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Development of high efficiency 100% aqueous cobalt electrolyte dye-sensitised solar cells
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Physical Chemistry. (Boschloo)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Physical Chemistry. (Boschloo)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Physical Chemistry. (Boschloo)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Physical Chemistry. Ecole Polytech Fed Lausanne, Lab Photomol Sci, Inst Chem Sci & Engn, EPFL FSB ISIC LSPM,Stn 6, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.; King Abdulaziz Univ, Ctr Excellence Adv Mat Res, Jeddah 215889, Saudi Arabia. (Boschloo)
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2016 (English)In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 18, no 12, 8419-8427 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study we report the application of three cobalt redox shuttles in 100% aqueous electrolyte dye-sensitised solar cells (DSCs). By using chloride as a counter-ion for cobalt bipyridine, cobalt phenanthroline and cobalt bipyridine pyrazole, the redox shuttles were made water soluble; no surfactant or further treatment was necessary. A simple system of merely the redox shuttles and 1-methylbenzimidazole (MBI) in water as an electrolyte in combination with an organic dye and a mesoporous PEDOT counter electrode was optimised. The optimisation resulted in an average efficiency of 5.5% (record efficiency of 5.7%) at 1 sun. The results of this study present promising routes for further improvements of aqueous cobalt electrolyte DSCs.

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2016. Vol. 18, no 12, 8419-8427 p.
Keyword [en]
Dye, solar cell, water, electrolyte, titanium dioxide
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Physical Chemistry
Research subject
Chemistry with specialization in Physical Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280289DOI: 10.1039/C6CP00264AISI: 000372249100012PubMedID: 26931779OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280289DiVA: diva2:910470
Available from: 2016-03-09 Created: 2016-03-09 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Developing Environmentally Friendly Dye-sensitized Solar Cells
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing Environmentally Friendly Dye-sensitized Solar Cells
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Due to climate change and its effects, alternative renewable energy sources are needed in the future human society. In the work of this thesis, the Dye-sensitized Solar Cell (DSC) has been investigated and characterized.

DSCs are appealing as energy conversion devices, since they have high potential to provide low cost solar light to electricity conversion. The DSC is built up by a working electrode consisting of a conductive glass substrate with a dye-sensitized mesoporous TiO2 film, a counter electrode with a catalyst and, in between, the electrolyte which performs the charge transport by means of a redox mediator. The aim of this thesis was to develop and evaluate cheap and environmentally friendly materials for the DSC.

An alternative polymer-based counter electrode catalyst was fabricated and evaluated, showing that the PEDOT catalyst counter electrode outperformed the platinum catalyst counter electrode. Different organic dyes were evaluated and it was found that the dye architecture affected the performance of the assembled DSCs. A partly hydrophilic organic triphenylamine dye was developed and applied in water-based electrolyte DSCs. The partly hydrophilic dye outperformed the reference hydrophobic dye. Small changes in dye architecture were evaluated for two similar dyes, both by spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. A change in the length of the dialkoxyphenyl units on a triphenylamine dye, affected the recombination and the regeneration electron transfer kinetics in the DSC system. Finally, three water soluble cobalt redox couples were developed and applied in water-based electrolyte DSCs. An average efficiency of 5.5% (record efficiency of 5.7%) for a 100% water-based electrolyte DSC was achieved with the polymer-based catalyst counter electrode and an organic dye with short dimethoxyphenyl units, improving the wetting and the regeneration process.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 82 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1351
Keyword
dye-sensitized solar cells, dye, cobalt, triphenylamine, titanium dioxide, aqueous, PEDOT
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Research subject
Chemistry with specialization in Physical Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280291 (URN)978-91-554-9506-0 (ISBN)
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2016-04-29, Polhemsalen; Ång/10134, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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