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Introducing structural colour in DSCs by using photonic crystals: interplay between conversion efficiency and optical properties

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Abstract

Herein we analyze experimentally the effect that introducing highly reflecting photonic crystals, operating at different spectral ranges, has on the conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells. The interplay between structural colour and cell performance is discussed on the basis of the modified spectral response of the photogenerated current observed and the optical characterization of the cells. We demonstrate that, with the approach herein discussed, it is possible to achieve relatively high efficiencies using thin electrodes while preserving transparency. At the same time, the appearance of the device can be controllably modified, which is of relevance for their potential application in building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as window modules.

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The article was received on 12 Sep 2011, accepted on 03 Jan 2012 and first published on 17 Feb 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE02658A
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 8238-8243
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    Introducing structural colour in DSCs by using photonic crystals: interplay between conversion efficiency and optical properties

    D. Colonna, S. Colodrero, H. Lindström, A. Di Carlo and H. Míguez, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 8238
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE02658A

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