A Player Often Neglected: Electrochemical Comprehensive Analysis of Counter Electrodes for Quantum Dot Solar Cells
Authors: Milan R., Hassan M., Selopal GS., Borgese L., Natile MM., Depero LE., Sberveglieri G., Concina I.
Autors Affiliation: Univ Brescia, Dept Informat Engn, Via Valotti 9, I-25131 Brescia, Italy; CNR INO, SENSOR Lab, Via Branze 45, I-25123 Brescia, Italy; INSTM, Dipartimento Ingn Meccan & Ind, Chem Technol Lab, Via Branze 38, I-25123 Brescia, Italy; Univ Brescia, Via Branze 38, I-25123 Brescia, Italy; CNR, Ist Energet & Interfasi, Dipartimento Sci Chim, Via Marzolo 1, I-35131 Padua, Italy; Univ Padua, Via Marzolo 1, I-35131 Padua, Italy; Lulea Univ Technol, S-97198 Lulea, Sweden
Abstract: The role played by the counter electrode (CE) in quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) is crucial: it is indeed responsible for catalyzing the regeneration of the redox electrolyte after its action to take back the oxidized light harvesters to the ground state, thus keeping the device active and stable. The activity of CE is moreover directly related to the fill factor and short circuit current through the resistance of the interface electrode electrolyte that affects the series resistance of the cell. Despite that, too few efforts have been devoted to a comprehensive analysis of this important device component. In this work we combine an extensive electrochemical characterization of the most common materials exploited as CEs in. QDSSCs (namely, Pt, Au, Cu2S obtained by brass treatment, and Cu2S deposited on conducting glass via spray) with a detailed characterization of their surface composition and morphology, aimed at systematically defining the relationship between their nature and electrocatalytic activity.
Journal/Review: ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES
Volume: 8 (12) Pages from: 7766 to: 7776
KeyWords: quantum dot sensitized solar cells; counter electrodes; solar energy conversion; charge transfer resistance; copper sulfide; treated brassDOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b11508Citations: 14data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2021-10-17References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here