Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with water-based electrolytes are considered as one of the possible breakthrough towards DSSCs large-scale diffusion. If opportunely developed and optimized, aqueous solar cells can be considered a truly low impact photovoltaic device and no toxic components. Moreover, the possibility of gelling the electrolyte into a polymeric matrix can reduce the leakage outside the device, thus increasing the long-term stability. Above all, bio-derived polymers appear promising being renewable and easy available with low cost. In this contribution, the investigation on bio-derived hydrogel electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells is proposed. Cellulose- and alginate-derivatives, xantan gum and other bio-matrices are investigated in their electrochemical and physico-chemical properties. Moreover, the use of design of experiments (DoE) is demonstrated to be a useful chemometric technique for the concurrent investigation of a series of experimental factors that directly influence the photovoltaic performances of solar cells. Results obtained enlighten that a solid mathematical-statistical approach is fundamental to support the researchers and effectively drive the experiments towards the achievements of optimal operating conditions for aqueous solar cells.

Biosourced polymer electrolytes: boosting sustainability of aqueous solar cells / Bella, F.; Galliano, S.; Piana, G.; Falco, M.; Viscardi, G.; Barolo, C.; Grätzel, M.; Gerbaldi, C.. - ELETTRONICO. - (2018), pp. OE15-OE15. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress tenutosi a Liverpool (United Kingdom) nel 26-30 August 2018.

Biosourced polymer electrolytes: boosting sustainability of aqueous solar cells

F. Bella;G. Piana;M. Falco;C. Gerbaldi
2018

Abstract

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with water-based electrolytes are considered as one of the possible breakthrough towards DSSCs large-scale diffusion. If opportunely developed and optimized, aqueous solar cells can be considered a truly low impact photovoltaic device and no toxic components. Moreover, the possibility of gelling the electrolyte into a polymeric matrix can reduce the leakage outside the device, thus increasing the long-term stability. Above all, bio-derived polymers appear promising being renewable and easy available with low cost. In this contribution, the investigation on bio-derived hydrogel electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells is proposed. Cellulose- and alginate-derivatives, xantan gum and other bio-matrices are investigated in their electrochemical and physico-chemical properties. Moreover, the use of design of experiments (DoE) is demonstrated to be a useful chemometric technique for the concurrent investigation of a series of experimental factors that directly influence the photovoltaic performances of solar cells. Results obtained enlighten that a solid mathematical-statistical approach is fundamental to support the researchers and effectively drive the experiments towards the achievements of optimal operating conditions for aqueous solar cells.
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