Incident photon-to-current efficiency of thermally treated SWCNTs-based nanocomposite for dye-sensitized solar cell

Savisha Mahalingam, Huda Abdullah, Nowshad Amin, Abreeza Manap

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This study focuses on incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) performance of In2O3-SWCNTs for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) application. The thin films were prepared by sol-gel method using spin-coating technique annealed at 400, 450, 500, 550, and 600 °C. Morphology transition of In2O3 from spherical to cubic and then octahedral structure occurred as the annealing temperature rises. The photoanode annealed at 450 °C (cubic structure) provides a stable phase of cubic structure with large surface area and optimum thickness for effective dye adsorption. However, the IPCE value does not solely depends on the dye adsorption of photoanodes (light harvesting efficiency (LHE)) but the electron injection efficiency (ηinj) and the collection efficiency (ηcoll). Smaller energy bandgap of photoanodes favors the injected electrons with higher driving force to the conduction band (CB) of the photoanode, which in turn increases the ηinj from the LUMO of dye to the In2O3-SWCNTs CB. Besides that, the absence of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) above 500 °C caused the energy bandgap to increase and leads to lower driving force of injected electrons. In addition, SWCNTs are capable of absorbing visible light faster than other materials. Therefore, the cubic structure-based photoanode (450 °C) exhibited better electron transport with larger driving force on injected electron (ηinj) that decreased the electron recombination rate and increased electron lifetime and subsequently obtained larger charge collection efficiency (ηcoll) of almost 99%. Consequently, the IPCE performance of DSSC was enhanced. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalIonics
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Jun 2018

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCN)
Nanocomposites
nanocomposites
Photons
solar cells
dyes
carbon nanotubes
photons
Electrons
electrons
Coloring Agents
Dyes
Conduction bands
conduction bands
Energy gap
electron recombination
Adsorption
Electron injection
adsorption
Coating techniques

Keywords

  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • InO
  • IPCE
  • Single-walled carbon nanotubes
  • Thermal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Incident photon-to-current efficiency of thermally treated SWCNTs-based nanocomposite for dye-sensitized solar cell. / Mahalingam, Savisha; Abdullah, Huda; Amin, Nowshad; Manap, Abreeza.

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