Electron-Transfer Kinetics through Interfaces between Electron-Transport and Ion-Transport Layers in Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Utilizing Solid Polymer Electrolyte

Woohyung Cho, Jongchul Lim, Tea Yon Kim, Young Rae Kim, Donghoon Song, Taiho Park, Francisco Fabregat-Santiago, Juan Bisquert, Yong Soo Kang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Scopus citations

Abstract

The origin of the differences between the performance parameters found for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) using liquid and poly(ethylene oxide)-based solid polymer electrolytes has been investigated. Limitations associated with poor polymer electrolyte penetration and ionic diffusion have been analyzed together with other effects such as the dye regeneration rate, the conduction band edge shift, and the electron recombination kinetics occurring in the solid polymer electrolyte. We have found that dye regeneration was faster for sensitized TiO2 films fully wetted with polymer electrolyte than that with liquid cells. This new result was attributed to a 0.2 eV decrease in the dye highest occupied molecular orbital energy yielding to an increase in the driving force for dye regeneration. These understandings may contribute to a further increase in the energy-conversion efficiency of DSCs employing solid polymer electrolyte.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2494-2500
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume120
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 18 2016

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Electron-Transfer Kinetics through Interfaces between Electron-Transport and Ion-Transport Layers in Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Utilizing Solid Polymer Electrolyte'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this