Carbon nanohorn-based electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells

Fabian Lodermeyer, Rubén D. Costa, Rubén Casillas, Florian T.U. Kohler, Peter Wasserscheid, Maurizio Prato, Dirk M. Guldi

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For the first time, carbon nanohorns were implemented into solid-state electrolytes for highly efficient solid-state and quasi-solid-state DSSCs. They feature an effective catalytic behavior towards the reduction of I3- and enhance the I3- diffusivity in the electrolyte. In a final device, solar cells with 7.84% efficiency at room temperature were achieved. As a matter of fact, this is the highest reported efficiency for nanocarbon-based electrolytes up to date.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution

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    Lodermeyer, F., Costa, R. D., Casillas, R., Kohler, F. T. U., Wasserscheid, P., Prato, M., & Guldi, D. M. (2015). Carbon nanohorn-based electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells. Energy and Environmental Science, 8(1), 241-246.