(SiO2)100-x-Nix (x = 2.5, 10.0) Composite-based photoanode with polymer gel electrolyte for increased dye-sensitized solar cell performance

Huda Abdullah, Mohammad Khairusani Zainudin, Masrianis Ahmad, Savisha Mahalingam, Abreeza Manap

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This work aims on the degradation performance of (SiO2)100-x-Nix (x = 2.5, 10.0) photoanodes incorporating with liquid and gel polymer electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The silica doped with nickel and gel polymer electrolyte was prepared by sol-gel polymerization of tetraethyl orthosilicate and sol-gel polymerization of polyacrylonitrile (PAN), respectively. The utilization of PAN-based gel polymer electrolyte improved the value of open circuit voltage due to its high ionic conductivity and mechanical stability in DSSC. The (SiO2)90.0-Ni10.0-based DSSC utilizing PAN-based gel polymer electrolyte exhibited the highest power conversion efficiency of 2.96%. The field emission electron microscopy images show larger average particle size with greater porosity in the (SiO2)90.0-Ni10.0 thin film. Moreover, the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis determines greater active surface area on (SiO2)90.0-Ni10.0 thin films that indicates more dye molecules may adsorb on the mesoporous photoanode to facilitate electron transport in the DSSC.

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JournalIonics
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)
  • Gel polymer electrolyte
  • Nickel
  • Silica
  • Sol-gel

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  • Materials Science(all)
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(SiO2)100-x-Nix (x = 2.5, 10.0) Composite-based photoanode with polymer gel electrolyte for increased dye-sensitized solar cell performance. / Abdullah, Huda; Zainudin, Mohammad Khairusani; Ahmad, Masrianis; Mahalingam, Savisha; Manap, Abreeza.

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Abdullah, Huda ; Zainudin, Mohammad Khairusani ; Ahmad, Masrianis ; Mahalingam, Savisha ; Manap, Abreeza. / (SiO2)100-x-Nix (x = 2.5, 10.0) Composite-based photoanode with polymer gel electrolyte for increased dye-sensitized solar cell performance. In: Ionics. 2019.
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