An analysis and research on the transmission ratio of dye sensitized solar cell photoelectrodes by using different etching process

Chin Guo Kuo, Cheng Fu Yang, Mu Jung Kao, Wen Pin Weng, Chi Cheng Chang, Lih Ren Hwang, Jian Lan Nil

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Classical photoelectrodes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) were fabricated by using the electrochemical method on the titanium (Ti) template, for that the fabrication process would influence the characteristics of the DSSCs. In this study, at first three different methods were used to etch Ti templates from 10 to 17 min, (1) polishing-chemical etching: Ti template was annealed at 450°C for 1 h, abraded using number 80 to 1500 SiC sheet, and then etched in a solution of 5% HF + 95% H; (2) electrochemical polishing-chemical etching: Ti template was annealed at 450°C for 1 h, electrolytic polishing with 42% CHH + 5% HClO+ 53% HOCHHCsolution, and the chemical-etching in a solution of 5% HF + 95% H; (3) chemical etching: Ti template was etched in a solution of 5% HF + 95% H and annealed at 450°C for 1 h. When the etching time was changed from 10 to 17 min, the thicknesses of Ti templates decreased from 75.3 m to 14.8 m, depending on the etching method. After etching process, the TiOnanotube arrays were fabricated as the photoelectrode of DSSCs by electrochemical process, in which the Ti as anode and platinum (Pt) as cathode. The electrolyte solution included COH) NH, and deionized water. After annealing the grown TiOnanotube arrays at 450°C for 3 h, we would show that the etching process had large effect on the structure and transmittance ratio of the TiOnanotube arrays.

Original languageEnglish
Article number151973
JournalInternational Journal of Photoenergy
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 13


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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