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Rare-Metal-Free Flexible Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar-Cells Produced Using Wet Processes Only.
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PMID:  23566351     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Dye-sensitized solar-cells (DSCs) are cheap because they are produced using low-cost materials and simple manufacturing processes. However, the substrates of DSC counter electrodes are sputtered with a transparent conductive oxide and platinum. This involves vacuum manufacturing processes and high-cost (rare-metal) materials, and increases the costs of DSCs. In this study, we used non-rare-metal low-cost materials and simple wet processes, using combined poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS) and Ag network (Ag NW) substrates. To solve the problem of Ag NW corrosion by the iodine electrolyte, the Ag NW substrate was hot-pressed and covered with a PEDOT/PSS layer as a barrier against iodine. The PEDOT/PSS layer acted as a catalyst and cells using an Ag NW covered with PEDOT/PSS generated electricity with illumination from both sides. The cell performance was improved by using a PEDOT/PSS layer containing 20 wt% TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). The performance of the DSSC cell with an Ag NW substrate covered with a PEDOT/PSS layer containing TiO2 NPs (5.13%) was higher than that of a cell using an indium tin oxide substrate covered with the same layer (4.91%). These values are very similar to those of cells using a platinum counter electrode (5.36%). This research showed the possibility of replacing conventional high-cost counter electrodes with low-cost materials, and using only simple wet processes.
Authors:
Issei Okada; Seimei Shiratori
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-4-9
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Title:  ACS applied materials & interfaces     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1944-8252     ISO Abbreviation:  ACS Appl Mater Interfaces     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
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Created Date:  2013-4-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101504991     Medline TA:  ACS Appl Mater Interfaces     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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