A complete carbon counter electrode for high performance quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cell

Alvira Ayoub Arbab, Mazhar Hussain Peerzada, Iftikhar Ali Sahito, Sung Hoon Jeong

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Abstract

The proposed research describes the design and fabrication of a quasi-solid state dye sensitized solar cells (Q-DSSCs) with a complete carbon based counter electrode (CC-CE) and gel infused membrane electrolyte. For CE, the platinized fluorinated tin oxide glass (Pt/FTO) was replaced by the soft cationic functioned multiwall carbon nanotubes (SCF-MWCNT) catalytic layer coated on woven carbon fiber fabric (CFF) prepared on handloom by interlacing of carbon filament tapes. SCF-MWCNT were synthesized by functionalization of cationised lipase from Candida Ragusa. Cationised enzyme solution was prepared at pH ∼3 by using acetic acid. The cationic enzyme functionalization of MWCNT causes the minimum damage to the tubular morphology and assist in fast anchoring of negative iodide ions present in membrane electrolyte. The high electrocatalytic activity and low charge transfer resistance (RCT= 2.12 Ω) of our proposed system of CC-CE shows that the woven CFF coated with cationised lipase treated carbon nanotubes enriched with positive surface ions. The Q-DSSCs fabricated with CC-CE and 5 wt% PEO gel infused PVDF-HFP membrane electrolyte exhibit power conversion efficiency of 8.90% under masking. Our suggested low cost and highly efficient system of CC-CE helps the proposed quasi-solid state DSSCs structure to stand out as sustainable next generation solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-423
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume343
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Carbon fiber fabric electrode
  • Cationised lipase enzyme
  • Electrocatalytic activity
  • Multi-walled carbon nanotubes
  • Quasi-solid state dye sensitized solar cell

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Arbab, Alvira Ayoub ; Peerzada, Mazhar Hussain ; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali ; Jeong, Sung Hoon. / A complete carbon counter electrode for high performance quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cell. In: Journal of Power Sources. 2017 ; Vol. 343. pp. 412-423.
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