curves shows the conversion efficiency increases from 4.27% to 5.64% with DCJTB coating. The application of DCJTB with combined effects is beneficial to explore more novel multi-functional interface modification materials to improve the performance of DSCs. PMID:24993900

  3. Application of 3A molecular sieve layer in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yan, Yuan; Wang, Jinzhong E-mail: qingjiang.yu@hit.edu.cn; Yu, Qingjiang E-mail: qingjiang.yu@hit.edu.cn; Huang, Yuewu; Chang, Quanhong; Hao, Chunlei; Jiao, Shujie; Gao, Shiyong; Li, Hongtao; Wang, Dongbo

    2014-08-25

    3A molecular sieve layer was used as dehydration and electronic-insulation layer on the TiO{sub 2} electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells. This layer diminished the effect of water in electrolyte efficiently and enhanced the performance of cells. The conversion efficiency increased from 9.58% to 10.2%. The good moisture resistance of cells was attributed to the three-dimensional interconnecting structure of 3A molecular sieve with strong adsorption of water molecule. While the performance enhancement benefited from the suppression of the charge recombination of electronic-insulation layer and scattering effect of large particles.

  4. Nanographite-TiO2 photoanode for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Sharma, S. S.; Sharma, Khushboo; Sharma, Vinay

    2016-05-01

    Nanographite-TiO2 (NG-TiO2) composite was successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method and its performance as the photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was investigated. Environmental Scanning electron microscope (E-SEM) micrographs show the uniform distribution of TiO2 nanoflowers deposited over nanographite sheets. The average performance characteristics of the assembled cell in terms of short-ciruit current density (JSC), open circuit voltage (VOC), fill factor (FF) and photoelectric conversion efficiency (η) were measured.

  5. [Atomic layer deposited aluminum oxide on SnO2 particles and its impact on dye-sensitized solar cells performance].

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    Dong, Wan; Meng, Tao; Chen, Qiang

    2014-01-01

    An ultra-thin deposition of alumina covered the SnO2 photoelectrode surface by atomic layer deposition for dye sensitized cell. Trimethyl aluminum (TMA) and water were used as precursor. The influence of alumina on dye-sensitized cells photoelectric conversion efficiency was discussed. The results showed that atomic layer deposition rate per cycle was about 0.12 nm by use of elliptic polarization apparatus (SE). The SnO2 crystal structure and surface morphology were not changed by deposited alumina as observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The dye adsorption capacity increased with the deposition alumina cycles as found by ultraviolet-visible spectra (UV-Vis). Finally, the mechanism of the effect of deposited alumina using atomic layer deposition was discussed. PMID:24783555

  6. 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.

  7. Electrospun polyethylene oxide (PEO) nanofiber membranes based polymer electrolyte for dye sensitized solar cell

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    Sethupathy, M.; Sethuraman, V.; Raj, J. Anandha; Muthuraja, P.; Manisankar, P.

    2014-10-01

    Poly (ethyleneoxide) membrane was prepared by electrospinning technique and characterized by HR-SEM, FTIR and XRD analysis. The electrolyte uptake, ionic conductivity and porosity of the membrane were studied. The images revealed that the nanofibers have uniform interconnectivity and no bead formation was observed. The ionic conductivity of gel polymer electrolyte was 1.86 × 10-3 Scm-1 at room temperature. The electrolyte uptake of the membrane reached upto a maximum of ˜94%. The photovoltaic performance of the dye sensitized solar cell using polymer electrolyte was evaluated and reported.

  8. Large pi-aromatic molecules as potential sensitizers for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Imahori, Hiroshi; Umeyama, Tomokazu; Ito, Seigo

    2009-11-17

    Recently, dye-sensitized solar cells have attracted much attention relevant to global environmental issues. Thus far, ruthenium(II) bipyridyl complexes have proven to be the most efficient TiO(2) sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells. However, a gradual increment in the highest power conversion efficiency has been recognized in the past decade. More importantly, considering that ruthenium is a rare metal, novel dyes without metal or using inexpensive metal are desirable for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. Large pi-aromatic molecules, such as porphyrins, phthalocyanines, and perylenes, are important classes of potential sensitizers for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells, owing to their photostability and high light-harvesting capabilities that can allow applications in thinner, low-cost dye-sensitized solar cells. Porphyrins possess an intense Soret band at 400 nm and moderate Q bands at 600 nm. Nevertheless, the poor light-harvesting properties relative to the ruthenium complexes have limited the cell performance of porphyrin-sensitized TiO(2) cells. Elongation of the pi conjugation and loss of symmetry in porphyrins cause broadening and a red shift of the absorption bands together with an increasing intensity of the Q bands relative to that of the Soret band. On the basis of the strategy, the cell performance of porphyrin-sensitized solar cells has been improved intensively by the enhanced light absorption. Actually, some push-pull-type porphyrins have disclosed a remarkably high power conversion efficiency (6-7%) that was close to that of the ruthenium complexes. Phthalocyanines exhibit strong absorption around 300 and 700 nm and redox features that are similar to porphyrins. Moreover, phthalocyanines are transparent over a large region of the visible spectrum, thereby enabling the possibility of using them as "photovoltaic windows". However, the cell performance was poor, owing to strong aggregation and lack of directionality in the

  9. A critical review of recent developments in nanomaterials for photoelectrodes in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Raj, C. Clement; Prasanth, R.

    2016-06-01

    In a dye sensitized solar cell the photoanode performs a dual role of acting as a matrix for dye adsorption and as a charge transport medium for electron transport. The surface area and the electronic property of the material determine the current output of the device. So the performance of dye sensitized solar cell is significantly affected by our choice of material to be used as photoanode. High surface area, optimum carrier density, low impedance and efficient carrier transport are requirements for an efficient photoanode material in a DSSC. The goal of this review article is to highlight the fabrication methods used for the preparation of efficient nanostructured photoanodes. The application of these nanostructured photoanode materials and their impact on the device efficiency has been described in detail. The enhancement in the surface area of the material and its impact on the dye adsorption and current generation has been discussed. A detailed analysis of the role of different blocking layers used in improving the open circuit voltage of the device has been done. The outlook and future directions in improving the device performance are also discussed.

  10. A Hybrid Tandem Solar Cell Combining a Dye-Sensitized and a Polymer Solar Cell.

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    Shao, Zhipeng; Chen, Shuanghong; Zhang, Xuhui; Zhu, Liangzheng; Ye, Jiajiu; Dai, Songyuan

    2016-06-01

    A hybrid tandem solar cell was assambled by connecting a dye sensitized solar cell and a polymer solar cell in series. A N719 sensitized TiO2 was used as photocathode in dye-sensitized subcell, and a MEH-PPV/PCBM composite was used as active layer in the polymer subcell. The polymer subcell fabricated on the counter electrode of the dye sensitized solar cell. A solution processed TiO(x) layer was used as electron collection layer of the polymer sub cell and the charge recombination layer. The effects of the TiO(x) interlayer and the spectral overlap between the two sub cells have been studied and optimized. The results shows that a proper thickness of the TiO(x) layer is needed for tandem solar cells. Thick TiO(x) will enhance the series resistance, but too thin TiO(x), layer will damage the hole blocking effect and its hydrophilic. The resulting optimized tandem solar cells exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 1.28% with a V(oc) of 0.95 V under simulated 100 mW cm(-2) AM 1.5 illumination. PMID:27427604

  11. A Hybrid Tandem Solar Cell Combining a Dye-Sensitized and a Polymer Solar Cell.

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    Shao, Zhipeng; Chen, Shuanghong; Zhang, Xuhui; Zhu, Liangzheng; Ye, Jiajiu; Dai, Songyuan

    2016-06-01

    A hybrid tandem solar cell was assambled by connecting a dye sensitized solar cell and a polymer solar cell in series. A N719 sensitized TiO2 was used as photocathode in dye-sensitized subcell, and a MEH-PPV/PCBM composite was used as active layer in the polymer subcell. The polymer subcell fabricated on the counter electrode of the dye sensitized solar cell. A solution processed TiO(x) layer was used as electron collection layer of the polymer sub cell and the charge recombination layer. The effects of the TiO(x) interlayer and the spectral overlap between the two sub cells have been studied and optimized. The results shows that a proper thickness of the TiO(x) layer is needed for tandem solar cells. Thick TiO(x) will enhance the series resistance, but too thin TiO(x), layer will damage the hole blocking effect and its hydrophilic. The resulting optimized tandem solar cells exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 1.28% with a V(oc) of 0.95 V under simulated 100 mW cm(-2) AM 1.5 illumination.

  12. Monitoring the dye impregnation time of nanostructured photoanodes for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Shahzad, N.; Pugliese, D.; Lamberti, A.; Sacco, A.; Virga, A.; Gazia, R.; Bianco, S.; Shahzad, M. I.; Tresso, E.; Pirri, C. F.

    2013-06-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are getting increasing attention as low-cost, easy-to-prepare and colored photovoltaic devices. In the current work, in view of optimizing the fabrication procedures and understanding the mechanisms of dye attachment to the semiconductor photoanode, absorbance measurements have been performed at different dye impregnation times ranging from few minutes to 24 hours using UV-Vis spectroscopy. In addition to the traditional absorbance experiments, based on diffuse and specular reflectance on dye impregnated thin films and on the desorption of dye molecules from the photoanodes by means of a basic solution, an alternative in-situ solution depletion measurement, which enables fast and continuous evaluation of dye uptake, is presented. Photoanodes have been prepared with two different nanostructured semiconducting films: mesoporous TiO2, using a commercially available paste from Solaronix, and sponge-like ZnO obtained in our laboratory from sputtering and thermal annealing. Two different dyes have been analyzed: Ruthenizer 535-bisTBA (N719), which is widely used because it gives optimal photovoltaic performances, and a new metal-free organic dye based on a hemisquaraine molecule (CT1). Dye sensitized cells were fabricated using a customized microfluidic architecture. The results of absorbance measurements are presented and discussed in relation to the obtained solar energy conversion efficiencies and the incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies (IPCE).

  13. Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Red Turnip and Purple Wild Sicilian Prickly Pear Fruits

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    Calogero, Giuseppe; Di Marco, Gaetano; Cazzanti, Silvia; Caramori, Stefano; Argazzi, Roberto; Di Carlo, Aldo; Bignozzi, Carlo Alberto

    2010-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were assembled by using the bougainvillea flowers, red turnip and the purple wild Sicilian prickly pear fruit juice extracts as natural sensitizers of TiO2 films. The yellow orange indicaxanthin and the red purple betacyanins are the main components in the cocktail of natural dyes obtained from these natural products. The best overall solar energy conversion efficiency of 1.7% was obtained, under AM 1.5 irradiation, with the red turnip extract, that showed a remarkable current density (Jsc = 9.5 mA/cm2) and a high IPCE value (65% at λ = 470 nm). Also the purple extract of the wild Sicilian prickly pear fruit showed interesting performances, with a Jsc of 9.4 mA/cm2, corresponding to a solar to electrical power conversion of 1.26%. PMID:20162014

  14. Microstructure design of nanoporous TiO2 photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell modules.

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    Hu, Linhua; Dai, Songyuan; Weng, Jian; Xiao, Shangfeng; Sui, Yifeng; Huang, Yang; Chen, Shuanghong; Kong, Fantai; Pan, Xu; Liang, Linyun; Wang, Kongjia

    2007-01-18

    The optimization of dye-sensitized solar cells, especially the design of nanoporous TiO2 film microstructure, is an urgent problem for high efficiency and future commercial applications. However, up to now, little attention has been focused on the design of nanoporous TiO2 microstructure for a high efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell modules. The optimization and design of TiO2 photoelectrode microstructure are discussed in this paper. TiO2 photoelectrodes with three different layers, including layers of small pore size films, larger pore size films, and light-scattering particles on the conducting glass with the desirable thickness, were designed and investigated. Moreover, the photovoltaic properties showed that the different porosities, pore size distribution, and BET surface area of each layer have a dramatic influence on short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage, and fill factor of the modules. The optimization and design of TiO2 photoelectrode microstructure contribute a high efficiency of DSC modules. The photoelectric conversion efficiency around 6% with 15 x 20 cm2 modules under illumination of simulated AM1.5 sunlight (100 mW/cm2) and 40 x 60 cm2 panels with the same performance tested outdoor have been achieved by our group.

  15. Dye-sensitized solar cells using double-oxide electrodes: a brief review

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    Suzuki, Yoshikazu; Okamoto, Yuji; Ishii, Natsumi

    2015-04-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC or DSSC) have been widely investigated because of their potentially high cost performance compared with Si-based solar cells and of their fascinating appearance. DSC with photoelectric conversion efficiency of >10 % (or even 12 %) have been reported, where porous TiO2 films are generally used as semi-conductor electrodes. Such porous TiO2 films usually have high specific surface area, and thus, they adsorb plenty of dye molecules, resulting in high photocurrent density. Recently, some double oxides have been examined as alternative photoanode materials, mainly in order to improve photovoltage. Here, studies on DSC using double-oxide electrodes, i.e., perovskite, spinel, ilmenite, wolframite, scheelite and pseudobrookite-types, are briefly reviewed.

  16. 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.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of Allium cepa L. as photosensitizer of dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Sutikno, Afrian, Noverdi; Supriadi, Putra, Ngurah Made Dharma

    2016-04-01

    The synthesis and characterization of Allium cepa L. used as natural pigment for natural dye sensitizer of solar cell has successfully done and anthocyanin is extracted. Anthocynin is color pigment of plant which has characteristic absorption spectrum of photon and excites electrons up to pigment molecules. As the anthocyanin absorbed light increases the excited electrons increase as well. The generated current also increases and it leads to the efficiency increase. The energy conversion efficiency of the cells sensitized with dye of Allium cepa L. was 3,045 x 10-4%. A simple technique was taken to fabricate dye sensitizer solar cell is spincoating.

  18. Mechanism of degradation of electrolyte solutions for dye-sensitized solar cells under ultraviolet light irradiation

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    Nakajima, Shohei; Katoh, Ryuzi

    2015-01-01

    We studied the mechanism of the degradation of I-/I3--containing electrolyte solutions for dye-sensitized solar cells under UV light irradiation. The yellow electrolyte solutions underwent achromatization during irradiation, indicating the reduction of I3-. We propose a mechanism involving the production of holes in TiO2, reaction of the holes with solvent molecules, and subsequent reduction of I3- by electrons remaining in the TiO2. Although the quantum yield of the photodegradation reaction is estimated to be low (3 × 10-3), this reaction can nevertheless be expected to affect the long-term stability of dye-sensitized solar cell devices.

  19. Blue-Coloured Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Implementing the Diketopyrrolopyrrole Chromophore

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    Yum, Jun-Ho; Holcombe, Thomas W.; Kim, Yongjoo; Rakstys, Kasparas; Moehl, Thomas; Teuscher, Joel; Delcamp, Jared H.; Nazeeruddin, Mohammed K.; Grätzel, Michael

    2013-08-01

    The paradigm shift in dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) - towards donor- π bridge-acceptor (D-π-A) dyes - increases the performances of DSCs and challenges established design principles. Framed by this shifting landscape, a series of four diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based sensitizers utilizing the donor-chromophore-anchor (D-C-A) motif were investigated computationally, spectroscopically, and fabricated by systematic evaluation of finished photovoltaic cells. In all cases, the [Co(bpy)3]3+/2+ redox-shuttle afforded superior performance compared to I3-/I-. Aesthetically, careful molecular engineering of the DPP chromophore yielded the first example of a high-performance blue DSC - a challenge unmet since the inception of this photovoltaic technology: DPP17 yields over 10% power conversion efficiency (PCE) with the [Co(bpy)3]3+/2+ electrolyte at full AM 1.5 G simulated sun light.

  20. Blue-coloured highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells by implementing the diketopyrrolopyrrole chromophore.

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    Yum, Jun-Ho; Holcombe, Thomas W; Kim, Yongjoo; Rakstys, Kasparas; Moehl, Thomas; Teuscher, Joel; Delcamp, Jared H; Nazeeruddin, Mohammed K; Grätzel, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The paradigm shift in dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) - towards donor- π bridge-acceptor (D-π-A) dyes - increases the performances of DSCs and challenges established design principles. Framed by this shifting landscape, a series of four diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based sensitizers utilizing the donor-chromophore-anchor (D-C-A) motif were investigated computationally, spectroscopically, and fabricated by systematic evaluation of finished photovoltaic cells. In all cases, the [Co(bpy)3](3+/2+) redox-shuttle afforded superior performance compared to I3(-)/I(-). Aesthetically, careful molecular engineering of the DPP chromophore yielded the first example of a high-performance blue DSC - a challenge unmet since the inception of this photovoltaic technology: DPP17 yields over 10% power conversion efficiency (PCE) with the [Co(bpy)3](3+/2+) electrolyte at full AM 1.5 G simulated sun light.

  1. Natural dye extracted from karkadah and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells: experimental and density functional theory study.

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    Reda, S M; Soliman, K A

    2016-02-01

    This work presents an experimental and theoretical study of cyanidin natural dye as a sensitizer for ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells. ZnO nanoparticles were prepared using ammonia and oxalic acid as a capping agent. The calculated average size of the synthesized ZnO with different capping agents was found to be 32.1 nm. Electronic properties of cyanidin and delphinidin dye were studied using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT with a B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level. By comparing the theoretical results with the experimental data, the cyanidin dye can be used as a sensitizer in dye-sensitized solar cells. An efficiency of 0.006% under an AM-1.5 illumination at 100  mW/cm(2) was attained. The influence of dye adsorption time on the solar cell performance is discussed.

  2. Natural dye extracted from karkadah and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells: experimental and density functional theory study.

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    Reda, S M; Soliman, K A

    2016-02-01

    This work presents an experimental and theoretical study of cyanidin natural dye as a sensitizer for ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells. ZnO nanoparticles were prepared using ammonia and oxalic acid as a capping agent. The calculated average size of the synthesized ZnO with different capping agents was found to be 32.1 nm. Electronic properties of cyanidin and delphinidin dye were studied using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT with a B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level. By comparing the theoretical results with the experimental data, the cyanidin dye can be used as a sensitizer in dye-sensitized solar cells. An efficiency of 0.006% under an AM-1.5 illumination at 100  mW/cm(2) was attained. The influence of dye adsorption time on the solar cell performance is discussed. PMID:26836089

  3. Metal-organic frameworks at interfaces in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Li, Yafeng; Chen, Caiyun; Sun, Xun; Dou, Jie; Wei, Mingdeng

    2014-09-01

    ZIF-8, a kind of widely studied metal-organic frameworks, was used for the interfacial modification of dye-sensitized solar cells by a facile post-treatment strategy for the first time, which solved the problem of severely decreased short-circuit photocurrent in previous report. After the surface treatment, the performance of cells was obviously improved. The conditions for the deposition of ZIF-8 were optimized. The best photovoltaic property was obtained when the growth time of ZIF-8 was 7 min and the TiO2 photoanode was post-treated for 2 times. Besides the energy barrier effect of ZIF-8 that improved the open-circuit photovoltage and electron lifetime, the dyes adsorbed tightly on TiO2 surface was found to be a key point for the efficient electron injection and improved performance.

  4. Dyes extracted from Trigonella seeds as photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Batniji, Amal; Abdel-Latif, Monzir S.; El-Agez, Taher M.; Taya, Sofyan A.; Ghamri, Hatem

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the extract of Trigonella seeds was used as sensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The natural dye was extracted from the seeds using water and alcohol as solvents for the raw material. The UV-Vis absorption spectra of Trigonella extract solution and dye adsorbed on TiO2 film were measured. DSSCs sensitized by Trigonella extracted using water as a solvent exhibited better performance with efficiency of 0.215 %. The performance of the fabricated DSSCs was attempted to enhance by acid treatment of the FTO substrates with HNO3, H3PO4, and H2SO4. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of the fabricated cells was also carried out.

  5. In situ direct growth of single crystalline metal (Co, Ni) selenium nanosheets on metal fibers as counter electrodes toward low-cost, high-performance fiber-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Liang; Yin, Hexing; Zhou, Yong; Dai, Hui; Yu, Tao; Liu, Jianguo; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-01-28

    Highly crystalline metal (Co, Ni) selenium (Co0.85Se or Ni0.85Se) nanosheets were in situ grown on metal (Co, Ni) fibers (M-M0.85Se). Both M-M0.85Se (Co-Co0.85Se and Ni-Ni0.85Se) fibers prove to function as excellent, low-cost counter electrodes (CEs) in fiber-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells (FDSSCs) with high power conversion efficiency (Co-Co0.85Se 6.55% and Ni-Ni0.85Se 7.07%), comparable or even superior to a Pt fiber CE (6.54%). The good performance of the present Pt-free CE-based solar cell was believed to originate from: (1) the intrinsic electrocatalytic properties of the single-crystalline M-M0.85Se; (2) the enough void space among M0.85Se nanosheets that allows easier redox ion diffusion; (3) the two-dimensional morphology that provides a large contact area between the CE catalytic material and electrolyte; (4) in situ direct growth of the M0.85Se on metal fibers that renders good electrical contact between the active material and the electron collector.

  6. Catalytic Improvement on Counter Electrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Electrospun Pt Nano-Fibers.

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    Seol, Hyunwoong; Shiratani, Masaharu; Seneekatima, Kannanut; Pornprasertsuk, Rojana

    2016-04-01

    A dye-sensitized solar cell is one of cost-competitive photovoltaic devices. For higher performance, all components have been actively studied and improved. However, Pt is still a dominant catalyst since first development although some catalytic materials were studied so far. Catalytic materials of counter electrode play an important role in the performance because it supplies electrons from counter electrode to electrolyte. Therefore, the catalytic activation of counter electrode is closely connected with the performance enhancement. In this work, Pt nano-fiber was fabricated by electrospinning and applied for the counter electrode. Its wide surface area is advantageous for good conductivity and catalytic activation. Morphological characteristics of nano-fibers were analyzed according to electrospinning conditions. Photovoltaic properties, cyclic voltammetry, impedance analysis verified the catalytic activation. Consequently, dye-sensitized solar cell with Pt nano-fiber electrospun at 5.0 kV of applied voltage had higher performance than conventional dye-sensitized solar cell with Pt thin film. This work is significant for related researches because all nano-fibers counter electrode material proposed so far never exceeded the performance of conventional Pt counter electrode. PMID:27451627

  7. Aggregated TiO2 Based Nanotubes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Nie, Zimin; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Zhang, Qifeng; Cao, Guozhong; Liu, Jun

    2013-11-01

    One-dimensional (1D) semiconducting oxides have attracted great attention for dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs), but the overall performance is still quite limited as compared to TiO2 nanocrystalline DSCs. Here, we report the synthesis of aggregated TiO2 based nanotubes with controlled morphologies and crystalline structures to obtain an overall power conversion efficiency of 9.9% using conventional dye without any additional chemical treatment steps. The high efficiency is attributed to the unique aggregate structure for light harvesting, optimized high surface area, and good crystallinity of the nanotube aggregates obtained through proper thermal annealing. This study demonstrates that high efficiency DSCs can be obtained with 1D nanomaterials, and provides lessons on the importance of optimizing both the nanocrystalline structure and the overall microscale morphology.

  8. Nanoforest Nb2O5 Photoanodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Ghosh, Rudresh; Brennaman, Kyle M.; Uher, Tim; Ok, Myoung-Ryul; Samulski, Edward T.; McNeil, L. E.; Meyer, Thomas J.; Lopez, Rene

    2011-10-26

    Vertically aligned bundles of Nb₂O₅ nanocrystals were fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and tested as a photoanode material in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). They were characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopies, optical absorption spectroscopy (UV–vis), and incident-photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) experiments. The background gas composition and the thickness of the films were varied to determine the influence of those parameters in the photoanode behavior. An optimal background pressure of oxygen during deposition was found to produce a photoanode structure that both achieves high dye loading and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance. For optimal structures, IPCE values up to 40% and APCE values around 90% were obtained with the N₃ dye and I₃{sup –}/I{sup –} couple in acetonitrile with open circuit voltage of 0.71 V and 2.41% power conversion efficiency.

  9. 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.

  10. Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocrystalline TiO2 for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kuo, Ta-Chuan; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Chen, Peter

    2012-09-01

    The main purposes of this study are replacing conventional hydro-thermal method by microwave heating using water as reaction medium to rapidly synthesize TiO2.Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was hydrolyzed in water. The solution is subsequently processed with microwave heating for crystal growth. The reaction time could be shortened into few minutes. Then we chose different acids as dispersion agents to prepare TiO2 paste for investigating the effects of dispersion on the power conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The photovoltaic performance of the microwave-assisted synthesized TiO2 achieved power conversion efficiency of 6.31% under AM 1.5 G condition (100 mW/cm2). This PCE value is compatible with that of the devices made from commercial TiO2.

  11. Flexible, Low Cost, and Platinum-Free Counter Electrode for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Ali, Abid; Shehzad, Khurram; Ur-Rahman, Faiz; Shah, Syed Mujtaba; Khurram, Muhammad; Mumtaz, Muhammad; Sagar, Rizwan Ur Rehman

    2016-09-28

    A platinum-free counter electrode composed of surface modified aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) fibers was fabricated for efficient flexible dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Surface modification of MWCNTs fibers with simple one step hydrothermal deposition of cobalt selenide nanoparticles, confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, provided a significant improvement (∼2-times) in their electrocatalytic activity. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy suggest a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 6.42% for our modified fibers, higher than 3.4% and 5.6% efficeincy of pristine MWCNTs fiber and commonly used Pt wire, respectively. Good mechanical and performance stability after repeated bending and high output voltage for in-series connection suggest that our surface modified MWCNTs fiber based DSSCs may find applications as flexible power source in next-generation flexible/wearable electronics.

  12. Effective solid electrolyte based on benzothiazolium for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Han, Lu; Wang, Ye Feng; Zeng, Jing Hui

    2014-12-24

    Thiaozole/benzothiaozole-based dicationic conductors were synthesized and applied as solid-state electrolyte in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, steady-state voltammogram, photocurrent intensity-photovoltage test, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy are used to characterize the materials and the mechanism of the cell performance. Compared to the traditional monocationic crystals, the dicationic crystals have a larger size and can provide more opportunities to fine-tune their physical/chemical properties. As a consequence, this solid-state electrolyte-based DSSC achieved photoelectric conversion efficiency of 7.90% under full air-mass (AM 1.5) sunlight (100 mW·cm(-2)).

  13. 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.

  14. See-through dye-sensitized solar cells: photonic reflectors for tandem and building integrated photovoltaics.

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    Heiniger, Leo-Philipp; O'Brien, Paul G; Soheilnia, Navid; Yang, Yang; Kherani, Nazir P; Grätzel, Michael; Ozin, Geoffrey A; Tétreault, Nicolas

    2013-10-25

    See-through dye-sensitized solar cells with 1D photonic crystal Bragg reflector photoanodes show an increase in peak external quantum efficiency of 47% while still maintaining high fill factors, resulting in an almost 40% increase in power conversion efficiency. These photoanodes are ideally suited for tandem and building integrated photovoltaics.

  15. On the early development of organic dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kloo, Lars

    2013-07-28

    This viewpoint describes the background of the development of organic dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells, the impact of the 2006 ChemComm paper by Sun, Hagfeldt and co-workers regarding the D5 D-π-A-family of dyes, some recent developments and possible future challenges to meet.

  16. Triphenylamine-based indoline derivatives for dye-sensitized solar cells: a density functional theory investigation.

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    Ren, Xue-Feng; Kang, Guo-Jun; He, Qiong-Qiong

    2016-01-01

    A new series of triphenylamine-based indoline dye sensitizers were molecularly designed and investigated for their potential use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Theoretical calculations revealed that modifying donor part of D149 by triphenylamine significantly altered the electronic structures, MO energies, and intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) absorption band. Key parameters associated with the light-harvesting efficiency at a given wavelength LHE(λ), the driving force ΔG inject, and the open-circuit photovoltage V oc were characterized. More importantly, these designed (dimeric) dye sensitizers were found to have similar broad absorption spectra to their corresponding monomers, indicating that modifying the donor part with triphenylamine may stop unfavorable dye aggregation. Further analyses of the dye-(TiO2)9 cluster interaction confirmed that there was strong electronic coupling at the interface. These results are expected to provide useful guidance in the molecular design of new highly efficient metal-free organic dyes.

  17. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cell using Bi2Te3 nanotube/ZnO nanoparticle composite photoanode by the synergistic effect of photovoltaic and thermoelectric conversion

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    Dou, Yuanyao; Wu, Fang; Fang, Liang; Liu, Gaobin; Mao, Caiying; Wan, Kai; Zhou, Miao

    2016-03-01

    Ultralong and highly crystalline rhombohedral Bi2Te3 nanotubes were fabricated by a two-step solution phase reaction. A novel photoanode architecture has been fabricated by embedding 0-2.5 wt.% Bi2Te3 nanotubes into ZnO nanoparticles. The photocurrent density-voltage (J-V) characteristics reveal that the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with Bi2Te3/ZnO composite photoanode exhibit significantly enhanced photovoltaic performance. Notably, the DSSC incorporating 1.5 wt.% Bi2Te3 in the ZnO photoanode demonstrates an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 4.27%, which is 44.3% higher than that of the bare ZnO photoanode. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis shows that the Bi2Te3 nanotubes can provide a direct pathway for electron transportation, prolong the lifetime of electrons, suppress the charge recombination and improve the electron collection efficiency. The thermoelectric effect analysis indicates that with the increase of irradiation time, Bi2Te3/ZnO composite photoanode could convert both heat and photon energies to electrical energy simultaneously and slow down the decline of η. The calculated electron density (ns) further proves that the increment of short-circuit current density (Jsc) is attributed to Seebeck effect in the composite photoanode. These results suggest that compositing 1D thermoelectric nano-materials in photoanode is a promising route to improve the performance of DSSCs.

  18. Effect of TiO2 rutile nanorods on the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2013-01-01

    In order to enhance the electron transport on the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells, one-dimensional rutile nanorods were prepared using electrospun TiO2 nanofibers. The grain size of the nanorods increased with increasing temperature. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements revealed reduced interface resistance of the cells with the one-dimensional rutile nanorods due to the improved electron transport and the enhanced electrolyte penetration. Intensity-modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy showed that the one-dimensional rutile nanorods provided the electrons with a moving pathway and suppressed the recombination of photogenerated electrons. However, an excessive quantity of rutile nanorods created an obstacle to the electrons moving in the TiO2 thin film. The photoelectrode with 7 wt.% rutile nanorods optimized the performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:23331863

  19. Highly stable tandem solar cell monolithically integrating dye-sensitized and CIGS solar cells

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    Chae, Sang Youn; Park, Se Jin; Joo, Oh-Shim; Jun, Yongseok; Min, Byoung Koun; Hwang, Yun Jeong

    2016-08-01

    A highly stable monolithic tandem solar cell was developed by combining the heterogeneous photovoltaic technologies of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and solution-processed CuInxGa1-xSeyS1-y (CIGS) thin film solar cells. The durability of the tandem cell was dramatically enhanced by replacing the redox couple from to [Co(bpy)3]2+ /[Co(bpy)3]3+), accompanied by a well-matched counter electrode (PEDOT:PSS) and sensitizer (Y123). A 1000 h durability test of the DSSC/CIGS tandem solar cell in ambient conditions resulted in only a 5% decrease in solar cell efficiency. Based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and photoelectrochemical cell measurement, the enhanced stability of the tandem cell is attributed to minimal corrosion by the cobalt-based polypyridine complex redox couple.

  20. Highly stable tandem solar cell monolithically integrating dye-sensitized and CIGS solar cells

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    Chae, Sang Youn; Park, Se Jin; Joo, Oh-Shim; Jun, Yongseok; Min, Byoung Koun; Hwang, Yun Jeong

    2016-01-01

    A highly stable monolithic tandem solar cell was developed by combining the heterogeneous photovoltaic technologies of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and solution-processed CuInxGa1-xSeyS1-y (CIGS) thin film solar cells. The durability of the tandem cell was dramatically enhanced by replacing the redox couple from to [Co(bpy)3]2+ /[Co(bpy)3]3+), accompanied by a well-matched counter electrode (PEDOT:PSS) and sensitizer (Y123). A 1000 h durability test of the DSSC/CIGS tandem solar cell in ambient conditions resulted in only a 5% decrease in solar cell efficiency. Based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and photoelectrochemical cell measurement, the enhanced stability of the tandem cell is attributed to minimal corrosion by the cobalt-based polypyridine complex redox couple. PMID:27489138

  1. Co-dominant effect of selected natural dye sensitizers in DSSC performance

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    Lim, Andery; Ekanayake, Piyasiri; Lim, Linda Biaw Leng; Bandara, J. M. R. Sarath

    2016-10-01

    Natural dyes from Ixora coccinea (RX) and Bougainvillea sp. (BG) were extracted and these individual dyes as well as the cocktail dye of RX and BG (1:1 v/v ratio) were investigated as dye sensitizers in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). To analyze the capability of the dyes, various characterization methods were deployed such as incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE), current-to-voltage (I-V) characteristics, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). It was found that DSSC sensitized with RX performed the best with η = 0.76%, followed by the cocktail dye (η = 0.40%) and BG (η = 0.21%). This best overall performance of RX was attributed to the charge transport resistance (Rtr = 3.89 Ω), with the highest electron density (ɳs = 9.45 × 1028) and effective diffusion coefficient (Deff = 2.43 × 10- 8 m2/s), which accounted for high Jsc. Co-dominance performance of DSSC sensitized with cocktail dye was observed where the cocktail dye has demonstrated an improved Voc as compared to RX and improved Jsc against BG, suggesting individual influence from both dyes.

  2. Insertion of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells in Textiles using a Conventional Weaving Process

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    Yun, Min Ju; Cha, Seung I.; Seo, Seon Hee; kim, Han Seong; Lee, Dong Y.

    2015-01-01

    Increasing demands for wearable energy sources and highly flexible, lightweight photovoltaic devices have stimulated the development of textile-structured solar cells. However, the former approach of wire-type solar cell fabrication, followed by weaving of these devices, has had limited success, due to device failure caused by high friction forces and tension forces during the weaving process. To overcome this limitation, we present a new approach for textile solar cell fabrication, in which dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) electrodes are incorporated into the textile during the weaving process, using the textile warp as a spacer to maintain the DSSC structure. Porous, dye-loaded TiO2-coated holed metal ribbon and Pt nanoparticle-loaded carbon yarn were used as the photoanode and counterelectrode, respectively. The highly flexible textile-based solar cell was fabricated using a common weaving process with a loom. The inserted DSSCs in the textile demonstrated an energy conversion efficiency of 2.63% (at 1 sun, 1.5 A.M.). Our results revealed that additional performance enhancement was possible by considering other electrode materials and textile structures, as well as where and how the DSSC electrodes are inserted. In addition, we demonstrated that the inserted DSSCs could be electrically connected using a parallel configuration. PMID:26087134

  3. Insertion of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells in Textiles using a Conventional Weaving Process.

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    Yun, Min Ju; Cha, Seung I; Seo, Seon Hee; Kim, Han Seong; Lee, Dong Y

    2015-01-01

    Increasing demands for wearable energy sources and highly flexible, lightweight photovoltaic devices have stimulated the development of textile-structured solar cells. However, the former approach of wire-type solar cell fabrication, followed by weaving of these devices, has had limited success, due to device failure caused by high friction forces and tension forces during the weaving process. To overcome this limitation, we present a new approach for textile solar cell fabrication, in which dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) electrodes are incorporated into the textile during the weaving process, using the textile warp as a spacer to maintain the DSSC structure. Porous, dye-loaded TiO2-coated holed metal ribbon and Pt nanoparticle-loaded carbon yarn were used as the photoanode and counterelectrode, respectively. The highly flexible textile-based solar cell was fabricated using a common weaving process with a loom. The inserted DSSCs in the textile demonstrated an energy conversion efficiency of 2.63% (at 1 sun, 1.5 A.M.). Our results revealed that additional performance enhancement was possible by considering other electrode materials and textile structures, as well as where and how the DSSC electrodes are inserted. In addition, we demonstrated that the inserted DSSCs could be electrically connected using a parallel configuration.

  4. Insertion of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells in Textiles using a Conventional Weaving Process.

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    Yun, Min Ju; Cha, Seung I; Seo, Seon Hee; Kim, Han Seong; Lee, Dong Y

    2015-01-01

    Increasing demands for wearable energy sources and highly flexible, lightweight photovoltaic devices have stimulated the development of textile-structured solar cells. However, the former approach of wire-type solar cell fabrication, followed by weaving of these devices, has had limited success, due to device failure caused by high friction forces and tension forces during the weaving process. To overcome this limitation, we present a new approach for textile solar cell fabrication, in which dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) electrodes are incorporated into the textile during the weaving process, using the textile warp as a spacer to maintain the DSSC structure. Porous, dye-loaded TiO2-coated holed metal ribbon and Pt nanoparticle-loaded carbon yarn were used as the photoanode and counterelectrode, respectively. The highly flexible textile-based solar cell was fabricated using a common weaving process with a loom. The inserted DSSCs in the textile demonstrated an energy conversion efficiency of 2.63% (at 1 sun, 1.5 A.M.). Our results revealed that additional performance enhancement was possible by considering other electrode materials and textile structures, as well as where and how the DSSC electrodes are inserted. In addition, we demonstrated that the inserted DSSCs could be electrically connected using a parallel configuration. PMID:26087134

  5. Functional titanium oxide nano-particles as electron lifetime, electrical conductance enhancer, and long-term performance booster in quasi-solid-state electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lue, Shingjiang Jessie; Wu, Yun-Ling; Tung, Yung-Liang; Shih, Chao-Ming; Wang, Yi-Chun; Li, Jun-Ruei

    2015-01-01

    This research investigates the design of a quasi-solid-state electrolyte for improving the photovoltaic efficiency and long-term performance stability of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this study, agarose gel and titanium oxide (TiO2) nano-particles are incorporated into an iodine/iodide electrolyte solution in a 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP)/3-methoxypropionitrile (MPN) solvent mixture to fabricate quasi-solid-state electrolytes for 2.0-cm2 DSSCs. The electrolyte also contains an ionic liquid, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide, and a co-additive, 1-methylbenzimidazole. The negatively charged TiO2 nano-particles exhibit an anatase crystal structure. Without agarose and TiO2, the control cell's photovoltaic efficiency drops by more than 50% over 2400 h of aging due to a significant decrease in the short-circuit current. Incorporating 1% agarose into the electrolyte not only enhances the retention of the solvent but also maintains the short-circuit current. Furthermore, adding 0.5% TiO2 to 1% agarose electrolyte provides sufficient ion and electron transfer routes and improves the fill factor of the corresponding DSSC. The photoconversion efficiency of the agarose/TiO2-containing DSSC monotonically increases from an initial value of 5.08% to 6.48% within 2400 h. The improved cell efficiency is correlated to the longer electron lifetime in the DSSC, higher ion diffusivity, and the smaller electrical resistance of the electrolyte.

