Progress in nanostructured photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

Liu, Xueyang, Fang, Jian, Liu, Yong and Lin, Tong 2016, Progress in nanostructured photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells, Frontiers of materials science, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 225-237, doi: 10.1007/s11706-016-0341-0.

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Title Progress in nanostructured photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells
Author(s) Liu, Xueyang
Fang, JianORCID iD for Fang, Jian
Liu, Yong
Lin, TongORCID iD for Lin, Tong
Journal name Frontiers of materials science
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 225
End page 237
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 2095-025X
Keyword(s) dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC)
Summary Solar cells represent a principal energy technology to convert light into electricity. Commercial solar cells are at present predominately produced by single- or multi-crystalline silicon wafers. The main drawback to silicon-based solar cells, however, is high material and manufacturing costs. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted much attention during recent years because of the low production cost and other advantages. The photoanode (working electrode) plays a key role in determining the performance of DSSCs. In particular, nanostructured photoanodes with a large surface area, high electron transfer efficiency, and low electron recombination facilitate to prepare DSSCs with high energy conversion efficiency. In this review article, we summarize recent progress in the development of novel photoanodes for DSSCs. Effect of semiconductor material (e.g. TiO2, ZnO, SnO2, N2O5, and nano carbon), preparation, morphology and structure (e.g. nanoparticles, nanorods, nanofibers, nanotubes, fiber/particle composites, and hierarchical structure) on photovoltaic performance of DSSCs is described. The possibility of replacing silicon-based solar cells with DSSCs is discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11706-016-0341-0
Field of Research 091205 Functional Materials
091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio Economic Objective 860406 Synthetic Fibres
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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