Organic Redox Couples and Organic Counter Electrode for Efficient Organic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
2011 (English)In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 133, no 24, 9413-9422 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A series of organic thiolate/disulfide redox couples have been synthesized and have been studied systematically in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) on the basis of an organic dye (TH305). Photophysical, photoelectrochemical, and photovoltaic measurements were performed in order to get insights into the effects of different redox couples on the performance of DSCs. The polymeric, organic poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) material has also been introduced as counter electrode in this kind of noniodine-containing DSCs showing a promising conversion efficiency of 6.0% under AM 1.5G, 100 mW.cm(-2) light illumination. Detailed studies using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and linear-sweep voltammetry reveal that the reduction of disulfide species is more efficient on the PEDOT counter electrode surface than on the commonly used platinized conducting glass electrode. Both pure and solvated ionic-liquid electrolytes based on a thiolate anion have been studied in the DSCs. The pure and solvated ionic-liquid-based electrolytes containing an organic redox couple render efficiencies of 3.4% and 1.2% under 10 mW.cm(-2) light illumination, respectively.
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2011. Vol. 133, no 24, 9413-9422 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156099DOI: 10.1021/ja2030933ISI: 000291915100055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156099DiVA: diva2:430601