  6. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on organic dopant incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolyte with g-C3N4/TiO2 photoanode

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.; Murugan, K.; Arunachalam, Prabhakarn; Arof, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    This work describes the effect of 2-aminopyrimidine (2-APY) on poly(vinylidinefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)/polyethylene oxide (PEO) blend polymer electrolyte along with binary iodide salts (tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI) and potassium iodide (KI)) and iodine (I2) were studied for enhancing the efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) consisting of g-C3N4/TiO2 composite as photoanode. The g-C3N4 was synthesized from low cost urea by thermal condensation method. It was used as a precursor to synthesize the various weight percentage ratios (5%, 10% and 15%) of g-C3N4/TiO2 composites by wet-impregnation method. The pure and 2-APY incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolytes were arranged by wet chemical process (casting method) using DMF as a solvent. The synthesized g-C3N4/TiO2 composites and polymer blend electrolytes were studied and analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ionic conductivity values of the pure and 2-APY incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO blend electrolytes were estimated to be 4.53×10-5 and 1.87×10-4 Scm-1 respectively. The UV-vis absorption spectroscopy was carried out for the pure and different wt% of g-C3N4/TiO2 composites coated FTO films after N3 dye-sensitization. The 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 composite film showed a maximum absorption compared to the others. The DSSC assembled with 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 as photoanode using the pure polymer blend electrolyte exhibited a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.17% , which was superior than that of DSSC based pure TiO2 (2.46%). However, the PCE was increased to 4.73% for the DSSC assembled using 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 as photoanode with 2-APY incorporated polymer blend electrolyte. Hence, the present study is a successful attempt to provide a new pathway to enhance the performance of DSSCs.

  7. Flexible Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Based on Vertical ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    2011-01-01

    Flexible dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated using vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays that are transferred onto ITO-coated poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrates using a simple peel-off process. The solar cells demonstrate an energy conversion efficiency of 0.44% with good bending tolerance. This technique paves a new route for building large-scale cost-effective flexible photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. PMID:27502660

  8. Fabrication, characterization of two nano-composite CuO-ZnO working electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Habibi, Mohammad Hossein; Karimi, Bahareh; Zendehdel, Mahmoud; Habibi, Mehdi

    2013-12-01

    Two kind of CuO-ZnO nanocomposite working electrodes were synthesized by sol-gel technology and applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Their characteristics were studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS). CuO-ZnO nanocomposite thin films were prepared doctor blade technique on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and used as working electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Their photovoltaic behavior were compared with standard using D35 dye and an electrolyte containing [Co(bpy)3](PF6)2, [Co(pby)3](PF6)3, LiClO4, and 4-tert-butylpyridine (TBP). The ranges of short-circuit current (JSC) from 0.18 to 0.21 (mA/cm(2)), open-circuit voltage (VOC) from 0.24 to 0.55V, and fill factor from 0.34 to 0.39 were obtained for the DSSCs made using the working electrodes. The efficiency of the working electrodes after the addition of TBL was more than doubled. The light scattering and carrier transport properties of these composites promote the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). PMID:23973582

  9. Stabilized Conversion Efficiency and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells from Beta vulgaris Pigment

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    Hernández-Martínez, Angel Ramon; Estévez, Miriam; Vargas, Susana; Rodríguez, Rogelio

    2013-01-01

    Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs), based on TiO2 and assembled using a dye from Beta vulgaris extract (BVE) with Tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), are reported. The dye BVE/TEOS increased its UV resistance, rendering an increase in the cell lifetime; the performance of these solar cells was compared to those prepared with BVE without TEOS. The efficiency η for the solar energy conversion was, for BVE and BVE/TEOS, of 0.89% ± 0.006% and 0.68% ± 0.006% with a current density Jsc of 2.71 ± 0.003 mA/cm2 and 2.08 ± 0.003 mA/cm2, respectively, using in both cases an irradiation of 100 mW/cm2 at 25 °C. The efficiency of the BVE solar cell dropped from 0.9 ± 0.006 to 0.85 ± 0.006 after 72 h of operation, whereas for the BVE/TEOS, the efficiency remained practically constant in the same period of time. PMID:23429194

  10. Effects of pH of Dyes on Characteristics of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Furukawa, Shoji; Iino, Hiroshi; Kukita, Koudai; Kaminosono, Kaoru

    Dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated using natural dyes and synthesized dyes in which rear metal was not contained. Effects of pH of dyes on the characteristics of the dye-sensitized solar cells were also examined. As a result, it was found that the conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cell fabricated using red-cabbage dye with a pH of 2.5 was 0.10 point larger than that of the solar cell fabricated using red-cabbage dye with a pH of 4.0. It was also found that the conversion efficiency of the solar cell fabricated using red-perilla dye with a pH of 3.1 was 0.10 point larger than that of the solar cell fabricated using red-perilla dye with a pH of 5.8. The results are discussed on the bases of the molecular structure of mainly contained dye and the optical absorption spectra.

  11. Electrical characterization of dye sensitized nano solar cell using natural pomegranate juice as photosensitizer

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    Adithi, U.; Thomas, Sara; Uma, V.; Pradeep, N.

    2013-02-01

    This paper shows Electrical characterization of Dye Sensitized Solar Cell using natural dye, extracted from the pomegranate as a photo sensitizer and ZnO nanoparticles as semiconductor. The constituents of fabricated dye sensitized solar cell were working electrode, dye, electrolyte and counter electrode. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized and used as semiconductor in working electrode. Carbon soot was used as counter electrode. The resistance of ZnO film on ITO film was found out. There was an increase in the resistance of the film and film changes from conducting to semiconducting. Photovoltaic parameters of the fabricated cell like Short circuit current, open circuit voltage, Fill factor and Efficiency were found out. This paper shows that usage of natural dyes like pomegranate juice as sensitizer enables faster and simpler production of cheaper and environmental friendly solar cell.

  12. On global energy scenario, dye-sensitized solar cells and the promise of nanotechnology.

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    Reddy, K Govardhan; Deepak, T G; Anjusree, G S; Thomas, Sara; Vadukumpully, Sajini; Subramanian, K R V; Nair, Shantikumar V; Nair, A Sreekumaran

    2014-04-21

    One of the major problems that humanity has to face in the next 50 years is the energy crisis. The rising population, rapidly changing life styles of people, heavy industrialization and changing landscape of cities have increased energy demands, enormously. The present annual worldwide electricity consumption is 12 TW and is expected to become 24 TW by 2050, leaving a challenging deficit of 12 TW. The present energy scenario of using fossil fuels to meet the energy demand is unable to meet the increase in demand effectively, as these fossil fuel resources are non-renewable and limited. Also, they cause significant environmental hazards, like global warming and the associated climatic issues. Hence, there is an urgent necessity to adopt renewable sources of energy, which are eco-friendly and not extinguishable. Of the various renewable sources available, such as wind, tidal, geothermal, biomass, solar, etc., solar serves as the most dependable option. Solar energy is freely and abundantly available. Once installed, the maintenance cost is very low. It is eco-friendly, safely fitting into our society without any disturbance. Producing electricity from the Sun requires the installation of solar panels, which incurs a huge initial cost and requires large areas of lands for installation. This is where nanotechnology comes into the picture and serves the purpose of increasing the efficiency to higher levels, thus bringing down the overall cost for energy production. Also, emerging low-cost solar cell technologies, e.g. thin film technologies and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) help to replace the use of silicon, which is expensive. Again, nanotechnological implications can be applied in these solar cells, to achieve higher efficiencies. This paper vividly deals with the various available solar cells, choosing DSCs as the most appropriate ones. The nanotechnological implications which help to improve their performance are dealt with, in detail. Additionally, the

  13. On global energy scenario, dye-sensitized solar cells and the promise of nanotechnology.

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    Reddy, K Govardhan; Deepak, T G; Anjusree, G S; Thomas, Sara; Vadukumpully, Sajini; Subramanian, K R V; Nair, Shantikumar V; Nair, A Sreekumaran

    2014-04-21

    One of the major problems that humanity has to face in the next 50 years is the energy crisis. The rising population, rapidly changing life styles of people, heavy industrialization and changing landscape of cities have increased energy demands, enormously. The present annual worldwide electricity consumption is 12 TW and is expected to become 24 TW by 2050, leaving a challenging deficit of 12 TW. The present energy scenario of using fossil fuels to meet the energy demand is unable to meet the increase in demand effectively, as these fossil fuel resources are non-renewable and limited. Also, they cause significant environmental hazards, like global warming and the associated climatic issues. Hence, there is an urgent necessity to adopt renewable sources of energy, which are eco-friendly and not extinguishable. Of the various renewable sources available, such as wind, tidal, geothermal, biomass, solar, etc., solar serves as the most dependable option. Solar energy is freely and abundantly available. Once installed, the maintenance cost is very low. It is eco-friendly, safely fitting into our society without any disturbance. Producing electricity from the Sun requires the installation of solar panels, which incurs a huge initial cost and requires large areas of lands for installation. This is where nanotechnology comes into the picture and serves the purpose of increasing the efficiency to higher levels, thus bringing down the overall cost for energy production. Also, emerging low-cost solar cell technologies, e.g. thin film technologies and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) help to replace the use of silicon, which is expensive. Again, nanotechnological implications can be applied in these solar cells, to achieve higher efficiencies. This paper vividly deals with the various available solar cells, choosing DSCs as the most appropriate ones. The nanotechnological implications which help to improve their performance are dealt with, in detail. Additionally, the

  14. Graphene supported nickel nanoparticle as a viable replacement for platinum in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Bajpai, Reeti; Roy, Soumyendu; Kulshrestha, Neha; Rafiee, Javad; Koratkar, Nikhil; Misra, D. S.

    2012-01-01

    A platinum free counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells was developed using graphene platelets (GP) supported nickel nanoparticles (NPs) as the active catalyst. Few layered GP were prepared by chemical oxidation of graphite powders followed by thermal exfoliation and reduction. The nanoparticles of nickel were deposited directly onto the platelets by pulsed laser ablation. The composite electrodes of GP and Ni nanoparticles (GP-Ni) thus obtained showed better performance compared to conventional Pt thin film electrodes (Std Pt) and unsupported Ni NPs. The efficiencies of the cells fabricated using GP-Ni, Std Pt and Ni NP CEs were 2.19%, 2% and 1.62%, respectively. The GP-Ni composite solar cell operated with an open circuit voltage of 0.7 V and a fill factor of 0.6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy using the I3-/I- redox couple confirms lower values of charge transfer resistance for the composite electrodes, 4.67 Ω cm2 as opposed to 7.73 Ω cm2 of Std Pt. The better catalytic capability of these composite materials is also reflected in the stronger I3- reduction peaks in cyclic voltammetry scans.A platinum free counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells was developed using graphene platelets (GP) supported nickel nanoparticles (NPs) as the active catalyst. Few layered GP were prepared by chemical oxidation of graphite powders followed by thermal exfoliation and reduction. The nanoparticles of nickel were deposited directly onto the platelets by pulsed laser ablation. The composite electrodes of GP and Ni nanoparticles (GP-Ni) thus obtained showed better performance compared to conventional Pt thin film electrodes (Std Pt) and unsupported Ni NPs. The efficiencies of the cells fabricated using GP-Ni, Std Pt and Ni NP CEs were 2.19%, 2% and 1.62%, respectively. The GP-Ni composite solar cell operated with an open circuit voltage of 0.7 V and a fill factor of 0.6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy using the I3-/I- redox couple confirms lower

  15. Review on nanostructured semiconductors for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Prakash, T.

    2012-06-01

    Nanostructured semiconductors with different morphologies are used widely in various applications in order to enhance their technological advancements compared with the bulk sample. This flourishing nanoscience field has enabled rapid developments that have created numerous opportunities for scienctific advancements with various devices. Considering large environmental impacts such as global warming, problems of nuclear waste storage and nuclear accidents, there is an urgent need for environmentally sustainable energy technologies such as solar cells and fuel cells. In the present paper, the role of nanostructured semiconductors in dyesensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is reviewed entensively. The review discusses the present developmental prospects of DSSCs and the problems associated with its layer materials and propose a method of overcoming these problems.

  16. A methodology for improving laser beam induced current images of dye sensitized solar cells

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    Navas, Francisco Javier; Alcántara, Rodrigo; Fernández-Lorenzo, Concha; Martín, Joaquín

    2009-06-01

    Using the laser beam induced current (LBIC) technique for the study of solar cells and photovoltaic devices, it is possible to obtain images representing the different degrees of quantum efficiency observed on the surface of these elements. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) or photoelectrochemical solar cells, in contrast to those based on solid-solid interfaces, show a slow response to irradiance variations—up to tens of seconds. This is basically due to both viscous matter transport processes and load transfer. This response is inappreciable when the device is functioning continuously but when a LBIC scan is performed, in which the laser moves quickly from one point to another, the slow response produces a memory effect and the signal generated at one given point depends on the conversion efficiency coefficients of the previously excited positions, resulting in diffuse images and a lack of sharpness. This work presents a methodology to correct high-resolution LBIC mappings of DSSCs using an algorithm based on the kinetics of the discharge process of the irradiated zone. The validity of the proposed method has been evaluated by carrying out experiments where the algorithm has been applied to LBIC mappings.

  17. Carbon nanofiber-based counter electrodes for low cost dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Sebastián, D.; Baglio, V.; Girolamo, M.; Moliner, R.; Lázaro, M. J.; Aricò, A. S.

    2014-03-01

    Carbon materials represent an attractive alternative to platinum in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) counter electrodes to contribute to an efficient conversion of solar energy into electricity. The use of highly graphitic carbon nanofibers (CNFs) is investigated by analyzing the effect of the filament diameter, surface area and graphitization degree on the DSSC cathode performance. To this purpose, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and physisorption analysis are used to characterize the main properties of the CNFs. The behavior of CNFs as counter electrodes in DSSC is investigated by polarization experiments and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Among the different materials, the CNF characterized by the highest surface area (183 m2 g-1), thinnest filament size (24 nm) and highest density of surface defects shows the best performance in terms of efficiency, open circuit potential and short circuit current density. Further investigation of the electrode thickness together with series and charge transfer resistance cross-analysis evidences the key role played by the surface area and surface graphitization to obtain a suitable performance. Compared to literature, so-obtained CNFs represent an interesting alternative to manufacture low cost DSSC cathodes.

  18. Photoelectrochemical characteristics of dye-sensitized solar cells incorporating innovative and inexpensive materials

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    Harlow, Lisa Jean

    The use of energy is going to continue to increase rapidly due to population and economic advances occurring throughout the world. The most widely used energies produce carbon dioxide during their combustion and have finite limits on how much of these resources are available. A strong push to utilizing renewable energy is necessary to keep up with the demand. The only renewable energy that has unlimited supply is solar. Our goal is to find cost-effective alternatives to historically the most extensively used materials in dye-sensitized solar cells. In order to rely on efficiency changes coinciding with the introduction of a new component, a standard baseline of performance is necessary to establish. A reproducible fabrication procedure composed of standard materials was instituted; the efficiency parameters exhibited a less than 10% standard deviation for any set of solar cells. Any modifications to the cell components would be apparent in the change in efficiency. Our cell modifications focused on economical alternatives to the electrolyte, the counter electrode and the chromophore. Solution-based electrolytes were replaced with a non-volatile ionic liquid, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide, and then a poly(imidazole-functionalized) silica nanoparticle. Solid-state electrolytes reduce or prevent leakage and could ease manufacturing in large-scale devices. Platinum has been the counter electrode catalyst primarily used with the iodide/triiodide redox couple, but is a rare metal making it rather costly. We reduce platinum loading by introducing a novel counter electrode that employs platinum nanoparticles embedded on a graphene nanoplatelet paper. The highly conductive carbon base also negates the use of the expensive conductive substrate necessary for the platinum catalyst, further reducing cost. We also study the differences in transitioning from ruthenium polypyridyls to iron-based chromophores in dye-sensitized solar cells. Iron introduces low-lying ligand

  19. Patterned 3-dimensional metal grid electrodes as alternative electron collectors in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chua, Julianto; Mathews, Nripan; Jennings, James R; Yang, Guangwu; Wang, Qing; Mhaisalkar, Subodh G

    2011-11-21

    We describe the application of 3-dimensional metal grid electrodes (3D-MGEs) as electron collectors in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as a replacement for fluorinated tin oxide (FTO) electrodes. Requirements, structure, advantages, and limitations of the metal grid electrodes are discussed. Solar conversion efficiencies of 6.2% have been achieved in 3D-MGE based solar cells, comparable to that fabricated on FTO (7.1%). The charge transport properties and collection efficiencies in these novel solar cells have been studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  20. A home-made system for IPCE measurement of standard and dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Palma, Giuseppina; Cozzarini, Luca; Capria, Ennio; Fraleoni-Morgera, Alessandro E-mail: afraleoni@units.it

    2015-01-15

    A home-made system for incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) characterization, based on a double-beam UV-Vis spectrophotometer, has been set up. In addition to its low cost (compared to the commercially available apparatuses), the double-beam configuration gives the advantage to measure, autonomously and with no need for supplementary equipment, the lamp power in real time, compensating possible variations of the spectral emission intensity and quality, thus reducing measurement times. To manage the optical and electronic components of the system, a custom software has been developed. Validations carried out on a common silicon-based photodiode and on a dye-sensitized solar cell confirm the possibility to adopt this system for determining the IPCE of solar cells, including dye-sensitized ones.

  1. Metal substrate based electrodes for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells: fabrication methods, progress and challenges.

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    Balasingam, Suresh Kannan; Kang, Man Gu; Jun, Yongseok

    2013-12-21

    A step towards commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) requires more attention to engineering aspects, such as flexibility, the roll to roll fabrication process, the use of cost effective materials, etc. In this aspect, advantages of flexible DSSCs attracted many researchers to contemplate the transparent conducting oxide coated flexible plastic substrates and the thin metallic foils. In this feature article, the pros and cons of these two kinds of substrates are compared. The flexible dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated using metal substrates are briefly discussed. The working electrodes of DSSCs fabricated on various metal substrates, their fabrication methods, the effect of high temperature calcination and drawbacks of back illumination are reviewed in detail. A few reports on the flexible metal substrate based counter electrodes that could be combined with the plastic substrate based working electrodes are also covered at the end. PMID:24196211

  2. A home-made system for IPCE measurement of standard and dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Palma, Giuseppina; Cozzarini, Luca; Capria, Ennio; Fraleoni-Morgera, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    A home-made system for incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) characterization, based on a double-beam UV-Vis spectrophotometer, has been set up. In addition to its low cost (compared to the commercially available apparatuses), the double-beam configuration gives the advantage to measure, autonomously and with no need for supplementary equipment, the lamp power in real time, compensating possible variations of the spectral emission intensity and quality, thus reducing measurement times. To manage the optical and electronic components of the system, a custom software has been developed. Validations carried out on a common silicon-based photodiode and on a dye-sensitized solar cell confirm the possibility to adopt this system for determining the IPCE of solar cells, including dye-sensitized ones.

  3. Dye-sensitized solar cells with 13% efficiency achieved through the molecular engineering of porphyrin sensitizers.

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    Mathew, Simon; Yella, Aswani; Gao, Peng; Humphry-Baker, Robin; Curchod, Basile F E; Ashari-Astani, Negar; Tavernelli, Ivano; Rothlisberger, Ursula; Nazeeruddin, Md Khaja; Grätzel, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells have gained widespread attention in recent years because of their low production costs, ease of fabrication and tunable optical properties, such as colour and transparency. Here, we report a molecularly engineered porphyrin dye, coded SM315, which features the prototypical structure of a donor-π-bridge-acceptor and both maximizes electrolyte compatibility and improves light-harvesting properties. Linear-response, time-dependent density functional theory was used to investigate the perturbations in the electronic structure that lead to improved light harvesting. Using SM315 with the cobalt(II/III) redox shuttle resulted in dye-sensitized solar cells that exhibit a high open-circuit voltage VOC of 0.91 V, short-circuit current density JSC of 18.1 mA cm(-2), fill factor of 0.78 and a power conversion efficiency of 13%.

  4. Dye-sensitized solar cells with 13% efficiency achieved through the molecular engineering of porphyrin sensitizers

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    Mathew, Simon; Yella, Aswani; Gao, Peng; Humphry-Baker, Robin; Curchod, Basile F. E.; Ashari-Astani, Negar; Tavernelli, Ivano; Rothlisberger, Ursula; Nazeeruddin, Md. Khaja; Grätzel, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells have gained widespread attention in recent years because of their low production costs, ease of fabrication and tunable optical properties, such as colour and transparency. Here, we report a molecularly engineered porphyrin dye, coded SM315, which features the prototypical structure of a donor-π-bridge-acceptor and both maximizes electrolyte compatibility and improves light-harvesting properties. Linear-response, time-dependent density functional theory was used to investigate the perturbations in the electronic structure that lead to improved light harvesting. Using SM315 with the cobalt(II/III) redox shuttle resulted in dye-sensitized solar cells that exhibit a high open-circuit voltage VOC of 0.91 V, short-circuit current density JSC of 18.1 mA cm-2, fill factor of 0.78 and a power conversion efficiency of 13%.

  5. Effects of TiO2 and TiC Nanofillers on the Performance of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Based on the Polymer Gel Electrolyte of a Cobalt Redox System.

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    Venkatesan, Shanmuganathan; Liu, I-Ping; Chen, Li-Tung; Hou, Yi-Chen; Li, Chiao-Wei; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2016-09-21

    Polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) of cobalt redox system are prepared for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) is used as a gelator of an acetonitrile (ACN) liquid electrolyte containing tris(2,2'-bipyridine)cobalt(II/III) redox couple. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and titanium carbide (TiC) nanoparticles are utilized as nanofillers (NFs) of this PGE, and the effects of the two NFs on the conductivity of the PGEs, charge-transfer resistances at the electrode/PGE interface, and the performance of the gel-state DSSCs are studied and compared. The results show that the presence of TiC NFs significantly increases the conductivity of the PGE and decreases the charge-transfer resistance at the Pt counter-electrode (CE)/PGE interface. Therefore, the gel-state DSSC utilizing TiC NFs can achieve a conversion efficiency (6.29%) comparable to its liquid counterpart (6.30%), and, furthermore, the cell efficiency can retain 94% of its initial value after a 1000 h stability test at 50 °C. On the contrary, introduction of TiO2 NFs in the PGE causes a decrease of cell performances. It shows that the presence of TiO2 NFs increases the charge-transfer resistance at the Pt CE/PGE interface, induces the charge recombination at the photoanode/PGE interface, and, furthermore, causes a dye desorption in a long-term-stability test. These results are different from those reported for the iodide redox system and are ascribed to a specific attractive interaction between TiO2 and cobalt redox ions.

  6. Effects of TiO2 and TiC Nanofillers on the Performance of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Based on the Polymer Gel Electrolyte of a Cobalt Redox System.

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    Venkatesan, Shanmuganathan; Liu, I-Ping; Chen, Li-Tung; Hou, Yi-Chen; Li, Chiao-Wei; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2016-09-21

    Polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) of cobalt redox system are prepared for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) is used as a gelator of an acetonitrile (ACN) liquid electrolyte containing tris(2,2'-bipyridine)cobalt(II/III) redox couple. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and titanium carbide (TiC) nanoparticles are utilized as nanofillers (NFs) of this PGE, and the effects of the two NFs on the conductivity of the PGEs, charge-transfer resistances at the electrode/PGE interface, and the performance of the gel-state DSSCs are studied and compared. The results show that the presence of TiC NFs significantly increases the conductivity of the PGE and decreases the charge-transfer resistance at the Pt counter-electrode (CE)/PGE interface. Therefore, the gel-state DSSC utilizing TiC NFs can achieve a conversion efficiency (6.29%) comparable to its liquid counterpart (6.30%), and, furthermore, the cell efficiency can retain 94% of its initial value after a 1000 h stability test at 50 °C. On the contrary, introduction of TiO2 NFs in the PGE causes a decrease of cell performances. It shows that the presence of TiO2 NFs increases the charge-transfer resistance at the Pt CE/PGE interface, induces the charge recombination at the photoanode/PGE interface, and, furthermore, causes a dye desorption in a long-term-stability test. These results are different from those reported for the iodide redox system and are ascribed to a specific attractive interaction between TiO2 and cobalt redox ions. PMID:27563731

  7. Dye Sensitized Tandem Photovoltaic Cells

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    Barber, Greg D.

    2009-12-21

    This work provided a new way to look at photoelectrochemical cells and their performance. Although thought of as low efficiency, a the internal efficiency of a 9% global efficiency dye sensitized solar cell is approximately equal to an 18% efficient silicon cell when each is compared to their useful spectral range. Other work undertaken with this contract also reported the first growth oriented titania and perovskite columns on a transparent conducting oxide. Other work has shown than significant performance enhancement in the performance of dye sensitized solar cells can be obtained through the use of coupling inverse opal photonic crystals to the nanocrystalline dye sensitized solar cell. Lastly, a quick efficient method was developed to bond titanium foils to transparent conducting oxide substrates for anodization.

  8. Metal complex-based electron-transfer mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Elliott, C. Michael; Sapp, Shawn A.; Bignozzi, Carlo Alberto; Contado, Cristiano; Caramori, Stefano

    2006-03-28

    This present invention provides a metal-ligand complex and methods for using and preparing the same. In particular, the metal-ligand complex of the present invention is of the formula: L.sub.a-M-X.sub.b where L, M, X, a, and b are those define herein. The metal-ligand complexes of the present invention are useful in a variety of applications including as electron-transfer mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells and related photoelectrochromic devices.

  9. A strategy to design novel structure photochromic sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wu, Wenjun; Wang, Jiaxing; Zheng, Zhiwei; Hu, Yue; Jin, Jiayu; Zhang, Qiong; Hua, Jianli

    2015-01-01

    Two sensitizers with novel structure were designed and synthetized by introducing photochromic bisthienylethene (BTE) group into the conjugated system. Thanks to the photochromic effect the sensitizers have under ultraviolet and visible light, the conjugated bridge can be restructured and the resulting two photoisomers showed different behaviors in photovoltaic devices. This opens up a new research way for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). PMID:25716204

  10. High performance electrocatalyst consisting of CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 film: its use as a counter electrode for Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Park, Jung Tae; Lee, Chang Soo; Kim, Jong Hak

    2014-12-01

    High energy conversion efficiencies of 6.6% and 7.5% are demonstrated in solid and liquid states, Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), respectively, based on CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 (om-SnO2) counter electrode. These results correspond to improvements of 14% and 9%, respectively, compared to a conventional Pt counter electrode and are among the highest values reported for Pt-free DSSCs. The om-SnO2 layer plays a pivotal role as a platform to deposit a large amount of highly electrocatalytically active CoS nanoparticles via a facile solvothermal reaction. The om-SnO2 platform with a high porosity, larger pores, and good interconnectivity is derived from a poly(vinyl chloride)-g-poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (PVC-g-POEM) graft copolymer template, which provides not only improved interaction sites for the formation of CoS nanoparticles but also enhanced electron transport. The structural, morphological, chemical, and electrochemical properties of CoS on the om-SnO2 platform are investigated using field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The performance enhancement results from the excellent electron transport at the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)/counter electrode/electrolyte interface, reduced resistance at the FTO/CoS interface, and better catalytic reduction at the counter electrode/electrolyte interface.High energy conversion efficiencies of 6.6% and 7.5% are demonstrated in solid and liquid states, Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), respectively, based on CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 (om-SnO2) counter electrode. These results correspond to improvements of 14% and 9%, respectively, compared to a conventional Pt counter electrode and are among the

  11. Monobenzoporphyrins as Sensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Observation of Significant Spacer-Group Effect.

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    Jinadasa, R G Waruna; Li, Bihong; Schmitz, Benjamin; Kumar, Siddhartha; Hu, Yi; Kerr, Lei; Wang, Hong

    2016-08-23

    A series of monobenzoporphyrins (WH1-WH4) bearing different conjugated spacer groups were designed and synthesized as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells. Although a phenyl spacer only has a minimal impact on the absorption bands of the monobenzoporphyrin, an ethynylphenyl (WH3) or a vinyl (WH4) spacer redshifts and broadens the absorption bands of the dyes to result in much enhanced light-harvesting ability. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on these monobenzoporphyrin dyes displayed remarkable differences in power conversion efficiencies (PCEs). The monobenzoporphyrin bearing no spacer (WH1) resulted in a PCE of only 0.5 %; in contrast, the monobenzoporphyrin bearing vinyl spacers (WH4) achieved a PCE of 5.2 %. The high efficiency of the WH4 cell is attributed to the higher light-harvesting ability, the lesser extent of aggregation on the TiO2 surface, and the more favorable electron-density distributions of the HOMO and LUMO for electron injection and collection. This work demonstrates the exceptional tunability of benzoporphyrins as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:27469616

  12. Monobenzoporphyrins as Sensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Observation of Significant Spacer-Group Effect.

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    Jinadasa, R G Waruna; Li, Bihong; Schmitz, Benjamin; Kumar, Siddhartha; Hu, Yi; Kerr, Lei; Wang, Hong

    2016-08-23

    A series of monobenzoporphyrins (WH1-WH4) bearing different conjugated spacer groups were designed and synthesized as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells. Although a phenyl spacer only has a minimal impact on the absorption bands of the monobenzoporphyrin, an ethynylphenyl (WH3) or a vinyl (WH4) spacer redshifts and broadens the absorption bands of the dyes to result in much enhanced light-harvesting ability. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on these monobenzoporphyrin dyes displayed remarkable differences in power conversion efficiencies (PCEs). The monobenzoporphyrin bearing no spacer (WH1) resulted in a PCE of only 0.5 %; in contrast, the monobenzoporphyrin bearing vinyl spacers (WH4) achieved a PCE of 5.2 %. The high efficiency of the WH4 cell is attributed to the higher light-harvesting ability, the lesser extent of aggregation on the TiO2 surface, and the more favorable electron-density distributions of the HOMO and LUMO for electron injection and collection. This work demonstrates the exceptional tunability of benzoporphyrins as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells.

  13. Perfluoro anion based binary and ternary ionic liquids as electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lin, Hsi-Hsin; Peng, Jia-De; Suryanarayanan, V.; Velayutham, D.; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2016-04-01

    In this work, eight new ionic liquids (ILs) based on triethylammonium (TEA) or n-methylpiperidinium (NMP) cations and perfluoro carboxylate (PFC) anions having different carbon chain lengths are synthesized and their physico-chemical properties such as density, decomposition temperature, viscosity and conductivity are determined. Photovoltaic characteristics of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with binary ionic liquids electrolytes, containing the mixture of the synthesized ILs and 1-methyl-3-propyl imidazolium iodide (PMII) (v/v = 35/65), are evaluated. Among the different ILs, solar cells containing NMP based ILs show higher VOC than that of TEA, whereas, higher JSC is noted for the DSSCs incorporated with the latter when compared to the former. Further, the photo-current of the DSSCs decreases with the increase of the carbon chain length of perfluoro carboxylate anionic group of ILs. The cell performance of the DSSC containing ternary ionic liquids-based electrolytes compose of NMP-2C/TEA-2C/PMII (v/v/v = 28/7/65) exhibits a JSC of 12.99 mA cm-2, a VOC of 639.0 mV, a FF of 0.72, and a cell efficiency of 6.01%. The extraordinary durability of the DSSC containing the above combination of electrolytes stored in dark at 50 °C is proved to be unfailing up to 1200 h.

  14. Three-dimensional double deck meshlike dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Yuanhao; Yang, Hongxing; Lu, Lin

    2010-09-01

    In this paper, we develop a new type of three-dimensional dye-sensitized solar cells (3D DSSCs) with double deck cylindrical Ti meshes as the substrates. One of the Ti meshes is anodized to in situ synthesize the self-organized TiO2 nanotube layer as the photoanode materials. Another Ti mesh is platinized through electrodeposition as the counter electrode. The morphologies of the electrodes are characterized by scanning electron microscopy. We investigate the effect of the mesh number on the 3D DSSCs with the dye adsorption, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results show that with the increase in the mesh number, the dye-loadings on the photoanode and the active surface area of Pt on the counter electrode are increased, while the diffusion of the electrolyte becomes more difficult due to the reduced diameter of the openings in the mesh. It has also been demonstrated that the performance of this 3D DSSC is independent of the incident solar beam angle due to its axial symmetrical structure. In the I-V measurement, the 3D DSSC based on the 90-mesh photoanode and the 120-mesh counter electrode shows the highest conversion efficiency of 5.5% under standard AM 1.5 sunlight. The problems of electrical insulator layer are discussed and further investigation is expected.

  15. π-Spacer effect in dithiafulvenyl-π-phenothiazine dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Xiaofeng; Gou, Faliang; Zhao, Dongning; Shi, Jian; Gao, Hong; Zhu, Zhenping; Jing, Huanwang

    2016-08-01

    New dithiafulvenyl-π-phenothiazine dyes have been devised and prepared for dye-sensitized solar cells. Various π-spacers have been successfully introduced into the skeleton of dithiafulvenyl and phenothiazine unit to generate novel D-π-D-A dyes (DPP-1 ∼ 4). All dyes have been characterized with NMR, HRMS, UV-vis and fluorescence spectra, and taken into cyclic voltammetry measurements. The devices of new dyes have been determined by photoelectrochemical experiments (IV, IPCE and EIS), in which, solar cell of DPP-4 with biphenyl ring π-spacer enhances obviously its photoelectric conversion efficiency to 7.66% reaching 94% of N719-based standard cell and displays good long-term stability with quasi-solid-state electrolyte. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of new dyes provide further insight into the molecular geometries and the impacts of the torsion angles on their photovoltaic performance. Large dihedral angles in DPP dyes induce good charge separation for efficient unidirectional flow of electron from donor to acceptor.

  16. Graphene supported nickel nanoparticle as a viable replacement for platinum in dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Bajpai, Reeti; Roy, Soumyendu; kulshrestha, Neha; Rafiee, Javad; Koratkar, Nikhil; Misra, D S

    2012-02-01

    A platinum free counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells was developed using graphene platelets (GP) supported nickel nanoparticles (NPs) as the active catalyst. Few layered GP were prepared by chemical oxidation of graphite powders followed by thermal exfoliation and reduction. The nanoparticles of nickel were deposited directly onto the platelets by pulsed laser ablation. The composite electrodes of GP and Ni nanoparticles (GP-Ni) thus obtained showed better performance compared to conventional Pt thin film electrodes (Std Pt) and unsupported Ni NPs. The efficiencies of the cells fabricated using GP-Ni, Std Pt and Ni NP CEs were 2.19%, 2% and 1.62%, respectively. The GP-Ni composite solar cell operated with an open circuit voltage of 0.7 V and a fill factor of 0.6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy using the I(3)(-)/I(-) redox couple confirms lower values of charge transfer resistance for the composite electrodes, 4.67 Ω cm(2) as opposed to 7.73 Ω cm(2) of Std Pt. The better catalytic capability of these composite materials is also reflected in the stronger I(3)(-) reduction peaks in cyclic voltammetry scans. PMID:22193832

  17. π-Spacer effect in dithiafulvenyl-π-phenothiazine dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Xiaofeng; Gou, Faliang; Zhao, Dongning; Shi, Jian; Gao, Hong; Zhu, Zhenping; Jing, Huanwang

    2016-08-01

    New dithiafulvenyl-π-phenothiazine dyes have been devised and prepared for dye-sensitized solar cells. Various π-spacers have been successfully introduced into the skeleton of dithiafulvenyl and phenothiazine unit to generate novel D-π-D-A dyes (DPP-1 ∼ 4). All dyes have been characterized with NMR, HRMS, UV-vis and fluorescence spectra, and taken into cyclic voltammetry measurements. The devices of new dyes have been determined by photoelectrochemical experiments (IV, IPCE and EIS), in which, solar cell of DPP-4 with biphenyl ring π-spacer enhances obviously its photoelectric conversion efficiency to 7.66% reaching 94% of N719-based standard cell and displays good long-term stability with quasi-solid-state electrolyte. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of new dyes provide further insight into the molecular geometries and the impacts of the torsion angles on their photovoltaic performance. Large dihedral angles in DPP dyes induce good charge separation for efficient unidirectional flow of electron from donor to acceptor.

  18. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on ZnO nanorod arrays

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    Xie, Yu; Li, Shaoyan; Zhang, Ting; Joshi, Prakash; Fong, Hao; Ropp, Mike; Galipeau, David; Qiao, Qiquan

    2008-08-01

    A series of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated using ZnO nanorod arrays as the anode electrode. The ZnO nanorod arrays were grown on the fluorine doped tin dioxide (FTO) substrates by a hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images indicated that the ZnO nanorod arrays were highly oriented on FTO substrates with an average diameter of ~40 nm and an average length of ~1 μm. After sensitized by Z-907 dye via impregnation in solution, ZnO nanorod arrays changed the color from white to pink. This indicated that the dye had been successfully attached to ZnO nanorods. The high-aspect-ratio (~25) ZnO nanorod arrays are expected to improve charge transport through the formation of continuous channels along the nanorods. We fabricated photovoltaic cells based on these ZnO nanorod arrays and found the deposition time and effective area were two important factors affecting short circuit current densities and cell efficiencies. The device performance (Voc = 0.48 V, Jsc = 5.39 mA/cm2, η = 0.73 %) showed a great potential for solar energy conversion.

