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Recent advances in multifunctional nanocarbons used in dye-sensitized solar cells

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Abstract

Throughout recent years the implementation of nanocarbons into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) has resulted in important breakthroughs. The most relevant of them in this context are (i) the enhancement of charge transport and charge collection in nanocarbon-doped electrodes, (ii) the introduction of nanocarbon interlayers that simultaneously reduce the charge recombination and increase the charge collection efficiency, (iii) the use of nanocarbon-based, iodine-free, solid-state electrolytes featuring excellent diffusion coefficients and catalytic efficiencies, (iv) the use of novel nanocarbon-based hybrid dyes, and (v) the use of nanocarbons towards platinum-free counter electrodes. The first four aforementioned aspects are thoroughly described in this review.

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The article was received on 17 Oct 2013, accepted on 20 Jan 2014 and first published on 21 Jan 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43458C
Energy Environ. Sci., 2014,7, 1281-1296

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    Recent advances in multifunctional nanocarbons used in dye-sensitized solar cells

    R. D. Costa, F. Lodermeyer, R. Casillas and D. M. Guldi, Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 1281
    DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43458C

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