SpringerOpen Newsletter

Receive periodic news and updates relating to SpringerOpen.

Open Access Nano Express

A study of TiO2/carbon black composition as counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells

Jeongmin Lim1, Sang Yeoul Ryu2, Jeonghun Kim1 and Yongseok Jun1*

Author Affiliations

1 Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan 689-798, Republic of Korea

2 Fine Chemical and Material Technical Institute, Ulsan Techno Park, Ulsan 681-802, Republic of Korea

For all author emails, please log on.

Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:227  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-227

Published: 14 May 2013

Abstract

This study describes a systematic approach of TiO2/carbon black nanoparticles with respect to the loading amount in order to optimize the catalytic ability of triiodide reduction for dye-sensitized solar cells. In particular, the cell using an optimized TiO2 and carbon black electrode presents an energy conversion efficiency of 7.4% with a 5:1 ratio of a 40-nm TiO2 to carbon black. Based on the electrochemical analysis, the charge-transfer resistance of the carbon counter electrode changed based on the carbon black powder content. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry study show lower resistance compared to the Pt counter electrode. The obtained nanostructures and photo electrochemical study were characterized.

Keywords:
Dye-sensitized solar cells; Carbon black; Counter electrode; Nano composite