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Novel nanostructures for next generation dye-sensitized solar cells

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Abstract

Herein, we review our latest advancements in nanostructured photoanodes for next generation photovoltaics in general and dye-sensitized solar cells in particular. Bottom-up self-assembly techniques are developed to fabricate large-area 3D nanostructures that enable enhanced charge extraction and light harvesting through optical scattering or photonic crystal effects to improve photocurrent, photovoltage and fill factor. Using generalized techniques to fabricate specialized nanostructures enables specific optoelectronic and physical characteristics like conduction, charge extraction, injection, recombination and light harvesting but also helps improve mechanical flexibility and long-term stability in low cost materials.

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The article was received on 21 Nov 2011, accepted on 18 Jan 2012 and first published on 18 Jan 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03242B
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 8506-8516
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    Novel nanostructures for next generation dye-sensitized solar cells

    N. Tétreault and M. Grätzel, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 8506
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03242B

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