Electrocatalytic SiC Nanoparticles/PEDOT: PSS Composite Thin Films as the Counter Electrodes of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Yu Lin Tsai, Chun Ting Li, Tzu Yen Huang, Chi Ta Lee, Chen Yang Lin, Chih Wei Chu, R. Vittal, Kuo Chuan Ho*

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Abstract

A composite film consisting of silicon carbide nanoparticles and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (SiC-NPs/PEDOT:PSS) is deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate and used as the counter electrode (CE) material for a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The content of SiC is optimized to be 5wt% with respect to PEDOT:PSS to obtain the best power conversion efficiency (η) of 7.25% for the pertinent DSSC. The η of the best DSSC (7.25%) is found to be slightly lower than that of the cell with a sputtered-Pt CE (η=7.98%). The films are characterized by using field-emission scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Electrocatalytic parameters of the CEs are obtained by using cyclic voltammetry, rotating disk electrode, and Tafel polarization curves. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency curves are used to substantiate the photovoltaic parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1031-1039
Number of pages9
JournalChemElectroChem
Volume1
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Carbides
  • Counter electrodes
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Energy conversion
  • Rotating disk electrode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electrochemistry

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