  19. Microfluidic housing system: a useful tool for the analysis of dye-sensitized solar cell components

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    Sacco, A.; Lamberti, A.; Pugliese, D.; Chiodoni, A.; Shahzad, N.; Bianco, S.; Quaglio, M.; Gazia, R.; Tresso, E.; Pirri, C. F.

    2012-11-01

    In order to understand the behavior of the different dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) components, an in-situ analysis should give fundamental help but it is impossible to be performed without compromising the integrity of the cell. Our recently proposed novel microfluidic approach for the fabrication of DSCs is based on a reversible sealing of the two transparent electrodes and it allows the easy assembling and disassembling of the cell, making possible an analysis of the components over time. The aim of this work is not to investigate the different degradation mechanisms of a standard DSC: we want to show that, by using a microfluidic architecture, it is possible to perform a non-destructive analysis and to monitor the photoanode and the counter electrode properties during their lifetime. Morphological (field emission scanning electron microscopy), wetting (contact angle), optical (UV-visible spectroscopy) and electrical (current-voltage and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements under standard AM1.5G illumination) characterizations have been performed over a period of three weeks. The results show how the variation of the wetting and morphological properties at the counter electrode and of the dye absorbance at the photoanode are strongly related to the decrease of the cell performances as evidenced by electrical characterization, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of the use of our structure in this kind of studies.

  20. The isolated anatase for dye sensitized solar cell

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    Ilmi, Irfan; Kartin, Indriana; Suyanta; Ohtani, Bunsho; Wang, Kunlei

    2015-09-30

    The isolation of crystallite anatase from commercial TiO{sub 2} P25 Degussa was investigated. The aim of this research was to study of isolated anatase based DSSC as an effort to develop industrial DSSC. The crystal phase, crystallite size and crystal shape both of original P25 and isolated anatase were characterized by XRD and TEM. By observing DSSC parameters such as FF, Jsc and Voc resulted in cell test, the efficiency of samples based DSSC was known. The isolation of anatase crystal was done by dissolving P25 in ammonia catalyzed hydrogen peroxide solution for 15 hours followed by washing and drying. DSSC cell performance was evaluated by applying the isolated anantase and original P25 as photoanode in the Gratzel cell system. The observation of cell efficiency was measured under 100 mW /cm{sup 2} with active area 1.5 cm{sup 2}. X-ray diffraction pattern showed obviously that no rutile contaminant in produced isolated anatase. TEM image shows typical anatase crystal with the particle size 21 nm. Surface area measurement exhibits that surface area of isolated anatase was 64.7m{sup 2}/g. I-V measurement showed that the efficiency of anatase based cell and P25 based cell is 0.79% and 0.51% respectively.

  1. Correction: Enhanced photoresponse in dye-sensitized solar cells via localized surface plasmon resonance through highly stable nickel nanoparticles

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    Rahman, Md. Mahbubur; Im, Sang Hyuk; Lee, Jae-Joon

    2016-03-01

    Correction for `Enhanced photoresponse in dye-sensitized solar cells via localized surface plasmon resonance through highly stable nickel nanoparticles' by Md. Mahbubur Rahman et al., Nanoscale, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08155f.

  2. Highly Efficient Plastic Crystal Ionic Conductors for Solid-state Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Hwang, Daesub; Kim, Dong Young; Jo, Seong Mu; Armel, Vanessa; Macfarlane, Douglas R.; Kim, Dongho; Jang, Sung-Yeon

    2013-12-01

    We have developed highly efficient, ambient temperature, solid-state ionic conductors (SSICs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by doping a molecular plastic crystal, succinonitrile (SN), with trialkyl-substituted imidazolium iodide salts. High performance SSICs with enhanced ionic conductivity (2-4 mScm-1) were obtained. High performance solid-state DSSCs with power conversion efficiency of 7.8% were fabricated using our SSICs combined with unique hierarchically nanostructured TiO2 sphere (TiO2-SP) photoelectrodes; these electrodes have significant macroporosity, which assists penetration of the solid electrolyte into the electrode. The performance of our solid-state DSSCs is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest reported thus far for cells using plastic crystal-based SSICs, and is comparable to that of the state-of-the-art DSSCs which use ionic liquid type electrolytes. This report provides a logical strategy for the development of efficient plastic crystal-based SSICs for DSSCs and other electrochemical devices.

  3. Starburst triarylamine based dyes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ning, Zhijun; Zhang, Qiong; Wu, Wenjun; Pei, Hongcui; Liu, Bo; Tian, He

    2008-05-16

    We report here on the synthesis and photophysical/electrochemical properties of a series of novel starburst triarylamine-based organic dyes (S1, S2, S3, and S4) as well as their application in dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 solar cells (DSSCs). For the four designed dyes, the starburst triarylamine group and the cyanoacetic acid take the role of electron donor and electron acceptor, respectively. It was found that the introduction of starburst triarylamine group to form the D-D-pi-A configuration brought about superior performance over the simple D-pi-A configuration, in terms of bathochromically extended absorption spectra, enhanced molar extinction coefficients and better thermo-stability. Moreover, the HOMO and LUMO energy levels tuning can be conveniently accomplished by alternating the donor moiety, which was confirmed by electrochemical measurements and theoretical calculations. The DSSCs based on the dye S4 showed the best photovoltaic performance: a maximum monochromatic incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) of 85%, a short-circuit photocurrent density (J(sc)) of 13.8 mA cm(-2), an open-circuit photovoltage (V(oc)) of 0.63 V, and a fill factor (ff) of 0.69, corresponding to an overall conversion efficiency of 6.02% under 100 mW cm(-2) irradiation. This work suggests that the dyes based on starburst triphenylamine donor are promising candidates for improvement of the performance of the DSSCs.

  4. Improving Light Harvesting in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Hybrid Bimetallic Nanostructures

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    Zarick, Holly F.; Erwin, William R.; Boulesbaa, Abdelaziz; Hurd, Olivia K.; Webb, Joseph A.; Puretzky, Alexander A.; Geohegan, David B.; Bardhan, Rizia

    2016-01-25

    In this paper, we demonstrate improved light trapping in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with hybrid bimetallic gold core/silver shell nanostructures. Silica-coated bimetallic nanostructures (Au/Ag/SiO2 NSs) integrated in the active layer of DSSCs resulted in 7.51% power conversion efficiency relative to 5.97% for reference DSSCs, giving rise to 26% enhancement in device performance. DSSC efficiencies were governed by the particle density of Au/Ag/SiO2 NSs with best performing devices utilizing only 0.44 wt % of nanostructures. We performed transient absorption spectroscopy of DSSCs with variable concentrations of Au/Ag/SiO2 NSs and observed an increase in amplitude and decrease in lifetime with increasing particlemore » density relative to reference. Finally, we attributed this trend to plasmon resonant energy transfer and population of the singlet excited states of the sensitizer molecules at the optimum concentration of NSs promoting enhanced exciton generation and rapid charge transfer into TiO2.« less

  5. Printable electrolytes based on polyacrylonitrile and gamma-butyrolactone for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Venkatesan, Shanmugam; Su, Song-Chuan; Hung, Wei-Ning; Liu, I.-Ping; Teng, Hsisheng; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2015-12-01

    Printable electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are prepared using a low volatile solvent, gamma-butyrolactone (gBL). Various polymers including polyvinyl acetate (PVA), polyacrylonotrile (PAN), and poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinylacetate) (PAN-VA) are used to regulate the viscosity of the electrolytes. The results show that PAN is the best polymer interms of viscosity, conductivity, and performance of the DSSCs. Increasing the concentration of PAN increases the viscosity of the electrolyte paste, which is advantageous to the operation of a printing process but decreases the electrolyte conductivity and cell performance. This drawback can be compensated by introducing of TiO2 or TiC nanofillers. The quasi-solid-state DSSC prepared using a printing process achieves a conversion efficiency (7.85%) similar to that of the corresponding liquid cell (7.87%). The stability test shows that the presence of TiO2 nanofillers triggers a gradual desorption of dye, decreasing DSSC performance. However, this problem does not appear for the electrolyte using TiC nanofillers, with cell efficiency retaining 96% of its initial value after a 500 h test.

  6. Integration of biological photonic crystals in dye-sensitized solar cells for enhanced photocurrent generation

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    Campbell, Jeremy; Rorrer, Greg

    2013-10-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) rely on a network of titanium dioxide nanoparticles for electron transport and must balance carrier generation and collection. Adding photonic structures may increase light capture without affecting carrier collection. Diatoms are single-celled algae that biologically fabricate silicon dioxide cell walls which resemble photonic crystal slabs. We present a simple fabrication strategy that allows for uniform and controlled placement of biosilica within DSSCs. Integration of biosilica reduces photoanode transmittance to less than 5% prior to dye sensitization at loading levels as low as 6 wt% biosilica. Increased biosilica loading (17 wt%) provides additional enhancements in photocurrent generation. Reflectance measurements suggest that the enhancement results from the combined effects of photonic resonance and Mie scattering. Overall efficiency of these devices is improved by 8% and 14%, respectively.

  7. Photochemical solar cells based on dye-sensitization of nanocrystalline TiO2

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    Frank, A. J.; Gregg, B. A.; Grätzel, M.; Nozik, A. J.; Zaban, A.; Ferrere, S.; Schlichthörl, G.; Huang, S. Y.

    1997-04-01

    A new type of photovoltaic cell is described. It is a photoelectrochemical device that is based on the dye sensitization of thin (10-30 μm) films of TiO2 nanoparticles in contact with a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte. The cell is very simple to fabricate and, in principle, its color can be tuned through the visible spectrum, ranging from being completely transparent to black by changing the absorption characteristics of the dye; the photovoltage of the cell is not determined by the threshold energy for light absorption (bandgap) as in conventional photovoltaic cells based on solid-state semiconductors. The highest present efficiency of the dye-sensitized photochemical solar cell is about 11%. The cell has the potential to be a low-cost photovoltaic option. Unique applications include photovoltaic power windows and photoelectrochromic windows.

  8. Potential complex of rhodamine B and copper (II) for dye sensitizer on solar cell

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    Setyawati, Harsasi; Purwaningsih, Aning; Darmokoesoemo, Handoko; Hamami, Rochman, Faidur; Permana, Ahmadi Jaya

    2016-03-01

    A complex from copper(II) and rhodamine B as ligand was synthesized, characterized and applied as potential dye sensitizer on solar cell. A complex was synthesized from the reaction of copper(II) salts and rhodamine B with mole ratio 1:3. A complex showing Metal Ligand Charge Transfer (MLCT) phenomenon at 260 nm. Metal-ligand bonding through carbonyl (CO) groups at 617.22 cm-1 and methoxy (CH3O) groups at 339.47 cm-1. Electrical conductivity analysis confirms that the complex was ionic compound. The complex was applied as potential dye sensitizer with open circuit voltage 0.48775 V, short circuit current 0.01025 mA/cm2 and efficiency 0.0039 %.

  9. Enhancement of the photoelectric performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers in a TiO2 film as electrode.

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    Jin, En Mei; Zhao, Xing Guan; Park, Ju-Young; Gu, Hal-Bon

    2012-01-01

    For high solar conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs], TiO2 nanofiber [TN] and Ag-doped TiO2 nanofiber [ATN] have been extended to be included in TiO2 films to increase the amount of dye loading for a higher short-circuit current. The ATN was used on affected DSSCs to increase the open circuit voltage. This process had enhanced the exit in dye molecules which were rapidly split into electrons, and the DSSCs with ATN stop the recombination of the electronic process. The conversion efficiency of TiO2 photoelectrode-based DSSCs was 4.74%; it was increased to 6.13% after adding 5 wt.% ATN into TiO2 films. The electron lifetime of DSSCs with ATN increased from 0.29 to 0.34 s and that electron recombination was reduced.

  10. Two kinds of graphene-based composites for photoanode applying in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Tang, Bo; Hu, Guoxin

    2012-12-01

    Two kinds of graphene modified TiO2 composites are synthesized by hydrothermal method and layer-by-layer self-assembly technology. Graphene/titanate nanotubes (GTNTs) films have great light-harvesting efficiencies, and the amount of graphene does not obviously influence their optical performance. Alternating graphene/TiO2 (prepared by supercritical treatment, GSCT) multilayer films possess superior electron transport ability, and the number of bi-layers plays as a central role for their electrical property. The outstanding light scattering and carrier transport properties of these promising films promote the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The power conversion efficiencies (η) of the DSSCs reach 6.46% and 7.54% under AM-1.5G by using GSCT-P25 (10 μm) and P25-GTNTs (15 μm) photoanodes, and the increases are 33.8% and 20.6% compared with that of by using a P25 photoanode with same thickness. The η reaches 8.67% when a preliminarily optimized GSCT-P25-GTNTs (15 μm) photoanode is adopted, which is far better than employing a pure P25 photoanode (6.25%).

  11. Doped In₂O₃ inverse opals as photoanode for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Kong, Lingxin; Dai, Qilin; Miao, Chuang; Xu, Lin; Song, Hongwei

    2015-07-15

    One promising way to improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which have attracted great interest due to their low cost, is modifying the working electrode. In this work, Tm and Yb doped as well as undoped In2O3 inverse opals (IOs) were synthesized by the sol-gel method. DSSCs based on In2O3, In2O3:Tm and In2O3:Yb IOs as photoanodes were fabricated and studied. It is observed that the device performance including open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) and short-circuit current (J(sc)) increased largely with the increasing pore size of the IOs and the introduction of Tm and Yb elements in the In2O3 lattices. The PCE of the DSSC was increased from 0.33% to 0.96% when the ln2O3 IOs photoanode was substituted by ln2O3:Yb IOs. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements indicate that the modification of band gap in the Tm and Yb doped In2O3 IOs is significant for the improved performance, which can effectively suppress the charge transfer recombination and improve the electron lifetime. PMID:25823724

  12. The Role of Confined Water in Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Jeon, Jiwon; Kim, Hyungjun; Goddard, William A; Pascal, Tod A; Lee, Ga-In; Kang, Jeung Ku

    2012-02-16

    Ionic liquids (ILs) provide an attractive medium for various chemical and redox reactions, where they are generally regarded as hydrophobic. However, Seddon et al. discovered that 4-10 wt % water absorbs into ILs that contain bulky anions, and Cammarata et al. found that the molecular state of water in ILs is dramatically different from that of bulk liquid water or that of water vapor. To determine the microstructure of water incorporated into ILs and the impact on properties, we carried out first-principles-based molecular dynamics simulations. We find water in three distinct phases depending on water content, and that the transport properties depend on the nature of the water phases. These results suggest that the optimal water content is ∼10% mole fraction of water molecules (∼1.1 wt %) for applications such as nonvolatile electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This suggests a strategy for improving the performance of IL DSSC by replacing water with additives that would play the same role as water (since too much water can deteriorate performance at the anode-dye interface).

  13. Extension lifetime for dye-sensitized solar cells through multiple dye adsorption/desorption process

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    Chiang, Yi-Fang; Chen, Ruei-Tang; Shen, Po-Shen; Chen, Peter; Guo, Tzung-Fang

    2013-03-01

    In this study, we propose a novel concept of extending the lifetime of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) and reducing the costs of re-conditioning DSCs by recycling the FTO/TiO2 substrates. The photovoltaic performances of DSCs using substrates with various cycles of dye uptake and rinse off history are tested. The results show that dye adsorption and Voc are significantly increased under multiple dye adsorption/desorption process and resulted in the improvement of power conversion efficiency. Moreover, the dyeing kinetics is faster after multiple recycling processes, which is favorable for the industrial application. With surface analysis and charge transport characteristics, we also demonstrate the optimal functionality of TiO2/dye interface for the improved Voc and efficiency. The results confirm that the improved performances are due to increased dye loading and dense packing of dye molecules. Our results are beneficial for the understanding on the extension of DSCs lifetime after long-term operation in the application of DSC modules. This approach may also be applied in the replacement of newly synthesized photosensitizes to the active cells.

  14. Realizing omnidirectional light harvesting by employing hierarchical architecture for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Hsieh, Ming-Yang; Lai, Fang-I; Chen, Wei-Chun; Hsieh, Min-Chi; Hu, Hsiang-Yi; Yu, Peichen; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Kuo, Shou-Yi

    2016-03-14

    To improve the omnidirectional light-harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), here we present a dandelion-like structure composed of ZnO hemispherical shells and nanorods. Uniformly distributed hemispherical shells effectively suppress the reflection over the broadband region at incident angles up to 60°, greatly improving the optical absorption of the DSSCs. In addition, modulating the length of the ZnO nanorods controls the omnidirectional characteristics of DSSCs. This phenomenon is attributed to the degree of periodicity of the ZnO dandelion-like structures. Cells with shorter rods exhibit a high degree of periodicity, thus the conversion efficiencies of the cells show specific angle-independent features. On the other hand, the cells with longer lengths reveal angle-dependent photovoltaic performance. Along with the simulation, the cells with dandelion-like ZnO structures can couple incident photons efficiently to achieve excellent broadband and omnidirectional light-harvesting performances experimentally, and the DSSCs enhanced the conversion efficiency by 48% at large incident angles. All these findings not only provide further insight into the light-trapping mechanism in these complex three-dimensional nanostructures but also offer efficient omnidirectional and broadband nanostructured photovoltaics for advanced applications. PMID:26899775

  15. Realizing omnidirectional light harvesting by employing hierarchical architecture for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Hsieh, Ming-Yang; Lai, Fang-I.; Chen, Wei-Chun; Hsieh, Min-Chi; Hu, Hsiang-Yi; Yu, Peichen; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Kuo, Shou-Yi

    2016-03-01

    To improve the omnidirectional light-harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), here we present a dandelion-like structure composed of ZnO hemispherical shells and nanorods. Uniformly distributed hemispherical shells effectively suppress the reflection over the broadband region at incident angles up to 60°, greatly improving the optical absorption of the DSSCs. In addition, modulating the length of the ZnO nanorods controls the omnidirectional characteristics of DSSCs. This phenomenon is attributed to the degree of periodicity of the ZnO dandelion-like structures. Cells with shorter rods exhibit a high degree of periodicity, thus the conversion efficiencies of the cells show specific angle-independent features. On the other hand, the cells with longer lengths reveal angle-dependent photovoltaic performance. Along with the simulation, the cells with dandelion-like ZnO structures can couple incident photons efficiently to achieve excellent broadband and omnidirectional light-harvesting performances experimentally, and the DSSCs enhanced the conversion efficiency by 48% at large incident angles. All these findings not only provide further insight into the light-trapping mechanism in these complex three-dimensional nanostructures but also offer efficient omnidirectional and broadband nanostructured photovoltaics for advanced applications.

  16. Additives and salts for dye-sensitized solar cells electrolytes: what is the best choice?

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    Bella, Federico; Sacco, Adriano; Pugliese, Diego; Laurenti, Marco; Bianco, Stefano

    2014-10-01

    A multivariate chemometric approach is proposed for the first time for performance optimization of I-/I3- liquid electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Over the years the system composed by iodide/triiodide redox shuttle dissolved in organic solvent has been enriched with the addition of different specific cations and chemical compounds to improve the photoelectrochemical behavior of the cell. However, usually such additives act favorably with respect to some of the cell parameters and negatively to others. Moreover, the combined action of different compounds often yields contradictory results, and from the literature it is not possible to identify an optimal recipe. We report here a systematic work, based on a multivariate experimental design, to statistically and quantitatively evaluate the effect of different additives on the photovoltaic performances of the device. The effect of cation size in iodine salts, the iodine/iodide ratio in the electrolyte and the effect of type and concentration of additives are mutually evaluated by means of a Design of Experiment (DoE) approach. Through this statistical method, the optimization of the overall parameters is demonstrated with a limited number of experimental trials. A 25% improvement on the photovoltaic conversion efficiency compared with that obtained with a commercial electrolyte is demonstrated.

  17. Properties of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Carbon Nanowall Counter Electrodes.

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    Jung, Y H; Jang, J H; Kang, H; Choi, W S; Choi, Y K; Song, W C; Song, B S; Lee, J H; Hong, B

    2016-05-01

    This research investigates plasma-treated and metal-coated carbon nanowalls (CNWs) for use as counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The CNWs were synthesized on a fluorine-tin-oxide (FTO) glass substrate using the microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system with methane (CH4) gas. The post-plasma treatment was performed on the CNWs with hydrogen (H2) plasma using PECVD, and the CNWs were sputter-coated with metal films using the RF magnetron sputtering system with a four-inch tungsten (W) target. Then the post-plasma-treated and metal-coated CNWs were used as counter electrodes for the fabrication of the DSSCs. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was performed to obtain cross-sectional and planar images of the grown CNWs. The energy conversion efficiencies of the DSSCs manufactured using the post-plasma-treated and metal-layer-coated CNWs as the counter electrodes were measured. PMID:27483920

  18. Doped In₂O₃ inverse opals as photoanode for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Kong, Lingxin; Dai, Qilin; Miao, Chuang; Xu, Lin; Song, Hongwei

    2015-07-15

    One promising way to improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which have attracted great interest due to their low cost, is modifying the working electrode. In this work, Tm and Yb doped as well as undoped In2O3 inverse opals (IOs) were synthesized by the sol-gel method. DSSCs based on In2O3, In2O3:Tm and In2O3:Yb IOs as photoanodes were fabricated and studied. It is observed that the device performance including open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) and short-circuit current (J(sc)) increased largely with the increasing pore size of the IOs and the introduction of Tm and Yb elements in the In2O3 lattices. The PCE of the DSSC was increased from 0.33% to 0.96% when the ln2O3 IOs photoanode was substituted by ln2O3:Yb IOs. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements indicate that the modification of band gap in the Tm and Yb doped In2O3 IOs is significant for the improved performance, which can effectively suppress the charge transfer recombination and improve the electron lifetime.

  19. Application of mesoporous carbon to counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Guiqiang; Xing, Wei; Zhuo, Shuping

    The mesoporous carbons were prepared by the carbonation of the triblock copolymer F127/phloroglucinol-formaldehyde composite self-assembled in an acid medium and employed as the catalyst for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The characteristics of mesoporous carbon were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, N 2 sorption measurement and X-ray diffraction. The mesoporous carbon with low crystallinity exhibited Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area of 400 m 2 g -1, pore diameter of 6.8 nm and pore volume of 0.63 cm 3 g -1. The photovoltaic performances of DSCs with mesoporous carbon counter electrode were improved by increasing the carbon loading on counter electrode due to the charge-transfer resistance of mesoporous carbon counter electrode decreasing with the increase of the carbon loading. However, further carbon loading increase has no obvious effect on the photovoltaic performance of DSCs with carbon electrode when carbon loading exceeds 300 μg cm -2. The overall conversion efficiency of 6.18% was obtained by DSCs composed of mesoporous carbon counter electrode with the carbon loading of 339 μg cm -2. This value is comparable to that of DSCs with conventional platinum counter electrode.

  20. Role of temperature in the recombination reaction on dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Maçaira, J; Mesquita, I; Andrade, L; Mendes, A

    2015-09-21

    The performance of photovoltaic (PV) devices as a function of temperature is crucial for technical development and for accurate commercial information. Along with solar irradiance, temperature is the most important operating factor of the PV device performance. Normally, it is widely accepted that dye sensitized solar cells (DSC) show minimal energy efficiency dependence with temperature (20-60 °C). The energy efficiency in DSCs depends on the light absorption, charge transport (ohmic resistances) and recombination rates. In this study, the recombination reaction kinetics was studied within a wide temperature range. A unique laser assisted sealing technique that allows studying the temperature effect between -5 °C and 105 °C without electrolyte leakage or external contamination was used. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest operating temperature ever considered in kinetic studies of liquid state DSCs. The electrochemical reaction between electrons and triiodide/iodide ions was shown to be the most important factor for determining the energy efficiency of DSCs as a function of temperature. It was concluded that the activation energy of the recombination reactions depends on the interface where it happens - TiO2/electrolyte and SnO2-F/electrolyte - and on the temperature. It was found that in addition to temperature having a deep influence on the recombination reaction rate, the energy of the injecting electron is also critical. These conclusions should provide solid ground for further developments in the DSCs and perovskite solar cells, and allow a better comparison of the energy efficiency of different PV technologies over a range of operating temperatures.

  1. Role of temperature in the recombination reaction on dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Maçaira, J; Mesquita, I; Andrade, L; Mendes, A

    2015-09-21

    The performance of photovoltaic (PV) devices as a function of temperature is crucial for technical development and for accurate commercial information. Along with solar irradiance, temperature is the most important operating factor of the PV device performance. Normally, it is widely accepted that dye sensitized solar cells (DSC) show minimal energy efficiency dependence with temperature (20-60 °C). The energy efficiency in DSCs depends on the light absorption, charge transport (ohmic resistances) and recombination rates. In this study, the recombination reaction kinetics was studied within a wide temperature range. A unique laser assisted sealing technique that allows studying the temperature effect between -5 °C and 105 °C without electrolyte leakage or external contamination was used. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest operating temperature ever considered in kinetic studies of liquid state DSCs. The electrochemical reaction between electrons and triiodide/iodide ions was shown to be the most important factor for determining the energy efficiency of DSCs as a function of temperature. It was concluded that the activation energy of the recombination reactions depends on the interface where it happens - TiO2/electrolyte and SnO2-F/electrolyte - and on the temperature. It was found that in addition to temperature having a deep influence on the recombination reaction rate, the energy of the injecting electron is also critical. These conclusions should provide solid ground for further developments in the DSCs and perovskite solar cells, and allow a better comparison of the energy efficiency of different PV technologies over a range of operating temperatures. PMID:26256850

  2. Improving the efficiency of a dye-sensitized solar cell with a reflex condenser system.

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    Lee, Sang-min; Lee, Seung-jun; Choi, Soo-chang; Kim, Jong-min; Kim, Jong-man; Kim, Soo-hyung; Lee, Deug-woo

    2012-11-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are inexpensive to manufacture and easy to process in comparison with silicone solar cells, but they are difficult to commercialize due to their low efficiency. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to improve the efficiency of a DSSC via an aluminum film reflective plate, reusing discarded light after it was absorbed. We found that the factor having the most dominant influence on DSSC efficiency was the amount of radiation reacting with the dye. For a reflective plate with θ = 30° and h = 15 mm, DSSC efficiency was increased about three times.

  3. Improving the efficiency of a dye-sensitized solar cell with a reflex condenser system.

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    Lee, Sang-min; Lee, Seung-jun; Choi, Soo-chang; Kim, Jong-min; Kim, Jong-man; Kim, Soo-hyung; Lee, Deug-woo

    2012-11-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are inexpensive to manufacture and easy to process in comparison with silicone solar cells, but they are difficult to commercialize due to their low efficiency. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to improve the efficiency of a DSSC via an aluminum film reflective plate, reusing discarded light after it was absorbed. We found that the factor having the most dominant influence on DSSC efficiency was the amount of radiation reacting with the dye. For a reflective plate with [symbol: see text] = 30° and h = 15 mm, DSSC efficiency was increased about three times.

  4. The durability of the dye-sensitized solar cell with silicon resin

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    Ki, Hyun Chul; Kim, Seon Hoon; Kim, Doo-Gun; Kim, Tae-Un; Jung, Haeng-Yun; Yoon, Jae-Man

    2015-03-01

    Dye-Sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is expected to be one of the next-generation photovoltaics because of its environment-friendly and low-cost properties. However, commercialization of DSSC is difficult because of the electrolyte leakage. We propose a new thermal curable base on silicon resin. The resin aimed at sealing of DSSC and gives a promising resolution for sealing of practical DSSC. Furthermore, the optimized resin was fabricated into solar cells, which exhibited best durability by retaining 97% of the initial photoelectric conversion efficiency after 1,000 hours tracking test at 80°C.

  5. ZnO disk-like structures and their application in dye sensitized solar cell

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    Wang, J. X.; Yang, Y.; Sun, X. W.

    2016-08-01

    Hexagonal ZnO nanodisks, nanorings and porous nanodisks were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. The morphologies, structure and their optical properties of the various ZnO disk-like structures were characterized and their growth mechanism was investigated. The prepared ZnO disk-like nanostructures were used in the fabrication of the dye-sensitized solar cells. Improved photovoltaic properties were achieved for the porous disk solar cells due to their special geometry enabled better light harvesting and reduced recombination.

  6. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell with Integrated Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion System.

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    Nattestad, Andrew; Cheng, Yuen Yap; MacQueen, Rowan W; Schulze, Tim F; Thompson, Fletcher W; Mozer, Attila J; Fückel, Burkhard; Khoury, Tony; Crossley, Maxwell J; Lips, Klaus; Wallace, Gordon G; Schmidt, Timothy W

    2013-06-20

    Photon upconversion (UC) by triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC) is employed in order to enhance the response of solar cells to sub-bandgap light. Here, we present the first report of an integrated photovoltaic device, combining a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) and TTA-UC system. The integrated device displays enhanced current under sub-bandgap illumination, resulting in a figure of merit (FoM) under low concentration (3 suns), which is competitive with the best values recorded to date for nonintegrated systems. Thus, we demonstrate both the compatibility of DSC and TTA-UC and a viable method for device integration.

  7. Degradation of cyanoacrylic acid-based organic sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Cheng; Yang, Xichuan; Cheng, Ming; Zhang, Fuguo; Sun, Licheng

    2013-07-01

    Organic dyes have become widely used in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) because of their good performance, flexible structural modifications, and low costs. To increase the photostability of organic dye-based DSSCs, we conducted a full study on the degradation mechanism of cyanoacrylic acid-based organic sensitizers in DSSCs. The results showed that with the synergy between water and UV light, the sensitizer could desorb from the TiO2 surface and the cyanoacrylic acid unit of the sensitizer was transformed into the aldehyde group. It was also observed that the water content had a great effect on the degradation process. Our experiments conducted using (18) O-labeled water demonstrated that the oxygen atom of the aldehyde group identified in the degraded dye came from the solvent water in the DSSCs. Therefore, controlling the water content during DSSC fabrication, good sealing of cells, and filtering the UV light are crucial to produce DSSCs that are more durable and robust.

  8. Spherical TiO2 aggregates with different building units for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liu, Zhaohui; Su, Xunjia; Hou, Genliang; Bi, Song; Xiao, Zhou; Jia, Haipeng

    2013-09-01

    Tailoring the architectures of spherical TiO2 aggregates is crucial to obtain superior photovoltaic properties and promote their application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Herein, we synthesized spherical TiO2 aggregates using different building units, including nanocrystallites, nanorods, nanosheets, and nanotubes, via a hydrothermal method, and studied the effect of the building units on the performances of DSSCs. The aggregates assembled by uniform nanosheet and nanotube building units were synthesized with the use of spherical TiO2 nanorod aggregates as titanium sources in an alkaline hydrothermal reaction. Compared with TiO2 nanoparticles, the spherical TiO2 aggregates possess higher surface area, more efficient light scattering ability, and better electron transport properties. Among the four types of spherical TiO2 aggregates; the nanorod, nanotube, and nanosheet aggregates demonstrate better electron transport properties than the nanocrystallite aggregates; the nanotube and nanosheet aggregates exhibit more efficient light scattering than the nanocrystallite and nanorod aggregates; and the nanotube aggregates show the highest surface area. Thus the DSSC based on nanotube aggregates exhibited the highest energy conversion efficiency of 7.48%, which is 16.0%, 9.7%, and 19.5% higher than those of the DSSCs based on the nanosheet, nanorod, and nanocrystallite aggregates, respectively.

  9. Single-wire dye-sensitized solar cells wrapped by carbon nanotube film electrodes.

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    Zhang, Sen; Ji, Chunyan; Bian, Zhuqiang; Liu, Runhua; Xia, Xinyuan; Yun, Daqin; Zhang, Luhui; Huang, Chunhui; Cao, Anyuan

    2011-08-10

    Conventional fiber-shaped polymeric or dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are usually made into a double-wire structure, in which a secondary electrode wire (e.g., Pt) was twisted along the primary core wire consisting of active layers. Here, we report highly flexible DSSCs based on a single wire, by wrapping a carbon nanotube film around Ti wire-supported TiO(2) tube arrays as the transparent electrode. Unlike a twisted Pt electrode, the CNT film ensures full contact with the underlying active layer, as well as uniform illumination along circumference through the entire DSSC. The single-wire DSSC shows a power conversion efficiency of 1.6% under standard illumination (AM 1.5, 100 mW/cm(2)), which is further improved to more than 2.6% assisted by a second conventional metal wire (Ag or Cu). Our DSSC wires are stable and can be bent to large angles up to 90° reversibly without performance degradation. PMID:21766836

  10. Dye-sensitized solar cells using natural dyes as sensitizers from Malaysia local fruit `Buah Mertajam'

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    Hambali, N. A. M. Ahmad; Roshidah, N.; Hashim, M. Norhafiz; Mohamad, I. S.; Saad, N. Hidayah; Norizan, M. N.

    2015-05-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the high conversion efficiency, low cost, green technology and easy to fabricate dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using natural anthocyanin dyes as sensitizers. The DSSCs was fabricated by using natural anthocyanin dyes which were extracted from different parts of the plants inclusive `Buah Mertajam', `Buah Keriang Dot', `Bunga Geti', Hibiscus, Red Spinach and Henna. The natural anthocyanin dyes that found in flower, leaves and fruits were extracted by the simple procedures. This anthocyanin dye is used to replace the expensive chemical synthetic dyes due to its ability to effectively attach into the surface of Titanium dioxide (TiO2). A natural anthocyanin dyes molecule adsorbs to each particle of the TiO2 and acts as the absorber of the visible light. A natural anthocyanin dye from Buah Mertajam shows the best performance with the conversion efficiency of 5.948% and fill factor of 0.708 followed by natural anthocyanin dyes from `Buah Keriang Dot', `Bunga Geti', Hibiscus, Red Spinach and Henna. Buah Mertajam or scientifically known as eriglossum rubiginosum is a local Malaysia fruit.

  11. 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.

  12. 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(-)/I(3)(-)) 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. PMID:22293392

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

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    Kaniyoor, Adarsh; Ramaprabhu, Sundara

    2011-06-01

    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 ˜ 470 m2/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%.

  14. Ligand Engineering for the Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Ruthenium Sensitizers and Cobalt Electrolytes.

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    Aghazada, Sadig; Gao, Peng; Yella, Aswani; Marotta, Gabriele; Moehl, Thomas; Teuscher, Joël; Moser, Jacques-E; De Angelis, Filippo; Grätzel, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2016-07-01

    Over the past 20 years, ruthenium(II)-based dyes have played a pivotal role in turning dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) into a mature technology for the third generation of photovoltaics. However, the classic I3(-)/I(-) redox couple limits the performance and application of this technique. Simply replacing the iodine-based redox couple by new types like cobalt(3+/2+) complexes was not successful because of the poor compatibility between the ruthenium(II) sensitizer and the cobalt redox species. To address this problem and achieve higher power conversion efficiencies (PCEs), we introduce here six new cyclometalated ruthenium(II)-based dyes developed through ligand engineering. We tested DSCs employing these ruthenium(II) complexes and achieved PCEs of up to 9.4% using cobalt(3+/2+)-based electrolytes, which is the record efficiency to date featuring a ruthenium-based dye. In view of the complicated liquid DSC system, the disagreement found between different characterizations enlightens us about the importance of the sensitizer loading on TiO2, which is a subtle but equally important factor in the electronic properties of the sensitizers. PMID:27322854

  15. Mondo Grass Berry Pigment for Visible to Near Infrared Absorption in Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Desilva, L. A. A.; Pitigala, P. K. D. D. P.; Perera, A. G. U.

    2013-03-01

    The development of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) is an exciting field in the low cost renewable energy production. Two major draw backs in the DSSCs are the narrow spectral response and the short term stability. Synthesis of artificial dyes with broad response is important in developing an efficient DSSC. Artificial dyes can add up to the cost of the device; therefore, it is important to identify natural dyes with broad abortion and required energy levels. Work presented here shows a broad spectral response with a natural dye extracted from a Mondo Grass berry (Ophiopogonjaponicus).The dye is extracted by crushing the berries and filtering to remove the pulp. A DSSC sensitized with Mondo Grass dye, and with TiO2 film screen printed on a Florien doped Tin Oxide (FTO) glass and baked for 30 minutes at 450 degree C as the working electrode and Iodine/triiodide red-ox electrolyte as the hole collector was tested for its performance. An open circuit photovoltage of 495 mV and a short circuit photocurrent of 0.6 mA/cm2 were observed under a simulated lamp equivalent to 1 sun illumination and have a broad spectral response extending from 400 nm to 750 nm. This work is supported by COSM at UWG.

  16. 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

  17. Graphene nanoplatelets doped with N at its edges as metal-free cathodes for organic dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ju, Myung Jong; Jeon, In-Yup; Kim, Jae Cheon; Lim, Kimin; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Jung, Sun-Min; Choi, In Taek; Eom, Yu Kyung; Kwon, Young Jin; Ko, Jaejung; Lee, Jae-Joon; Kim, Hwan Kyu; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2014-05-21

    Challenging precious Pt-based electrocatalysts for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), graphene nanoplatelets that are N-doped at the edges (NGnPs) are prepared via simply ball-milling graphite in the presence of nitrogen gas. DSSCs based on specific nanoplatelets designated "NGnP5" display superior photovoltaic performance (power conversion efficiency, 10.27%) compared to that of conventional Pt-based devices (9.96%). More importantly, the NGnP counter electrode exhibits outstanding electrochemical stability and electrocatalytic activity with a cobalt-complex redox couple.

