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

Bu, IYY and Cole, MT (2013) One-pot synthesis of intercalating ZnO nanoparticles for enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells. Materials Letters, 90. pp. 56-59. ISSN 0167-577X

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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. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dye-sensitised solar cells Intercalate Nanoparticles Necking Solar energy materials Zinc oxide
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:44
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:21
DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2012.09.026