Highly catalytic carbon nanotube counter electrode on plastic for dye solar cells utilizing cobalt-based redox mediator

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  • Uppsala University


A flexible, slightly transparent and metal-free random network of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) on plain polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic substrate outperformed platinum on conductive glass and on plastic as the counter electrode (CE) of a dye solar cell employing a Co(II/III)tris(2,2'-bipyridyl) complex redox mediator in 3-methoxypropionitrile solvent. The CE charge-transfer resistance of the SWCNT film was 0.60 Omega cm(2), 4.0 Omega cm(2) for sputtered platinum on indium tin oxide-PET substrate and 1.7 Omega cm(2) for thermally deposited Pt on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass, respectively. The solar cell efficiencies were in the same range, thus proving that an entirely carbon-based SWCNT film on plastic is as good CE candidate for the Co electrolyte. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Dye solar cell, Carbon nanotube, Plastic, Counter electrode, Cobalt complex, Electrolyte, IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY, LOW-COST, EFFICIENCY, FILMS, PERFORMANCE, FABRICATION, PLATINUM

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