Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2011.08.061
Title: Precise modification of the interface between titanium dioxide and electrolyte of dye-sensitized solar cells with oxides deposited by thermal evaporation of metals and subsequent oxidation
Authors: Neo, C.Y.
Ouyang, J. 
Keywords: Alumina
Charge recombination
Dye-sensitized solar cell
Interface
Magnesia
Thermal evaporation
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2011
Citation: Neo, C.Y., Ouyang, J. (2011-12-01). Precise modification of the interface between titanium dioxide and electrolyte of dye-sensitized solar cells with oxides deposited by thermal evaporation of metals and subsequent oxidation. Journal of Power Sources 196 (23) : 10538-10542. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2011.08.061
Abstract: This manuscript reports the modification of the interface between the mesoporous TiO2 work electrode and electrolyte of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) with oxide layers deposited by the thermal evaporation of metals and subsequent oxidation with UV ozone. Both Al2O3 and MgO can be deposited on mesoporous TiO2 by this method, and their thickness can be precisely controlled. A thin layer of Al2O 3 or MgO on the TiO2 work electrode can improve the photovoltaic efficiency. The optimal thicknesses are 14.1 and 4.9 for Al 2O3 and MgO, respectively. The oxide effect has been investigated by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and UV-Vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy. The improvement in the photovoltaic efficiency by an oxide layer is attributed to the upward shift of the conduction band of TiO2, the passivation of the TiO2 surface, and the retardation of the charge recombination through the interface between TiO2 and electrolyte. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Power Sources
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/86661
ISSN: 03787753
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2011.08.061
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