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Electron density and dye adsorption dependence of electron transport in dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells
Author(s): Shogo Nakade; Wataru Kubo; Yasuteru Saito; Takayuki Kitamura; Yuji Wada; Shozo Yanagida
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Paper Abstract

In dye-sensitized solar cells, electron transport in nano-porous thin TiO2 film electrodes plays an important role in energy conversion efficiency. Previous studies have revealed that the electron transport property is largely influenced by electron density in the electrodes and the preparation methods of the TiO2 electrodes. In this paper, we study the electron diffusion in nano-porous TiO2 electrodes with and without dye adsorption. The electron diffusion coefficient is derived from pulsed laser induced current transients in the presence and absence of bias light. Measurements are repeated with various light intensities to examine electron density dependence. The experiments are performed for the electrodes prepared from two different TiO2 particles and for two different electrolytes. For all cases, dye adsorption is found to increase electron diffusion coefficients under the same electron density in the electrodes. The increase of diffusion coefficients is confirmed by open-circuit voltage transient measurements. The charge trap on the electrode surface is studied from the relationship between open-circuit voltage and charge density in the dyed TiO2electrodes. The reduction of surface charge trap density due to the dye adsorption is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5215, Organic Photovoltaics IV, (6 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.505823
Show Author Affiliations
Shogo Nakade, Nokia Japan Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Wataru Kubo, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Yasuteru Saito, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Takayuki Kitamura, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Yuji Wada, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Shozo Yanagida, Osaka Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5215:
Organic Photovoltaics IV
Zakya H. Kafafi; Paul A. Lane, Editor(s)

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