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Controllable growth of NixCoySe films and the influence of composition on the photovoltaic performance of quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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Abstract

Herein, ternary nickel cobalt selenide (NixCoySe) films with controllable stoichiometric ratios were prepared in situ on a conductive substrate. When the total amounts of metal salts and selenium are kept constant, the stoichiometric ratio of NixCoySe nanoparticles in situ growing on the conductive substrate can be controlled by adjusting the feed ratios of metal salts in the reaction solution. When the in situ-grown NixCoySe films are directly used as counter electrodes of quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (QSDSSCs), the electrocatalytic properties of NixCoySe and the corresponding photovoltaic performances depend on the Ni/Co molar ratio. The QSDSSC device with the Ni0.12Co0.80Se counter electrode achieves the best power conversion efficiency of 8.61% among those with the counter electrode at other stoichiometric ratios. Impressively, the ternary Ni0.12Co0.80Se is superior to the binary selenides and the Pt control in terms of both electrocatalytic activity and solar cell performance; this is attributed to the synergetic effect between nickel and cobalt atoms in the ternary compound.

Graphical abstract: Controllable growth of NixCoySe films and the influence of composition on the photovoltaic performance of quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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The article was received on 04 Feb 2018, accepted on 14 Mar 2018 and first published on 15 Mar 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00611C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 3901-3909
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    Controllable growth of NixCoySe films and the influence of composition on the photovoltaic performance of quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

    Z. Jin, G. Zhao and Z. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 3901
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00611C

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