Science China Chemistry

, Volume 57, Issue 11, pp 1559–1563

Polypyrrole-cobalt-carbon nanocomposites as efficient counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells


DOI: 10.1007/s11426-014-5121-z

Cite this article as:
Wang, L., Zhang, K., Cheng, F. et al. Sci. China Chem. (2014) 57: 1559. doi:10.1007/s11426-014-5121-z


In this work, we demonstrate a new kind of Pt-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Polypyrrole-cobalt-carbon (PPY-Co-C) nanocomposites, with the advantages of low cost and simple preparation, show favorable catalytic activity in promoting tri-iodide reduction. The DSC composed of the PPY-Co-C nanocomposite electrode exhibits an acceptable energy conversion efficiency of 6.01%, a considerable short-circuit photocurrent of 15.33 mA cm−2, and a low charge-transfer resistance of 1.5 Ω cm2. The overall performance of PPY-Co-C is superior to the carbon counterparts and comparable with the platinum reference, rendering them efficient and promising counter electrode materials for DSCs.


dye-sensitized solar cell energy conversion polypyrrole-cobalt-carbon composite nanomaterial Pt-free counter electrode 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • LiJiang Wang
    • 1
  • Kai Zhang
    • 1
  • FangYi Cheng
    • 1
  • Jun Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry, Ministry of Education; College of ChemistryNankai University; Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin)TianjinChina

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