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Carbon nanotube and graphite oxide surfaces modifiedwith polyethylene oxide for dye-sensitized solar cells

By Chun-Han Chi, Yu-Chen Hsu, Lin-Chieh Tseng, Shing-Yi Suen, Jeng-Yue Wu and Rong-Ho Lee


In this study, the photovoltaic properties of the dyesensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were enhanced by the incorporationof the polyethylene oxide (PEO) intercalated graphiteoxides sheets (GO-P) or PEOsurface grafted carbon nanotubes(CNT-P) into the PEO gel electrolytes. The PEO modifiedcarbon materials were served as the extended electron transfermaterials, and the catalysts for the electrochemical reductionof I3−. The ionic conductivity of PEO gel electrolytewas not significantly influenced by the incorporation ofGO-P or CNT-P. Because of the high catalytic activities, theincorporation of GO-P or CNT-P into the gel electrolyte isfavorable for decreasing the charge transfer and recombinationresistances. Therefore, better PV performance was observedfor the DSSCs based on the GO-P/PEO or CNT-P/PEO electrolytesas compared to the PEO electrolyte based DSSCs. Thephotoelectric conversion efficiencies of DSSCs were respectivelyenhanced by 19 % and 32 % via the incorporations ofGO-P and CNT-P

Topics: Dye-sensitized solar cell, Nano-carbon material, Polymer gel electrolyte, Photovoltaic performance
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10965-013-0269-3
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