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Nanohybrids of RGO nanosheets and 2-dimensional porous Co3O4 nanoflakes working as highly efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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Abstract

In this paper, nanohybrids (Co3O4@RGO) of 2-dimensional (2D) porous Co3O4 nanoflakes anchored on reduced graphene oxide nanosheets have been fabricated by a facile hydrothermal reduction process. The introduction of RGO nanosheets substantially improved the performance of 2D porous Co3O4 nanoflakes as counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The DSSCs with this Co3O4@RGO CE displayed a power conversion efficiency of 5.79%, which is greatly higher than that of pure Co3O4 CE (1.2%) or pure RGO CE (2.2%), and even comparable to that of the conventional Pt CE (6.16%). At the same time, with the addition of RGO, the electrochemical stability of Co3O4@RGO nanohybrids is also greatly improved. This work gives an idea on how to take the advantage and to avoid the disadvantage of 2D nanoflakes by introducing RGO nanosheets. Meanwhile, the experimental result demonstrates that Co3O4@RGO nanohybrids are advanced CEs in DSSCs and may open a window for potential applications in any other related fields.

Graphical abstract: Nanohybrids of RGO nanosheets and 2-dimensional porous Co3O4 nanoflakes working as highly efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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The article was received on 16 Aug 2016, accepted on 07 Oct 2016 and first published on 10 Oct 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC03540J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 10323-10328
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    Nanohybrids of RGO nanosheets and 2-dimensional porous Co3O4 nanoflakes working as highly efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

    F. Du, X. Zuo, Q. Yang, G. Li, Z. Ding, M. Wu, Y. Ma and K. Zhu, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 10323
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TC03540J

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