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Application of polypyrrole as a counter electrode for a dye-sensitized solar cell

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Abstract

Conductive polymers have been widely applied as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. However, as one of many materials in the conductive polymer family, polypyrrole attracts little attention in this field. In this paper, polypyrrole (PPy) was synthesized by vapour phase polymerization (VPP) and electropolymerization (EP) and these PPys were employed as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. Comparing this to the regularly used Pt counter electrode, both of them show good catalytic behaviour in dye-sensitized solar cells though the PPy electrodes have a slightly lower fill factor. Such investigation will broaden the application of conductive polymers in DSCs. Our study indicates that polypyrrole is a good candidate to replace the Pt counter electrode in DSCs. Taking into consideration the regular solvent used in DSCs, it is recommended that an insoluble conductive polymer is a good choice for the counter electrode in DSCs.

Graphical abstract: Application of polypyrrole as a counter electrode for a dye-sensitized solar cell

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Submitted
27 Nov 2010
Accepted
12 Jan 2011
First published
14 Feb 2011

J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 4644-4649
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Application of polypyrrole as a counter electrode for a dye-sensitized solar cell

J. Xia, L. Chen and S. Yanagida, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 4644
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM04116E

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