Dye-sensitized solar cell with a titanium-oxide-modified carbon nanotube transparent electrode

A. K.K. Kyaw, H. Tantang, T. Wu, L. Ke, C. Peh, Z. H. Huang, X. T. Zeng, H. V. Demir, Q. Zhang, X. W. Sun*

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Transparent and conductive carbon-based materials are promising for window electrodes in solid-state optoelectronic devices. However, the catalytic activity to redox reaction limits their application as a working electrode in a liquid-type dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). In this letter, we propose and demonstrate a transparent carbon nanotubes (CNTs) film as the working electrode in a DSSC containing iodide/triiodide redox couples. This implementation is realized by inhibiting the charge-transfer kinetics at CNT/redox solution interface with an aid of thin titanium oxide film that facilitates the unidirectional flow of electrons in the cell without sacrificing the electrical and optical properties of CNT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number021107
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 11 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by Academic Research Fund (RGM 44/06) of Nanyang Technological University and the National Research Foundation (Grant Nos. NRF-RF-2009-09 and NRF-CRP-4-2008-04).

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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