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Flexible dye sensitized solar cells using TiO2 nanotubes

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The growth of TiO2 nanotube arrays on plastic flexible substrates is researched. The approach uses anodization of a titanium thick film for obtaining nanotubes directly on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and Kapton HN substrate. The morphological features of the tubes can be finely tuned by varying the preparation conditions, and tube morphology affects the functional properties of the nanotube array. Crystallization of the anatase phase in nanotubes on Kapton HN substrate is obtained via post growth annealing. The nanotube arrays have been dye-sensitized using the commercial Ru-based N719 dye. The system was tested as photoanode in a flexible dye sensitized solar cell. Photoconversion efficiency of 3.5% was obtained.

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The article was received on 27 Sep 2010, accepted on 12 Mar 2011 and first published on 29 Jun 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00485E
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 3408-3413
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    Flexible dye sensitized solar cells using TiO2 nanotubes

    A. Vomiero, V. Galstyan, A. Braga, I. Concina, M. Brisotto, E. Bontempi and G. Sberveglieri, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 3408
    DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00485E

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