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Effect of dielectric permittivity on the performance of polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)
Author(s): Muhammad A. A. Kamarudin; Ammar A. Khan; Malik M. Qasim; Timothy D. Wilkinson
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Paper Abstract

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a type of organic solar cell often cited for their high efficiency and easy fabrication. Recent studies have shown that modification of the standard liquid electrolyte DSSC architecture by the changing one of the components or the addition of additives often results in the improvement in one of the photovoltaic parameters and hence the overall efficiency. Here we explore a dielectric liquid crystal material which is a known insulator but possesses a high degree of order and optical anisotropy. In the presence of an applied electric field, the equilibrium of positive and negative charges are displaced in opposite directions. In this work, different mixtures with different dielectric anisotropies ranging from negative, zero and positive are formulated. These mixtures are then used to prepare polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) electrolytes and subsequently DSSC devices based on these PDLC electrolytes are fabricated. The morphology of the PDLC is observed through polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and the electrical/photovoltaic characterizations are performed through current density-voltage (J-V) measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9940, Liquid Crystals XX, 994010 (23 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237296
Show Author Affiliations
Muhammad A. A. Kamarudin, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Ammar A. Khan, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Malik M. Qasim, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Timothy D. Wilkinson, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9940:
Liquid Crystals XX
Iam Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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