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Carbon nanotubes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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posted on 14.01.2016, 12:09 by Munkhbayar Batmunkh, Mark Biggs, J.G. Shapter
© 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. As one type of emerging photovoltaic cell, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are an attractive potential source of renewable energy due to their eco-friendliness, ease of fabrication, and cost effectiveness. However, in DSSCs, the rarity and high cost of some electrode materials (transparent conducting oxide and platinum) and the inefficient performance caused by slow electron transport, poor light-harvesting efficiency, and significant charge recombination are critical issues. Recent research has shown that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are promising candidates to overcome these issues due to their unique electrical, optical, chemical, physical, as well as catalytic properties. This article provides a comprehensive review of the research that has focused on the application of CNTs and their hybrids in transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs), in semiconducting layers, and in counter electrodes of DSSCs. At the end of this review, some important research directions for the future use of CNTs in DSSCs are also provided.

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  • Science

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  • Chemistry

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Small

Volume

11

Issue

25

Pages

2963 - 2989

Citation

BATMUNKH, M., BIGGS, M.J. and SHAPTER, J.G., 2015. Carbon Nanotubes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Small, 11(25), pp. 2963-2989.

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© Wiley-VCH Verlag

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2015

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1613-6810

eISSN

1613-6829

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en

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