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High performance dye anchored counter electrodes with a SPSQ2 sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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Abstract

High performance counter electrodes (CEs) based on dye anchoring have been developed via a low cost spray gun. Their performance was further optimized using PEDOT:PSS over the dye anchored counter electrode (DACE). Here we demonstrate DACE based devices using a near-infrared unsymmetrical squaraine sensitizer (SPSQ2) and commercially available N719 dye. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results reveal that the charge transfer activity of the DACE devices shows a more optimal performance than those without DACEs. A significant increase in photoconversion efficiency was observed for the PEDOT:PSS sprayed DACE (5.75%) as the counter electrodes associated with low series resistance, low electrolyte diffusion impedance, high open circuit voltage and fill factor when compared to the simple DACE and normal counter electrode DSSCs. The enhanced efficiency could be due to the charge carriers generated in the test cells associated with SPSQ2 dye on the counter electrode and an additional PEDOT:PSS layer on the DACE.

Graphical abstract: High performance dye anchored counter electrodes with a SPSQ2 sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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The article was received on 22 Jun 2016, accepted on 11 Oct 2016 and first published on 27 Oct 2016


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00101G
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 735-740
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    High performance dye anchored counter electrodes with a SPSQ2 sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cell applications

    K. Susmitha, M. Gurulakshmi, M. Naresh Kumar, L. Giribabu, G. Hanumantha Rao, S. P. Singh, S. Narendra Babu, M. Srinivas and M. Raghavender, Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 735
    DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00101G

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