  18. Influence of difference quantity La-doped TiO2 photoanodes on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells: A strategy for choosing an appropriate doping quantity

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    Zhang, Zige; Li, Guoxiang; Cui, Zijian; Zhang, Kaiyue; Feng, Yaqing; Meng, Shuxian

    2016-05-01

    Facilitated by TiO2 particles adsorbing lanthanide ions in hydrosol, La-doped TiO2 was produced by a hydrothermal method. The structure, optical and photoluminescence properties of down-converting photoelectrode with the La3+ were characterized by X-ray (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDX) and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms measurement. The photoelectric conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fabricated with 0.05 g-La/TiO2 reached 7.02%, which gave an efficiency improved by 10.36% compared with that of cells fabricated from pure TiO2. The improvement in efficiency was ascribed to more dyes adsorbed on the surface of TiO2.

  19. Polyethylenimine-assisted growth of high-aspect-ratio nitrogen-doped ZnO (NZO) nanorod arrays and their effect on performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Mahmood, Khalid; Swain, Bhabani Sankar; Han, Gill-Sang; Kim, Byeong-Jo; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2014-07-01

    The realization of arrays of high-aspect-ratio nitrogen-doped ZnO (NZO) nanorod is critical to the development of high-quality nanostructure-based optoelectronic and electronic devices. In this study, we used a solution-based method to grow arrays of vertically aligned high-aspect-ratio NZO nanorods on ZnO seed layer covered fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates. We investigated whether the diameters and aspect ratios of the nanorods were affected by the addition of polyethylenimine (PEI) to the precursor solution used as well as by variations in the growth temperature and the concentration of the precursor solution. The performances of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) in which the synthesized high-aspect-ratio NZO nanorods were used as the photoanode material were also studied. That the dopant, nitrogen, was introduced into the ZnO lattice was confirmed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was seen that after the addition of PEI, the NZO and ZnO nanorod arrays increased in length and their diameters became smaller (i.e., their aspect ratios increased). This resulted in an increase in the amount of dye absorbed by them, leading to improvements in the DSSCs based on the nanorods. The structural, morphological, optical, and photovoltaic characteristics of ZnO and NZO nanorod arrays synthesized using different precursor concentrations and growth temperatures (160-190 °C) were also examined. We also investigated the effect of the use of PEI on these characteristics. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs fabricated using the NZO nanorod arrays was found to be significantly higher than that of DSSCs based on the pure ZnO nanorod arrays. This increase in efficiency could be attributed to the combined effects of the increase in the charge-carrier concentration, change in morphology, and increase in the Fermi energy levels of the nanorods, which resulted because of N doping. A PCE of 5.0% was obtained for a DSSC based

  20. First principles study of organic sensitizers for dye sensitized solar cells: effects of anchoring groups on optoelectronic properties and dye aggregation.

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    Nachimuthu, Santhanamoorthi; Chen, Wei-Chieh; Leggesse, Ermias Girma; Jiang, Jyh-Chiang

    2016-01-14

    We have designed a new set of D-π-A type organic dye sensitizers with different acceptor and anchoring groups, and systematically investigated their optoelectronic properties for efficient dye sensitized solar cell applications. Particularly, we have focused on the effects of anchoring groups on the dye aggregation phenomenon. TDDFT results indicate that the dyes with CSSH anchoring groups exhibit improved optoelectronic properties compared to other dyes. Further, molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to describe the formation of dye aggregation due to intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The observed results indicate that dyes with CSSH anchoring groups are less prone to aggregate because of their very weak intermolecular interactions.

  1. High-temperature annealing of TiO2 nanotube membranes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Mohammadpour, Fatemeh; Altomare, Marco; So, Seulgi; Lee, Kiyoung; Mokhtar, Mohamed; Alshehri, Abdelmohsen; Al-Thabaiti, Shaeel A.; Schmuki, Patrik

    2016-01-01

    We fabricate photo-anodes by transferring anodic TiO2 nanotube membranes in tube-top-down configuration on FTO glass, and use them for constructing frontside illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells. Prior to solar cell construction, the tube-based photo-anodes are crystallized at different temperatures (400-800 °C), and the effects of tube electron transport properties on the photovoltaic performance of the solar cells are investigated. We show that improved solar cell efficiencies (up to ca. 8.0%) can be reached by high-temperature treatment of the tube membranes. Consistent with electron transport time measurements, remarkably enhanced electron mobility is enabled when tube membranes are crystallized at 600 °C.

  2. Geometrical and energetical structural changes in organic dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells probed using photoelectron spectroscopy and DFT.

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    Eriksson, Susanna K; Josefsson, Ida; Ellis, Hanna; Amat, Anna; Pastore, Mariachiara; Oscarsson, Johan; Lindblad, Rebecka; Eriksson, Anna I K; Johansson, Erik M J; Boschloo, Gerrit; Hagfeldt, Anders; Fantacci, Simona; Odelius, Michael; Rensmo, Håkan

    2016-01-01

    The effects of alkoxy chain length in triarylamine based donor-acceptor organic dyes are investigated with respect to the electronic and molecular surface structures on the performance of solar cells and the electron lifetime. The dyes were investigated when adsorbed on TiO2 in a configuration that can be used for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Specifically, the two dyes D35 and D45 were compared using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The differences in solar cell characteristics when longer alkoxy chains are introduced in the dye donor unit are attributed to geometrical changes in dye packing while only minor differences were observed in the electronic structure. A higher dye load was observed for D45 on TiO2. However, D35 based solar cells result in higher photocurrent although the dye load is lower. This is explained by different geometrical structures of the dyes on the surface.

  3. Self-assembled ultra small ZnO nanocrystals for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Patra, Astam K.; Dutta, Arghya; Bhaumik, Asim

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate a facile chemical approach to produce self-assembled ultra-small mesoporous zinc oxide nanocrystals using sodium salicylate (SS) as a template under hydrothermal conditions. These ZnO nanomaterials have been successfully fabricated as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) in the presence of N719 dye and iodine–triiodide electrolyte. The structural features, crystallinity, purity, mesophase and morphology of the nanostructure ZnO are investigated by several characterization tools. N{sub 2} sorption analysis revealed high surface areas (203 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}) and narrow pore size distributions (5.1–5.4 nm) for different samples. The mesoporous structure and strong photoluminescence facilitates the high dye loading at the mesoscopic void spaces and light harvesting in DSSC. By utilizing this ultra-small ZnO photoelectrode with film thickness of about 7 μm in the DSSC with an open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}) of 0.74 V, short-circuit current density (J{sub SC}) of 3.83 mA cm{sup −2} and an overall power conversion efficiency of 1.12% has been achieved. - Graphical abstract: Ultra-small ZnO nanocrystals have been synthesized with sodium salicylate as a template and using it as a photoanode in a dye-sensitized solar cell 1.12% power conversion efficiency has been observed. - Highlights: • Synthesis of self-assembled ultra-small mesoporous ZnO nanocrystals by using sodium salicylate as a template. • Mesoporous ZnO materials have high BET surface areas and void space. • ZnO nanoparticles serve as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). • Using ZnO nanocrystals as photoelectrode power conversion efficiency of 1.12% has been achieved.

  4. Surface plasma resonant effect of gold nanoparticles on the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Meen, Teen-Hang; Tsai, Jenn-Kai; Chao, Shi-Mian; Lin, Yu-Chien; Wu, Tien-Chuan; Chang, Tang-Yun; Ji, Liang-Wen; Water, Walter; Chen, Wen-Ray; Tang, I.-Tseng; Huang, Chien-Jung

    2013-10-01

    In this study, we prepared different shapes of gold nanoparticles by seed-mediated growth method and applied them on the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) to study the surface plasma resonant (SPR) effect of gold nanoparticles on the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells. The analyses of field emission scanning electron microscopy show that the average diameter of the spherical gold nanoparticles is 45 nm, the average length and width of the short gold nanorods were 55 and 22 nm, respectively, and the average length and width of the long gold nanorods were 55 and 14 nm, respectively. The aspect ratio of the short and long gold nanorods was about 2.5 and 4, respectively. The results of ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra show that the absorption wavelength is about 540 nm for spherical gold nanoparticles, and the absorption of the gold nanorods reveals two peaks. One is about 510 to 520 nm, and the other is about 670 and 710 nm for the short and long gold nanorods, respectively. The best conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells with spherical gold nanoparticles and short and long gold nanorods added in is 6.77%, 7.08%, and 7.29%, respectively, and is higher than that of the cells without gold nanoparticles, which is 6.21%. This result indicates that the effect of gold nanoparticles on the photoelectrodes can increase the conductivity and reduce the recombination of charges in the photoelectrodes, resulting in the increase of conversion efficiency for DSSCs. In addition, the long gold nanorods have stronger SPR effect than the spherical gold nanoparticles and short gold nanorods at long wavelength. This may be the reason for the higher conversion efficiency of DSSCs with long gold nanorods than those of the cells with spherical gold nanoparticles and short gold nanorods.

  5. Excellent anti-fogging dye-sensitized solar cells based on superhydrophilic nanoparticle coatings

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    Park, Jung Tae; Kim, Jong Hak; Lee, Daeyeon

    2014-06-01

    We present a facile method for producing anti-fogging (AF) and anti-reflection (AR) coating functionalized photoanodes via one-step SiO2 nanoparticle coating for high performance solid state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSCs). The AF and AR coating functionalized photoanodes are prepared by spin-coating of partially aggregated SiO2 colloidal solution. Poly((1-(4-ethenylphenyl)methyl)-3-butyl-imidazolium iodide) (PEBII), prepared via free radical polymerization, is used as a solid electrolyte in I2-free ssDSSCs. We systematically investigate the enhanced light harvesting characteristics of AF and AR coating functionalized photoanode-based ssDSSCs by measuring UV-visible spectroscopy, incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) curves under fogging conditions. Compared with conventional photoanode based ssDSSCs, the AF and AR coating functionalized photoanodes substantially suppress fogging and reduce reflection, leading to significantly enhanced light harvesting, especially under fogging conditions. ssDSSCs made of AF and AR coating functionalized photoanodes exhibit an improved photovoltaic efficiency of 6.0% and 5.9% under non-fogging and fogging conditions, respectively, and retain their device efficiencies for at least 20 days, which is a significant improvement of ssDSSCs with conventional photoanodes (4.7% and 1.9% under non-fogging and fogging conditions, respectively). We believe that AF and AR functionalization via one-step SiO2 colloidal coating is a promising method for enhancing light harvesting properties in various solar energy conversion applications.We present a facile method for producing anti-fogging (AF) and anti-reflection (AR) coating functionalized photoanodes via one-step SiO2 nanoparticle coating for high performance solid state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSCs). The AF and AR coating functionalized photoanodes are prepared by spin-coating of partially aggregated SiO2 colloidal solution. Poly((1-(4-ethenylphenyl)methyl)-3

  6. Molecular scale characterization of the titania-dye-solvent interface in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Marquet, Philip; Andersson, Gunther; Snedden, Alan; Kloo, Lars; Atkin, Rob

    2010-06-15

    Charge separation at the dye/titania interface in dye sensitized solar cells is strongly influenced by the thickness and homogeneity of the sensitizing dye layer, as this controls the potential drop across the interface, and the probability of an excited electron being transferred from the dye to the titania. In this study we use atomic force microscopy and the depth profiling method neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) to investigate the thickness and homogeneity of N719 dye adsorbed to titania before and after rinsing with pure acetonitrile. Both experimental methods show that the dye layers are closed but inhomogeneous. Inhomogeneity is more pronounced for unrinsed samples. PMID:20297833

  7. Ultrafast Fabrication of Flexible Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Ultrasonic Spray-Coating Technology

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    Han, Hyun-Gyu; Weerasinghe, Hashitha C.; Min Kim, Kwang; Soo Kim, Jeong; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Jones, David J.; Holmes, Andrew B.; Kwon, Tae-Hyuk

    2015-01-01

    This study investigates novel deposition techniques for the preparation of TiO2 electrodes for use in flexible dye-sensitized solar cells. These proposed new methods, namely pre-dye-coating and codeposition ultrasonic spraying, eliminate the conventional need for time-consuming processes such as dye soaking and high-temperature sintering. Power conversion efficiencies of over 4.0% were achieved with electrodes prepared on flexible polymer substrates using this new deposition technology and N719 dye as a sensitizer. PMID:26420466

  8. Ultrafast Fabrication of Flexible Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Ultrasonic Spray-Coating Technology.

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    Han, Hyun-Gyu; Weerasinghe, Hashitha C; Min Kim, Kwang; Soo Kim, Jeong; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Jones, David J; Holmes, Andrew B; Kwon, Tae-Hyuk

    2015-09-30

    This study investigates novel deposition techniques for the preparation of TiO2 electrodes for use in flexible dye-sensitized solar cells. These proposed new methods, namely pre-dye-coating and codeposition ultrasonic spraying, eliminate the conventional need for time-consuming processes such as dye soaking and high-temperature sintering. Power conversion efficiencies of over 4.0% were achieved with electrodes prepared on flexible polymer substrates using this new deposition technology and N719 dye as a sensitizer.

  9. Hierarchical TiO2 photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Sauvage, F; Di Fonzo, F; Li Bassi, A; Casari, C S; Russo, V; Divitini, G; Ducati, C; Bottani, C E; Comte, P; Graetzel, M

    2010-07-14

    Hierarchical or one-dimensional architectures are among the most exciting developments in material science these recent years. We present a nanostructured TiO(2) assembly combining these two concepts and resembling a forest composed of individual, high aspect-ratio, treelike nanostructures. We propose to use these structures for the photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells, and we achieved 4.9% conversion efficiency in combination with C101 dye. We demonstrate this morphology beneficial to hamper the electron recombination and also mass transport control in the mesopores when solvent-free ionic liquid electrolyte is used.

  10. Enhanced conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells with nanocomposite photoanodes

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    Jin, X. Y.; Liu, Z. Y.; Lu, Y. M.; Wang, X. Q.; Cai, C. B.; Hu, L. H.; Dai, S. Y.

    2011-06-01

    Nanocomposite architectures consisting of conductive carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and nanocrystalline TiO2 films are prepared as photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). It is observed that both the electron transport time and electron lifetime decrease with CNT addition, implying that its incorporation is effective in enhancing the electro-conductivity of mesoscopic TiO2 contacts. To rectify CNT orientations, a parallel electric field is applied during the sample preparation, which gives rise to a significant enhancement in the energy conversion efficiency of resultant DSCs. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy clarifies the photoelectrochemical processes, with enhanced contribution to the efficient electron transport, arising from the increased CNT orientation.

  11. Quasi-solid electrolyte with polyamidoamine dendron modified-talc applied to dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Andrade, Marcos A. S.; Nogueira, Ana F.; Miettunen, Kati; Tiihonen, Armi; Lund, Peter D.; Pastore, Heloise O.

    2016-09-01

    A sequence of generations of polyamidoamine dendron modified-talc, PAMAM-talc-Gn (n = 1, 3, 5 and 7), is proposed as additive in a composite gel electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells. Polyiodides are intercalated into the organotalc interlamellar space by adsorption of iodine vapor, producing triiodide and polyiodides. We investigate the effect of organotalc content on the charge transport in the electrolyte and solar cell performance and optimize the organotalc content. Without the previous adsorption of iodine molecules, the organotalcs appear to remove iodine from the electrolyte solution decreasing device's performance significantly. Instead, the samples with additional iodide had higher Jsc and efficiency approaching the values of the reference cells containing liquid, which suggests that this kind of gelling method would be suitable for dye solar cells. Charge transport in the gel electrolyte is investigated with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry analyses using symmetrical CE-CE electrochemical cells.

  12. Ionic liquid electrolyte based on S-propyltetrahydrothiophenium iodide for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Guo, Lei; Pan, Xu; Zhang, Changneng; Liu, Weiqing; Wang, Meng; Fang, Xiaqin; Dai, Songyuan

    2010-03-15

    A new ionic liquid S-propyltetrahydrothiophenium iodide (T{sub 3}I) was developed as the solvent and iodide ion source in electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells. The electrochemical behavior of the I{sub 3}{sup -}/I{sup -} redox couple and effect of additives in this ionic liquid system was tested and the results showed that this ionic liquid electrolyte revealed good conducting abilities and potential application for solar devices. The effects of LiI and dark-current inhibitors were investigated. The dye-sensitized solar cell with the electrolyte (0.1 mol L{sup -1} LiI, 0.35 mol L{sup -1} I{sub 2}, 0.5 mol L{sup -1} NMBI in pure T{sub 3}I) gave short-circuit photocurrent density (J{sub sc}) of 11.22 mA cm{sup 2}, open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 0.61 V and fill factor (FF) of 0.51, corresponding to the photoelectric conversion efficiency ({eta}) of 3.51% under one Sun (AM1.5). (author)

  13. Evaluation on over photocurrents measured from unmasked dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lee, Gi-Won; Kim, Donghwan; Ko, Min Jae; Kim, Kyungkon; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2010-03-15

    We have investigated the change in photocurrent density (J{sub SC}) of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) before and after covering an aperture mask on the cell, especially its dependence on solar absorption range in dye. Four different dyes having absorption threshold at 460 nm (P5), 520 nm (TA-St-CA), 680 nm (N719) and 820 nm (N749) are tested. J{sub SC} of the DSSC without mask decreases after mask, where the decreasing rate (triangle J{sub SC} = J{sub SC} (no mask) -J{sub SC} (with mask)/J{sub SC} (no mask)) becomes larger when dye absorption threshold decreases. triangle J{sub SC} at the given TiO{sub 2} film thickness of 10 {mu}m is determined to be about 20%, 15% and 13% for P5, TA-St-CA and N719-N749, respectively, which is reduced to 14% (TA-St-CA), 11.3% (N719) and 10.5% (N749) after increasing the thickness to 20 {mu}m, except for P5 dye remaining unchanged. According to the analysis based on IPCE and photon flux data, the over photocurrents observed for the unmasked dye-sensitized solar cells and their dependence on dye absorption range are found to be attributed to diffuse light leaving the dye-adsorbed TiO{sub 2} active area. (author)

  14. Energy harvesting of dye-sensitized solar cells assisted with Ti-mesh and phosphor materials

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    He, Weizhen; Timur, Atabaev Sh; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae

    2014-03-01

    We used the Ti-meshes for both the photoanode and counter electrode of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) to improve the flexibility and conductivity of electrodes. This mesh type electrode showed good transparency and high bendability when subjected to an external force. The overall efficiency of the best cells was approximately 5.3% under standard air mass 1.5 global (AM 1.5 G) solar condition. We also modified the TiO2 nanoparticle based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by depositing a layer of long-persistent phosphor SrAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ on top of the TiO2 nanoparticle layer to prepare working electrodes of DSSCs. SrAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ red-shifted short UV wavelengths into the main absorption range of the dye commonly used in DSSCs. The SrAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ layer also acted as a light-scattering layer to reduce the loss of visible light. An overall 13% improvement in the conversion efficiency of modified DSSCs was achieved due to the presence of the phosphor layer.

  15. Near-infrared squaraine co-sensitizer for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Rao, G Hanumantha; Venkateswararao, A; Giribabu, L; Han, Liyuan; Bedja, Idriss; Gupta, Ravindra Kumar; Islam, Ashraful; Singh, Surya Prakash

    2016-06-01

    A combination of squaraine-based dyes (SPSQ1 and SPSQ2) and a ruthenium-based dye (N3) were chosen as co-sensitizers to construct efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. The co-sensitization of squaraine dyes with N3 enhanced their light-harvesting properties as a result of the broad spectral coverage in the region 350-800 nm. The co-sensitized solar cells based on SPSQ2 + N3 showed the highest short circuit current density of 17.10 mA cm(-2), an open circuit voltage of 0.66 V and a fill factor of 0.73, resulting in the highest power conversion efficiency of 8.2%, which is higher than that of the dye-sensitized solar cells based on the individual SPSQ1 and SPSQ2 dyes. The high power conversion efficiency of SPSQ2 + N3 was ascribed to its good light-harvesting properties, which resulted from its broader incident photon current conversion spectrum than that of the individual dyes. The high electron life time and electron recombination, which were the main causes of the higher efficiency of the device, were successfully analysed and correlated using transient absorption spectrometry and intensity-modulated photovoltage spectrometry.

  16. ZnO@SnO2 engineered composite photoanodes for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Milan, R.; Selopal, G. S.; Epifani, M.; Natile, M. M.; Sberveglieri, G.; Vomiero, A.; Concina, I.

    2015-01-01

    Layered multi-oxide concept was applied for fabrication of photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells based on ZnO and SnO2, capitalizing on the beneficial properties of each oxide. The effect of different combinations of ZnO@SnO2 layers was investigated, aimed at exploiting the high carrier mobility provided by the ZnO and the higher stability under UV irradiation pledged by SnO2. Bi-oxide photoanodes performed much better in terms of photoconversion efficiency (PCE) (4.96%) compared to bare SnO2 (1.20%) and ZnO (1.03%). Synergistic cooperation is effective for both open circuit voltage and photocurrent density: enhanced values were indeed recorded for the layered photoanode as compared with bare oxides (Voc enhanced from 0.39 V in case of bare SnO2 to 0.60 V and Jsc improved from 2.58 mA/cm2 pertaining to single ZnO to 14.8 mA/cm2). Improved functional performances of the layered network were ascribable to the optimization of both high chemical capacitance (provided by the SnO2) and low recombination resistance (guaranteed by ZnO) and inhibition of back electron transfer from the SnO2 conduction band to the oxidized species of the electrolyte. Compared with previously reported results, this study testifies how a simple electrode design is powerful in enhancing the functional performances of the final device. PMID:26419618

  17. Monolithic multiscale bilayer inverse opal electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications

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    Lee, Jung Woo; Moon, Jun Hyuk

    2015-03-01

    Multilayer structures in which the layers are both electrically and physically connected are critical to be used as high-performance electrodes for photovoltaic devices. We present the first multiscale bilayer inverse opal (IO) structures for application as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). A bilayer of a mesoscopic IO layer (70 nm pore diameter) and a top macroporous IO layer (215 nm and 250 nm pore diameters) was fabricated as the high-specific-area electrode and the light-harvesting enhancing layer, respectively. The mesoscopic IO layer exhibits a dye-adsorption density, which is approximately 4 times greater than that of the macroporous IO structure because of its small pore size. The macroporous IO layer exhibits a photonic bandgap reflection in the visible-light wavelength range. We incorporated the bilayer IO electrodes into DSCs and compared the effects of the pore sizes of the macroporous layers on the photocurrent densities of the DSCs. We observed that the bilayer IO electrode DSCs that contained a 250 nm IO layer exhibited photocurrent densities greater than those of 215 nm IO DSCs. This enhanced photocurrent density was achieved because the photonic bandgap (PBG) reflection wavelength matches the wavelength range in which the N719 dye has a small light-absorption coefficient. The fabrication of this structurally homogeneous IO bilayer allows a strong contact between the layers, and the resulting bilayer, therefore, exhibits a high photovoltaic performance. We believe that this bilayer structure provides an alternative approach to the development of optimized electrode structures for various devices.Multilayer structures in which the layers are both electrically and physically connected are critical to be used as high-performance electrodes for photovoltaic devices. We present the first multiscale bilayer inverse opal (IO) structures for application as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). A bilayer of a mesoscopic IO layer (70

  18. Monolithic multiscale bilayer inverse opal electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

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    Lee, Jung Woo; Moon, Jun Hyuk

    2015-03-12

    Multilayer structures in which the layers are both electrically and physically connected are critical to be used as high-performance electrodes for photovoltaic devices. We present the first multiscale bilayer inverse opal (IO) structures for application as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). A bilayer of a mesoscopic IO layer (70 nm pore diameter) and a top macroporous IO layer (215 nm and 250 nm pore diameters) was fabricated as the high-specific-area electrode and the light-harvesting enhancing layer, respectively. The mesoscopic IO layer exhibits a dye-adsorption density, which is approximately 4 times greater than that of the macroporous IO structure because of its small pore size. The macroporous IO layer exhibits a photonic bandgap reflection in the visible-light wavelength range. We incorporated the bilayer IO electrodes into DSCs and compared the effects of the pore sizes of the macroporous layers on the photocurrent densities of the DSCs. We observed that the bilayer IO electrode DSCs that contained a 250 nm IO layer exhibited photocurrent densities greater than those of 215 nm IO DSCs. This enhanced photocurrent density was achieved because the photonic bandgap (PBG) reflection wavelength matches the wavelength range in which the N719 dye has a small light-absorption coefficient. The fabrication of this structurally homogeneous IO bilayer allows a strong contact between the layers, and the resulting bilayer, therefore, exhibits a high photovoltaic performance. We believe that this bilayer structure provides an alternative approach to the development of optimized electrode structures for various devices.

  19. Monolithic multiscale bilayer inverse opal electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

    PubMed

    Lee, Jung Woo; Moon, Jun Hyuk

    2015-03-12

    Multilayer structures in which the layers are both electrically and physically connected are critical to be used as high-performance electrodes for photovoltaic devices. We present the first multiscale bilayer inverse opal (IO) structures for application as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). A bilayer of a mesoscopic IO layer (70 nm pore diameter) and a top macroporous IO layer (215 nm and 250 nm pore diameters) was fabricated as the high-specific-area electrode and the light-harvesting enhancing layer, respectively. The mesoscopic IO layer exhibits a dye-adsorption density, which is approximately 4 times greater than that of the macroporous IO structure because of its small pore size. The macroporous IO layer exhibits a photonic bandgap reflection in the visible-light wavelength range. We incorporated the bilayer IO electrodes into DSCs and compared the effects of the pore sizes of the macroporous layers on the photocurrent densities of the DSCs. We observed that the bilayer IO electrode DSCs that contained a 250 nm IO layer exhibited photocurrent densities greater than those of 215 nm IO DSCs. This enhanced photocurrent density was achieved because the photonic bandgap (PBG) reflection wavelength matches the wavelength range in which the N719 dye has a small light-absorption coefficient. The fabrication of this structurally homogeneous IO bilayer allows a strong contact between the layers, and the resulting bilayer, therefore, exhibits a high photovoltaic performance. We believe that this bilayer structure provides an alternative approach to the development of optimized electrode structures for various devices. PMID:25634556

  20. Efficiency enhancement of cubic perovskite BaSnO3 nanostructures based dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Rajamanickam, N; Soundarrajan, P; Vendra, Venkat K; Jasinski, Jacek B; Sunkara, Mahendra K; Ramachandran, K

    2016-03-28

    Cubic perovskite BaSnO3 (BSO) is an important photoelectron transporting material due to its electronic structure that competes with TiO2 in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Separately, BSO/TiCl4 treated and BSO/scattering layer photoelectrodes have been used in DSCs that effectively increase the photoexcited charge carriers collection resulting in superior photovoltaic performance. In the present work, the different TiCl4 treatment time (1, 3 and 5 min), different scattering layer (tetragonal anatase TiO2 and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO) and different combinations thereof are successfully used on BSO nanocuboids/nanoparticle morphological structure photoelectrodes, and then we systematically inspected their performance in DSCs. Under the optimized conditions, a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.88% is obtained by a BSO/TiCl4 treated photoanode. Furthermore, the BSO photoanodes made using a scattering layer such as anatase TiO2 and hexagonal ZnO i.e., BSO/anatase TiO2 and BSO/hexagonal ZnO, exhibited PCEs of 1.14% and 1.25% respectively. In the end, one of the highest PCEs (5.68%) was achieved using BSO/TiCl4 treated/TiO2 scattering layer photoanode. Another photoelectrode such as BSO/TiCl4 treated/ZnO scattering layer exhibited a PCE of 4.28% that is also higher than the BSO/TiCl4 treated/BSO scattering layer photoanodes. Electron lifetime versus current density studies illustrate the stability of the BSO photoelectrode in DSCs. From the observed results, it is realized that BSO is one of the most important future technological materials. PMID:26935818

  1. 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.

  2. Third row metal complexes as an alternative dye in dye sensitized solar cell system

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    Wahyuningsih, S.; Ramelan, A. H.; Badriyah, I.; Kristy, I. O.; Dewi, N. S.; Rahardjo, S. B.

    2013-10-01

    Copper(II), Cobalt (II) and Iron (II) complexes as photosensitizer on Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) had been investigated. The aim of this research is to find out the respond addition of those dyes on FTO/TiO2 (FTO = fluorine Tin Oxide) thin film to visible light and the effect of various third row complexes to DSSC performance. Slip casting method was used to fabricate FTO/TiO2 and FTO/carbon thin film. The result from FTO/TiO2 UV-Vis spectra show no absorption on visible light. Dye solution was synthesized from free metal ions of Cu(II), Co(II), and Fe(II) in methanol with diphenylamine (dpa), 2,2,bypiridine (bpy), 1,10, phenathroline (phen), 4,4'-dicarboxylic acid-2,2'-bipyridine (dcbq), and anthocyanin (ant) ligands, respectively. UV-Vis spectrophotometry was used to identify FTO/TiO2/dye with various sensitizer dyes. The performance of DSSC was determined by I (current) - V (voltage) curve using Keithley 2602 A System Source. In this research, DSSCs are able to convert photon energy become electrical energy. Dye used in DSSC is greatly effect in photon to current efficiency (IPCE). The greater absorption in visible region of alternative dye used gains higher IPCE spectra. TiO2 character can help spread the absorption in whole visible region. The nanosize mesoporous TiO2 of TiO2/SiPA/CoII-PAR (SiPA = silylpropilamine) have greater value than P25 TiO2/SiPA-CoII-PAR. The SiPA/FeII-PAR and SiPA/CoII-PAR dyes are better dye than tpa.

  3. Conformal growth of anodic nanotubes for dye-sensitized solar cells: part II. Nonplanar electrode.

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    Sun, Lidong; Zhang, Sam; Wang, Qing

    2014-02-01

    Anodic titania nanotube array features highly ordered alignment as well as porous nature, and exhibits intriguing properties when employed in a variety of applications. All these profit from the continuous efforts on controlling the nanotube configurations. Recently, nonplanar electrodes have also been used to grow the nanotubes besides the conventional planar counterparts. As such, it is of great interest and significance to complete a picture to link the nanotubes grown on planar and various nonplanar electrodes for a comprehensive understanding of nanotube growing manners, in an attempt to boost their future applications. In the first part of this review, planar electrodes are focused with regard to nanotube growth and application in dye-sensitized solar cells. In this part, the nanotubes grown on patterned or curved surfaces are discussed first with reference to a similar structure of alumina nanopores, which are subsequently used to mirror the growth of nanotubes on cylindrical electrodes (i.e., titanium wires or meshes). The last section focuses on titanium tubular electrodes which are attractive for thermal fluids in view of the drastically reduced thermal conductivity in the presence of anodic nanotubes. As a recent hot topic, wire-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells are deliberated in terms of cell structure, efficiency calculation, merits, challenges and outlook.

  4. The influence of local electric fields on photoinduced absorption in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Cappel, Ute B; Feldt, Sandra M; Schöneboom, Jan; Hagfeldt, Anders; Boschloo, Gerrit

    2010-07-01

    The dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) challenges conventional photovoltaics with its potential for low-cost production and its flexibility in terms of color and design. Transient absorption spectroscopy is widely used to unravel the working mechanism of DSCs. A surprising, unexplained feature observed in these studies is an apparent bleach of the ground-state absorption of the dye, under conditions where the dye is in the ground state. Here, we demonstrate that this feature can be attributed to a change of the local electric field affecting the absorption spectrum of the dye, an effect related to the Stark effect first reported in 1913. We present a method for measuring the effect of an externally applied electric field on the absorption of dye monolayers adsorbed on flat TiO(2) substrates. The measured signal has the shape of the first derivative of the absorption spectra of the dyes and reverses sign along with the reversion of the direction of the change in dipole moment upon excitation relative to the TiO(2) surface. A very similar signal is observed in photoinduced absorption spectra of dye-sensitized TiO(2) electrodes under solar cell conditions, demonstrating that the electric field across the dye molecules changes upon illumination. This result has important implications for the analysis of transient absorption spectra of DSCs and other molecular optoelectronic devices and challenges the interpretation of many previously published results.

  5. Photostability of low cost dye-sensitized solar cells based on natural and synthetic dyes.

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    Abdou, E M; Hafez, H S; Bakir, E; Abdel-Mottaleb, M S A

    2013-11-01

    This paper deals with the use of some natural pigments as well as synthetic dyes to act as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Anthocyanin dye extracted from rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) flowers, the commercially available textile dye Remazole Red RB-133 (RR) and merocyanin-like dye based on 7-methyl coumarin are tested. The photostability of the three dyes is investigated under UV-Vis light exposure. The results show a relatively high stability of the three dyes. Moreover, the photostability of the solid dyes is studied over the TiO2 film electrodes. A very low decolorization rates are recorded as; rate constants k=1.6, 2.1 and 1.9×10(-3)min(-1) for anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. The stability results favor selecting anthocyanin as a promising sensitizer candidate in DSSCs based on natural products. Dyes-sensitized solar cells are fabricated and their conversion efficiency (η) is 0.27%, 0.14% and 0.001% for the anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. Moreover, stability tests of the sealed cells based on anthocyanin and RR dyes are done under continuous light exposure of 100mWcm(-2), reveals highly stable DSSCs.

  6. Photostability of low cost dye-sensitized solar cells based on natural and synthetic dyes

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    Abdou, E. M.; Hafez, H. S.; Bakir, E.; Abdel-Mottaleb, M. S. A.

    2013-11-01

    This paper deals with the use of some natural pigments as well as synthetic dyes to act as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Anthocyanin dye extracted from rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) flowers, the commercially available textile dye Remazole Red RB-133 (RR) and merocyanin-like dye based on 7-methyl coumarin are tested. The photostability of the three dyes is investigated under UV-Vis light exposure. The results show a relatively high stability of the three dyes. Moreover, the photostability of the solid dyes is studied over the TiO2 film electrodes. A very low decolorization rates are recorded as; rate constants k = 1.6, 2.1 and 1.9 × 10-3 min-1 for anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. The stability results favor selecting anthocyanin as a promising sensitizer candidate in DSSCs based on natural products. Dyes-sensitized solar cells are fabricated and their conversion efficiency (η) is 0.27%, 0.14% and 0.001% for the anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. Moreover, stability tests of the sealed cells based on anthocyanin and RR dyes are done under continuous light exposure of 100 mW cm-2, reveals highly stable DSSCs.

  7. Preparation of Nanoporous TiO2 for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) Using Various Dyes

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    Yuliarto, Brian; Fanani, Fahiem; Fuadi, M. Kasyful; Nugraha

    2010-10-01

    This article reports the development of organic dyes as an attempt to reduce material costs of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC). Indonesia, a country with variety and considerable number of botanical resources, is suitable to perform the research. Indonesian black rice, curcuma, papaya leaf, and the combination were chosen as organic dyes source. Dyes were extracted using organic solvent and adsorbed on mesoporous Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) which has been optimized in our laboratory. The best dyes light absorbance and performance obtained from papaya leaf as chlorophyll dyes that gives two peaks at 432 nm and 664 nm from UV-Vis Spectrophotometry and performance under 100 mW/cm2 Xenon light solar simulator gives VOC = 0.566 Volt, JSC = 0.24 mA/cm2, Fill Factor = 0.33, and efficiency of energy conversion 0,045%.

  8. Stability and efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells based on papaya-leaf dye

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    Suyitno, Suyitno; Saputra, Trisma Jaya; Supriyanto, Agus; Arifin, Zainal

    2015-09-01

    The present article reports on the enhancement of the performance and stability of natural dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Natural dyes extracted from papaya leaves (PL) were investigated as sensitizers in TiO2-based DSSCs and evaluated in comparison with N719 dye. The acidity of the papaya-leaf extract dyes was tuned by adding benzoic acid. The TiO2 film-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrates were prepared using the doctor-blade method, followed by sintering at 450 °C. The counter electrode was coated by chemically deposited catalytic platinum. The working electrodes were immersed in N719 dye and papaya dye solutions with concentrations of 8 g/100 mL. The absorbance spectra of the dyes were obtained by ultra-violet-visible spectroscopy. The energy levels of the dyes were measured by the method of cyclic voltammetry. In addition, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to determine the characteristic functionalities of the dye molecules. The DSSC based on the N719 dye displayed a highest efficiency of 0.87% whereas those based on papaya-leaf dye achieved 0.28% at pH 3.5. The observed improved efficiency of the latter was attributed to the increased current density value. Furthermore, the DSSCs based on papaya-leaf dye with pH 3.5-4 exhibited better stability than those based on N719 dye. However, further studies are required to improve the current density and stability of natural dye-based DSSCs, including the investigation of alternative dye extraction routes, such as isolating the pure chlorophyll from papaya leaves and stabilizing it.

