One-pot synthesis of intercalating ZnO nanoparticles for enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells

Ian Y.Y. Bu, Matthew Cole

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Abstract

In this letter we report a facile one-pot synthesis of intercalated ZnO particles for inexpensive, low-temperature solution processed dye-sensitised solar cells. High interconnectivity facilitates enhanced charge transfer between the ZnO nanoparticles and a consequent enhancement in cell efficiency. ZnO thin films were formed from a wide range of nanoparticle diameters which simultaneously increased optical scattering whilst enhancing dye loading. A possible growth mechanism was proposed for the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles. The intercalated ZnO nanoparticle thin films were integrated into the photoanodes of dye-sensitised solar cells which showed an increase in performance of 37% compared to structurally equivalent cells employing ZnO nanowires.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Volume90
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • Dye-sensitised solar cells
  • Intercalate
  • Nanoparticles
  • Necking
  • Solar energy materials
  • Zinc oxide

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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One-pot synthesis of intercalating ZnO nanoparticles for enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells. / Bu, Ian Y.Y.; Cole, Matthew.

In: Materials Letters, Vol. 90, 01.01.2013, p. 56-59.

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