Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp 3037–3043 | Cite as

Rubbery copolymer electrolytes containing polymerized ionic liquid for dye-sensitized solar cells

  • Won Seok Chi
  • Sung Hoon Ahn
  • Harim Jeon
  • Yong Gun Shul
  • Jong Hak KimEmail author
Original Paper


A novel type of random copolymer comprised of a polymerized ionic liquid, poly(1-((4-ethenylphenyl)methyl)-3-butyl-imidazolium iodide) (PEBII), and amorphous rubbery poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (POEM) was synthesized and employed as a solid electrolyte in an I2-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The copolymer electrolytes deeply infiltrated into the nanopores of mesoporous TiO2 films, resulting in improved interfacial contact of electrode/electrolyte. The glass transition temperature (T g) of the PEBII–POEM (−23 °C) was lower than that of PEBII homopolymer (−4 °C), indicating greater chain flexibility in the former. However, the DSSC efficiency of PEBII–POEM (4.5 % at 100 mW/cm2) was lower than that of PEBII (5.9 %), indicating that ion concentration is more important than chain flexibility. Interestingly, upon the introduction of ionic liquid, i.e., 1-methyl-3 propylimidazolium iodide, the efficiency of PEBII remained almost constant (5.8 %), whereas that of PEBII–POEM was significantly improved up to 7.0 % due to increased I ion concentration, which is one of the highest values for I2-free DSSCs.


Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) Polymerized ionic liquid TiO2 Iodine-free Polymer electrolyte 



This work was supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy through the Human Resources Development of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) (20104010100500) and by the New & Renewable Energy R&D program (2009T100100606). This work was also supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and Korea Institute for Advancement in Technology (KIAT) through the Workforce Development Program in Strategic Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Won Seok Chi
    • 1
  • Sung Hoon Ahn
    • 1
  • Harim Jeon
    • 1
  • Yong Gun Shul
    • 1
  • Jong Hak Kim
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringYonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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