In the field of dye-sensitized solar cells, polymer electrolytes are among the most studied materials due to their ability to ensure both high efficiency and stability, the latter being a critical point of these devices. Hundreds of polymeric matrices have been proposed over the years, and their functionalization with several groups, the variation of their molecular weight and the tuning of the crosslinking degree have been investigated. However, the true effect that polymeric matrices have on the cell parameters has often been addressed superficially, and hundreds of papers justify the obtained results with a simple bibliographic reference to other systems (sometimes completely different). This work proposes a system of nanoscale growth and crosslinking of a polymer electrolyte inside a nanostructured photoanode. Electrochemical and photovoltaic parameters are carefully monitored as a function of thickness and degree of penetration of the electrolyte. The results derived from this study refute many clichés generally accepted and taken for granted in many literature articles, and – for the first time – a compromise between the amount of polymer, cell efficiency and stability is achieved.
Dispelling clichés at the nanoscale: the true effect of polymer electrolytes on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells / Bella, Federico; Sacco, Adriano; Massaglia, Giulia; Chiodoni, Angelica; Pirri, Candido; Quaglio, Marzia. - In: NANOSCALE. - ISSN 2040-3364. - ELETTRONICO. - 7(2015), pp. 12010-12017.
|Titolo:||Dispelling clichés at the nanoscale: the true effect of polymer electrolytes on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5NR02286J|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|