  9. Stability and efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells based on papaya-leaf dye.

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    Suyitno, Suyitno; Saputra, Trisma Jaya; Supriyanto, Agus; Arifin, Zainal

    2015-09-01

    The present article reports on the enhancement of the performance and stability of natural dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Natural dyes extracted from papaya leaves (PL) were investigated as sensitizers in TiO2-based DSSCs and evaluated in comparison with N719 dye. The acidity of the papaya-leaf extract dyes was tuned by adding benzoic acid. The TiO2 film-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrates were prepared using the doctor-blade method, followed by sintering at 450 °C. The counter electrode was coated by chemically deposited catalytic platinum. The working electrodes were immersed in N719 dye and papaya dye solutions with concentrations of 8 g/100 mL. The absorbance spectra of the dyes were obtained by ultra-violet-visible spectroscopy. The energy levels of the dyes were measured by the method of cyclic voltammetry. In addition, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to determine the characteristic functionalities of the dye molecules. The DSSC based on the N719 dye displayed a highest efficiency of 0.87% whereas those based on papaya-leaf dye achieved 0.28% at pH 3.5. The observed improved efficiency of the latter was attributed to the increased current density value. Furthermore, the DSSCs based on papaya-leaf dye with pH 3.5-4 exhibited better stability than those based on N719 dye. However, further studies are required to improve the current density and stability of natural dye-based DSSCs, including the investigation of alternative dye extraction routes, such as isolating the pure chlorophyll from papaya leaves and stabilizing it. PMID:25875031

  10. Stability and efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells based on papaya-leaf dye.

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    Suyitno, Suyitno; Saputra, Trisma Jaya; Supriyanto, Agus; Arifin, Zainal

    2015-09-01

    The present article reports on the enhancement of the performance and stability of natural dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Natural dyes extracted from papaya leaves (PL) were investigated as sensitizers in TiO2-based DSSCs and evaluated in comparison with N719 dye. The acidity of the papaya-leaf extract dyes was tuned by adding benzoic acid. The TiO2 film-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrates were prepared using the doctor-blade method, followed by sintering at 450 °C. The counter electrode was coated by chemically deposited catalytic platinum. The working electrodes were immersed in N719 dye and papaya dye solutions with concentrations of 8 g/100 mL. The absorbance spectra of the dyes were obtained by ultra-violet-visible spectroscopy. The energy levels of the dyes were measured by the method of cyclic voltammetry. In addition, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to determine the characteristic functionalities of the dye molecules. The DSSC based on the N719 dye displayed a highest efficiency of 0.87% whereas those based on papaya-leaf dye achieved 0.28% at pH 3.5. The observed improved efficiency of the latter was attributed to the increased current density value. Furthermore, the DSSCs based on papaya-leaf dye with pH 3.5-4 exhibited better stability than those based on N719 dye. However, further studies are required to improve the current density and stability of natural dye-based DSSCs, including the investigation of alternative dye extraction routes, such as isolating the pure chlorophyll from papaya leaves and stabilizing it.

  11. Retarded hydrolysis-condensing reactivity of tetrabutyl titanate by acetylacetone and the application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhou, Conghua Ouyang, Jun; Yang, Bingchu

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Effect of acetone acetyl on coarsening rate of TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites was studied. • Hydrolysis reactivity of alkoxide was retarded with addition of acetone acetyl. • Coarsening rate of TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites is retarded with addition of acetone acetyl. • The synthesized TiO{sub 2} sols were utilized in dye sensitized solar cells. • Small particles formed by Ti-complexes were beneficial for device performance. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites have been synthesized by hydrothermal reaction using tetrabutyl titanate as source material. Acetylacetone was utilized to modify hydrolysis-condensation behavior of the alkoxide and thus coarsening dynamics of TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites in the reaction. With assistance of Fourier transformation infrared spectrum, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction, interaction between acetylacetone and tetrabutyltitanate was explored, crystallographic and morphological properties of TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites were monitored. Less hydrolysable complex was formed by “method of chelating” as tetrabutyltitanate was mixed with acetylacetone, leading to retarded coarsening rate of nanocrystallites. The obtained TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites were applied to fabricate nanoporous photoanode of dye sensitized solar cells. Improvement of 18% has been achieved for photo-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of the devices due to both upgraded open circuit voltage and photocurrent density.

  12. Development of dye-sensitized solar cells based on naturally extracted dye from the maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis)

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    Leyrer, Julio; Hunter, Renato; Rubilar, Monica; Pavez, Boris; Morales, Eduardo; Torres, Simont

    2016-10-01

    The mini modules of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were investigated for their conversion efficiency using anthocyanin-enriched extracts from maqui berry, which to date has never been tested in a DSSC. Anthocyanins are a group of red, purple, violet and blue water-soluble polyphenolic pigments widely found in berry fruits. Maqui berries are a particularly rich source. The aqueous extract concentrations of maqui fruit were tested at 750 and 1500 mg of anthocyanin/L. The immersion time to produce sensitized TiO2 film was 8 h. According to the experimental results, the conversion efficiency of the DSSC prepared with 750 mg of anthocyanin/L was 0.14%, with an open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 0.43 V, a short-circuit current density (JSC) of 0.38 mA/cm2, and a fill factor (FF) of 0.450. The conversion efficiency attained with 1500 mg of anthocyanin/L was 0.19%, with (VOC) of 0.45 V, (JSC) of 0.44 mA/cm2 and FF of 0.55. Therefore, a higher concentration brought about a higher photosensitized performance. The maqui extracts were successfully dye sensitized over a layer of TiO2 nanoparticles, providing useful information for further studies related to the use of natural pigments as sensitizers for solar cells.

  13. Theoretical insight on novel donor-acceptor exTTF-based dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Calbo, Joaquín; Viruela, Pedro M; Ortí, Enrique

    2014-04-01

    A thorough density functional theory study is performed for the three carboxyl-based derivatives of the exTTF-TCF chromophore, where the π-extended tetrathiafulvalene (exTTF) electron-donor is linked to the tricyanofuran (TCF) electron-acceptor through an ethylene bridge, as dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells. Calculations predict that the carboxyl group in the acceptor moiety adopts an adequate orientation for an efficient anchoring on the semiconductor TiO₂ surface. The carboxylic acid group holds a negative charge twice larger than the cyano moiety that favors the electron injection to the semiconductor. Time-dependent calculations allow for the assignment of the absorption bands in the UV-vis spectrum of exTTF-TCF and confirm the presence of two low-lying charge-transfer electronic transitions that account for the moderately-intense absorption in the 450-800 nm range. The striking optical absorption properties of exTTF-TCF are preserved for the carboxylic analogues. Finally, periodic calculations show relevant topological differences between the carboxylic derivatives anchored on the TiO₂ surface, which would notably influence in the power conversion efficiency of a dye-sensitized solar cell. PMID:24643466

  14. Know thy nano neighbor. Plasmonic versus electron charging effects of metal nanoparticles in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Choi, Hyunbong; Chen, Wei Ta; Kamat, Prashant V

    2012-05-22

    Neighboring metal nanoparticles influence photovoltaic and photocatalytic behavior of semiconductor nanostructures either through Fermi level equilibration by accepting electrons or inducing localized surface plasmon effects. By employing SiO(2)- and TiO(2)-capped Au nanoparticles we have identified the mechanism with which the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) is influenced by the neighboring metal nanoparticles. The efficiency of an N719 dye-sensitized solar cell (9.3%) increased to 10.2% upon incorporation of 0.7% Au@SiO(2) and to 9.8% upon loading of 0.7% Au@TiO(2) nanoparticles. The plasmonic effect as monitored by introducing Au@SiO(2) in DSSC produces higher photocurrent. However, Au nanoparticles undergo charge equilibration with TiO(2) nanoparticles and shift the apparent Fermi level of the composite to more negative potentials. As a result, Au@TiO(2) nanoparticle-embedded DSSC exhibit higher photovoltage. A better understanding of these two effects is crucial in exploiting the beneficial aspects of metal nanoparticles in photovoltaics.

  15. Bio-Inspired electro-photonic structure for organic and dye sensitized solar cells

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    Lopez, Rene

    2011-03-01

    A major challenge in solar cell technology dwells in achieving an efficient absorption of photons with an effective carrier extraction. In all cases, light absorption considerations call for thicker modules while carrier transport would benefit from thinner ones. This dichotomy is a fundamental problem limiting the efficiencies of most photovoltaics. One pathway to overcome this problem is to decouple light absorption from carrier collection. We present solutions to this problem applying bio-inspired nanostructures to two different types of systems: organic photovoltaic (OPV) and dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). For OPV devices based on poly-3-hexylthiophene:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM), we describe a 2-D photonic crystal geometry that enhances the absorption of polymer-fullerene photonic cells ~ 20 % relative to conventional planar cells. Remarkably, the photonic crystal cell offers the possibility to increase photocurrents by improvements in optical absorption and carrier extraction simultaneously, and particularly through the excitation of photonic resonant modes near the band edge of organic PV materials. We also present an optical method to extract charge transport lengths from device photoactive layers. For DSSCs we introduce a new structural motif for the photoanode in which the traditional random nanoparticle oxide network is replaced by vertically aligned bundles of oxide nanocrystals. We have used a pulsed laser deposition system to ablate titanium oxide targets to obtain the porous and vertically aligned structures for enhanced photoelectrochemical performance. Absorption studies show that in optimized structures for titanium oxide, there is a 1.4 times enhancement of surface area compared to the best sol-gel films, Incident-Photon-Conversion-Efficiency values are better than 3 times thicker sol-gel films, and ~ 92 % Absorbed-Photon-Conversion-Efficiency values have been observed when sensitizing with the N3 dye (Ru(dcbpyH)2

  16. An organic redox electrolyte to rival triiodide/iodide in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wang, Mingkui; Chamberland, Nathalie; Breau, Livain; Moser, Jacques-E; Humphry-Baker, Robin; Marsan, Benoît; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael

    2010-05-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have achieved impressive conversion efficiencies for solar energy of over 11% with an electrolyte that contains triiodide/iodide as a redox couple. Although triiodide/iodide redox couples work efficiently in DSCs, they suffer from two major disadvantages: electrolytes that contain triiodide/iodide corrode electrical contacts made of silver (which reduces the options for the scale up of DSCs to module size) and triiodide partially absorbs visible light. Here, we present a new disulfide/thiolate redox couple that has negligible absorption in the visible spectral range, a very attractive feature for flexible DSCs that use transparent conductors as current collectors. Using this novel, iodide-free redox electrolyte in conjunction with a sensitized heterojunction, we achieved an unprecedented efficiency of 6.4% under standard illumination test conditions. This novel redox couple offers a viable pathway to develop efficient DSCs with attractive properties for scale up and practical applications.

  17. 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.

  18. High Efficiency Forster Resonance Energy Transfer in Solid-State Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Mor, Gopal K.; Basham, James; Paulose, Maggie; Kim, Sanghoon; Varghese, Oomman K.; Vaish, Amit; Yoriya, Sorachon; Grimes, Craig A.

    2010-07-14

    Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (SS-DSCs) offer the potential to make low cost solar power a reality, however their photoconversion efficiency must first be increased. The dyes used are commonly narrow band with high absorption coefficients, while conventional photovoltaic operation requires proper band edge alignment significantly limiting the dyes and charge transporting materials that can be used in combination. We demonstrate a significant enhancement in the light harvesting and photocurrent generation of SS-DSCs due to Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). TiO{sub 2} nanotube array films are sensitized with red/near IR absorbing SQ-1 acceptor dye, subsequently intercalated with Spiro-OMeTAD blended with a visible light absorbing DCM-pyran donor dye. The calculated Förster radius is 6.1 nm. The donor molecules contribute a FRET-based maximum IPCE of 25% with a corresponding excitation transfer efficiency of approximately 67.5%.

  19. Dye-sensitized solar cells with natural dyes extracted from plant seeds

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    El-Ghamri, Hatem S.; El-Agez, Taher M.; Taya, Sofyan A.; Abdel-Latif, Monzir S.; Batniji, Amal Y.

    2014-12-01

    The application of natural dyes extracted from plant seeds in the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been explored. Ten dyes were extracted from different plant seeds and used as sensitizers for DSSCs. The dyes were characterized using UV-Vis spectrophotometry. DSSCs were prepared using TiO2 and ZnO nanostructured mesoporous films. The highest conversion efficiency of 0.875 % was obtained with an allium cepa (onion) extract-sensitized TiO2 solar cell. The process of TiO2-film sintering was studied and it was found that the sintering procedure significantly affects the response of the cell. The short circuit current of the DSSC was found to be considerably enhanced when the TiO2 semiconducting layer was sintered gradually.

  20. Molecular engineering of carbazole functionalized ruthenium dyes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Nguyen, Hong Minh; Vu, Dinh Lam; Nghia Nguyen, Duc

    2011-12-01

    A new ruthenium complex, coded HMP-12, incorporating an antenna ligand composed of the sequential connection of a conjugated segment and carbazole hole-transport moiety was synthesized. This dye exhibits a lower energy metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) band centered at 536 nm with a high molar absorption coefficient of 21.43×103 M‑1 cm‑1. Nanocrystalline ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells employing HMP-12 show good conversion efficiency (4.46%). It was found that the difference in light-harvesting properties between Rut-B1, HMP-11 and HMP-12 is associated mainly with dye structure. The power conversion efficiency of solar cells based on HMP-11 is 4.11% while the Rut-B1 delivered a lower efficiency of 3.57% under the same device fabrication and measuring conditions.

  1. 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.

  2. Advantages of using Ti-mesh type electrodes for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells

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    He, Weizhen; Qiu, Jijun; Zhuge, Fuwei; Li, Xiaomin; Lee, Jae-Ho; Kim, Yang-Do; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae

    2012-06-01

    We used Ti meshes for both the photoanodes and counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) to improve the flexibility and conductivity of the electrodes. These mesh type electrodes showed good transparency and high bendability when subjected to an external force. We demonstrated the advantages of cells using such electrodes compared to traditional transparent conducting oxide based electrodes and back side illuminated DSSCs, such as low sheet resistance, elevated photo-induced current and enhanced sunlight utilization. Nanotube layers of different thicknesses were investigated to determine their effect on the photovoltaic parameters of the cell. The overall efficiency of the best cells was approximately 5.3% under standard air mass 1.5 global (AM 1.5 G) solar conditions. Furthermore, the DSSCs showed an efficiency of approximately 3.15% due to the all Ti-mesh type electrodes even after illumination from the back side.

  3. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on different nano-oxides on plastic PET substrate

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    Mikula, Milan; Gemeiner, Pavol; Beková, Zuzana; Dvonka, Vladimír; Búc, Dalibor

    2015-01-01

    Polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) foils and glass slides coated with thin conductive layers were used as substrates for TiO2 or ZnO based photoactive electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) with organo-metallic Ru-dye, standard iodine electrolyte and Pt coated FTO/glass counterelectrode (CE). Different compositions of nanoparticle oxides in forms of alcohol pastes as well as the CE paste were applied onto the substrates by screen printing or by doctor blade techniques. Photocurrents and I-V loading characteristics were measured depending on the solar cell structure and preparation, including the oxide composition, electrode conductivity and the dye type. The influence of thin TiO2 blocking layer prepared by sol-gel technique is also discussed.

  4. Smart photovoltaics based on dye-sensitized solar cells using photochromic spiropyran derivatives as photosensitizers

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    Ma, Shengbo; Ting, Hungkit; Ma, Yingzhuang; Zheng, Lingling; Zhang, Miwei; Xiao, Lixin E-mail: lxxiao@pku.edu.cn; Chen, Zhijian E-mail: lxxiao@pku.edu.cn

    2015-05-15

    In this paper, smart photovoltaic (SPV) devices, integrating both functions of solar cells and smart windows, was fabricated based on dye-sensitized solar cells using photochromic spiropyran derivatives SIBT as photosensitizers. SPV devices have self-regulated power conversion efficiency (PCE) and light transmission responding to the incident spectra due to the photoisomerization of SIBT. SIBT isomerize from closed-ring form to open-ring form under UV illumination, accompanied with enhanced visible light absorption and electron delocalization. Therefore, increased PCE and absorption in SPV devices were observed under UV treatment and the devices can be restored gradually to the initial status when kept in dark. The SPV devices have self-regulation of PCE and sunlight transmission responding to the changing sun spectra in different times of a day, providing a proper energy usage and a better sun-shading.

  5. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on nanocrystalline titania electrodes made at various sintering temperatures.

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    Stathatos, Elias; Lianos, Panagiotis

    2007-02-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells were made by using nanocrystalline titania deposited on Fluorine-doped SnO2 (FTO) electrodes. Nanocrystalline titania deposition was made by the sol-gel method using reverse micelles of bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT) in cyclohexane as reaction medium. This surfactant could be easily removed from the deposited nanocomposite organic-inorganic film by simple rinsing with distilled water, without affecting titania adherence on FTO electrode. These nanocrystalline titania electrodes were used to make solar cells either without sintering or after sintering at various temperatures. Sintering extensively affected short circuit current but had small effect on device open-circuit voltage. Thus satisfactory photovoltaic response could be obtained even with devices made of non-sintered (room-temperature) titania.

  6. Smart photovoltaics based on dye-sensitized solar cells using photochromic spiropyran derivatives as photosensitizers

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    Ma, Shengbo; Ting, Hungkit; Ma, Yingzhuang; Zheng, Lingling; Zhang, Miwei; Xiao, Lixin; Chen, Zhijian

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, smart photovoltaic (SPV) devices, integrating both functions of solar cells and smart windows, was fabricated based on dye-sensitized solar cells using photochromic spiropyran derivatives SIBT as photosensitizers. SPV devices have self-regulated power conversion efficiency (PCE) and light transmission responding to the incident spectra due to the photoisomerization of SIBT. SIBT isomerize from closed-ring form to open-ring form under UV illumination, accompanied with enhanced visible light absorption and electron delocalization. Therefore, increased PCE and absorption in SPV devices were observed under UV treatment and the devices can be restored gradually to the initial status when kept in dark. The SPV devices have self-regulation of PCE and sunlight transmission responding to the changing sun spectra in different times of a day, providing a proper energy usage and a better sun-shading.

  7. Efficiency enhancement in solid state dye sensitized solar cells by including inverse opals with controlled layer thicknesses

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    Zheng, Hanbin; Shah, Said Karim; Abbas, Mamatimin; Ly, Isabelle; Rivera, Thomas; Almeida, Rui M.; Hirsch, Lionel; Toupance, Thierry; Ravaine, Serge

    2016-09-01

    The photoconversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells can be enhanced by the incorporation of light management nanostructures such as photonic crystals. Here, we present a facile route to incorporate titania inverse opals into solid state dye sensitized solar cells and report photoconversion efficiency enhancements of up to 56% compared with a model system without the inverse opal. Our approach is based on the precise design of titania inverse opals with a predetermined thickness that can be controlled at the individual layer level. By choosing an inverse opal exhibiting a photonic bandgap which overlaps the absorption bands of the dye, our results show that there is an optimal thickness of the inverse opal structure for maximum efficiency enhancement of the cell. This is the first experimental proof that the thickness of a titania inverse opal plays a pivotal role in cell efficiency enhancement in solid state dye sensitized solar cells.

  8. Membrane-Inspired Acidically Stable Dye-Sensitized Photocathode for Solar Fuel Production.

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    Click, Kevin A; Beauchamp, Damian R; Huang, Zhongjie; Chen, Weilin; Wu, Yiying

    2016-02-01

    Tandem dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (DSPECs) for water splitting are a promising method for sustainable energy conversion but so far have been limited by their lack of aqueous stability and photocurrent mismatch between the cathode and anode. In nature, membrane-enabled subcellular compartmentation is a general approach to control local chemical environments in the cell. The hydrophobic tails of the lipid make the bilayer impermeable to ions and hydrophilic molecules. Herein we report the use of an organic donor-acceptor dye that prevents both dye desorption and semiconductor degradation by mimicking the hydrophobic/hydrophilic properties of lipid bilayer membranes. The dual-functional photosensitizer (denoted as BH4) allows for efficient light harvesting while also protecting the semiconductor surface from protons and water via its hydrophobic π linker. The protection afforded by this membrane-mimicking dye gives this system excellent stability in extremely acidic (pH 0) conditions. The acidic stability also allows for the use of cubane molybdenum-sulfide cluster as the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst. This system produces a proton-reducing current of 183 ± 36 μA/cm(2) (0 V vs NHE with 300 W Xe lamp) for an unprecedented 16 h with no degradation. These results introduce a method for developing high-current, low-pH DSPECs and are a significant move toward practical dye-sensitized solar fuel production. PMID:26744766

  9. Membrane-Inspired Acidically Stable Dye-Sensitized Photocathode for Solar Fuel Production.

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    Click, Kevin A; Beauchamp, Damian R; Huang, Zhongjie; Chen, Weilin; Wu, Yiying

    2016-02-01

    Tandem dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (DSPECs) for water splitting are a promising method for sustainable energy conversion but so far have been limited by their lack of aqueous stability and photocurrent mismatch between the cathode and anode. In nature, membrane-enabled subcellular compartmentation is a general approach to control local chemical environments in the cell. The hydrophobic tails of the lipid make the bilayer impermeable to ions and hydrophilic molecules. Herein we report the use of an organic donor-acceptor dye that prevents both dye desorption and semiconductor degradation by mimicking the hydrophobic/hydrophilic properties of lipid bilayer membranes. The dual-functional photosensitizer (denoted as BH4) allows for efficient light harvesting while also protecting the semiconductor surface from protons and water via its hydrophobic π linker. The protection afforded by this membrane-mimicking dye gives this system excellent stability in extremely acidic (pH 0) conditions. The acidic stability also allows for the use of cubane molybdenum-sulfide cluster as the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst. This system produces a proton-reducing current of 183 ± 36 μA/cm(2) (0 V vs NHE with 300 W Xe lamp) for an unprecedented 16 h with no degradation. These results introduce a method for developing high-current, low-pH DSPECs and are a significant move toward practical dye-sensitized solar fuel production.

  10. Steady-state transport characteristics of photoconductor based on dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Xu, J.; Wang, X. Q.; Lu, Y. M.; Liu, Z. Y.; Cai, C. B.

    2010-06-01

    In the present work, three photoconductors based on dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 are designed with two dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) connected together using a common counter electrode but different connecting approaches for electrolytes and TiO2 film. DC steady-state transport measurements on source and drain corresponding to the photoanodes of two constituent DSSC units, respectively, show that the three photoconductive devices exhibit similar transistor characteristics, regardless of their different electronic connecting approaches. It is revealed that their transport characteristics are determined by the effective areas of the photoanode and the counter electrode, rather than the connection of electrolytes and TiO2 film. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the dominant factor of transport behavior is the imbalanced energy band caused by the match of intrinsic potential within two constituent DSSC units. Due to unique mechanism and relatively simple fabrication process, the present phototransistors have potentials for an economical and efficient light-operated switch as well as an emerged optical communication device.

  11. Ultrafast interfacial charge transfer dynamics in dye-sensitized and quantum dot solar cell

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    Ghosh, Hirendra N.

    2013-02-01

    Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) appeared to be one of the good discovery for the solution of energy problem. We have been involved in studying ultrafast interfacial electron transfer dynamics in DSSC using femtosecond laser spectroscopy. However it has been realized that it is very difficult to design and develop higher efficient one, due to thermodynamic limitation. Again in DSSC most of the absorbed photon energy is lost as heat within the cell, which apart from decreasing the efficiency also destabilizes the device. It has been realized that quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) are the best bet where the sensitizer dye molecules can be replaced by suitable quantum dot (QD) materials in solar cell. The quantum-confinement effect in semiconductors modifies their electronic structure, which is a very important aspect of these materials. For photovoltaic applications, a long-lived charge separation remains one of the most essential criteria. One of the problems in using QDs for photovoltaic applications is their fast charge recombination caused by nonradiative Auger processes, which occur predominantly at lower particle sizes due to an increase in the Coulomb interaction between electrons and holes. Various approaches, such as the use of metal-semiconductor composites, semiconductor-polymer composite, and semiconductor core-shell heterostructures, have been attempted to minimize the fast recombination between electrons and holes. To make higher efficient solar devices it has been realised that it is very important to understand charge carrier and electron transfer dynamics in QD and QD sensitized semiconductor nanostructured materials. In the present talk, we are going to discuss on recent works on ultrafast electron transfer dynamics in dye-sensitized TiO2 nanoparticles/film [1-12] and charge (electron/hole) transfer dynamics in quantum dot core-shell nano-structured materials [13-17].

  12. Controllable preparation of TiO2 nanowire arrays on titanium mesh for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liu, Wenwu; Lu, Hui; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min

    2015-08-01

    TiO2 nanowire arrays (NWAs) with an average diameter of 80 nm have been successfully synthesized on titanium (Ti) mesh substrates via hydrothermal method. The effects of preparing conditions such as concentration of NaOH solution, reaction time, and hydrothermal temperature on the growth of TiO2 nanoarrays and its related photovoltaic properties were systematically investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and photovoltaic properties test. The growth mechanism of the Ti mesh-supported TiO2 nanostructures was discussed in detail. Moreover, a parametric study was performed to determine the optimized temperature and time of the dye sensitized process for the flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). It is demonstrated that hydrothermal parameters had obvious influence on the morphology and growth density of the as-prepared TiO2 nanoarrays. In addition, the performance of the flexible DSSC depended strongly on the sensitization temperature and time. By utilizing Ti mesh-supported TiO2 NWAs (with a length of about 14 μm) as a photoanode, the flexible DSSC with a short circuit current density of 10.49 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.69 V, and an overall power conversion efficiency of 3.42% was achieved.

  13. “Brick-like” N-doped graphene/carbon nanotube structure forming three-dimensional films as high performance metal-free counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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

    2015-01-01

    The "brick-like" N-doped graphene-carbon nanotube (NGC) composites are designed by mechanically grinding the filtration films, which are fabricated to form a three-dimensional structure film as a counter electrode (CE). The N-doped graphene/carbon nanotube films with a three-dimensional "brick-like" structure can provide numerous vertical active edge sites. The excellent electrochemical catalytic activities of CE can be obtained by adjusting the different ratio of graphene to CNTs to control the size and N-doping content of breaking particles. NGC17 CE based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have reached a high efficiency (6.74%) close to platinum-based cells (6.89%). The excellent efficiency may be attributed to the following factors: a) the ΔEP of NGC17 (304 mV) is lower than that of the Pt electrode (389 mV); b) the charge transfer resistance (Rct) at the NGC17-CE/electrolyte interface was 1.78 Ω cm-2, which is lower than that of a Pt-CE/electrolyte interface (8.97 Ω cm-2).

  14. Low temperature (150 °C) fabrication of high-performance TiO{sub 2} films for dye-sensitized solar cells using ultraviolet light and plasma treatments of TiO{sub 2} paste containing organic binder

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    Zen, Shungo Ono, Ryo; Inoue, Yuki

    2015-03-14

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) require annealing of TiO{sub 2} photoelectrodes at 450 °C to 550 °C. However, such high-temperature annealing is unfavorable because it limits the use of materials that cannot withstand high temperatures, such as plastic substrates. In our previous paper, a low-temperature annealing technique of TiO{sub 2} photoelectrodes using ultraviolet light and dielectric barrier discharge treatments was proposed to reduce the annealing temperature from 450 °C to 150 °C for a TiO{sub 2} paste containing an organic binder. Here, we measure the electron diffusion length in the TiO{sub 2} film, the amount of dye adsorption on the TiO{sub 2} film, and the sheet resistance of a glass substrate of samples manufactured with the 150 °C annealing method, and we discuss the effect that the 150 °C annealing method has on those properties of DSSCs.

  15. Interaction of Sensitizing Dyes with Nanostructured TiO2 Film in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Terahertz Spectroscopy

    PubMed Central

    Ghann, William; Rahman, Aunik; Rahman, Anis; Uddin, Jamal

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this investigation was to shed light on the nature of interaction of different organic dyes and an inorganic dye, Ruthenium (II) polypyridine complex, with TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 is commonly deployed as an efficient energy transfer electrode in dye sensitized solar cells. The efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells is a function of the interaction of a dye with the electrode material such as TiO2. To the best of our knowledge the present study is the first effort in the determination of terahertz absorbance signals, investigation of real-time dye permeation kinetics, and the surface profiling and 3D imaging of dye sensitized TiO2 films. Herein, we report that the terahertz spectra of the natural dye sensitized TiO2 films were distinctively different from that of the inorganic dye with prominent absorption of natural dyes occurring at approximately the same wavelength. It was observed that the permeation of the natural dyes were more uniform through the layers of the mesoporous TiO2 compared to the inorganic dye. Finally, defects and flaws on TiO2 film were easily recognized via surface profiling and 3D imaging of the films. The findings thus offer a new approach in characterization of dye sensitized solar cells. PMID:27443236

  16. Interaction of Sensitizing Dyes with Nanostructured TiO2 Film in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Terahertz Spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Ghann, William; Rahman, Aunik; Rahman, Anis; Uddin, Jamal

    2016-07-22

    The objective of this investigation was to shed light on the nature of interaction of different organic dyes and an inorganic dye, Ruthenium (II) polypyridine complex, with TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 is commonly deployed as an efficient energy transfer electrode in dye sensitized solar cells. The efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells is a function of the interaction of a dye with the electrode material such as TiO2. To the best of our knowledge the present study is the first effort in the determination of terahertz absorbance signals, investigation of real-time dye permeation kinetics, and the surface profiling and 3D imaging of dye sensitized TiO2 films. Herein, we report that the terahertz spectra of the natural dye sensitized TiO2 films were distinctively different from that of the inorganic dye with prominent absorption of natural dyes occurring at approximately the same wavelength. It was observed that the permeation of the natural dyes were more uniform through the layers of the mesoporous TiO2 compared to the inorganic dye. Finally, defects and flaws on TiO2 film were easily recognized via surface profiling and 3D imaging of the films. The findings thus offer a new approach in characterization of dye sensitized solar cells.

  17. Interaction of Sensitizing Dyes with Nanostructured TiO2 Film in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Terahertz Spectroscopy

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    Ghann, William; Rahman, Aunik; Rahman, Anis; Uddin, Jamal

    2016-07-01

    The objective of this investigation was to shed light on the nature of interaction of different organic dyes and an inorganic dye, Ruthenium (II) polypyridine complex, with TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 is commonly deployed as an efficient energy transfer electrode in dye sensitized solar cells. The efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells is a function of the interaction of a dye with the electrode material such as TiO2. To the best of our knowledge the present study is the first effort in the determination of terahertz absorbance signals, investigation of real-time dye permeation kinetics, and the surface profiling and 3D imaging of dye sensitized TiO2 films. Herein, we report that the terahertz spectra of the natural dye sensitized TiO2 films were distinctively different from that of the inorganic dye with prominent absorption of natural dyes occurring at approximately the same wavelength. It was observed that the permeation of the natural dyes were more uniform through the layers of the mesoporous TiO2 compared to the inorganic dye. Finally, defects and flaws on TiO2 film were easily recognized via surface profiling and 3D imaging of the films. The findings thus offer a new approach in characterization of dye sensitized solar cells.

  18. Interaction of Sensitizing Dyes with Nanostructured TiO2 Film in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Terahertz Spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Ghann, William; Rahman, Aunik; Rahman, Anis; Uddin, Jamal

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this investigation was to shed light on the nature of interaction of different organic dyes and an inorganic dye, Ruthenium (II) polypyridine complex, with TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 is commonly deployed as an efficient energy transfer electrode in dye sensitized solar cells. The efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells is a function of the interaction of a dye with the electrode material such as TiO2. To the best of our knowledge the present study is the first effort in the determination of terahertz absorbance signals, investigation of real-time dye permeation kinetics, and the surface profiling and 3D imaging of dye sensitized TiO2 films. Herein, we report that the terahertz spectra of the natural dye sensitized TiO2 films were distinctively different from that of the inorganic dye with prominent absorption of natural dyes occurring at approximately the same wavelength. It was observed that the permeation of the natural dyes were more uniform through the layers of the mesoporous TiO2 compared to the inorganic dye. Finally, defects and flaws on TiO2 film were easily recognized via surface profiling and 3D imaging of the films. The findings thus offer a new approach in characterization of dye sensitized solar cells. PMID:27443236

  19. Analysis of Chameleonic Change of Red Cabbage Depending on Broad pH Range for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

    PubMed

    Park, Kyung Hee; Kim, Tae Young; Ko, Hyun Seok; Han, Eun Mi; Lee, Suk-Ho; Kim, Jung-Hun; Lee, Jae Wook

    2015-08-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were assembled using natural dyes extracted from red cabbage as a sensitizer. In this work, we investigated the adsorption characteristics and the electrochemical behavior for harvesting sunlight and electron transfer in red cabbage DSSCs under different solvents and pH. For the red cabbage dye-sensitized electrode adsorbed at pH 3.5, the solar cell yields a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 1.60 mA/cm2, a photovoltage (Vcc) of 0.46 V, and a fill factor of 0.55, corresponding to an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 0.41%.

  20. Fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using annato seeds (Bixa orellana Linn)

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    Haryanto, Ditia Allindira; Landuma, Suarni; Purwanto, Agus

    2014-02-24

    The Fabrication of dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using Annato seeds has been conducted in this study. Annato seeds (Bixa orellana Linn) used as a sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cell. The experimental parameter was concentration of natural dye. Annato seeds was extracted using etanol solution and the concentration was controlled by varying mass of Annato seeds. A semiconductor TiO{sub 2} was prepared by a screen printing method for coating glass use paste of TiO{sub 2}. Construction DSSC used layered systems (sandwich) consists of working electrode (TiO{sub 2} semiconductor-dye) and counter electrode (platina). Both are placed on conductive glass and electrolytes that occur electrons cycle. The characterization of thin layer of TiO{sub 2} was conducted using SEM (Scanning Electron Microscpy) analysis showed the surface morphology of TiO{sub 2} thin layer and the cross section of a thin layer of TiO{sub 2} with a thickness of 15–19 μm. Characterization of natural dye extract was determined using UV-Vis spectrometry analysis shows the wavelength range annato seeds is 328–515 nm, and the voltage (V{sub oc}) and electric current (I{sub sc}) resulted in keithley test for 30 gram, 40 gram, and 50 gram were 0,4000 V; 0,4251 V; 0,4502 V and 0,000074 A; 0,000458 A; 0,000857 A, respectively. The efficiencies of the fabricated solar cells using annato seeds as senstizer for each varying mass are 0,00799%, 0,01237%, and 0,05696%.

  1. Electrodeposited nanoporous versus nanoparticulate ZnO films of similar roughness for dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

    PubMed

    Guerin, V M; Magne, C; Pauporté, Th; Le Bahers, T; Rathousky, J

    2010-12-01

    We present a comparative study of two different ZnO porous film morphologies for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) fabrications. Nanoparticulate ZnO was prepared by the doctor-blade technique starting from a paste containing ZnO nanoparticles. Nanoporous ZnO films were grown by a soft template-assisted electrochemical growth technique. The film thicknesses were adjusted at similar roughness of about 300 in order to permit a worthy comparison. The effects on the cell performances of sensitization by dyes belonging to three different families, namely, xanthene (eosin Y) and indoline (D102, D131, D149 and D205) organic dyes as well as a ruthenium polypyridine complex (N719), have been investigated. The mesoporous electrodeposited matrix exhibits significant morphological changes upon the photoanode preparation, especially upon the dye sensitization, that yield to a dramatic change of the inner layer morphology and increase in the layer internal specific surface area. In the case of indoline dyes, better efficiencies were found with the electrodeposited ZnO porous matrixes compared to the nanoparticulate ones, in spite of significantly shorter electron lifetimes measured by impedance spectroscopy. The observation is interpreted in terms of much shorter transfer time in the oxide in the case of the electrodeposited ZnO films. Among the tested dyes, the D149 and D205 indoline organic dyes with a strong acceptor group were found the most efficient with the best cell over 4.6% of overall conversion efficiency.

  2. Graphene-based large area dye-sensitized solar cell modules

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    Casaluci, Simone; Gemmi, Mauro; Pellegrini, Vittorio; di Carlo, Aldo; Bonaccorso, Francesco

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate spray coating of graphene ink as a viable method for large-area fabrication of graphene-based dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) modules. A graphene-based ink produced by liquid phase exfoliation of graphite is spray coated onto a transparent conductive oxide substrate to realize a large area (>90 cm2) semi-transparent (transmittance 44%) counter-electrode (CE) replacing platinum, the standard CE material. The graphene-based CE is successfully integrated in a large-area (43.2 cm2 active area) DSSC module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 3.5%. The approach demonstrated here paves the way to all-printed, flexible, and transparent graphene-based large-area and cost-effective photovoltaic devices on arbitrary substrates.

  3. Comparison of different structures of niobium oxide blocking layer for dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Chun, Jae Hwan; Kim, Jong Sung

    2014-08-01

    In this study, four different types of Nb2O5 thin layers were prepared using sol-gel process to improve energy conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Nb2O5 layer was prepared on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) layer, TiO2 electrode layer, and inside of TiO2 layer, respectively. The Nb2O5 layer was used to reduce the recombination of photo induced electrons and holes. The DSSCs were assembled with platinum (Pt) coated counter electrode, ruthenium dye, and iodine based electrolyte. The photocurrent-voltage (I-V) characteristics of DSSCs with different types of Nb2O5 were studied. The efficiency depends not only on the structure of DSSCs but also on the initial compositions for the preparation of Nb2O5.

  4. Magnetic field effects in dye-sensitized solar cells controlled by different cell architecture.

    PubMed

    Klein, M; Pankiewicz, R; Zalas, M; Stampor, W

    2016-01-01

    The charge recombination and exciton dissociation are generally recognized as the basic electronic processes limiting the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. In this work, we propose a detailed mechanism of photocurrent generation in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) examined by magnetic field effect (MFE) technique. Here we demonstrate that the magnitude of the MFE on photocurrent in DSSCs can be controlled by the radius and spin coherence time of electron-hole (e-h) pairs which are experimentally modified by the photoanode morphology (TiO2 nanoparticles or nanotubes) and the electronic orbital structure of various dye molecules (ruthenium N719, dinuclear ruthenium B1 and fully organic squaraine SQ2 dyes). The observed MFE is attributed to magnetic-field-induced spin-mixing of (e-h) pairs according to the Δg mechanism. PMID:27440452

  5. Magnetic field effects in dye-sensitized solar cells controlled by different cell architecture.

    PubMed

    Klein, M; Pankiewicz, R; Zalas, M; Stampor, W

    2016-07-21

    The charge recombination and exciton dissociation are generally recognized as the basic electronic processes limiting the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. In this work, we propose a detailed mechanism of photocurrent generation in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) examined by magnetic field effect (MFE) technique. Here we demonstrate that the magnitude of the MFE on photocurrent in DSSCs can be controlled by the radius and spin coherence time of electron-hole (e-h) pairs which are experimentally modified by the photoanode morphology (TiO2 nanoparticles or nanotubes) and the electronic orbital structure of various dye molecules (ruthenium N719, dinuclear ruthenium B1 and fully organic squaraine SQ2 dyes). The observed MFE is attributed to magnetic-field-induced spin-mixing of (e-h) pairs according to the Δg mechanism.

