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Issue 3, 2011
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Solution-derived ZnO nanostructures for photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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Abstract

Solution-phase derived ZnO nanostructures have triggered considerable interest and become the mainstream route to obtain low-cost and large-scale electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The article reviews recent progress in liquid-phase synthesis methods for preparing ZnO nanostructures as the photoanodes of the DSSCs. A few classic paradigms and new advancements in the ZnO nanostructures made by our group are demonstrated. The effects of ZnO nanostructured films with different morphologies, prepared by solution-phase approaches, on the performance of DSSCs are discussed. Finally, various liquid-phase methods of ZnO nanostructure synthesis are summarized and compared to allow further exploration of the ways to improve the photoelectric conversion efficiency of DSSCs.

Graphical abstract: Solution-derived ZnO nanostructures for photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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The article was received on 17 Sep 2010, accepted on 09 Nov 2010 and first published on 23 Dec 2010


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00448K
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 818-841
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    Solution-derived ZnO nanostructures for photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

    F. Xu and L. Sun, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 818
    DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00448K

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