Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with high performances have been fabricated mainly with organic solvent-based liquid electrolytes. However, these solvents not only have high vapor pressure, but they are often toxic and flammable. In the last few years, the idea of moving towards a water-based or completely aqueous system clearly emerged. DSSCs fabricated with aqueous electrolytes may offer reduced costs, non-flammability and environmental compatibility, but the presence of water in the cell may reduce the longterm stability as well as the photovoltaic performance. For this reason, in recent years, an increasing number of research articles has been published in this direction and new dyes, electrodes and electrolyte components are continuously proposed. In this work, the study of different dyes as well as truly aqueous electrolytes is presented. A few curious and anomalous behaviors observed in the literature and in our laboratories are investigated for this class of electrolytes. Moreover, the development of a series of novel aqueous gel electrolytes based on natural polymers is also discussed as well as their interesting photovoltaic characteristics.

Aqueous Solar Cells: New Perspective in Photoelectrochemical Devices / Falco, Marisa; Bella, Federico; Galliano, S.; Gerbaldi, Claudio; Viscardi, G.; Grätzel, M.; Barolo, C.. - ELETTRONICO. - (2016), pp. 32-32. ((Intervento presentato al convegno NIS colloquium: Harnessing the Power of Light in Hybrid Materials tenutosi a Turin (Italy) nel October 6th‐7th 2016.

Aqueous Solar Cells: New Perspective in Photoelectrochemical Devices

FALCO, MARISA;BELLA, FEDERICO;GERBALDI, CLAUDIO;
2016

Abstract

Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with high performances have been fabricated mainly with organic solvent-based liquid electrolytes. However, these solvents not only have high vapor pressure, but they are often toxic and flammable. In the last few years, the idea of moving towards a water-based or completely aqueous system clearly emerged. DSSCs fabricated with aqueous electrolytes may offer reduced costs, non-flammability and environmental compatibility, but the presence of water in the cell may reduce the longterm stability as well as the photovoltaic performance. For this reason, in recent years, an increasing number of research articles has been published in this direction and new dyes, electrodes and electrolyte components are continuously proposed. In this work, the study of different dyes as well as truly aqueous electrolytes is presented. A few curious and anomalous behaviors observed in the literature and in our laboratories are investigated for this class of electrolytes. Moreover, the development of a series of novel aqueous gel electrolytes based on natural polymers is also discussed as well as their interesting photovoltaic characteristics.
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