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Efficient quasi-solid dye sensitized solar cells employing molten salt electrolyte

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GKR Senadeera ,

Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hantana Road, Kandy, LK
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N de Silva

Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hantana Road, Kandy, LK
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Abstract

There have been many attempts to increase the overall conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells using liquid-state electrolytes. However, this type of cells have unsolved critical problems such as leakage and evaporation of volatile organic solvents. Thus the development of more stable solid or quasi-solid state cell is of great importance. In the study reported here, we developed a novel fabrication method of dye sensitized quasi-solid solar cells using solid composite materials of LiSCN and methyl-hexyl-imidazolium iodide (MHImI) as hole transport materials to replace liquid iodide and polyiodide electrolyte which consists of volatile solvents. The device based on 6 ìm thick nanocrystalline TiO2 film absorbed by monolayer of Ru(II) terpyridyl complex photosensitizer (N719 dye), shows excellent incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE, ~ 75%) , large current density (11.6 mA cm-2), and high light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency (5.3- 6.1%) under the illumination of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5).  

doi:10.4038/sljp.v7i0.204

Sri Lankan Journal of Physics, Vol. 7 (2006) 15-22

How to Cite: Senadeera, G. & de Silva, N., (2006). Efficient quasi-solid dye sensitized solar cells employing molten salt electrolyte. Sri Lankan Journal of Physics. 7, pp.15–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljp.v7i0.204
Published on 11 Dec 2006.
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