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

    PubMed

    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

  7. The Dye Sensitized Photoelectrosynthesis Cell (DSPEC) for Solar Water Splitting and CO2 Reduction

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    Meyer, Thomas; Alibabaei, Leila; Sherman, Benjamin; Sheridan, Matthew; Ashford, Dennis; Lapides, Alex; Brennaman, Kyle; Nayak, Animesh; Roy, Subhangi; Wee, Kyung-Ryang; Gish, Melissa; Meyer, Jerry; Papanikolas, John

    The dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell (DSPEC) integrates molecular level light absorption and catalysis with the bandgap properties of stable oxide materials such as TiO2 and NiO. Excitation of surface-bound chromophores leads to excited state formation and rapid electron or hole injection into the conduction or valence bands of n or p-type oxides. Addition of thin layers of TiO2 or NiO on the surfaces of mesoscopic, nanoparticle films of semiconductor or transparent conducting oxides to give core/shell structures provides a basis for accumulating multiple redox equivalents at catalysts for water oxidation or CO2 reduction. UNC EFRC Center for Solar Fuels, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001011.

  8. Dye-sensitized solar cell employing zinc oxide aggregates grown in the presence of lithium

    DOEpatents

    Zhang, Qifeng; Cao, Guozhong

    2013-10-15

    Provided are a novel ZnO dye-sensitized solar cell and method of fabricating the same. In one embodiment, deliberately added lithium ions are used to mediate the growth of ZnO aggregates. The use of lithium provides ZnO aggregates that have advantageous microstructure, morphology, crystallinity, and operational characteristics. Employing lithium during aggregate synthesis results in a polydisperse collection of ZnO aggregates favorable for porosity and light scattering. The resulting nanocrystallites forming the aggregates have improved crystallinity and more favorable facets for dye molecule absorption. The lithium synthesis improves the surface stability of ZnO in acidic dyes. The procedures developed and disclosed herein also help ensure the formation of an aggregate film that has a high homogeneity of thickness, a high packing density, a high specific surface area, and good electrical contact between the film and the fluorine-doped tin oxide electrode and among the aggregate particles.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Magnetic field effects in dye-sensitized solar cells controlled by different cell architecture

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Klein, M.; Pankiewicz, R.; Zalas, M.; Stampor, W.

    2016-07-01

    The charge recombination and exciton dissociation are generally recognized as the basic electronic processes limiting the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. In this work, we propose a detailed mechanism of photocurrent generation in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) examined by magnetic field effect (MFE) technique. Here we demonstrate that the magnitude of the MFE on photocurrent in DSSCs can be controlled by the radius and spin coherence time of electron-hole (e-h) pairs which are experimentally modified by the photoanode morphology (TiO2 nanoparticles or nanotubes) and the electronic orbital structure of various dye molecules (ruthenium N719, dinuclear ruthenium B1 and fully organic squaraine SQ2 dyes). The observed MFE is attributed to magnetic-field-induced spin-mixing of (e-h) pairs according to the Δg mechanism.

  12. New synthetic routes towards soluble and dissymmetric triphenodioxazine dyes designed for dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Nicolas, Yohann; Allama, Fouzia; Lepeltier, Marc; Massin, Julien; Castet, Frédéric; Ducasse, Laurent; Hirsch, Lionel; Boubegtiten, Zahia; Jonusauskas, Gediminas; Olivier, Céline; Toupance, Thierry

    2014-03-24

    New π-conjugated structures are constantly the subject of research in dyes and pigments industry and electronic organic field. In this context, the triphenodioxazine (TPDO) core has often been used as efficient photostable pigments and once integrated in air stable n-type organic field-effect transistor (OFET). However, little attention has been paid to the TPDO core as soluble materials for optoelectronic devices, possibly due to the harsh synthetic conditions and the insolubility of many compounds. To benefit from the photostability of TPDO in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), an original synthetic pathway has been established to provide soluble and dissymmetric molecules applied to a suitable design for the sensitizers of DSC. The study has been pursued by the theoretical modeling of opto-electronic properties, the optical and electronic characterizations of dyes and elaboration of efficient devices. The discovery of new synthetic pathways opens the way to innovative designs of TPDO for materials used in organic electronics.

  13. Recovering degraded quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by applying electrical pulses

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Xi; Huang, Xuezhen

    2013-01-01

    We discovered a method of applying forward pulsed bias to recover the degradation of quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Up to 30.7% of the power conversion efficiency (η) of a degraded poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) based DSSC was recovered by a double-pulse. The recovered η remained higher than that before the double-pulse treatment for at least 28 days. It is deduced that the blocking of ion-transport channels in the quasi-solid-state electrolyte causes degradation of the DSSCs. This study will shed light on the efficiency enhancement and long-term stability of quasi-solid-state DSSCs. PMID:23545782

  14. Magnetic field effects in dye-sensitized solar cells controlled by different cell architecture

    PubMed Central

    Klein, M.; Pankiewicz, R.; Zalas, M.; Stampor, W.

    2016-01-01

    The charge recombination and exciton dissociation are generally recognized as the basic electronic processes limiting the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. In this work, we propose a detailed mechanism of photocurrent generation in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) examined by magnetic field effect (MFE) technique. Here we demonstrate that the magnitude of the MFE on photocurrent in DSSCs can be controlled by the radius and spin coherence time of electron-hole (e-h) pairs which are experimentally modified by the photoanode morphology (TiO2 nanoparticles or nanotubes) and the electronic orbital structure of various dye molecules (ruthenium N719, dinuclear ruthenium B1 and fully organic squaraine SQ2 dyes). The observed MFE is attributed to magnetic-field-induced spin-mixing of (e-h) pairs according to the Δg mechanism. PMID:27440452

  15. Preparation and properties of low-cost graphene counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wu, Qishuang; Shen, Yue; Wang, Qiandi; Gu, Feng; Cao, Meng; Wang, Linjun

    2013-12-01

    With the advantages of excellent electrical properties, high catalytic activity and low-cost preparation, Graphene is one of the most expected carbon materials to replace the expensive Pt as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this paper, graphene counter electrodes were obtained by simple doctor-blade coating method on fluorine tin oxides (FTOs). The samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Then the low-cost graphene electrodes were applied in typical sandwich-type DSSCs with TiO2 or ZnO as photoanodes, and their photoelectric conversion efficiency (η) were about 4.34% and 2.28%, respectively, which were a little lower than those of Pt electrodes but much higher than those of graphite electrodes. This law was consistent with the test results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Low-cost graphene electrodes can be applied in DSSCs by process optimization.

  16. Growth of Comb-like ZnO Nanostructures for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells Applications

    PubMed Central

    2009-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated by using well-crystallized ZnO nanocombs directly grown onto the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) via noncatalytic thermal evaporation process. The thin films of as-grown ZnO nanocombs were used as photoanode materials to fabricate the DSSCs, which exhibited an overall light to electricity conversion efficiency of 0.68% with a fill factor of 34%, short-circuit current of 3.14 mA/cm2, and open-circuit voltage of 0.671 V. To the best of our knowledge, this is first report in which thin film of ZnO nanocombs was used as photoanode materials to fabricate the DSSCs. PMID:20596445

  17. Sensitizers containing donor cascade and rhodanine-3-acetic acid moieties for dye-sensitized solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Quan-Ping; Zhang, Lu; Liang, Mao; Sun, Zhe; Xue, Song

    2011-01-15

    Three organic dyes with D-{pi}-D-{pi}-A structure based on triarylamine, dimethylarylamine, and rhodanine-3-acetic acid moieties are designed and synthesized. Incorporating thiophene moieties into the system affords sensitizers with high molar extinction coefficients. These dyes were applied into nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} dye-sensitized solar cells through standard operations. For a typical device the maximal monochromatic incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) can reach 73%, with a short-circuit photocurrent density (J{sub sc}) of 7.3 mA/cm{sup 2}, an open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 636 mV, and a fill factor (ff) of 0.61, corresponding to an overall conversion efficiency ({eta}) of 2.86%. (author)

  18. Recovering degraded quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by applying electrical pulses.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Xi; Huang, Xuezhen; Jiang, Hongrui

    2013-05-14

    We discovered a method of applying a forward pulsed bias to recover the degraded quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Up to 30.7% of the power conversion efficiency (η) of a degraded poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) based DSSC was recovered by a double-pulse. The recovered η remained higher than that before the double-pulse treatment for at least 28 days. It is deduced that the blocking of ion-transport channels in the quasi-solid-state electrolyte causes degradation of the DSSCs. This study will shed light on the efficiency enhancement and long-term stability of quasi-solid-state DSSCs. PMID:23545782

  19. Application of Eu2O3/ZnO nanoparticles in dye sensitized solar cell

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    Kaur, Manveen; Verma, N. K.

    2013-06-01

    The synthesis of ZnO, Eu2O3 coated ZnO nanoparticles and their application in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been reported. The synthesized samples have been characterized by XRD and the diffraction of crystal plane (222) of Eu2O3 was detected, demonstrating the existence of Eu2O3 on the surface of ZnO3, which has also been verified through EDAX. Compared to ZnO electrodes, Eu2O3 coated ZnO electrodes adsorbed more dye. Eu2O3 coating on ZnO forms an energy barrier, which suppresses the charge recombination. Consequently, the photoelectrochemical properties of the modified electrodes improved and the overall energy conversion efficiency η increased from 0.21% to 0.61% under the illumination of simulated light of 100mW/cm2.

  20. Characterization of Nephelium Lappaceum Peel Extract as a Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Budi Poernomo, Joko; Hidayati Mukaromah, Ana; Widiyandari, Hendri; Marwoto, Putut

    2016-08-01

    The world now is searching for a new renewable alternative energy. Nephelium lappaceum is a popular fruit in Indonesia that contains anthocyanin. Anthocyanin can absorb light on the range of visible light due to its conjugated double bonds. This finding makes Nephelium lappaceum as a potential Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC). The Nephelium lappaceum extract can be taken through extraction technique, called maserasi. The process of developing DSSC material was initiated by preparing TiO2 photoanode using a conventional sintering procedure. It was, then, followed by doping TiO2 on the Fluoride doped tin oxcide (FTO) with resistance value of 10-20 ohm/q. Finally, the electrode counter made of platinum paste was developed by implementing conventional sintering procedure. All of the above process were then continued by the DSSC assembly. In this process, the TiO2 photoanode which has passed the absorption process for 24 hours, was doped on the counter electrode. After doping, the process was stopped by doing electrolyte solution filling into prepared electrode counter holes. In order to characterize the DSSC, a solar simulator connected to a computer was employed. Based on this characterization process, it was found that the maximum value of Voc was 0.29 V, the maximum value of current density was 0.56 mA / cm2, the maximum power was 0.062 mW / cm2 and efficiency of 0.063. Characteristics of Nephelium lappaceum peel extract is one of the DSSC cells using TiO2 as a semiconductor material as a dye sensitizer that can convert light energy into electrical energy.

  1. Efficient p-type dye-sensitized solar cells based on disulfide/thiolate electrolytes

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    Xu, Xiaobao; Zhang, Bingyan; Cui, Jin; Xiong, Dehua; Shen, Yan; Chen, Wei; Sun, Licheng; Cheng, Yibing; Wang, Mingkui

    2013-08-01

    Herein, an organic redox couple 1-methy-1H-tetrazole-5-thiolate (T-) and its disulfide dimer (T2) redox shuttle, as an electrolyte, is introduced in a p-type dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) on the basis of an organic dye (P1) sensitizer and nanocrystal CuCrO2 electrode. Using this iodide-free transparent redox electrolyte in conjunction with the sensitized heterojunction, we achieve a high open-circuit voltage of over 300 mV. An optimal efficiency of 0.23% is obtained using a CoS counter electrode and an optimized electrolyte composition under AM 1.5 G 100 mW cm-2 light illumination which, to the best of our knowledge, represents the highest efficiency that has so far been reported for p-type DSCs using organic redox couples.Herein, an organic redox couple 1-methy-1H-tetrazole-5-thiolate (T-) and its disulfide dimer (T2) redox shuttle, as an electrolyte, is introduced in a p-type dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) on the basis of an organic dye (P1) sensitizer and nanocrystal CuCrO2 electrode. Using this iodide-free transparent redox electrolyte in conjunction with the sensitized heterojunction, we achieve a high open-circuit voltage of over 300 mV. An optimal efficiency of 0.23% is obtained using a CoS counter electrode and an optimized electrolyte composition under AM 1.5 G 100 mW cm-2 light illumination which, to the best of our knowledge, represents the highest efficiency that has so far been reported for p-type DSCs using organic redox couples. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Optimization of electrolyte concentration and the solvent used in the experiment, and the effects of different redox couples and the counter electrode on the dark current. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02169f

  2. Charge separation in solid-state dye-sensitized heterojunction solar cells

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    Bach, U.; Tachibana, Yasuhiro; Moser, J.E.; Haque, S.A.; Durrant, J.R.; Graetzel, M.; Klug, D.R.

    1999-08-18

    Dye-sensitized nanocrystalline solar cells are presently under intensive investigation, as they offer an attractive alternative to conventional p--n junction devices. Solid-state versions have been described where the electrolyte present in the pores of the malodorous oxide film is replaced by a large band gap p-type semiconductor. In this way, a solid-state heterojunction of very large contact area is formed. Light is absorbed by the dye that is located at the interface. Upon excitation, the dye injects electrons into the conduction band of the oxide and is regenerated by hole injection into the p-type conductor. High incident photon-to-electric current conversion efficiencies have been achieved recently with a cell consisting of a dye-derivatized mesoporous TiO{sub 2} film contacted by a new organic hole conductor. The great advantage of such systems with regard to conventional p--n junctions is that only majority carriers are involved in the photoelectric conversion process. Moreover, these are generated by the dye precisely at the site of the junction where the electric field is maximal, enhancing charge separation. Photoelectric conversion by conventional solar cells involves minority carriers whose lifetime is restricted due to recombination. As they are generated throughout the semiconductor and away from the junction, expensive high-purity materials are required in order to maintain the minority carrier diffusion length at a level where current losses are avoided. While the dynamics of photoinduced redo processes in photoelectrochemical systems have been studied in great detail, little is known about the electron-transfer dynamics in solid-state sensitized junctions. Here the authors report for the first time on the direct observation of photoinduced, interfacial charge separation across a dye-sensitized solid-state heterojunction by means of picosecond transient absorption laser spectroscopy.

  3. Ni(III)/(IV) Bis(dicarbollide) as a Fast, Noncorrosive Redox Shuttle for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Li, Tina C.; Spokoyny, Alexander M.; She, Chunxing; Farha, Omar K.; Mirkin, Chad; Marks, Tobin J.; Hupp, Joseph T.

    2010-04-07

    Nickel bis(dicarbollide) is used as a fast, one-electron outer sphere redox couple in dye-sensitized solar cells. Device performances with this anionic shuttle are investigated with different electrolyte concentrations and additives, using only 0.030 M of the Ni(III) bis(dicarbollide) to efficiently regenerate the ruthenium dye. Atomic layer deposition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on the nanoparticulate TiO{sub 2} photoanodes is further used to improve device performances, increasing current densities almost 2-fold and attaining power conversion efficiencies 10× greater than its metallocene analogue, ferrocene/ferrocenium. Open-circuit voltage decay is used to probe the kinetics of the Ni(III)/(IV) bis(dicarbollide) redox couple, and electron interception is found to be 10{sup 3}× slower than ferrocene/ferrocenium, explaining the large discrepancy in open-circuit voltage potentials between these two redox shuttles.

  4. Ni(III)/(IV) Bis(dicarbollide) as a Fast, Noncorrosive Redox Shuttle for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Li, Tina C.; Spokoyny, Alexander M.; Chunxing, She; Farha, Omar K.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Marks, Tobin J.; Hupp, Joseph T.

    2010-01-01

    Nickel bis(dicarbollide) is used as a fast, one-electron outer sphere redox couple in dye-sensitized solar cells. Device performances with this anionic shuttle are investigated with different electrolyte concentrations and additives, using only 0.030 M of the Ni(III) bis(dicarbollide) to efficiently regenerate the ruthenium dye. Atomic layer deposition of Al₂O₃ on the nanoparticulate TiO₂ photoanodes is further used to improve device performances, increasing current densities almost 2-fold and attaining power conversion efficiencies ~10× greater than its metallocene analogue, ferrocene/ferrocenium. Open-circuit voltage decay is used to probe the kinetics of the Ni(III)/(IV) bis(dicarbollide) redox couple, and electron interception is found to be ~10₃× slower than ferrocene/ferrocenium, explaining the large discrepancy in open-circuit voltage potentials between these two redox shuttles.

  5. The Structure-property Relationships of D-π-A BODIPY Dyes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Mao, Mao; Song, Qin-Hua

    2016-04-01

    BODIPY dyes have attracted considerable attention as potential photosensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) owing to their excellent optical properties and facile structural modification. This account focuses on recent advances in the molecular design of D-π-A BODIPY dyes for applications in DSSCs. Special attention has been paid to the structure-property relationships of D-π-A BODIPY dyes for DSSCs. The developmental process in the modified position at the BODIPY core with a donor/acceptor is described. The devices based on 2,6-modified BODIPY dyes exhibit better photovoltaic performance over other modified BODIPY dyes. Meanwhile, the research reveals the correlation of molecular structures (various donor chromophores, extended units, molecular frameworks, and long alkyl groups) with their photophysical and electrochemical properties and relates it to their performance in DSSCs. The structure-property relationships give valuable information and guidelines for designing new D-π-A BODIPY dyes for DSSCs. PMID:26846846

  6. Interaction of YD2 and TiO₂ in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs): a density functional theory study.

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    Mendizabal, Fernando; Lopéz, Alfredo; Arratia-Pérez, Ramiro; Inostroza, Natalia; Linares-Flores, Cristian

    2015-09-01

    The interaction of the dye YD2 with a cluster of (anatase-phase) TiO2 (which is utilized in dye-sensitized solar cells, DSSCs) and electron injection by the dye into the cluster were studied by performing density functional theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP, PBE, and TPSS levels of theory, including dispersion effects. We studied and quantified the interaction of the metallomacrocycle with the TiO2 cluster and the electronic spectrum of the complex. TDDFT calculations using the B3LYP functional were found to be the most suitable for describing the observed absorption energy bands of YD2 and YD2-TiO2. Our calculations show that the diarylamino groups act as electron donors in the photon-induced injection that occurs in DSSCs. The free-energy changes that take place during electron injection support the good performance of YD2 on TiO2 clusters.

  7. The Structure-property Relationships of D-π-A BODIPY Dyes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Mao, Mao; Song, Qin-Hua

    2016-04-01

    BODIPY dyes have attracted considerable attention as potential photosensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) owing to their excellent optical properties and facile structural modification. This account focuses on recent advances in the molecular design of D-π-A BODIPY dyes for applications in DSSCs. Special attention has been paid to the structure-property relationships of D-π-A BODIPY dyes for DSSCs. The developmental process in the modified position at the BODIPY core with a donor/acceptor is described. The devices based on 2,6-modified BODIPY dyes exhibit better photovoltaic performance over other modified BODIPY dyes. Meanwhile, the research reveals the correlation of molecular structures (various donor chromophores, extended units, molecular frameworks, and long alkyl groups) with their photophysical and electrochemical properties and relates it to their performance in DSSCs. The structure-property relationships give valuable information and guidelines for designing new D-π-A BODIPY dyes for DSSCs.

  8. "Sticky electrons" transport and interfacial transfer of electrons in the dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Peter, Laurence

    2009-11-17

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs, also known as Gratzel cells) mimic the photosynthetic process by using a sensitizer dye to harvest light energy to generate electrical power. Several functional features of these photochemical devices are unusual, and DSC research offers a rewarding arena in which to test new ideas, new materials, and new methodologies. Indeed, one of the most attractive chemical features of the DSC is that the basic concept can be used to construct a range of devices, replacing individual components with alternative materials. Despite two decades of increasing research activity, however, many aspects of the behavior of electrons in the DSC remain puzzling. In this Account, we highlight current understanding of the processes involved in the functioning of the DSC, with particular emphasis on what happens to the electrons in the mesoporous film following the injection step. The collection of photoinjected electrons appears to involve a random walk process in which electrons move through the network of interconnected titanium dioxide nanoparticles while undergoing frequent trapping and detrapping. During their passage to the cell contact, electrons may be lost by transfer to tri-iodide species in the redox electrolyte that permeates the mesoporous film. Competition between electron collection and back electron transfer determines the performance of a DSC: ideally, all injected electrons should be collected without loss. This Account then goes on to survey recent experimental and theoretical progress in the field, placing particular emphasis on issues that need to be resolved before we can gain a clear picture of how the DSC works. Several important questions about the behavior of "sticky" electrons, those that undergo multiple trapping and detrapping, in the DSC remain unanswered. The most fundamental of these concerns is the nature of the electron traps that appear to dominate the time-dependent photocurrent and photovoltage response of DSCs. The

  9. Pomegranate leaves and mulberry fruit as natural sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Chang, Ho; Lo, Yu-Jen

    2010-10-15

    This study employs chlorophyll extract from pomegranate leaf and anthocyanin extract from mulberry fruit as the natural dyes for a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). A self-developed nanofluid synthesis system is employed to prepare TiO{sub 2} nanofluid with an average particle size of 25 nm. Electrophoresis deposition was performed to deposit TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles on the indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive glass, forming a TiO{sub 2} thin film with the thickness of 11 {mu}m. Furthermore, this TiO{sub 2} thin film was sintered at 450 C to enhance the thin film compactness. Sputtering was used to prepare counter electrode by depositing Pt thin film on FTO glass at a thickness of 20 nm. The electrodes, electrolyte (I{sub 3}{sup -}), and dyes were assembled into a cell module and illuminated by a light source simulating AM 1.5 with a light strength of 100 mW/cm{sup 2} to measure the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the prepared DSSCs. According to experimental results, the conversion efficiency of the DSSCs prepared by chlorophyll dyes from pomegranate leaf extract is 0.597%, with open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}) of 0.56 V, short-circuit current density (J{sub SC}) of 2.05 mA/cm{sup 2}, and fill factor (FF) of 0.52. The conversion efficiency of the DSSCs prepared by anthocyanin dyes from mulberry extract is 0.548%, with V{sub OC} of 0.555 V and J{sub SC} of 1.89 mA/cm{sup 2} and FF of 0.53. The conversion efficiency is 0.722% for chlorophyll and anthocyanin as the dye mixture, with V{sub OC} of 0.53 V, J{sub SC} of 2.8 mA/cm{sup 2}, and FF of 0.49. (author)

  10. Dye sensitized photovoltaic miniaturized solar cells, used as optical sensors for line of sight detection

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    Cesar, Cortes Torres Carlos; Sampei, Kota; Miho, Ogawa; Masataka, Ozawa; Norihisa, Miki

    2014-11-01

    Dye sensitized photovoltaic devices have been studied as transparent and low-cost solar cells. Our group have miniaturized the cells and used them as transparent optical sensors. This paper reports the design and fabrication of the cells and avoids the cross talk among cells, which was found recently and such effect provokes hardware instability. We use these optical sensors as an eye tracking device. The sensor array detects the difference in the intensity of light reflected from the pupil and the sclera and then determines the pupil position. Each sensor consists of two electrodes and electrolyte; hence our device conformed by only four semi-circular shaped sensors on eyeglasses can detect the view angle in both horizontal and vertical directions. Manufacturing process gives us freedom to easily re-arrange, add or remove sensors. In our prior work we had good performance in stand-alone configuration. We used specialized equipment from National Instruments for our measurements. However we found that: A cell is not 100% independent from the others, is affected by the absence or presence of light at the neighbour cells. When our device is connected to other electronic devices (for data processing), all cells have the same voltage among them; therefore, all cells behave the same way when any of them is affected by light. The root cause is, due to all sensors were interconnected via a micro channel and filled with electrolyte, due to its conductive properties, electrolyte does neither need electrodes nor physical paths to conduct electricity, so it creates a liquid wire between sensors, hence the gap between them become inexistent, consequently when our device is connected to other electronic devices, due to this unique channel and by sharing a common electronic ground, this connection provokes the voltage to be the same among all sensors in the array. Our device becomes four separate voltage lines in a parallel circuit. The device was also in short circuit provoked

  11. Preparation of flexible TiO2 photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Wen-Ren; Wang, Hsiu-Hsuan; Lin, Chia-Feng; Su, Chaochin

    2014-09-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on nanocrystalline TiO2 photoelectrodes on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated polymer substrates have drawn great attention due to its lightweight, flexibility and advantages in commercial applications. However, the thermal instability of polymer substrates limits the process temperature to below 150 °C. In order to assure high and firm interparticle connection between TiO2 nanocrystals (TiO2-NC) and polymer substrates, the post-treatment of flexible TiO2 photoelectrodes (F-TiO2-PE) by mechanical compression was employed. In this work, Degussa P25 TiO2-NC was mixed with tert-butyl alcohol and DI-water to form TiO2 paste. F-TiO2-PE was then prepared by coating the TiO2 paste onto ITO coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate using doctor blade followed by low temperature sintering at 120 °C for 2 hours. To study the effect of mechanical compression, we applied 50 and 100 kg/cm2 pressure on TiO2/PET to complete the fabrication of F-TiO2-PE. The surface morphology of F-TiO2-PE was characterized using scanning electron microscopy. The resultant F-TiO2-PE sample exhibited a smooth, crack-free structure indicating the great improvement in the interparticle connection of TiO2-NC. Increase of compression pressure could lead to the increase of DSSC photoconversion efficiency. The best photoconversion efficiency of 4.19 % (open circuit voltage (Voc) = 0.79 V, short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) = 7.75 mA/cm2, fill factor (FF) = 0.68) was obtained for the F-TiO2-PE device, which showed great enhancement compared with the F-TiO2-PE cell without compression treatment. The effect of compression in DSSC performance was vindicated by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement.

  12. Ultrafast and slow charge recombination dynamics of diketopyrrolopyrrole-NiO dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Lei; Favereau, Ludovic; Farré, Yoann; Mijangos, Edgar; Pellegrin, Yann; Blart, Errol; Odobel, Fabrice; Hammarström, Leif

    2016-07-21

    In a photophysical study, two diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based sensitizers functionalized with 4-thiophenecarboxylic acid as an anchoring group and a bromo (DPPBr) or dicyanovinyl (DPPCN2) group, and a dyad consisting of a DPP unit linked to a naphthalenediimide group (DPP-NDI), were investigated both in solution and grafted on mesoporous NiO films. Femtosecond transient absorption measurements indicate that ultrafast hole injection occurred predominantly on a timescale of ∼200 fs, whereas the subsequent charge recombination occurred on a surprisingly wide range of timescales, from tens of ps to tens of μs; this kinetic heterogeneity is much greater than is typically observed for dye-sensitized TiO2 or ZnO. Also, in contrast to what is typically observed for dye-sensitized TiO2, there was no significant dependence on the excitation power of the recombination kinetics, which can be explained by the hole density being comparatively higher near the valence band of NiO before excitation. The additional acceptor group in DPP-NDI provided a rapid electron shift and stabilized charge separation up to the μs timescale. This enabled efficient (∼95%) regeneration of NDI by a Co(III)(dtb)3 electrolyte (dtb = 4,4'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-bipyridine), according to transient absorption measurements. The regeneration of DPPBr and DPPCN2 by Co(III)(dtb)3 was instead inefficient, as most recombination for these dyes occurred on the sub-ns timescale. The transient spectroscopy data thus corroborated the trend of the published photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on these dyes on mesoporous NiO, and show the potential of a design strategy with a secondary acceptor bound to the dye. The study identifies rapid initial recombination between the dye and NiO as the main obstacle to obtaining high efficiencies in NiO-based DSSCs; these recombination components may be overlooked when studies are conducted using only methods with ns resolution or slower. PMID

  13. Performance improvement of gel- and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by utilization the blending effect of poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluropropylene) and poly (acrylonitrile-co-vinyl acetate) co-polymers

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    Venkatesan, Shanmugam; Obadja, Nesia; Chang, Ting-Wei; Chen, Li-Tung; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2014-12-01

    Poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) and poly (acrylonitrile-co-vinyl acetate) (PAN-VA) are used as gelator to prepare gel- and solid-state polymer electrolytes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) applications. The electrolytes prepared using PVDF-HFP have higher conductivities than those prepared using PAN-VA. In blended polymers, the conductivities of the electrolytes increase with increasing composition of PVDF-HFP; at 75% PVDF-HFP, conductivity of the blended polymer surpassed that of pure polymers. It is also found that the viscosity of the electrolyte prepared by PAN-VA (1.2 kPaS) is much lower than that by PVDF-HFP (11 kPaS). Therefore, increasing PAN-VA composition can decrease the viscosity of the electrolyte, improving the penetration of electrolytes in the TiO2 matrix. By controlling the ratio of PVDF-HFP/PAN-VA, the conductivity and viscosity of the electrolyte can be regulated and an optimal ratio based on the conversion efficiency of the gel- and solid state DSSCs is obtained at the ratio of 3/1. The highest efficiency achieved by the gel- and solid-state cells using the blending polymers are 6.3% and 4.88%, respectively, which are higher than those prepared using pure polymers (5.53% and 4.56%, respectively). The introduction of TiO2 fillers to the solid electrolyte can further increase the cell efficiency to 5.34%.

  14. Sonochemical method for synthesizing Co3O4/graphene nanocomposites for use as counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar Cells

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    Kamar, E. M.; Reda, S. M.

    2016-07-01

    Co3O4/graphene nanocomposites were synthesized via sonochemical method, and its application as a counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was demonstrated. The prepared Co3O4/graphene nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The results of SEM showed that Co3O4 nanoparticles deposited on the graphene sheets as spacers to keep the neighboring sheets separated. The Co3O4 have diameters ranging from 16 to 43 nm. The influence of the Co3O4 content on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cell was investigated. It was found that the performances of Co3O4/graphene composites are better than that of graphene-based DSSCs. The Co3O4/graphene composite CE with 80 % Co3O4 content exhibits the best conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.1 %.

  15. Pigments from UV-resistant Antarctic bacteria as photosensitizers in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Órdenes-Aenishanslins, N; Anziani-Ostuni, G; Vargas-Reyes, M; Alarcón, J; Tello, A; Pérez-Donoso, J M

    2016-09-01

    Here we report the use of pigments produced by UV-resistant Antarctic bacteria as photosensitizers in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs). Pigments were obtained from red and yellow colored psychrotolerant bacteria isolated from soils of King George Island, Antarctica. Based on metabolic characteristics and 16s DNA sequence, pigmented bacteria were identified as Hymenobacter sp. (red) and Chryseobacterium sp. (yellow). Pigments produced by these microorganisms were extracted and classified as carotenoids based on their spectroscopic and structural characteristics, determined by UV-Vis spectrophotometry and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), respectively. With the purpose of develop green solar cells based on bacterial pigments, the photostability and capacity of these molecules as light harvesters in DSSCs were determined. Absorbance decay assays determined that bacterial carotenoids present high photostability. In addition, solar cells based on these photosensitizers exhibit an open circuit voltage (VOC) of 435.0 [mV] and a short circuit current density (ISC) of 0.2 [mA·cm(-2)] for the red pigment, and a VOC of 548.8 [mV] and a ISC of 0.13 [mA·cm(-2)] for the yellow pigment. This work constitutes the first approximation of the use of pigments produced by non-photosynthetic bacteria as photosensitizers in DSSCs. Determined photochemical characteristics of bacterial pigments, summed to their easy obtention and low costs, validates its application as photosensitizers in next-generation biological solar cells.

  16. Pigments from UV-resistant Antarctic bacteria as photosensitizers in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Órdenes-Aenishanslins, N; Anziani-Ostuni, G; Vargas-Reyes, M; Alarcón, J; Tello, A; Pérez-Donoso, J M

    2016-09-01

    Here we report the use of pigments produced by UV-resistant Antarctic bacteria as photosensitizers in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs). Pigments were obtained from red and yellow colored psychrotolerant bacteria isolated from soils of King George Island, Antarctica. Based on metabolic characteristics and 16s DNA sequence, pigmented bacteria were identified as Hymenobacter sp. (red) and Chryseobacterium sp. (yellow). Pigments produced by these microorganisms were extracted and classified as carotenoids based on their spectroscopic and structural characteristics, determined by UV-Vis spectrophotometry and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), respectively. With the purpose of develop green solar cells based on bacterial pigments, the photostability and capacity of these molecules as light harvesters in DSSCs were determined. Absorbance decay assays determined that bacterial carotenoids present high photostability. In addition, solar cells based on these photosensitizers exhibit an open circuit voltage (VOC) of 435.0 [mV] and a short circuit current density (ISC) of 0.2 [mA·cm(-2)] for the red pigment, and a VOC of 548.8 [mV] and a ISC of 0.13 [mA·cm(-2)] for the yellow pigment. This work constitutes the first approximation of the use of pigments produced by non-photosynthetic bacteria as photosensitizers in DSSCs. Determined photochemical characteristics of bacterial pigments, summed to their easy obtention and low costs, validates its application as photosensitizers in next-generation biological solar cells. PMID:27508881

  17. Fabrications and characterizations of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with sol-gel derived gel electrolytes

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    Sukmawati Arsyad, Wa Ode; Pujiarti, Herlin; Tola, Pardi Sampe; Herman, Hidayat, Rahmat

    2013-09-01

    Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) have been fabricated by using sol-gel derived polymer gel electrolytes incorporating imidazolium ionic liquid. Two kinds of polymer gel electrolytes have been prepared. The first one is composed of siloxane polymer only, while the second one is composed of blend of siloxane and ethylene glycol polymers. The fabricated DSSC have the same structure configuration, namely ITO/Ti:ZnO/TiO2/Ru-dye/gelelectrolyte/Pt/ITO. DSSCs with the second type of gel electrolyte were found to exhibit much better photovoltaic performance in comparison to those with the first type of gel electrolyte. This fact is in agreement with the results from impedance spectroscopy measurements, which indicate more facile charge transfer process and much smaller ionic polarizations in the cell with the second type of gel electrolyte.

  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.

  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. Ytterbium oxide nanodots via block copolymer self-assembly and their efficacy to dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Park, Kwang-Won; Ahn, Sungwoo; Lim, Sung-Hwan; Jin, Ming Hao; Song, Jeemin; Yun, Seung-Young; Kim, Hyeon Mo; Kim, Gi Jeong; Ok, Kang Min; Hong, Jongin

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we develop a novel phosphor, Yb2O3, to be used as the spectral converter in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) for the efficient capture of ultraviolet light via down-conversion. These zero-dimensional nanodots with a high refractive index also allow more light to be trapped and can prevent charge recombination at the interfaces in the DSSCs. Compared to DSSCs without the nanodots, the DSSCs fabricated with the Yb2O3 nanodots exhibits higher power-conversion efficiencies for both the N719 (10.5%) and CSD-01 (20.5%) dyes. The multifunctionality of the Yb2O3 nanodots provides a new route for improving the performance of DSSCs.

  1. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells from covalent-bonded polyaniline-multiwalled carbon nanotube complex counter electrodes

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

    2015-02-01

    Exploration of cost-effective counter electrodes (CEs) and enhancement of power conversion efficiency have been two persistent objectives for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In the current work, polyaniline-multiwalled carbon nanotube (PANi-MWCNT) complexes are synthesized by a reflux method and employed as CE materials for bifacial DSSCs. Owing to the high optical transparency of PANi-MWCNT complex CE, the incident light from rear side can compensate for the incident light from TiO2 anode. The charge-transfer ability and electrochemical behaviors demonstrate the potential utilization of PANi-MWCNT complex CEs in robust bifacial DSSCs. The electrochemical properties as well as photovoltaic performances are optimized by adjusting MWCNT dosages. A maximum power conversion efficiency of 9.24% is recorded from the bifacial DSSC employing PANi-8 wt‰ MWCNT complex CE for both irradiation, which is better than 8.08% from pure PANi CE.

  2. Effect of incorporation of reduced graphene oxide on ZnO-based dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Song, Jun-Ling; Wang, Xiu

    2016-07-01

    Here, we demonstrate a facile method to improve the cell performance of ZnO-based dye sensitized solar cell by incorporating different amount of reduced graphene oxide (rGO). Overall photo-to-current conversion-efficiency (PCE) of the device 3 with 0.75 mL rGO exhibits a 1.3 times improvement compared to bare ZnO. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements show that the enhancement could be attributed to the improvement of electron transport/injection and the decrease of the charge recombination in the device, which arise from the formation of rGO-based Schottky junction in ZnO-photoanode.

  3. Gd-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles - A novel material for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lotey, Gurmeet Singh; Verma, N. K.

    2013-06-01

    This communication reports a novel idea on dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fabricated using Gd-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles with particle size between 26 and 30 nm. The effect of Gd-doping and smaller size of synthesized nanoparticles on the structural, morphological, optical and photo-electrochemical properties have been investigated. The high energy-conversion efficiency, 3.85%, has been achieved for 12% Gd-doped BiFeO3 DSSCs, which is more than 100% higher than the undoped BiFeO3. The possible origin of the observed performance of DSSCs has been explained on the basis of smaller size of the synthesized nanoparticles, doping of Gd and structural transformation with doping in BiFeO3.

  4. 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

  5. Effects of heat treatment on the dye adsorption of ZnO nanorods for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yun, Won Suk; Choi, Seok Cheol; Sohn, Sang Ho; Oh, Sang Jin

    2012-11-01

    Well-aligned ZnO nanorods for the photoelectrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were grown via a sonochemical method, and the heat-treatment effects on the dye adsorption in the DSSCs were studied. The heat treatment of well-aligned ZnO nanorods was performed at 200 ˜ 500 °C for 1 h, which was immediately followed by the dye adsorption. The dye amounts adsorbed in the ZnO nanorods were estimated from the UV-Vis absorbance by using Beer-Lambert's law. The efficiency of the DSSCs with ZnO nanorods was measured to investigate the heat-treatment effects of ZnO nanorods on the dye adsorption properties. The heat-treatment of ZnO nanorods was found to yield a change in their dye adsorption ability, resulting in a change in the efficiency of the DSSCs.

