TiO2 nanofiber/nanoparticles composite photoelectrodes with improved light harvesting ability for dye-sensitized solar cells

Hong Ha Thi Vu, Timur Sh Atabaev, De Pham-Cong, Md Ashraf Hossain, Dongyun Lee, Nguyen Nang Dinh, Chae Ryong Cho, Hyung Kook Kim, Yoon Hwae Hwang

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Abstract

In this study, a TiO2 nanofiber/nanoparticles composite photoelectrode was combined with spectral convertors to improve the overall efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In a typical preparation process, several photoelectrodes (PE) with equal thickness but different compositions were prepared. The DSSC composed of TiO2 nanofiber/nanoparticles incorporated with 15 wt.% spectral convertors showed an optimal light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 8.94%. This light-to-electricity conversion efficiency was 38.6% higher than that of the bare DSSC with TiO2 nanoparticles only. The significantly enhanced efficiency of the DSSC was attributed to the highly favored scattering effect from the TiO2 nanofibers in combination with enhanced incident light harvesting from spectral convertors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Volume193
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Nanofibers
Nanoparticles
Composite materials
Conversion efficiency
Energy conversion
Electricity
Scattering
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Chemical analysis

Keywords

  • composite photoelectrode
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • spectral convertors

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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TiO2 nanofiber/nanoparticles composite photoelectrodes with improved light harvesting ability for dye-sensitized solar cells. / Vu, Hong Ha Thi; Atabaev, Timur Sh; Pham-Cong, De; Hossain, Md Ashraf; Lee, Dongyun; Dinh, Nguyen Nang; Cho, Chae Ryong; Kim, Hyung Kook; Hwang, Yoon Hwae.

In: Electrochimica Acta, Vol. 193, 01.03.2016, p. 166-171.

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Vu, Hong Ha Thi ; Atabaev, Timur Sh ; Pham-Cong, De ; Hossain, Md Ashraf ; Lee, Dongyun ; Dinh, Nguyen Nang ; Cho, Chae Ryong ; Kim, Hyung Kook ; Hwang, Yoon Hwae. / TiO2 nanofiber/nanoparticles composite photoelectrodes with improved light harvesting ability for dye-sensitized solar cells. In: Electrochimica Acta. 2016 ; Vol. 193. pp. 166-171.
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