Enhanced conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells based on hydrothermally synthesized TiO2-MWCNT nanocomposites.

Abstract

A 50% enhancement in the conversion efficiency (4.9-7.37%) is realized in dye-sensitized solar cells using hydrothermally synthesized TiO(2)-multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanocomposites as compared to hydrothermally synthesized TiO(2) without MWCNT and Degussa P25. Several characterizations have been employed to reveal the nature of the modification imparted to the MWCNTs under hydrothermal processing conditions and the resulting TiO(2)-MWCNT conjugation through -COOH groups. Efficient charge transfer in the nanocomposite and efficient electron transport by MWCNT (significantly higher incident-photon-to-current conversion efficiency) are suggested to be the possible reasons for the enhancement.

DOI: 10.1021/am900396m

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@article{Muduli2009EnhancedCE, title={Enhanced conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells based on hydrothermally synthesized TiO2-MWCNT nanocomposites.}, author={Subas Muduli and Wonjoo Lee and Vivek V Dhas and Sarfraj Mujawar and Megha Dubey and Kunjukrishanan P Vijayamohanan and Sung-Hwan Han and Satishchandra B. Ogale}, journal={ACS applied materials & interfaces}, year={2009}, volume={1 9}, pages={2030-5} }