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Electrospun TiO2 nanofibers incorporated with graphene nanoflakes for energy conversion
Author(s): Manish A. Shinde; Ibrahim Alarifi; Abdulaziz Alharbi; Ramazan Asmatulu
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Paper Abstract

Solar energy has been used in many different ways, including solar water heater, solar cooking, space heating, and electricity generation. The major drawbacks of the solar energy conversion systems are the lower conversion efficiency and higher manufacturing and replacement costs. In order to eliminate these obstacles, many studies were focused on the energy and cost efficiencies of the solar cells (particularly dye sensitized solar cells – DSSC and thin film solar cells). In the present study, TiO2 nanofibers incorporated with graphene nanoflakes (0, 2, 4, and 8wt.%) were produced using electrospinning process. The chemical utilized for the electrospinning process included poly (vinyle acetate), dimetylfomamide (DMF), titanium (IV) isopropoxide and acetic acid in the presence and absence of graphene nanoflakes. The resultant nanofibers were heat treated at 300 °C for 2 hrs in a standard oven to remove all the organic parts of the nanofibers, and then further heated up to 500 °C in an argon atmosphere for additional 12 hrs to crystalline the nanofibers. SEM, TEM and XRD studies showed that graphene and TiO2 nanofibers are well integrated in the nanofiber structures. This study may guide some of the scientists and engineers to tailor the energy bang gap structures of some of the semiconductor materials for different industrial applications, including DSSC, water splitting, catalyst, batteries, and fuel cell.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9439, Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems 2015, 94390Z (27 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2087206
Show Author Affiliations
Manish A. Shinde, Wichita State Univ. (United States)
Ibrahim Alarifi, Wichita State Univ. (United States)
Abdulaziz Alharbi, Wichita State Univ. (United States)
Ramazan Asmatulu, Wichita State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9439:
Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems 2015
Norbert G. Meyendorf, Editor(s)

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