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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 22, Iss. S2 — Mar. 10, 2014
  • pp: A301–A310

Aluminum plasmonic nanoparticles enhanced dye sensitized solar cells

Qi Xu, Fang Liu, Yuxiang Liu, Weisi Meng, Kaiyu Cui, Xue Feng, Wei Zhang, and Yidong Huang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue S2, pp. A301-A310 (2014)

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We present an investigation on utilizing plasmonic aluminium (Al) nanoparticles (NPs) to enhance the optical absorption of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The Al NPs exhibit not only the light absorption enhancement in solar cells with localized surface plasmon (LSP) effect but also the chemical stability to iodide/triiodide electrolyte. Besides, the lower work function (~4.06 eV), compared with that of TiO2 (~4.6 eV), may suppress the quenching processes, such as charge transfer to metal NPs, to reduce the loss. Thus, high concentration of Al NPs could be incorporated into the TiO2 anodes, and the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSCs is improved by nearly 13%. Moreover, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) characterization also indicates that the plasmonic DSCs with Al NPs present better electrochemical performance than regular ones, which contributes to the improvement of PCE of the device.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Light Trapping for Photovoltaics

Original Manuscript: November 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 12, 2014
Published: February 7, 2014

Qi Xu, Fang Liu, Yuxiang Liu, Weisi Meng, Kaiyu Cui, Xue Feng, Wei Zhang, and Yidong Huang, "Aluminum plasmonic nanoparticles enhanced dye sensitized solar cells," Opt. Express 22, A301-A310 (2014)

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