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Hydrothermal Growth and Application of ZnO Nanowire Films with ZnO and TiO2Buffer Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Weiguang Yang1, Farong Wan12*, Siwei Chen1 and Chunhua Jiang3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 100083, Beijing, China

2 Beijing Key Lab of Advanced Energy Material and Technology, 100083, Beijing, China

3 State Approved Technology Center, Irico Group Corp, 100085, Beijing, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:1486-1492  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9425-4

Published: 16 September 2009


This paper reports the effects of the seed layers prepared by spin-coating and dip-coating methods on the morphology and density of ZnO nanowire arrays, thus on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The nanowire films with the thick ZnO buffer layer (~0.8–1 μm thick) can improve the open circuit voltage of the DSSCs through suppressing carrier recombination, however, and cause the decrease of dye loading absorbed on ZnO nanowires. In order to further investigate the effect of TiO2buffer layer on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs, compared with the ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs without a compact TiO2buffer layer, the photovoltaic conversion efficiency and open circuit voltage of the ZnO DSSCs with the compact TiO2layer (~50 nm thick) were improved by 3.9–12.5 and 2.4–41.7%, respectively. This can be attributed to the introduction of the compact TiO2layer prepared by sputtering method, which effectively suppressed carrier recombination occurring across both the film–electrolyte interface and the substrate–electrolyte interface.

ZnO nanowires; Arrays; DSSC; Hydrothermal growth