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Nanostructured Carbon-TiO2 Shells Onto Silica Beads as a Promising Candidate for the Alternative Photoanode in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Title
Nanostructured Carbon-TiO2 Shells Onto Silica Beads as a Promising Candidate for the Alternative Photoanode in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Authors
Jang, Yu JinJang, Yoon HeeKim, Dong Ha
Ewha Authors
김동하
SCOPUS Author ID
김동하scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
SCIENCE OF ADVANCED MATERIALS
ISSN
1947-2935JCR Link1947-2943JCR Link
Citation
vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 956 - 963
Keywords
Carbon-TiO2PhotoanodeDSSCBlock CopolymerCore Shell
Publisher
AMER SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHERS
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS WOS
Abstract
We report a novel strategy to enhance the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by incorporating small amounts of nanostructured carbon-TiO2 beads into the photoanode. A commercially available triblock copolymer, Pluronic P123, containing TiO2 precursors in the hydrophilic domains was coated onto SiO2 nanospheres and converted into graphitic carbons by thermal treatment in Ar atmosphere. By distributing carbon species with the size of similar to 50 nm throughout the TiO2 photoanode, the power conversion efficiency of DSSC cell was improved by up to 10.1% due to the increase in the value of short circuit current compared with that of neat TiO2 photoanode based DSSC cell, which was confirmed by photocurrent voltage profile and incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency. The introduction of carbons into TiO2 photoanode in DSSCs led to not only the decrease in the series resistance and the charge transfer resistance of photoanode but also the increase in lifetime of photoinjected electrons as evidenced by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The stability of the DSSC cells equipped with the carbon-TiO2 beads integrated photoanode was also prominent. It suggests a simple fabrication protocol of an alternative zero-dimensional graphitic TiO2 photoanodes that can replace the conventional TiO2 photoanode.
DOI
10.1166/sam.2015.2122
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