  6. Enhancing the photoelectric conversion of dye-sensitized solar cell via nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline titania electrode.

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    Cheng, Ping; Lan, Tian; Yang, Haijun; Wang, Wanjun; Wu, Haixia; Deng, Changsheng; Dai, Xiaming; Guo, Shouwu

    2010-11-01

    A high efficient dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) was fabricated using nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline titania(TiO2) photoanode. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), zeta potentials, nitrogen adsorption-desorption and elemental analysis experiments were employed to characterize the nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline TiO2 photoanode. An obvious enhancement of the optical absorption in the range of 380-550 nm was observed for nitrogen-doped TiO2, which was attributed to both the substitutional N and the chemisorbed N2 molecules. A conversion efficiency of 9.04% was obtained on the DSC based on nitrogen-doped TiO2 photoanode annealed in a flow of NH3 at 550 degrees C, with an increase of 15.6% improvement in comparison with pure TiO2 (7.82%). The mechanism for the enhanced photovoltaic performance was discussed.

  7. Mesoporous nitrogen-doped TiO2 sphere applied for quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell

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    2011-01-01

    A mesoscopic nitrogen-doped TiO2 sphere has been developed for a quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell [DSSC]. Compared with the undoped TiO2 sphere, the quasi-solid-state DSSC based on the nitrogen-doped TiO2 sphere shows more excellent photovoltaic performance. The photoelectrochemistry of electrodes based on nitrogen-doped and undoped TiO2 spheres was characterized with Mott-Schottky analysis, intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, which indicated that both the quasi-Fermi level and the charge transport of the photoelectrode were improved after being doped with nitrogen. As a result, a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 6.01% was obtained for the quasi-solid-state DSSC. PMID:22115421

  8. Novel near-infrared carboxylated 1,3-indandione sensitizers for highly efficient flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Shibayama, Naoyuki; Inoue, Yukiko; Abe, Masahiro; Kajiyama, Shingo; Ozawa, Hironobu; Miura, Hidetoshi; Arakawa, Hironori

    2015-08-18

    Three novel metal-free organic dyes (DN458, DN475 and DN484) were designed for use in plastic-substrate dye-sensitized solar cells (PDSCs). The photoelectric conversion region of DN475 was successfully expanded into the near-infrared region. As a result, an energy conversion efficiency of 5.76% was achieved.

  9. In situ growth of a MoSe2/Mo counter electrode for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Haijie; Xie, Yian; Cui, Houlei; Zhao, Wei; Zhu, Xiaolong; Wang, Yaoming; Lü, Xujie; Huang, Fuqiang

    2014-05-01

    A facile and economical MoSe2/Mo structure was in situ prepared to replace the currently preferred expensive Pt and FTO counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells. A power conversion efficiency of 8.13% was achieved, which is comparable to that with Pt-sputtered FTO electrode (8.06%).

  10. Novel near-infrared carboxylated 1,3-indandione sensitizers for highly efficient flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Shibayama, Naoyuki; Inoue, Yukiko; Abe, Masahiro; Kajiyama, Shingo; Ozawa, Hironobu; Miura, Hidetoshi; Arakawa, Hironori

    2015-08-18

    Three novel metal-free organic dyes (DN458, DN475 and DN484) were designed for use in plastic-substrate dye-sensitized solar cells (PDSCs). The photoelectric conversion region of DN475 was successfully expanded into the near-infrared region. As a result, an energy conversion efficiency of 5.76% was achieved. PMID:26166712

  11. Cyanomethylbenzoic acid: an acceptor for donor-π-acceptor chromophores used in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Xiang, Wanchun; Gupta, Akhil; Kashif, Muhammad Kalim; Duffy, Noel; Bilic, Ante; Evans, Richard A; Spiccia, Leone; Bach, Udo

    2013-02-01

    Sensing the sun: Incorporation of a cyanomethyl benzoic acid electron acceptor into donor-π-acceptor sensitizers for dye-sensitized-solar cell is shown to lead to devices with improved conversion efficiency when compared with more widely used cyanoacetic acid acceptor.

  12. Enhanced photoconversion efficiency of all-flexible dye-sensitized solar cells based on a Ti substrate with TiO₂ nanoforest underlayer.

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    An, Jiang; Guo, Wei; Ma, Tingli

    2012-11-19

    An easily prepared TiO2 nanoforest underlayer improves the photovoltaic performance of Ti substrate-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A high photoconversion efficiency of 8.46% is reached, which is almost 2.5 times that of the DSSCs without surface treatment of the flexible substrates. The nanoforest underlayer increases both the surface roughness of the substrate and the electrical contact between the Ti substrate and the screen-printed TiO2 nanoparticles.

  13. Improved solar efficiency by introducing graphene oxide in purple cabbage dye sensitized TiO2 based solar cell

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    Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; Gupta, R. K.; Kahol, P. K.; Wageh, S.; Al-Turki, Y. A.; El Shirbeeny, W.; Yakuphanoglu, F.

    2014-04-01

    Natural dye extracted from purple cabbage was used for fabrication of TiO2 dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The effect of light intensity on the solar efficiency of the device was investigated. It was observed that the efficiency of the DSSC increases with increasing the light intensity e.g. the efficiency of the solar cell increases from 0.013±0.002% to 0.150±0.020% by increase in light intensity from 30 to 100 mW/cm2, respectively. The solar efficiency of the natural dye used in this research was compared with commercial dye (N 719) under similar experimental conditions and observed that the natural (purple cabbage) dye has higher efficiency (0.150±0.020%) than N 719 (0.078±0.002%). It was further evaluated that the efficiency of the fabricated solar cell could improve by incorporating graphene oxide. The efficiency of the TiO2 dye-sensitized solar cell was found to increase from 0.150±0.020% to 0.361±0.009% by incorporating graphene oxide into purple cabbage dye.

  14. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells with enhanced rear efficiency and power output

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    Cai, Hongyuan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Li, Ru; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-11-01

    Pursuing a high power conversion efficiency with no sacrifice of cost-effectiveness has been a persistent objective for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). One promising solution to this impasse is increased light harvesting. Previous efforts in light harvesting have been made on setting blocking layers or reflecting layers, or adding a light harvester, resulting in tedious procedures without reducing the expenses. We present a mild solution strategy for synthesizing transparent Ru-Se alloy counter electrodes (CEs) for bifacial DSSC applications, displaying optimal front and rear efficiencies of 8.76% and 5.90%, respectively. In comparison with pristine Pt-based solar cells, the maximum power output has also been markedly enhanced. Moreover, fast start-up, high multiple start capability, and good stability are observed in the bifacial DSSCs with transparent Ru-Se binary alloy electrodes. The impressive efficiencies along with simple preparation of the cost-effective Ru-Se alloy CEs demonstrates their potential application in robust DSSCs.Pursuing a high power conversion efficiency with no sacrifice of cost-effectiveness has been a persistent objective for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). One promising solution to this impasse is increased light harvesting. Previous efforts in light harvesting have been made on setting blocking layers or reflecting layers, or adding a light harvester, resulting in tedious procedures without reducing the expenses. We present a mild solution strategy for synthesizing transparent Ru-Se alloy counter electrodes (CEs) for bifacial DSSC applications, displaying optimal front and rear efficiencies of 8.76% and 5.90%, respectively. In comparison with pristine Pt-based solar cells, the maximum power output has also been markedly enhanced. Moreover, fast start-up, high multiple start capability, and good stability are observed in the bifacial DSSCs with transparent Ru-Se binary alloy electrodes. The impressive efficiencies along with

  15. Spectral splitting photovoltaics using perovskite and wideband dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kinoshita, Takumi; Nonomura, Kazuteru; Jeon, Nam Joong; Giordano, Fabrizio; Abate, Antonio; Uchida, Satoshi; Kubo, Takaya; Seok, Sang Il; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Hagfeldt, Anders; Grätzel, Michael; Segawa, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The extension of the light absorption of photovoltaics into the near-infrared region is important to increase the energy conversion efficiency. Although the progress of the lead halide perovskite solar cells is remarkable, and high conversion efficiency of >20% has been reached, their absorption limit on the long-wavelength side is ∼800 nm. To further enhance the conversion efficiency of perovskite-based photovoltaics, a hybridized system with near-infrared photovoltaics is a useful approach. Here we report a panchromatic sensitizer, coded DX3, that exhibits a broad response into the near-infrared, up to ∼1100 nm, and a photocurrent density exceeding 30 mA cm(-2) in simulated air mass 1.5 standard solar radiation. Using the DX3-based dye-sensitized solar cell in conjunction with a perovskite cell that harvests visible light, the hybridized mesoscopic photovoltaics achieved a conversion efficiency of 21.5% using a system of spectral splitting.

  16. Higher Efficiency for Quasi-Solid State Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Under Low Light Irradiance

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    Desilva, Ajith; Bandara, T. M. W. J.; Fernado, H. D. N. S.; Fernando, P. S. L.; Dissanayake, M. A. K. L.; Jayasundara, W. J. M. J. S. R.; Furlani, M.; Mellander, B.-E.

    2014-03-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), lower cost solar energy conversion devices are alternative green energy source. The liquid based electrolyte DSSCs have higher efficiencies with many practical issues while the quasi-solid-state DSSCs resolve the key problems but efficiencies are relatively low. Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) based gel polymer electrolytes were fabricated as DSSCs by incorporating ethylene carbonate and propylene carbonate plasticizers and tetrapropylammonium iodide salt. A thin layer of electrolyte was sandwiched between the TiO2 anode (sensitized with N719 dye) and the Pt counter electrode. The electrolyte had an ionic conductivity of 2.6 mS/cm at 25 degrees of Celsius. DSSCs incorporating this gel electrolyte revealed Vsc circuit, Jsc, fill factor (FF) and efficiency values of 0.71 V, 11.8 mA, 51 percent and 4.2 percent respectively under 1 sun irradiation. The efficiency of the cell increased with decreasing solar irradiance achieving up to 10 percent efficiency and 80 percent FF at low irradiance values. This work uncovers that quasi-solid state DSSCs can reach efficiencies close to that of liquid electrolytes based cells.

  17. Spectral splitting photovoltaics using perovskite and wideband dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kinoshita, Takumi; Nonomura, Kazuteru; Joong Jeon, Nam; Giordano, Fabrizio; Abate, Antonio; Uchida, Satoshi; Kubo, Takaya; Seok, Sang Il; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Hagfeldt, Anders; Grätzel, Michael; Segawa, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The extension of the light absorption of photovoltaics into the near-infrared region is important to increase the energy conversion efficiency. Although the progress of the lead halide perovskite solar cells is remarkable, and high conversion efficiency of >20% has been reached, their absorption limit on the long-wavelength side is ∼800 nm. To further enhance the conversion efficiency of perovskite-based photovoltaics, a hybridized system with near-infrared photovoltaics is a useful approach. Here we report a panchromatic sensitizer, coded DX3, that exhibits a broad response into the near-infrared, up to ∼1100 nm, and a photocurrent density exceeding 30 mA cm−2 in simulated air mass 1.5 standard solar radiation. Using the DX3-based dye-sensitized solar cell in conjunction with a perovskite cell that harvests visible light, the hybridized mesoscopic photovoltaics achieved a conversion efficiency of 21.5% using a system of spectral splitting. PMID:26538097

  18. Anthracene/phenothiazine π-conjugated sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells using redox mediator in organic and water-based solvents.

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    Lin, Ryan Yeh-Yung; Chuang, Tzu-Man; Wu, Feng-Ling; Chen, Pei-Yu; Chu, Te-Chun; Ni, Jen-Shyang; Fan, Miao-Syuan; Lo, Yih-Hsing; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Lin, Jiann T

    2015-01-01

    Metal-free dyes (MD1 to MD5) containing an anthracene/phenothiazine unit in the spacer have been synthesized. The conversion efficiency (7.13 %) of the dye-sensitized solar cell using MD3 as the sensitizer reached approximately 85 % of the N719-based standard cell (8.47 %). The cell efficiency (8.42 %) of MD3-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with addition of chenodeoxycholic acid is comparable with that of N719-based standard cell. The MD3 water-based DSSCs using a dual-TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-N-oxyl)/iodide electrolyte exhibited very promising cell performance of 4.96 % with an excellent Voc of 0.77 V.

  19. Facile realization of efficient blocking from ZnO/TiO2 mismatch interface in dye-sensitized solar cells and precise microscopic modeling adapted by circuit analysis

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    Ameri, Mohsen; Samavat, Feridoun; Mohajerani, Ezeddin; Fathollahi, Mohammad-Reza

    2016-06-01

    In the present research, the effect of \\text{ZnO} -based blocking layers on the operational features of \\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} -based dye-sensitized solar cells is investigated. A facile solution-based coating method is applied to prepare an interfacial highly transparent \\text{ZnO} compact blocking layer (CBL) to enhance the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells. Different precursor molar concentration were tested to find the optimum concentration. Optical and electrical measurements were carried out to confirm the operation of the CBLs. Morphological characterizations were performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate the structure of the compact layers. We have also developed a set of modeling procedures to extract the effective electrical parameters including the parasitic resistances and charged carrier profiles to investigate the effect of CBLs on the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) performance. The adopted modeling approach should establish a versatile framework for diagnosis of DSSCs and facilitates the exploration of critical factors influencing device performance.

  20. Design of hybrid nanoheterostructure systems for enhanced quantum and solar conversion efficiencies in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kılıç, Bayram E-mail: kbayramkilic@gmail.com; Telli, Hakan; Başaran, Ali; Pirge, Gursev; Tüzemen, Sebahattin

    2015-04-07

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with an innovative design involving controlled-morphology vertically aligned (VA) ZnO nanowires within mesoporous TiO{sub 2} structures with ultrahigh surface area for implementation as photoanodes are herein reported. Although TiO{sub 2} nanostructures exhibit excellent power conversion efficiency, the electron transport rate is low owing to low electron mobility. To overcome this, ZnO nanowires with high electron mobility have been investigated as potential candidates for photoanodes. However, the power conversion efficiency of ZnO nanowires is still lower than that of TiO{sub 2} owing to their low internal surface area. Consequently, in this work, vertical growth of ZnO nanowires within mesoporous TiO{sub 2} structures is carried out to increase their solar power conversion efficiency. The photovoltaic performance of solar cells using ZnO nanowires, mesoporous TiO{sub 2}, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO hybrid structures are compared. The VA TiO{sub 2}/ZnO hybrid structures are found to provide direct electron transfer compared with the tortuous pathway of zero-dimensional nanostructures, resulting in an increased conversion efficiency. It is demonstrated that the light scattering of the photoanode film is increased and electron recombination is decreased when an appropriate amount of mesoporous TiO{sub 2} is used as a substrate for ZnO nanowires. The DSSC fabricated with the TiO{sub 2}/ZnO hybrid photoanode prepared with 15.8 wt. % TiO{sub 2} showed the highest conversion efficiency of 7.30%, approximately 5%, 18%, and 40% higher than that of DSSCs fabricated with 3.99 wt. % TiO{sub 2}, pure TiO{sub 2}, and pure ZnO photoanodes, respectively.

  1. Design of hybrid nanoheterostructure systems for enhanced quantum and solar conversion efficiencies in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kılıç, Bayram; Telli, Hakan; Tüzemen, Sebahattin; Başaran, Ali; Pirge, Gursev

    2015-04-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with an innovative design involving controlled-morphology vertically aligned (VA) ZnO nanowires within mesoporous TiO2 structures with ultrahigh surface area for implementation as photoanodes are herein reported. Although TiO2 nanostructures exhibit excellent power conversion efficiency, the electron transport rate is low owing to low electron mobility. To overcome this, ZnO nanowires with high electron mobility have been investigated as potential candidates for photoanodes. However, the power conversion efficiency of ZnO nanowires is still lower than that of TiO2 owing to their low internal surface area. Consequently, in this work, vertical growth of ZnO nanowires within mesoporous TiO2 structures is carried out to increase their solar power conversion efficiency. The photovoltaic performance of solar cells using ZnO nanowires, mesoporous TiO2, and TiO2/ZnO hybrid structures are compared. The VA TiO2/ZnO hybrid structures are found to provide direct electron transfer compared with the tortuous pathway of zero-dimensional nanostructures, resulting in an increased conversion efficiency. It is demonstrated that the light scattering of the photoanode film is increased and electron recombination is decreased when an appropriate amount of mesoporous TiO2 is used as a substrate for ZnO nanowires. The DSSC fabricated with the TiO2/ZnO hybrid photoanode prepared with 15.8 wt. % TiO2 showed the highest conversion efficiency of 7.30%, approximately 5%, 18%, and 40% higher than that of DSSCs fabricated with 3.99 wt. % TiO2, pure TiO2, and pure ZnO photoanodes, respectively.

  2. Anatase TiO(2) nanosheets with exposed (001) facets: improved photoelectric conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yu, Jiaguo; Fan, Jiajie; Lv, Kangle

    2010-10-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are fabricated based on anatase TiO(2) nanosheets (TiO(2)-NSs) with exposed {001} facets, which were obtained by a simple one-pot hydrothermal route using HF as a morphology controlling agent and Ti(OC(4)H(9))(4) as precursor. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and N(2) adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photoelectric conversion performances of TiO(2)-NSs solar cells are also compared with TiO(2) nanoparticles (TiO(2)-NPs) and commercial-grade Degussa P25 TiO(2) nanoparticle (P25) solar cells at the same film thickness, and their photoelectric conversion efficiencies (η) are 4.56, 4.24 and 3.64%, respectively. The enhanced performance of the TiO(2)-NS solar cell is due to their good crystallization, high pore volume, large particle size and enhanced light scattering. The prepared TiO(2) nanosheet film electrode should also find wide-ranging potential applications in various fields including photocatalysis, catalysis, electrochemistry, separation, purification and so on.

  3. Anatase TiO2 nanosheets with exposed (001) facets: improved photoelectric conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yu, Jiaguo; Fan, Jiajie; Lv, Kangle

    2010-10-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are fabricated based on anatase TiO2 nanosheets (TiO2-NSs) with exposed {001} facets, which were obtained by a simple one-pot hydrothermal route using HF as a morphology controlling agent and Ti(OC4H9)4 as precursor. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photoelectric conversion performances of TiO2-NSs solar cells are also compared with TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) and commercial-grade Degussa P25 TiO2 nanoparticle (P25) solar cells at the same film thickness, and their photoelectric conversion efficiencies (η) are 4.56, 4.24 and 3.64%, respectively. The enhanced performance of the TiO2-NS solar cell is due to their good crystallization, high pore volume, large particle size and enhanced light scattering. The prepared TiO2 nanosheet film electrode should also find wide-ranging potential applications in various fields including photocatalysis, catalysis, electrochemistry, separation, purification and so on.

  4. Mesoporous TiO2 Nanowire Film for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Xiao, Li; Xu, Jia; Liu, Xiu; Zhang, Yongzhe; Zhang, Bing; Yao, Jianxi; Dai, Songyuan; Tan, Zhanao; Pan, Xu

    2016-06-01

    In this work, TiO2 nanowire arrays were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate, and then were converted into mesoporous nanowires (MNWs). The TiO2 MNWs are about 5 μm in length and 30-200 nm in diameter, with mesopores size of 5-30 nm randomly distributed on the NW surface. X-ray diffraction pattern reports show that the NWs are single crystallized rutile TiO2 and oriented grown along [001]. Through further characterization of FT-IR and TG-DSC, we proposed a reasonable explanation for pore existence. After dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) assembly, the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of MNWs based DSSC achieved 3.2%. It means tenfold enhancement of photoelectric property compare with the as-grown NWs. Furthermore, dye absorb capacity of MNWs can reach up to 4.11 x 10(-8) mol/cm2. However, such MNWs can not only provide quick and efficient electron transmission channel, but also owns big specific surface area to absorb abundant dyes, thus conducive to fabricate solar cell with a high PCE.

  5. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells with enhanced rear efficiency and power output.

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    Cai, Hongyuan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Li, Ru; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-12-21

    Pursuing a high power conversion efficiency with no sacrifice of cost-effectiveness has been a persistent objective for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). One promising solution to this impasse is increased light harvesting. Previous efforts in light harvesting have been made on setting blocking layers or reflecting layers, or adding a light harvester, resulting in tedious procedures without reducing the expenses. We present a mild solution strategy for synthesizing transparent Ru-Se alloy counter electrodes (CEs) for bifacial DSSC applications, displaying optimal front and rear efficiencies of 8.76% and 5.90%, respectively. In comparison with pristine Pt-based solar cells, the maximum power output has also been markedly enhanced. Moreover, fast start-up, high multiple start capability, and good stability are observed in the bifacial DSSCs with transparent Ru-Se binary alloy electrodes. The impressive efficiencies along with simple preparation of the cost-effective Ru-Se alloy CEs demonstrates their potential application in robust DSSCs.

  6. 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.

  7. Interfacial charge transfer mechanisms and cation effects in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Staniszewski, Aaron J.

    The contents herein this thesis report on mechanistic processes important for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with a focus on the influential nature of small cations at the interface. Chapter 1 introduces the reader to the DSSC by describing the accepted mechanism of a functioning cell and detailing its working components. Chapter 2 reports on a novel strategy aimed to improve device efficiencies and exceed the Shockley-Queisser limit, a well-known theoretical solar-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency standard. This strategy uses the ultrafast electron injection properties of the TiO2 to produce products from sunlight that are uphill in fluid solution. In Chapter 3, the mechanism of recombination of this charge-separated state is studied using chronoabsorption measurements. It is proposed that while the hole transport is limited through self-exchange reactions, the conduction band states of TiO2 mediate electron transport. Potential determining cations were introduced to "tune" the electron diffusion rates. Chapter 4 reports on a high-extinction ruthenium compound for its use as a sensitizer. Interestingly, after photo-oxidation of this compound on TiO2, the hole transferred out to a remote ligand, increasing the charge separation distance. Cation motion was studied in Chapter 5 using a novel ruthenium(II) compound that underwent large spectroscopic changes when exposed to lithium cations. These absorption changes allowed the determination of its transport mechanism at the interface during electron injection and charge recombination.

  8. Fluorine doped-tin oxide prepared using spray method for dye sensitized solar cell application

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    Widiyandari, Hendri; Purwanto, Agus; Diharjo, Kuncoro; Suyitno, Hidayanto, Eko

    2013-09-01

    Fluorine-doped Tin Oxide (FTO) film was fabricated by spray deposition method. FTO films were prepared in different sheet resistance 6.7, 12.1, 19.3, and 23.5 Ω/sq. X-ray diffractograms showed that the as-grown FTO film was tetragonal SnO2. The prepared FTO film have an average transmittance of 80% in the visible region (λ=400-800 nm). These FTO films were then used to fabricate Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC). The working electrode was made from TiO2 paste using doctor blade technique. DSSC samples were characterized using solar simulator under AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm2). It is found that the efficiency of DSSC was much affected by sheet resistance of FTO film. The efficiency of DCCS was 2.32, 2.4, 1.1 and 0.97 (%) for the FTO sheet resistance 6.7, 12.1, 19.3, and 23.5 Ω/sq, respectively. It is shown that the optimum DSSC efficiency was made from FTO with sheet resistance 12.1 Ω/sq.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Mesoporous TiO2 Nanowire Film for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Xiao, Li; Xu, Jia; Liu, Xiu; Zhang, Yongzhe; Zhang, Bing; Yao, Jianxi; Dai, Songyuan; Tan, Zhanao; Pan, Xu

    2016-06-01

    In this work, TiO2 nanowire arrays were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate, and then were converted into mesoporous nanowires (MNWs). The TiO2 MNWs are about 5 μm in length and 30-200 nm in diameter, with mesopores size of 5-30 nm randomly distributed on the NW surface. X-ray diffraction pattern reports show that the NWs are single crystallized rutile TiO2 and oriented grown along [001]. Through further characterization of FT-IR and TG-DSC, we proposed a reasonable explanation for pore existence. After dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) assembly, the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of MNWs based DSSC achieved 3.2%. It means tenfold enhancement of photoelectric property compare with the as-grown NWs. Furthermore, dye absorb capacity of MNWs can reach up to 4.11 x 10(-8) mol/cm2. However, such MNWs can not only provide quick and efficient electron transmission channel, but also owns big specific surface area to absorb abundant dyes, thus conducive to fabricate solar cell with a high PCE. PMID:27427603

  12. Photoconversion of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with a 3D-Structured Photoelectrode Consisting of Both TiO2 Nanofibers and Nanoparticles

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    Hwang, Tae-Hwan; Kim, Wan-Tae; Choi, Won-Youl

    2016-06-01

    In dye-sensitized solar cells, a three-dimensional (3-D)-structured photoelectrode of TiO2 nanofibers and nanoparticles was successfully fabricated by electro-spinning and screen-printing processes. Structures with one-dimensional nanofibers can be expected to improve the charge transport in a photoelectrode. The microstructure and crystalline structure were observed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and with an x-ray diffractometer, respectively. The particle size of the TiO2 particles and the diameters of the TiO2 nanofiber in the 3-D-structured photoelectrode were ~30 nm and ~500 nm, respectively. The total thickness of the TiO2 layer in the 3-D-structured photoelectrode, which is composed of a nanoparticle layer of ~12 μm and a nanofiber layer of ~8 μm, was ~20 μm. The crystalline, anatase phase was also determined. In these dye-sensitized solar cells with a 3-D-structured layer, a short-circuit current density of 12.36 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.74 V, a fill factor of 0.46, and an energy conversion efficiency of 4.18% were observed. These values are higher than those of dye-sensitized solar cells with a conventional TiO2 nanoparticle layer. The proposed 3-D-structured photoelectrode consisting of TiO2 nanofibers and nanoparticles can help improve the performance of commercial dye-sensitized solar cells.

  13. Novel energy relay dyes for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Rahman, Md. Mahbubur; Ko, Min Jae; Lee, Jae-Joon

    2015-02-01

    4',6-Diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) and Hoechst 33342 (H33342) were used as novel energy relay dyes (ERDs) for an efficient energy transfer to the N719 dye in I-/I3- based liquid-junction dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The introduction of the ERDs, either as an additive in the electrolyte or as a co-adsorbent, greatly enhanced the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs), mainly because of an increase in short-circuit current density (Jsc). This was attributed to the effects of non-radiative Förster-type excitation energy transfer as well as the radiative (emission)-type fluorescent energy transfer to the sensitizers. The net PCEs for the N719-sensitized DSSCs with DAPI and H33342 were 10.65% and 10.57%, and showed an improvement of 12.2% and 11.4% over control devices, respectively.4',6-Diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) and Hoechst 33342 (H33342) were used as novel energy relay dyes (ERDs) for an efficient energy transfer to the N719 dye in I-/I3- based liquid-junction dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The introduction of the ERDs, either as an additive in the electrolyte or as a co-adsorbent, greatly enhanced the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs), mainly because of an increase in short-circuit current density (Jsc). This was attributed to the effects of non-radiative Förster-type excitation energy transfer as well as the radiative (emission)-type fluorescent energy transfer to the sensitizers. The net PCEs for the N719-sensitized DSSCs with DAPI and H33342 were 10.65% and 10.57%, and showed an improvement of 12.2% and 11.4% over control devices, respectively. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of the materials and instrumentation, device fabrication, measurement and calculations of the quantum yield (Qd), calculations of the Förster radius (R0), optimization of the ERDs mixed with electrolyte according to Type-A strategy; normalized absorption profiles of the N3, Ru505, and Z907 dyes and the emission profiles of DAPI and H33342

  14. Metal-organic frameworks derived carbon as a high-efficiency counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Sun, Xun; Li, Yafeng; Dou, Jie; Shen, Deli; Wei, Mingdeng

    2016-08-01

    Metal-organic frameworks, ZIF-8, derived carbon materials are firstly applied as a counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells due to their easy fabrication, large specific surface area and high catalytic activities towards the reduction of I3- ions. An efficiency of 7.32% is achieved under the illumination of 1 sun (AM 1.5, 100 mW/cm2), which is comparable to that of the solar cell based on Pt electrode.

  15. 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.

  16. Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Based Non-Volatile Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Applications using 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide ionic liquid

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    Khanmirzaei, Mohammad Hassan; Ramesh, S.; Ramesh, K.

    2015-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes using imidazolium based ionic liquids have attracted much attention in dye-sensitized solar cell applications. Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), sodium iodide (NaI), 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (MPII) as ionic liquid (IL), ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) are used for preparation of non-volatile gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) system (HPC:EC:PC:NaI:MPII) for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. The highest ionic conductivity of 7.37 × 10−3 S cm−1 is achieved after introducing 100% of MPII with respect to the weight of HPC. Temperature-dependent ionic conductivity of gel polymer electrolytes is studied in this work. XRD patterns of gel polymer electrolytes are studied to confirm complexation between HPC polymer, NaI and MPII. Thermal behavior of the GPEs is studied using simultaneous thermal analyzer (STA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). DSSCs are fabricated using gel polymer electrolytes and J-V centeracteristics of fabricated dye sensitized solar cells were analyzed. The gel polymer electrolyte with 100 wt.% of MPII ionic liquid shows the best performance and energy conversion efficiency of 5.79%, with short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor of 13.73 mA cm−2, 610 mV and 69.1%, respectively. PMID:26659087

  17. Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Based Non-Volatile Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Applications using 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide ionic liquid.

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    Khanmirzaei, Mohammad Hassan; Ramesh, S; Ramesh, K

    2015-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes using imidazolium based ionic liquids have attracted much attention in dye-sensitized solar cell applications. Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), sodium iodide (NaI), 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (MPII) as ionic liquid (IL), ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) are used for preparation of non-volatile gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) system (HPC:EC:PC:NaI:MPII) for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. The highest ionic conductivity of 7.37 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) is achieved after introducing 100% of MPII with respect to the weight of HPC. Temperature-dependent ionic conductivity of gel polymer electrolytes is studied in this work. XRD patterns of gel polymer electrolytes are studied to confirm complexation between HPC polymer, NaI and MPII. Thermal behavior of the GPEs is studied using simultaneous thermal analyzer (STA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). DSSCs are fabricated using gel polymer electrolytes and J-V centeracteristics of fabricated dye sensitized solar cells were analyzed. The gel polymer electrolyte with 100 wt.% of MPII ionic liquid shows the best performance and energy conversion efficiency of 5.79%, with short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor of 13.73 mA cm(-2), 610 mV and 69.1%, respectively. PMID:26659087

  18. Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Based Non-Volatile Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Applications using 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide ionic liquid

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    Khanmirzaei, Mohammad Hassan; Ramesh, S.; Ramesh, K.

    2015-12-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes using imidazolium based ionic liquids have attracted much attention in dye-sensitized solar cell applications. Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), sodium iodide (NaI), 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (MPII) as ionic liquid (IL), ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) are used for preparation of non-volatile gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) system (HPC:EC:PC:NaI:MPII) for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. The highest ionic conductivity of 7.37 × 10-3 S cm-1 is achieved after introducing 100% of MPII with respect to the weight of HPC. Temperature-dependent ionic conductivity of gel polymer electrolytes is studied in this work. XRD patterns of gel polymer electrolytes are studied to confirm complexation between HPC polymer, NaI and MPII. Thermal behavior of the GPEs is studied using simultaneous thermal analyzer (STA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). DSSCs are fabricated using gel polymer electrolytes and J-V centeracteristics of fabricated dye sensitized solar cells were analyzed. The gel polymer electrolyte with 100 wt.% of MPII ionic liquid shows the best performance and energy conversion efficiency of 5.79%, with short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor of 13.73 mA cm-2, 610 mV and 69.1%, respectively.

  19. Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Based Non-Volatile Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Applications using 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide ionic liquid.

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    Khanmirzaei, Mohammad Hassan; Ramesh, S; Ramesh, K

    2015-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes using imidazolium based ionic liquids have attracted much attention in dye-sensitized solar cell applications. Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), sodium iodide (NaI), 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (MPII) as ionic liquid (IL), ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) are used for preparation of non-volatile gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) system (HPC:EC:PC:NaI:MPII) for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. The highest ionic conductivity of 7.37 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) is achieved after introducing 100% of MPII with respect to the weight of HPC. Temperature-dependent ionic conductivity of gel polymer electrolytes is studied in this work. XRD patterns of gel polymer electrolytes are studied to confirm complexation between HPC polymer, NaI and MPII. Thermal behavior of the GPEs is studied using simultaneous thermal analyzer (STA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). DSSCs are fabricated using gel polymer electrolytes and J-V centeracteristics of fabricated dye sensitized solar cells were analyzed. The gel polymer electrolyte with 100 wt.% of MPII ionic liquid shows the best performance and energy conversion efficiency of 5.79%, with short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor of 13.73 mA cm(-2), 610 mV and 69.1%, respectively.

  20. Theoretical investigation of self-assembled donor-acceptor phthalocyanine complexes and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yu, Lijuan; Lin, Li; Liu, Yuwen; Li, Renjie

    2015-06-01

    A theoretical investigation of self-assembled donor-acceptor dyads (ZnPca, ZnPcb and ZnPcc) formed by axial coordination of zinc phthalocyanines appended with 4-carboxyl pyridine has been conducted with the density functional theory (DFT) method and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations. A comparison between the molecular structures, atomic charges, molecular orbitals, UV-vis spectra and infrared (IR) spectra has been studied. Further, as sensitizers for the TiO2-based dye-sensitized solar cells, the photovoltaic performances have been investigated. The ZnPcc-sensitized solar cell exhibits a higher conversion efficiency than the ZnPcb and ZnPca-sensitized ones under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, while the ZnPca-sensitized cell performs the poorest due to the lack of peripheral substituents (n-butyoxyl groups) which can be confirmed by the result of the theoretical research. It shows that the directionality of charge transfer in the self-assembled donor-acceptor dyads is important and benefit for the efficiency of the DSSC.

  1. 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.

  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. Recent Advances of Cobalt(II/III) Redox Couples for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Applications.

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    Giribabu, Lingamallu; Bolligarla, Ramababu; Panigrahi, Mallika

    2015-08-01

    In recent years dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have emerged as one of the alternatives for the global energy crisis. DSSCs have achieved a certified efficiency of >11% by using the I(-) /I3 (-) redox couple. In order to commercialize the technology almost all components of the device have to be improved. Among the various components of DSSCs, the redox couple that regenerates the oxidized sensitizer plays a crucial role in achieving high efficiency and durability of the cell. However, the I(-) /I3 (-) redox couple has certain limitations such as the absorption of triiodide up to 430 nm and the volatile nature of iodine, which also corrodes the silver-based current collectors. These limitations are obstructing the commercialization of this technology. For this reason, one has to identify alternative redox couples. In this regard, the Co(II/III) redox couple is found to be the best alternative to the existing I(-) /I3 (-) redox couple. Recently, DSSC test cell efficiency has risen up to 13% by using the cobalt redox couple. This review emphasizes the recent development of Co(II/III) redox couples for DSSC applications.

  4. Investigation the cause of plasma treatment for low temperature annealed dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zen, Shungo; Komatsu, Yuta; Ono, Ryo

    2015-09-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) require annealing of TiO2photoelectrodes at 450 C to 550 C. However, such high-temperature annealing is unfavorable because it limits the use of materials that cannot withstand high temperatures, such as plastic substrates. In our previous paper, a low temperature annealing technique of TiO2 photoelectrodes using ultraviolet light and dielectric barrier discharge treatments was proposed to reduce the annealing temperature from 450 C to 150 C for a TiO2 paste containing an organic binder. Here, we investigated the cause of plasma treatment via the Nyquist diagram (Cole-Cole plot) of DSSCs. The Nyquist diagram was masured with a frequency response analyzer (NF Corporation, FRA5022) under 100 mW/cm2 illumination of a calibrated xenon lamp (Hamamatsu L2274, 150W). The lifetime of the electrons, the effective electron diffusion coefficient, and the electron diffusion length of TiO2 photoelectrodes were determined by analyzing the Nyquist diagrams. As a result of analyzing the Nyquist diagrams, it was shown that plasma treatment can reduce the electron transport resistance and promote the necking of Hot UV annealed TiO2 nanoparticles. This work was supported by Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows.

  5. Incorporation of graphene into SnO2 photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Batmunkh, Munkhbayar; Dadkhah, Mahnaz; Shearer, Cameron J.; Biggs, Mark J.; Shapter, Joseph G.

    2016-11-01

    In dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) photoanodes, tin dioxide (SnO2) structures present a promising alternative semiconducting oxide to the conventional titania (TiO2), but they suffer from poor photovoltaic (PV) efficiency caused by insufficient dye adsorption and low energy value of the conduction band. A hybrid structure consisting of SnO2 and reduced graphene oxide (SnO2-RGO) was synthesized via a microwave-assisted method and has been employed as a photoanode in DSSCs. Incorporation of RGO into the SnO2 photoanode enhanced the power conversion efficiency of DSSC device by 91.5%, as compared to the device assembled without RGO. This efficiency improvement can be attributed to increased dye loading, enhanced electron transfer and addition of suitable energy levels in the photoanode. Finally, the use of RGO addresses the major shortcoming of SnO2 when employed as a DSSC photoanode, namely poor dye adsorption and slow electron transfer rate.

  6. Organic sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC): Properties from computation, progress and future perspectives

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    Obotowo, I. N.; Obot, I. B.; Ekpe, U. J.

    2016-10-01

    The advent of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) came at a time when the quest for alternative energy was high, replacing p-n junction photovoltaic devices. Its uniqueness arises from the fact that unlike the conventional systems where the semiconductor assumes the task of light absorption and charge transport, the two functions are separated in DSSC. Organic sensitizers have been used to harvest a large fraction of sunlight ranging from the UV region to the near infrared region of the spectrum leading to power conversion efficiencies of up to ∼ 10.65 % for metal-free organic sensitizers. Currently, experimental analysis of photo sensitizers utilized in DSSCs is often a trial and error process, often laborious and require extensive and expensive chemical synthesis. In most cases, disappointing results from late-stage of the dye synthesis indicate an urgent need to understand the properties of the dyes at a molecular level, before experiments take place. Fortunately, the use of quantum chemical calculations especially Density Functional Theory (DFT) to screen potential dyes has helped in developing efficient sensitizers and to reduce cost. In the present review article, we discuss the current state of the field, new concepts, design strategies, challenges facing the theoretical design and development of organic sensitizers for DSSCs and future perspectives.

