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Stability of templated and nanoparticles dye-sensitized solar cells : photovoltaic and electrochemical investigation of degradation mechanisms at the photoelectrode interface
English
Dewalque, Jennifer mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de chimie (sciences) > LCIS - GreenMAT >]
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de physique > Physique des solides, interfaces et nanostructures >]
Colson, Pierre [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de chimie (sciences) > LCIS - GreenMAT >]
Krins, Natacha [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de chimie (sciences) > LCIS - GreenMAT >]
Cloots, Rudi [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de chimie (sciences) > LCIS - GreenMAT >]
Henrist, Catherine [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de chimie (sciences) > LCIS - GreenMAT >]
2014
Electrochimica Acta
Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science
115
1
478-486
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0013-4686
[en] dye sensitized solar cells ; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy ; light soaking ; templated mesoporous films ; thermal stress ; UV degradation
[en] A key issue in the commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cells is to maintain high efficiency and long lifetime. As reported in the literature, dye-sensitized solar cells are stable under visible light soaking but thermal stress and UV exposure lead to efficiency degradation. However, all the stability studies published so far have been performed on cells whose TiO2 electrodes were prepared by tape casting or screen printing of nanoparticle pastes/inks. The present study concerns cells based on highly porous templated TiO2 electrodes, whose larger surface area could enhance the negative effects of thermal stress, light soaking and UV exposure. The long-term stability of these cells is compared with a classical nanoparticle-based cell using current-voltage measurements (I-V curves) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Due to their higher active interface, templated cells are more sensitive than nanoparticle cells to UV illumination, although this can be easily solved in both cases by the use of a UV filter. The templated cells are as stable as the nanoparticle cells under visible light soaking (UV filtered). However, we showed that templated cells are more stable under thermal stress. Moreover, as evidenced by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, templated cells show lower transfer resistance, as well as lower recombination resistance compared to nanoparticle cells. The crystallite connectivity promoted by the templating route seems to favor the electron transfers inside the porous layer. Using templated films in dye-sensitized solar cells is therefore really promising because higher conversion efficiencies are reached without promoting cell degradation.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/157828
also: http://hdl.handle.net/2268/159289 ; http://hdl.handle.net/2268/159290
10.1016/j.electacta.2013.11.009

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