Comparison of ZnO and TiO2 nanowires for photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells

Ling, Tao, Song, Jun-Guo, Chen, Xue-Yan, Yang, Jing, Qiao, Shi-Zhang and Du, Xi-Wen (2013) Comparison of ZnO and TiO2 nanowires for photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 546 307-313. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2012.08.030

Author Ling, Tao
Song, Jun-Guo
Chen, Xue-Yan
Yang, Jing
Qiao, Shi-Zhang
Du, Xi-Wen
Title Comparison of ZnO and TiO2 nanowires for photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells
Journal name Journal of Alloys and Compounds   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0925-8388
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jallcom.2012.08.030
Volume 546
Start page 307
End page 313
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
ZnO and TiO2 single-crystalline nanowires (SCNWs) are considered to be ideal materials for the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) due to their superior property of electron transfer, however, a direct comparison between the above two systems has not been made. In the present work, ZnO and TiO2 SCNWs were synthesized directly on conductive glasses by wet chemical methods, and their sizes were kept identical. After being sensitized by N3 dye, the two kinds of nanowires were employed as photoanodes for assembling DSSCs. Comparative studies show that, although TiO2 SCNWs adsorb less dye molecules, they could effectively retard charge recombination and achieve longer electron lifetime than ZnO SCNWs; as a result, the DSSCs composed of TiO2 SCNWs exhibit higher performance than those of ZnO SCNWs.
Keyword Photovoltaics
Nanostructured materials
Electrical transport
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 28 August 2012.

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