  7. Hyperbranched quasi-1D nanostructures for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Passoni, Luca; Ghods, Farbod; Docampo, Pablo; Abrusci, Agnese; Martí-Rujas, Javier; Ghidelli, Matteo; Divitini, Giorgio; Ducati, Caterina; Binda, Maddalena; Guarnera, Simone; Li Bassi, Andrea; Casari, Carlo Spartaco; Snaith, Henry J; Petrozza, Annamaria; Di Fonzo, Fabio

    2013-11-26

    In this work we demonstrate hyperbranched nanostructures, grown by pulsed laser deposition, composed of one-dimensional anatase single crystals assembled in arrays of high aspect ratio hierarchical mesostructures. The proposed growth mechanism relies on a two-step process: self-assembly from the gas phase of amorphous TiO2 clusters in a forest of tree-shaped hierarchical mesostructures with high aspect ratio; oriented crystallization of the branches upon thermal treatment. Structural and morphological characteristics can be optimized to achieve both high specific surface area for optimal dye uptake and broadband light scattering thanks to the microscopic feature size. Solid-state dye sensitized solar cells fabricated with arrays of hyperbranched TiO2 nanostructures on FTO-glass sensitized with D102 dye showed a significant 66% increase in efficiency with respect to a reference mesoporous photoanode and reached a maximum efficiency of 3.96% (among the highest reported for this system). This result was achieved mainly thanks to an increase in photogenerated current directly resulting from improved light harvesting efficiency of the hierarchical photoanode. The proposed photoanode overcomes typical limitations of 1D TiO2 nanostructures applied to ss-DSC and emerges as a promising foundation for next-generation high-efficiency solid-state devices comprosed of dyes, polymers, or quantum dots as sensitizers.

  8. Time-dependent efficiency measurements of donor-acceptor, dye-sensitized polymer solar cells

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    Bandaccari, Kyle; Chesmore, Grace; Tajalli-Tehrani Valverde, Parisa; Bugaj, Mitchel; McNelis, Brian; Barber, Richard, Jr.

    The fullerene/polymer active layer pairing of PCBM/P3HT has become the model system within the field of polymer solar cell research. A large body of work concerned with reporting improved efficiencies for this system exists, but truly quantitative studies of device lifetime and long-term degradation tendencies are much rarer. Here, we report the effects of two donor-acceptor diazo dye sensitizers on efficiency and lifetime upon addition into the PCBM/P3HT active layer at varied concentrations. The electrical and efficiency measurements were supplemented by time-dependent UV-visible spectroscopy studies and morphology investigations via atomic-force microscopy (AFM). This pairing with spectroscopy offers an internal check on the data as the rate of change in absorbance of the active layer correlates almost exactly to the rate of power conversion efficiency decrease. Additionally, AFM imaging reveals different morphology patterns when dye concentrations and functionalities change. Such observations suggest that such small-molecule sensitizers exert yet undetermined effects on the organization of components within the active layer at the molecular level.

  9. Self-assembled ultra small ZnO nanocrystals for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Patra, Astam K.; Dutta, Arghya; Bhaumik, Asim

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate a facile chemical approach to produce self-assembled ultra-small mesoporous zinc oxide nanocrystals using sodium salicylate (SS) as a template under hydrothermal conditions. These ZnO nanomaterials have been successfully fabricated as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) in the presence of N719 dye and iodine-triiodide electrolyte. The structural features, crystallinity, purity, mesophase and morphology of the nanostructure ZnO are investigated by several characterization tools. N2 sorption analysis revealed high surface areas (203 m2 g-1) and narrow pore size distributions (5.1-5.4 nm) for different samples. The mesoporous structure and strong photoluminescence facilitates the high dye loading at the mesoscopic void spaces and light harvesting in DSSC. By utilizing this ultra-small ZnO photoelectrode with film thickness of about 7 μm in the DSSC with an open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 0.74 V, short-circuit current density (JSC) of 3.83 mA cm-2 and an overall power conversion efficiency of 1.12% has been achieved.

  10. Molecular modification of coumarin dyes for more efficient dye sensitized solar cells

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    Sanchez-de-Armas, Rocio; San-Miguel, Miguel A.; Oviedo, Jaime; Sanz, Javier Fdez.

    2012-05-21

    In this work, new coumarin based dyes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have been designed by introducing several substituent groups in different positions of the NKX-2311 structure. Two types of substitutions have been considered: the introduction of three electron-donating groups (-OH, -NH{sub 2}, and -OCH{sub 3}) and two different substituents with steric effect: -CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}- and -CH{sub 2}-HC=CH-. The electronic absorption spectra (position and width of the first band and absorption threshold) and the position of the LUMO level related to the conduction band have been used as theoretical criteria to evaluate the efficiency of the new dyes. The introduction of a -NH{sub 2} group produces a redshift of the absorption maximum position and the absorption threshold, which could improve the cell efficiency. In contrast, the introduction of -CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}- does not modify significantly the electronic structure of NKX-2311, but it might prevent aggregation. Finally, -CH{sub 2}-HC=CH- produces important changes both in the electronic spectrum and in the electronic structure of the dye, and it would be expected as an improvement of cell efficiency for these dyes.

  11. The influence of magnesium oxide interfacial layer on photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Asemi, M.; Ghanaatshoar, M.

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, to enhance the power conversion efficiency of the DSSCs, we introduce MgO insulating layers at the interface between TiO2 and electrolyte to decrease charge recombination rate by suppressing the electron transfer from TiO2 to the electrolyte. The thickness of the MgO layer plays a vital role in the kinetics of dye-sensitized solar cells and affects their overall efficiency. The cell with optimized thickness of MgO layer exhibits the highest conversion efficiency ( η = 5.12 %) with a high short-circuit current density (18.15 mA/cm2) and open-circuit voltage (0.571 V). Open-circuit voltage decay measurement results verify the improvement of the electrons lifetime in the DSSCs fabricated with surface-modified photoanodes due to the retarding the charge recombination. In order to explore the reasons for the J SC improvement, incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency measurement was taken. Our results show that the enhancement in the photoinjected electron lifetime can contribute to an increase in the electron collection efficiency, leading to the improved J SC value. Furthermore, the enhancement in the photoinjected electron recombination rate is also demonstrated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  12. Efficient synthesis of triarylamine-based dyes for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wild, Martin; Griebel, Jan; Hajduk, Anna; Friedrich, Dirk; Stark, Annegret; Abel, Bernd; Siefermann, Katrin R

    2016-01-01

    The class of triarylamine-based dyes has proven great potential as efficient light absorbers in inverse (p-type) dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). However, detailed investigation and further improvement of p-type DSSCs is strongly hindered by the fact that available synthesis routes of triarylamine-based dyes are inefficient and particularly demanding with regard to time and costs. Here, we report on an efficient synthesis strategy for triarylamine-based dyes for p-type DSSCs. A protocol for the synthesis of the dye-precursor (4-(bis(4-bromophenyl)amino)benzoic acid) is presented along with its X-ray crystal structure. The dye precursor is obtained from the commercially available 4(diphenylamino)benzaldehyde in a yield of 87% and serves as a starting point for the synthesis of various triarylamine-based dyes. Starting from the precursor we further describe a synthesis protocol for the dye 4-{bis[4'-(2,2-dicyanovinyl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-4-yl]amino}benzoic acid (also known as dye P4) in a yield of 74%. All synthesis steps are characterized by high yields and high purities without the need for laborious purification steps and thus fulfill essential requirements for scale-up. PMID:27196877

  13. Theoretical investigation of triphenylamine dye/titanium dioxide interface for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Fan, Wenjie; Tan, Dazhi; Deng, Weiqiao

    2011-09-28

    The structural, electronic and optical features of two metal-free triphenylamine (TPA) organic dyes (namely C206 and C217) before and after binding to a TiO(2) anatase nanoparticle have been investigated in detail, as a model for the corresponding dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The combination of density functional tight-binding (DFTB), density functional theory (DFT), and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) approaches are employed. To understand the effects of the linker part in the TPA organic dyes on the energy conversion efficiency of the DSSCs, C217 and C206, which share the same donor and anchor parts but different linker parts, are theoretically evaluated. Our results show that compared with C206 containing just one thienothiophene unit as the linker, for C217 the introduction of one electron-rich 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene group to the linker part results in stronger couplings with the TiO(2) conduction band and more efficient electron transfer. This difference contributes to the higher efficiency of C217 in DSSCs experiments. This study is expected to assist the molecular design of new and more efficient TPA-based organic dyes for the optimization of the DSSCs.

  14. Charge recombination mechanism to explain the negative capacitance in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lie-Feng, Feng; Kun, Zhao; Hai-Tao, Dai; Shu-Guo, Wang; Xiao-Wei, Sun

    2016-03-01

    Negative capacitance (NC) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) has been confirmed experimentally. In this work, the recombination behavior of carriers in DSC with semiconductor interface as a carrier’s transport layer is explored theoretically in detail. Analytical results indicate that the recombination behavior of carriers could contribute to the NC of DSCs under small signal perturbation. Using this recombination capacitance we propose a novel equivalent circuit to completely explain the negative terminal capacitance. Further analysis based on the recombination complex impedance show that the NC is inversely proportional to frequency. In addition, analytical recombination resistance is composed by the alternating current (AC) recombination resistance (Rrac) and the direct current (DC) recombination resistance (Rrdc), which are caused by small-signal perturbation and the DC bias voltage, respectively. Both of two parts will decrease with increasing bias voltage. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11204209 and 60876035) and the Natural Science Foundation of Tianjin City, China (Grant No. 13JCZDJC32800).

  15. The role of printing techniques for large-area dye sensitized solar cells

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    Mariani, Paolo; Vesce, Luigi; Di Carlo, Aldo

    2015-10-01

    The versatility of printing technologies and their intrinsic ability to outperform other techniques in large-area deposition gives scope to revolutionize the photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing field. Printing methods are commonly used in conventional silicon-based PVs to cover part of the production process. Screen printing techniques, for example, are applied to deposit electrical contacts on the silicon wafer. However, it is with the advent of third generation PVs that printing/coating techniques have been extensively used in almost all of the manufacturing processes. Among all the third generation PVs, dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology has been developed up to commercialization levels. DSSCs and modules can be fabricated by adopting all of the main printing techniques on both rigid and flexible substrates. This allows an easy tuning of cell/module characteristics to the desired application. Transparency, colour, shape, layout and other DSSC’s features can be easily varied by changing the printing parameters and paste/ink formulations used in the printing process. This review focuses on large-area printing/coating technologies for the fabrication of DSSCs devices. The most used and promising techniques are presented underlining the process parameters and applications.

  16. A hybrid electron donor comprising cyclopentadithiophene and dithiafulvenyl for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Sorohhov, Gleb; Yi, Chenyi; Grätzel, Michael; Decurtins, Silvio

    2015-01-01

    Summary Two new photosensitizers featured with a cyanoacrylic acid electron acceptor (A) and a hybrid electron donor (D) of cyclopentadithiophene and dithiafulvenyl, either directly linked or separated by a phenyl ring, were synthesized and characterized. Both of them undergo two reversible oxidations and strongly absorb in the visible spectral region due to a photo-induced intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) transition. To a great extent, the electronic interaction between the D and A units is affected by the presence of a phenyl spacer. Without a phenyl ring, the D unit appears more difficult to oxidize due to a strong electron-withdrawing effect of the A moiety. In sharp contrast, the insertion of the phenyl ring between the D and A units leads to a broken π-conjugation and therefore, the oxidation potentials remain almost unchanged compared to those of an analogue without the A group, suggesting that the electronic coupling between D and A units is relatively weak. As a consequence, the lowest-energy absorption band shows a slight hypsochromic shift upon the addition of the phenyl spacer, indicative of an increased HOMO–LUMO gap. In turn, the direct linkage of D and A units leads to an effective π-conjugation, thus substantially lowering the HOMO–LUMO gap. Moreover, the application in dye-sensitized solar cells was investigated, showing that the power conversion efficiency increases by the insertion of the phenyl unit. PMID:26199660

  17. Efficient synthesis of triarylamine-based dyes for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wild, Martin; Griebel, Jan; Hajduk, Anna; Friedrich, Dirk; Stark, Annegret; Abel, Bernd; Siefermann, Katrin R.

    2016-01-01

    The class of triarylamine-based dyes has proven great potential as efficient light absorbers in inverse (p-type) dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). However, detailed investigation and further improvement of p-type DSSCs is strongly hindered by the fact that available synthesis routes of triarylamine-based dyes are inefficient and particularly demanding with regard to time and costs. Here, we report on an efficient synthesis strategy for triarylamine-based dyes for p-type DSSCs. A protocol for the synthesis of the dye-precursor (4-(bis(4-bromophenyl)amino)benzoic acid) is presented along with its X-ray crystal structure. The dye precursor is obtained from the commercially available 4(diphenylamino)benzaldehyde in a yield of 87% and serves as a starting point for the synthesis of various triarylamine-based dyes. Starting from the precursor we further describe a synthesis protocol for the dye 4-{bis[4′-(2,2-dicyanovinyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-4-yl]amino}benzoic acid (also known as dye P4) in a yield of 74%. All synthesis steps are characterized by high yields and high purities without the need for laborious purification steps and thus fulfill essential requirements for scale-up. PMID:27196877

  18. Near Field Enhanced Photocurrent Generation in P-type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Xu, Xiaobao; Cui, Jin; Han, Junbo; Zhang, Junpei; Zhang, Yibo; Luan, Lin; Alemu, Getachew; Wang, Zhong; Shen, Yan; Xiong, Dehua; Chen, Wei; Wei, Zhanhua; Yang, Shihe; Hu, Bin; Cheng, Yibing; Wang, Mingkui

    2014-01-01

    Over the past few decades, the field of p-type dye-sensitized solar cell (p-DSSC) devices has undergone tremendous advances, in which Cu-based delafossite nanocrystal is of prime interest. This paper presents an augment of about 87% improvement in photocurrent observed in a particular configuration of organic dye P1 sensitized CuCrO2 delafossite nanocrystal electrode coupled with organic redox shuttle, 1-methy-1H- tetrazole-5-thiolate and its disulfide dimer when Au nanoparticles (NPs, with diameter of about 20 nm) is added into the photocathode, achieving a power convert efficiency of 0.31% (measured under standard AM 1.5 G test conditions). Detailed investigation shows that the local electrical-magnetic field effect, induced by Au NPs among the mesoporous CuCrO2 film, can improve the charge injection efficiency at dye/semiconductor interface, which is responsible for the bulk of the gain in photocurrent. PMID:24492539

  19. Mesoporous submicrometer TiO(2) hollow spheres as scatterers in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Dadgostar, Shabnam; Tajabadi, Fariba; Taghavinia, Nima

    2012-06-27

    Hierarchical submicrometer TiO2 hollow spheres with outer diameter of 300-700 nm and shell thickness of 200 nm are synthesized by liquid phase deposition of TiO2 over carbon microspheres as sacrificial templates. The final TiO2 hollow spheres are applied as a scattering layer on top of a transparent nanocrystalline TiO2 film, serving as the photoanode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC). In addition to efficient light scattering, the mesoporous structure of TiO2 hollow spheres provides a high surface area, 74 m(2)/g, which allows for higher dye loading. This dual functioning suggests that TiO2 hollow spheres may be good replacements for conventional TiO2 spheres as scatterers in DSCs. A high efficiency of 8.3% is achieved with TiO2 hollow spheres, compared with 6.0% for the electrode with 400 nm spherical TiO2 scatterers, at identical conditions. PMID:22606936

  20. Energy Storage via Polyvinylidene Fluoride Dielectric on the Counterelectrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Huang, Xuezhen; Zhang, Xi; Jiang, Hongrui

    2014-02-15

    To study the fundamental energy storage mechanism of photovoltaically self-charging cells (PSCs) without involving light-responsive semiconductor materials such as Si powder and ZnO nanowires, we fabricate a two-electrode PSC with the dual functions of photocurrent output and energy storage by introducing a PVDF film dielectric on the counterelectrode of a dye-sensitized solar cell. A layer of ultrathin Au film used as a quasi-electrode establishes a shared interface for the I(-)/I3(-) redox reaction and for the contact between the electrolyte and the dielectric for the energy storage, and prohibits recombination during the discharging period because of its discontinuity. PSCs with a 10-nm-thick PVDF provide a steady photocurrent output and achieve a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency (η) of 3.38%, and simultaneously offer energy storage with a charge density of 1.67 C g(-1). Using this quasi-electrode design, optimized energy storage structures may be used in PSCs for high energy storage density.

  1. Light collection optimization for composite photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells: Towards higher efficiency

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    Guo, X. Z.; Shen, W. Z.

    2015-06-14

    Composite photoanode comprising nanoparticles and one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure is a promising alternative to conventional photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Besides fast electron transport channels, the 1D nanostructure also plays as light scattering centers. Here, we theoretically investigate the light scattering properties of capsule-shaped 1D nanostructure and their influence on the light collection of DSCs. It is found that the far-field light scattering of a single capsule depends on its volume, shape, and orientation: capsules with bigger equivalent spherical diameter, smaller aspect ratio, and horizontal orientation demonstrate stronger light scattering especially at large scattering angle. Using Monte Carlo approach, we simulated and optimized the light harvesting efficiency of the cell. Two multilayer composite photoanodes containing orderly or randomly oriented capsules are proposed. DSCs composed of these two photoanodes are promising for higher efficiencies because of their efficient light collection and superior electron collection. These results will provide practical guidance to the design and optimization of the photoanodes for DSCs.

  2. TiO2 hierarchical nanostructures: Hydrothermal fabrication and application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liang, Jia; Zhang, Gengmin; Yang, Jin; Sun, Wentao; Shi, Mingji

    2015-01-01

    Arrays of TiO2 hierarchical nanostructures that consisted of rutile nanorods and anatase branches were hydrothermally fabricated and employed as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Each hierarchical nanostructure array was attained in two steps. First, a primary nanorod array was synthesized in aqueous solutions of hydrochloric acid (HCl) and tetrabutyl titanate (C16H36O4Ti); subsequently, secondary branches were grown on the nanorods in aqueous solutions of ammonium hexafluorotitanate ((NH4)2TiF6) and boric acid (H3BO3). The secondary anatase branches filled part of the space among the primary rutile nanorods and gave rise to a larger surface area. Light-harvesting capability of the DSSCs with TiO2 hierarchical nanostructures as photoanodes was appreciably improved because more dye molecules could be loaded on the photoanodes and more light could be scattered inside the DSSCs. Therefore, the conversion efficiencies of the DSSCs were doubled by replacing the photoanode of primary TiO2 nanorod array with the photoanodes of TiO2 hierarchical nanostructure arrays. Furthermore, in order to reach a compromise between the photoanode surface area and the inter-nanorod space volume, the growth time of the secondary TiO2 anatase branches was optimized.

  3. Energy Storage via Polyvinylidene Fluoride Dielectric on the Counterelectrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Huang, Xuezhen; Zhang, Xi; Jiang, Hongrui

    2014-02-15

    To study the fundamental energy storage mechanism of photovoltaically self-charging cells (PSCs) without involving light-responsive semiconductor materials such as Si powder and ZnO nanowires, we fabricate a two-electrode PSC with the dual functions of photocurrent output and energy storage by introducing a PVDF film dielectric on the counterelectrode of a dye-sensitized solar cell. A layer of ultrathin Au film used as a quasi-electrode establishes a shared interface for the I(-)/I3 (-) redox reaction and for the contact between the electrolyte and the dielectric for the energy storage, and prohibits recombination during the discharging period because of its discontinuity. PSCs with a 10-nm-thick PVDF provide a steady photocurrent output and achieve a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency (η) of 3.38%, and simultaneously offer energy storage with a charge density of 1.67 C g(-1). Using this quasi-electrode design, optimized energy storage structures may be used in PSCs for high energy storage density. PMID:24327797

  4. 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

  5. Improved Photovoltaic Properties of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with KNO3-Modified Photoelectrodes.

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    Oh, Ju Hee; Lee, Sang-Ju; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Sung, Shi-Joon; Lee, Min Ho; Han, Yoon Soo

    2015-11-01

    The surface of a TiO2 photoelectrode was modified through a dip-coating process using an aqueous potassium nitrate (KNO3) solution to increase the power-conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The KNO3-modified TiO2 electrode was applied to the photoanode of the DSSCs. The DSSC with the KNO3-modified TiO2 electrode exhibited a short-circuit current (J(sc)) of 15.26 mA/cm2 and an open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 671 mV, compared with a J(sc) of 13.74 mA/cm2 and V(oc) of 654 mV for a reference device with a pristine TiO2 electrode. The results in combination with relevant data from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, open-circuit voltage decay, and dark current measurements revealed that the modification of the TiO2 surface using the surface modifier (KNO3) led to a longer electron lifetime by the suppression of the charge recombination between injected electrons and I3- ions, resulting in an increase in both J(sc) and V(oc), compared with those of the reference device without surface modification. PMID:26726607

  6. Efficient synthesis of triarylamine-based dyes for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wild, Martin; Griebel, Jan; Hajduk, Anna; Friedrich, Dirk; Stark, Annegret; Abel, Bernd; Siefermann, Katrin R.

    2016-05-01

    The class of triarylamine-based dyes has proven great potential as efficient light absorbers in inverse (p-type) dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). However, detailed investigation and further improvement of p-type DSSCs is strongly hindered by the fact that available synthesis routes of triarylamine-based dyes are inefficient and particularly demanding with regard to time and costs. Here, we report on an efficient synthesis strategy for triarylamine-based dyes for p-type DSSCs. A protocol for the synthesis of the dye-precursor (4-(bis(4-bromophenyl)amino)benzoic acid) is presented along with its X-ray crystal structure. The dye precursor is obtained from the commercially available 4(diphenylamino)benzaldehyde in a yield of 87% and serves as a starting point for the synthesis of various triarylamine-based dyes. Starting from the precursor we further describe a synthesis protocol for the dye 4-{bis[4‧-(2,2-dicyanovinyl)-[1,1‧-biphenyl]-4-yl]amino}benzoic acid (also known as dye P4) in a yield of 74%. All synthesis steps are characterized by high yields and high purities without the need for laborious purification steps and thus fulfill essential requirements for scale-up.

  7. Theoretical studies on the quinoidal thiophene based dyes for dye sensitized solar cell and NLO applications.

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    Nithya, R; Senthilkumar, K

    2014-10-21

    A series of quinoidal thiophene based dye molecules were designed and their optoelectronic properties were studied for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. The efficiency of the designed dye molecules was analyzed using various parameters such as the HOMO-LUMO energy gap, absorption spectra, light harvesting efficiency (LHE), exciton biding energy (Eb) and free energy change for electron injection (ΔG(inject)). The simulated absorption spectra of the quinoidal thiophene molecules show that the electron withdrawing group substituted molecules exhibit dual band characteristics. We found that the cyano-[5'-(4″-amino benzylidene)-5H-thiophen-2'-ylidene] acetic acid based molecules, QT2B, QT4B, QT5 and QT6, are good candidates for DSSC applications. Furthermore, the study on the polarizability and hyperpolarizability of the designed molecules showed that the electron withdrawing group substituted QT2B-X molecules (X = Cl, Br, CF3, CN and NO2) are good candidates for NLO applications.

  8. Preparation of 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium acetate and its application in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Zhihai; Wu, Yucheng; Ge, Qian; Sun, Songquan; Shi, Chengwu

    2010-03-15

    In this paper, we reported the preparation of 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium acetate (MPIAc), which proceeded via the metathesis of 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (MPII) and lead acetate or potassium acetate. The apparent diffusion coefficients of triiodide and iodide in binary ionic liquids, MPIAc and MPII with various weight ratios, were demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry using a Pt ultramicroelectrode. It was found that the apparent diffusion coefficients of triiodide increased and those of iodide slightly increased with the weight ratio increase of MPIAc and MPII. The dye sensitized solar cells with the electrolyte, which was composed of 0.13 M I{sub 2}, 0.10 M LiI, 0.50 M 4-tert-butylpyrdine in the binary ionic liquid electrolyte of MPIAc (employing potassium acetate) and MPII (weight ratio 0.2), gave short circuit photocurrent density of 9.40 mA cm{sup -2}, open circuit voltage of 0.62 V, and fill factor of 0.57, corresponding to the photoelectric conversion efficiency of 3.34% at the illumination (air mass 1.5, 100 mW cm{sup -2}). (author)

  9. Charge transport through split photoelectrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Fakharuddin, Azhar; Ahmed, Irfan; Yusoff, Mashitah M.; Jose, Rajan; Khalidin, Zulkeflee

    2014-04-28

    Charge transport and recombination are relatively ignored parameters while upscaling dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Enhanced photovoltaic parameters are anticipated by merely widening the devices physical dimensions, viz., thickness and area as evident from the device design adopted in reported large area DSCs. These strip designs lead to ≤50% loss in photocurrent compared to the high efficiency lab scale devices. Herein, we report that the key to achieving higher current density (J{sub SC}) is optimized diffusion volume rather than the increased photoelectrode area because kinetics of the devices is strongly influenced by the varied choices of diffusion pathways upon increasing the electrode area. For a given electrode area and thickness, we altered the photoelectrode design by splitting the electrode into multiple fractions to restrict the electron diffusion pathways. We observed a correlation between the device physical dimensions and its charge collection efficiency via current-voltage and impedance spectroscopy measurements. The modified electrode designs showed >50% increased J{sub SC} due to shorter transport time, higher recombination resistance and enhanced charge collection efficiency compared to the conventional ones despite their similar active volume (∼3.36 × 10{sup −4} cm{sup 3}). A detailed charge transport characteristic of the split devices and their comparison with single electrode configuration is described in this article.

  10. Polyiodides formation in solvent based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells under reverse bias stress

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    Agresti, Antonio; Pescetelli, Sara; Gatto, Emanuela; Venanzi, Mariano; Di Carlo, Aldo

    2015-08-01

    In this work we investigate electrolyte degradation mechanisms in a Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC), when stressed under forced reverse bias (RB) conditions. During the stress test, we observe a gradual and visually evident cluster shaped browning of platinised counter-electrode in contact with electrolyte solution; Raman spectroscopy confirms that the observed phenomena is due to formation of polyiodide ions and reveals an arose marked fluorescence background, stemming from new chemical species induced by RB stress test. Raman and fluorescence measurements on RB stressed model electrolyte solutions reveal that photoluminescence emission is mainly related to degradation mechanisms involving the I-/I3- redox couple. In fact, due to the RB stress, the redox couple is unbalanced and the formation of various associated structures between 1-methyl-3-propyl imidazolium iodide (PMII) ions is favored. This can be detected by observing the Red Edge Effect (REE) in fluorescence emission spectra of stressed solutions. Thus, polyiodides formation in RB stressed DSSCs could be added to the several depletion channels of triiodide anions and should be taken into account in designing new stable and efficient electrolytes.

  11. Theoretica Study of Asymmetric Double D-π-A Organic Sensitizers for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Kwon, Dong Yuel; Lee, Gun Hyung; Kim, Young Sik

    2015-03-01

    Three novel dye sensitizers that were based on asymmetric double D-π-A chains with phenoxazine (POZ) and diphenylamine (DPA) as electron donors and cyanoacetic acid (CA) and 2-(1,1- dicyanomethylene) rhodanine (RD) as electron acceptors (DCPR, DRPC, DRPR) were designed, theoretically investigated, and compared with the reference dye based on asymmetric double D-π-A chains (DCPC). Using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations, we gained insight into the factors responsible for the photovoltaic properties of the dye sensitizers. Due to the different HOMO levels of each donor and the different LUMO levels of each acceptor, the absorption spectrum of each dye showed different shapes. Among the dyes, DRPR showed a broader and more bathochromically shifted absorption band than the other dies. It also showed a higher molar extinction coefficient than that of the reference dye (DCPC). This work suggests optimizing the chain of electron donors and acceptors in dye sensitizers based on asymmetric double D-π-A chains would produce good photovoltaic properties for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

  12. Counter electrodes from polymorphic platinum-nickel hollow alloys for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Jing; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Yang, Peizhi

    2016-10-01

    Precious platinum counter electrode (CE) has been an economic burden for future commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Low-platinum alloy CE catalysts are promising in bringing down the solar cell cost without reducing photovoltaic performances. We present here a facile strategy of fabricating ZnO nanorods assisted platinum-nickel (PtNi) alloy microtube CEs for liquid-junction DSSCs. By adjusting the concentration of zinc precursors, the ZnO nanostructures and therefore PtNi alloys are optimized to maximize the electrocatalytic behaviors toward triiodide reduction reaction. The maximal power conversion efficiency is determined as high as 8.43% for liquid-junction DSSC device with alloyed PtNi microtube CE synthesized at 75 mM Zn(NO3)2 aqueous solution, yielding a 32.8% enhancement in cell efficiency in comparison with the solar cell from pristine platinum electrode. Moreover, the dissolution resistance and charge-transfer ability toward redox couples have also been markedly enhanced due to competitive dissolution reactions and alloyed effects.

  13. Design and development of efficient solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yuan, Wen

    Organic photovoltaic cell is the most promising one in the third generation solar cell. Considering the materials used for fabricating devices, it generally can be classified as two sorts. One is called full organic solar cell, which is all made by organic or polymeric molecules. The examples of this type of solar cell includes bulk heterojunction solar cell (BHJ solar cell). Another one is organic/inorganic hybrid solar cell, and most of them are composed of organic-inorganic blends. For instance, solid state dye sensitized solar cell (ss-DSSC) is made by porous dye-coated inorganic semiconductor and then infiltrating organic conductor into it. One of the most commonly-used organic hole conductor is spiro-MeOTAD (2, 2', 7, 7' -tetrakis (N, N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine) 9, 9'-spirobifluorene). The ss-DSSC made by spiro-MeOTAD already reached an average power conversion efficiency around 3-4% and a record efficiency of 7.2% from Gratzel's group. However it is still below a desired level for manufacturing usage. This dissertation presents three approaches to optimize the ss-DSSC: Increasing fill factor in ss-DSSC, enhancement of light harvesting and In the first part, we first provide an overview of doping in organic or polymeric materials. Subsequently, we discuss the prior literature on p-dopants and additives incorporated into ss-DSSCs. Finally we present our data that suggests the primary role of Lithium salts is to stabilize the oxidized state of the hole conductor. In the second part, we use surface-initiated polymerization to anchor hole conducting polymers onto silica nanoparticles. We argue that the formation of silica/polymer composites serve as a light scattering layer on the top of photoanode, raising the short circuit current by 26% over conventional spiro-MeOTAD ss-DSSCs. Finally, a simple strategy is presented which effectively increases the pore-filling fraction of spiro-MeOTAD into photoanode. Heating the cell during the fabrication process lowers the

  14. Urea as a long-term stable alternative to guanidium thiocyanate additive in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Kim, Mi-Jeong; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2012-09-01

    Photovoltaic performance of 0.05 M urea-contained redox electrolyte is compared to that of 0.05 M guanidinium thiocyanate (GSCN)-contained one in dye-sensitized solar cell. No significant difference in the initial photovoltaic performance is observed, which means that the role of urea additive is similar to that of GSCN. Initial solar-to-electrical conversion efficiency of the device containing GSCN shows 7% that is diminished to 5.8% after 40 days, whereas the device containing urea exhibits stable photovoltaic performance showing that initial efficiency of 7.2% is almost remained unchanged after 40 days (7.1%). The lowered efficiency of the GSCN-contained device is mainly due to the decreased photocurrent density, which is ascribed to the formation of needle-shaped crystals on TiO2 layer. Infrared spectroscopic study confirms that the crystals are dye analogue, which is indicative of dye desorption in the presence of GSCN. On the other hand, no crystals are formed in the urea-contained electrolyte, which implies that dye desorption is negligible. Urea additive is thus found to be less reactive in dye desorption than GSCN, leading to long-term stability.

  15. Growth of Multipod ZnO Architectures Made by Accumulation of Hexagonal Nanorods for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) Application.

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    Umar, Ahmad

    2015-09-01

    Well-crystalline multipod ZnO architectures made by accumulation of hexagonal nanorods were synthesized, characterized and used as efficient anode material for the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The multipod ZnO architectures were synthesized by simple and facile hydrothermal process and characterized by several techniques to examine the structural, morphological, optical and photovoltaic properties. The morphological characterizations revealed that the synthesized multipod ZnO architectures were made of several hexagonal shaped ZnO nanorods which are originated from a single centre. The structural and compositional properties revealed that the nanorods are pure ZnO and possessing well crystallinity and wurtzite hexagonal phase. The assynthesized multipods ZnO architectures were utilized as potential anode materials for the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The dye sensitized solar cells fabricated with multipods ZnO architectures photoanode attained a reasonable solar to electricity energy conversion efficiency of -1.9% with a photocurrent density i.e., short circuit current (J(sc)) of 4.59 mA/cm2.

  16. Pre dye treated titanium dioxide nanoparticles synthesized by modified sol-gel method for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ananth, S.; Vivek, P.; Arumanayagam, T.; Murugakoothan, P.

    2015-06-01

    Pure and pre dye treated titanium dioxide nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel and modified sol-gel methods, respectively. The pre dye treatment has improved the properties of TiO2, such as uniform dye adsorption, reduced agglomeration, improved morphology and less dye aggregation. The brazilein pigment-rich Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extract was used as natural dye sensitizer for pure and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles. Low cost and environment friendly dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) fabricated using pure and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles sensitized by natural dye showed solar light to electron conversion efficiencies of 1.09 and 1.65 %, respectively. The pre dye treated TiO2-based DSSC showed 51 % improvement in efficiency when compared to that of conventionally prepared DSSC.

  17. Ag nanoparticle-deposited TiO2 nanotube arrays for electrodes of Dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kawamura, Go; Ohmi, Hayato; Tan, Wai Kian; Lockman, Zainovia; Muto, Hiroyuki; Matsuda, Atsunori

    2015-05-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells composed of a photoanode of Ag nanoparticle (NP)-deposited TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays were fabricated. The TNT arrays were prepared by anodizing Ti films on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass substrates. Efficient charge transportation through the ordered nanostructure of TNT arrays should be carried out compared to conventional particulate TiO2 electrodes. However, it has been a big challenge to grow TNT arrays on FTO glass substrates with the lengths needed for sufficient light-harvesting (tens of micrometers). In this work, we deposited Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on the wall of TNT arrays to enhance light-harvesting property. Dye-sensitized solar cells with these Ag NP-deposited TNT arrays yielded a higher power conversion efficiency (2.03 %) than those without Ag NPs (1.39 %).

  18. Peanut shaped ZnO microstructures: controlled synthesis and nucleation growth toward low-cost dye sensitized solar cells

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    Prabhu, M.; Mayandi, J.; Mariammal, R. N.; Vishnukanthan, V.; Pearce, J. M.; Soundararajan, N.; Ramachandran, K.

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes a simple, low-temperature and cost effective chemical precipitation method in aqueous media to synthesis uniformly distributed zinc oxide (ZnO) microstructures for the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The size and morphology of the ZnO microstructures are systematically controlled by adjusting the concentration of the precursors, zinc acetate dihydrate and ammonium hydroxide. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy are used for the structural characterizations and photoluminescence and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are used to characterize the optical properties of the ZnO, respectively. The results reveal that ZnO crystallites exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferential orientation along c-axis. The effect of ammonia concentration on the crystallinity, morphology and optical properties of ZnO microstructures and the concomitant effect on the efficiency of DSSCs is also quantified. The peanut-shaped ZnO microstructure, which was found to increase DSSCs performance over other microstructure, is studied in detail in order to develop a formation mechanism. A sandwich type eosin yellow sensitized solar cell is prepared using peanut-shaped ZnO microstructures, which showed an efficiency of 0.37%. Ammonia was found to play a crucial role in the evolution of ZnO morphologies. These results are promising and provide a path towards low-cost high-performance DSSCs based on peanut-shaped ZnO microstructures and produced with only relatively simple wet chemistry synthesis.

  19. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on anatase TiO 2 hollow spheres/carbon nanotube composite films

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    Yu, Jiaguo; Fan, Jiajie; Cheng, Bei

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on anatase TiO 2 hollow spheres (TiO2HS)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) nanocomposite films are prepared by a directly mechanical mixing and doctor blade method. The prepared samples are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and N 2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photoelectric conversion performances of the DSSCs based on TiO2HS/CNT composite film electrodes are also compared with commercial-grade Degussa P25 TiO 2 nanoparticles (P25)/CNT composite solar cells at the same film thickness. The results indicate that the photoelectric conversion efficiencies (η) of the TiO2HS/CNT composite DSSCs are dependent on CNT loading in the electrodes. A small amount of CNT clearly enhances DSSC efficiency, while excessive CNT loading significantly lowers their performance. The former is because CNT enhance the transport of electrons from the films to FTO substrates. The latter is due to high CNT loading shielding the visible light from being adsorbed by dyes.

  20. Enhanced Electron Lifetimes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using a Dichromophoric Porphyrin: The Utility of Intermolecular Forces.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Long; Wagner, Pawel; van der Salm, Holly; Gordon, Keith C; Mori, Shogo; Mozer, Attila J

    2015-10-01

    Electron lifetimes in dye-sensitized solar cells employing a porphyrin dye, an organic dye, a 1:1 mixture of the two dyes, and a dichromophoric dye design consisting of the two dyes using a nonconjugated linker were measured, suggesting that the dispersion force of the organic dyes has a significant detrimental effect on the electron lifetime and that the dichromophoric design can be utilized to control the effect of the dispersion force.